“Something Nice”, the new CD from saxophonist
Michael Brown is exactly that, an ear-pleasing
musical experience. Produced by veteran Norman
Connors, this project is essentially an updated
approach to old school jazz-fusion.
Michael kicks off the set with his funky hard driving composition, “Jungle
Jam” He also penned “Something Nice”, reminiscent of early Connor’s
work, and ”You Don’t Hear Me” which is a bluesy jazz jam that’ll
transport you “down yonder” for a minute.
Other highlights include, Roy Ayers’ “Feel Love”, and a faithful rendition
of Herbie Hancock’s “Butterfly”. Vocalist Afrika Ansa accompanies Michael
on the “Seems I Want You”, a sexy declaration of the yearning for love.
Something Nice for those hot summer nights. Feel the melodic breeze of
|Mia Miata’s “Urban Arias"
This next artist provided me the wonderful dilemma, of
determining which column to include her review.
After multiple plays, I settled on jazzy rhythms. With
that behind me, let me introduce you to this impressive
Mia Miata’s “Urban Arias” is an excellent work. It’s jazzy, and spiritual,
with mesmerizing lyrical prose delivered by a powerful vocal instrument.
Mia is the total package! She reminds me of Dianne Reeves, Cassandra
Wilson, and Sarah Vaughan. Her rhythm arrangements are refreshing,
embracing all that is good about jazz, gospel, and R&B.
“Jazzy Soul a la Mode” is a flowing musical definition of this CD. “Urban
Aria” is a moving interpretation of the spiritual “Lord, How Come Me
Here” which invoked memories of Mahalia Jackson. “Be U” urges you to
respect yourself, forgive yourself, be yourself. “Promise Land” and
“Birth To The Earth” are statements of inner strength and the discovery
of self worth.
I could continue but it would just be more positive proclamations. This is
an uplifting, thought provoking, soul-searching musical experience. Sung
to the key of life, “Urban Arias” by Mia Miata
Visit her site to hear samples of her music www.miamiata.com
|Ronald Turner and Fashion Statement "It's All About Love"
“It’s All About Love” is the latest release from Ronald
Turner and Fashion Statement. If you’re looking for
soothing smooth jazz rhythms, this CD is worthy of
Whether you like your jazz mellow, bouncy, or a little on the funky side,
there’s something on this project for you. The title track “It’s About
Love” (be sure to check out the alternate vocal version) gets things
started with a cool laidback groove, which continues on “Song For A
Queen”. The mid-tempo flow of “Real Chocklett”, and “Ebonically
Correct” provide cruising music for that summer drive to nowhere. “Take
Me As I Am” featuring La Van Davis on vocals is the slow jam standout,
while “Pocketslam”, and “Mr. Gary (Slam Dunk) bring some funk to the
“It’s All About The Love”, new music from of Ronald Turner & Fashion
|Tuck & Patti "A Gift Of Love"
Spring is here, the summer is about to kick in, and the
season of love is in full bloom. All that’s needed now is
an album of timeless love songs. Enter stage left,
veteran duo Tuck & Patti, who bring with them “A Gift
Of Love“, their new CD filled with classic songs of
Nothing fancy here. Just their straight ahead, natural approach to the
music. Patti’s soothing vocals, accompanied by Tuck’s acoustic
instrumentation (guitar), create a pure romantic offering. All the songs
on the CD are gems. The highlights include; “A Song For You”, “Up On
The Roof”, Minnie Ripperton’s “Loving You”, The Carpenter’s classic
“Close To You”, and a stunning instrumental version of Billy Joel’s “Just
The Way You Are”.
If you’re in the mood for romance, try “A Gift Of Love’ by Tuck & Patti,
and watch the sparks fly.
|James Hollihan “The Funky Misfit”
James Hollihan’s “The Funky Misfit” is an interesting
title for a jazz CD. Due to his extensive touring and
session work with pop/rock artists for years, the
release of this CD must have thrown everybody for a
loop. “The Funky Misfit” was written, produced, and
arranged by James.
This is a fun listen for jazz fans. The traditional sound remains me of
the era that I really embraced jazz. I remember the old CTI Records
with Bob James, Hubert Laws, Grover, Deodato, George Benson, and
The CD starts out with “The Funky Misfit”. I guess you can figure out
what it’s all about from the song title. “Groove DeVille” continues the
funky groove, and then we shift down a gear to “Across The Desert
Sky” a groovy piece with some Hammond organ in the mix. The project’
s mellower cuts are the centerpiece of “Misfit” You’ll enjoy “The Hush Of
Love”, Cypress Shores” and Latin influenced “It Come From Brazil”
Real jazz lovers take note of “The Funky Misfit”, mainstream jazz from
James Hollihan. www.nuevotron.com