Eyes Wide Open by David Sancious

Eyes Wide Open is the tenth album by world-renowned performing and recording artist David Sancious, who was an original keyboardist of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band released March 10, 2020, on the Not By Sight Records Inc. This release features eight energetic compositions feature dynamic performances by legendary names such as premier drummer Vinnie Colaiuta, Living Colour’s Will Calhoun (drums), and Prince alumni Michael Bland (drums).  This album showcases a balanced mix of four vocal and four instrumental compositions such as the title track Eyes Wide Open, In The Middle Of The Night, The Treehouse, War In Heaven and much more.   This eight-track album was well written, as well as performed and recorded and is available from Amazon, Apple Music, and all other music retailers.


Vegas Blue by The Brian Tarquin Project

Multi-Emmy award-winning guitarist/producer/composer Brian Tarquin presents Vegas Blue, an album that is scheduled for release on March 27, 2020, from the Guitar Trax Records label.  This eleven-track album is in memory to the tragedy that occurred October 17, 2017, at the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada and features the guest performances of Steve Morse, Trey Gunn, Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal, Phil Naro, Hal Lindes, Tony Carey and many others.  This album is a perfect mix of blues, rock and a little bit of jazz with such great tracks as Lights Of Las Vegas, Tomorrow’s Another Day, the title track Vegas Blue, Evil In Men’s Hearts and much more.  I was moved by the performance on this album as well as how it was written and recorded.  This is an album I would highly recommend adding to one’s music library which is available on CD and digital download from Amazon, Apple Music, and many other music outlets.  I want to thank Billy at Glass Onyon PR for sending this amazing album


Destinations by Darryl Way

Destinations is the new studio album by Darryl Way,  the co-founder of Curved Air, a trailblazing rock violinist, and composer and features ten new rock instrumentals, with a variety of influences and sound effects enriching the style and delivery of the pieces.  On this ten-track album that was released February 20, 2020, on the Right Honourable Records label, Darryl introduces himself as a guitarist as well as performing in his more familiar role as a violinist with a mixture of progressive rock and jazz on such tracks as Metropolis, A Rainy Day in Vienna, Rivieria Blue, Freedom Road and so much more.  I was quite impressed with the performance on this album as well as his songwriting and the recording.  This album is available on CD and digital download from Amazon, Apple Music, Discogs, and many other music outlets.  You can learn more about this artist, his music and much more by going to his official website http://www.darrylway.com  In closing, I want to thank Billy at Glass Onyon PR for sending me the digital download copy of this album.


Say Something by David Clayton Thomas

Grammy Award-winning musician David Clayton-Thomas has announced the release of his latest album, Say Somethin’ which is set for release on March 20, 2020, via Linus Records.  This former frontman for one of my childhood favorite bands Blood Sweat and Tears showcases some great tracks on this ten-song album in the form of potent music and inspirational songwriting from the legendary artist. In addition, the album confronts many timely issues across today’s social spectrum, including climate change, immigration, and politics with such songs as Never Again, Clayton-Thomas’ powerful battle cry calling attention to the gun violence plaguing the U.S. and The System, his insistent calls for action within the youth justice system.  Other noteworthy tracks on this album feature Dear Mr. Obama, This Town, A Bright Shining City and so much more.  I was quite moved by his songwriting talent, his amazing performance, and a superb recording.  This voice is still as strong as ever and after I finish this review, I think I will pull my old Blood Sweat and Tears album out and listen to it on my turntable.  This release will be available on CD and digital download on March 20th from Amazon, Linus Records, and other music outlets.   I need to find a way to get my hands on his other solo releases.

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Tales From Under by Ron Kadish

For my 1617th review, I am proud to present Tales From Under, the June 9, 2017 album by Bloomington Indiana jazz bassist Ron Kadish.  He is joined by Dan Deckard on drums, Joe Donnelly on saxophone, Johnathan Elmer on trombone, Sam Finley on guitar, Joe Galvin on shekere, Pat Harbison on trumpet, Nate Johnson on saxophone and flute, Matt Ramy on piano, Curtis Cantwell Jackson and Janiece Jaffe on vocals, Victor Santoro on xoud and kanoon, and Robert Stright on vibraphone.  This fifteen track album of jazz original compositions are the perfect mix of jazz and r&b with such songs as Tutto Boogaloo, A Rose For Viola, Groovi Sandi, The Fun Never Stops, The Dream Of The Double Bass and much more.  I was quite touched by the performance on this album as well as it’s composition and recording.  This is the perfect album for any jazz fan which is available from CD Baby, Amazon, Bandcamp and all other outlets where CDs and digital downloads are sold.


