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Soul Jazz by John Howard

Bassist, Vocalist and Trumpeter John Howard is originally from Chicago but for the last 2 decades has lived and worked in Vancouver, British Columbia. His CD Soul Jazz is perfect for folks who like Jazz with their Soul and Soul with their Jazz. He clearly states his direction in the CD liner notes " My quest is to re-vamp the Great American Songbook to include some of the great Soul/RB tunes of the last forty years. Those songs with structures that adapt well to Acoustic jazz". This he does with great style including tunes like Bill Wither’s "Use Me" and Marvin Gaye’s " What’s going on?" But he also showcases Jazz Standards like : Angel Eyes, Naima, Senor Blues, All Blues, Listen Here, Gentle Rain, and Little Sunflower with great lyrics on every tune. The only instrumental is a Blues by Kenny Burrell. Howard’s voice is warm and welcoming with a smooth vibrato. The groove is always there and his bass is always in the pocket. His tone on trumpet and Flugel horn are equally warm and resonant. He is joined by fellow Vancouver musicians Dan Grahm on Piano, Neil Cruikshank on Guitar and Kenny Alexander on Drums. His rendition of "Funny (Not Much) is a standout but the whole CD is a delight and leaves you with a warm glow. This is a soulful Jazz Artist who has found his groove and loves to take you along . Catch him live in Vancouver if you can.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: John Howard
  • CD Title: Soul Jazz
  • Genre: Jazz Vocals
  • Year Released: 2003
  • Record Label: Independent
  • Rating: Five Stars
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