Karl Stober - jazzreview.com - Your Jazz Music Connection - jazzreview.com - Your Jazz Music Connection http://jazzreview.com Tue, 23 May 2017 05:51:05 -0500 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb The Complete Columbia Albums Collection by Grover Washington JR. http://jazzreview.com/cd-reviews/fusion-cd-reviews/the-complete-columbia-albums-collection-by-grover-washington-jr.html http://jazzreview.com/cd-reviews/fusion-cd-reviews/the-complete-columbia-albums-collection-by-grover-washington-jr.html The Complete Columbia Albums Collection by Grover Washington JR.
 During the numerous theoretical waves of music and its major influences, the annals of music's scrolls have recorded many activists of the art of sound which have risen to become the statesperson of their chosen pulpit. Rock and roll had the Beatles, Nirvana, and Elvis taking front stage; the classics waltzed in Brahms, Beethoven, and Chopin; however jazz has eclipsed some of the most divinely unique and innovative conductors to have ever dueled with a music sheet. That said Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, is affording serious listeners an encouraging collection of push-n-plays for the holiday…

 During the numerous theoretical waves of music and its major influences, the annals of music's scrolls have recorded many activists of the art of sound which have risen to become the statesperson of their chosen pulpit. Rock and roll had the Beatles, Nirvana, and Elvis taking front stage; the classics waltzed in Brahms, Beethoven, and Chopin; however jazz has eclipsed some of the most divinely unique and innovative conductors to have ever dueled with a music sheet. That said Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, is affording serious listeners an encouraging collection of push-n-plays for the holiday season. This year they are announcing a diverse mixture of celebrated artists from a vast array of genres under the marketing umbrella called... The Complete Columbia Albums Collections! One such artist with an ability to shift the tectonic plates of any level of listenership with his horn's, is the purist of smooth spins forever known as saxophonist Grover Washington Jr.; the man whose diverse appeal to this day still embraces generations.

If I may be so rationally direct, music collections during the holiday season or for that matter...anytime... are as engaging to me as a root canal with an ice cube chaser however this Legacy effort has its virtues and stands alone with a "heavy in quality format" presentation, from a number of yesteryears efforts by other labels. Never has a statement been more confirmed than in this Columbia collection of Grover Washington JR's classic horn appeal.

From first spin; a rare yet polarizing album know as "A Room Full Of Love/ Music from the Bill Cosby Show" to the deliciously enchanting horn- heavy showcase known as "Aria," one enters into a narcotic haze of nostalgic streams of fusion with a heavy smooth jazz addiction. This collection petitions a vast array of audiences, defines classic fusion and smooth perceptions, and defies mediocrity amidst the holiday clutter. Grover Washington JR's collection concedes his earned immortality with strategic selections and precise resonance!

If there was one issue with the set it would be that more information (Historical) on Mr. Washington was available in the booklet insert, with that noted the musical (Album) information afforded the listener is outstanding.

Some critics believe that Mr. Washington's music was simplistic by the textbook culture; I stand in disagreement, and I am not alone in this, for his sound never shapes itself in a softened fashion, for the hidden complexities of his textures in such smooth journeys as Strawberry Moon, Time Out Of Mind, Next Exit, and Soulful Strut are filled with restless and demanding arraignments that define the classic methodology of jazz. Take his song "Overjoyed" for as you analyze it... it romances the jazz purist's mentality with and educated ease, at the same time, injects knowledge of the Washington craft within the jazz newborn. This was Mr. Washington's mystique and most important, what this new collection unmasks.

The straight ahead veins of Mr. Washington are also brought front stage in this dynamic project with spins, "Then and Now" and "All My Tomorrows."Showcased in these offerings are bassist Ron Carter, pianists Herbie Hancock, Hank Jones and Tommy Flanagan, trumpeter Eddie Henderson and singer Freddy Cole, all whom have notable pasts and intricate design in their own fields. The intensity in Mr. Washington's straight-ahead pieces is in his mastery over his instrument; manipulating the sound, thus pushing the envelope of his potential and the others around him on stage.

