Let's start off with the Christmas music of The Simeon Davis Group and their new album "Bah Humbug - An Absolutely Unnecessary Christmas Album." It features eleven jazzed up renditions of holiday classics like "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town" and "Christmastime Is Here." The album begins with the pulse-racing energy of "Let It Snow," which starts off the album with an all-out jam to get you in the mood. Things keep swinging with "I'll Be Home For Christmas," before slowing down for the graceful flow of "O Come O Come Immanuel." The Simeon Davis Group totally rearrange "You're A Mean One Mr. Grinch" into a slinky, fun, interesting piece of iconic holiday jazz music. They wrap up their new Christmas album with the sped-up tempo of "O Christmas Tree" and the simple and traditional favorite "We Wish You A Merry Christmas." To find out more about The Simeon Davis Group and their latest release "Bah Humbug - An Absolutely Unnecessary Christmas Album," please visit simeondavisgroup.bandcamp.com.
Next, arriving this January is the full-length debut release from saxophonist, composer and activist Joseph Herbst. His new studio album "This Is Our Environment" finds his sextet mixing jazz vibes with R&B flavor, along with poetry to help lead the cause of social and environmental injustice. The new fourteen track release begins with the up-tempo, instrumental swinging tempo of "They Say There Are Beautiful Trees" and the thought-provoking, spoken-word of "Momma Nature," featuring Dasan Ahanu. You can fell the passion in the band's nearly eight-minute performance of "Solastalgia" and the graceful touch of "Is This My Fault?," which showcases the band's delicate touch. The words of "Erring Of The Revolution Pt 1 & 2" are told with a strong purpose by Yexandra "Yez" Diaz, while the nearly ten minute interlude "Makes No Cents" gives you time to think and ponder the problems with today's society. The Joseph Herbst Sextet finish their new album with the gentle flow of "Communion," featuring the poetic rhymes of ReShad Eas, before the uplifting hope of "Visions Of Freedom" closes out the new album on a musical high. To find out more about the Joseph Herbst Sextet and their latest release "This Is Our Environment," please visit josephherbstmusic.com.
Also arriving in January is the new album titled "The Astoria Suite" from fellow saxophonist and composer David Detweiler. He has traveled this country, living up and down the east coast, but his return home to New York inspired this set of eight new compositions. David takes the reigns right away on the swinging tempo of the opening track "Singularity," while "Blues Of H&A" carries a more mellow, smooth delivery to the music. You can hear the emotion that David pours into his performance of "Jonesy," while "Under The Dome" has a more aggressive touch to he playing. The beautifully elegant "Song For Julie" was inspired by David's wife, who is the biggest supporter of his musical career, as the music reflects that special bond. David Detweiler closes out his new album with the wildly exciting "Route," which features one last blast of energy from the band. To find out more about David Detweiler and his latest release "The Astoria Suite," please visit daviddetweiler.com.
The jazz media company, Outside In Music recently released a new nine-song compilation titled "Live At Pinch Recording, Vol. 2." It features nine original compositions that were performed live in the Long Island recording studio, Pinch Recording. It begins with bassist Andre Carvalho leading the band and delivering an elegant, yet passionate musical piece titled "Iktsuarpork," as each instrument gets its moment to shine. Pianist Jason Yeager works his way around the keys on the nostalgic-sounding, swinging tempo of "Erroneous Monk," before saxophonist Lluc Casares delivers a bolt of energy to the up-tempo flow of "One For Oriol." The new compilation closes with fellow saxophonist Paul Jones keeping time on the control chaos of "Trio," along with trombonist Seth Weaver providing an emotional touch to the album with "Anguilia." To find out more about this recent release from Outside In Music, please visit outsideinmusic.com.