Lisa R. Howard - jazzreview.com - Your Jazz Music Connection - jazzreview.com - Your Jazz Music Connection http://jazzreview.com Tue, 23 May 2017 11:45:52 -0500 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb Born Yesterday by Last Trip http://jazzreview.com/cd-reviews/smooth-jazz-cd-reviews/born-yesterday-by-last-trip.html http://jazzreview.com/cd-reviews/smooth-jazz-cd-reviews/born-yesterday-by-last-trip.html Last Trip was a surprising delight. Their new CD titled " Born Yesterday" was an enjoyable listening experience. The band is made up of Mark White, Scott deOgburn, Greg Bad…
Last Trip was a surprising delight. Their new CD titled " Born Yesterday" was an enjoyable listening experience. The band is made up of Mark White, Scott deOgburn, Greg Badolato, Winston Maccow, and Jordan Perlson. The first track entitled "Ear Jordan" was a slamming, it reminded me of an old Audrey Hepburn movie; I was taken totally by surprised with the sound. The Drums and Percussions were in full effect so kudos to those guys. Track 3 was my favorite, entitled "Illuminations" is a soft jazzy tune, filled with the sound of the keyboards floating through the tenor sax, right on time. Track 6 entitled "Told You So" was a lively upbeat jazz track; it was cool like that.

There are 8 tracks on this CD all of which make up a very good CD. A night of cocktails, good friends good conversation and good jazz. What else would you need?

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morrice.blackwell@gmail.com (Lisa R. Howard) Smooth Jazz - CD Reviews Wed, 11 Feb 2004 10:01:14 -0600
Purpose of Soul by Purpose of Soul http://jazzreview.com/cd-reviews/contemporary-jazz-cd-reviews/purpose-of-soul-by-purpose-of-soul.html http://jazzreview.com/cd-reviews/contemporary-jazz-cd-reviews/purpose-of-soul-by-purpose-of-soul.html Purpose of Soul was a soulful CD; in it’s own right. It started with just the right fusion of instruments that made up a very jazzy, urban, contemporary sound. Of the thirt…
Purpose of Soul was a soulful CD; in it’s own right. It started with just the right fusion of instruments that made up a very jazzy, urban, contemporary sound. Of the thirteen tracks I actually had four favorites and that says something of any CD. This CD is perfect for a rainy day, or just a day when you really can’t handle too much noise or too much hype. If you’re in the market for adding a new artist to your jazz collection, then give this group a try; you won’t be disappointed.
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morrice.blackwell@gmail.com (Lisa R. Howard) Contemporary Jazz - CD Reviews Wed, 11 Feb 2004 06:01:14 -0600
The Definition of Love by Imprompt2 http://jazzreview.com/cd-reviews/jazz-vocals-cd-reviews/the-definition-of-love-by-imprompt2.html http://jazzreview.com/cd-reviews/jazz-vocals-cd-reviews/the-definition-of-love-by-imprompt2.html Impromp2 has again graced the music world with their talent. These two guys can really get you going with their beautiful ballads, and smooth horn. Impromtu2 consist of Sea…
Impromp2 has again graced the music world with their talent. These two guys can really get you going with their beautiful ballads, and smooth horn. Impromtu2 consist of Sean Mac (Rapper and singer) and Johnny Britt (singer and trumpet) and their band, which is a whole lot of people making exceptional sounds together. This project is said to be their best work ever, and if you have ever heard their previous projects, then you have to believe that this must be the crème-de-la-crème of the series. I had the privilege of reviewing this project for jazzreview.com and I will say that you better not sleep on this one.

The very first song on the album is "When Will Things Change", is a smooth jazz vocal tune. Track 2 "Definition of Love" showcased the talent of Johnny Britt, the man with the horn. Kim Fields, graced us with her powerful spoken word on "Mocha Soul," fused with Impromt2 this was a very well put together collaboration. My favorite was "I’ll Do Whatever", a sexy, sensual love song that said just the right thing at just the right moment. Guest appearance by Boney James on the track "Bring It Back" was well worth the entire cost of the CD. I could go on with every track on the CD, but I’ll let you pick it up and see for yourself. Impromt2 will take your relationship to whole new level when you hear the tracks on this CD. They take you from trying to work it out, to working it out, to really working it out, to it’s all worked out!

