Label: Red Record - CD 123221 2 • Format: CD Album • Country: Italy • Genre: Jazz •
You don't see me cover a lot of jazz vocalist or smooth jazz records, so you may wonder what is up with this piece about a record from smooth jazz's premier vocalist, Michael Franks?
I've already long ago admitted that Franks' music was a guilty pleasure of mine, so it's not like I'm going to back down, now. I guess the appeal is due in part to the fact that I've I go back a long ways with Mr. Blue" on a college radio aroundthe soft crooning of clever lyrics mated to above-par sideman work got me hooked. With his tales of whirlwind, wit-filled romances usually at some of the world's most exotic getaway destinations, Franks could be thought of as crossover jazz's own Jimmy Buffet.
But with his unhurried, breathy delivery, I find him to be more like a modern-day Chet Baker Baker the vocalist, not when he's playing trumpet. By the middle of the '80s, he became a favorite among the college set who found R. The music also got more pop-oriented and, I dare say, louder.
As the 90s wore on, he slowed down his pace and the tempo of music. Time Together is his first one since Rendezvous in Rio five years ago. Time finds Franks still decelerating, with production even lighter than Rio even though five different producers were used on this record. Perhaps ironically, he's slowed down to the gentle tempos of his 70s music, but with arrangements about as lean and feathery as its ever been The breezy, Brazilian feel found on pretty much every album since 's Sleeping Gypsy pervades this one, too.
So are the references to the straight jazzers or Brazilian jazzers—on this album, he's named checked Ahmad Jamal, Antonio Carlos Jobim, and Astrud Gilberto—even when the music is often only tangentially jazz. Other Hostage - Ray Mantilla Space Station Featuring Special Guest Bobby Watson - Dark Powers , he does cross right into piano Hostage - Ray Mantilla Space Station Featuring Special Guest Bobby Watson - Dark Powers chanteuse territory "One Day Hostage - Ray Mantilla Space Station Featuring Special Guest Bobby Watson - Dark Powers St.
Session player obsessives can always find plenty of top drawer names credited on a Michael Franks album and this one is no exception. Chuck Loeb, probably the current generation's Larry 3 Day Weekend - Sean Wyze - The Sunday LP and, naturally, Carlton's replacement on that smooth jazz supergroup Fourplaymakes the biggest footprint with contributions on five of the eleven tracks and producing four of them.
Whenever he's around, the songs sound more contemporary and polished, but thankfully, he took care not to push it too far into generic snooze jazz. A mellow voice and mellow music, Time Together requires a relaxed, content mood to fully enjoy. But isn't that the mood we wish to be in, anyway? Maybe this is the real reason for my strange attraction to the music of Michael Franks; he's always exuding that chilled-out state of mind.
I wanna be that way all the time, too. Etiquetas: Michael Franks. The Crusaders - Southern Comfort The label switch also coincided with the inclusion of lyrical guitarist Larry Carlton as a full-fledged member. Although much of Southern Comfort puts a gloss on ideas made definitive on earlier efforts, the complaints are minimal and this remains the most appealing, multi-faceted incarnation of the band. The first track, "Stomp and Buck Dance," is an offhanded and skilled approach to the group's patently earthy style.
The insistent Living In America - The Godfathers - Back To Soul Well's Gone Dry" has the edginess of some of the better tracks on Unsung Heroes, and has Carlton doing great work on the bridge. Not surprisingly, it is Carlton's presence here that adjusts the band chemistry and makes the best of Southern Comfort even more Come Rescue Me - Various - Ragga Connection 2006 Vol.2. The best track here, the poignant "When There's Love Around," has Carlton's guitar attaining the perfect sense of longing that meshes well with Joe Sample's trademark Fender Rhodes tones.
The last tracks here are also in a thoughtful ballad vein: "Lilies of the Nile" has great horn work from Wilton Felder and Wayne Henderson, and the last track, "A Ballad for Joe Louis ," is a heartfelt rumination on the death of the famed boxer, featuring Sample's inherent sense of melody.
A good representation of the Crusaders' tasteful and intelligent playing, Southern Comfort is more than recommended to their fans. Etiquetas: The Crusaders. Akiko Tsuruga - Oriental Express With her third release as a leader, Japanese-born jazz organist Akiko Tsuruga demonstrates her growth as a player, having distilled the essence of many of the giants of the instrument, including Jimmy Smith, Charles Earland, Mel Rhyne, Brother Jack McDuff and others.
One of relatively few women who has gained exposure playing jazz organ, Tsuruga shows a surprising maturity at the instrument, using a wide variety of dynamics, while her adventurous spirit shows in her improvising and choice of rhythms. Two of her sidemen on these sessions, tenor saxophonist Jerry Weldon and drummer Rudy Perschauer, were members of McDuff's final band and their presence no doubt stimulated the young organist.
She's equally adept handling standards like "Teach Me Tonight" and Henry Mancini's lush ballad "Dreamsville," both of which prominently feature Johnson. Regularly performs as a key member of the Lou Donaldson Quartet. Tsuruga has too much funkiness in her to settle for playing just a 'good' solo. Her lines pile on top of each other with the force of a tsunami until the energy has been ratcheted up to tidal wave proportions. Etiquetas: Akiko Tsuruga. Steve Berrios-Percussion, Drums.
