Here is the full release schedule for the upcoming months of Concord Records.
In 2005, Concord Picante (Concords home to such Latin jazz all-stars as Tito Puente, Mongo Santamaria, Tania Maria and Charlie Byrd) celebrates its 25th Anniversary. To mark the occasion, they have planned a slew of Latin-related releases, including Diane Schuur with the Caribbean Jazz Project (Schuur Fire out 4/5), Classic Picante Regrooved (5/17) featuring DJs Mario C., Cuica, Los Amigos Invisibles, among others, and a 4-CD anniversary box set (5/3).
Also on the Latin side of things, legendary pianist Eddie Palmieri celebrates 50-years in music with Listen Here! His collaborators for this new jazz project include David Sanchez, Regina Carter, John Scofield, Michael Brecker, Nicholas Payton and Christian McBride (out 6/14). Another Concord favorite, Poncho Sanchez, brings us his first new recording in two years. The jovial conguero is joined by The Tower of Power for some more of his distinctive Latin jazz and soul/funk rhythms (8/9). And, hot off the success of their Grammy win for Street Signs', Ozomatli releases their first live recording, Live From the Fillmore', which includes a bonus DVD disc of interviews and live footage (7/19). Even The Rippingtons mix it up with a few Latin rhythms on their May 17 release, Wild Card'. The CD features very special guests Albita & Willie Charro.
Many of Concord's most favorite and popular artists have new CDs coming in the months ahead, including the irreplaceable Keely Smith, who brings us a special tribute to Louis Prima called Vegas '58 � Today (4/12); the always talented and always distinctive Curtis Stigers (I Think It's Going to Rain Today on 4/19); Marian McPartland, who, with a few of her closest friends (Norah Jones, Phil Woods, Karrin Allyson and more), celebrates her 85th birthday at Birdland (85 Candles � Live in New York out 3/15); and Gary Burton showcases some of the most lauded young musicians of today with Next Generation (4/12).
Concord also have some new faces on the label this year. Debby Boone plays homage to her mother-in-law, Rosemary Clooney, with Reflections of Rosemary. The CD is a very warm and heart-felt tribute featuring songs closely associated with the Girl Singer, as well as tunes that were chosen for more personal reasons (4/26). Other new girl singers, Mary Haskell (3/15), Rita Coolidge (6/14), LaToya London and Erin Boheme have releases on their way, while favorite female vocalists Karrin Allyson and Nnenna Freelon (a tribute of Billie Holiday) are on the schedule for the Fall.
Here's the full schedule, subject to change and additions (labels are in parenthesis).
March 1: O'2L � Doyle's Brunch (Peak)
March 8: Various � Jazz Moods: Sounds of Spring (Concord Special Projects)
March 15: Mary Haskell � Inspired: Standards Good for the Soul (Concord)
Paul Taylor � Nightlife (Peak)
Marian McPartland & Friends � 85 Candles: Live in New York (Concord Jazz)
Marian McPartland Piano Jazz with Steely Dan (The Jazz Alliance)
March 22: Bobby Darin � Live at the Desert Inn (Neon Tonic)
April 5: Diane Schuur w/ Dave Samuels and the Caribbean Jazz Project � Schuur Fire (Picante)
Scott Hamilton w/ Bill Charlap � Back in New York (Concord Jazz)
April 12: Gary Burton � Next Generation (Concord Jazz)
Keely Smith � Vegas '58 - Today (Concord)
April 19: Curtis Stigers � I Think It's Going to Rain Today (Concord Jazz)
April 26: Debby Boone � Reflections of Rosemary (Concord)
May 3: Various - Concord Picante 25th Anniversary Collection (Picante)
May 17: Various � Explorations: Concord Picante Regrooved (Picante)
Various � Classic Picante Original Grooves (Picante)
Jamie Oldaker � Mad Dogs & Oakies (Concord) (features Eric Clapton, Peter Frampton, Vince Gill and more)
The Rippingtons � Wild Card (Peak)
May 24: Various � Playboy Jazz: Jazz After Dark II (Playboy)
Tony Bennett � Sings the Rogers & Hart Songbook (Concord)
June 14: Eddie Palmieri � Listen Here (Picante)
Dave Weckl � TBD (Stretch)
Rita Coolidge � TBD (TBD)
David Benoit � Orchestral Stories (Peak)
David Benoit � Charlie Brown Christmas (Peak)
June 28: Fred Martin Choir / Jackson Browne � TBD (Concord)
July 12: Marian McPartland Piano Jazz with Elvis Costello (The Jazz Alliance)
July 19: LaToya London � TBD (Peak)
Ozomatli � Live at the Fillmore (Concord) (CD and DVD)
August 9: Poncho Sanchez (with the Tower of Power) � TBD (Picante)
Erin Boheme � TBD
Christian Scott � TBD
Taylor Eigsti � TBD
August 23: Nnenna Freelon � TBD