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Mindi Abair and The Boneshakers – The EastWest Sessions

I saw it coming. Smooth jazz saxophonist Mindi Abair joined Aerosmith for their 2012 Summer Tour and Bruce Springsteen and Max Weinberg for a night at the Beacon Theater. Infected by the Rock music virus her music became edgier. Mindi comments: “From touring with Aerosmith to getting to sit in with Bruce Springsteen for a song, those experiences gave me the permission to go a little more rootsy, and I’m going to run with it!″

The EastWest Sessions is her second album with the group The Boneshakers. The first one was Live In Seattle (2015). Mindi already worked with Boneshakers’ founder Randy Jacobs on his albums From Me To You (2005) and Rhythm And The Beat (2013). The Boneshakers are Randy Jacobs (guitar, vocals), Sweet Pea Atkinson (vocals), Rodney Lee (keys), Derek Frank (bass, vocals), and Third Richardson (drums, vocals). Featured guest musicians on the new album are iconic Blues guitarist Joe Bonamassa and Grammy awarded singer Xavier Amin Dphrepaulezz better known under his stage name Fantastic Negrito.

The album starts with Vinyl, a powerful rock-fueled song showcasing Mindi in the double feature as singer and saxophonist. Forgotten is the sweetness of former records. This Mindi is sharp like a steel needle. Not That Kind of Girl is not just a title, it’s a statement. Third Richardson treats his drums with mighty beats and guitar and sax crank up the volume to the max. With a lot of party noise, Mindi pushes her rock heart to the limit.

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Patrick Yandall – A Journey Home

He is at home in many genres. He lives his love of music in blues, rock, smooth jazz, contemporary jazz and more. You never know in advance what direction his next album goes. A Journey Home (2017) is Patrick Yandall‘s return to his roots.

Patrick has written and produced all songs of the new project. The uplifting A Journey Home has the flavor of a sunny summer day. A hip melody with various instruments involved from guitar, horns to vintage organ. You never get a Second Chance for a first impression, but a musician always get the chance by writing new music. This song offers soul music with a retro savor.

Route 56, also known as Kuhio Highway, is the main highway on the north and east shore of Kauai island. Cruising Kuhio Hwy is the aptly hymn for your next drive on this beautiful island. Intimate Request holds your attention for longer with alluring sounds. My Ride has a subtle blues infusion with the ideal connection of horns and guitar.

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Fabrizio Cassol – Strange Fruit

Strange fruit (n): an expression of dismay upon seeing human bodies hanging from trees, the victims of murder, lynchings perpetrated by those who considered those they killed less than human. Fabrizio Cassol adopts the jazz-blues standard as the title of his project, Strange Fruit (Instinct Collection, 2017).

Cassol plays alto saxophone. The musicians who appear in mix-and-match combinations are Baba Sissoko, vocals, ngoni, tama and tamani; Diely Moussa Kouyate, guitar; Zoumana Tereta, so kou; Magic Malik, flute; Laurent Blondiau, trumpet; Bo Van der Wert, baritone saxophone; Michel Massot, trombone; Stephane Galland, drums; Michel Hatzigeorgiou, electric bass; Oumou Sangare, vocals; La Choraline, choir; Eric Legnini, keyboards, Hammond organ; Manu Codjia, guitar; Claron McFadden, vocals; Makhan Cissoko, vocals and tama; Djimbe Sissoko, vocals and tama; Bazoumana Sissoko, vocals and tama; Djatourou Sissoko, vocals and tama; Yacouba Sissoko, vocals and tama; Fabian Fiorini, piano; Kris Dane, vocals and guitar; Melissa Givens, vocals; Marie Daulne, vocals; Hamane Toure, guitar; Sekouh Bah, electric bass; Dejeneba Dansoko, backing vocals; Pamela Badiogo Mahapa, backing vocals; Renauld Crols, violin; Kezia Daulne, vocals; David Linx, vocals; Sarah Klenes, backing vocals; Anu Junnonnen, backing vocals; Aka Moon jazz trio.

The set opens with “Didadi Horns,” which blends an African cultural motif with a touch of funk. Baba Sissoko has the lead vocal. The horns are reminiscent of some late 1960s or early ‘70s songs or film scores composed by a combination of Lalo Schifrin, Isaac Hayes or Quincy Jones. It’s a call to gather and freedom.

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Yonrico Scott – Life of a Dreamer

Drummer Yonrico Scott is best known as member of the Derek Trucks Band and his current group Royal Southern Brotherhood. His solo career boasts the albums Be In My World (2012), Quest Of The Big Drum (2014), and Only A Smile (2015). Life Of A Dreamer (2016) is his fourth album as leader.

On his new album he is joined by Ronda Scott, Diane Durrett, Nicole Lund (backing vocals), Kofi Burbridge (organ), Joseph Patrick Moore (bass), Mace Hibbard (sax), Kenny Banks Jr., Buzz Amato (keys), Mike Seals, Paul Nelson, Nick Johnson, Daniel Groover, Tyler Neal (guitar), Kevin Hyde (trombone), Melvin Jones (trumpet), Col. Bruce Hampton, Rev. Jeff Mosier (talking vocals).

A horn intro inspired by Peter Gabriel’s Sledgehammer and a voice like the late Joe Cocker. Don’t Give Me has all that stuff successful dreams are made from. Yonrico combines effectively vocal elements with rock.

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Matt Marshak – New York

In the world of music artistry guitarist Matt Marshak has a secure and well deserved place. His life circle and sphere of activity is New York. A good reason to call his new album New York (2016).

Matt recorded the album in one day at Secret Studios in Baltimore supported by Sean Michael Ray (bass), Benjie Porecki (keys), Carl Anderson (drums), and Ronnie Queen (vocals on Real Music).

Most important was for Matt a human and natural sound with no drum programming and loops. He has implemented this concept on his album in all its consequences.

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Jack Turner – I Got Next

Raised in Pittsburgh guitarist Jack Turner earned his first merits as a member of jazz organist Charles Earland’s band and appeared on five recordings from 1973-1977.

With his solo album I Got Next Jack Turner returns to the audience and opens a new chapter in his musical life. The album already received rave reviews at CDBaby and by Ronald Jackson.

Guitarist Jack Turner is supported on this recordings by Mose Davis, Carl Breeding and Moe Daniels (keyboards), Jeff Smith and Sam Sims (bass), Melvin Jones (trumpet), William Green (piano), David Haynes and Aaron Turner (drums), and Kofi Macdonald (percussion) on selected tracks.

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Mindi Abair And The Boneshakers – Live In Seattle

Sax player Mindi Abair started her solo career with the debut album Always And Never The Same (1999), followed by It Just Happens That Way (2003), Come As You Are (2004), Life Less Ordinary (2006), Stars (2008), In Hi-Fi Stereo (2010) and Wild Heart (2014).

Together with Peter White and Rick Braun she released Peter White Christmas (2007), with Dave Koz, Gerald Albright and Richard Elliot Summer Horns (2013) and this year with the Boneshakers Live In Seattle.

In previous years Mindi Abair’s musical field of activity settled in the smooth jazz genre. That changed, when she joined Aerosmith for their 2012 Summer Tour and Bruce Springsteen and Max Weinberg for a night at the Beacon Theater. Infected by the Rock music virus her music became edgier. Mindi comments: “From touring with Aerosmith to getting to sit in with Bruce Springsteen for a song, those experiences gave me the permission to go a little more rootsy, and I’m going to run with it!″

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