Mindi Abair fans, mark your calendars. Your favorite sax player is about to drop her latest CD set called "In Hi-Fi Stereo" on May 18th. The CD gives listeners a treat as Mindi is paired up with some really solid industry musicians such veteran drummer James Gadson, bassist Reggie McBride and then there is the incomparable Lalah Hathaway who would blow you away with her impressive chops. Most of the tracks on this CD just make you want to get out of your chair and shake something and you can very well blame that impulsive move on the CD's opener "Any Way You Wanna". There is a vibrant funky beat on this track which flourishes as a result of a bubbling bassline and Abair's stunning intonation taking top form here. Elsewhere on the CD is the Motown inspired "All Star" which is soul-laden and would be an instant favorite with the more mature audience.
Later on the CD take one for New Orleans in the form of "L'Espirit Nouveau" which features a musical jambalaya of sorts; there is a rag time feel to it and the basic instruments used on this track is definitely a refreshing break from the world of synths. "Be Beautiful" is also another track that would stand out for most as it is a very engaging and soulful number which feature's David Ryan Harris on vocals. The track is also lyrically potent and it is easy to predict that this track would get the thumbs up from the deejays at the contemporary jazz radio stations. They would also swoon over Lalah Hathaway's delivery of James Brown classic "It's a Man's Man's World" a lovely ballad which features Lalah's throaty vocals moving in and out of a stirring arrangement. The song set closes with "The Alley".