Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Notes from the Net: Sanborn on tour; new CDs from Reid, Pizzarelli, Holland; plus news, reviews, interviews and more

Here's the latest compilation of assorted news briefs and links related to jazz, improvisation, and creative music in St. Louis, including news of musicians originally from the Gateway City, recent visitors, and coming attractions, plus assorted other items of interest:

* From the Miles Davis files, the blog Miles Davis Online hears rumors that the museum exhibit about the trumpeter that just closed in Paris may be headed to San Francisco. Also, most Davis fans know that he also played organ and synthesizers on some of his later electric recordings, but have you ever seen or heard of Miles playing tenor sax? Marc Myers' JazzWax blog has the story behind a rare photo showing Davis with a tenor sax.

* Saxophonist and former St. Louisan David Sanborn currently is on the road promoting his new release Only Everything. Here's an interview Sanborn did with Spinner's Tad Hendrickson; a preview story on a Sanborn show in Boston; and another review of the new disc, written by Joel Roberts for

* After 10 years as drummer for the group Yellowjackets, Marcus Baylor has left the band to pursue other musical ventures. Writing on his MySpace page, Baylor said, "I’m really looking forward to recording my solo debut album, producing, playing, and collaborating with many more talented musicians and artists." In a statement on their website, the members of Yellowjackets wrote, "We want to wish Marcus Baylor all the very best as he embarks on a new musical path after 10 years as a member of Yellowjackets. We are deeply grateful to him for his profound musical contributions to the band, including the recordings Mint Jam, Peace Round, Time Squared, Altered State, 25, Life Cycle, plus the latest Paris Live DVD." Former Yellowjackets drummer Will Kennedy is rejoining the band as Baylor's replacement.

* Moving on to coming attractions, here are two more reviews of Pat Metheny's new album Orchestrion, from Nenad Georgievski for and Tim Niland's blog Music and More. Metheney's Orchestrion Tour comes to the Touhill Performing Arts Center on May 8.

* In March, bassist Rufus Reid (pictured) will release a new CD called Out Front on the Motéma Music label. The trio date features Reid with pianist Steve Allee and drummer Duduka Da Fonseca. Reid will be in St. Louis in May to perform for the Jazz Education Network conference at UMSL.

* Just in time for Valentine’s Day, singer Michael Buble has released Special Delivery, a EP of six classic love songs previously available only on limited edition and special packages. It's available at iTunes and other digital retailers. Buble begins a U.S. tour next month to support his latest full-length CD Crazy Love, and will be in St. Louis on June 25 at the Scottrade Center.

* Guitarist and singer John Pizzarelli will celebrate the music of Duke Ellington and the release of of his new CD Rockin' In Rhythm with concerts on Saturday, February 27 in Cranston, RI and Sunday, February 28 in Boston. Pizzarelli will be in St. Louis April 14 - 17 to play at Jazz at the Bistro.

* Opening the "recent visitors" file, Dave King, drummer for The Bad Plus, has a new solo album called Indelicate. TBP were in St. Louis in January to play at Jazz at the Bistro.

* Bassist Dave Holland, who played here last year at the Sheldon Concert Hall, is releasing a new album, Pathways, on March 23. The disc was recorded live at NYC's Birdland and features an octet drawn from Holland's quintet - Holland, Robin Eubanks on trombone, Steve Nelson on vibes, Nate Smith on drums and Chris Potter on saxophones - plus Holland Big Band veterans Antonio Hart on alto sax, Alex Sipiagin on trumpet and Gary Smulyan on baritone sax. You can hear three songs from Pathways (nearly 40 minutes of music) by clicking on the embedded widget below.

* Last but not least, the latest issue of Bill Shoemaker's jazz netzine Point of Departure is now online.

(Edited after posting to add the Marcus Baylor item. Edited again to fix punctuation.)

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