This Album is definitely a keeper, and should be in steady rotation in your CD player. Trust me I wouldn’t say it, if I didn’t mean it. Imprompt2 - pick it up and add it to your music collection.

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morrice.blackwell@gmail.com (Lisa R. Howard) Jazz Vocals - CD Reviews Thu, 05 Feb 2004 18:00:57 -0600
Rhythms & Rhymes by Fay Claassen http://jazzreview.com/cd-reviews/jazz-vocals-cd-reviews/rhythms-rhymes-by-fay-claassen.html http://jazzreview.com/cd-reviews/jazz-vocals-cd-reviews/rhythms-rhymes-by-fay-claassen.html Fay Claassen new CD, entitled "Rhythms & Rhymes," is a combination of smooth, contemporary and classical jazz. The music was beautifully arranged and the songs flow as genu…
Fay Claassen new CD, entitled "Rhythms & Rhymes," is a combination of smooth, contemporary and classical jazz. The music was beautifully arranged and the songs flow as genuine as the lyrics she sang. This is a CD that you can just sit and be peaceful as you drift into thought or reflection. The musicians that collaborated on this project really fused together as one unit and the song that is produced is evident. I enjoy the second track entitled "What Are You Ding the Rest of Your Life," how romantic, and Fay sang it as romantic as anyone could have asked the question. I felt as if I was at a jazz bar, with good friends, good wine, and good conversation, listening to the lady sing and imagining being in love. The third track " Wild is Love," was also a very one of my favorite tracks on the album, or course you will probably have your favorite because of the ten tracks on this CD, I have about seven favorites, yeah it’s that good. Fay’s voice was simply magnificent; it reflected her range and vocal ability that seems to have infinite possibilities of sound. This was definitely a worthwhile project, I would recommend that you pick it up and be on the look out for a live performance from Fay, she is worth spending an evening with.
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morrice.blackwell@gmail.com (Lisa R. Howard) Jazz Vocals - CD Reviews Thu, 05 Feb 2004 02:00:55 -0600
Painkiller by Lomo http://jazzreview.com/cd-reviews/acid-jazz-cd-reviews/painkiller-by-lomo.html http://jazzreview.com/cd-reviews/acid-jazz-cd-reviews/painkiller-by-lomo.html Lomo’s debut album has a very unique sound to it, however it wasn’t enough to keep me listening past two maybe three tracks. The sound was unique but all of the tracks were…
Lomo’s debut album has a very unique sound to it, however it wasn’t enough to keep me listening past two maybe three tracks. The sound was unique but all of the tracks were a little melancholy and it wasn’t enough to pull you into the next track. Each time I wanted to say okay, that’s enough. I think that this group would probably do a better live show than recorded music. Track 5 entitled " Sharkness" was a nice track, but I almost didn’t get to that one at all. I guess this project placed me more in the area of rock instead of jazz. This was a good CD, not great and unfortunately in this business you almost need to be great or close to it.
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morrice.blackwell@gmail.com (Lisa R. Howard) Acid Jazz - CD Reviews Sun, 01 Feb 2004 10:00:45 -0600
Improving Silence by Nicknack http://jazzreview.com/cd-reviews/contemporary-jazz-cd-reviews/improving-silence-by-nicknack.html http://jazzreview.com/cd-reviews/contemporary-jazz-cd-reviews/improving-silence-by-nicknack.html After listening to Nicknack, album titled "Improving Silence" I have decided that it’s a keeper.This CD has a soothing sound that is a mixture of smooth jazz, calm trump…
After listening to Nicknack, album titled "Improving Silence" I have decided that it’s a keeper.

