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Concord’s Upcoming CDs

It’s August-early August-but I can already feel the cold rush of winter blowing in. Record label release schedules are getting longer, which is indicative of an approaching holiday season, when the labels release the most music to make the most cash money. We received Concord’s list the other day. Looks pretty good. Contemporary players in many of jazz’s many subgenres, like Latin jazz torchbearer Poncho Sanchez (pictured) and smooth jazz mainstay Eric Marienthal, are releasing CDs in the fall. And stars of the old guard, some of them deceased, are represented too, like Tony Bennett (alive), Rosemary Clooney (RIP) and Bing Crosby (RIP).

Details on the albums are sketchy, but here’s what we know:

Singer Diane Schurr’s new record, Midnight, was conceived with Barry Manilow and his longtime collaborator Eddie Arkin. It will feature duets with Brian McKnight and Karrin Allyson.

Poncho Sanchez’s Out of Sight! (out Sept. 9) is described as “an ode to his idol James Brown.” We had no idea.

Also out September 9 is singer Curtis Stigers’ You Inspire Me, filled out with tunes by, we’re guessing, those who inspire him, like Paul McCartney, John Lennon and Bob Dylan.

The Latin, urban hip-hop, jazz-funk band Ozomatli drops an EP called Coming Up on September 23. Call it a preview of what’s to come on its forthcoming album, due in early 2004.

On October 11 Michael Feinstein will release his next collection of tunes. This one is a tribute to songwriter Jimmy Webb called Only One Life and will feature six previously unrecorded Webb songs.

That’s all she wrote, she being Concord. But we know a few things ourselves and are psyched about the new Dapp Theory album, Ya’ll Just Don’t Know, because it too incorporates the hip and the hop into jazz. And no, we’re not tired of that yet. The live album from Nnenna Freelon due October 7 is something to look forward to as well. And who couldn’t use a three-CD Bing Crosby collection?

The full release schedule is below and offers a rare glimpse inside the record-marketing machine. Next to some album titles are the previous and/or rumored album titles that have been the talk of Internet chat rooms for months. My fave: Apparently Tania Maria’s new album was to be called either Outrageous or Wild until someone suggested Outrageously Wild. A genius in the Concord ranks? I think so.

August 12:

Howard Alden / Bucky Pizzarelli: In A Mellow Tone (Concord Jazz)

Diane Schuur: Midnight (Concord Jazz)

Scott Hamilton: Live in London (Concord Jazz)

Dapp Theory: Ya’ll Just Don’t Know (Concord Records)

August 26:

Caribbean Jazz Project: Birds of a Feather (Concord Picante)

September 9:

Poncho Sanchez: Out of Sight (Concord Picante)

Curtis Stigers: You Inspire Me (Concord Jazz)

Jo Stafford: Ballad of the Blues (Feinery)

Tony Bennett w/ Bill Evans: Together Again (Concord Records)

September 23:

Eric Marienthal: Sweet Talk (Peak)

Ozomatli: Coming Up (EP on Concord Picante)

Ray Barretto & New World Spirit: Hot Hands (Concord Picante) (previously Ancestral Messages and Taboo)

October 7:

Rosemary Clooney: Best of the Concord Years (2-CD Set) (Concord Records)

Nnenna Freelon: Live (Concord Jazz)

Michael Feinstein: Only One Life (Concord Records)

Dave Weckl: Live and Very Plugged In (Stretch) (2 CD live recording)

Robben Ford: Keep on Running (Concord Records)

October 21:

Tania Maria: Outrageously Wild (Concord Picante) (previously Wild and Outrageous)

Cal Tjader: TBD (Concord Picante) (previously A Fuego Vivo and Good Vibes)

November 4:

Bing Crosby: Trilogy (3 CD set) (Feinery)

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