What We're Listening To ** February 2016

Jackie Gage - Siren Songs (2016)
Singer Jackie Gage is a truly great discovery, her debut album is one of the very best albums to come my way in a long time. Jazzy, soulful, interesting, entertaining, original... I could go on. There is also a nice selection of material like "Comes Love" and a funky version of "Afro Blue" among several originals. Excellent!

Brandee Younger - Wax & Wane (2016)
Walking in the footsteps of Alice Coltrane and Dorothy Ashby, harpist Brandee Younger released her sophomore album with Wax & Wane, following her great live set Live @ The Breeding Ground (2014) which was a loose and jazzy affair. This new studio album is much more focused and definitely funky, with nice flute by Anne Drummond. Check it out!

Heavytones - Songs That Didn't Make It To The Show (2015)
This band of German studio musicians takes the opportunity to deliver a great bunch of funky instrumentals featuring hot horn playing and a solid rhythm section, that will have your head bopping. Thumbs up!

Ed Motta - Perpetual Gateways (2016)
Brazilian singer and keyboardist Ed Motta released his jazziest album to date, supported by a list of stellar players like Patrice Rushen and Hubert Laws among others. This guy has a tremendous background musically and a unique voice. Very recommended!

Bob James & Earl Klugh - One On One (1979)
My nod to the past goes to this classic album by pianist Bob James and acoustic guitar player Earl Klugh. This is one of my desert island albums that has been deeply engrained in my memory by countless plays. I never tire listing to it. A gem!