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On the Road by The Jazz Expressions

The great thing about musicians, is that they can come from all walks of life andevery part of the world and still make the same kind of language. The languageof jazz. The Jazz Expressions's new CD On the Road demonstrates this theory highly. Each person of this band has had many years of playing with very famous people in every part of the world and contributes their finesse to talk this universal language. No talk, just play and let the world listen.

The sound & texture of the band reminds me of the (original) Jazz Crusaders and the Bill Evans sound of the 60's and 70's. I always mention to have a great band and a good recording, the musicians have to compliment each other and play with emotions. Jazz Expressions goes well beyond the phase of articulation. The compositionsare well blended into swing, ballads, latin, to a very nice funky jazz. The musical director and bass player Hillard Greene, drives the band into very solid grooves on every tune.

On track 7 of the CD Harriet Tubman (a ballad), is one of the richest sounding ballads in the collection of their tunes. Wonderful changing chords, with a haunting flow of melody, A true tribute to a brave, courageous lady.This was my favorite cut of the CD. The whole CD is smooth as silk.

Lookingat their CD cover, I noticed they have traveled the world. With On the Road , they will still be encompassing and traveling this world to bring outstandingjazz that they play well. I give this a 3 out of 5 on my Jazz-o-meter.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: The Jazz Expressions
  • CD Title: On the Road
  • Genre: Cool Jazz
  • Year Released: 2004
  • Record Label: Wildflower Recordings
  • Musicians: T.K. Blue (sax), Dwayne "cook" Broadnax (drums), Aaron Graves (piano), Hillard (Hill) Greene (bass/music director).
  • Rating: Three Stars
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