Keith’s latest CD, Blue Funky Blue is 14 tracks that is a music adventurists’ dream with laid back R&B grooves, crisp electric guitar melodies, retro sound effects, exotic choral voices and even rolling drum beats. An upbeat and unique blend of Contemporary Jazz, Blues and Melodic World Music! It’s exotic, eclectic, Bluesy and Funky. As fulfilling as the music is, he then saves the party tunes for last and amps up on the electric rock-fusion. The project also features masterful drumming, melodic bass lines, superb and soulful trumpet work and funky grooves to add exciting musical depth to the CD. With each song, with each melody, with each extraordinary composition, every song on Blue Funky Blue is enriching and satisfying right down to the very last note!
At the time that this Mainstream LP was recorded, Blue Mitchell was the featured trumpeter with John Mayall's blues group. Mayall returned the favor for Blue's set, playing harmonica with an electric octet headed by Mitchell. Among the sidemen are Herman Riley (on tenor and flute), keyboardist Joe Sample and guitarist Freddy Robinson. The material (all obscure originals) is primarily blues-oriented, and the music overall is listenable and funky, but not particularly memorable. Just an average date from these fine musicians.
Michael Franks' first album of the '90s and his first in three years was a complete return to form and his best album since 1979's Tiger in the Rain. Meditative, lush and clearly the work of an artist intent on making personal music regardless of trends or airplay, Blue Pacific is as open and beautiful as the ocean for which it is named. The return of the production team of Tommy LiPuma and Al Schmitt doesn't hurt either, and with such veteran pros as Dean Parks, John Guerin, John Patitucci and Peter Erskine on board, how could Franks miss? With additional production and engineering support by Walter Becker and Roger Nichols, the Steely Dan connection, previously hinted at, was finally made, with great results. It's pointless to single out individual songs, since this is very much a complete, unified work. The album marked a total rebirth for Franks.