Archive for May, 2020

David Bach – Perficiendi

Keyboardist David Bach will not be known to most readers. With his official biography, which is peppered with many references to awards and recognitions like 2016 Maryland Music Awards Best Jazz Artist, Maryland State Art Performance Award and a Maryland State Art Composition Award he does not make it easier to come across his real career.

However, I like him already by the fact that he worked with Crystal Waters, the Basement Boys, Exodus Quartet, Thievery Corporation, Everything but the Girl, Fishbelly Black and Enrique Eglesias.  This musician therefore disposes of a healthy mixture of intuition for the elitist and financial stability. The one does not always exclude the other.

More about his releases is to find in his discography. Window On The West (1998), 5Thousand Words (2001), A Deep Breath (2005), Live at Baker Park (2008), Otherworld (2013) are listed as his solo records. His newest project Perficiendi (2020) is just released on Polyphemus Records.

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Resavoir – Resavoir

Riding the ripples of their debut single “Escalator” (which BBC’s Gilles Peterson called “a winner,” and Supreme Standards’ Tina Edwards likened to “Radiohead on a Jazz trip”), Chicago collective Resavoir return with their first full length effort. The self-titled album presents a juicy suite of elegantly-orchestrated lo-fi jazz instrumentals germinated from home recording experiments by the group’s producer/arranger Will Miller.

Applying a compositional approach attributable to his experience producing hip-hop beats as much as his studies at Oberlin Conservatory, Miller built melodic sketches on foundations of samples & loops before bringing pieces to the group for collective development. After integrating recordings of the full band into his home-produced impressions (not unlike IARC predecessors Jeff Parker and Makaya McCraven), he over-dubbed another dozen friends into the mix (including Brandee Younger, Sen Morimoto, Carter Lang, Knox Fortune and Macie Stewart) before finalizing the arrangements.

In Miller’s modest editing room, Resavoir grew from experiment into epic opus recalling the lush, psychedelic soul jazz orchestrations of David Axelrod & Charles Stepney… but in the sampled-laden style of Yesterday’s New Quintet, Broadcast, or Thundercat, with a lyrical affinity for minimalism & texturalism, like trumpeter/composers Jon Hassell & Justin Walter.

Buy this eclectic album on Bandcamp.

Bob Reynolds – Runway

Bob Reynolds is a Grammy Award-winning jazz tenor saxophonist known for his work with Snarky Puppy and John Mayer.

Bob about his new album “The concept for this album was to take the spontaneity of what this band does live, bring it into the studio, and build a sonic landscape for it that felt rich and wide and reminiscent of pop & rock music that’s influenced us. This album was also, for me, about experimenting with songcraft. It’s the first time I’ve collaborated with band members on the songwriting process. For songs like “Runway,” “Wash Over Me,” “Until The Next Time,” and “Moving Pictures,” I was trying to blur the line between improvisation and composition in a way I haven’t done on a record before.

This whole album was a search for opportunities to explore territories I enjoy as a soloist in other groups. Often they’re different from the places I gravitate to as a composer. Collaborating with this team was a much-needed breath of fresh air for me. Like all albums, this is an experiment in documenting how I hear and play music right now. Runway captures ideals I strive for as an improviser with elements I enjoy as a listener. It feels like something fresh that’s been there all along. I’m excited to share this with you and I hope you enjoy listening to it.”

Runway is an example for good music on bandcamp.com.

Malcolm Strachan – About Time

Scottish trumpeter Malcolm Strachan is a founder member of top UK funk/jazz-funk band The Haggis Horns as well as being one of the busiest session musicians in the UK today. In a professional career spanning 20 years, he’s recorded with the likes of Mark Ronson, Amy Winehouse, Corinne Bailey Rae, Jamiroquai, Martha Reeves and The Vandellas, Jesse Glynne, The Craig Charles Fantasy Funk Band, Black Honey, The New Mastersounds and Blue Note saxophone legend Lou Donaldson. Now he’s finally releasing his first solo album, aptly titled “About Time”, on Haggis Records and he’s going back to his original roots…Jazz

The album is a collection of original compositions, all written and arranged by Malcolm, which are firmly rooted in the classic acoustic modern jazz style typified by the great 60’s and 70’s recordings on the legendary Blue Note Records label. A nice variation of themes and tempos feature throughout the album. From full-on Latin vibes to beautiful ballads, soul jazz grooves to cinematic soundtrack flavors, all woven together by a great group of experienced musicians.

Malcolm’s core quartet is himself on trumpet/flugelhorn, fellow Haggis Horns members George Cooper (piano) and Erroll Rollins (drums), plus Courtny Tomas on double bass. Featured guests are Atholl Ransome on tenor sax (The Haggis Horns), Rob Mitchell on baritone sax (Abstract Orchestra) and Danny Barley on Trombone. Strings are courtesy of Richard Curran and the percussionist is one of the finest session players in Europe, Karl Vanden Bossche (Incognito, Robert Palmer, Joss Stone, The Gorillaz, Sade, Blur – He and Malcolm met while touring with Mark Ronson) Continue reading

Euge Groove – Sing My Song

The corona virus has thrown the world and with it the community of musicians into confusion. While previously the diary was packed full of event dates, it is now empty. All musicians at present have plenty of time to record and release new music. However, as in all branches of industry, coronavirus-related bottlenecks occurred in CD pressing, but these are to be eliminated in the meantime. The music lover will be pleased, because he can now access a large amount of new releases.

