Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Check Out These New Jazz Releases From The Dave Weckl Band and Dan Rose

Back in 2019, American jazz-fusion drummer Dave Weckl reunited The Dave Weckl Band for a special performance at the Chesterfield Wine & Jazz Festival in St. Louis. This is the first time that the band had played together in over a decade and the only time that the band would perform, since the pandemic hit only months after their performance. With fans begging for live music to return, The Dave Weckl Band decided to release that 2019 show, which will arrive on April 9th, on Autumn Hill Records. Many of the dozen songs on this release come from the band's 1998 debut album "Rhythm Of The Soul," including the high-energy, seven-minute opener "The Zone." Dave Weckl leads the way with his steady rhythmic pattern on "Big B Little B," which allows the band to fill in wherever necessary, whether its horns, guitar, bass or keyboards. The band come together for the funk-fueled groove of "Mud Sauce," before slowing down for the elegant, sweeping jazz of "Tribute." The energy picks back up with the strong, swinging jazz romp of "What Happened To My Good Shoes" and the drum/bass duet "Rhythm-A-Ning." The Dave Weckl Band close out their new live album with the powerful blast of "Tower '99" and "Access Denied." To find out more about The Dave Weckl Band and their latest release "Live In St. Louis," please visit daveweckl.com.

Jazz guitarist Dan Rose recently released a pair of "memorable" albums. One is a solo guitar instrumental album titled "Last Night..." and the other finds Rose teaming up with French pianist Claudine Francois on another album of instrumentals titled "New Leaves." Dan's solo work finds him covering some well-known jazz standards like "Body And Soul" and "Moonlight In Vermont." He delivers a Duke Ellington medley, with the gentle touch of the string for "Prelude To A Kiss" and "Sophisticated Lady." You will follow Dan's every note, as he softly strums his way through "Tenderly," while also simplifying every note in "If I Loved You. He wraps up his solo album with the sweet melody of "Last Night We Were Young" and the good night sound of "Dreamsville." 

His collaboration with Claudine Francois adds another dimension to the music with, Claudine's piano filling in the empty spots. The album opens with the Dan Rose original "The New Leaf," which is more upbeat than anything on the "Last Night..." album. The two artists work together wonderfully on their cover of "Monk's Dream," while Claudine takes the lead with the rhythmic piano performance of "Ladies In Mercedes." They lock into the perfect groove on Horace Silver's "Senor Blues," before finishing with the gentle sway of "Yes I Do" and the floating melody of "The Seagulls Of Kristiansund." To find out more about Dan Rose and his two new albums "Last Night..." and "New Leaves," please visit danrosemusic.com.

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