More can be learned from a composer from his or her chamber music versus full orchestral compositions. From the Southport Composers Series, pianist and Composer George Flynn weaves his music through string quartet; piano quartet, solo clarinet and solo viola.
Vocalist Pallatto and Pianist Vente team up again, with more fresh arrangements of great tunes, including “Help!,” “By The Time I Get To Phoenix,” Walk On By,” and “Charade.” Liner notes by our hip friend (and Southport Lounge Artist) Bruce Bendinger. All tracks were recorded at Sparrow Sound Design on the 9' Baldwin Concert Grand with tube mics.
"The performances are dazzling." - Rick Kogan, Chicago Tribune
"Two takes a fresh approach to material as varied as Bacharach to Brazil to the Beatles." - Peter Coppock, Radio Host
SSD 0137 Joanie & Sparrow "Days"
But what is the song about? Is it a love song, or song about the condition of our society? "Days with Joanie & Sparrow" is a life collaboration of original songs - with the rhythm section of Luiz Ewerling, drums and Kurt Schweitz, bass along with featured artists Bobby Lewis, Pat Mallinger, George Freeman, John Devlin, David Onderdonk, Alejo Poveda, Steve Gibons, Eldee Young and Redd Holt. Design by Al Brandtner.
SSD 0135 Darling Instigatah "Soul Soundz"
SOUL SOUNDZ from Darling Instigatah is: The Spoken Word tip... These pieces are inner audio landscapes... guided meditations, transferred into words and set with music. On "the time is now" (tk 3) & "sunrise" (tk 7) - the words were written to the music. The music is largely influenced by reggae, dub (predating dub step), jazz, blues, house, hip hop, drum 'n' bass, and then some.
Influenced by Linton Kwesi Johnson , Lou Reed, Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison's poetry, Dido, & Sia - this collection from Darling Instigatah is the music of a gypsy poet, through the soul of an artist.
SSD 0136 George Flynn "String Fever"
New Music composer and pianist George Flynn releases a new recording for the Southport Composers Series, with "String Fever." The three major works are composed for violin & piano ("Together" - Stefan Hersh, violin); viola & piano ("Duo" - Keith Conant, viola); and cello & piano ("Winter Landscape" - Christopher Costanza, cello). George Flynn is pianist on all tracks.
"Of his peers, only Cecil Taylor and Frederic Rzewski have created works which are of an equally impressive scale, as copiously detailed, technically challenging, and passionately expressive..." Art Lange, author and columnist - Point of Departure, "A Fickle Sonance" (2011)
SSD 0134 Rich Cantu "Senor Cantu"
Southport Records presents the debut solo CD from singer-songwriter and guitarist Rich Cantú. “Señor Cantú” is a studio recording, boasting 12 original compositions (in either Spanish or English) and one classic (“El Jinete.”) Cantu weaves a spell with his stories and songs, complete with his ‘one man band’ of vocals, whistling, mouth clicks, percussive foot taps and guitar. Produced by Joanie Pallatto. Engineered and Mixed by Todd A. Carter at Sparrow Sound Design Recording Studio. Liner notes by Sparrow and Photography by Pallatto, with Graphic Design by Al Brandtner. Magic, the dog barks on one track.
SSD 0133 Joanie Pallatto "As You Spend Your Life"
"As You Spend Your Life" is a look into the heart, home and essence of Chicago singer-songwriter Joanie Pallatto. This recording is an evolution of all of her life's passions, creating new songs that identify her unique and modern vision. These are "Pop Songs with a Jazz Sensibility."
SSD 0132 Janice Misurell-Mitchell "Uncommon Time"
Composer, flutist and performance artist Janice Misurell-Mitchell offers a unique vision of American contemporary music. Drawing on traditional Western European classical elements, she fashions pieces that reach into the rich sources of jazz, popular and ethnic music.
