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.
Using… Continue reading
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.
The set opens with… Continue reading
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
Northern Minnesota born trumpeter Rich Johnson explores a mix of trumpet, acoustic guitar and piano with laptop glitch, sampling, and musique concrete. Blending his many influences-including Bob Dylan, Don Cherry, Low, Kenneth Gaburo, Jimmy Giufffre, Fugazi-in creating Up the Turret Mil, his first solo release.
Up the Turret Mil is a collection of eleven generously diverse tracks. Many of the songs began as experiments with laptop and electronic-acoustic treatments on the trumpet. A vast majority of the sounds throughout the recording are sculpted out of Johnson’s sampled trumpet playing.… Continue reading
Tamba 4We and the Sea(Verve 1967/2000) by John Barrett
Like the sea, they are turbulent; like the sea, they go where they will. Begun as a bossa group in 1960, Tamba 4 also had roots in classical music, with hints of the avant-garde. Listen to Luiz Eça, whose piano has no genre: he starts “O Morro” with a skeletal riff, barely suggesting the theme. The bridge is dissonant, with bitter rushes of sound then he plays the tune warmly, helped by a samba guitar. After an elegant bass-walk, Eça opens the floodgates … a deep… Continue reading
Carol DubocWith All That I Am(Gold Note Music – 2001) by S.H. Watkins, Sr.
Carol Duboc came along at the end of the year and made my 10-best of 2001 list, that’s how much I like this release. Her voice is sultry and steady, sometimes evoking the smooth soulfulness of an Anita Baker, other times a vibrant and bouncy songbird a la Dee Dee Bridgewater or Flora Purim. To make it even better Carol wrote or co-wrote ALL of the songs on this marvelous CD. Throw in the sidemen the likes of Hubert Laws and… Continue reading
Dan Siegel Departure(Native Language – 2006) by Paula Edelstein
A culmination of influences from an illustrious career spanning 25+ years, DEPARTURE is the latest studio recording from pianist Dan Siegel. This CD is graceful, noble and reflective, since it transcends categorization as it speaks to earlier times of adult instrumental acoustic music with classic themes that were influenced by the song, its melodies, and its virtuosic musicians.
Among Dan’s invitees are several contemporary jazz greats including Brian Bromberg, Vinnie Colaiuta, Lenny Castro with special guest performances by saxophonist Bob Sheppard, guitarists Norman Brown and Grant Geissman and vocalist Bill… Continue reading
Keefe Marzell Drawn Windows (Vintage – 2006) by Narvy James
Oh yeah now! I just got back from vacation and first thing I hear is some hot new music! As a drummer hearing Keefe Marzell and Vintage, they strike me as a group that is trying to bring back the funk and fusion. This release is one that you can put on the player and let it roll till the end, then over a few times again.
This must have CD features some outstanding work by all of the musicians involved. Bassist T-Bone Hannan lays down a foundation with Marzell… Continue reading