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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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