Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild Jazz releases two new albums
Jazz fans can enjoy two new albums from MCG Jazz this year that travel the spectrum between fierce and full of swing to quiet and introspective.
MCG Jazz has been involved with The Diva Jazz Orchestra—an ensemble of 15 talented female musicians— since its inception. In 2017, the orchestra wanted to try a project working with male soloists and performed on the MCG Jazz stage with Ken Peplowski, Jay Ashby, Claudio Roditi, and MCG Jazz Executive Producer Marty Ashby. From that live performance came the album “Diva + The Boys.” The collaborations led to exciting arrangements filled with fire, finesse, and swing. “Diva + The Boys” debuted at #16 on JazzWeek.
“For All We Know” is an album that was also built off a growing collaboration. Gloria Reuben’s last album “Perchance to Dream”—released on the MCG Jazz record label—ends with a duet between Reuben and Ashby. The chemistry behind creating that track led to this new collection of tunes that speaks to the deeply personal, often heart breaking, and eternally hopeful nature of love and relationships. Recorded in New Orleans, LA, all of the songs evoke in the listener the question: how do you face the denial, sorrow, and anger that arises from a break-up and pick yourself up to start over?
Both albums are available for purchase at mcgjazz.org.