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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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.

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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.

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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.

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Blood Sweat & Tears by Blood Sweat & Tears

Blood, Sweat & Tears is the second album by the band Blood, Sweat & Tears, released in 1968. It was a huge commercial success, rising to the top of the U.S. charts for a collective seven weeks and yielding three successive Top 5 singles And When I Die, Spinning Wheel, and You’ve Made Me So Very Happy (co written by Berry Gordy Jr.).  David Clayton-Thomas joined the band for this album and as lead vocalist with a powerful voice he made this album better than their first release. If I had to pick two favorites on this album I would have to choose God Bless The Child and Sometimes in Winter. There were great horns on this album only second to Chicago.  I would highly recommend this album to anyone’s library.

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Sugar by Leon Redbone

Sugar is the 8th studio album by Leon Redbone a Canadian-American singer-songwriter and guitarist specializing in jazzblues, and Tin Pan Alley classics. I have been a fan of Leon for a long time and enjoyed albums such as Champagne Charlie and Double Time.  Among the thirteen tracks my favorite cuts are Ghost of St. Louis Blues, Laughing Blues, Breeze, and the title track Sugar. This album was very well written, performed and produced.  I would recommend this album to anyone that is a true Leon Redbone fan.

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Brass Attitude by Maynard Ferguson

Brass Attitude is the 60th Studio album by Canadian jazz musician, trumpeter and bandleader Maynard Ferguson released in October 1998 on Concord Records.  I am not normally a fan of Jazz, but Maynard is an exception.  I like how he makes a song his own and his ability to play expressively and accurately in a remarkably high register. My favorite cuts off this 9 track album are Waltz for Nicole, Milk of the Moon, Eric and Sandra, and Caruso.  This album was very well written, performed and recorded.  I would recommend this album to anyone’s jazz library.

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Genius Loves Company by Ray Charles

Genius Loves Company is the final studio album by rhythm and blues and soul musician Ray Charlesposthumously released August 31, 2004 on Concord Records. This album was very well performed and recorded.  This twelve track duet album has such great songs as Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word (with Elton John), Fever (with Natalie Cole), Hey Girl (with Michael McDonald), Over The Rainbow (with Johnny Mathis) and so many more. If you are a Ray Charles fan you definitely need to add this album to your library.

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Dreams by Philip Bailey

Dreams is a 1999 album by Earth, Wind and Fire vocalist Philip Bailey which was released on Heads Up International Records. On this ten track jazz album there are such cuts as Waiting On The Rain, Moondance (originally recorded by Van Morrison), Make It With You (Originally recorded by Bread), Sailaway (originally recorded on an earlier Earth Wind and Fire album) and much more. This would be a great addition to anyone’s jazz collection.

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All Over Again by Thom Douvan

All Over Again is the third album by guitarist and composer Thom Douvan.  This album was released in April 2015 on the Redwood Roads label.  This jazz fusion album features Thom’s great guitar work.  Great cuts off this 12 track album are Sephardia, When Things Fall Again, Then I Met You, Believe In You and much more. One thing you don’t see much on this album is two versions of the same song as with tracks Believe in You and Then I Met you which has three versions on this album. This album was very well written, performed and recorded.  You can find this album at Amazon, itunes and CD Baby.

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