Contemporary Vibes

CONTEMPORARY VIBES

Down to the Bone Plays Capital Jazz Fest

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Concertgoers braved rain and mud for the 12th Annual Capital Jazz Fest on June 4-6, 2004. Things may have been wet, but spirits were definitely high with the smooth jazz fans in attendance. Although it stormed all day, even the camping tents remained in place outside the festival area. The performance pavilion was packed with people, while others stood under shelters trying to capture a glimpse of the stage. Featured artists included the outstanding talents of Chris Botti, Dave Koz, ...

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May-June 2004 CD Review Corner

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As spring comes to a close, I’m reminded of all the great music festivals that will be held this summer. My personal favorite is the U.S. Bank Saint Louis Jazz Festival in Clayton, Missouri from June 24-25, 2004. John Scofield, Wynton Marsalis, Aaron Neville and The John Pizarelli Trio are some of the acts that will be there.

Maybe one of the artists that we’ve reviewed below will peak your interest and encourage you to venture to a festival in ...

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Smooth Jazz Jam II

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Marion Meadows, Chieli Minucci, Ken Navarro, Nelson Rangel, Rohn Lawrence and Jay Rowe! Man, what a lineup.

The top smooth jazz specialists rocked the coastal New England enclave of Milford, Connecticut in a 2nd annual show to benefit the city's music departments. Just call it good kharma. Giving something back. Exhalting the arts. Music.

Jay Rowe, Milford native, keyboardist and mastermind of the April 24, 2004 event, is to be commended for bringing the big boys back to his home ...

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A Taste of Spring

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AAJ celebrates Spring, as we bring you another outstanding sampler from the music vaults. We do our best to offer a diverse mix of the current trends in contemporary jazz. Some of the artists will be familiar, while others will be new. You never know who we will review next, so stay tuned.

Moondance Hubert Laws 2004

Every now and then a reviewer finds herself shamelessly hitting the replay button on a song. The ...

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Peter White: It's All Confidential

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Guitarist Peter White is set to release Confidential on March 23, 2003. Full of smooth grooves and romantic undertones, this CD features guest appearances by Chris Botti, Brian Culbertson, Christopher Cross, Mindi Abair, Paul Brown and Michael Paulo. White took the time to share with the Jazz Review his road of success that led to this ninth solo album.

White began studying the guitar as a teen and knew by the time he was sixteen that he was ...

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Four For February

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You never know what you will find in the vaults of the All About Jazz CD library. Rumor has it that there are a few missing staffers in there, but we're afraid to ask. In an effort to keep our readers in the know about recent releases, we thought we’d pull some of the contemporary titles at random and share the results of our reviews with you. Grab a cup of coffee and enjoy.

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Richard Smith: Living 'Soulidified'

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Irish poet William Butler Yeats once said, “In dreams begins responsibility.” These are the words that best describe soul jazz guitarist Richard Smith.

Richard Smith wasn’t always a jazz guitarist. Although Smith studied classical guitar for twelve years he found himself drawn to more groove oriented music. “I’ve always liked soul music and more earthy stuff,” shared Smith. He would go on to serve as a sideman for such names as Marc Antoine, Rick Braun, Richard Elliot, Warren ...

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Mindi Abair: It Just Happens That Way

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With the release of It Just Happens That Way, Mindi Abair has rocked the jazz scene. Daring to go where no sax gal has gone before, she’s taken the music world hostage. The singles, “Lucy” and “Flirt,” have managed to climb their way up the charts, while positioning Abair as one of the top players in smooth jazz radio. However, Abair doesn’t label her music as jazz. It just happened that way.

“It’s been so cool because we ...

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Dave Koz: A Holiday Tradition

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Dave Koz and a host of special guests have launched the annual Dave Koz Smooth Jazz Christmas Tour. Marc Antoine (guitar), Chris Botti (trumpet), Bobby Caldwell (vocals) and Brian Culbertson (piano/trombone) will be joining Koz for the festive holiday experience. After wowing audiences in Lake Tahoe and the West Coast, the tour will visit mostly major venues to include Atlanta and Chicago.

Interestingly enough, Koz will now be the bandleader to the guy who gave him his start. ...

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Marc Antoine: A Mediterraneo Life

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Life in Madrid can be pretty carefree. You start your evening at about 9:30 p.m. with dinner and finish it off with light drinks at midnight. After heading to the clubs at about 2:30 a.m., you will party all night long . . . unless you are the father of a college student and a thirteen-month-old baby.

Although there may be a wild side for some in Spain, jazz guitarist Marc Antoine admits his time at home is mostly hectic. ...

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Chris Botti: Setting the Pace to Chill

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Ambient or chill music was first declared a genre by composer Brian Eno in the late '70s. Eno’s style was more atmospheric, rather than obtrusive. With a softened tempo and subdued tones, his artistic statement of chill possessed a minimalistic quality. This would be the building blocks of New Age music for the future.

Coming to America from the European club scene, chill has evolved. While the music still maintains the original characteristics, there is a bit more of a ...

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Rick Braun: On The Road

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Rick Braun SCSU - Lyman Center New Haven, CT September 26, 2003

Rick Braun knows how to get a crowd rockin'. He's an entertainer that's spent lots of time on the road, backing up everybody from Rod Stewart to WAR to Sade. As a trumpet player, he's got full-throttle energy that carries over into the audience.

With a killer band, Braun brings a certain sound that I can only describe as The ...


Let Me Forget

"Let Me Forget" is from the album Lisipi and the video was taken from a live concert at the Bflat jazz club in Cagliari, Italy on January 17, 2019. The Rome-based trio consists of Liliya Akhmetzyanova on piano, Silvio Canargiu on bass, and Pierpaolo Frailis on drums.

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