Archive for August, 2018

Jeff Lorber Fusion – Impact (2018)

Jeff Lorber Fusion – Impact (2018)

Get used to seeing that adjective ‘funky’ applied to the Jeff Lorber Fusion’s latest album ‘Impact;’ it applies all over this record and that’s just the way it was intended.

Chris Lightcap – Superette (2018)

Chris Lightcap – Superette (2018)

In unveiling his Superette band, Chris Lightcap shows that he invests a fair amount of serious artistry into his work even when he’s making casually fun music.

The Beatles, “Little Child” from With the Beatles (1963): Deep Beatles

The Beatles, “Little Child” from With the Beatles (1963): Deep Beatles

“Little Child” paints a tantalizing picture of the organic sound of the Beatles, giving a taste of their early years.

New Orleans at 300: In Search of Jazz

New Orleans at 300: In Search of Jazz

New Orleans is a place where many cultures met in the past, and it continues to draw people from all over the world – including jazz lovers like me.

Toto, “The Turning Point” from Tambu (1995): Toto Tuesdays

Toto, “The Turning Point” from Tambu (1995): Toto Tuesdays

Through it fizzled as a single, Toto’s clean, organic “Turning Point” again exceeds anything their contemporaries were doing at the time.

Sonar with David Torn – Vortex (2018)

Sonar with David Torn – Vortex (2018)

No adjustment was necessary for this new collaboration, because Sonar or David Torn complement each other uncommonly well on ‘Vortex.’

Bob James Trio –  Espresso (2018)

Bob James Trio – Espresso (2018)

‘Espresso’ doesn’t always stick to the script of being an acoustic, piano/bass/drums trio playing straight ahead jazz, but in the so-called war between the traditionalist and fusionistas/progressives in jazz, Bob James never really chose a side. His best music comes when he grounds himself firmly in both camps, as he does here.

Chicago, “Paris” from Chicago XI (1977): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “Paris” from Chicago XI (1977): Saturdays in the Park

The second bonus track on the Rhino remaster of 1977’s ‘Chicago XI’ is an enjoyable, if not remarkable, listen.

Stanley Clarke, Superfonicos, Max Moran + Others: Five for the Road

Stanley Clarke, Superfonicos, Max Moran + Others: Five for the Road

Stanley Clarke, Superfonicos and Max Moran are part of this occasional look at music that’s been in my car lately.

Ivo Perelman – Kindred Spirits w/ Rudi Mahall and Spiritual Prayers w/ Jason Stein (2018)

Ivo Perelman – Kindred Spirits w/ Rudi Mahall and Spiritual Prayers w/ Jason Stein (2018)

Ivo Perelman, that endless fountain for saxophone phraseology, is finally slowing down.

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