The contemporary refrains from vocalist Ellen Honert on Breath of the Soul run smooth and sleek, and with a distinctive eloquence. She favors smooth jazz with a soulful message that comes from within. Guest artists such as Tuck & Patti, steel drummer Andy Narell, saxophonist Marc Russo, guitarist Ray Fuller and The Turtle Island String Quartet provide plenty of variety to her session, as she interprets six original songs and several other familiar ones.
From The Netherlands, Honert connected with the San Francisco jazz scene readily for this album. As she and Tony Lindsay sing George Duke's "Someday, you can feel the vibrations in the air, while Stevie Wonder's "If It's Magic lets the ambience settle down more heart-to-heart. Pop music, Brazilian airs, sensual ballads and smooth jazz meanderings give the session much appeal.
Pianist Frank Martin supports with a clarion call that achieves a smart musical purpose. That each arrangement comes with an easy swing or other natural attachment makes it easy to fall in love with the music. Honert keeps things up-close and personal with her easygoing manner and expert musicality. As she sings the timeless standard "Never Let Me Go alone at the piano, you can feel each phrase soak up the passion as Honert belies the title of her album with a sincere release of emotion. Breath of the Soul convinces.
Track Listing: Blue; Life Is What You Make It; Spring; Two Lonely People; Someday; Love Dance; Hope; If It's Magic; Got to Get You Into My Life; Away; Never Let Me Go; Inspiratie.
Personnel: Ellen Honert, Tony Lindsey: vocals; Dori Caymmi, Ray Fuller, Tuck Andress: guitar; Frank Martin: piano and arrangements; Pedro Eustache: flute; Alex acuna: percussion; Abraham Laboriel, Jr., Joel Smith: bass; Abraham Laboriel, Sr., William Kennedy: drums; Evan Price, David Balakrishnan: violins; Mads Tolling: viola; Mark Summer: cello; Mark Russo: alto saxophone; Andy Narell: steel pans.
Rhythm Abstraction: Azure is the first volume of new compositions created as a follow up to 2018’s
release Rhythm Kaleidoscope. As with that release, Brock Avery improvised drum and percussion
solos. Frank Macchia then composed music for woodwinds and orchestra to Brock’s creations. Azure
is the first of three extended play albums of 6-7 compositions which will be released starting in
January and followed up in April and July. In Azure we have a created a group of pieces that continue
our quest for honoring the art of improvisation with a “stream-of-consciousness” sense of
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