Content by tag "Hip-Bop"

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Dave McMurray: Soul Searching

Read "Soul Searching" reviewed by Jim Santella

His soulful saxophone melodies add a contemporary charm to age-old romance. Tap your hands lightly on the backbeat and relax, while Dave McMurray explores the smooth jazz arena with a little help from Bob James, Mark Isham, Chuck Loeb, the Ridgeway Sisters, and others.

“What cha gonna do with my lovin?"
“Tell me now." ...

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Lenny White: Edge

Read "Edge" reviewed by Ed Kopp

I regard Lenny White's Present Tense as one of the best fusion recordings of the '90s, so I had high hopes for this one. Edge is an appropriate title for this latest from the ace drummer. It definitely bites harder than White's last two Hip Bop releases, but some tracks suffer from technology overkill.

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The Essence All-Stars: Bongo Bop

Read "Bongo Bop" reviewed by Douglas Payne

A good organ summit that could have been great, Bongo Bop more or less unites B-3 legends Lonnie Smith and Reuben Wilson with wunderkind Joey DeFrancesco and a Hammond player unknown to me by the name of Doug Carn (one wonders who forgot to call John Patton). The disc is something of a follow-up to last ...

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Kenny Burrell, Leny White, et al.: Primal Blue

Read "Primal Blue" reviewed by Douglas Payne

Drummer Lenny White never shortchanges his listeners on star talent--or tremendous musical combinations. Here, he nominally leads a dream band featuring guitarist Kenny Burrell (who, by virtue of the alphabet, gets first billing), pianist Cedar Walton, bassist Ron Carter, trumpeter Tim Hagans and reedman Craig Handy. This set of easy, relaxed blues seems, at first listen, ...