Archive for June 20th, 2014

Mindi Abair – Wild Heart

It’s probably not fair to pigeonhole Mindi Abair’s Wild Heart (Heads Up, 2014) as a smooth jazz album. Sure, there’s a smooth or contemporary jazz element. But this album is about Abair expressing herself through a variety of moods, touching on blues, rock, funk and an all-around good time.

The core band consists of Abair, alto, tenor and baritone saxes; Adam Berg, piano and keyboards; Itai Shapira, guitar and bass; Jake Najor, drums; Todd Simon, trumpet; and Elizabeth Lea, trombone. Special guests are sprinkled throughout.

Trombone Shorty sits in on the opening track, “Amazing Game.” Co-written by Abair with Jim Peterik, who also plays percussion, this track has a party vibe throughout. Abair, Shorty and other horns finish the song with a celebratory flourish.

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