Home by Gregory Boyce

Home is the 2007 album by multi-instrumentalist Gregory Boyce, known for his heavier releases with his one-man band Boyce.  This album is more of a softer side in some aspects with a jazz and fusion feel. I asked Greg the difference between the albums that is by the band Boyce and those released by Gregory Boyce and this was his answer: For the heavier music, he uses the name Boyce and for lighter stuff and fusion, he uses Gregory Boyce.  Listening to this great album, I see what he is talking about with such great tracks as the title track Home, Midnight Coup, I Cry, Dreams, Blue and much more. I was very impressed with how well this album was written, performed and recorded.  I am looking forward to hearing more of this side of this artist.

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Jury Of My Peers by Dave Paris

Recently a friend of mine told me about a guitarist that I should take a listen to whose style is so versatile.  The album is Jury Of My Peers which was released on February 10, 2015, and the artist is Cedar Rapids, Iowa guitarist Dave Paris.  Listening to this digital file, I was impressed with the many styles featured on this album whether it is metal, jazz, delta blues, progressive rock, and others.  His style on many tracks reminded me of the great guitarists Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, and many other great guitarists I have enjoyed in the past.  This thirteen track album features such great tracks as Bought By Blood, Salvation Street, Chapter & Verse (which features guitar heavyweight Jeff Scheetz), Author Of Fate, Roman’s Road and so much more.  I was quite impressed with how well this album was written, performed, recorded and produced.  This is an album I highly recommend and you can purchase this release from Amazon, Itunes, CD Baby and other outlets where CD’s and digital downloads are sold.

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Silverthorne by Bob Holz (Featuring Mike Stern and Randy Brecker)

Silverthorne is the upcoming album by Los Angeles jazz drummer Bob Holz and featuring Mike Stern and Randy Brecker with a release date of February 8, 2019, on the MVD Audio Records label.  This is his fourth major label album and features ten new original songs.  Other musicians joining Holz on this great album are bassist Ralphe Armstrong (Mahavishnu Orchestra), Alex Acuna (Weather Report), Brandon Fields (The Rippingtons), Jamie Glaser (Jean Luc Ponty), Ada Rovatti, Billy Steinway, Alex Machacek, and Andrew Ford.   This great release features such tracks as Intervals, Less Is More, Reasons, the title track Silverthorne, Pick My Self Up and much more.  This album was well written, recorded, produced and performed.  This definitely a must-have album for all jazz fans and will be available on February 8th from Amazon and other outlets where CD’s and digital downloads are sold.

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Remember by Russ Still

Remember is a March 25, 2017 album by Russ Still in which he honors the music of his second cousin Jim Lacey.  This sixteen track album are songs written by Jim Lacey. As he has stated, this is not a departure of his regular work but a way of honoring his cousin’s work as a songwriter with such tracks comparable to the pop standard classics from the 40s and 50s and the sounds of Sinatra, Martin, and others with such tracks as Everyone Has Some Sunshine, Long Time Hanging Around, We’ll Never Know, Our Song, When We’re Together, Never Be The Same and so much more.  This album was well recorded, produced, and performed.   Russ did real justice with these classic songs of his cousin.  This release is available on CD and digital download from Bandcamp and other outlets.

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Chicago 13 by Chicago

Chicago 13 is the eleventh studio album by the American band Chicago, released August 13, 1979, on the Columbia Records label. The other two albums of the 13 were a live album (Chicago At Carnegie Hall) and a greatest hits album (Chicago IX).  This is the first Chicago album to bear no significant hit singles. All band members would contribute to the songwriting (one of only two albums where this is the case, with the other being Chicago VII).  I still loved this album, especially the tracks Street Player, Must Have Been Crazy, Run Away and so much more.  This album was well written, recorded, produced and performed.  The song Street Player was also released as a twelve-inch single that was played in nightclubs at that time.  If you are a collector of Chicago albums like I am, you will want to add this one to your library.