This CD has a soothing sound that is a mixture of smooth jazz, calm trumpets, simply pure music. There are 12 tracks on this CD and all of them are masterfully arranged and produced by Nicknack.

The very first track entitled "Improving Silence" enveloped my soul like a love letter in bottle, tossed out to sea with a particular lover in mind. The second track "Mustard seed" reminded me of Miles Dave on a cool day, the horn was just jazzy like that. Another one of my favorites on this album was track ten "Salt of the Earth" like a stormy day, bleak but beautiful. The last track entitled "Root to the Fruit" was a beautiful contemporary piece that was smooth, sensual, and lovely. All of songs remind you of a time, a place, a person, or a moment and isn’t that what good jazz is all about.

Nicknack wanted this CD to remind you of silence, something soothing to the soul and I think in the CD he has accomplished what he set out to do. This CD was definitely a worthwhile project, and should be included in your jazz collection.

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morrice.blackwell@gmail.com (Lisa R. Howard) Contemporary Jazz - CD Reviews Mon, 26 Jan 2004 14:00:27 -0600
Warm Summer Night Dreams by Ada de Luque http://jazzreview.com/cd-reviews/contemporary-jazz-cd-reviews/warm-summer-night-dreams-by-ada-de-luque.html http://jazzreview.com/cd-reviews/contemporary-jazz-cd-reviews/warm-summer-night-dreams-by-ada-de-luque.html Ada de Luque’s Warm Summer Night Dreams was pure genius. The CD was a mixture of romance, sensuality, and spiritual energy flowing from one track to the next in harmony as …
Ada de Luque’s Warm Summer Night Dreams was pure genius. The CD was a mixture of romance, sensuality, and spiritual energy flowing from one track to the next in harmony as if this was a beautiful love story. This CD is a mixture of the most beautiful smooth adult contemporary jazz with a fusion of Latin-Caribbean music. The CD starts of with a beautiful song entitled " falling", the words so soft and beautiful it was like poetry put to classical music. Yellow Butterfly was another of my favorites, a soft love ballad, followed by several more jazz love songs. Track 7, which is "Lascivious Love," is a very sexy and sensual love song. "Agua de coco" is reggae cut with a jazzy twist to it, very creative. The CD ends with another version of "Falling" very upbeat, the perfect ending to a beautiful love story.

Born in Cuba, and trained in classical and opera music and vocals, Ada showcased extraordinary skills and talent on this project. Also, collaborating on this project with Ada, were Dr. John Georgini on trumpets/flugel horn, Rey Rivera on piano and keyboards, Manny Lopez on guitar, Daniel Berroa on percussions, Greg Diaz on saxophone/flute, Kenny Nieves also on guitars and Deya Deynova on cello.

I really enjoyed reviewing this CD and I highly recommend it for your listening pleasure. This is the perfect CD for entertaining with good food, good friends, good wine, and good conversation.

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morrice.blackwell@gmail.com (Lisa R. Howard) Contemporary Jazz - CD Reviews Mon, 12 Jan 2004 14:00:00 -0600
The Weeper by Ray Fuller http://jazzreview.com/cd-reviews/contemporary-jazz-cd-reviews/the-weeper-by-ray-fuller.html http://jazzreview.com/cd-reviews/contemporary-jazz-cd-reviews/the-weeper-by-ray-fuller.html From the moment I put this CD on I was gone. There are times when you review CD’s and they are good and worth keeping, then there are times when you get a CD and it is off …
From the moment I put this CD on I was gone. There are times when you review CD’s and they are good and worth keeping, then there are times when you get a CD and it is off the chain. Ray Fuller’s first CD was pretty amazing; it was the best CD that I have heard all year. The tracks on this CD just keep getting better and better, when does it end.

The CD starts of with If You Really Love Me, to hear this beautiful music would definitely make a blind man see. (Sorry Stevie), I was literally singing the words to the song it was very, very nice!

Next Weeper’s Thang was a jazzy, funky cut that I had to listen to twice just because I wanted to keep feeling it. I have always been a huge fan of Everett Harp who is the feature saxman on this cut along with Dave Kochanski on keyboards. The chemistry between everyone was unbelievable!

