What Is Ad Lib?

In sheet music, ad lib is an abbreviation of ad libitum which in Latin means at one’s pleasure. Musicians know Ad Lib to mean improvise or play freely. In Ad Lib I will blog on my experiences thoughts, feelings and insights in the pursuit of creativity in music, art and life.  Please read About Joseph Liberti for more information about me and the ad lib blog

As I write this post I am listening to Two Lonely People from the album: Bill Evans and Stan Getz – But Beautiful. The album also features bassist Eddie Gómez and drummer Marty Morell.  The video has some beautiful performances from jazz masters.

As I listen I notice all the new things I hear now that I did not recognize so clearly before. I am reminded how much we can learn from the masters whether our discipline is jazz music or painting or whatever. 

I also notice that as I learn and develop my musical skills to a greater degree how I am able to listen with “new ears” which leads me to new appreciation for the art and the artists. And, after listening to many repetitions of this album, the unique language and expression of the artists being to show up in my music performance and in my writing. 

If you are  into jazz you may love this album. If not chose your artist and try seeing with “new eyes” or hearing with “new ears.” Let the experience inspire and inform your art and life. 

I will pin the post to the top of the blog as a way to introduce Ad Lib to new readers. 

Be well and happy …and interested.

Joseph

Exciting New Jazz Music – Midón, Mendoza and Metropole

Exciting New Jazz Music – Midón, Mendoza and Metropole

Introducing Raul Midơn, Vince Mendoza and the Metropole Orkest.

Recently I have been studying the music of gifted musician/compose/conductor Vince Mendoza whose stunningly beautiful and very hip orchestral music is typically classified as “contemporary” or pop jazz. Look him up on Spotify, Amazon or Apple Music and you will probably be as stunned as I was say, “why haven’t I heard of this guy before. (He’s been recording sensational sounds for more than 20 years.)

Mendoza has recorded a number of recordings with Metropole Orkest a full symphonic orchestra that plays some great jazz.

If You Really Want

In 2014 singer/guitarist/composer Raul Midón joined the Metropole Orkest, conducted by Vince Mendoza, to record the album ‘If You Really Want’. It took four years to find the right time and partner to release the record, which is out now on Artistry Music and received a Grammy. You just have to listen to it! The vocals are soulful, the compositions are elegant, and the orchestra, led by Mendoza is sensational.

A glimpse into the making of “If You Really Want”

Raul Midon: “I Just Want To Pick Somebody Up”

John Scofield, Vince Mendoza, Metropole Orchestra – Honest I Do

Have a very wonderful new year!

Joseph Liberti

 

The Best Jazz Album Of 2018?

The Best Jazz Album of 2018?

the best jazz album of 2018Pianists have grabbed a particularly bright spotlight, but trumpeters, saxophonists, bassists, and singers have shined too. And musicians of all ages, from the 29 year old vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant) to 80 year old saxophonist Charles Lloyd (one of my favs) and many in between, have released some great music.

Below are four of the many sources that have published “best of Jazz” lists. Each list is different and yet there is some overlap. Most of the lists have links to audio and video samples some have reviews and artist profiles. Maybe you will find a new or an old favorite among them. Click the titles to go to each list. Enjoy .

The Best Jazz Album Of 2018 Lists:

The New York Times List of best Jazz Of 2018

The Treble List of Best jazz Albums of 2018

The JazzIs Best Jazz Album of 2018 List

The Past Magazine 10 Best Jazz Albums of 2018 List

Happy holidays, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and be well and happy!

Joseph Liberti

The Yellowjackets – Raising Our Voice

The GRAMMY® Award-winning Yellowjackets Return with Raising Our Voice.

The Yellowjackets, Raising Our VoiceRaising Our Voice is a collaboration with Brazilian jazz marvel Luciana Souza, an ideal choice for the first vocalist to join the Yellowjackets.

“The band keeps moving forward,” says saxophonist Bob Mintzerwho joined the group in 1990. “It’s one of the few partnership bands in the last four decades. It’s democratic, laissez-faire and accommodating to everyone in the band to contribute. We’re constantly reinventing ourselves as a reflection of what’s happening in the world.”

Catch these gorgeous new sounds from Raining Our Voices: Listen to preview samples on Apple Music 

And…Here’s video of  Yellowjackets Live at Java Jazz Festival 2016

United We Swing

UNITED WE SWING by the Wynton Marsalis Septet and Special Guests

United We Swing is an appropriate thought for July 4th and a wonderful album from Jazz At Lincoln Center.

Check this out! You will love it! I am not affiliated with Jazz At Lincoln Center but love their music and support of jazz! The following content is from Jazz At Lincoln Center.

These one-night-only, live performances have never been released before. Recorded between 2003 and 2007, United We Swing—the latest album from Blue Engine Records—finds an unparalleled array of music talent that collectively boasts 94 Grammy Awards joining Jazz at Lincoln Center Managing and Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis (a nine-time Grammy Award winner himself) and some of the world’s top jazz musicians to perform blues-inflected versions of iconic American repertoire.

Here’s where to listen to the album samples and order the music:

Order the album: jazz.org/united

Listen to samples or buy on iTunes Music

These one-night-only, live performances have never been released before. They include Lenny Kravitz performing Marsalis’s hypnotizing, New Orleans-inflected arrangement of Kravitz’s own song, “Are You Gonna Go My Way”; Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks uniting for a stirring, infectious take on Civil Rights anthem “I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free”; Bob Dylan adding harmonica licks to a deeply felt, in-the-pocket rendition of “It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry”; and Ray Charles taking the stage for one of his final performances to play “I’m Gonna Move to the Outskirts of Town.”

Together these artists raise their voices to highlight jazz’s importance to America’s cultural heritage and to remind us that, even in divided times, music can unite us all. All proceeds from the album will go toward Jazz at Lincoln Center’s education programs, which introduce thousands of children to jazz each year.

Celebrate Independence Day with the sound of America swinging together!

The Wynton Marsalis Septet’s acclaimed, star-studded United We Swing is out now as a double-disc, audiophile set—and from now through Sunday, you can use the code “HAPPYFOURTH” to receive 20% off United We Swing and all other vinyl albums available at Jazz At Lincoln Center online store.

Track listing:
1. The Last Time feat. Blind Boys of Alabama
2. It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry feat. Bob Dylan
3. I’m Gonna Move to the Outskirts of Town feat. Ray Charles
4. I’m Not Rough feat. Eric Clapton
5. Creole Love Call feat. Audra McDonald
6. Milk Cow Blues feat. Willie Nelson
7. I’m Gonna Find Another You feat. John Mayer
8. My Baby Don’t Tolerate feat. Lyle Lovett
9. The Worst Thing feat. Natalie Merchant
10. Please Baby Don’t feat. John Legend
11. Mean Old Man feat. James Taylor
12. Are You Gonna Go My Way feat. Lenny Kravitz
13. Fool’s Paradise feat. Jimmy Buffett
14. Empty Bed Blues feat. Carrie Smith
15. I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free feat. Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks
16. What Have You Done?

Thank you Jazz At Lincoln Center for this fabulous music and for all you do to support jazz!!