This project , Grover Washington JR. "The Complete Columbia Albums Collection," is much more than a holiday offering, it is an experience in the art of an iconic master whose mind took jazz , as a genre, away from a world of underdeveloped melodies and rhythms. Thus navigating young musicians on each of their individual voyages and allowing new compass headings to those already in motion...as his works became a template. A legacy shortened by illness but rejuvenated by the sound that is forever underestimated and a talent that is still igniting sparks today through the efforts of others and Sony.

Note: This collection impacted my time to such a degree that I am embarking on examining another in the Sony set; The Complete Weather Report / The Jaco Years. These collections have altered my impression of collection creditability....

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morrice.blackwell@gmail.com (Karl Stober) Fusion - CD Reviews Mon, 14 Nov 2011 10:38:32 -0600
Slipstream by Noah Haidu http://jazzreview.com/cd-reviews/bebop-hard-bop-cd-reviews/slipstream-by-noah-haidu.html http://jazzreview.com/cd-reviews/bebop-hard-bop-cd-reviews/slipstream-by-noah-haidu.html A serious sculpture of musical superiority molded from the pulse of Dave Grusin’s intellect as well as crafted by exceptional precision, opens the music sheets of this new Heads Up project An Evening with Dave Grusin. One of the world’s top ivory manipulators in iconic fashion, unravels genius into entertainment this one sunset. An Evening with Dave Grusin is a renaissance of unique temperament, from keys to vibraphone... Interestingly enough, this spin is the first musical effort to be concurre

A serious sculpture of musical superiority molded from the pulse of Dave Grusin’s intellect as well as crafted by exceptional precision, opens the music sheets of this new Heads Up project An Evening with Dave Grusin. One of the world’s top ivory manipulators in iconic fashion, unravels genius into entertainment this one sunset. An Evening with Dave Grusin is a renaissance of unique temperament, from keys to vibraphone...

Interestingly enough, this spin is the first musical effort to be concurrently released on CD, Blu-ray and iPad App. Also, it weaves a number of the heavy hitters in music today and with the tutelage of Grusin, evolves into what may be this year’s best live design. It not only offers a kaleidoscope of his and other iconic figures scores such as Gershwin and Mancini, the spin unearths memories from those times when one first experienced the masters music.

An Evening with Dave Grusin seeks out your senses and takes you into each note’s psyche as if it was controlling your melodic will. Never have I had a performance, live or studio, capture the essence of why entertainment should be so unique. This script of notes, tones and rhythms define the inner soul of music and the purpose of meticulous sound!

The 75-piece Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra at the Adrienne Arsht Center in Miami, Florida, follows direction from the brilliance of Grusin with effortlessness precision. The sound that exhumes itself from the orchestra just mystifies logic and bathes our imagination in a historically pioneering froth.

Patty Austin’s rendition of Walter Donaldson’s and Gus Kahn’s “Makin' Whoopee,” will corrupt your senses with Grusin’s ivory undertow pulling you in. The interaction from the live audience clarifies it all; as Grusin teases their auditory borders to open…Ms. Austin just plays them to the stage. A performance one must not demagnetize themselves from.

I was delighted to see the injection of one of my preferred voices added to Grusin’s slate as Monica Mancini escorts ” Moon River” and flows with its current… on a romantic wave. Ms. Mancini follows the arrangement and utilizes all Grusin’s rules, to unmask the classics original feel…And then again there’s flutiest Nestor Torres. Enough said.

During this well-designed occasion spent with this disk, Jon Secada injected a deliciously multi- expressive rendition of the West Side Story’s classic “Maria” which the tempo adorned a dual mentality, as it morphed its beat several times throughout the performance. This is the textbook Grusin psyche.

To summarize my reflections on this project, one must merely have to spin it for themselves. I can only make this one modest point…A Grammy nomination at the very least, should be required to adorn this effort.

