In 1987, Jeannie Taylore, an actress and singer went into a studio in London for the all-day recording session that became Rough Diamond. This album features her great voice and her jazzy style with such classics as What A Difference A Day Makes, By The Time I Get To Phoenix, Dreams (one of my favorites originally done by the Pied Pipers), You Will Never Walk Alone and so much more. This album that was released on January 12, 2018, on the Dietetic Music Records label was well performed and recorded. You can purchase this album from Itunes, Bandcamp, Amazon and other places where CD’s and digital downloads are sold.
Plays The Music of Frank Zappa is the September 16, 1997 album by The Ed Palermo Big Band, a big band that has been active for over thirty years, playing the compositions and arrangements of their leader, saxophonist Ed Palermo. The band is known for Palermo’s arrangements of the music of Frank Zappa, released on the Astor Place Records label. This is the sixth review I have done for this great artist. This thirteen track album features such great songs as Peaches In Regalia, Twenty Small Cigars, King Kong, Waka/Jawaka, Heavy Duty Judy/Grand Wazoo and much more. I am impressed with how well this release was performed, recorded and produced.
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.
Gong Expresso featuring Gong alumni Francois Causse, Benoit Moerlen and Hansford Rowe with guitarist Julien Sandiford’s unveil their new album, Decadence, on 20 February 2018 on the Gong Express Records label. This mixture of rock with a little bit of jazz impressed me with it’s relaxing sound with such tracks as title song Decadence, Talisman, Eastern Platinum, Frevo and much more. This album was well written, performed, recorded and produced. This is a great album to listen to chill at the end of a busy day. You can purchase this album from www.gongexpresso.com, Amazon, and everywhere else that CD’s Vinyl and digital dowloads are sold.
For my 669th review, I want to review an album from of my favorite bands of all time. Chicago Transit Authority is the self-titled debut album by the Chicago-based rock band Chicago Transit Authority, later known as Chicago. This great debut album was released April 28, 1969, on the Columbia Records label. At this time it was unusual for a band to release a double album for their debut release, but Chicago Transit Authority was an exception to the rule. This album spawned three great singles Questions 67 and 68, Beginnings, and Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is. In addition these singles, I loved the tracks Listen and I’m A Man. I was so impressed with how well this album was written, performed, recorded and produced. From there I started to collect every Chicago vinyl album I could get my hands on. I highly recommend this album to anyone’s record collection.
Toto IV is the fourth studio album by American rock band Toto released April 8, 1982, by Columbia Records. Toto IV received six Grammy Awards in 1983 including Album of the Year, Producer of the Year for the band, and Record of the Year for the song Rosanna. In addition to Rosanna, this album spawned such singles as Make Believe, Africa, I Won’t Hold You Back, and Waiting For Your Love. After the success of their self-titled debut, Toto struggled to sustain success on their next two albums, Hydra and Turn Back. The band was under heavy pressure from Columbia Records to deliver a hit album with their next release or be at risk of being dropped from the label. This also the final album with the original line up. I felt after this album, the band was not the same. I was impressed by how well this album was written, recorded, performed and produced. I highly recommend this album to your record library.
Toto is the first studio album by the American band Toto, released October 15, 1978, on the Columbia Records label. This self-titled album spawned such great songs as Hold The Line, I’ll Supply The Love and Georgy Porgy featuring the powerful vocals by Bobby Kimball and David Hungate, Steve Lukather, Steve Porcaro, David Paich and Jeff Porcaro providing the great backup. I liked how this album was well written, performed, recorded and produced. This is the start of a great run of hit albums.
For my 652nd review and my fifth review by The Ed Palermo Big Band, I am proud to present The Un-American Songbook Volumes I and II released February 23, 2017, on the Cuneiform Record label. This two-disc set features Ed’s take on such artists as The Beatles, Jethro Tull, Cream, Procol Harum and much more with such tracks as Good Morning Good Morning, Don’t Bother Me, Eleanor Rigby, Good Night and others by the Beatles, Beggar’s Farm by Jethro Tull, Wreck of the Hesperus by Procol Harum, As You Said by Cream, 21st Century Schizoid Man and so much more. I was impressed by how well Ed and his eighteen-piece band made these songs his own as well it was recorded and produced. This is one jazz album you will want to add to your music library. This album can be purchased from Amazon, Itunes and everywhere else where CD’s and digital downloads are sold.
The Ed Palermo Big Band is led by alto saxist and arranger Ed Palermo; he has had this big band with much of the same personnel for over 30 years, which is an impressive feat in itself, and has had his band performing the music of Frank Zappa for 20 years. OH NO! NOT JAZZ!, a February 24, 2014 release on the Cuneiform Records label, consists of two discs: The first disc further explores Ed’s distinctive, big band interpretations of the music of Frank Zappa, while the second disc features Ed’s own, colorful compositions. Among the great tracks on this 17 track album are Chunga’s Revenge, Lumpy Gravy, Prelude To A Catastrophe, Let’s Reproduce, The Insult and so much more. I was impressed by how well this album was written, performed, recorded, arranged and produced. This the fourth album by Ed Palermo Big Band that I have reviewed and I am looking forward to hearing more from this great artist.
Bob Holz has established himself as a world-class drummer and composer on his third album, Visions: Coast to Coast Connection. This great jazz album will be released February 28, 2018, on the Holz Records label. With bassist Stanley Clarke, Holz has created a masterpiece carved out of beautiful and haunting melodies and incredible drumming. On this ten track album, there are great songs such as Split Decision, Next In Line, Pink Fur, Light & Dark and so 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, Best Buy and other places where CD’s and digital downloads are sold.