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

November 9th, 2020

Here's what's new on WDCB this week...

Joel Ross – Who Are You? (Blue Note)

Former Chicagoan (and current Brooklynite) Joel Ross is a vibraphonist who we first heard with Marquis Hill, and since has released two albums on Blue Note. His latest, Who Are You? finds him playing with saxophonist Immanuel Wilkins, pianist Jeremy Corren, bassist Kanoa Mendenhall and drummer Jeremy Dutton. Together, they play through a program of Ross’ intriguing originals, plus a couple of others, one of which is a beautiful reading of John Coltrane’s "After the Rain", with special guest, harpist Brandee Younger.

Javon Jackson – Déjà vu (Solid Jackson)

Tenor Saxophonist Javon Jackson has a new release out called Déjà vu, which features him casually jamming on nine great songs from the pens of Cedar Walton, Thelonious Monk, Jimmy Heath, and one from himself. The lone Jackson tune, “T.J.,” is a dedication to his father. Déjà vu is a grooving album that you’re going to be hearing a bunch on WDCB over the next couple of months!

Eddie Daniels – Night Kisses: A Tribute to Ivan Lins (Resonance)

2020 has seen a number of notable Jazz/Brazilian crossover albums, and Eddie Daniels’ Night Kisses is a fantastic addition to the WDCB playlist. And while we might think of Daniels as a clarinetist, he also shows off his prodigious flute and tenor saxophone skills. The album features guest appearances from Bob James and Dave Grusin as well as the Harlem String Quartet, alongside his usual trio of Josh Nelson (piano), Kevin Axt (bass) and Mauricio Zottarelli (drums).