Jazz Up Your Holiday Season
Many thanks to all of you fans that shared your favorite jazzy holiday tunes with us via email, Facebook, and Twitter. We compiled your suggestions into a playlist on Spotify, so please listen via the following link and feel free to add any more suggestions you might have: Jazzy Holiday Favorites
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Publication: Barnes & Noble
Author: Ted Panken
At 30, Doug Wamble is a quadruple threat: accomplished singer-songwriter, eclectic composer, killer guitarist, and heady improviser. His second album, Bluestate, illuminates the broad well of influence from which he draws. Building on Country Libations, his 2003 debut, the Memphis-born Wamble, whose resume includes gigs with Cassandra Wilson, Madeleine Peyroux, the Millennial Territory Orchestra, and Wynton Marsalis, references a heap of southern roots vernaculars — urban and rural blues, gospel, country, bluegrass — and the complex threads that comprise the vocabulary of modern jazz expression.
Deploying a big, percussive, vibrato-laden guitar sound and an urgent, malleable tenor that he phrases with instrumental suppleness, he creates a tonal personality as informed by the primal as by the abstract. The repertoire comprises six Wamble originals, a Monk-like line by the fine pianist Roy Dunlap, a kaleidoscopic Wamble arrangement of “Rockin’ Jerusalem” on which producer Branford Marsalis produces a shades-of-Coltrane solo, and well-wrought interpretations of Peter Gabriel’s “Washing of the Water” and Stevie Wonder’s “Have a Talk with God.” Wamble flatters himself a touch in describing his sound as “Robert Johnson meets Ornette Coleman,” but he has a big talent, and the phrase will serve.