Monthly Archives: January 2010

David Sanborn
Only Everything
(Decca Records)

The songs and performances that the late Ray Charles made great are the inspiration for alto saxophonist David Sanborn’s latest recording,Only Everything. Sanborn and legendary producer Phil Ramone have teamed up again to take on a collection of classic songs like, “Let The Good Time Roll” and “Baby, Won’t You Please Come Home”, assembing a mega-talent lineup to give them a solid spin. Hammond B-3 organ impressario Joey DeFrancesco is joined by drumming great Steve Gadd as the core of a powerhouse rhythm section. A backing horn collective, which includes Bob Malach on tenor sax and Mike Davis on bass trombone, add even more fire to the proceedings. Featured on “Hallelujah, I Love Her So”, one of the album’s two vocals, is the iconic James Taylor (Gee, too bad they couldn’t get anybody,right?). While all this is going on, Sanborn is out front sounding like a million bucks on a project that does the legacy of Brother Ray proud.

Click here to listen to a clip of “The Peeper”.

Tracks: The Peeper, Only Everything, Hard Times, Let The Good Times Roll, Baby Won’t You Please Come Home, You’ve Changed, Hallelujah, I Love Her So, Blues In The Night.

Oscar Feldman
Oscar e Familia
(Sunnyside Music)

Saxophonist Oscar Feldman has produced a spirited and enjoyable work of latin jazz artistry with his latest recording, Oscar e Familia. The album is comprised mostly of songs that Feldman wrote. He dedicates many of the album’s ten tracks to members of his family. The album is the beneficiary of some great musical performances and talents like drummer Antonio Sanchez, saxophonist Mark Turner, Manuel Valera on keyboards and piano Diego Urcola on trumpet and Pernell Saturino on percussion. The inclusion of the Cuartetango String Quartet on the session is a very nice addition on this funky, swinging, and, at times, soothing musical collection.

Click here to listen to a clip of “Mrs. Tangoholic”.

Tracks: Mrs. Tangoholic, The Improvisers, So Tenderlee, Oscar e familia, Coco Da Bahia, New Tango, Triunfal, El Minotauro, Children of the Night, Peace To Find.

Dana Hall
Into The Light

(Origin Records)

On a work of musical art that features the seasoned jazz talents of trumpeter Terrell Stafford, pianist Bruce Barth, saxophonist Tim Warfield, Jr. and bassist Rodney Whitaker, Chicago-based Dana Hall’s stellar drum work makes it audibly clear that he is the engine of this recording. Not only is Hall’s masterful playing front and center, so too are his mad talents as a composer, as he wrote all but three of the songs on this project, all of which hold up to anything that has come down the jazz assembly line in years. Into The Light, a satisfying blend of Hall’s love for jazz and fusion, is his first, giving music lovers good reason to look forward to the future of this brilliant musical author.

Click here to listen to a clip of “For Rockelle”.

Tracks: I Have a Dream, Conversion Song, Orchids, Into The Light, Black Mountain, The Path to Love, Jabali, For Rockelle, Tin Soldiers