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Dee Dee Bridgewater - Memphis ... Yes I'm Ready makes Nov. DownBeat critics 'Hot Box'

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Inspired by Bridgewater's Return to Her Birth City of Memphis and the Exploration of Her Musical Roots and Influences

Every picture tells a story; every journey begins differently.  The story of Dee Dee Bridgewater's stunning new album, Memphis...Yes, I'm Ready, begins in that city, where she was born at Collins Chapel Hospital, located not far from where the album was recorded at Producer Willie Mitchell's historic Royal Studios.  Dee Dee's father, a trumpet player affectionately known as "Matt the Platter Cat" was a DJ at WDIA, the top Memphis radio station, and even when the family moved to neighboring Flint, Michigan, the young Dee Dee continued to listen to the great sounds of the Memphis music scene by tuning-in late night from across state lines.  And oh what a music scene it was!

Dee Dee Bridgewater - Memphis ... Yes I'm Ready makes DownBeat critics 'Hot Box' for November. The list includes

* Vijay Iyer Sextet, Far From Over (ECM)

* Mike Stern, Trip (Heads Up/Concord)

* Jane Ira Bloom, Wild Lines: Improvising Emily Dickinson (OTL)

* Tony Allen, The Source (Blue Note)



* Antibalas, Where The Gods Are In Peace (Daptone)

* Banda Magda, Tigre (Verve/GroundUP)

* Blue Note All-Stars, Our Point Of View (Blue Note)

* Brandon Seabrook, Die Trommel Fatale (New Atlantis)

* Carol Welsman, For You (ArtistShare)

* Chris Speed Trio, Platinum On Tap (Intakt)


* Christian McBride Big Band, Bringin' It (Mack Avenue)

* Dee Dee Bridgewater, Memphis ... Yes I'm Ready (DDB Records/OKeh/Sony Masterworks)

* Dave Stryker, Strykin' Ahead (Strikezone)

* David Lopato, Gendhing For A Spirit Rising (Global Coolant)

* Dick Oatts, Use Your Imagination (SteepleChase)

* Doug Beavers, The Art Of The Arrangement (ArtistShare)

* Henri Texier, 30 ANS (Label Bleu) 

* Jessica Molaskey, Portraits Of Joni (Ghostlight)

* Johnny O'Neal, In The Moment (Smoke Sessions)

* Katie Thiroux, Off Beat (Capri)

* Laszlo Gardony, Serious Play (Sunnyside)

* Laura Campisi, Double Mirror (Self Release)

* Mário Laginha/Julian Argüelles/Helge Andreas Norbakken, Setembro (Edition)

* Natasha Agrama, The Infinite Heart Of Change (World Galaxy/Alpha Pup)

* Rob Luft, Riser (Edition)

* Russell Malone, Time For The Dancers (HighNote)

* Steve Smith & Vital Information NYC Edition, Heart Of The City (BFM)

* The Pollyseeds, The Sounds of Crenshaw Vol. 1 (Ropeadope)

* Tim Berne's Snakeoil, Incidentals (ECM)

* Victor Wooten, TRYPNOTYX (Self Release)

* Shelly Berg & David Finck, The Deep (Chesky)

* Paul Jones, Clean (Outside In) 

* Behn Gillece, Walk Of Fire (Posi-Tone) 

* Jamie Reynolds, Grey Mirror (Fresh Sound New Talent)

* Adam Larson, Second City (Inner Circle Music)


* Ed Neumeister & NeuHat Ensemble, Wake Up Call (Self Release)

* Sammy Nestico & SWR Big Band, A Cool Breeze (SWR Music)

* John Vanore, Stolen Moments: Celebrating Oscar Nelson (Self Release)

* Tim Hagans & NDR Big Band, Faces Under Influence: A Tribute To John Cassavetes (Waiting Moon)

* Gareth Lockrane Big Band, Fistfight At The Barndance (Whirlwind)


* Rick Estrin & The Nightcats, Groovin' In Greaseland (Alligator)

* Greg Sover, Songs Of A Renegade (Grounded Soul) 

* Mighty Joe Young, Live From The North Side Of Chicago (Rock Beat)

* Julian Fauth, The Weak & The Wicked (Electro-Fi)

* Eli Cook, High-Dollar Gospel (C.R.8 Records) 

* Doug MacLeod, Break The Chain (Reference)



* Rod Melancon, Southern Gothic (Blue Elan)

* The Mastersons, Transient Lullaby (Red House Records)

* Calico The Band, Under Blue Skies (California Country)

* Miranda Lee Richards, Existential Beast (Invisible Hand)

* Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers, The Long-Awaited Album (Rounder)


* Joe Henderson featuring Alice Coltrane, The Elements (Ubuntu)

* Kenny Dorham, KD Is Here: New York City 1962 & 1966 (Uptown)

* Idrees Sulieman Quartet, The 4 American Jazz Men In Tangier (Sunnyside)

* Oscar Pettiford, New York City 1955-1958 (Uptown)



* Michael C. Heller, Loft Jazz: Improvising New York in the 1970s (University of California Press) 



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