Charles McPherson delves into a number of standards in this collection of timeless ballads, well accompanied by pianist Steve Kuhn, bassist David Williams, and drummer Leroy Williams. The alto saxophonist's tone has a bit of a bluesy edge throughout the sessions, as if he is reminiscing about a past love. His heartfelt rendition of "My Ideal" stands out, as do his two interpretations of songs by Nicholas Brodszky, "Be My Love" and "Love Letters." McPherson picks up the tempo with "I Didn't Know What Time It Was," though his tone doesn't shift to a lighter mood. The relaxed mood makes this release perfect for late-night listening. The only drawback with this CD is the ugly cover photo, which McPherson denounced as very tasteless during a 2007 interview.
This brand new CD album, A Love So Beautiful: Roy Orbison with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, infuses Orbison’s best original vocal performances, consisting of hits and fan favourites such as “Oh, Pretty Woman,” “Crying” and “Only the Lonely,” with the emotion and world-class musicianship of the Royal Philharmonic, London’s most notable orchestra. In addition, Roy’s sons Wesley (guitar), Roy Jr. (guitar) and Alex (drums) provided instrumental backing on selected tracks, along with ten-month-old grandson Roy III (guitar, tambourine).
2009 release from the Hard Rock vocalist best known for his stint fronting Yngwie Malmsteen's Rising Force. On Beautiful Mess, for which Jeff Scott Soto has become JSS, he blends the influences he grew up loving into one Beautiful Mess indeed. From the rocking soul of '21st Century' to the sultry 'Gin & Tonic Sky' to the greasy Funk of 'Bring It Home' to the Beatle-esque 'Kick It', JSS leaves no stone unturned on this release, pleasing fans old and new alike. Beautiful Mess was co-written and produced by the savvy Swedish producer/writer Paulo Mendonça.