Your friends at All About Jazz are looking for readers to help back our website upgrade project. Of critical importance, this project will result in a vastly improved design across all devices and will make future All About Jazz projects much easier to implement. Click here to learn more about this project including donation rewards.
Funk, instrumental pop, and smooth jazz color Sheila E’s latest album with an easy-to-like coating. There’s not much to sink your teeth into, but her project does reflect cool waters and the things that make FM radio popular. A portion of “N Perfect Time,” Sheila E’s only lead vocal track on the album, is available from her web site as a 30-second QuickTime audio sample. In it you’ll hear the unique vocal style that has made her immensely popular for several decades.
After serious consideration of a career as an athlete, Sheila E. toured with George Duke in the 1970s when she was still a teenager. Her hits “The Glamorous Life” and “A Love Bizarre” made Sheila E. a household name. A stong funk inspiration shines through in numbers such as “Protocol” and “Paragon.” The band gels readily as a result of its long tenure. Eric Leeds’ title track, “Writes of Passage,” forms the kind of smooth jazz that appeals to the masses. A sultry tenor saxophone artist, he relies on the band to carry an unhesitating rhythm. This is the kind of dreamy landscape we love to dance to while holding on to someone special. Marc Van Wageningen adds a pulsating bass solo while his rhythm-mates refrain from interfering. In several places, such as “Truth” and “Rituals,” the band heats up with crisp, fiery percussion textures supplied by siblings Sheila E. and Peter Michael Escovedo. Timbales, bongos and trap drums light up the place. These few opportunities contrast markedly with tracks such as the vocal pop “Rite to Paradise” or the piano driven smooth jazz of “Virtuosity.” Sheila E. has entertained listening audiences for more than a generation, and it’s good to know that she’s back in the driver’s seat once again.
Track Listing: Trainacomin
Personnel: Sheila E.- drums, percussion, vocals; Peter Michael Escovedo- percussion, drums; Renato Neto- keyboards, vocal, percussion; Marc Van Wageningen, Alex Al- electric bass; Eric Leeds- tenor saxophone, flute; Ray Obiedo- guitar; Dino Soldo- harmonica on
I love jazz because it’s what sounds
I was first exposed to jazz in my
parents household and in school
I appreciate many styles of jazz
and shy away from really outside
stuff. I enjoy relating to the
One of the best shows I ever
attended was 1975 Chick Corea’s
Return To Forever tour at an
intimate venue in downtown
The first jazz record I bought was
Herbie Hancock’s Chameleon.
My advice to new listeners is try
several styles before you decide
what jazz is all about!
Listen to music daily and stay open