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morrice.blackwell@gmail.com (Karl Stober) BeBop / Hard Bop - CD Reviews Tue, 22 Mar 2011 07:00:00 -0500
Don’t Look Back by Jane Stuart http://jazzreview.com/cd-reviews/jazz-vocals-cd-reviews/dont-look-back-by-jane-stuart.html http://jazzreview.com/cd-reviews/jazz-vocals-cd-reviews/dont-look-back-by-jane-stuart.html “Tight rhythm section, exquisite solo work that enhances my singing, not overpowering it… There is a strong unity of the musicians, the vocals and the arrangements. Dynamic!” quotes Ms. Stuart, thinking back to her studio memories on Don’t Look Back. Since her debut with Beginning to See the Light, Ms. Stuart has reached another level in her career with this project, as her diversity and innovative studio work mold into a newer and revitalizing sound. The dynamics of the music, the thought proce

“Tight rhythm section, exquisite solo work that enhances my singing, not overpowering it… There is a strong unity of the musicians, the vocals and the arrangements. Dynamic!” quotes Ms. Stuart, thinking back to her studio memories on Don’t Look Back.

Since her debut with Beginning to See the Light, Ms. Stuart has reached another level in her career with this project, as her diversity and innovative studio work mold into a newer and revitalizing sound. The dynamics of the music, the thought process of the selections and distinct arrangements have morphed into a very reliable and “foundation heavy” project.

Ms. Stuart’s vocals, aside from what makes this spin have the feel it does, is the respect and involvement she has for her gifted cast. Ms. Stuart’s ego has no personality for there is none; she is on the same plane with her peers, thus a unique and very successful philosophy.

It is evident with her talents and background in theater that Gershwin’s “Summertime” has a new posture: the exiting vocal pulse of Ms. Stuart. That which drains the veins of mediocrity, bestows on the jazz populace a unique and impulsive arrangement.

Ms. Stuart’s signature smile adorns every performance and comes through from the studio recording. That full throttle smile manifests itself in the intro track “I Just Found out about Love,” which contrasts many emotions, even a splash of scat fever.

This disc has more energy and eclectic sensitivity than Ms. Stuart’s debut, but that stands to reason as she is a “facilitator of feel.” She listens and becomes aware of the growth of her sound and the reaction of the audience. This disc showcases numerous moods of her talent, which was not as palpable in her first spin. Welcome Jane Stuart and treat yourself to her space, where jazz is not just an occurrence, but a way of inducing value of effort into the genre.

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morrice.blackwell@gmail.com (Karl Stober) Jazz Vocals - CD Reviews Mon, 21 Mar 2011 13:00:00 -0500
Challenge by Eugenia Munari http://jazzreview.com/cd-reviews/jazz-vocals-cd-reviews/challenge-by-eugenia-munari.html http://jazzreview.com/cd-reviews/jazz-vocals-cd-reviews/challenge-by-eugenia-munari.html A young Italian vocalist from Naples with a persuasive sway describes music this way, “Music could perhaps be called the most truly human form of dialogue among people.” The assured artist is Eugenia Munari and her passion… jazz. Ms. Munari’s tone of voice can be diversely described numerous ways, but correctly stated; it would diabolically seductive with an energized feel. The rhythms would ignite the most stoic pulse into frenzy. Her debut project Challenge has by far a unique “slip into the s

A young Italian vocalist from Naples with a persuasive sway describes music this way, “Music could perhaps be called the most truly human form of dialogue among people.” The assured artist is Eugenia Munari and her passion… jazz.

Ms. Munari’s tone of voice can be diversely described numerous ways, but correctly stated; it would diabolically seductive with an energized feel. The rhythms would ignite the most stoic pulse into frenzy.

Her debut project Challenge has by far a unique “slip into the sunset with ease” taunt about it. Those subtle, yet purring tones, take you back to those steamy recollections of romance once embraced.

Even this old scrooge with pen in hand, cannot pull a negative out of a standard holiday folly.... Oh! I mean holiday standard, as Ms. Munari transforms “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” into a delicious stocking full of tone and rhythm. The Riccardo Biseo ivory expedition, mid-way through the arrangement, captures the seasonal feel and delivers the vocals, a festive flurry of direction.

One spin that holds consideration and never escapes the listener's grasp is Kerns & Hammerstein’s “Can’t Help Lovin' That Man of Mine,” and rest assured, Queenie and Julie are throwing accolades to Ms. Munari’s rendition. This blues-based iconic ballad has that same appeal and direction as it did in 1936. The ardor and respect is well-represented in this performance. I would look to see more of this style from Ms Munari in the future.