SSD 0131 Josie Falbo "Taylor Street"
Josie Falbo is a true Chicago legend! As one of Chicago's busiest and most frequently heard studio singers for over 35 years, Josie’s debut release for Southport Records is filled with her love of many forms of music, especially R&B and Jazz. Josie Falbo sings and swings her way through 15 delectable tracks, from “At Last” and “Oh Happy Day” to “The Very Thought Of You” and “Triste” – with a “who’s who” of Chicago recording artists, including Richie Davis, Chris "Hambone" Cameron, Bobby Schiff, Alejo Poveda, Bobby Lewis, Larry Gray, Pat Ferreri, Jim Trompeter, Laurence Hobgood and many, many more!
SSD 0130 Kurt Westerberg "Uncertain Light"
Music by Kurt Westerberg for Orchestra, Wind Ensemble & Chamber Ensembles
Winter Light / Piano Trio / Fantasy / Concerto For Wind Ensemble
Boasting orchestral and chamber compositions, the music is an extension of classical modern forms that forge into the next century. Beautiful, perplexing, consonant and dissonant…na
0129 George Flynn - "American City"
Orchestral and Choral Music by George Flynn American City / The Density
of Memory / St. Vincent's Words
of George Flynn is no mere stance; his melodies are full of circumstance.
George Flynn's compositions have the ability to overwhelm and amaze with
intense expression and musical abandon.
in his career as a faculty member at DePaul University in Chicago, made
the decision to write a work for each of the major ensembles in the School
of Music- the chorus/chamber choir (St. Vincent's Words, 1995), the orchestra
(The Density of Memory, 1997) and wind ensemble (American City, 1998).
These works are all performed by DePaul University musicians - faculty,
students and an alumna, and were recorded in the DePaul University Concert
Records presents composer/arranger/saxophonist Tim O'Dell - "Dreams
of Pangaea," recorded in Clapp Recital Hall at the University of
Iowa. Johnson County Landmark (JCL) is a band consisting of students and
jazz faculty based at the University of Iowa, and directed by trombonist-bandleader-professor
John Rapson. O'Dell's signature aesthetics coax the tradition of contemporary
jazz big band out of the box with this collection of 10 evocative tracks.
At times recalling the sounds of Maria Schneider, or the Miles Davis/Gil
Evans era, O'Dell's compositions and arrangements explore atmospheric
tones, Latin pulses, emotional ballads, groove-based moods and free-wheeling
SSD 0126 Bradley
Parker-Sparrow - "The Black Romantic"
UPC: 700797012629 (1/6/2009)
The Black Romantic" is Sparrow's
2nd solo piano effort. As a self-taught pianist and composer Sparrow has
always held fair game with any form of music, from Bela Bartok to Lennie
Tristano. Without formal instruction, he is a human sponge. This is not
an angry record, but rich with melodic schemes that also trace Maurice Ravel,
Claude Debussy and Ahmad Jamal.
SSD 0125 The Miyumi
Project - "Live In Poland"
UPC: 700797012520 (2008)
Tatsu Aoki and his band, The Miyumi
Project, celebrate the collaboration between African-American and Asian-American
jazz artists with a multi-generational group fusing Avant Garde jazz with
taiko drumming. "The Miyumi Project - Live in Poland" continues
the exploration of Asian identity and cultural integration through the sounds
of the drum, and marrying traditional and unconventional musical instruments
and forms. Recorded Live June 27, 2007 at Malta Festival, Poznan, Poland.
SSD 0124 Joanie
Pallatto - "It's Not Easy"
UPC: 700797012421 (2008)
"It's Not Easy" contains
10 original songs by vocalist/composer/lyricist Joanie Pallatto. The fine
musicians on "It's Not Easy" are: John Devlin, Fareed Haque, Eric
Hochberg, Howard Levy, john E. Magnan, Bradley Parker-Sparrow, Alejo Poveda,
Michael Raynor, Eldee Young and Magic the Dog. Produced by Bradley-Parker
Sparrow. Design by Al Brandtner.
