Few can match drummer Daniel Freedman when it comes to pan-stylistic jazz presentations that cut across cultural lines. This lifelong New Yorker has found a way to bridge sonic worlds, erase boundary lines, and merge various musical languages in masterful fashion in his own work and in support of others. It's no wonder why the best of the best—the one and only Sting, West African superstar Angelique Kidjo, and Israeli clarinet queen Anat Cohen, to mention three—have called on Freedman. He isn't nearly as well-known as he should be at this point, due in no small part to the fact that his sideman duties take up much of his time, but with each successive release under his own name he furthers his reputation as one of the most open-minded drummer-leaders on record.
One LP of classic material by the Daredevils, 12 songs drawn from their first five A&M albums, showing the different sides of the group to very good advantage, from the hard-rocking "If You Wanna Get to Heaven" to the soaring, upbeat, mandolin- and electric-guitar-driven "Homemade Wine."
" … ils se meurent, nos oiseaux"
That's the grim list of vessels causing major spills experienced by Britain. You will notice that one puts more quotes in term for coastal pollution by fuel oil which escaped shipwreck off our region. As if it had happened in manners, that one there was resigned …
‘Raise The Roof’, Lizzy Parks’ debut album on Tru Thoughts, is an original and unforgettable introduction to one of the most talented singers of the moment. Deftly produced by Ben ‘Nostalgia 77’ Lamdin and with rich, dramatic orchestration from Riaan Vosloo of the acclaimed Nostalgia 77 Octet, ‘Raise The Roof’ embodies Lizzy’s fresh and modern personal twist on the singer-songwriter tradition, encompassing elements of various styles from retro jazz and boogie soul to ambient experimental music.
This album is billed as 'acid jazz', and if that's defined by hard-funkin' horns combined with modern beats, then this is certainly it. But it certainly doesn't fall into the usual image of acid jazz, as being sort of mellow and ambient. This is anything but mellow; in fact, it's easily the most lively of the JB Horns albums. Part of the reason the formula works so well here is that the drum programs are fortified with traditional funky instruments like the clavinet and Fender Rhodes. And Maceo himself gets down on the Hammond organ on several occasions in addition to blowing his horn. I would definitely recommend this CD to any Funkateer who loves hearing Maceo, Fred and Pee Wee blow their horns, particularly if they don't mind a little of that hip-hop flavor. It's a little less organic-sounding than their usual works, so jazz-oriented Funkateers might balk at the album's overall sound. It's slick, but not so slippery that you can't get both hands on the funk.
Ottawa-based duo One 2 One, formerly a synthesizer-pop act, have seen the light to the charts and it rests in jangly guitars and happy-go-lucky songs. On Imagine It's most compelling tracks, the spirit of the 60s lives on fused to 90s technology. Louise Reny's voice is the perfect instrument to capture those soft-focus Summer of Love vibes, all fresh-scrubbed vibrancy bordering on melodramatics. Leslie Howe, the musical/production mastermind behind dance sensation Alanis, has crafted a tasty aural confectionary with which to caress the melodies. Even though it's obvious that this is deliberate, premeditated, studio-manufactured stuff, it's impossible to deny the overall charm and attraction of the disc's pop hooks.