“Everybody Is A Star…” – Sly Stone
If you’ve got a Jazz tune that you think is good enough for the big time, nows the time! JazzUSA is accepting material submissions for our End Of ’99 CD project. Once all the submissions have been evaluated, we’re going to select the best tracks, compile and release a CD in late End Of of 1999. If your song is chosen to be on the CD, your song credits, photo, biography and contact information will be included in the liner notes booklet. You will also receive five free copies of the CD and… Continue reading
The new record by former spinners backup singer Angie Whitney takes you on a beautiful journey about love. Every song has a story. “Don’t Tease Me” shows off a cool sax solo and features strings and 3 part harmony.”That’s What Love Is All About” was recorded by Jerry Butler back in the day but is an original song written by Michael Sutton and Mack David (8 Academy Award nominations/Induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1975). The song is a soulful ballad that speaks of misery and… Continue reading
Upstart A440 Music has another hit on their hands with bassist Michael Manson’s “Bottom Line”. “Outer Drive” kicks it right into the groove with guitarist Paul Jackson, Jr. and smooth-jazz keyboardist Brian Culbertson laying the groove, Ron Haynes trumpet accenting and swinging in the background. “Keys to my Heart” and “Angel’s Serenade” are both slower tracks featuring Kirk Whalum’s tenor sax and Culbertson’s subtle keys. Dwight Sills and Gerey Johnson pulling guitar duty, respectively. “Seven Whole Days” is a Babyface Edmonds tune that features the wailing sax of… Continue reading
Nicole Henry The Nearness of You(Banister – 2004) by Paula Edelstein This romantic celebration of pop and jazz standards by newcomer Nicole Henry was recorded “live” at Upstairs at the Van Dyke. If her voice sounds familiar, it’s because you’ve heard the lovely ingénue sing on national television commercials such as Verizon Wireless, Amtrak, Air Jamaica, Hershey’s and Sears among others! This set, one that emphasizes being near and with the one you love, opens with a sensual, languid version of Gershwin’s “Summertime” and segues right into the Hammerstein/Kern chestnut “Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man.” Nicole Henry sings a… Continue reading
Victor Fields Thinking of You(Regins Records – 2006) Staff In this era of disposable popular music and “flavor of the month” idols, there remain a few song stylists who truly study their craft, sing songs with meaning and substance, and strive to create a significant body of work that will stand the test of time. Victor Fields is one such artist. He’s a romantic dreamer, an optimistic believer who committed to and invested in himself. He’s in it for the love: love of singing, love of song, and love of performing. His fourth album, Thinking Of You, led Fields… Continue reading
Various Artists To Grover With Love(Q Records – 2001) by Ray Redmond
Some of today’s top contemporary jazz artists pay musical tribute to Grove Washington, Jr., the man that some credit with crossing the definitions of “jazz” and “urban” music. Produced by Jason Miles, this CD features interpretations of Grover’s most memorable songs, including the hits “Winelight,” “Just The Two Of Us,” and “Mr. Magic.” Miles made sure to include all of the best Grover songs, including my own favorite “Black Frost”, performed by Everett Harp.The all-star cast on this CD includes Regina Belle, George Duke, Dave Koz,… Continue reading
Following the age-old Vaudevillian adage, “Open with comedy. Close with a song.” Minnesotan jazzman Dave Frishberg and Chicago-by-way-of-Gaza comedian Joel Chasnoff put together an evening of wonderfully enjoyable entertainment. Chasnoff kicked off the show with a multi-lingual set of fresh routines on such well-used comedic frameworks as raising children (in his case, twin girls) and getting by in a foreign country (or even in a Jewish day school). With well-timed references to past offerings, Chasnoff kept his set… Continue reading
Sir James Galway, revered as one of the world’s greatest flute players, and the two-time Grammy�-nominated Cuban music group, Tiempo Libre, offer an exuberant Afro-Cuban take on music from the Claude Bolling Jazz Suites as well as a number of vibrant new compositions.
The album, named after a bustling street in Old Havana honoring the military contributions of an Irish General, marks a new cultural intersection uniting classical, jazz and Cuban music.
As one of the most televised and recorded classical artist performing today, Sir James has made himself a legend,… Continue reading
Regina CarterPaganini: After A Dream(Verve – 2003) by Paula Edelstein Paganini: After a Dream is a landmark album from the acclaimed violinist Regina Carter. This recording-which features Carter and her band of Werner “Vana” Gierig, piano, Chris Lightcap, bass, Alvester Garnett, drums, and Mayra Casales, percussion-is the culmination of a fairy tale: a once-in-a lifetime encounter between a jazz musician from Detroit and the most famous violin in classical music, Paganini’s Guarneri. Perhaps the most legendary classical violinist in history, Nicolò Paganini, born in Genoa, Italy in 1782, had a technique so dazzling he was rumored to have sold… Continue reading