One of our favorite themes on Jazz Northwest is exploring jazz with a Pacific Northwest connection from then 'til now. This week, we debut two new releases separated by some 50 years.
From the 1960s, The Three Sounds led by pianist Gene Harris are heard at Seattle's legendary Penthouse jazz club, and from 2016, The Westerlies, four brass players from Seattle now New York-based, who seem to have created an entirely new genre of music somewhere between chamber music and jazz with surprises along the way.
The Three Sounds album will be issued first on limited edition vinyl LP on November 25 (Record Store Day), and then on CD on January 13, 2017. The Three Sounds album is drawn from live radio broadcasts produced by Jim Wilke, and noted mastering engineer Bernie Grundman provided the finishing touches on the album.
The Westerlies (Riley Mulherkar and Zubin Hensler, trumpets and Andy Clausen and Willem de Koch, trombones) have a new two-CD album featuring their own compositions. The four grew up as friends in Seattle and played in Garfield and Roosevelt High School jazz bands. Now New York-based, the quartet tours widely and was back in Seattle last week for a CD release and thank-you party for friends and supporters.
Also on this week's Jazz Northwest is a song from Ernestine Anderson (whose birthday was November 11) at the Penthouse in 1962, Portlanders Nancy King and Steve Christofferson, Dmitri Matheny's "Jazz Noir," Dave Peck Trio and others.
Next week (11/20/16) will feature trumpeters Brian Lynch and Thomas Marriott leading a quintet in Night of the Cookers, an Earshot Festival concert recorded last month at Tula's in Seattle.
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