SSD 0123 BRADLEY
PARKER SPARROW - "Shut Eye"
Bradley Parker-Sparrow -
(the composer's variations)
featuring Joanie Pallatto & Bobby Lewis
with excerpts from "Shut
Eye" - a John Covert Film
Parker-Sparrow explores a new theme for a film by director John Covert,
"Shut Eye." The music is cinematic in scope, following the sinister
moods of characters within the film, featuring vocalist Joanie Pallatto,
the flugelhorn of Bobby Lewis, vocalist April Aloisio, john E. Magnan, bass
and Alejo Poveda, drums. Meshing the concert grand piano with keyboard work
and samples, Sparrow presents his dramatic, thematic statements. Much of
Pallatto’s work features wordless vocals, portraying the moods and
characters imagined onscreen, including a breathy duet with Lewis on the
sexy track, “Wet.” The director says of the film: "A Shut-Eye
is what magicians call one of their own who gets so good that he begins
to believe in his own magic and forget that it's just a trick."
SSD 0122 TATSU AOKI
Tatsu Aoki's re:ROOTED project
is the culmination of a community based project exploring Asian identity
and cultural integration through the sounds of the drum, and marrying traditional
and unconventional musical instruments and forms.
"Drumming is an oral
tradition, passed up through the ages in many cultures. Tatsu carries on
this tradition; a documentarian of life in the big village."
-Lauren Deutsch, Executive Director, Jazz Institute of Chicago
Tatsu Aoki, Mwata Bowden, Francis Wong, Jeff Chan, Jonathan Chen, Hide Yoshihashi,
Amy Homma, Ryan Toguri, Jason Matsumoto and Kazu Terashima.
SSD 0118 BRUCE BENDINGER
- "Can't Sing. Don't Care. Songs from the hip."
Bruce Bendinger - Chicago's
creative ad genius, puts his unique musical observations onto a CD that
features surprising production and great performances from some of Chicago's
top studio players.
Who is this guy? Studs Terkel
called him "the vunderkind." Interviews with Bruce are featured
in three of his books. Bruce writes and publishes books used in universities.
He was the creative director for a President of the USA. He helped Apple
Computer develop a strategy system. He produced Popeyes jingles with Dr.
John, the Neville Brothers, Fats Domino, Jerry Lee Lewis and more. Cool
On "Can't Sing. Don't
Care" you'll hear "songs from the hip." They cover life,
love, and politics, "like a martini with an ironic twist." We
like Bruce. We love his music. Great lyrics. He makes us laugh.
SSD 0121 BOBBY LEWIS - "Instant Groove"
is dedicated in remembrance to the late, great electric bassist Thomas Kini.
Thomas’ sound can still be heard on “Instant Groove” on
two selections, “Saudade II” and “Dreamsville.”
To quote Bobby Lewis in his CD liner notes on Thomas, “His passing
in 2004 was shocking to all whose lives he touched, and the INSTANT GROOVE
that he possessed (smile, spirit, musicianship, kindness and magnetism)
will forever be remembered.”
features, along with pianist Jim Ryan, tenor/alto sax man Pat Mallinger,
bassist Rob Amster, drummer Jeff Stitely, guitarist Curtis Robinson, and
percussionist Alejo Poveda, special guest artists - acoustic bass from Rob
Kassinger, tenor sax and bassoon from Burl Lane, tuba from Dan Perantoni
and the electric bass work of Thomas Kini. Recorded at Sparrow Sound Design
Recording Studio, Chicago 2005, “Instant Groove” is Southport
Records release #121!!!
and arranger Willie Pickens will release a two volume set, "JazzSpirit,"
with new arrangements for quartet and duo of religious music, Co-Produced
by Hyde Park Union Church with segments taped for two 9' Grand's at U of
C's Mandel Hall, featuring Willie with his pianist daughter, Bethany Pickens.
Other musicians on the CD's feature Pat Mallinger, Tito Carillo, Ari Brown,
Robert Shy, Kobie Watkins, Rob Amster, Larry Gray and Marlene Rosenberg.
This collection grew out of a sacred jazz concert series at Hyde Park Union
Church, on Chicago's South Side.
SSD 0117 BOBBY SCHIFF -
The musical selections on
"Late Game" (Southport S-SSD 0117) combine original compositions,
standard and bebop repertoire and Brazilian music, featuring Bobby Schiff
on piano, Stewart Miller on bass, Chuck Christiansen on drums, special guests
Paulinho Garcia on guitar and Geraldo De Oliveira on percussion, with four
selections featuring strings arranged and conducted by Bobby Schiff.
