[NOTEWORTHY]: The expressive and raw luminosity radiates seamlessly throughout trumpeter Ron Miles’ Circuit Rider

A compelling, inviting trio date with guitarist Bill Frisell and drummer Brian Blade, which combines the singing melodicism of American folk music, the heightened communication of progressive jazz, and an entrancing, airy openness!

Master trumpeter Ron Miles injects his radiant, lyrical tone directly into the lifeblood of American music on his latest release. The album finds three genre-defying musical masters at their creative best, lacing easy camaraderie with virtuosic interaction. Featuring performances of grace, elegance, and luminosity, this is modern jazz chamber music in the best sense of the term. ~Editorial Review | Amazon

Original Release Date: September 9, 2014

Listen to “CIRCUIT RIDER” by Ron Miles on YouTube

NOTEWORTHY: Trouble the Ropeadope Records debut by saxophonist Max Bessesen

Max Bessesen’s distinct sound and personal melodies have made him a much sought-after saxophonist in Chicago’s vibrant music community. While Max has varied musical interests including folk, electronic, and classical music, his approach is rooted in jazz and united by a love of collaboration and improvisation.

Max is one part of the collectivist crossover group Echoes whose latest release “Loading Screen” (Outside in Music) has been described as “the sound of jazz in the right now” by Jazziz Magazine. He is also an active member of The Chicago Folklore Ensemble, Emily Kuhn’s Helios, and the Sam Pilnik Nonet among others. Max will release his first album as a leader entitled “Trouble” (Ropeadope Records) on September 4th, 2020.

In 2016 Max was the first jazz musician awarded a fellowship from the Frank Huntington Beebe Fund. This grant allowed him to travel for a year across India, Ghana, and Cuba to study music under the mentorship of masters of Indian Classical, traditional West African, and Afro-Cuban forms.

Born in Denver, Colorado Max was performing professionally by age 14. During his undergraduate studies at Oberlin Conservatory, he earned an outstanding performance award from Downbeat Magazine and studied with Gary Bartz, Eddie Henderson, and Billy Hart. Max has performed with Ron Miles, Greg Ward, Matt Ulery, and many others. He has appeared on stages at the Chicago Jazz Festival, the Swingin’ Groinigen Festival, Cleveland’s Tri-C Jazz Festival and can be seen regularly at Chicago jazz and creative music venues including Andy’s, Constellation, and The Green Mill. ~BandCamp.com

At your leisure, check out “TROUBLE” by Max Bessesen

“Jazz Today,” are you ready for this?

Considering the unimaginable depth, availability, and quality of jazz today, it’s mindboggling to conceive from an enthusiasts perspective let alone where can novice begin? With the various ways, platforms, and devices I’ve seen over the years, I decided to keep it simple and chose to Stream.” Why? Besides being lazy I suppose, I can’t remember the last time I actually listened to a CD let alone vinyl (that’s another story in itself). Frankly, I testify it’s too darn convenient. “Jazz Today,” is a nice blend of music mostly modern jazz artists with a variety of sounds compiled by Spotify who for my taste has gathered up 300 songs to qualify as another savoring gumbo of jazz to delve into and enjoy!

Just click, listen and hear for yourself. Let me know, what do you think?

Happy birthday to the amazing, talented and gifted cornetist, flugelhornist & composer Ron Miles

At your leisure, revisit Ron’s splendid Blue Note debut album “RAINBOW SIGN” featuring the talented Bill Frisell, Jason Moran, Thomas Morgan & Brian Blade.

Ron Miles, cornet/flugelhornist and composer

Biography: Ron Miles is a songwriter and cornet player based in Denver, Colorado. Ron was born in Indianapolis, Indiana in 1963 and moved to Denver with his family in 1974. Ron Miles has previously recorded as a leader for the Prolific, Capri, Gramavision, and Sterling Circle labels. He is one of the finest improvisers and composers of his generation and has been called one of the greatest melodists by clarinetist Ben Goldberg. In addition to leading his own bands, Ron Miles has performed in the ensembles of Joshua Redman, Bill Frisell, Mercer Ellington, Don Byron, Myra Melford, Joe Henry, Madeleine Peyroux, Jason Moran, Matt Wilson, the Bad Plus, Harriet Tubman, Ginger Baker, and Goldberg.

Ron’s latest album “RAINBOW SIGN” and debut on Blue Note Records.

SOURCE: Blue Note and Twitter