For 21, Mantilla was on stage playing modern conga drums with Eddie Palmieri and Ray Barretto, the only game of Neo-Nuyorican synthesis known as 'salsa' With flutist Herbie Mann, Ray Mantilla entered the international spotlight in After a stint in Puerto Rico, where he honed his skills in the trap, Ray returned to the States to be on tour nationally and 成人礼 - 罗美仪* - Bonnie Europe and Japan with Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers.
For seven years Ray has been busy with his Blakey outside working hours doing studio work during recording and performing almost every major figure in jazz singers including Eartha Kitt and Josephine Baker. InRay Mantilla became the first musician from North America to play in Cuba since the Cuban revolution when he appeared there as a historical member of the goodwill led by Dizzy Gillespie. Ray Mantilla's career has included many legendary jazz composition and Latin Jazz ensembles.
Prolific in the studio, Mantilla can be heard on over albums. Ray Mantilla describes her music as "Latin Jazz with authentic Latin rhythms. Etiquetas: Bobby WatsonRay Mantilla. Reuben Wilson - On Broadway Tenor Saxophone — Trevor Lawrence. Reuben Wilson's debut album for Blue Note. Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine On Broadway, Reuben Wilson's debut for Blue Note, is a little undistinguished, but it remains an enjoyable exercise in late-'60s soul-jazz.
The combo, which also features tenor saxophonist Trevor Lawrence, remains rooted in jazz, with the organist demonstrating a Jimmy Smith influence, but the jazz feeling is tempered by a desire to work a groove instead of improvising or attempting Hostage - Ray Mantilla Space Station Featuring Special Guest Bobby Watson - Dark Powers reach new sonic territory.
And On Broadway is a successful groove record, but in comparison to the two albums that followed, it's a little uneven. Etiquetas: Reuben Wilson. Roberto Carcasses - Invitation The New Generation. Interactivo leader debut album. Roberto and his contemporaries created a new view of jazz by building on contemporary rhythms such as songo and timba. From the dancehall Afro-funk opener, "Llego, Llego Timba Mabo ," to the solo piano closer "Tonada Para Robin," Roberto threads a musical journey that speaks to this fusion.
Roberto gives "Monk's Mood" a Cubano reworking with the beautiful voice of Liliam passionately delivering the Brazilian ballad "Velas Icadas.
Tight, spicy, and full of unexpected turns. There is a whole lot of talent in this band. The improvised "Descargasses Ochun " builds from Pancho Terry's chant to the Orishas as handclaps, good vibes, and rippling piano hold the jam together. La banda suena compacta, haciendo jazz afrocubano del bueno. Desencaja un poco con el resto del disco, a pesar de estar bien ejecutada y con un sentimental solo de guitarra de Elmer Ferrer.
Invitation es un paso adelante en el jazz afro cubano. Etiquetas: Roberto Carcasses. On his latest production, this native Hungarian now residing in Frankfurt, Germany has turned his ear to Gypsy culture, back to the roots.
Together with pianist Szakcsi Bela Lakatos, meanwhile a fixture wherever Jack De Johnette appears, he has designed an up-to-date reflection of both jazz and Gypsy influences. The simple fact that these musicians have found styles of their own over the Hostage - Ray Mantilla Space Station Featuring Special Guest Bobby Watson - Dark Powers precludes any direct association with that grand seigneur of Gypsy Jazz, Django Reinhardt, nor is the listener being handed yet another version of someone's idea of World Music.
All of the musicians involved on this effort come from Hungarian Gypsy families with long traditions in the field, though their attention has been decidedly devoted to jazz improvisational work.
For Tony and Szakcsithe source of inspiration was to combine these two worlds that don't really lie all that far apart, and Largo - Johann Sebastian Bach / Gidon Kremer - The Sonatas And Partitas For Violin Solo retain each one's special ambience. Etiquetas: Tony Lakatos. Jean-Michel Pilc - New Dreams All the better.
There's nothing stiff or rigid about what he makes through his playing and composing so there's room for listeners to breathe as they explore these new spaces with him. If all this sounds a bit strange, just listen to New Dreams. Move along with him note to note, moment to moment. If you have the ears for it, you will find this time well spent. It's pure delight to follow Pilc without knowing where you are going—and it's impossible to know where he is going, until he gets there.
So every song on this recording is an exploration, a Hostage - Ray Mantilla Space Station Featuring Special Guest Bobby Watson - Dark Powers . Every one is exquisitely, delicately rendered and, in some ways, it doesn't matter what is a standard and which is a Pilc original—they all sound completely fresh.
At times, it's like hearing an extraordinary magical music box which just refuses to play the prescribed tunes again and again, the same way, as would be expected. Pilc seems to tinker with one's perceptions. An original heard for the first time can sound extremely Raliavimas - Sutaras + Vilnius Jazz Quartet - = ethnojazz.lt, a standard unknowable.
And even when hearing this music on repeated listening, everything still sounds unexpected. Throughout, Thomas Bramerie on bass and Ari Hoenig and Mark Mondesir, sharing drum duties, provide elegant and subtle support perfectly attuned to Pilc's unclassifiable sounds. If you are talking or thinking or analyzing how these great effects are achieved or why Pilc chooses to do things as he does you can't be hearing.
And if you're not hearing fully, you're not experiencing this music. So stop reading and, in this age of multitasking, go against the grain and do only one thing: Listen.
Etiquetas: Jean-Michel Pilc. Most jazz musicians only plan what they are going to play, not how they are going to play it. So it may be different each time it is played. Then there is the jazz jam, the descarga. Things heat up as the jam progresses.
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