What's New on WDCB... with Paul Abella
Tammy McCann – Do I Move You? (Io Canto Records)
Chicago vocalist Tammy McCann doesn’t record enough. There, I said it. 2014’s Love Stories was a monster, and almost 9 years later, we get its follow-up, Do I Move You? McCann, to her credit, has surrounded herself with a top-notch crew, with Fareed Haque on guitar, Tom Vaitsas on keys, John Sutton on bass and Samuel Jewell playing the drums, with Justin Dillard and Kahil El’Zabar adding their brilliance on some tracks as well. There is an interesting intersection here between Jazz, Gospel and R&B that gives us a playlist that stretches from Bill Withers to Billy Strayhorn, with stops along the way at Duke Ellington, Nina Simone, The Beatles, War and Mahalia Jackson. Hearing Do I Move You? a track at a time might not do its scope justice, but I have a feeling that you’ll love these versions of “Feeling Good,” “Blackbird,” “Save Your Love For Me,” and “Don’t You Know I Care?”
Rachel Therrien Latin Jazz Project – Mi Hogar (Outside In Music)
Canadian trumpeter Rachel Therrien and an enormous gathering of musicians got together for her latest album, a Latin Jazz themed project Mi Hogar. It’s a labor of love, and it shows from the first notes. Therrien proves that she’s a natural playing the music, whether its original material, traditional Latin Jazz fare (Dizzy Gillespie’s “Con Alma”) or Jazz classics rearranged to fit an Afro-Cuban framework (John Coltrane’s “Moment’s Notice”). Mi Hogar is a jam that you’ll be hearing on The Latin Bit, The Mambo Inn and throughout the day on DCB Jazz.
Jim Snidero – Far Far Away (featuring Kurt Rosenwinkel) (Savant)
Saxophonist Jim Snidero is back with one of his most ambitious albums to date, featuring guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel. The album, Far Far Away, is a mostly original collection, save for the standard “It Might as Well be Spring” and the McCoy Tyner classic “Search for Peace.” This all-star band (with Orrin Evans on piano, Peter Washington on bass and Joe Farnsworth on drums) would swing hard already, but adding Rosenwinkel to the proceedings makes this album pop. His ideas push this quintet into new places, and sonically, his tone makes this the kind of record that you might not expect from Snidero. That freshness makes this album stand out, and I’m looking forward to sharing it with you in the coming weeks.