Bassist/vocalist Maria Demus has an earthy sound that's an easy listen. The Lubbock, Texas, local is rooted more in an R&B vibe that works and is worth a listen. She's poised to release an EP of music this coming October, but in the meantime, check out her version of the jazz standard "Black Coffee" after the jump.
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The crowds at the Chicago Jazz Festival are always the best. The central location at the beautiful Millennium Park and free admission make for a wonderfully diverse crowd coming from all racial backgrounds, age groups, and neighborhoods, all sorts of Chicagoans (and others just visiting for the festival) spending Labor Day weekend together for almost four decades.
This week I feel three particular moods in three particular sets-- I wanted to dabble in small guitar groups, journey into the weird, and the third set somehow got heavy into organs. Everything here embraces the new, as usual, and I think this hour has an interesting mix.
The Line-Up for 22 August 2014
Gilad Hekselman played the Django Reinhardt Festival this past June 29 with Reuben Rogers on bass and Ferenc Nemeth on drums. They played a couple of new tunes from Gilad ("Verona", the opener in this set, as well as "Cosmic Patience") in addition to a Brazilian samba and some tunes from Hekselman’s most recent album, This Just In. In introducing "Cosmic Patience", Gilad mentions that the tune will be included on a new album to be released later this year. Although the album was originally slated for a November 2014 release, it now seems likely that it won’t be out until early 2015. Get ready for it, though - everything has been recorded, mixed, and mastered. In addition to the trio of Gilad Hekselman on guitar, Joe Martin on bass, and Marcus Gilmore on drums, the new album will also feature Jeff Ballard on a couple of tracks (one with both Ballard and Gilmore on two drumsets and the other a duet between Ballard and Hekselman). In the meantime, check out some of the new tunes getting a workout in a live concert, after the jump.