Depart is the fourth album and upcoming release by the Switzerland-based band, Akku Quintet featuring Manuel Pasquinelli on drums, concept, and composition, Michael Gilsenan on saxophone, Maja Nydegger on piano and Fender Rhodes, Markus Ischer on guitar and Andi Schnellmann on bass. This five track EP features the Jazz, Minimal Music, and Groove sound on the tracks Largo, Made In China, Breeze, the title track Depart, and Cyan. This EP was well performed, recorded, written and produced. This will be available to own on May 17, 2019, from Bandcamp, Amazon and other outlets where CDs and digital downloads are sold. You can learn more about this band by going to their website https://www.akkuquintet.com
Solide is the latest album by French bassist Shob released May 3, 2019. In additon, rocky and funky guitars are amazingly played by the two newcomers, Johary Rakotondramasy and Jean Lou Siaut . This album, a mixture of rock, funk, jazz, and fusion shows his growth on this third release with such tracks as Hostile, Primal Fear, Totem, the title track Solide and much more. I enjoyed this album from start to finish and a great performance, along with superb songwriting and recording. This great album is available from Bandcamp, Itunes and other outlets where CDs and digital downloads are sold.
Stratus Luna is the March 7, 2019 self titled debut album on Music Magick Records and distributed with Moonjune Music by Stratus Luna, a progressive jazz-rock group from São Paulo, Brazil consisting of Ricardo Santhiago on guitars and lap steel, Gustavo Santhiago on keys and flute, Gabriel Golfetti on bass and Giovanni Lenti on drums. This album features modern compositions on instrumental progressive, psychedelic rock, and jazz, brilliantly performed by a new generation of young musicians with such tracks as Nimue, Zarabantana, N.R.E.M -1, Pandas Voadores and much more. I was impressed with their songwriting style, their performance and how it was recorded. This album is available from Amazon, Bandcamp and other outlets where CDs and digital downloads are sold. To learn more about this band, go to their website https://stratusluna.bandcamp.com/
For my 1172nd review, I want to share my experience listening to jazz guitarist Jon Durant solo album Alternate Landscapes which represents a remarkably unique approach to the guitar. Throughout the four extended compositions, the only instrument used is a guitar, though at no time is it obvious that a guitar is being played. This album due for release on May 3, 2019, on the Alchemy Records label, features four tracks Systravatn, Aragon, Ciel Du Cheval, and Dinkelsbul. I was quite impressed with the performance on this album as well as how well it was written, recorded and produced. You can pick up your copy of this album from Amazon, Itunes and other outlets where CD’s and digital downloads are sold and you can find out more about this artist on his website http://www.jondurant.com/
The King Of Endicott is the February 8, 2019 album by the legend of weirdo bedroom rock Gary Wilson on the Cleopatra Records label. This experimental musician/performance artist goes back to his roots on his latest release which is named after the town that he grew up Endicott, New York. This is Gary’s twelfth studio album and has a totally different sound than what I have heard before from any artist. I describe this album 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 Town Of A Thousand Lights, Walking In The Rain Tonight, the title track The King Of Endicott, I Don’t Want To Be Alone, May Walked Away and much more. This album was well written, recorded, produced and performed and is available for purchase on CD and digital download from Amazon, Itunes, Bandcamp, Cleopatra Records, and other outlets. You can learn more about this artist at https://garywilsonmusic.bandcamp.com
Moments is the latest album by Massachusetts singer/songwriter/arranger/performer Linda Marks released on September 1, 2018, on her own label. I was impressed with her voice, her keyboard style and that jazzy feel on such great tracks as the title track Moments, The Lion, Living On The Dark Side Of The Moon, Mornin’ and much more as well as great covers as Up On The Roof (originally recorded by The Drifters), Change The World (originally recorded by Eric Clapton),and Long Long Time (a big hit for Linda Ronstadt). This album was well written, recorded, performed and produced. This album is available for purchase from Amazon, CD Baby, Itunes and other outlets where CD’s and digital downloads are sold and you can find out more about this amazing artist at https://www.lindamarksmusic.com
Home is the 2007 album by multi-instrumentalist Gregory Boyce, known for his heavier releases with his one-man band Boyce. This album is more of a softer side in some aspects with a jazz and fusion feel. I asked Greg the difference between the albums that is by the band Boyce and those released by Gregory Boyce and this was his answer: For the heavier music, he uses the name Boyce and for lighter stuff and fusion, he uses Gregory Boyce. Listening to this great album, I see what he is talking about with such great tracks as the title track Home, Midnight Coup, I Cry, Dreams, Blue and much more. I was very impressed with how well this album was written, performed and recorded. I am looking forward to hearing more of this side of this artist.
Recently a friend of mine told me about a guitarist that I should take a listen to whose style is so versatile. The album is Jury Of My Peers which was released on February 10, 2015, and the artist is Cedar Rapids, Iowa guitarist Dave Paris. Listening to this digital file, I was impressed with the many styles featured on this album whether it is metal, jazz, delta blues, progressive rock, and others. His style on many tracks reminded me of the great guitarists Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, and many other great guitarists I have enjoyed in the past. This thirteen track album features such great tracks as Bought By Blood, Salvation Street, Chapter & Verse (which features guitar heavyweight Jeff Scheetz), Author Of Fate, Roman’s Road and so much more. I was quite impressed with how well this album was written, performed, recorded and produced. This is an album I highly recommend and you can purchase this release from Amazon, Itunes, CD Baby and other outlets where CD’s and digital downloads are sold.
Silverthorne is the upcoming album by Los Angeles jazz drummer Bob Holz and featuring Mike Stern and Randy Brecker with a release date of February 8, 2019, on the MVD Audio Records label. This is his fourth major label album and features ten new original songs. Other musicians joining Holz on this great album are bassist Ralphe Armstrong (Mahavishnu Orchestra), Alex Acuna (Weather Report), Brandon Fields (The Rippingtons), Jamie Glaser (Jean Luc Ponty), Ada Rovatti, Billy Steinway, Alex Machacek, and Andrew Ford. This great release features such tracks as Intervals, Less Is More, Reasons, the title track Silverthorne, Pick My Self Up and much more. This album was well written, recorded, produced and performed. This definitely a must-have album for all jazz fans and will be available on February 8th from Amazon and other outlets where CD’s and digital downloads are sold.
Remember is a March 25, 2017 album by Russ Still in which he honors the music of his second cousin Jim Lacey. This sixteen track album are songs written by Jim Lacey. As he has stated, this is not a departure of his regular work but a way of honoring his cousin’s work as a songwriter with such tracks comparable to the pop standard classics from the 40s and 50s and the sounds of Sinatra, Martin, and others with such tracks as Everyone Has Some Sunshine, Long Time Hanging Around, We’ll Never Know, Our Song, When We’re Together, Never Be The Same and so much more. This album was well recorded, produced, and performed. Russ did real justice with these classic songs of his cousin. This release is available on CD and digital download from Bandcamp and other outlets.