Andy Brown – Soloist


I think I have outed me as a great admirer of Ted Greene’s style of guitar playing and I found an album that is in this tradition. The album is called “Soloist” and it is by Andy Brown, a guitar player from Chicago.

I found out about this album when I had the chance to see him live in Bern with Howard Alden. A very nice and entertaining concert, Howard Alden explained how the taught Sean Penn playing guitar and Andy Brown and Howard Alden played a solo tune and guess, who impressed me more: Andy Brown. So I got his CD from 2015 on iTunes and it is currently one of my favorites.

So a clear recommendation if you like solo jazz guitar, picking, flageolets and a be bop oriented swinging  music.

The video is from the CD release party for Andy’s 2015 Delmark Records release “Soloist.” 



Marcus Strickland – Nihil Novi


Another 2016 CD release which is my favorite CD at the moment: Nihil Novi from Marcus Strickland. Nihil Novi means “Nothing new” and this is a clear understatement and it is also correct at the same time.  Nihil Novi is not like all the other Jazz CDs I’m listening to but the material on this album sounds quite familiar to material I have been listening before. Here is a musician who took the chance to release a unique album on Blue Note with all the possibilities that are behind that “big” jazz label.

I had the chance to see Marcus Strickland in 2012 in Langnau where he was teaching the saxophone class at the jazz workshops during the Langnau jazz festival. Was very impressive and entertaining, what he explained in his classes. Since then I’m following his music.

Back to the album: Produced was the album by Meshell Ndegeocello (just found out that she comes to Europe in spring)  and there is a long list of guest musicians including Robert Glasper on keyboards, singer Jean Baylor and twin-brother E.J. Strickland on drums.

Which song is my favorite: Hard to say, I  like the trumpet part on “Mirrors”, I like also those little fragments like “Mantra” and I like the vocals on “Talking Loud”.

There is a nice video, which I added to this post, so enjoy Marcus in his own words:

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