In the midst of this lovely encounter is a collection of talented musicians who are the glue in this project. These gifted gladiators take the stage and handle each arrangement conflict with professional ease and execution.

Contained in the selection lineup are two melodies that serve notice to all jazz aficionados; jump the ride and let it proceed in guiding your fantasies. Also, take special note of the Bossa treat “Papo Furado,” in which Ms Munari’s diversity and intelligent calculation as a producer takes form. Challenge by no means is “that” to the human ear, but it does engrave its music sheets with that aura with deliciously cultural sway for all those who appreciate the art, performance and effort of smart arrangements. This “heavy with possibilities” artist will keep anticipation at our door step, jumping levels upon levels as she takes her journey!

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morrice.blackwell@gmail.com (Karl Stober) Jazz Vocals - CD Reviews Mon, 21 Mar 2011 07:00:00 -0500
Here with You by Annie Kozuch http://jazzreview.com/cd-reviews/jazz-vocals-cd-reviews/here-with-you-by-annie-kozuch.html http://jazzreview.com/cd-reviews/jazz-vocals-cd-reviews/here-with-you-by-annie-kozuch.html Sunday afternoons could not be more alluring than with an assured vocal intimacy that captures the inner soul of an ageless lover's romantic sway. Enter vocalist Ms. Annie Kozuch. Actress and singer, her gift to sensually embrace one's “purr” with the feel of her tones is an intriguing gift for a debut spin. This enchanting artist, in her multi-gifted journey, has stylistically evoked the jazz audience with Here with You – a self released 2010 virgin project that takes her to another level, once

Sunday afternoons could not be more alluring than with an assured vocal intimacy that captures the inner soul of an ageless lover's romantic sway. Enter vocalist Ms. Annie Kozuch. Actress and singer, her gift to sensually embrace one's “purr” with the feel of her tones is an intriguing gift for a debut spin. This enchanting artist, in her multi-gifted journey, has stylistically evoked the jazz audience with Here with You – a self released 2010 virgin project that takes her to another level, once more in her career.

The spin carries with it some very talented sounds in the studio, which marries her resonance as if they had a lifetime of recording behind them. The ivory majesty of Frank Ponzio engages the romantic flares from her music sheets. In the same way, guitarist Richard Padron brings the desired attitude to the Spanish psyche on numerous tracks. I examined the molding of sounds as the arrangements persuaded the vocals to set forth a nostalgic and cultural mood, thus a vocal performance surfaced that sets the tone for all ages.

The tapestry of the disk is an eclectic one with varied nuances to its appeal. From the initial engagement of the flute in “Chega de Saudade,” one gets into the sultry sway of the Portuguese Bossa beat. It’s a spin that should not be confused with a controlled experiment, but as a deliberate design in jazz. Such is the case with “Carinhoso,” which has the elegance of the culture of Brazil, and that aged wine mentality that makes the classic charms of jazz come alive for the listener.

The one cut that stirs praises in a different direction is Warren’s “You’re Getting to Be a Habit with Me,” as it appears it’s slightly off track arrangement wise.

Ms. Kozuch was worth the wait in many different ways. Her delivery has a cultural draw to it, which for many, has a personal chart presence to it. Her tone and tempo is spot on with most of the arrangements, and she becomes delicate when she needs to, and as heavy with beat when called upon. I like this artist on many levels. Ms. Kozuch will not derail your faith once spun. The uplifting loveliness of her performance will capture your attention.

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morrice.blackwell@gmail.com (Karl Stober) Jazz Vocals - CD Reviews Wed, 09 Feb 2011 06:00:00 -0600
Here with You by Annie Kozuch http://jazzreview.com/cd-reviews/jazz-vocals-cd-reviews/here-with-you-by-annie-kozuch.html http://jazzreview.com/cd-reviews/jazz-vocals-cd-reviews/here-with-you-by-annie-kozuch.html Sunday afternoons could not be more alluring than with an assured vocal intimacy that captures the inner soul of an ageless lover's romantic sway. Enter vocalist Ms. Ann…

Sunday afternoons could not be more alluring than with an assured vocal intimacy that captures the inner soul of an ageless lover's romantic sway. Enter vocalist Ms. Annie Kozuch. Actress and singer, her gift to sensually embrace one's "purr" with the feel of her tones is an intriguing gift for a debut spin. This enchanting artist, in her multi-gifted journey, has stylistically evoked the jazz audience with Here with You - a self released 2010 virgin project that takes her to another level, once more in her career.