In the case of the ever-popular saxophonist Euge GrooveSing My Song (2020) is already the twelfth solo album. Given the current situation, it was also easy for him to win over a large group of musician friends for the creation of his new album. Actually, only his own budget is the natural limit. These include Cornelius Mims (bass), John “Jubu” Smith (guitar), Trevor Lawrence (drums), Lenny Castro (percussion), Dan Needham (drums), Eric Valentine (drums), Darryl Williams (bass), Jeff Caruthers (guitars, keys, programming, arranging), Carnell Harell (piano, Fender Rhodes), Philippe Saisse (orchestral arrangement, piano and programming), and Althea Rene (flute). Featured musicians are guitarists Paul Brown, Peter White, and vocalist Maysa.

The album opens with Hey Boo, a romantic approach to the everlasting love theme indicated by a smooth sax interpretation. Dirty Dozen was a movie located in the World War II, however Euge has something other in mind with this title. The first single of the album is his greeting to the arrangements of his time as member of Tower Of Power. Multilayered and powerful.

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Darron “Cookie” Moore – Lifetime

Darron “Cookie” Moore is an independent musician/ artist who was born and raised in Detroit, MI. Writing his first song at the age 12 he began his musical quest at a young age. He is a bassist, songwriter and producer who also plays keyboard and drums. Beginning his musical journey at a young age, Darron wrote his first song for his school choir at age 12. He has taken music lessons, but is mostly self taught. A significant part of his musical background stems from his studies at Grambling State University and Wayne State University. Darron is also grateful for his bass teachers/mentors, Kerry Lacey and Lamont Johnson for teaching him music articulation.

As an independent artist, he has released 5 albums: “Nothing Else to Say” (2002), “Bass-is Loaded” (2003), “At Peace” (2005) and “A New Love” (2010) and “In Your Presence” released 2013. He also has a Christmas project entitled “Darron Cookie Moore presents A Funky Christmas” released in 2015. All music from the aforementioned projects were written and arranged by Darron. These projects are sure to take you on a delightful musical journey. His newest album is Lifetime (2020).

Get this album on iTunes.

 

 

Kenny Pore – Sessions Through The Years

These recordings bring back some special memories, featuring Pat Coil, John Patitucci, Brandon Fields, Vinnie Colaiuta, Rick Riso, Russell Ferrante, Robben Ford, Harvey Mason, Paul Jackson Jr. .

You can get the album here.

Motown Moe – The New Normal

Motown Moe aka Detroit producer/keyboardist Kevin Dingle is set to release a new EP entitled “The New Normal” self produced by Motown Moe but it includes “Sunday Driver” co-produced by guitarist Blake Aaron and includes bassist Darryl Williams and Curtis McCain II on percussion scheduled for late May 2020 premier. It will contain a smooth jazz, chill, lounge vibe with a mix of Piano, sax, flute and synthesizer, includes nice and mellow to uptempo tracks including the title “The New Normal”. If you enjoy contemporary jazz, this project is a must have for your collection.

This EP will be available on Motown Moe’s website.

Bluey – Tinted Sky

He is regarded as the forefather of the British acid jazz and jazz funk movement. In the main profession musician, in the secondary profession band founder and talent promoter. The Mauritius born music genius Jean Paul Maunik, better known as Bluey, co-founded the band Light Of The World before he achieved world fame with the group Incognito. Never self-sufficient, he founded the side projects Citrus Sun and Innershade and to complete the portrait he already released his solo albums Leap Of Faith (2013) and Life Between The Notes (2015).  With some delay his third solo album Tinted Sky will be released in June on Dôme Records (UK) and Shanachie Entertainment (USA).

Bluey performs on the new album lead guitar, keyboards and vocals. Richard Bull plays guitar, keyboards and all other instruments. He is also responsible for programming, recording, mixing and mastering. All songs were produced, written and arranged by both.

Bluey also provides the explanation for this intimate two-man project. “When you live in a large family in one house, it’s great to pack up in the middle of the night and disappear where nobody knows your name, live off the land and to do things without the big picture in mind. Just do! That’s what this is!”

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Keith Mason – I Surrender All

What can be said of the very few artists who innovate without intent or pre-meditated recognition? Keith Mason also known as “Top Hat” to his peers has finally figured it out. He knows his only validation comes from Christ Jesus and his talents blessed each time he lifts His name in song. Keith and “Top Hat” exist in the same musical realm and are humbled by the Holy Spirit where all inspiration is received.

Ronald Jackson comments about Keith’s new album I Surrender All: Each track here is a feel-good one. Whether up-tempo or mid-tempo, they all light a fire within you and call on you to acknowledge and appreciate the funk-laced groove.

𝘐 𝘚𝘶𝘳𝘳𝘦𝘯𝘥𝘦𝘳 𝘈𝘭𝘭 will not be available via Amazon or ITunes until May 23 but may now be pre-ordered directly from Keith Mason’s website at keithamason.com until further notice.