December 9, 2011

What We're Listening To ** November 2011

P E T E R * B O E H I

Roberto Vazquez - Between Two Worlds (2011)
Keyboardist Roberto Vazquez hails from Cuba and delivers one of smoothest, finest and most beautiful albums of recent times, boasting nice grooves and melodies, sparkling piano by the leader and great playing by all involved - among them Marion Meadows on sax, Julio Hernandez on bass and Sammy Figueroa on percussion - yielding outstanding results. Very recommended!

Jay Kim - Perfect Experience (2011)
Saxophonist Jay Kim hails from Korea and is a force to be reckoned with on the smooth jazz scene. His latest release is a polished, groovy affair with flawless sax playing, catchy melodies to hum along, most notable guest is Jeff Lorber on keys, helping to make this album another winner. Thumbs up!

Wayman Tisdale - The Wayman Tisdale Story (2011)
This album brings more music of the late, great bass player to us, loads of bass slapping and a heavy dose of funk, along with a few more introspective songs, will satisfy his legion of fans, guests include George Duke and Dave Koz, to top it all, you get a bonus DVD about Wayman Tisdale's life and career with many insights from the man. Wayman, we miss you!

Richard Elliot - In The Zone (2011)
Saxophonist Richard Elliot, having found his niche, delivers more of his trademark gutsy horn playing and soulful funky grooves rooted in 70ies funk, supported by a top-notch cast of players. You can't go wrong with this one!

Salena Jones & Stuff - My Love (1981)
My nod to the past goes to this album from 1981 by songstress Salena Jones who is backed by the band Stuff, which provide a warm organic backdrop to Salena's singing, it is always worth to come back to and a must-hear especially for the fans of Stuff. Timeless!

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

Taijiquan, Taijiquan (Backroom Productions) (2011)

Daniel Davis, Play For Me (DD Pro Records) (2011)

John Carey, New Beginnings (Gico Music) (2011)

Muracle, Music Is Miracle (V Company)  (2011)

Ramsey Lewis, Taking Another Look (Hidden Beach Records (US)) (2011)

D E N I S * P O O L E

‘Day N Night’ by Maysa from the CD Motions Of Love; The high octane, retro tinged ‘Day N Night’ has the ability to fill the largest of dance floors and is Maysa’s own tribute to disco divas such as Linda Clifford and Thelma Houston.

‘Galaxy’ from the album of the same name by Jeff Lorber Fusion; There is magic in every second of this fine collection and this is particularly so with the intense title cut that is a perfect example of the tight, high octane performances that can be found throughout.

‘Through The Holiday’ by Chris Standring and Kathrin Shorr from the album Send Me Some Snow. Well, it is almost Christmas and one track that could well evolve into a recurring festive gem is this stunningly beautiful tune which glistens with the kind of bitter sweet sentimentality that never grows old.

‘Philly’ the best track from the brand new self-titled collection by guitarist Lloyd Gregory; This languidly appealing number is one of four songs on the album to be written by Gregory and Felton Pilate. It evokes Fourplay at its delicious best.

‘Closed For The Holidays’, the title cut from an interesting 6 track collection from bass player and songwriter Wayne Jones. Brim full of highly accessible and deeply enriching contemporary jazz, this interesting project features some fine guest performances including those from sax-man Mike MacArthur and smooth jazz super-star Rick Braun.

Posted by Peter Böhi at December 9, 2011 12:05 PM