William Woods: Cobalt Blue (2004)
The resulting music is an edgy brand of adult contemporary jazz that exists somewhere between a hip Boney James and cerebral David Benoit. The disc starts with the composition "Out of My Hands," betraying a predisposition on the composer's part for rhythmic melody. This trend permeates the whole of this release, a smart and solid approach that makes the music vitally enjoyable and accessible. This recording will appeal to the staunchest contemporary jazz buffs and traditional acoustic heads alike.
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Track Listing: 1. Out of My Hands; 2. Rhythm; 3. Princess Dreams; 4. All Night Long; 5. Blue Me Down; 6. Absolute Zero; 7. Drama Queen; 8. No Money Down; 9. Reunion Song; 10. Small Wonder; 11. Tread Lightly.
Personnel: William Woods: Piano; Regis Branson: Keyboards, Bass; Vincent Henry, Mark Friedman: soprano saxophone; Robert DeBellis: alto saxophone; Bernard Davis: Drums.