New on Palmetto
The title of Old Friends and New Friends, the latest release from award-winning pianist/composer David Berkman, refers specifically to the exceptional sextet that he assembled for the recording. The band joins two members of Berkman’s recently-formed quartet – saxophonist Dayna Stephens and bassist Linda Oh – with three renowned musicians who can definitely be considered old friends: drummer Brian Blade, who appeared on three of Berkman’s albums in the late ‘90s and early 2000s; and saxophonists Adam Kolker and Billy Drewes, both of whom Berkman has known for more than 30 years. But Old Friends and New Friends also reunites Berkman with a label, producer, and way of working that has come to seem almost old-fashioned as the music business has undergone rapid changes over the course of the last decade. The album will be released May 5, 2015 on Palmetto Records, which issued four of Berkman’s CDs between 1998 and 2004. Like those discs, the new album is produced by label founder Matt Balitsaris at Maggie’s Farm, his recording studio built in a beautiful 18th century stone barn in bucolic Bucks County, Pennsylvania. In the eleven years since his last Palmetto release (2004’s Start Here, Finish Here), Berkman has released a solo piano record (Self-Portrait) and a pair of live small-group albums recorded at NYC clubs Smalls and Smoke. But Old Friends and New Friends marks the first new studio album of his original music in that time, and it’s a captivating showcase for Berkman’s eloquent, sophisticated compositions, which deftly weave together six strong but disparate voices into an organic and exhilarating unity.
02/20/15 Donna Lewis Shows
Friday March 6 - Zinc Bar NYC Friday March 13 - Bearsville Theater, Woodstock, NY Thursday March 26 - The Falcon, Marlboro, NY Friday March 27 - The Turning Point, Piermont, NY
02/11/15 Donna Lewis - Brand New Day
The Welsh-born singer Donna Lewis is one of those rare artists whose immense success on the pop radio charts disguises an exceptional and serious musicianship and breadth of repertoire. Lewis’ new album,Brand New Day, reveals the range of her artistry, and may surprise listeners who know her only for herpop hits “I Love You Always Forever,”“At The Beginning,” “I Could Be The One” and “Love Him.” Produced and arranged by Lewis’ longtime friend DavidTorn, the genre-busting composer and producer, Brand New Day is an intoxicating set of jazz-inflected covers and Lewis originals in which she is joined by the eminent progressive jazzmusicians Ethan Iverson(piano), Reid Anderson(bass) and Dave King(drums). The album is in stores 3.10.15
Pick up Moon Hooch's This Is Cave In online at Barnes & Noble while it's on sale. Saving money is good! Moon Hooch at BN.com
The first video from This Is Cave Music features the track "EWI," which is named for the Electronic Wind Instrument that Wenzl McGowen plays on the track and in the video. In the clip, we get to see Moon Hooch derail a wedding and almost get stabbed by the groom! "This video demonstrates the social energy that music can unleash. Music can break social norms and make people perceive events from different perspectives. The destruction of social norms can lead to bizarre situations and violent outbreaks but ultimately gives people the option to reconstruct their world view. We hope the energy we put out with our music helps people transcend fear based behavior patterns and recognize the unity of everything that is," Moon Hooch sax player Wenzl McGowen tells JamBase. Check out the exclusive premiere of Moon Hooch's new video for ""EWI