Posts Tagged ‘ Soul Jazz ’

Juewett Bostick – Shades Of Blu

We started with the purity of soulful music, added the rhythm and blues of life, true expressions from our soul to arrive at Shades Of Blu. SOB is a natural evolution of multiple converging forces. The times we’re in, the technology at our disposal and a life long associations with dedicated musicians, passionate signers and great artists. It’s an innovative new direction in Jazz!  The projects genesis is Soul Jazz. This is the time when Jazz musicians were dipping into R&B, but firmly attached to Be Bop.

Some artist who made this happen, Art Blakely and The Jazz Messengers, Jimmy Smith, Horace Silver, Lee Morgan, Grant Green, Bobby Timmons and Stanley Turrentine. Bostick’s objective was to cleanly integrate the music and the spirit from this era into today’s creative mix. So, compositions from Lee Morgan, Hank Mobley and Thelonious Monk have been reimagined for the consumer with an appetite for music with depth, passion and creative substance.

Let’s dip deeper into this. On Guitar, through guitar, with guitar you will have to play the blues. On Shades Of Blu Bostick has done the blues with integrity, with class, keeping its sprit intact.  It’s funny, its funky, and its sexy. One featured tracks is a brilliant reimagining of an obscure piece from the pen of James Marshall Hendrix. My Friend, the original, is an entertaining, lyrical frolic done in the setting of a bar.  It’s reincarnation, for Shades Of Blu, is true to that spirit but creatively twisted and tweaked to pay respect to its writer, Jimi Hendrix.
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Lori Williams – Out Of The Box

American vocalist Lori Williams has a strong connection to jazz. Here website is 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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Cedric A. Napoleon – Yesterday Today

Yesterday Today is Cedric A. Napoleon‘s first solo album and represents a new beginning for the renowned jazz bassist, an opportunity to interpret the songs that have inspired him throughout his long musical journey.

“This is a long time coming,” says Napoleon. “I’ve been thinking about arrangements on these songs for quite a while. Now I’ve finally got the chance to put them down on wax and hopefully have others feel the same way about these songs as I do.” For more than five decades, Cedric Napoleon has dedicated his life to engaging in a conversation with the music.

As a founding member of the influential jazz ensemble Pieces of A Dream, Cedric has performed at major venues all over the world. Once the principal bassist for Grover Washington, Jr., Cedric has recorded for Elektra, Manhattan and Blue Note Records, and over the course of his career has collaborated with music legends including Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Patti LaBelle, Stevie Wonder and Teddy Pendergrass. Continue reading

Jeff Golub And Brian Auger – Train Keeps A Rolling

Born in Copley Ohio, guitarist Jeff Golub was influenced by guitar legends like Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and Jimi Hendrix. He worked as a sideman for Rod Stewart, Tina Turner, Vanessa Williams, and Gato Barbieri.

His solo career started Jeff with the group Avenue Blue later as solo artist. His new album Train Keeps a Rolling was released on August 13, 2013 through Entertainment One Music. This is his 12th record as solo guitarist.

On the new album Jeff performs with British organist Brian Auger and Steve Ferrone (drums), Derek Frank (bass), Luis Conte (percussion), Mindi Abair (alto sax), Nick Lane (trombone), Dave Woodford (bari sax and flute), and Steve Madaio (trumpet). As vocalists also appear Christopher Cross, David Pack and Alex Ligertwood.

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Akua Allrich – Uniquely Standard, Akua Allrich Live!

Akua Allrich, a native of the District of Columbia, taps into a variety of musical styles as her influences. She has roots in blues, soul, R&B and jazz. Hints of each can be heard in Uniquely Standard, Akua Allrich Live! (2012).

The disc was recorded in two sessions. Eight songs were done at the Bohemian Caverns on February 14, 2012. The other three were recorded at THEARC Theater. Accompany Allrich in both sessions are Kris Funn on bass and Kush Abadey on drums. Janelle Gill handled piano duties at the Bohemian Caverns performance. At THEARC, Warren Wolf plays piano, and Samir Moulay plays guitar. Agyei Osei Akoto contributes congas on one selection in the latter performance.

“My Baby Just Cares for Me” starts things off in a lively fashion. Allrich’s voice is rich, charming. Fun stretches out a bit during the middle break, much to the delight of some in the audience. One of the fun things about a live recording is hearing the audience respond to excellent play, as happens several times during this piece.

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Michael Burton – Soulful

It may sound cliche, but Michael Burton was made for making music. Jackson native Michael Burton’s musical gift was trained from an early age and honed through years of commitment. His mother was a singer with the Mississippi Mass Choir and his father a tenor saxophonist. In a home filled with music, he developed an affinity for soul and jazz.

As a student in Jackson Public Schools, Burton took part in music programs offered at JPS’s Academic and Performing Arts Complex (known as Power APAC) and after graduating from Murrah High School in 1996 he embarked on a journey to build on this musical legacy. Since completing both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Jazz Studies — under the tutelage of David Baker at Indiana University — Burton’s legacy and musical career has flourished.

He has toured with Mary J. Blige, Jill Scott, and Anita Baker as well as with New Edition, Johnta Austin, soul artist PJ Morton, and blues singer Willie Clayton. Burton has played keys and sax for the Tyler Perry stage productions Madea Goes To Jail, What’s Done In The Dark, Why Did I Get Married, Laugh To Keep From Crying and Madea’s Big Happy Family. In 2009, Burton appeared in the much talked about Perry film I Can Do Bad All By Myself. Before that he also made appearances in The Family That Preys and Madea’s Family Reunion.

Burton has recorded with a long list of jazz, soul, rhythm and blues, gospel, and hip/hop artists including Polow Da Don, Ann Nesby, Jennifer Holliday, PJ Morton, Avery Sunshine, Marcus Johnson, The Mississippi Mass Choir, and many others. His soulful saxophone can also be heard on the Grammy Nominated “Love Has Finally Come At Last,” by Calvin Richardson.

As if his performance credits weren’t prolific enough, Burton’s television and studio production work extends the list. He has appeared on The Tonight Show, Ellen, Jimmy Kimmel, TV One, BET Jazz, and performed alongside pianist Bobby Lyle on the popular show Studio Jams. Michael frequently appears on the Mo’nique show as a member of the house band (Big Jim’s Penthouse Playas). Burton has also written and/or produced songs for Alex Bugnon, Terrell Carter, Christian Keyes, Chandra Currelley, and Melvin Miller.

Noe he can show his talent on his solo album Soulful, which is just arrived at CDBaby.

Snake Davis – Live

Simply called Live this album hits all the right buttons. The band line up is Snake Davis (saxes, flute, whistle, shakuhachi), Paul Birchall (keys), Bryan Hargreaves (drums) and Neil Fairclough (bass).

The album is particularly poignant and personal. On the cover, Snake writes “Recorded on January 24th 2009. My father died that day.” The performance was at Durham Town Hall. It was the first time he had played in a city that he’s always been fond of. The whole evening was surreal with only the band and crew knowing the events of the day.

They played their hearts out that night, underneath the gentle illumination of the stained glass windows in the impressive hall, watched over by portraits of past Mayors of the Cathedral City.

The album is magical. It truly captures the life and soul that was heard that night. Somehow it has that extra special something that’s so hard to describe. However you describe it, the album is a joy to hear and a must for any Snake music fan. Ending with Snakes rendition of the John Lennon classic “Imagine”, one fan commented “we should really all light a candle, it’s so moving”. Music from the soul now at CDBaby.