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What’s New: July 2010

Vocalist Ron Gill's veteran authority, pianist-singer Champian Fulton's youthful pose, and more.

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    Pianist and singer Champian Fulton.

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    Singer Ron Gill.

On the latest “What’s New” round-up of new and recent releases, we’ll hear from:

Ron Gill and John Stein

Veteran singer and longtime Boston jazz radio personality Ron Gill has the compelling performer’s trifecta: talent, taste, and a great passion for the history of jazz and popular song. His 1997 release Songs of Billy Strayhorn led Strayhorn biographer David Hadju to call him “a singer who’s keen, seasoned and talented enough to do justice to material that poses comparably enormous challenges and rewards.” On Turn Up the Quiet he teams up with guitarist John Stein for a subtly vital and well-chosen set of standards including “Weaver of Dreams” and “In a Sentimental Mood.”

Champian Fulton

Jazz critic Mark Stryker recently called Champian Fulton “the most gifted pure jazz singer of her generation. In fact, the authoritative swing, mature phrasing, pinpoint diction and sassy color she brings to the standard songbook trumps many senior colleagues with bigger reputations.” He also cites “the strutting ebullience and bright timbral ping of Dinah Washington” in her approach. On Fulton’s latest CD, The Breeze and I, those strengths are all on full display.

Trumpeter Pharez Whitted, husband-and-wife piano team Bill Charlap and Renee Rosnes, and saxophonist Phil Woods are the other artists featured on this “What’s New” edition of Afterglow.

Music Heard On This Episode

Exactly Like You
Champian Fulton — The Breeze and I (Gut String Records, 2010)
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Exactly Like You
Champian Fulton — The Breeze and I (Gut String Records, 2010)
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Weaver of Dreams
Ron Gill/John Stein — Turn Up the Quiet (Whaling City Sound, 2010)
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Sunset on the Gaza
Pharez Whitted — Transient Journey (Owl, 2010)
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I Can't Face the Music
Champian Fulton — The Breeze and I (Gut String Records, 2010)
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I'm Gonna Lock My Heart and Throw Away the Key
Champian Fulton — The Breeze and I (Gut String Records, 2010)
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Randi
Phil Woods — Solitude (Jazzed Media, 2010)

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Wonder Why
Ron Gill/John Stein — Turn Up the Quiet (Whaling City Sound, 2010)
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Dancing in the Dark
Bill Charlap/Renee Rosnes — Double Portrait (Blue Note, 2010)
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Solitude
Phil Woods — Solitude (Jazzed Media, 2010)
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The One I Love Belongs to Somebody Else
Champian Fulton — The Breeze and I (Gut String Records, 2010)
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In a Sentimental Mood
Ron Gill/John Stein — Turn Up the Quiet (Whaling City Sound, 2010)
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Until Tomorrow Comes
Pharez Whitted — Transient Journey (Owl Studios, 2010)
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David Brent Johnson

Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, David Brent Johnson moved to Bloomington in 1991. He is an alumnus of Indiana University, and began working with WFIU in 2002. Currently, David serves as jazz producer and systems coordinator at the station. His interests include literature, history, music, writing, and movies.

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