The spin carries with it some very talented sounds in the studio, which marries her resonance as if they had a lifetime of recording behind them. The ivory majesty of Frank Ponzio engages the romantic flares from her music sheets. In the same way, guitarist Richard Padron brings the desired attitude to the Spanish psyche on numerous tracks. I examined the molding of sounds as the arrangements persuaded the vocals to set forth a nostalgic and cultural mood, thus a vocal performance surfaced that sets the tone for all ages.

The tapestry of the disk is an eclectic one with varied nuances to its appeal. From the initial engagement of the flute in "Chega de Saudade," one gets into the sultry sway of the Portuguese Bossa beat. It’s a spin that should not be confused with a controlled experiment, but as a deliberate design in jazz. Such is the case with "Carinhoso," which has the elegance of the culture of Brazil, and that aged wine mentality that makes the classic charms of jazz come alive for the listener.

The one cut that stirs praises in a different direction is Warren’s "You’re Getting to Be a Habit with Me," as it appears it’s slightly off track arrangement wise.

Ms. Kozuch was worth the wait in many different ways. Her delivery has a cultural draw to it, which for many, has a personal chart presence to it. Her tone and tempo is spot on with most of the arrangements, and she becomes delicate when she needs to, and as heavy with beat when called upon. I like this artist on many levels. Ms. Kozuch will not derail your faith once spun. The uplifting loveliness of her performance will capture your attention.

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morrice.blackwell@gmail.com (Karl Stober) Jazz Vocals - CD Reviews Sat, 20 Feb 2010 06:00:00 -0600
Twilight & Blues by Lisa Hilton http://jazzreview.com/cd-reviews/contemporary-jazz-cd-reviews/twilight-blues-by-lisa-hilton.html http://jazzreview.com/cd-reviews/contemporary-jazz-cd-reviews/twilight-blues-by-lisa-hilton.html The music is an attachment of her soul. The arrangements are an extension of her vision. The performance is her heart injected into ours, and this is the legacy of piani…

The music is an attachment of her soul. The arrangements are an extension of her vision. The performance is her heart injected into ours, and this is the legacy of pianist Lisa Hilton, as she again employs the ivories in 2009. Ruby Slippers Production surpasses its other projects with Hilton, offering Twilight & Blues, a new angelic instrumental articulation, chiseled by compassion, which escalates her degree of prominence in the global jazz hemisphere once again.

Twilight & Blues uncovers the numerous personalities of Hilton’s dimensions. Ms. Hilton looks at this project this way, "The album is about different colors and shades of blue: from blues scaled pieces like "Pandemonium", to the color of the sky in "Twilight", the lightest wash of blue in "Moon River" and the more familiar form in "Blue for You" which has an actual blues section." All of which draws the audience in closer to her enchanting ivory orchestration. Original intro cut "Pandemonium" allows the wild child to escape. On the flip side, "Turbulent Blue" creates a dark area in which anger and despair meet head to head, showcasing the conflict therein. One might speak to this project as the fulcrum of Hilton’s emotional maturity, as she comes closer to her crossroads.

Jeremy Pelt (trumpet) sways into the feel of what I would call, one of Hilton’s finest pieces, "Blue for You." The Hilton music sheet ink still wet as it draws in the injection of the Pelt weeping trumpet, as the compositions suggestion takes you crawling down the smoke-filled blues alleyways. Through the arrangement you feel the pain of loss- the tears of have-not - yet you know as always, in the blues alley, there is a way out. An extremely potent performance, for it gives reason as to why the blues is such an important avenue in our music globally.

Ms. Hilton looks at this spin this way,"Blue for You," is about taking a blues structure and thought, but using it in a realistic way for today. We are more likely to be thinking something pleasant about someone and that segues into missing them, rather than just being in a totally BLUES mood. I try and integrate blues into other song forms that work for today." This philosophy is common and could be true for most of the Hilton projects.

