DJ Maretimo, Frank Borell, Cafe Americaine, Vladi Strecker, Jazzy James Jr., Stereo Gringos, Island Sun and more.
Includes continuous mix by DJ Maretimo.
With ensemble vocal jazz, the danger is always that tight and complex harmony writing will come across as too smooth and too sweet – for some reason, chords that sound sharp and bracing when distributed among reed instruments can sound cloying and overly slick when sung by human voices. The vocal/instrumental quartet New York Voices don't avoid that trap entirely on their latest album (and their first as an ensemble in seven years), but they continue to demonstrate their mastery of the genre with a solid program of new and old songs and innovative arrangements. Their take on "Darn That Dream" is startlingly new (and features a fine bass clarinet solo by Bob Mintzer), and the lyrics that group members added to John Coltrane's "Moment's Notice" work very nicely. Not everyone will agree that the world needed a vocal jazz version of Laura Nyro's "Stoned Soul Picnic," but the New York Voices' version is really lots of fun and is sure to bring a nostalgic tear to more than one baby-boomer eye. Apart from a couple of saccharine moments on "In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning," A Day Like This is a pleasure from start to finish. Recommended.
"The best album Nektar has ever made!" proclaims founding member, guitarist, and vocalist Roye Albrighton of their first album of new material in four years, titled Time Machine. Well, for a band that has created such legendary classics as Remember the Future, A Tab in the Ocean, Sounds Like This, Down to Earth, and Recycled, those are some pretty lofty expectations to set for your fans. The thing is, Time Machine is a pretty damn good Nektar album, though calling it their 'best ever' is truly a stretch, but as a release of all new material here in 2013, there's a lot to like about it.
NEKTAR is probably the most German-like of the Seventies British bands, a fame that owes a lot to the town in which this band was founded (Hamburg) and to their stylistic approach (Assimilated to Krautrock). NEKTAR was formed in 1969 by Allan FREEMAN (keyboards & vocals), Roye ALBRIGHTON (guitars & vocals), Derek MOORE (bass, Mellotron & vocals) and Ron HOWDEN (drums).