Velvet Vault by Karen Souza

Velvet Vault is the title of a collection that combine jazz standards with jazz reworks by Karen Souza.  This is Karen’s fourth album which was released on December 1, 2017 on the Music Brokers Arg Record label.  Karen has a soothing voice and did well with covers and original songs.  Among the great tracks on this album are I Fall In Love Too Easy, I’m Beginning To See The Light, I’m Not In Love (originally recorded by 10cc), Angel Eyes, Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me (originally recorded by Elton John) and much more.  This eleven track album was well performed, recorded and produced. This great album is available for purchase from Amazon, Itunes and everywhere else that Cd’s and digital downloads are sold.

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The Sky Is Blue And Sometimes Cries by Lisa Markley

The Sky Is Blue And Sometimes Cries is the third review I have done for vocalist Lisa Markley.  This album of jazz ballads and Latin-tinged folk tunes was released February 14, 2007, on the Soona Songs Records label and contains such great tracks as Elements, The Dry Cleaner from Des Moines, Someone To Watch Over Me, the title track The Sky Is Blue and Sometimes Cries and much more.  This album has impressive vocals and was well written, performed, recorded and produced and can be purchased from Amazon, Soona Songs Records, and other places where CD’s and digital downloads are sold.

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Electric Butter by The Ed Palermo Big Band & Rob Paparozzi

For my 600th music review, I am proud to present this great album, Electric Butter by The Ed Palermo Big Band & Rob Parparozzi released on October 16, 2014.  On this great album, they play the music of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band and do so with a mixture of blues, big band, and jazz.  This fifteen track album contains such great songs as Walkin’ Blues, Drivin’ Wheel, Texas, You Don’t Realize, Drifting Blues and so much more.  This album has great vocals, horns and other great instrumental backup. I was impressed by how well this album was written, performed, recorded and produced.  You must add this album to your blues library. This release can be purchased from Amazon, Itunes and other places where CD’s and digital downloads are sold.

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Soulful Christmas by Jennifer Saran

For my 598th music review, I am proud to present the perfect album for the Christmas season.  Soulful Christmas is the November 24, 2017, album by Jennifer Saran released on the Tarpan Records label.  This is my third review for this great artist with 17 Tracks which covers several styles such as soul, jazz, bluegrass, and disco as seen in such songs as Christmas Love (Featuring The Temptations), Swingin’ At Christmas Time, Soul Cake, Christmas Delight and much more.  This the best Christmas album I have heard in some time and I am impressed on how well this a release is written, performed, recorded and produced.  You can purchase this album today from Amazon, Itunes and other places where Cd’s and digital downloads are sold.

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The Adventures of Zodd Rundgren by Ed Palermo

The Adventures of Zodd Zundgren by Ed Palermo is derived from the greatness of Todd Rundgren and Frank Zappa compositions, randomly ordered across twenty-five compact tracks on a single CD.  This October 6, 2017,  release on the Cuniform Record labels contains such great songs as The Solemn Z-Men Credo, Absolutely Free, Montana, Hello It’s Me, Zoot Allures and so much more done in a great jazz style.  This great album was well written, performed, recorded and produced.  I would recommend this album to anyone that is a fan of Jazz, Frank Zappa or Todd Rundgren.  You can purchase this album from Amazon, Itunes and everywhere else that CD’s and digital downloads are sold.

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Markley And Balmer Self Titled Album

For my 593rd review, I am proud to announce the debut self-titled album Markley & Balmer released July 26, 2008, on the Soona Songs Record label that is in my hometown of Jonesborough, Tennessee.  This duo consists of Lisa Markley on vocals, banjo and guitar and Bruce Balmer on guitar.   This Dallas based duo who blend jazz, folk, pop, bop impressed me with their style and great vocals as seen on such great tracks as Cottontails, Landing On The Moon, She Knows, Against the Grain and much more.  This album was well written, performed, recorded and produced.  You can purchase this album from Amazon and at Soonasongs.com.

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One Word by Lisa Markley

For my 579th review, I am proud to present the great jazz album One Word by Lisa Markley released December 2009 on the Soona Songs Records label. This being her second solo project for Soona Songs, Lisa Markley once again brings her unique sensibility to jazz standards. Listening to this album I could imagine being in a speakeasy in the day listening to this great album. Among the great tracks on this ten-song album is the title track One Word, Skylark, When I Was A River, Lullaby of Birdland and so much more. This album was very well performed, recorded and produced.  I highly recommend this great album to your library. You can purchase this album on Amazon, Itunes, Soonasongs.com and everywhere else that CD’s and digital downloads are sold.

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It’s A Circus Here, Delores by Kevin Elliott

It’s A Circus Here, Delores is the October 15, 2011 album by singer/songwriter Kevin Elliott released on Soona Songs Record label.  Listening to this album I hear a mixture of folk, jazz, and a little country mixed in.  I was impressed with the acoustic guitar sound and vocals as heard in such tracks as Me And The Kid, Creepin’ Charlie, Another One Like You, Your Hand and Heart and much more.  This album was well written, performed, recorded and produced.  Take a listen to this album on Spotify and then you will want to purchase this album on Amazon, Itunes, and everywhere where CD’s and digital downloads are sold.

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Protocol 4 by Simon Phillips

Drum legend and producer extraordinaire Simon Phillips released Protocol 4, a jazz album October 27, 2017, on the Phantom Recordings label.  Among the great tracks on this 9 song album are Pentangle, Solitaire, All Things Considered, and much more. In addition to Simon’s great drum beats this album has some great bass tracks.  This album was very well written, performed, recorded and produced.  After listening to this album, I would love to hear his earlier work.  This album is for sale on Amazon and other locations where CD’s and digital downloads are sold.

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Standards & Covers by Markley & Balmer

For my 564th review, I am proud to announce an upcoming album, Standards & Covers by Markley & Balmer which will be released on October 30, 2017, on the Soona Songs Record label that is in my hometown of Jonesborough, Tennessee.  This duo consists of Lisa Markley on vocals and guitar and Bruce Balmer on guitar.  This album is a ten-track acoustic jazz album with such great tracks as Hundred In A  Dollar, Caravan, I’ll Remember April and my favorite track, their rendition of the classic song House Of The Rising Sun.  I am impressed with the vocals and how well this album was recorded and produced.  You can purchase this album at soonasongs.com

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