Tormented by Gary Wilson

Tormented is the latest album by legendary lipstick-smeared, mannequin kissing, rubber gloves wearing, ladies man Gary Wilson who invites you to take a tour of his broken heart on the new studio album released February 14, 2020, on the Cleopatra Records label.  This is my second review for this artist who I  describe his music to be a mixture of jazzy, electro-funk sound being true to his wacky self, pressing the boundaries of indie music and influencing artists in all genres with such tracks as The Sin Eater, The Merry Go Round, Gary Lives In The Twilight Zone, It’s Almost Midnight, Where Is Linda and much more.  This a totally different kind of sound with great songwriting, performance, and recording.  Tormented is available on CD and all digital platforms via Cleopatra Records, Amazon and many other outlets. Also, be sure to catch Gary on tour as direct support for indie rock rising star Part Time


Evening’s Pay by Eva Cappelli & The Watershops Band

Evening’s Pay is the March 23, 2015 album by multi-award singer/songwriter from western Massachusetts, Eva Cappelli & The Watershops Band.  This band consist of Eva Cappelli on vocals and acoustic guitar, Tom Wolverton on pedal steel guitar, steel guitar and dobro, Joe Carvallio on electric guitars, mandolin and keyboards, Shawn Mansfield on bass, Jeff Turcotte on drums, Vinnoe Dimauro on saxophone, Erik Percoski on trombone, Chris Donelan on trumpet, Jon Adams on Steel Drums, and Phyllis Ann Lataille on backing vocals.   This is a thirteen-track album with is mostly Americana with a couple of blues and jazzy tunes as well with such amazing tracks as the title track Evening’s Pay, Queen Of The Heartbreak Hotel, Hands Off My Blues, Dangerous Thing To Do and so much more.  I was quite impressed with her vocals and her songwriting ability as well as the performance and recording.  I recently heard her work on an independent online radio show and got hooked.  I am looking forward to hearing more from this artist.  You can find more about this artist on her official website https://evacappelli.com


TRUCE by Markus Reuter (featuring Fabio Trentini and Asaf Sirkis)

Truce is the upcoming album by guitar maestro Mark Reuter to be released on January 15, 2020, with the Moonjune Records label.  This is Moonjune Records’ historic 100th release on this great label.  This is my second review involving this amazing guitarist, the first being The Stonehouse by Wingfield, Reuter, Stavi, and Sirkis.  After hearing his work on that album, I was looking forward to hearing this one.  Mark Reuter is joined by the inspired rhythms of ace veteran timekeeper Asaf Sirkis, and renowned Italian bass phenomenon and producer Fabio Trentini.  This album with a mixture of progressive rock and jazz features such tracks as Swoonage, Power Series, Gossamer Things and many more.  This album was well written, recorded and performed and is a great album to add to your music library which will be found in CD and digital download format from Moonjune Records, Bandcamp and many other music outlets on January 15th.  To find out more about this great artist and his other music go to his Bandcamp page https://markus-reuter-moonjune.bandcamp.com


Ivory Tower Project III by Ivory Tower Project

What better way is there to start off the year 2020 than with the Ivory Tower Project who released a new digital four-song EP called Ivory Tower Project III on November 5, 2019.  Three of these songs will be cover songs of Classic Rock/R&B and Blues favorites which include the songs The Thrill Is Gone, Brother Louie and Tush. The fourth song is an original fusion jazz/rock instrumental called Jim’s Song, all with the lineup including Mark Regula (vocals, keyboards, guitar, bass, percussion) and Tony Novarro (guitars and backing vocals) as well as former lyricist Johnny Jace.  I loved all of these tracks with great guitar work and amazing vocals as well as how this EP was performed and recorded.  This is definitely a project you need to take a listen to, I guarantee that you will love it.  This EP will be available digitally from Amazon, Google Play, Apple Music and other music outlets.  To learn more about this group, their music, and much more go to their official website http://ivorytowerproject.com


It’s Tight Like That by Jeff Healey & The Jazz Wizards

Everyone knows Canadian guitar legend Jeff Healey can play the blues like nobody’s business, but not many know the other side of Jeff: the musicologist with an encyclopedic knowledge of both jazz and blues artists from the early 20th century as well as being an accomplished trumpet player.  It’s Tight Like That is the 25 April 2006 album by Jeff Healey & The Jazz Wizards, a Canadian blues-rock guitarist, who felt the significance of this traditional jazz and released it on the Stoney Plain Music Records.  Chris Barber, an established British jazz trombonist, guest stars on the album and Healey, who has been blind since infancy, plays the trumpet vivaciously as well as guitar and vocals.  These two great musicians are joined by Christopher Plock on clarinet, and soprano and alto saxophone, Drew Jurecka on violin, Jerry Barksdale on guitar, Brian Graville on piano, Colin Bray on bass, and Gary Scriven on drums.  This twelve track album features the songs Bugle Call Rag, Basin Street Blues, Darktown Strutters Ball, Confessin, Sheik Of Araby, Wipe ‘Em Off and much more.  They gave a great performance on this album as well as a superb recording.  This is definitely an album you need to check out and add to your jazz library as is available from Amazon, Itunes, and other music outlets.  Jeff left this world on March 2, 2008, but his music will still live on.