Thursday, September 6, 2012


Reggie Quinerly’s rap sheet includes stints with Von Freeman, John Hicks, Wynton Marsalis, and Greg Osby, which speaks volumes about Quinerly's highly evolved swing acumen. The drummer is a native of Houston and a graduate of Mannes School of Music at New York’s New University. Freedman Town is Quinerly’s first album as a session chief, and it goes on sale in 18th of September. It’s a whopper of a first outing. Tim Warfield, Gerald Clayton, Mike Moreno, and Vicente Archer are the core of Quinerly’s band, and there’s a memorable guest spot by Enoch Smith who wrote the lyrics for the album’s most endearing cut Freedmantown Interlude. Freedman Town was once a historic district in Houston where freed slaves built a community after the Emancipation Proclamation. This album is Quinerly’s homage to that community. Freedman Town is a cleverly wrought debut. All but two cuts are Quinerly originals.

Brandi Disterheft is a singer and bass player in the vein of Esperanz Spalding. Seems as though some jazz record companies are on the hunt for multi-talented Spalding-like jazz musicians. After you listen to her new album Gratitude due out September 11th on Justin Times Records, you’ll conclude she's no copycat. she has a soft, lazy, voice that won't stick to your ribs, but she's a phenomenal  jazz bassist, and she embodies Ron Carter’s grace and Charles Mingus’ swagger and rawness. For Gratitude, her third album, Diseterheft wrote eight new tunes, and she's joined by Vincent Herring, Sean Jones, Anne Drummond, Renee Rosnes, and Gregory Hutchinson. That’s not bad company..

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