April 29, 2010

What We're Listening To ** April

P E T E R * B O E H I

Marcus Finnie - Boundless (2010)
Drummer Marcus Finnie offers a powerful slice of groovy contemporary jazz that definitely stands out, lots of interesting soloing and spirited playing. Very recommended!

Freddie V - Easier Than It Looks (2008)
Freddie V is the saxophonist of the Average White Band, finally stepping out into the spotlight with this cool and catchy album featuring his horn playing. Thumbs up!

Michael O'Neill - Touch The Past (2010)
Guitarist Michael O'Neill has been playing with George Benson for many years, this is his latest solo album featuring a great mix of smooth tracks alternating between straight ahead, contemporary and smooth jazz. Quality stuff!

Maysa - A Woman In Love (2010)
Maysa is my favorite songstress that is getting better and better with every release, this one is another example of her ample talent. Pure honey!

The David Chesky Band - Rush Hour (1980)
My nod to the past goes to this funky big band LP by keyboardist David Chesky featuring New York's finest like Bob James and the Brecker Brothers.

J E F F * D A N I E L S

David Wells, Skyline (Little Fish Records) (2009)

Saturday Night Live Band, Gotta Keep My Eye on You [Impoprt] (2005)

Michael Scherer, Exceeding Expectations (2009)

Steve Oliver, Global Kiss (SOM Entertainment LLC) (2010)

Donald Patterson, Family (Global Music Alternative Llc) (2008)

D E N I S * P O O L E

‘Love You All Night Long’ by rising sax star Jaared from his brand new release Manhattan Nights. With Cindy Bradley lending a hand on trumpet and flugelhorn, this sultry cut is rapidly evolving into a genuine Secret Garden favorite.

‘Window Shopper’ by Christophe De Villa from the CD Jazz and Soulful; Almost unrecognisable from rapper 50 Cent’s explicit original, this chilled out tune, with De Villa on guitar at his very best, is entirely to die for.

‘The Thrill Is Gone’ by Kirk Whalum from the album The Gospel According To Jazz Chapter 3. This brass drenched delight finds Lalah Hathaway in outstanding form on vocals and Whalum, on sax, nothing short of inspirational.

‘Anthem’ by the Uptown Band from the CD Waiting For Her; Here David Fenwick on piano is totally magical. In every respect this is a tune in search of a movie score.

‘Astro’ by Drew Davidsen from his highly rated new release Around (Again); Already in rotation at The Wave 94.7 in LA, this intense number finds Davidsen’s playing to be reminiscent of Nils at his very best.

R O N A L D * J A C K S O N

Elizabeth Mis (independent release), Forever & Ever -- Young, talented saxophonist who can't possibly be 20 years old yet offers both high-spirited and mellow originals. Shepherded in by master producer/guitarist Paul Brown. Great stuff! Visit her website for more info and samples (www.elizabethmis.com).

Steve Oliver (SOM Entertainment), Global Kiss -- In my opinion, possibly the best CD Oliver has produced to date (inlcuing his monster smash Positive Energy). Melodic, smooth, and definitely Steve oliver.

Joseph Patrick Moore, (Blue Canoe Records), To Africa With Love -- Upcoming release has great thick fusion grooves; heavy, heavy, heavy on bass.

David Benoit (Heads Up), Earthglow -- This CD is clear evidence that David Benoit is a long way from his "finish" line, and that’s cause enough for a broad, glowing smile from us all.

Agnieszka Iwanska (independent release)-- Beautiful vocals from this new artist who struts out some interesting, occasionally Basia-like material. Very warm, very appealing.

Posted by Peter Böhi at April 29, 2010 6:48 AM