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A Soft Message To You by The Napa Valley Duo

For my 985th review and my second one for this artist, I present the album A Soft Message To You, an upcoming album by The Napa Valley Duo which consists of Jeffrey McFarland-Johnson on cello and Terry Winn on the piano to be released on November 9, 2018, from the IAC Records label.  I found this album to be very relaxing, a great album to listen to when you want to relieve stress at the end of the day or in my case when your pain level is up and need something to take your mind off the pain with this soothing mixtures of classical and jazz with such tracks as Quiet Now, Gerwshin Prelude No. 17, Sleepless Night, Beau Soir, L. 6, Chimera, A Tender Time, and so much more.  This album was well performed, arranged, recorded and available for purchase from Amazon, Itunes, CD Baby and other outlets in CD and digital download format.

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An American In Paris by Napa Valley Duo

An American In Paris is a recent album by Napa Valley Duo which consists of Jeffrey McFarland-Johnson on cello and Terry Winn on piano as they took classic pieces and made them their own with such tracks as the title track An American In Paris, Hotel, Romanza, their arrangement of the classic Who song See Me Hear Me, along with the song I Will Fight And Never Slack along with compositions with  Jeffrey McFarland-Johnson such as Preparing For The Day, Meritage Estate, A Soft Message To You and much more.  They even took a couple television themes and made it their own, The Star Trek Theme and I Love Lucy theme songs.  This album was well recorded, written, arranged and performed.  This album is available in CD, Vinyl, and digital downloads from CD Baby, IAC records and other outlets.

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Live At Moods by Sonar

Live At Moods is the upcoming album by Sonar which has quickly gained the international reputation for their uncompromising sound along with fusing a rigorous minimal concept with the power of a rock band which were recorded live at Moods Jazz Club in Zürich, Switzerland, on May 24th, 2018.  This band consists of members Stephan Thelen and Bernhard Wagner on guitar, Christian Kuntner on electric bass and Manuel Pasquinelli on drums.  This six-track album that will be released November 16, 2018, on the 7D Media Records labels contains such tracks as Two Fold Covering, Red Shift, For Lost Sailors and much more.  This album was well written, recorded, produced (by David Torn), and performed and is available for purchase from Amazon, Bandcamp, and other outlets where CD’s and digital downloads are sold.

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Signs And Wonders by Birdsong At Morning

Signs and Wonders is the September 28, 2018 release by Lowell, Massachusetts band Birdsong At Morning, led by singer/songwriter Alan Williams, along with fellow band members Darleen Wilson on guitar and Greg Porter on bass and a host of new and old collaborators, they spin elegant tapestries of sound, words, and music on the Genitian Records label.   This CD/Blu Ray compilation consists of 10 original compositions, and a mesmerizing take on Supertramp’s The Logical Song, all with accompanying videos along with such tracks as Waterfall, Won’t Let It Go, Smiles Of A Summer Night, Study In Blue and much more.  This mixture of rock and pop with a little bit of a jazz sound was well written, recorded and performed.  You can listen to this album on Spotify and then purchase this release from CD Baby, Itunes, and other outlets where CD’s and digital downloads are sold.

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The Philcos Self Titled Album

My 941st review takes me back to the sound of Asleep With The Wheel and Leon Redbone with this great self-titled album by The Philcos consisting of Mike Cronic on acoustic guitar and lead vocal, my buddy from the WannaBeatles Bryan Cumming on clarinet, melodica and harmony vocal and Sam Frazee on upright bass and harmony vocal.  I enjoyed their arrangement of such songs as Pistol Packin’ Mama, the Tennessee Ford song Sixteen Tons, Ain’t Misbehavin’ which I am a fan of Leon Redbones version, Stranger On The Shore and so much more.  They took these songs and made it their own.  It was well recorded and performed.  I recommend this album that loves the old country sound.  This album is available from CD Baby and other outlets where CD’s and digital downloads are sold.

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