Work to Do would make the Isley’s proud, with Phil Perry on vocals this track will bring a smile to your face. Fuller took care of his business when he pulled out this R&B classic, you have to have some kind of guts to take a chance on this, and let me say Fuller has guts. Great job!!!!

The other tracks include Spanish Flyer, Speak Brother, Superstar, Naima, Friday, Portuguese Love, She Walks This Earth, Free Spirit, Partido Alto, and a very soulful remix of Speak Brother featuring George Duke. All of these tracks are very worthy!

I could keep writing on every track on this album but it would require more time than allowed. If you are a true jazz fan, then you have got to own this CD. It’s hard sometimes for an artist to capture and keep their fans attention on every track, and we don’t really expect them to, however Ray Fuller did just that. Every song was a keeper, and so is this CD. I would let you borrow mine but sorry my brother, you have to get your own.

Ray you did the thang!!! Keep it coming and we shall see you in the future holding your own spot.

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morrice.blackwell@gmail.com (Lisa R. Howard) Contemporary Jazz - CD Reviews Tue, 06 Jan 2004 22:00:00 -0600
I Can't Stop by Al Green http://jazzreview.com/cd-reviews/soul-/-funk-jazz-cd-reviews/i-can-t-stop-by-al-green.html http://jazzreview.com/cd-reviews/soul-/-funk-jazz-cd-reviews/i-can-t-stop-by-al-green.html I can't stop is the perfect title for Al Green's new CD. I mean really he can't stop because if we stop listening to Al Green then what are we going to listen to? This CD i…
I can't stop is the perfect title for Al Green's new CD. I mean really he can't stop because if we stop listening to Al Green then what are we going to listen to? This CD is absolutely perfect, each song represents the next song, even in the titles. My favorite track on the CD is "Rainin In My Heart", classic Al Green. The Album starts off with the title song, "I can't Stop", an upbeat soulful, song and a great choice to introduce the rest of the Album. This is one of my favorite albums right now and like the American Express card, I don't leave home with out it, you won't either.

Al Green "I Can't Stop", this one is a must have for your collection.

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morrice.blackwell@gmail.com (Lisa R. Howard) Soul / Funk Jazz - CD Reviews Mon, 24 Nov 2003 00:00:00 -0600
Caterete by Angelo Nelson http://jazzreview.com/cd-reviews/brazilian-jazz-brazilian-pop-jazz-cd-reviews/caterete-by-angelo-nelson.html http://jazzreview.com/cd-reviews/brazilian-jazz-brazilian-pop-jazz-cd-reviews/caterete-by-angelo-nelson.html Born in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais in 1949, Nelson Angelo is acclaimed as one of Brazil's greatest sidemen, having played for over thirty-five years. You can never be sur…
Born in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais in 1949, Nelson Angelo is acclaimed as one of Brazil's greatest sidemen, having played for over thirty-five years. You can never be sure if the great one’s can outdo themselves, but just like fine wine, they get better with time. Nelson Angleo’s latest project entitled, "Cateretê" proves it once again. This was a fascinating and intriguing album and I really enjoyed getting to know this artist through his work. The album was recorded in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Nelson Angelo composed seven of the eight tracks.

The first track "Vera’s Frevo" reminds me of the movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s, it was sweet, fast, upbeat, and lively, a combination of emotions running away with each other. Another track entitled, "Cateretê", was a strong song filled with drums, it reminds me of carnival and tribal rituals, my favorite was track number five, "Delirios do Mar", which was slow and romantic with vocals by Marcia Maria.

The album boasts eight tracks that are all pure genius. This is definitely a great jazz CD to add to your collection, especially if you like Latin and/or Brazilian jazz.

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morrice.blackwell@gmail.com (Lisa R. Howard) Brazilian Jazz / Brazilian Pop Jazz - CD Reviews Mon, 29 Sep 2003 19:00:00 -0500