July 27, 2011

What We're Listening To ** July 2011

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

Mike D'Lorenzo, Bring It Back (Keep The Groove) (2011)

Cindy Bradley, Unscripted (Trippin & Rhythm) (2011)

Paul Hardcastle, Hardcastle VI (Trippin & Rhythm) (2011)

Joseph Vincelli, The Invitation (Integra Records) (2011)

Jay Rowe, Live At Daniel Street (Jay Rowe Music) (2011)


P E T E R * B O E H I

Brian Hughes - Fast Train To A Quiet Place (2011)
Guitarist Brian Hughes delivers another outstanding album full of great melodies, uplifting grooves and - most of all - excellent guitar playing, supported by a top-notch band. Mighty fine stuff!

Duane Parham - Motor City Sax Appeal (2011)
Saxophonist Duane Parham's tribute to the Motown legends caught me by surprise. This musician has great sound and sensibilities on the saxophone, the selection of the material is fine, and the arrangements just work. This one caresses my soul!

Russ Hewitt - Alma Vieja (2011)
This is a great flamenco guitarist in the vein of Jesse Cook, his latest release boasts excellent acoustic guitar playing and catchy latin melodies with a modern twist. Guests include Michael Lington on sax and Charlie Bisharat on violin. Thumbs up!

Gail Jhonson - Her Story (2001)
Keyboardist Gail Jhonson is the musical director of guitarist Norman Brown, her latest release is tagged "smooth jazz with a feminine touch". The lady delivers some great smooth jazz and adds another nice slice of music to her catalog. Check it out!

Gato Barbieri - Euphoria (1979)
My nod to the past goes to Argentinian saxophonist Gato Barbieri, this classic record belongs to my all-time favorites with the impeccable production by Jay Chattaway and the support of the best NY studio cats. Always worth to come back to!


D E N I S * P O O L E

The whimsical but totally beautiful ‘Mice’ by Michael Franks from the CD Time Together; Brought alive by the vibraphone of Mike Mainieri and sumptuous guitar from David Spinozza, this melodious tour de force will get in your head and not go away.

‘Together We Stand’ by Down To The Bone from the bands latest release The Main Ingredients. With the horn section of Tim Smart on trombone, trumpeter Ryan Jacob and sax-man Tom Richards making velvety magic, the whole tune sizzles in a way that perhaps only the music of DTTB can.

‘Easy Come Easy Go’ by Paul Hardcastle from the recording Hardcastle 6. Despite the fact that ‘Rainforest/What's Going On’ was the first single to be serviced to radio, in terms of popularity, this ultra accessible track might yet prove to be the most enduring.

‘Morning’, by Bob Baldwin, from the album Re-Vibe; Despite the fact that Baldwin is the undisputed master of urban jazz, this deliciously contemplative cut is a timely reminder that when it comes to melodic smooth jazz Bob is up there with the best of them.

‘Lifted’ by Cindy Bradley from her latest release Unscripted; With Thano Sahnas outstanding on guitar the entire piece serves as a perfect showcase for the sheer splendor of Bradley’s playing.

Posted by Peter Böhi at July 27, 2011 5:30 PM