In the Hilton study guide under music sheet development, "City Streets" should be featured. The craft of sculpting noise to an image is a skill few can capture. In this spin, Hilton has taken the sounds of the city and translated them to jazz composition, thus giving the sense of Manhattan at rush hour. As your taking the ivory subway to 96th street, you encounter the cultural movements of an everyday journey. This is a lesson in arrangement, which is outside the textbook norm.... brilliant!

As for her title cut "Twilight" I spoke briefly with her on this cut. "Twilight" is such an interesting time of day - not really daytime, and not yet the night. There is the energy of daytime colliding into the pace of the evening and the possibilities that might occur next. I guess it's a lot like jazz when you think of it." That is evident when one push-n-plays this arrangement at such a time when jazz meets that precise moment.

Throughout the discography of Lisa Hilton we have attached ourselves to her in Manhattan at midnight, with the jazz-ease of her seductive demeanor. Some have been touched by her soulful side, as she plays to her sunny day theory of life. Whether Ms. Hilton is playing after dark, orchestrating and extracting moods by playing from the heart, or just in our space, with a tenacious seduction, created from her inner soul. The experiences all have one common denominator. The classic lady herself - Lisa Hilton!

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morrice.blackwell@gmail.com (Karl Stober) Contemporary Jazz - CD Reviews Mon, 16 Mar 2009 07:00:00 -0500
Krazy Love by Luba Mason http://jazzreview.com/cd-reviews/jazz-vocals-cd-reviews/krazy-love-by-luba-mason.html http://jazzreview.com/cd-reviews/jazz-vocals-cd-reviews/krazy-love-by-luba-mason.html Luba Mason’s resonance spins a calming influence on the romantic psyche, as Sunnyside Records release of Krazy Love, drains the strains of everyday complexities, …

Luba Mason’s resonance spins a calming influence on the romantic psyche, as Sunnyside Records release of Krazy Love, drains the strains of everyday complexities, escorting in tranquility, it will be clear from the first notes the journey you are about to experience. From the feathery poetry of "Lovely" to attraction of a passionate duet by (Ruben) Blades and Mason, this disk has legs.

Without reservation, Ms. Mason’s performance on Krazy Love undeniably has a seductive sway, strolling through the coldest of hearts!

The execution of her tonality along with her rhythmical levitation of moods makes this disk a multi-spin exercise. Noting also, that the cast in studio shines with gifts such as Jimmy Haslip’s (Yellowjackets) bass, keeping the flow steady, along with Brazilian pianist Renato Neto, keeping the sound crisp and music sheet intellectually sound.

An introduction to the angelic lyricism of Ms. Mason, introduces us to her writing consciousness. A side which soon will capture great praise by many, for her insightful thought evokes many moments and mood driven chapters for many. However, her writing will never succeed her gift for vocalization. Ms. Mason has a voiced carved out of pure energy!

Avoiding the comparison plague, let’s just state Ms. Mason’s new release has the capacity to surprise and please even the most critical of egos. Her sweet voiced feel of "This House" is a finely framed template of an upbeat and cleverly-designed tempo. Her idyllic performance expresses warmth to the spin.

Ms. Mason has the capacity, with vocals in hand; to deliver any emotion one rations themselves, for any given point in their life’s quest.

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morrice.blackwell@gmail.com (Karl Stober) Jazz Vocals - CD Reviews Tue, 06 Jan 2009 18:00:00 -0600
The Lovers, The Dreamers, And Me by Jane Monheit http://jazzreview.com/cd-reviews/jazz-vocals-cd-reviews/the-lovers-the-dreamers-and-me-by-jane-monheit.html http://jazzreview.com/cd-reviews/jazz-vocals-cd-reviews/the-lovers-the-dreamers-and-me-by-jane-monheit.html Oh, dear Jane, it’s been far too long.... Out from the accolade-coated spin of Surrender in 2007, the jazz populace has awaited for this wonderful gift to …

Oh, dear Jane, it’s been far too long....

Out from the accolade-coated spin of Surrender in 2007, the jazz populace has awaited for this wonderful gift to exhume her vocal sensuality. Jane Monheit vocalizes from within; never digressing from her emotional path, with each single she executes. In 2009, Concord Records will release another moment of passionate "Monheit Moments," which when all is said and done, has her again placed into another unexplored dimension. The Lovers, The Dreamers, And Me is just that; for each cut is an offering to us, in order to feel the pulse of her inner ardor.

