Archive for December 10th, 2012

Jeff Kashiwa – Let It Ride

Let It RideGo with the flow. Trust your instincts. Let It Ride. Saxophonist Jeff Kashiwa uses that mindset with his session of all-original music (Native Language Records, 2012).

Though Kashiwa has released seven previous recordings as a solo artist, he is perhaps best known for his work with The Rippingtons. The release of Let It Ride coincides with a hectic tour schedule, in which Kashiwa is a featured soloist with the Rippingtons and a trio known as the Sax Pack. Several stars appear as guests, including Rippingtons guitarist Russ Freeman, Spyro Gyra keyboardist Tom Schuman and pianist David Benoit.

Kashiwa takes to the soprano sax and keyboard on “Stomp,” a piece that begins as if it’s going to of the electronica mode, but then quickly shifts to something more groove-oriented. Melvin Davis contributes a cool bass line, with other assistance by Chuck Loeb on guitar, Dave Hooper on drums and Ronnie Guitierrez on percussion. Kashiwa’s free-spirited lead carries the piece. Loeb gets to stretch out some toward the end.

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