Whether you have noticed it or not, there's been a prolific outpouring of CDs from the jazz community in recent months with no sign of easing of creative capability. The trend among jazz musicians in the rapidly changing business of recording jazz artists is to create your own label. Jazz pianist Reggie Bishop has followed this trend locally and taken it a step further by forming his own record label with emphasis on jazz, and offering R&B and some hip-hop. Spyral Records is the name of Bishop's label. "The whole idea behind Spyral Records is it's the model of the galaxy of music. Right now the emphasis is on local jazz artists but, eventually, I hope to branch out," Bishop stated. Among the artists he's signed are singers Brenda Williams and Cynthia Layne. Williams recently recorded at the Jazz Kitchen for Spyral Records and, according to Bishop, Brenda Williams Live CD will be released late this summer. Cynthia Layne's jazz and R&B vocals are also on the roster.
"Cynthia Layne's new CD, Organic Soul, is finished and should be released next month," Bishop said. He stated his own CD, Brand New Blues by the Reggie Bishop Trio, should be released this summer. He has also signed a hip-hop group call Groov Killa. Bishop points out that musicians such as pianist Dave Grusin and his success forming GRP records along with Herb Alpert and A&M Records are mentoring formulas for him.
You can regularly find Bishop on piano or keyboards supporting Cynthia Layne wherever she performs. Bishop plays in a creatively crisp and sensitive melodic style that is worth checking out.
Indy Jazz Fest addition
Grammy Award-winning alto saxophonist and national recording artist Kenny Garret's Quartet has been added to the Sixth Annual Indy Jazz Fest lineup on the Jazz Heritage Stage Sunday, June 20 at 4:45 p.m.
For the Indy Outdoor Summer Jazz Guide, Mary Moss and Friends will appear June 27 at Jazz at Watkins Park 5 to 8 p.m. instead of June 13.