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  1. OK…I’ve been obsessed with Aiko Shimada’s CD “Like Hannah” since seeing her at The Triple Door with a surly Jessica Williams. I had not heard Aiko’s music before that night and was blown away by the power of her songs. Much of the time she sings in Japanese, which just adds to the horn-like quality of her vocal style. When I can’t understand the words I just let the sounds be as they are. Also of note is the flugelhorn playing of Dave Carter, which is supportive, beautiful, and the perfect complement to Aiko’s voice. Sometimes its hard to tell where the voice lets off and the horn begins. Highly recommended!

    I also attended Thomas Marriott’s CD release the other night and have been listening to his interpretations of Willie Nelson tunes since. I keep hitting repeat on the track “The Great Divide”, which is haunting and beautiful and really shows off the interplay between the band members. Congrats on a great CD and a great show fellas!

  2. Lately I’ve been listening to a lot of jazz guitarists from Canada such as Mundell Lowe, Bill Coon, Oliver Gannon and David Occhipinti. I’ve also been revisiting some classics like Miles’ “Filles de Kilimanjaro”, Coltrane’s “Ballads”, Mingus’
    “Blue and Roots” & Sonny Rollins’ “The Bridge”.

    For the most killer Aiko Shimada, check out her collaboration with Eyvind Kang on John Zorn’s Tzadik label entitled “Blue Marble”. Aiko’s performances have been less frequent since she and Marc Collins started raising a family, but hopefully she’ll put her band back together at some point in the future.

  3. I saw Hank Jones Last week, and I’ve been goin’ crazy on his stuff- For My Father and Live At Maybeck Hall are two that I’m digging into. I love his touch, his feel…he’s not your usual slam bam pianist, but he’s so freaking tasty! I’m also going on a Bill Charlap bender- another tasty pianist that slays me.
    And of course, I have Nancy King on heavy rotation on my ipod- she’s my fave singer, and what a beautiful person. I saw her and Kurt Elling perform last week at Portland Jazz Fest, and they were AWESOME!

  4. Hey Folks … thanks for all the posts. How about some more! If you are new to Seattle Jazz Scene, simply register and then post away!

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