Composer, Arranger, Conductor, Pianist, Producer
SSD 0116 TV POW PRESENTS
- "michael hartman todd a. carter and brent gutzeit as TV Pow"
Todd Carter:: acoustic and
electronic instruments Brent Cutzeit :: acoustic and electronic instruments
Michael Hartman :: acoustic and electronic instruments
You don't need to listen
much further than the convention-shattering Chicago group TV Pow, which
in some occasions amounts to a laptop trio, each of its players manipulating
the keypad the way a piano virtuoso might finesse a Steinway. Though TV
Pow players also often double on more traditional instruments, their laptop
jam sessions represent a new frontier in jazz improv.
Even so, TV Pow's Todd Carter
insists that he and his colleagues -- Brent Gutzeit and Michael Hartman
n come a lot closer to jazz tradition than some listeners may realize. "Playing
the laptop is really like playing any musical instrument -- if you practice
enough, it comes faster," he says.
SSD 0115 GEORGE FLYNN "Together"
Beyond large orchestral
works, many feel that the musical essence of any composer can be found in
works for small ensemble. The small ensemble seems to peer into the brain
of composition and creativity. "Together" is in essence 3 duets
for Violin and Piano that span several years in the life of Chicago new
music composer and educator George Flynn.
It also documents his long
relationship with Chicago violinist Katherine Hughes. George Flynn is blessed
with the ability to not only write for the piano, but also to play and execute
his notated concepts. The composer is the pianist in these intimate settings.
"Together" is another release in The Southport Composers Series.
This series of sound experiments and compositions documents new classical
music from Chicago to a world market. George Flynn plays the 9' Baldwin
Concert Grand from Sparrow Sound Design.
SSD 0114 SUSAN MAY "BLACK
14 year old Susan May continues
her musical journey with her second Southport Release, "Black Coffee."
The mixture of youth and voice gives her audience a renewed picture of her
world and dreams, as Susan makes songs from the past feel new, and the listener
becomes part of her vision.
Once again Susan entrusts
her musical arrangements with veteran Southport pianist/arranger and composer
Bobby Schiff with 11 tracks from The Great American Songbook. When Susan
sings the classic standard and title track "Black Coffee" it is
as if she is looking into the window of a New York SoHo coffee shop and
reading the life emotions of those clustered inside. On "Willow Weep
for Me" Susan brings a new resonance to the dreamy melody, and check
out Bobby Lewis on flugelhom. .. it is the Lewis and May expedition!
The voice, life and art
of Susan May brings renewed hope to the world of music. For there was a
time when words and melody fell from the radio, before the endless one dimensional
pathos of new music's current existence. Susan May is the voice that pulls
from all sides.
SSD 0113 HAROLD FETHE "OUT
Harold Fethe, GUITAR• Johnny Frigo, VIOLIN• Joe Vito, PIANO
& ACCORDION • Jim Cox, ACOUSTIC BASS • Joanie Pallatto,
"My producer Charles
Steadham suggested that we call the CD 'Out Of Nowhere' since I was starting
a new career." - Harold Fethe
GUITARIST HAROLD FETHE makes
his recording debut as a leader on Out Of Nowhere but he is no mere beginner.
After starting his music career as a youth, he took 25 years off to work
as an executive in the biotech industry. Since his return to music in the
late I 990s, he has regained his playing abilities and built upon them,
with the sensitivity of one who has experienced much in life and loves to
play music more than ever.
SSD 0112 ROSCOE MITCHELL/TATSU
AOKI "FIRST LOOK"
When musical worlds collide
the energy gained in the universe can be a fine situation. The art and substance
of internationally known Roscoe Mitchell (founding member of The Art Ensemble
of Chicago) with bassist/producer Tatsu Aoki (Fred Anderson/The Miyumi Project/
Francis Wong/Asian Improv Records) gives Southport Records the concept of
"First Look" and a very special duo recording.
