Stars light up: four new jazz albums
I want to be fashionable. To be in the topic, in the trend and in the topic of what trends – the topic. Therefore, your columnist turned his eyes on famous people – from actors and pop stars to Afro-Cuban jazz legends. Which, oddly enough, has something to say in our jazz theme. Perhaps this is a trend. So let’s stay in it.
Jeff Goldblum & the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra “The Capitol Studios Sessions” The movie star sings / plays / produces jazz is a definite trend. Hugh Laurie and even our Oleg Menshikov hunted with such affairs. It turns out, of course, in different ways. But capturing celebrities’ love for the genre with which to become famous, let’s be honest, the chances are vanishingly low. Jeff Goldblum (“The Fly”, “Jurassic Park”, “Independence Day”) is not just jazz fan; he has, as it turned out, a practically parallel career as a musician. In early childhood, he began studying classical piano, then switched to jazz, played here and there – at all sorts of parties. Gathered a group with such a strange name – in honor of a certain family friend. That is, he is not a “project”; everything is fair with him. Decca label leaders understood this when they saw Jeff accompanying Gregory Porter himself on a TV show. Next thing technology. In May, there was news that the Hollywood star would release a jazz album, and in November, Goldblum’s debut recording, as they used to say, lay on the shelves. The work, of course, is a workshop, but amusing, not on difficult things, as they say. The material is selected with all the taste: of course, the standards of the Evergreens, where to get from them. It starts with the splendid and groovy version of the hit Herbie Hancock “Cantaloup Island”. As an interlude, the instrumental It Never Entered My Mind played by Miles Davis in the early years, and indeed not at all, with trumpeter Till Brenner, who is a direct guest soloist here on several tracks. Nath King Cole’s song “Straighten Up and Fly Right” was sung by popular singer Imelda May. And the American Idol finalist named Haley Reinhart is very cool and sure – you can’t say otherwise – Nina Simone hit “My Baby Just Cares for Me” hit, and she also joked about “My Jeffie just takes care of me.” Well, in general there is a lot of such skit. Actors!
Music, DeezerMichael Buble “Love” To take the title “Love” album is, of course, beyond good and evil. But such is Michael Buble in his eternal crooner’s repertoire. Or, more precisely, the pop singer, who wants to be retro-eternal, imperishable, but you still hear that all this is hopelessly the 21st century. Although this is also wonderful – the tradition of the Kruner is still alive, and Buble the dude is obviously heartfelt, and “comes in” to the broad masses of the people perfectly. Of course, here – pop songs with words about love. The first two tracks, “When I Fall in Love” and “I Only Have Eyes for You” are a pleasant swing that sets the mood. But on the third, “Love You Anymore”, a straight jorgejarrison guitar suddenly turns on. Beautiful “La Vie en Rose” from the repertoire of the great Edith Piaf – in a duet with Cecil Maclorin Salvant (who, by the way, released a good album in the summer). By the middle of the album I already want to light candles, pour wine and sob in solitude … or not. In general, for the New Year album – the most it!
Music, DeezerBrian Newman “Showboat” Trumpeter Brian Newman is now one of New York’s most sought-after jazzmen. And friend – I don’t know what the cause is, and what the consequence is Lady Gaga herself. With which he periodically plays on all sorts of high-profile events. She also sings on this album – a strange version of “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood” is being performed. Hot jazz, wide sound, virtuoso parts … Spooky bubbling organ (released as a single, which happens a little less often with jazz instrumental tracks than never). And the best part is the abundant cover of Kenny Garrett’s excellent instrumental song “Brother Hubbard” (album “Songbook”). AppleMusic, Yandex.Music, DeezerChucho Valdés “Jazz Batá 2” Finally, the legend of Afro-Cuban jazz and its closed Gestalt. The project is almost half a century long: the first “Jazz Batá”, an outstanding Cuban pianist Chucho Valdez, released 46 years ago. The idea is to adapt the rhythms of “baht” to jazz. Then Chucho became famous, got into the group of Irakere and then for decades lit almost at the stadiums of the whole world. And Chucho Valdez, as it is known to the Russian public, knows how to play everything. At concerts, she moves naturally from Afro-Cuban drive to powerful Rachmanin’s passages and refined kul-jazz. This album begins as the previous one – with fono plus percussion, “Obatala”. The second track, “Son XXI,” is of course a roll call with Son No.2. And – touching dedication to the late father, pianist Bebo Valdés – “100 Años de Bebo”