I spun this on very complex evening in which stress had its way with me. In a "New York Minute," I was taken hypnotically into a safe place, as her angelic and intimate purr had its medicinal effect. Define it as you wish, but "This Girls in Love with You" is a wonderfully, charismatic arrangement of unadulterated liquid allure. The brief pauses between lyrics makes you feel as though her life may be falling from her eyes, in search of composure.

Jimmy Dorsey’s sway in "I’m Glad There is You" is a compelling interpretation of another great American Songbook revitalization. Ms. Monheit has a few moments where her voice has a conspicuous vocal moment, which brings that adoring Monheit-vibe out.... front stage. Ms. Monheit can, at times, give pioneering jazz expression a new dimension; with just a twist of experimental vocals. A note to those who embrace the technical back-story of a piece, for the arrangement was far beyond expectations. The bond of vocals and arrangement met in a deep, loving relationship on the spin!

As my jazz alter-ego expressed.... the same is so true of the journey taken with Porter’s "Get out of Town" for the arrangement took that piece far beyond the music sheet!

In 2009, our long anticipated wait will reach the finish line as Ms. Monheit embraces our impatient fervor. Many times, the expectations far outweigh the actual when it comes to a new release. Take this spin and embrace it close to your pulse, for it will devour your senses, liquefy your beliefs, and draw you in as one of the premiere jazz projects of 2009. The encore-ready The Lovers, The Dreamers, and Me, is an application of alluring brilliancy!

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morrice.blackwell@gmail.com (Karl Stober) Jazz Vocals - CD Reviews Thu, 01 Jan 2009 00:00:00 -0600
Blues Walkin Like a Man by Rory Block http://jazzreview.com/cd-reviews/blues-cd-reviews/blues-walkin-like-a-man-by-rory-block.html http://jazzreview.com/cd-reviews/blues-cd-reviews/blues-walkin-like-a-man-by-rory-block.html Blues has an extraordinary musical emotion, with an inner texture dipped into a sixth sense that opens a weathered journey for whoever chooses its dramatic passage. Ever…

Blues has an extraordinary musical emotion, with an inner texture dipped into a sixth sense that opens a weathered journey for whoever chooses its dramatic passage. Every time I spin a fine grit of blues, life becomes focused. Such was the case with Rory Block and her new tribute project to Son House, Blues Walkin’ like a Man. Released by Stony Plain Records in 2008, this blues storyline has escorted the audience in the direction of their own crossroads. This is the "glue" to the days when blues was the story of every man’s road. Block has set the flow for an Americana time capsule in musicianship!

Delta bluesman Son House never really received the accolades he so richly earned, but this preacher man-blues icon has influenced a globe in the art form known as blues. Block took this iconic existence to become her mission, unearthing the greatness of the man who influenced her world. Blues Walkin’ like a Man injects a deceptively strong tribute spin in the form of Son House’s signature style at the same time. Block is very much in control of her own precise formula.

Block's sense of commitment inspires with the performance of "Preachin’ Blues" as the old school of hard blues is exercised. The pick configurations are solid and methodical. Strategically injected solos truly ignite the fever blues can only trigger. The acoustical romance of blues comes to a righteous pulse with "Government Fleet Blues." In this experience, Block vocalizes the story with the signature pain desirable to properly break through the meaning within the blues dimension. Many times, blues is imparted through song with a hollow emotion. However, Block brings that traditional style to life, executing the tale of a weathered and traveled soul. Classic feel with structure!

Block appeals to the inner sense that the blues instills into an audience. A pure grit of life pours from her strings as she massages each fret of her musical drive. In this case, she applauds the life of Son House and with her smooth tones and hard core vocals. Block came to the crossroads with this project and took it into the right direction.

K.H. Stober is a freelance columnist searching for that single sound. If you wish to contact for interviews, reviews, or projects email @ waxtrenzz@yahoo.com
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morrice.blackwell@gmail.com (Karl Stober) Blues - CD Reviews Sun, 15 Jun 2008 13:00:00 -0500