An exotic army of reeds,
flutes, percussion, and toys rides along side the percussive bass of Aoki.
In some situations both artists take us on percussion excursions, leaving
their melodic instruments by the side of the road, and then scurrying back
for them like proud energetic children.
The epic, cut 4, "The
Journey," lifts with light percussion from a tropical morning. Tatsu
sends out a light aggressive groove and Roscoe traces the pulse with his
sweet alto work. The Journey is the essence of this Chicago Duo.
Southport Records has produced
and recorded new music from Chicago to the world for over 25 years. Media,
we appreciate your time and energy!
SSD 0111 TIM O'DELL "ANCIENT
It is a lush world that
is the canvas for this series of original new music duos on reed man and
composer Tim O'Dell's 2nd Southport opus, "Ancient Pines." O'Dell
is a modern artist that blends his passion for music with performance, composition
and education... several ways to pass along his gift of tone and style.
The focus of this CD is
to blend the art and bas work of Tatsu Aoki, one of the most recorded and
written about Chicago based jazz creators, into the open mode of duo creation.
The 12 tracks on this direct to digital recording are like 12 distinct chapters
in a fine novel. The music moves with humor and passion.
One thinks of earlier experiments
by Lee Konitz and Ornette Coleman, but beyond the historic name dropping
there is a new beauty, a new style. Feel the energy of track 2, "The
Drive." And in the CDs only "trio" excursion, bass trumpet
ace Ryan Shultz spots a guest appearance kicking things up a notch, approaching
SSD 0110 CARLOS JOHNSON "IN AND OUT"
From the heart and soul
of Chicago comes the music and passion of veteran blues vocalist/composer
and guitarist, Carlos Johnson. His songs are painted across his face with
a presence that states without boasting, "This is the real thing."
In And Out was produced by Akira Sakurai, Carlos Johnson and Hideaki Tanaka,
for Mister Kelly's label, part of the nightclub Mr. Kelly's located in Osaka,
Japan, with US distribution by Southport Records in Chicago!
SSD 0109 SPARROW AND THE
MACHINE BAND "THE LIGHT" a tone poem
pianist and composer, recently released Southport Records CD 109, “The
Light, a tone poem” featuring vocalist and composer Joanie Pallatto.
As partners of Sparrow Sound Design Recording Studio and Southport Records,
Joanie & Sparrow are celebrating 20 years on Southport Avenue this October!
SSD-0108 RON SURACE "TRIO
Chicago’s piano man
returns by request with a follow up to his highly successful CD from 2001,
"Trio City," with "Trio City 2, The Return of The Trio."
This is Mr. Surace’s 4th Southport CD, and the collection of tracks
brings the classic fire of jazz trio into the musical realm of the 21st
SSD-0107 KEN KARLSON "CROSS
From the Chicago-style big
band swing of cut one, "Sunday In New York," to the clean contemporary
rhythms of the Karlson original "Cross The Line," this Karlson
sampler will keep you wanting more! Listen to Ken’s nod to the great
pop classic, "How Can I Be Sure." You can be sure when Ken Karlson
SSD-0106 BEAKY JOHNSTON
Records presents the recording debut of jazz vocalist Beaky Johnston with
"Speak Beak." 10 classic jazz tracks are offered here backed by
an ensemble of young Chicago jazz players. Beaky is a voice for today and
SSD-0103 MICHAEL MASON "SIGNAL"
UPC: # 700797010328
SSD-0102 SUSAN MAY "THE
The beauty of the human
voice, the gift to sing is like a rare flower. Susan May, at the age of
twelve, becomes Southport Records youngest vocalist. Her voice has been
falling from the sky since the tender age of 6. She loves jazz and blues
and songs that her mom and dad played around the house. A constant favorite
is the music of film/pop composer Henry Mancini (tracks 4, “Bye Bye-The
Peter Gunn Theme” and track 6, “Soldier In The Rain.”
The title track 1, “The Rose,” represents the essence of her
jazz sensibility and treatment of a tune.
