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The Innkeeper's Gun
by John Goldsby with Jacob Duncan and Jason Tiemann
Recorded in the middle of their 2013 European tour, Bassist John Goldsby's sparse yet subtle sounds come alive on the cover of Lady Gaga's Paparazzi of all places. While the other tracks offer intriguing looks in to the musical mind of this talented double bassist, it is this track that most caught my attention. Not being a huge Lady Gaga fan, though somewhat familiar with her music, I was stunned when I heard the opening notes. I said to myself "Hey I recognize that song. Hmmm. What song is that?" Checking the liner notes... "What???? Lady Gaga??? Hmm I like it." Chills went up my spine listening for the first time to this Miles Davis meets Gaga track which totally channels 1958 into 2013. The title track is my other favorite from this very enjoyable work. Mixing a spanish intrigue with haunting drum rhythmms by drummer Tiemann, you'll certainly play this track more than once. Overall you'll enjoy the beautiful recording by engineer Reinhard Kobialka, and mastering by Robin Goldsby. Terry Weadock - Jazzdigger.com
Merge by Chris Greene Quartet
Chris Greene Quartet's latest CD "Merge" on label Single Malt just arrived the other day for review at Jazzdigger.com. On first listen you can hear why Mr. Greene is one of the rising Saxophone stars on the Jazz scene. After cutting his teeth with Chicago area bands from the 90s including Quality Six, and The Trippin' Billies, he formed his Quartet in 2013 with keyboardist Damian Espinosa, bassist Marc Piane, and drummer Tyrone Blair. This release starts out with three originals followed by a Black Eyed Peas cover "L.F.E.I. (Let's Get It Started)". There is also a cover of the Billy Strayhorn track "Lotus Blossom", and of all things a cover of Madonna's "Borderline". Mixed in with all of that is a very soulful original by keyboardist Espinosa. Favorite tracks - Coffee 'n' Scotch and You'll Thank Me Later- Terry Weadock - Jazzdigger.com
Fight or Flight? by Kellylee Evans
Being from the Detroit area, I have always enjoyed the Ed Love show on WDET-FM, the local public radio station. Mr. Love taught me to fully appreciate the subtlety, strength, artistry, and sheer beauty of female jazz vocalists. Given that, it was with great anticipation that I loaded my CD player with the new release from Kellylee Evans. After a few listens, I realized that this is one the strongest debut albums from a female vocalist that I have heard in a long time. Unlike many debut albums which have a few originals sprinkled in with mostly cover tunes, all 12 tracks on Fight or Flight? were written and composed by Ms. Evans.
Starting with the title track "What about Me?", the melodies and lyrics are infectiously delightful. To all fans of modern female jazz vocalists like Diana Krall, buy this new debut album from Kellylee Evans. You will not be disappointed. When you get this CD, pay special attention to track 3 (I Don't Want You To Love Me) and track 10 (Enough), which are my two favorite tracks. - Terry Weadock - Jazzdigger.com
From This Moment On by Diana Krall
Ms. Krall is one of the few recent artists to transcend the jazz genre into popular music without losing sight of her roots. Her sultry smooth voice combined with the 11 jazz classics on this album may make this her best album yet. - Terry Weadock - Jazzdigger.com
Quick Response by Dom Minasi
Avante garde jazz is the feeling you will get from this latest release by guitar virtuoso Dom Minasi. Mixing standards like Cole Porters's What Is This Thing Called Love with original tracks by Minasi, this CD offers an exotic look at modern jazz. The cool tones of Minasi's guitar mixed with organist Kyle Koehler's keyboard arrangements, and alto sax harmonies by Mark Whitecage offer one Minasi's most accessible, yet satisfying releases yet. Click here to visit Dom Minasi's Web Site. - Terry Weadock - Jazzdigger.com
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