April is Jazz Appreciation Month
Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM) is a time to celebrate the unique qualities of America’s art form, the talents of jazz legends, the joy music can bring to its audiences, and whatever jazz means to you. JAM culminates with International Jazz Day on April 30 featuring an exciting line-up of jazz all-stars from around the globe celebrating in style at an outdoors concert in Osaka, Japan.
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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.