SSD-0101 LINDA TATE "WE
UPC #700797010120 (9/2003)
SSD-0100 BOBBY LEWIS "ANOTHER
UPC #700797010021 (2003)
Bobby Lewis delivers his 7th Southport CD release with “Another Time.”
The recorded legacy of a jazz and new music artist is like a musical novel
of the times and events that trace the society and art. With each new CD,
starting with the first, the 1993 “Inside This Song,” Bobby
Lewis has opened his world of melody and harmonic innovation to the world
SSD-0099 DAVE GORDON "FAUX
UPC #700797009926 (5/2003)
and engineer Dave Gordon is a veteran Southport Records artist with the
release of “Faux Real,” his fourth opus as a leader.
SSD-0098 SPARROW & JOANIE
PALLATTO “CANNED BEER”
UPC #700797009827 (1/2003)
SSD-0097 THE JOHN PARIS/STEVE
THOMAS QUARTET “FOURWARD MOTION”
UPC # 700797009728 (3/5/02)
Paris and trumpet man/composer Steve Thomas offer new compositions on
Their Southport debut that
reflect a new generation of jazz composers that blend forms.
SSD-0096 FAMOUDOU DON MOYE/TATSU
AOKI “A SYMPHONY OF CITIES”
UPC # 700797009629 (3/5/02)
Experimental sound studies
from The Art Ensemble of Chicago percussion giant Don Moye and Chicago bass
man Tatsu Aoki, with Francis Wong and Joel Brandon.
SSD-0095 GEORGE FLYNN “PIECES
UPC #700797009520 (3/5/02)
The companion set to “American
Rest”; this is a live recording with Flynn on the piano, recorded
in Preston Bradley Hall in Chicago.
SSD-0094 GEORGE FLYNN “AMERICAN
UPC # 700797009421 (3/5/02)
As part of the Southport
Composers Series, this release features Flynn’s ode to the Vietnam
War via chamber settings, with Larry Combs of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
PALLATTO “WE ARE NOT MACHINES”
UPC # 700797009322 (12/31/01)
Southport founders Sparrow
and Pallatto offer new musical experiments that cross forms.
This project is also the
score for a John Covert feature film called “Watch”.
SSD-0092 TATSU AOKI/MWATA
BOWDEN “ROOTED: ORIGINS OF NOW”
UPC #700797009223 (3/5/02)
Composer/bassist Tatsu Aoki
leads the LARGE Miyumi ensemble with this commissioned composition. Rooted
is the first in a series of recordings co-produced by The Jazz Institute
of Chicago. Rooted was premiered at the 2001 Chicago Jazz Festival.
SSD-0091 RON SURACE “TRIO
UPC # 700797009124 (10/30/01)
Ron Surace returns for his
third Southport CD in a crisp recording of jazz trio standards.
With Tatsu Aoki on bass
and Dave Pavkovic on drums.
SSD-0090 BOB ACRI “TIMELESS:
THE MUSIC OF BOB ACRI”
UPC # 700797009025 (10/30/01)
Pianist/composer Bob Acri
debuts on Southport at the tender age of 83. Sons Bob and Jim join him in
this collection of original compositions.
SSD-0089 JOEL BRANDON “HAVEN’T
UPC # 70797008929 (09/01/01)
The Southport debut by Brandon,
master whistler and flute player, with the late, great, legendary drummer
Billy Higgins and percussionist Famoudou Don Moye.
SSD-0088 DAVE FLIPPO “FLIPPOMUSIC
UPC #70797008820 (07/21/01)
Flippo and band offers “Flippomusic,” a musical journey that
calls no country home.
SSD 0070 ROB RYNDAK “STAY
UPC # 700797007021 (07/21/01)
Composer/Pianist Rob Ryndak
captures the essence of contemporary smooth jazz forms with the polish of
latin, jazz, rock and pop, with Steve Cole and Paul Wertico.
SSD 0087 TIM O’DELL
“BEFORE MY LIFE”
UPC # 700797008721 (04/03/01)
Master sax man leads a band
with bold originals, featuring Tatsu Aoki, Dave Pavkovic and Ryan Schulz.