Posts Tagged ‘ Out of the Box ’

Lori Williams – Out Of The Box

American vocalist Lori Williams has a strong connection to jazz. Here website is Lorijazz.com indicating that jazz is her profession and passion. However, limiting her vocal abilities to one genre would not do justice to her distinctive personality.

Lori Williams made her vocal solo debut with the self produced album Healing Within (2010), with which she received considerable merits as a jazz singer. This impression was intensified with her second album Eclipse Of The Soul (2012). She does not leave this musical homeland with her third album Behind The Smiles (2016), which, like its predecessors, was released on the Pacific Coast Jazz label. Nevertheless, in some songs she enjoys to seamlessly lend R&B colors to her voice across genres.

Her new album Out Of The Box (2018) appears like a reorientation of the established jazz singer. “When you reach the milestone of 50, many things begin to cross your mind,” Lori declares. “Out of the Box is a deliberate breakaway from me being stereotyped as ‘Lori only does this’ – this being straight ahead jazz. For me to be recognized and respected within that music has been quite an accomplishment but there is more to me. Out of the Box is a Neo-Soul Jazz project”.

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Jack Prybylski – Out Of The Box

Influenced by Tom Scott and David Sanborn Jack Prybylski has released seven albums with Buffalo-based jazz group Them Jazzbeards. He started his solo career with the debut album Soho Strut (2001). On his second album Window Shopping (2006) he performed with guitar-genius Ken Navarro. “It was great working with Ken on this project and drawing on his experience not only as a musician and producer, but also as a label owner and an icon in this genre for years,” says Jack.

Now Jack presents his third album Out Of The Box, which is scheduled for release 6/22 and will be available via several online retailers and earlier at Jack’s website. Jack recorded this album with Rob DeBoer (guitar, keyboards, bass, programming) and Tony Grace (drums, percussion, programming), both members of the famous acid jazz group Four 80 East.

Jack comments: “I was totally blown away by the ideas Tony and Rob (Four 80 East) brought to the table. I wanted something a little more aggressive and a little less safe than the previous releases. Sometimes it’s fun to color outside of the lines.”

We dive into Jack’s album with Head Hunter, a creation of the fab two. Driven by dynamic bass and wah-wah guitar the track walks on the line between retro quotes and contemporary jazz.

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Jack Prybylski – Out of the Box

What do you get when you combine elements of trance, steeped in a generous underlayment of rhythm with a heat-infused saxophone that is masterfully caressed by one very bad cat? You get a pass on a very trippy vibe that some might say is Out of the Box.

Produced by Four 80 East (one of the hottest bands that has existed to defy all the rules), Out of the Box (Innervision Records) is the third solo release by saxophonist Jack Prybylski. Prybylski initially caught the ear of radio with his sophomore release, Window Shopping, by garnering national praise from critics for his smooth melodic style. “Jacks instantly appealing music and strong sound make Window Shopping one of the best independent releases this year,” declared Smooth Jazz News.

However, unbeknown to smooth jazz fans, Prybylski cut his teeth on the bandstand playing with respected working bands like Them Jazzbeards, which included components of the West Coast cool sound. With a resume that includes a master’s degree in music, esteemed education credentials and having won “Saxophonist of the Year” ten times in Buffalo, Prybylski has a serious background steeped in a rich mixture of jazz, rock and blues history.

Working with Four 80 East on Out of the Box gave Prybylski the chance to materialize the artistic breadth of the bandstand to studio track without losing his established radio friendly appeal. The result was a sound that brings his contemporary jazz journey full circle.

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