Revisiting songs from his albums My Spanish Heart and Touchstone with a multi-cultural octet, sprinkling in a few new compositions and guest appearances by vocalists Rubén Blades, Chick’s wife Gayle Moran Corea, and Maria Bianca, Antidote is a reminder once again how important it is to listen and learn from the masters of the music.  Flamenco flavours, the dazzle of Corea’s signature touches, and a mobile band who cruise along as an immaculate support to the timelessness in the Corea sound that Antidote underlines, make this a must for his fans. Chick and the Spanish Heart Band are playing the Love Supreme festival on 6 July. 

Some extremely tasteful soprano saxophone soloing here from the ex-Miles Davis player Bill Evans (eg The Man With The HornWe Want MilesStar People, and Decoy) here on The Sun Room, to be released by earMusic in late-July, with blues veteran guitarist-singer Robben Ford (also an ex-Miles Davis player who played with Miles and Carlos Santana in a fabled Amnesty benefit concert at Giants stadium) joined by Steely Dan drummer Keith Carlock and the fine Herbie Hancock-associated bassist James Genus.

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Listen to the reflective, gently inuring, ‘Whisperings’ from new Ahmad Jamal album Ballades to be released by the Jazz Village label in September. Jamal says via Facebook that: “‘Whisperings’ is one of three original compositions I am releasing on Ballades. First recorded by the great O. C. Smith of ‘Little Green Apples’ fame, on one of my previous releases [the Picture Perfect album], here it is again.” Other album tracks are: ‘Marseille’, ‘Because I Love You’, ‘I Should Care’, ‘Poinciana’ (the tune that Jamal is most instantly identified with), ‘Land of Dreams’, ‘What’s New’, ‘So Rare’, ‘Spring is Here/Your Story’, and ‘Emily’.

Obituary via Universal