Led by Lalama(ts) this big band is made up of Hofstra alumni, faculty & guest artists. Cuts #1,3,8,10 & 1 are Lalama compositions. Has the feel of a NYC big band & they cook.
(2 CD Set) based on a childhood fascination w/his grandfather's player piano. Here Pat can mechanically control the mini-orchestra capable of responding to his touch on the guitar. Definitely a completely unique approach to solo performance. A must for Metheny fans.
Dhol (double-headed drum) master Sunny Jain is back with his 9 piece band known for their "Brooklyn Bhangra" sound - a raucous blend of Indian bhangra with a horn section as energetic as any Balkan Brass band (also compares to a New Orleans Mardis Gras band). Fine party music with exotic flavors.
Well-known for their high energy live performances, as can be seen here.
Title says everything. This is the third solo release from this West coast guitarist. It seems that the late Joe Pass has played a role in shaping her style.
Brazilian pop from a well-established Rio de Janreiro native & his band, with plenty of bossa nova & groovy samba rhythms to evoke the vibe. Produced by the renowned Brazilian producer "Kassin." ROGÊ provides leading vocals & guitars; Daniel Conceição is on drums; Matheus Alcantara plays bass; Marcelinho Moreira provides the percussion; Marlon Sette is on trombone; & Zé Carlos Bigorna plays the sax.
Inbar(gt) started jazz studies at 16 y.o. in her native Israel, moved to US for six years where she studied at William Patterson Univ. and gigged around in NYC until her return to Israel in 2005. Recorded in France with French musicians. All original compositions by members of the ensemble except #6. Post bop.
Lary(percussion) a Seattle based musician, composer & educator leads this ensemble. Tracks #1-6 recorded in S.F. (2009) & Tracks 7&8 recorded in Seattle(2010). All original compositions except #3. Musicianship was fine, but the music was mostly subdued which is a minor disappointment in "Carmen's Mambo.