What We're Listening To ** November 2014

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

Danny Kusz, Sexy Funk Velvet Jazz (independent release)

Melina, Wishing On Love (Woodward Ave. Records)

Eric Darius, Retro Forward (Shanachie)

Mariea Antoinette, Straight From The Harp (independent release)

New Latitude, Convergence (independent release)


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

Eric DariusRetro Forward (Shanachie) (2014)

Randy SingerHarmonica Dreams (Randy Singer) (2014)

ThreestyleGet It (Welovemusic) (2014)

Cate Musiq GroupThe Style Lounge Vol. 1 The 80's (Caté Musiq Group) (2014)

Nelson Faria & Frankfurt Radio BigbandLive In Frankfurt (Nelson Faria) (2014)


P E T E R * B O E H I

Gerardo Frisina - Movement (2014)
This Italian producer has established himself throughout the years as one of the finest interpreters of the Latin-influenced jazz club sound and this current release is another great latin jazz banger full of outstanding musicianship and uplifting tunes. Thumbs up!

The Brandee Younger Quartet - Live At The Breeding Ground (2014)
This female harpist delivers a cool live album with her acoustic band featuring some great horn playing and hard hitting straight ahead tunes. Spiritual jazz in the vein of Alice Coltrane and Dorothy Ashby deeply rooted in the 70ies. Check it out!

The Sean Jones Quartet - Im•Pro•Vise (2014)
I became aware of this supreme trumpet player when he appeared with Dianne Reeves at the Capital Jazz Festival this summer. This acoustic jazz album runs the gamut from fiery straight ahead tracks to laid back bluesy tunes like the outstanding "I Don't Give A Damn Blues". Improvised jazz at its finest!

Dizzy Gillespie - New Faces (1985)
This session which was recorded 84-85 and released on GRP Records is one more enjoyable slice from the vast catalog of trumpet player Dizzy Gillespie. With Brandford Marsalis and Kenny Kirkland in the band, the result is very enjoyable and definitely groovy. Don't miss it!

Lalo Schifrin - Gypsies (1978) and No One Home (1979)
My nod to the past goes to keyboardist Lalo Schifrin and those two danceable jazz-funk releases on the Tabu label, beautifully re-released in extended packages (like many other releases from that label). Those two albums have a great cast of session players and stood the test of time well.

D E N I S * P O O L E

'Beautiful Queen', the new single from acclaimed songwriter, producer and trumpeter Johnny Britt. Featuring Jessy J on sax (whose interplay with Britt proves to be sublime) this is a single set to lay siege to the chart of most played on contemporary jazz radio.

'Desire' by trumpet player Joey Sommerville from his latest CD Overnight Sensation. This splendidly smooth track benefits in no small measure from the terrific input of smooth jazz great Earl Klugh.

'Propulsion' by trumpet and flugelhorn player Gabriel Mark Hasselbach (aka Gabriel) from his soon to be released album Open Invitation. Much like his previous efforts the album will include contributions from A-List performers such as Bob Mintzer, Bob Baldwin, Cal Harris Jr., Rock Hendricks and, notably, keyboard player Greg Manning. In fact it is Manning who is featured on the track 'Propulsion' that also happens to be first single serviced to radio. It's an intense cut that whets the appetite for what is to follow and should do well.

'Rio De Dinero', the latest single from sax-man Danny Lerman. Since the release of his 2008 album, Meow Baby, Lerman has traveled and performed around the world. Now, back in LA, this South Bend, Indiana native is putting the final touches to a new collection from which the single 'Rio De Dinero' is taken. A mid tempo number with an attractive Latin sway it is a timely reminder of what a great player Lerman is and how good it is to have him back on the scene.

'Sunnyside', by keyboard player Al DeGregoris, from his current CD All In Good Time. Produced by Nils this is a track that defines what 'feel good' smooth jazz is all about.