For my 813th music review, I am proud to present the self-titled album by the Colorado-based Cass Clayton Band. This album is a mixture of crossover music with blues, funk, soul, and rock, along with Cass’s smoky 3-octave vocal range and big, bluesy voice, as well as her slide guitar playing, this is an album I have enjoyed from start to finish with such great tracks as Let’s Not Be Friends, That’s What They Say, Least A Brother Can Do, Last Thoughts and much more. I was very impressed with her vocals and her songwriting style along with Taylor Scott, as well as how well this album was performed, recorded and produced. I am looking forward to hearing more from this great artist. It is presently available for purchase from her website https://cassclayton.com/ and as more outlets are available I will pass it on to you.
One is the debut album by Colin Carter, best known as the lead vocalist for Prog icons Flash featuring guitar legend Peter Banks, an English guitarist, vocalist, songwriter, and producer. He was best known as the original guitarist in the rock bands the Syn, Yes, Flash, and Empire. This album is a diverse collection of light and dark electric rock with a little funk, a little swing, and a few other surprises. This amazing album contains strong vocals and great instrumental backup in such tracks as Wings, Star Crossed, Underground, Obsession and much more. In addition to all songs composed and produced by Colin Carter, this album was well performed and recorded. This album is available February 22, 2018, for purchase from CD Baby, Cleopatra Records, Amazon and everywhere CD’s and digital downloads are sold.
Guitar Masters Collection is a CD collection from Grammy award-winning producer Brian Tarquin featuring the cream of the crop guitarists such as Allan Holdsworth, Larry Coryell, Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Stanley Clarke, Zakk Wylde and much more. This album which mixes Rock with Jazz and Funk was released on March 23, 2018, on the Cleopatra Records label. Among the great tracks on this ten track album are Tocar Modera featuring Larry Coryell & Brian Tarquin, Funk Me Tender featuring Steve Vai & Randy Coven, an awesome remake of the Stevie Wonder classic I Wish featuring Zakk Wylde & Randy Coven, Hair featuring Joe Satriani and Stanley Clarke, Mother Load featuring Leslie West from Mountain & Randy Coven plus so much more. This great compilation was well written, performed, recorded and produced. If you are a big fan of great guitar works, you will want to own this album which can be purchased from Amazon, Itunes, Cleopatra Records and everywhere CD’s and digital downloads are sold.
For my 735th music review, I am proud to present Wanna Party Volume 2, the second in a series coming out twice a year (like NOW compilations), curated from Worldwide talent search by Top Music Pros, the best of the Indie Artists. I loved this compilation from start to finish and it was hard to stay still listening to this album with these twenty tracks that contained such great work as Fancy by Nigel Stargate featuring Cee Lo Green, I Want More by Chris Gunther, Reality by Ryan Waczek, Heart’s In It by She’s A Spy, Amber Eyes by Will Sims and so much more. This amazing collection was well written, performed, produced and recorded. I highly recommend this album to your music library and you can purchase this album from Amazon, Target, Best Buy, WWW.WannaPartyMusic.com and everywhere else that CD’s and digital downloads are sold.
Shawn Phillips, one of music’s most daring, influential and enigmatic figures has released his 26th solo album Continuance released January 31, 2018, through Tunecore Distribution sees Shawn as the genre-bending singer-songwriter and virtuoso guitarist and his commitment to making ambitious, introspective yet socially conscious music. Just as he did on the psychedelic staple “Season of the Witch,” which he co-authored with Donovan in 1966. This album is a mixture of hard rock, blues, jazz, funk and new age as seen in such great tracks as Life, Man With A Gun, Furious Desperation, Bach To The Fusion, In Grace We Intend and so much more. I was very impressed with how well this album was written, performed, recorded and produced. Please take a listen to this impressive album on Spotify and then purchase it from Itunes and his official website.
Here It Is is the latest EP by Danny Kean, an accomplished singer, songwriter, producer, multi-instrumentalist, and actor from Farmingdale, New York and has been blind since birth. This amazing project finds him diving deeper into his musicality than ever before, including overtures into smooth R&B, early Motown, classic soul, funk rock, and Neo-soul. I enjoyed listening to this EP from start to finish, not a bad song on the whole album. If I had to choose my favorites from this six-track EP, I would have to choose I Can Wait, Soul Provider and Deal With It. I was also impressed with Danny’s take on a Neil Young classic Heart Of Gold. This album was well performed and recorded and is available for purchase from CD Baby, Amazon, Itunes and everywhere that CD’s and digital downloads are sold.
For my 710th review, I am proud to present the compilation Got Soul, a collection of great R&B songs by various artists . This twenty track collection features such great tracks as All I Ever Wanted by Robert Gee (of Loose Ends), If You Say So by Marva King (who was part of Prince’s New Power Generation), Livin’ Out My Fantasy by Ron Parks, One Step At A Time by Cheryl Hodge, True by Jesse Turner and so much more. I enjoyed this great compilation from start to finish and was impressed with how well this album was written, performed, recorded and produced. I highly recommend this album to your R&B library and looking forward to hearing more from this label. You can purchase this album at http://newsoulpower.com/, Amazon, Best Buy and other places where CD’s are sold.
For my 676th review, I am proud to present Karma Obscur, the sophomore album by French bassist Shob to be released May 14, 2017, on the iM Shob Records label and will be released in Europe in April 2018. This thirteen track album is a progressive Rock/Funk/Jazz album with heavy bass riffs as seen on such songs as Hors d’oeuvre, Straight Ahead, Enclosures, Divergence, Dissection and much more. I was impressed by how well this album was written, performed, recorded and produced. This album will be available for purchase from Amazon, Itunes, Bandcamp and other places where CD’s and digital downloads are sold.
Greatest Hits is a compilation album of American R&B group Earth, Wind & Fire. It contains several songs recorded between 1973 and 1981 and it was released on November 17, 1998 on the Columbia/Legacy Records label. Listening to this great compilation brings so many great memories with such great tracks as September, Shining Star, Boogie Wonderland, After The Love Is Gone, and my all time favorite That’s Way Of The World. This compilation is great from start to finish and was well performed, recorded and produced. This is one album you would want to add to your library.
In My Head is an upcoming album to be released on October 13, 2017 by electronic band Unknown Hero on their own label. This album is a mixture of R&B, Hip Hop, Rock, and Funk. I was impressed by the instrumentation on this album with such tracks as Be Alright and Close My Door which has rich vocal harmonies and piano Melodies. Other notable tracks on this fifteen song album are Her Name, One More Day, Keep Moving Me, and much more. The album was well written, performed, recorded and produced. This is an album you need to take a listen to. This album will be available for purchase on itunes, bandcamp and other places where CD’s and digital downloads is available.