Cosmic Forces by Podd

Podd, the new instrumental, progressive rock band presents their debut album Cosmic Forces released in 2017 on the Holus Bolus Records label.  This great album is a mixture of progressive rock, jazz and bit of blues.  Even though I enjoyed this album from start to finish my favorite tracks are Beyond Beyond (which sounded like a Spanish guitar feel), There and Back. Starseed, Ultimate Reality, and Abraxis.  I was well impressed on how well this album was written, performed and recorded.  I am looking forward to hearing more from this great band. This is a great addition to one’s music library.  You can purchase this great album at Itunes,, CD Baby and other places where CD’s and music downloads are available.



The Lost Tapes and Channel One Set by Buddy Rich

There is not very often I would review two CD’s in the same review but this is an exception.  Thirty years after his death, jazz drummer Buddy Rich releases two of his albums which were live concerts that was previously only available on video is now available on two CD’s The Lost Tapes and Channel One Set.  Both recorded in 1985 on two nights at the King Street Studios in San Francisco.  The Lost Tapes album has such great tracks as Willow Crest, Cotton Tail, New Blues, West Side Story and much more while Channel One Set has such great tracks as Machine, One O’Clock Jump, Love For Sale, and a great cover of the Beatles classic Norwegian Wood.  Both albums were well performed, recorded and produced.  I recommend these two albums to one’s jazz library.  The two audio albums will be released on September 15, 2017 through Caroline Distribution, the independent distribution arm of Universal Music Group, on the Lightyear/Lobitos Creek label.

Laughing With The Raindrops Self Titled Album

Laughing With The Raindrops is my 510th review, a self titled album by UK jazz band Laughing With The Raindrops released October 2016 on the Raindrop Music Records label.  This album features the great instrumentation and vocals which such great tracks as Did I Miss My Cue?, Any Joke, Hide Away, Lay Down The Words, and much more.  I am very impressed on how well this album was written, performed, recorded and produced. If you are a jazz fan, or looking for something to listen to relax, this is definitely the perfect album for you. You can purchase this album at Amazon, Itunes, Bandcamp, and everywhere else the CD’s and digital downloads are sold.


Honkin’ and Jivin’ At the Palomino! by Big Jay McNeely

Honkin’ and Jivin’ At the Palomino! is an September 15, 2017 album by blues saxophonist Big Jay McNeely released on the Cleopatra Blues Records label.  This album is a live concert recording from August 15, 1989 at the world famous Palomino Blues Club in North Hollywood, California.  Big Jay has been performing since the the 1940s and this album still shows his great performances 40 years later. Include in his album was his great hits such as All The Wine Is Gone, Pretty Girls Everwhere, and There Is Something On Your Mind as well as great tracks as I Can’t Stop Loving You, Young Girl Blues and so much more.  This album also includes a DVD which Jay talking about his long and influential carreer.  This album was well performed, recorded and produced.  This album is available on Amazon, Cleopatra Records, Itunes and everywhere else CD’s and digital downloads are sold.

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Casting Shadows by Bangtower

For my 481st review I decided to review the album Casting Shadows by the rock/jazz band Bangtower released September 28, 2010 on Declassified Records.  This is an amazing rock/jazz fusion album featuring Percy Jones (Brand X) pulling off some impossible bass work and there was also some great guitar riffs by Grammy winning producer/guitarist Neil Citron.  I enjoyed this album from start to finish with such great tracks as Hair Of The Dog, Let Em Drown, Ballad of Wealth, BBA and much more. I was impressed on how well this album is written, recorded and produced.  I recommend this album to one’s music library. You can find this album on Amazon, Bandcamp, Itunes and other places where CD’s and digital downloads are sold.

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Come Out Swinging by Bryan Cumming

I have been a fan of swing music for a long time whether it is Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Frank Sinatra, Asleep at the Wheel or my newest swing favorite Bryan Cumming.  The February 2017 album Come Out Swinging caught my attention right away.  This album has a mixture of Big Band Swing and Texas Swing. I was wondering, would this album be considered as Tennessee Swing? There are some standards on this album, such as Straighten Up And Fly Right (made famous by Nat King Cole), Blue Skies (made famous by Willie Nelson) and It Had To Be You (made famous by Paul Whiteman and others). There are also two originals written by Bryan, the title track Come Out Swinging and End Of The Day. Also, he co-wrote the songs Hungry Jack and Why Can’t I Have You. Other notable tracks on the album were Sweet Sue and Just You.  This album is well performed, recorded and produced.  I highly recommend this album to anyone’s swing library.



What If by The Jerry Douglas Band

What If is the debut album by The Jerry Douglas Band, led by 14-time Grammy Award-winning musician Jerry Douglas to be released on August 18, 2017 via the Rounder Records label.  What If merges jazz inclinations with the bluegrass, country, blues, swing, rock, and soul.  This has a sound that I have never heard of before.  My favorite tracks off this eleven track albums are Freemantle, The Last Wild Moor, and Hot Country 84.5.  I was also impressed by Jerry’s version of the Jimi Hendrix classic Hey Joe.  This release was well performed, recorded and produced.  Whether you are a fan of jazz or bluegrass, you will want to add this album to your library.

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Orlando In Heaven by Brian Tarquin And Company

Orlando in Heaven is a  2017 release. Multi-Emmy award winning producer/composer Brian Tarquin And Company presents this very special project featuring an incredible cast of musical virtuosos playing their hearts out for the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando FL!  This album which was released on the Purple Pyramid is a mixture of Jazz and Soul.  On this eleven track are great cuts such as Orlando In Heaven, Madame Shanghai, Metropolis, Jacob Ladder and much more.  This album was well written, performed, recorded and produced.  I recommend this album to anyone’s jazz library. This album is available on Amazon plus other places CD’s are sold and a portion of the proceeds from this release will go to Catholic Charities who provide case management and support services for victims and family members!


Songs In A Minor by Alicia Keys

Songs in A Minor is the debut studio album by American recording artist Alicia Keys. It was released in the United States on June 5, 2001 on the J Records label.  I have been fan of the show The Voice which Alicia is a judge so I decided to work on at least having one album by each of the judges. Some of my favorite tracks on this album are Jane Doe (which is the only song on the album actually in the key of A minor), Girlfriend, How Come You Don’t Call Me (which was written by Prince), Fallin’, A Woman’s Worth and much more.  All the songs on this album was written or co written by Alicia Keys except for two, the previous mentioned song by Prince and Never Felt This Way which was written by Brian Mc Knight.  This album was very well performed, recorded and produced.  I highly recommend this album to anyone’s record library.


Over-nite Sensation by Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention

Over-Nite Sensation is the 7th studio album by Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention and was released on September 7, 1973 the DiscReet Records label.  Much of the album’s lyrics deal with sex. For example the song Dinah-Moe Humm describes a woman who wagers that the narrator can’t give her an orgasm and is ultimately aroused by watching him have sex with her sister. Other topics on this album include the song Montana about a person moving to Montana to grow dental floss. I didn’t know that Tina Turner and the Ikettes did harmonies on this song and Ike Turner did not want the Ikettes to be paid more than $25.00; I don’t know the reason why.  After the harmonies were finished and Ike heard the finished product and said “What is this Shit?” and demanded that the Ikettes is not credited on the album.  This album also contains such tracks as Camarillo Brillo, I’m The Slime and others.  I think this was one of the most popular of his albums.