Morrice Blackwell

Morrice Blackwell

Owner and publisher of jazzreview.com, Morrice Blackwell is a christian husband dad jazz fan website developing marketing manager basketball playing engineer that lives for photography.

Jazz: The Smithsonian Anthology out March 29th, 2011 Seven years in the making, Jazz: The Smithsonian Anthology' will be released by Smithsonian Folkways on March 29th 2011. The six-CD box set traces the turning points of this 20th-century tale through its legendary innovators and exemplary exponents: Armstrong Ellington Basie Parker Gillespie Davis Hancock Corea Coltrane and many more. The set opens with Scott Joplin's 1899 "Maple Leaf Rag" and spans the entire century closing with Tomasz Stanko's 2003 "Suspended Night Variation VIII." As the successor to the original 1973 milestone 'Smithso...
(Darien, CT – Jan 11, 2011) On February 15, 2011 Lancia Media Factory will release “Little Big Horn” by the legendary baritone saxophonist Gerry Mulligan. Recorded in 1981 with a first-rate ensemble and originally released on GRP Records, the album features six Mulligan compositions written for big band, small combo, and vocal performance – all featuring his distinctive melodic approach to arrangement and improvisation. The tracks on “Little Big Horn” exemplify Gerry’s career-long tradition of innovation by exploring new writing styles while maintaining the intuitive sense of melody that makes his music so accessible. “People alway...
A new blog designed to promote UK Jazz Vocalists has been established by British Vocalist, Debbie Winter. The aim of the blog is to post interesting news and reviews on the vocal talent within the UK. The site will review CDs, post interviews and act as a promotional forum for UK based artists.  It aims to promote those vocalists writing original material as well as those who sing the standard repertoire. Debbie Winter is a British Vocalist who recently released her EP of original tunes based on the paintings of Edward Hopper. She is also a keen writer and who enjoys using her written skills to promote talent. The site was published...
For the past two months on fellow jazz website "All About Jazz”, new publishing house company Marc Antomattei Press (MAP) has released two news stories about plans to release a brand new Miles Davis book in February 2011. You can get updated on the release by visiting one of the following weblinks linking to the original news stories. New Publisher Scheduled To Release New Miles Davis Book (2010-10-31) http://www.allaboutjazz.com/php/news.php?id=69216 Miles: The Companion Guide to the Autobiography, Final Cover Reveal (2010-11-26) http://www.allaboutjazz.com/php/news.php?id=70909 In this month just in time for the holida...
Pioneering station, UK Jazz Radio presents, Victor Unikovskys Rushour at 1:00am every Friday. This innovative show is hosted by the Russian guitarist who is now resident in the UK. Unikovsky is widely regarded as one of the most highly skilled guitarists in Europe. He began playing guitar professionally when he was 15 years old. At the age of 20 he moved to Saint Petersburg to join the Philharmonic Orchestra. His rapid development as both a musician and composer enabled him to collaborate on a range of theatrical productions and extensively tour Eastern Europe. Victor became a resident in the UK in...
The Rudi label was created to bring jazz music to listeners, with a particular focus on improvisation and free experimentation. Apart from improvisation, the label will also present projects involving other types of music: all of them played with absolute authenticity. Rudi Records is aware of the economic risk of such a proposal and of the lack – especially in Italy – of previous measures or efforts that might offer support for a similar project, which is bound to be viewed with a certain wariness by the general public. But RR also believes that it is from just such crises, and especially in the world of music, that many important new direct...
British vocalist Debbie Winter has released an EP of six original songs inspired by the paintings of Edward Hopper. Working closely with pianist Aidan Shepherd, the songs are evocative, haunting and harmonically rich. She’s a poetic lyricist with an intellectual edge and the songs communicate an atmospheric sense of waiting, tension and introspection; themes frequently found in Hopper’s paintings. Inspired by Miles Davis, her voice is horn like with a remarkable range and she glides effortlessly through a series complex arrangements. Her band consists of Aidan Shepherd who trained at Leeds University. He has co-written and arranged...
Guitarist Randy Stephens, who lives just south of Nashville TN., has caught the attention of magazines such as ‘Guitar International’ and from others in the guitar community. When asked about Randy’s decision to give back portions of sales from his latest CD release ‘American Guitar’ Randy’s said, “I knew I wanted to participate in a charity with the earnings from my CD I just wasn’t sure which one, then I stumbled upon ‘Sweet Relief’ they help musicians with mounting medical bills. Having experienced parotid gland cancer and being a musician without medical insurance back in 2005 gave me something I could relate and knew this charity was...

Blues for Breakfast, the hot new jazz CD from sultry pianist/vocalist Kathy Sanborn, releases March 8, 2011 through popular vendors such as Barnes&Noble and Amazon.com.  Blues for Breakfast treats you to a sumptuous feast of lively, memorable tunes and sensual, heartfelt ballads. The album also features GRAMMY® nominee Scott Petito's distinctive bass, Chris Carey's sizzling drums, and Wayne Ricci's soulful trumpet.

For ten years, saxophonist/pianist and GRAMMY-winning composer/arranger Gordon Goodwin has been driving a train that won't stop. He first assembled his Big Phat Band in 2000 – an ironic starting point for an 18-piece big band, given that the fleeting neo-swing craze of the late 1990s was just winding down. But Goodwin and his crew have always been the real deal, and have always been in it for the long haul. In the decade since their ambitious beginnings, the Big Phat Band has burned up stages and studios with an eclectic, intelligent and high-energy brand of music that marries the best elements of Duke Ellington, Count Basie, John Barry and other big-band and orchestral jazz giants of the past 70 years."There's a significant segment of the population – and some are just high school kids – who inherited an appreciation for this music from their parents or their grandparents," says Goodwin. "They don't necessarily consider themselves jazz fans, but they find this music to be accessible without being highbrow or elitist. The inspiration behind this record is very simple, and very much in line with that of our previous records. We make music that sounds good to us, and it does seem to resonate with a lot of people."