Un Di Battista dal multiforme ingegno, parafrasando Omero, in veste di leader, sassofonista sia soprano che contralto e compositore di quasi tutti i brani di "Trouble Shootin'". Brani influenzati dai giganti del passato (Cannonball e il Duca su tutti), com'è giusto che sia, ma mai scontati o al sapor di "già sentito". La creatività del sassofonista romano si fa sentire sin dalla prima traccia, "I Will Love You", per poi esplodere in pezzi come "Under Her Spell" (intesa perfetta tra sax e tromba) e "Alexanderplatz Blues", in onore di uno dei locali più cari a Stefano. Solo tre le cover, omaggi a Bobby Timmons, Kenny Burrell e Horace Silver, cover (tanto per restare in sintonia col resto del disco) decisamente interessanti.
On Blue Day, veteran soul and gospel singer Howard Tate lays down a set so utterly crackling with energy, vitality, and sheer grit one could be forgiven for forgetting that, at the turn of this century, he hadn't recorded in nearly 30 years and had been virtually forgotten and left for dead – a victim of his own excesses. Tate was quite literally rediscovered by his former producer Jerry Ragovoy and brought back into the recording studio to work his vocal magic on tracks written for him by a stellar cast of songwriters in 2003. In 2006, he recorded A Portrait of Howard backed by the Carla Bley Band as well as a host of guests including Lou Reed, Leonard Cohen band vocalist Perla Batalla, and cellist Jane Scarpantoni. But Blue Day leaves that record in the dust, quite literally. At the age of 70, Tate is in absolutely top form as a singer and song interpreter…..
Although Alphonse Mouzon is celebrated largely for his drumming skills, the brilliant Funky Snakefoot is first and foremost a showcase for his keyboard prowess. Galvanized by its thick, greasy Arp, Moog, and organ solos, the album recalls Blue Note contemporaries like Gene Harris, albeit augmented by Mouzon's monster rhythms.
Best known for his dynamite soprano, Najee proved his versatility with this disc by using alto and tenor, and even throwing in some tender flute work on the mellow "My Old Friend." He is a strong improvisator, but you could classify Tokyo Blue as R&B just as easily as jazz due to the funk grooves.
Eugene is a nomadic musician living his life on the road. His home is wherever the next performance takes him, and every year this is from America through Europe, to Australia with many other stops in between.Born to Be Blue is 1990's Bluesoul at Its Finest. An Intoxicating Blend of Sam Cooke Like Vocals and B.b. King Inspired Guitars, this Album Brings Together an Enjoyable Batch of Bridges' Own Songs and a Couple of Classics from the Pen of Mr. Cooke