Friday, December 4, 2009

Mark Saltman: Yesterday's Man Finds Inspriation in Socially Relevant Events

Mark Saltman Interview at

Finding Inspiration in Socially Relevant Events Article by: Susan Frances

The duo of bassist Mark Saltman and keyboardist William Knowles makes music that finds optimism through the crackles made by life’s sorrow and despair. Saltman draws inspiration for his compositions from such tragedies as the devastation of New Orleans after being hit by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and the scars left by The Holocaust which prompted the title track for the duo’s latest CD, Yesterday’s Man. Accompanied by vocalist Lori Williams-Chisholm, Yesterday’s Man is club-room jazz with music that is warm and intimate massaging an upward slant etched into every track. Yesterday’s Man is the follow up to the group’s debut disc and features the crisp rattling beats of pan-steel player Victor Provost and drummer Jimmy “Junebug” Jackson. Saltman describes how the recording of Yesterday’s Man came together and the group’s aspirations for their music.

Read the entire review at link above.


Capital Jazz Radio presents the first annual list of Top 10 Jazz Albums That Rock for 2009. Congratulations to Richard Elliot for receiving top honors for 2009 for his Rock Steady album. Tracks from all the Top 10 albums will be featured this month on Capital Jazz Radio, along with our usual mix of uptempo contemporary jazz and instrumental funk. Following is the complete Top 10 list:


1) Richard Elliot - Rock Steady
2) Various Artists - InstruMental Institution
3) Brian Culbertson - Live From The Inside
4) Marcus Johnson - Poetically Justified
5) Brian Bromberg - It Is What It Is
6) Tom Braxton - Endless Highway
7) Down to the Bone - Future Boogie
8) Greg Adams - East Bay Soul
9) Elan Trotman - This Time Around
10) Eric Bolvin - Workin' It

Capital Jazz Radio streams 24 hours-a-day in 128k CD-quality stereo, with a mix of funky jazz unlike anything you'll hear elsewhere. Featured artists include Down to the Bone, Incognito, Marcus Miller, Roy Ayers, Spyro Gyra, Ronny Jordan, Jeff Lorber, Paul Hardcastle, Urban Knights, and much more.

Mimi Jones in the current issue of JAZZIZ!

Check her out on page 42 "Independent Culture" and also on page 32