Archive for April 2nd, 2021

Charles Langford – Powerless

PowerlessHailing from Springfield, MA saxophonist Charles Langford is todays one of Boston’s top player. He already performed with The Toni Lynn Washington Blues Band, The Temptations, Mighty Sam McClain, Melvin Sparks, Norman Connors, Solomon Burke, and Steve Turre. His debut album was That’s Wassup in 2008. Now he returns on Blue Canoe Records with the album Powerless (2021).

Compared with his previous project Charles hasn’t changed his style, an elegant mélange of smooth and contemporary jazz. Charles is joined by label mates like Jimmy Haslip, Jimmy Branley, Russell Ferrante and many other notable musicians listed in the credits. Charles has written all tracks, one cover in sight.

The first track of the album Bliss already attracts attention because of the fact that two saxophonists, Langford and Elan Trotman work jointly. Two individuals with different stylistic origins come together, and the piece leaves plenty of room for their own personal improvisations.

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