A really great change for saxophonist Nathan Haines – and that's saying a heck of a lot, given how much we already liked him before! The set's a straight jazz outing – of the kind that really lets Haines' strengths on reeds shine forth beautifully – soaring out soulfully in ways that are quite different than his more groove-oriented recordings – yet still equally soulful! Nathan's tenor is wonderful – as deep in tone and rich in feeling as some of the greats of the 60s generation – yet informed with a slight spiritual sense of phrasing as well, even though the overall production and setting is downright classic. The group's a quartet – with Kevin Field on piano, Alain Koetsier on drums, and Thomas Botting on bass – and titles include the Haines' originals "Realisation", "Universal Man", "Ancestral Dance", "The Poet's Embrace", and "Consequence" – plus a version of Roy Brooks' "Eboness". CD
DJ Cam Quartet —
Diggin ... CD Inflamable/Culture Factory (Japan), 2009. New Copy ...
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DJ Cam's definitely diggin here – going back to the classic sounds that first inspired his music, and finding a great way to play with original musical elements from a range of talents who include Wes Montgomery, Bobby Hutcherson, Roy Ayers, Freddie Hubbard, Donald Byrd, Ronnie Foster, and Tenorio Jr! The music has this style that's familiar, but also quite fresh – a bit like the job that Madlib did mixing up the Blue Note catalog years back – and handled by Cam with a wonderfully lean, clean sound – one that's maybe his best in years! InLove sings vocals on a few tracks, and the rest are instrumental – and titles include "Nebulosa", "Montara", "Everybody Loves The Sunshine", "Boss Guitar", "Little Sunflower", "You've Got To Have Freedom", "Inside My Love", and "Mystic Brew". CD
It's been a few years since we last heard from DJ Kawasaki – but that hasn't dimmed his talents at all, and instead he seems to have gotten even deeper and more soulful over the years! Unlike so many other talents with "DJ" in their name, Kawasaki's a very well-rounded artist with a talent that reminds us of some of the most compelling, collaborative soul talents from years back – a modern day house maestro who's bringing forward the older ethos of 70s giants like Roy Ayers or Wayne Henderson! Like both of those artists, Kawasaki has a wonderful balance between groove and deeper soul elements in his music – beats and basslines that work well on modern dancefloors, but a thoughtful presentation of both the vocals and instrumental passages that's very timeless. All cuts here are either originals by DJ Kawasaki, or remixes – and singers include Latanza Waters, Tasita D'Mour, Sharlene Hector, Jennifer Wallace, and Emi Tawata – on tracks that include "Alone In The Dark", "It's Your World (Root Soul rmx)", "Reach Out", "Love Crash Down", "Come & Get Me (DJK & Makoto rmx)", "Give Me The Night (DJK & Makoto rmx)", and "Feel The Music". CD