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.


White Knight by Todd Rundgren

White Knight is the upcoming album by producer, performer and songwriter Todd Rundgren. This album featuries a stellar line-up of all-star guest performers such as Joe Walsh, Daryl Hall, Joe Satriani, Donald Fagen (Of Steely Dan) and much more.  This fifteen track album contains such great songs as I Got Your Back, Chance For Us, Beginning Of The End, Tin Foil Hat, Let’s Do This, That Could Have Been Me and others.  I have been a fan of Todd Rundgren since the days of Hello It’s Me and I Saw The Light.  You will definitely be pleased with this release.  It will be available for purchase on May 12, 2017 on Cleopatra Records.
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Ma De Re Sha by Rahul Mukerji

Ma De Re Sha is the debut solo album by rock guitarist Rahul Mukerji born in India and based in Maryland and Washington D.C.  This album contains a mixture of Rock, Jazz, Fusion and Indian influence.  Rahul has a strong guitar presence and a style that you will definitely will love.  This twelve track ablum has such great cuts as Exit 13, Fingerprints, Children of I-2, the title track Ma De Re Sha, Event Horizon and much more.  This album was very well written, recorded and performed. I highly recommend this album to your rock library.  This album will be released on May 24, 2017 bit you can listen to a teaser of this album now at https://rahulmukerji.bandcamp.com/releases


Miked Up by E-Life 7 Featuring Michael Pennick

To start the 300’s in my music reviews, at 301 i present Miked Up, the debut album by E-Life 7 Featuring Michael Pennick. This is a March 2017 rereleased on the Three To Go Music label.  This jazz album featuring bassist Pennick was released in July 2013. This fourteen track album contains such great cuts as Sunday Night, Smooth Ride, Inner Beauty, Sunrise, Miked Up and so much more. This album also has a remake of That Girl (previously recorded by Stevie Wonder on his album Stevie Wonder’s Original Musiquarium I).  This one of best jazz albums I have heard in a long time.  I highly recommend this album to anyone’s jazz library.  This album will be available on CD Bay, Itunes and Amazon.


One More Trip To Birdland by Maynard Ferguson & Big Bop Noveau

One More Trip To Birdland a Jazz album by trumpeter Maynard Ferguson & Big Bop Nouveau was released in September 1996 on the Concord Records label. There were just great cuts on this 9 track album such as Manteca, The Vibe, Cajun Cookin’, and my favorite track She Was Good To Me.  This album was very well performed, recorded and produced.  I recommend this album to anyone’s jazz library.


These Cats Can Swing by Maynard Ferguson & Big Bop Nouveau

These Cats Can Swing is a Jazz album by trumpeter Maynard Ferguson & Big Bop Nouveau on September 1995 on Concord Records label. I just love how Maynard hits those very high notes.  Some of my favorite tracks off this seven track album are Sugar, I Don’t Want To Be A Hoochi Coochie Man No Mo’, I’ll Be Around, He Can’t Swing and more. This album was very well written, performed and recorded.  If you are a fan of Jazz or Swing, you will love this album.


Ironies, Pain, And The Light That Guides by Joey Stuckey

This is my second music review for blind recording artist Joey Stuckey.  Ironies, Pain, And The Light That Guides is an alternative rock album released in October 2009 on the Senate Records Inc. label.  The sounds on this album are a mix of alternative rock, a little jazz, a little blues and some of the sounds of the 60’s.  This album was very well written, performed and recorded.  There are such great songs on this album such as The Light That Guides, Narrow Minded, Try, Journey and much more.  There is also a bonus track which is an instrumental with Joey playing the drums called SHHHH which he describes an experience with a friend going clothing shopping ….lol.  If you are a fan of Joey Stuckey or want to hear something different and awesome, check out this album.  It is available on Amazon, CD Baby and Itunes.


Off White by Jamba

Off White is a jazz album of music of the Beatles and solo material of John Lennon, George Harrison and Paul McCartney released in March 2016 by Jamba on the Jambatunes label.  On the 59th Grammy Awards, Off White won the award for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album.  This album is a very interesting take of the Beatles music.  I love how they took songs like Rocky Raccoon, Hey Bulldog, Blackbird, I Will and so much more and made it their own.  This album was very well performed and recorded.  I feel that this will be an interesting add to anyone’s Jazz library.  You can get this album on CD Baby, Amazon and Itunes.