Resonance Records; both 2022; Inner Spirit – appx. 86 min.; Morning Glory – appx. 87 min.
Tuesday, February 28, 2023
Sunday, February 26, 2023
Sweet Megg and Ricky Alexander; I’m In Love Again
Turtle Bay Records; 2020; appx. 38 min.
Friday, February 24, 2023
Steve Gadd; Center Stage
Drummer Steve Gadd has always favored a contemporary sound and that same preference is heard here with Gadd and friends working over some pop material and original works with the acclaimed WDR Big Band. It’s still a bit too obviously commercial for my ears. The band sounds tight and well rehearsed, and baritone vet Ronnie Cuber delivers some appropriately hot solo work. There’s also a lot of gritty guitar and organ solo work here, but I guess that’s nearly a requirement on these kinds of sessions. Not my cup of tea, but it may well be yours.
Leopard Records; 2022; appx. 55 min.
Fun House; David Blake
Vancouver, BC guitarist David Blake leads a quintet of local pals on a bristling session of mostly original music, and they definitely turn up the heat. Much of the music is both intricate and demanding, and features especially dynamic solo work from Blake, trumpet ace Thad Bailey-Mai, and riveting pianist Brad Turner. A haunting highlight and the only standard on the session is Blake’s tender solo performance of the Ellington-Strayhorn beauty, “Single Petal Of The Rose”. Some of this music won’t be meant for your aunt Lillian, but it is thoroughly creative, sometimes intense, and to me, highly listenable.
Cellar Music; 2022; appx 71 min.
Out In It; Thomas Linger
So many outstanding jazz pianists, and even more impressive, there is an ever growing number who are true to the tradition and will keep it going! Such a player is North Carolina born Thomas Linger. He and his quartet concentrate on swingin’ originals with one exception: Billy Strayhorn’s classic “Lush Life”. This session celebrates the pure joy of making jazz music. Thomas Linger is his name; you’re going to be hearing it again and again.
Cellar Music; 2022; appx. 58 min.
Wednesday, February 22, 2023
Richard Baratta; Music In Film: The Sequel
Savant Records; 2022; appx. 60 min.
Monday, February 20, 2023
Craig Davis; Tone Paintings: The Music Of Dodo Marmarosa
Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild; 2022; appx. 52 min.
Sunday, February 19, 2023
Close Your Eyes
Love Walked In
I Only Have Eyes For You
Here’s That Rainy Day
Almost Like Being In Love
Love You Madly
Too Close For Comfort
Out Of This World
Night In Tunisia
The Lady Is A Tramp
There Will Never Be Another You
How Long Has This Been Going On
I Love Being Here With You
You’re A Sweetheart
I Don’t Know Why
Bonus: Big Spender