Interlude of Midnight Melodies: Picks from our Jazz Collection

Midnight Melodies by Cyrus Chestnut

The Smoke Sessions studios support and create albums by some of the best jazz musicians of today, and Midnight Melodies is no exception. Joined by bassist Curtis Lundy and drummer Victor Lewis, Cyrus Chestnut jumps right into his world from track one. His music is both dynamic and conversational, giving the listener a feeling of sitting in a dimly lit club and listening to a live band.  While the trio performs music from Coltrane, Strayhorn, and Hicks, Cyrus was sure to place one original track, To Be Determined.

"His brand of crisp articulation and blues inflected harmony evokes another era...multifaceted and dynamic. Mr. Chestnut was the evening's star and he brought charisma to the role." --The New York Times.

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Music CD: Liberation Blues by Orrin Evans or eMusic: Liberation Blues

Music CD: Groovewise by Eric Reed, eMusic: Groovewise


Interlude by Jamie Cullum 

When it comes to vocal jazz, Jamie Cullum never fails to deliver. From energetic and complex piano solos to raw, passionate tone, Interlude will have you coming back for seconds and thirds when the last song ends. While albums in the past have featured more of original works with his brother Ben Cullum, this album is devoted to covers of other musicians’ works. Listeners will enjoy modern spins on songs from Dizzy Gillespie, Ray Charles, Randy Newman, and many others. Personal favorites include “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood” featuring Gregory Porter, “Losing You,” and “The Seer’s Tower.”

"Interlude marks [Cullum’s] return to straight-ahead jazz." –The New York Times

(Only on Music CD)

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Posted by SuzanneR on September 17, 2015