Norman Connors, Jean Carne and Michael Henderson Live at the 2004 African Festival of the Arts in Chicago(September 2004) by D. Kevin McNeir Many of today’s jazz fans lament over the current state of the genre, saying that it just “ain’t what it used to be.” But what exactly does that mean? Certainly there are still fine vocalists who can bend notes, scat and ad lib in the tradition of Dinah Washington, Billie Holiday and Sarah Vaughn. And yes, there are instrumental perfectionists who have approached, but still have yet to surpass, the greatness of Thelonious, the “Birdman” and… Continue reading
DESCRIPTIONThe Sharp OZ-750PC Personal Information Electronic Organizer combines small size and multifunction utility. New features include the ability to download and install new add-on software applications from the box and www.mywizard.com. and a new proportional easy-to-read font in two sizes.
The great features don’t stop there — a new ergonomic design, a wide keyboard and one-touch navigation buttons make this organizer even easier to use. And are you ready for Y2K? You will be with the bundled version of DayTimer 2000 that is fully synchronized to the desktop. There are even software tools available for 3rd Party developers.
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A Conversation WithPhilip Bailey by Mark Ruffin
Earth, Wind and Fire front man Phillip Bailey has been making solo albums since the early 80′s. Of course, the most successful, was the classic rock oriented “Chinese Wall,” featuring the Top 10 duet with Phil Collins, “Easy Lover.” But Bailey also has recorded solo r&b efforts, and a gospel records, including a great George Duke produced disc titled, “Wonders Of His Love.” Only those who weren’t fans of EW&F were surprised in 1999 when Bailey released his first jazz album, “Dreams.” His follow-up “Soul On Jazz,” is a very adapt title,… Continue reading
Danilo Perez’s highly anticipated debut for Mack Avenue Records is absolutely stunning. Providencia crosses streams of jazz, classical and Latin American folk music on 11 great compositions that spark the listener to connect with the creativity and social power of Perez’s musical conscience. In addition to his core trio-mates bassist Ben Street and drummer Adam Cruz, the award-winning pianist/composer is accompanied by such respected musicians as saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa, percussionist Jamey Haddad, conguero Ernesto Diaz, vocalist Sara Serpa and a Boston-based woodwind quintet.
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Ready For Love Walter Beasley (Heads Up – 2007) by Paula Edelstein This CD is HOT, HOT, HOT! If you’re ready for love, then this is the perfect set to help you get it on! Walter Beasley’s smooth alto and soprano saxophone language has a definite track record for being sexy and seductive and has turned lovers on for years. READY FOR LOVE follows that great sound and is definitely sexy, distinctive, filled with amorous grooves and impeccable style. His take on such great hits as Deniece Williams’ “Free” and “Be Thankful For What You’ve Got,” not only showcase his… Continue reading
John Scofield Up All Night(???? – 2003) by John Thompson Jazz guitarist icon John Scofield has released over 30 albums-cds and has played with countless other artists. He has done it all, mainly in the jazz sector. Whether playing with Gerry Mulligan, Miles Davis, Charles Mingus, George Duke-Billy Cobham, and countless others, Scofield is one of the most popular guitar players in the world. Although not know as a “guitar burner”, (i.e. Al Dimeola, John McLaughlin, Tony MacAlpine) the release of “Up All Night” demonstrates his musical consistency of 25-plus years in the music business. The tracks contain an… Continue reading
My next album, Welcome Home, will be released November 9, 2010, with a CD release concert at the Regattabar in Boston on the 10th (plus a big radio interview on WICN on the 8th!)
Recorded in Brooklyn, NY at Systems Two Recording Studio in July 2010, Welcome Home features the legendary Bobby Watson on alto sax, Jeremy Pelt on trumpet, Joris Teepe (John Funkhouser on some songs) on bass and Peter Retzlaff (also Yoron Israel) on drums. The album is all original compositions, recorded with a trio and (for the first… Continue reading
With Malice Toward None The Music of Tom McIntosh(Ipo – 2004) by Paula Edelstein This excellent recording features performances by some of jazz’s best musicians including Benny Golson, James Moody, Kenny Barron, Stefon Harris, Buster Williams and many more. The compositions and arrangements of Tom McIntosh include “The Cup Bearers” – McIntosh’s best-known song and a 16-minute version of “Ruptures in the Rapture” which is based on “My Blue Heaven” with pianist Helen Sung at the helm. She manages to keep your attention with her exciting improvisations and a steady stream of harmonious chords. There are also two bonus… Continue reading
Russ Freeman Drive(Peak – 2002) by S.H. Watkins, Sr. When composing music for his Rippingtons albums, Russ Freeman has to make sure to consider all the emsemble elements, assuring everyone of a part and a place in each composition. Over the years he has proven to be innovative and durable in this craft, helping to shape the face of smooth jazz as it developed. With the releae of Drive, we get to see a more interesting side of Freeman’s capabilities. Composing a CD for his instrument, rather than ensemble, allowed more creative freedom and artistic expression, resulting in… Continue reading