The band Beat Funktion has returned with another foray into jazz and funk. Green Man is a nice continuation of their unique jazz-funk fusion, this time with an array of special vocal guests, as well as great musicianship. The sound is decidedly contemporary with a solid menu of all original jams. The collective’s core lineup consists of Karl Olandersson on trumpet, Johan Öijen on guitar, Daniel Lantz on keyboards, Olle Thunström on tenor sax, Pal Johnson on bass and Jon Ericksson on drums. Guests on the project include singers Alicia Olatuja, Viktoria Tolstoy, Adée, Claes Janson, Damon Elliot, Jasmine Kara and Matilda Gratte, among others. It’s a groove fest from beginning to end.
Click to listen to a clip of “Jack The Ripper”:
Tracks: teampunch, Tomorrow, In Love in Vain, Jack The Ripper, Paper Girl, Rewnd, Over The Ocean, Lorelei, We Are Young, Green Man.
Pianist Bill Anschell returns to the studio scene with a truly outstanding recording. Rumbler is a brilliant showcase of musician virtuosity and solid compositional acumen. Anschell wrote most of the songs on the effort, with nice re-workings of tunes by Thelonious Monk, John Lennon and Paul McCartney and Duke Ellington. The music and performances are superb. The electric guitar, played by Brian Monroney , in conversation with the piano is a really nice element of the production throughout. The rest of the tremendous lineup includes Chris Symer on bass, Jose Martinez on drums, Jeff Busch on percussion, Jeff Coffin on soprano sax, Richard Cole on tenor sax and Hans Teuber heard on flute and various saxes on several tunes. It’s an fantastic production by Anschell and all involved.
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Tracks: Misterioso, Dark Wind, Captive Light, MBK, No You Go, Rumbler, 39F, Heisenberg’s Fugue State, The Dreaded “E” Word, Reflections in D .
Carol Bach-y-rita is incredibly versatile and engaging singer. On Minha Casa/My House , the singer moves easily between various styles from Brazillian to pop standard with great ease. There’s a clarity and honesty to her delivery combine with lovely tone that’s compelling. The set is comprised of tunes by Cole Porter, Dizzy Gillespie, Henry Nemo Joni Mitchell and Charles Mingus, as well as tunes by the singer and pianist Bill Cantos who also plays on the production. Also included in the musical lineup are guitarist Larry Koonse, bass John Leftwich, drummer Mike Shapiro and percussionist Dudu Fuentes. This is an outstanding recording from an equally outstanding talent.
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Tracks: Morning Coffee, You’d Be So Nice To Come Home To, A Night in Tunisia, T’is Autumn, The Dry Cleaner FromDes Moines, Nature Boy, Trust, PRA Qum Quiser Me Visitar, Gardening with No Pants, Love Look Away, While My Lady Sleeps .
Andrea Claburn has a warm and ear-pleasing voice and style of delivery. Her outstanding recording debut Nightshade is a wonderfully versatile showcase for her dynamic vocal talents. Comprised of a nice blend of standards and enjoyable self-penned originals, the production is top notch. The set includes compositions by Ben Carter, Hoagy Carmichael, Pat Metheny, Duke Ellington and Bill Evans. The excellent music is provided by an outstanding lineup that includes Matt Clark on piano and Fender Rhodes, Sam Bevan on bass, Alan Hall on drums, Erik Jekabson on trumpet and flugelhorn, Mads Tolling on violin and viola and Terrence Brewer on guitars. Andrea Claburn is a captivating and compelling musical soul.
Click to listen to a clip of “Infinite Wisdom (Echoes of Harlem)”:
Tracks: Lionheart, Bird on a Wire, My Favorite Flavor, Infinite Wisdom (Echoes of Harlem), Turn Out The Stars, After You’ve Gone, Skylark, I Can’t HelpIt, The Fall of Man, Daybreak, Colors of Light, Steal Away.
Even though violinist Mads Tolling was born in the 1980s, his appreciation for the profound the cultural and musical contributions of the 1960 were the inspiration for his latest recording. Playing the 60s features songs that were part of the television, radio and film landscape of that decade. The eclectic set salutes the highly influential period with a collection of creatively arranged compositions by Burt Bacharach and Hal David, Henry Mancini, Lalo Schifrin, Morton Stevens and Ennio Morricone, among others. The Mads Men on this effort are a group of solid players, with Colin Hogan is on keys, Eric Garland on drums and Sam Bevan on bass. There are great vocal performances included here by Kenny Washington, Spencer Day and Kalil Wilson. Stanley Clarke is featured on bass on one track in this thoroughly entertaining production of these nicely re-imagined iconic tunes.
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Tracks: A Taste of Honey, Meet The Flintstones, Georgia on My Mind, My Girl, The Pink Panther, All Along The Watchtower, The Look of Love, Mercy Medley, Mission: Impossible, A Time For U, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Peter Gunn, Hawaii 5-0, Beautiful Savior .