Saxophonist Boney James is a prolific musician and songwriter gifted with an ear for creating music inspired by artistic expressionism. As an architect of original songs, James is an intellectual man of modest demeanor who has established himself as a musical pioneer in his intuitive discovery of the formula for longevity in his mellifluous career spanning three decades. At the root of his professional success is his meditative passion for exploring uncharted paths as a songwriter and interpreter of songs. As an instrumental artist, James is driven by his personal joy and curiosity to explore and discover new inventive aesthetics ...read more
Earl Klugh Blue Note Jazz Club New York, NY August 14, 2014 On a pleasant, Thursday evening in mid-August, Grammy Award-winning guitarist Earl Klugh treated the packed and very enthusiastic audience at New York City's Blue Note Jazz Club to a spectacular night of silky smooth jazz. The slightly muggy venue was packed, but not overcrowded. The anticipation was high as Klugh and his quartet started his show (the first of two separately scheduled sets) promptly at 8pm. Klugh and his band immediately warmed up the crowd and created a perfect mood with ...read more
If Fountain of Youth isn't the zenith of The Rippingtons featuring Russ Freeman it is difficult to imagine what would be. You can't get much more Rippingtons featuring Russ Freeman than a Rippingtons featuring Russ Freeman album featuring only Russ Freeman. It's a Russ Freeman solo album brilliantly disguised as a Rippingtons featuring Russ Freeman album. There is no one with the surname of Rippington" in The Rippingtons featuring Russ Freeman and there never has been. That's the best part of the joke Freeman has played since he dropped Moonlighting (GRP, 1987) on the heads of the contemporary ...read more
Lenny Pickett is one of those tenor saxophonists who people have heard over and over and, if they're not paying attention, they don't realize it. If they are listening, they will probably pick up on his wailing altissimo phrases and his ballsy, funky sound. He's one of those players, like David Sanborn, who has played on a gazillion albums of people from the pop, soul and rock world. Like Sanborn, he has maintained a sound that is all his own. He's also comfortable in the jazz idiom, and has done many a gig in that genre. He's a ...read more
Raising Kain is a first for guitarist Dave Kain in two ways: it's the first trio record in his discography and it marks the first time he's worked with a producer instead of going it alone. After releasing a few albums with different incarnations of the Dave Kain Group, he decided to trim things down. Kain started writing specifically for trio, focusing in on this format as the gigging commenced. Once he felt like all the pieces fell into place, Kain took to the studio and, with some help from long time bandstand pal-cum-producer Matt Garrison and ...read more
Courtney Love courted controversy in a Rolling Stone interview when she shrugged off Clarence Clemons, the late and great Big Man" saxophonist of Bruce Springsteen's E-Street Band, My Springsteen problem is just that saxophones don't belong in rock & roll," she said. They just don't belong." Mindi Abair would like a word with you Miss Love. The fusion of jazz and rock was not the most beloved of hybrids. As practiced by bands like Chicago and Blood, Sweat and Tears the emphasis was on standard rock n' roll with the occasional horn arrangement. Fusion as practiced ...read more
Pianist Chris Parker is a musical explorer. He has travelled around the world musically and as his latest album Full Circle indicates, he has reached his destination and found an aesthetic where all the different aspects of his musical curiosity come together. While Parker travels a lot musically, he doesn't visit the melancholy North on this album, even though he is definitely capable of writing reflective ballad-like compositions like Free" and First Light." Instead, the focus on the album is the vibrant rhythms of Latin America, with a strong touch of swing, blues and ...read more
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