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What's new on WDCB? ...with Paul Abella

August 31st, 2020

Here are some of the albums we’re spinning this week at WDCB…

Joshua Redman Quartet - 'Round Again' (Nonesuch)

Joshua Redman has teamed up once again with pianist Brad Mehldau, bassist Christian McBride, and drummer Brian Blade for the album 'Round Again.' The CD is a collection of all original songs, mostly by Redman, with contributions from Mehldau as well, and it could be considered a sequel of sorts to the 1994 album 'MoodSwing.'


Event Horizon Jazz Quartet - 'Event Horizon' (self-released)

From right here in Chicago comes the self-titled album by the Event Horizon Jazz Quartet, led by saxophonist Jim Kaczmarek. Joining him on this all original program are keyboardist Scott Mertens, bassist Donn DeSanto and Rick Vitek plays the drums. The CD is varied, from funky groovers to nice swingers.


Jimmy Heath - 'Love Letter' (Verve)

Finally, Verve recently released the posthumous final album from Jimmy Heath, 'Love Letter.' A mellow album throughout, Heath was not only surrounded by a world class group featuring guitarist Russell Malone, pianist Kenny Barron, and drummer Lewis Nash, but then, Gregory Porter, Cecile McLorin Salvant and Wynton Marsalis all make guest appearances as well. There is a lot to like…and love on this one.