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Malcom Strachan – Point Of No Return

pointofnoreturnScottish jazz trumpeter Malcolm Strachan has been playing professionally since leaving Leeds College of Music in 1996. He was one of the founders of the horn section of the funk band The Haggis Horns.

Malcolm has already played or toured with Mark Ronson, Amy Winehouse, Corinne Bailey Rae, Jamiroquai, Martha Reeves and The Vandellas, Jess Glynne, The Craig Charles Fantasy Funk Band, Black Honey, The New Mastersounds, Abstract Orchestra and Blue Note Records jazz saxophonist Lou Donaldson.

His debut album ‘About Time’ saw the light of day in March 2020, and this is its successor. The album was officially released on January 27th on Haggis Records, and reached me through Willwork4funk.

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Planet D Nonet – Blues To Be There

bluestobethereThis new album celebrates Duke Ellington’s music as it is Planet D Nonet‘s favorite music. It is situated between 1956 and 1963.

After decades of musical and commercial success, the first half of the fifties was a difficult period for big bands. But in 1955 the tide turned, as the main soloist, Johnny Hodges, returned. Billy Strayhorn had been away from the band for several years, but now he was retracing its steps. This is how the band came back to new heights.

In 1959, the Duke even composed the soundtrack for the film ‘Anatomy of a Murder’, the first time a jazz musician had done so. The Duke even had a small part in it. He also won 3 Grammy Awards. Multiple scores would follow.

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Darmon Meader – Losing My Mind

losingmymindSinger, saxophonist, arranger, composer and founding member of The New York Voices are all aspects of Darmon Meader.

He hereby releases his second solo project, on which he performs classics from the Great American Songbook, with the support of various ensembles, ranging from a quartet to a big band. He supplements those “old school” pop tunes with some original compositions.

He himself says about it: “Why ‘Losing My Mind’? It seemed like the right title for a project that was recorded during a global pandemic. Finding creative energy during such an unclear time was a challenge, but it allowed me to dive into “back burner” ideas which lead to this collection of music.

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Libby York – Dreamland

dreamlandAmerican jazz singer Libby York grew up in Chicago in a musical family. Her father sometimes sang in big bands and wrote a nightlife column for a student magazine. Both mother and father played the piano, and the house was filled with the music of Sinatra, Rosemary Clooney, etc.

However, Libby’s musical career did not begin until she was 35. She left Chicago in the early 1970s to attend American University in Washington, D.C. There she met her husband, and together they opened a restaurant. In the winter, however, they were in Key West, Florida, where she became interested in music.

After a few years she divorced her husband and moved to New York. There she was gradually included in the lively music scene. A jazz workshop put her on the right track. However, she returned to Chicago in 2014, and now divides her time between Chicago, New York and Key West and Paris.

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Dan Alan Levine – Over The Moon

Over+The+Moon+DALpngAmerican composer, pianist and producer Dan Alan Levine is currently enjoying success with his new smooth jazz single ‘Our Kind of Love’.

Dan was born and raised in a New York suburb and graduated with a graduate degree from The Manhattan School of Music. He used to compose and arrange on a freelance basis for big bands, composed, orchestrated and arranged background music for TV games, as well as the tune for ‘What’s My Line’. He received numerous Awards, such as a Tony Award for the music of the Broadway musical ‘Anna Karenina’.

However, this new album is my first introduction to him. He opens it with the cheerful title track, which immediately makes you want to dance, and on which flautist Kim Scott is a guest.

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No Substitution – Sundance Vibrations

No Substituion - Sundance Vibrations - VER002.5 2.1In 2018, the band No Substitution was founded by German guitarist Arndt Worbis. The group performs contemporary jazz, with elements of blues, jazz, funk, soul, Latin and pop.

The band consists of: Arndt Worbis (guitar), Jürgen Heller (sax), Björn Grote (bass), Markus Passlick (percussion) and Paul-Alexander Schulte (drums).

During the Corona pandemic, Arndt started composing songs in March 2020. And what started as a pastime grew into this full album. He supplied all songs and produced this album together with Schulte.

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Mary Foster Conklin – These Precious Days

thesereciousdaysAmerican singer Mary Foster Conklin was born in New Jersey, but moved to New York to work in theater. When she teamed up with drummer & composer Art Lillard’s Heavenly Band she transformed herself into a singer.

Her songs changed from show tunes to blues, Latin and bebop. Mary mixes contemporary material and standards with lesser known songs from the Great American Songbook.

She has already performed in The Blue Note, Zinc Bar, Iridium, Birdland, the Kitano and Pangea. But on the other side of the country, in LA, she has also performed on stage, as well as in Chicago and Palm Beach. In 2010 she received the MAC Award for Jazz Vocalist from the Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs.

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Eric Goletz – Standard-ized!

ericgoletzstandard-izedThe latest project by the American trombonist Eric Goletz will not be released until February 10, but I have already received a review copy.

Goletz grew up in a musical environment, as his father was a professional pianist and arranger. Eric was drawn to the trombone at the age of fourteen, although he had studied classical piano, guitar and music theory since he was six. He found the transition very easy, and started composing at a young age.

Soon he was writing and arranging music for the various groups in which he was active. Eric was intrigued by jazz mixed with other musical styles such as rock, funk, Latin etc. He started to develop his own vision, with the trombone at the forefront.

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Rebecca Jade – A Shade of Jade

ashadeofjadeNeo soul singer Rebecca Jade from San Diego has been performing with Sheila E. and Sir Elton John for years, as well as at jazz festivals around the world. However, she has never released a CD with her own songs.

That has now changed, because this CD was released on October 14. She co-produced 10 songs with keyboard player and frequent songwriter partner Carnell Harrell (Boney James, Andra Day). Rebecca had been jotting down lyrics and poetry in a notebook since she was in school, but she’d never done anything else with it.

These were now converted into personal lyrics to songs that contained R&B, jazz, hip-hop and pop. She also collaborated with Kyle Bolden (guitar), Raymond McKinley (bass) and Charles Streeter Sr. (drums).

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Funktastic Players – Jazz On The Funky Side

jazzonthefunkysideAfrican-American David Williams used to have a career as an MC and DJ during the early days of rap & hip-hop (think of Sugar Hill Gang, Kurtis Blow and Grandmaster Flash) as a composer, producer and musical visionary.

Like so many others, he sampled soul, jazz and funk from the seventies. Years later he got the idea to create the next Incognito or James Brown with a touch of hip-hop vibe. But instead it became the melodic, sophisticated and laid back funk of the Funktastic Players.

Their debut album ‘Generations’ was released six years ago, and now they are already on their seventh CD. In addition to keyboard player David, this quartet consists of: saxophonist Marcus Mitchell, guitarist David Prince and keyboard player Kevin Croom.

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