Greg Laswell'sTake a Bow both closes and opens another chapter in the California native's life as a songwriter and a man, with songs of loss and hope recorded in a cabin in Arizona. It's an album that shows a deep understanding of where he's been personally and unlike a lot of songwriters, he's also able to poke a little fun at himself. Laying himself on the line and taking chances both musically and lyrically, it's a collection that deserves attention and wide recognition. Also appearing: Austin Hartley Leonard
Diego Garcia is the former frontman of acclaimed garage-rock band Elefant. Born in Detroit to Argentine parents, Garcia explores his Latin roots on his new solo album with a sound that conjures the spirit of 1970s troubadours like Sandro, Jobim, and Leonardo Favio. It is the fusion of these Latin influences with the era's "Anglo" visionaries such as David Bowie, Leonard Cohen, and Bryan Ferry that makes this project truly special. Garcia will perform this May in support of his solo debut, set for release April 2011. Also appearing: Matt Lowell.
Vocalist Jonny Rostamabadi leads this concert, featuring an eclectic mix of musical styles ranging from jazz to country. Nearly a dozen talented musicians perform original songs as well as reimagined arrangements of covers.
The band will start with Berklee student Seonhee Yang, gradually increasing the size to duo, trio, quartet, until the full band with six singers appears on the stage, with jazz standard arrangements, Latin rhythms, funk, R&B, disco, and original compositions.
The Big Bang Evolutionary Big Band (BBEBB), led by David Johnson, is a collective of faculty, staff, alumni, and students dedicated to the idea that jazz orchestras can create powerful and forward-looking music. Formed by a few talented members of the Berklee community—musicians who work as composers and instrumentalists—BBEB provides a forum for the sharing of musical ideas, stimulating the creative process, and fostering new music.