We recently lost another great one, Latin Jazz legend Candido Camero. Born in Cuba, he came to New York in the 40s and pioneered the multi-conga technique. From our Chesky Records label he released several solo albums as well as from his group the Conga Kings and we have licensed several of his songs over the years. He will be missed.
We mourn the passing of one of our top composers, Paul James Abler. Noted jazz musician and blues guitarist, Paul was a celebrated member of the Detroit jazz community and a prolific composer, producing over 20 jazz albums. He composed and performed music for films, including music that Manhattan licensed for "Blue Jasmine" and "The Two Mr. Kissels," and television, with an extensive list of credits, including "Madam Secretary," "Breaking Bad," "20/20," "The Big Bang Theory" and "Mad Men." Most recently, Paul was finishing a sextet, "Looks Like March." His last act was composing the song "Ascending."
Chesky Records is proud to announce that iconic vocalist, Macy Gray, will be releasing a new album on Chesky Records this fall. The new album, currently untitled, will show a new side to the singer, pairing her with an impressive jazz ensemble that includes Russell Malone, Ari Hoenig, Daryl Johns, and Wallace Roney. She'll revisit some of her classic songs in addition to providing some new material and her interpretations of others' classic songs.
Gray released her debut album, On How Life Is, in 1999 to great success. In 2001 she won a Grammy for the Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for her second single, “I Try,” which was also nominated for Song of the Year. With a handful of releases between then and now, this album will demonstrate Gray's versatility as she trades Pop production for authentic performance on this stripped and bare expression of raw emotion. The album promises to not only be engaging and catchy, but timeless.
Here is a very thoughtful article about one of Chesky Records Artists "Phil Woods" who recently passed away. The three CD's he recorded with Chesky Records are JD047 - Real Life, JD146 - Astor & Elis and SACD268 - Here's To My Lady. This amazing Jazz Musician will be missed.