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Kenny WellingtonFree Spirit ... CD
Expansion (UK), 2016. New Copy ... $14.99
A fantastic album from trumpeter Kenny Wellington – one that shows us that the 70s spirit of artists like Roy Ayers and the Mizell Brothers is alive and well – as long as you know where to look! The record's contemporary, but has a really classic blend of jazz and soul – one that still allows plenty of space for Kenny's soaring solo work, but also has a wonderful focus on sharp rhythms and a righteous overall sound! The balance is no surprise – given that Kenny's got a legacy that goes back to classic work in the groups Central Line, Light Of The World, and Beggar & Co – but this album's way deeper and more powerful than anything Washington gave us back in the day – and features some especially nice work on vocals, by a quartet that's headed up by Augie Johnson, who brings in a vibe that's similar to his music with Side Effect and the LA Boppers. The whole thing's wonderful – righter than most folks sound when they go for a groove like this – and titles include "Heading Home", "Dreaming Of Futures Bright", "Fat Cherry", "Kings For A Day Masters Of The Night", "You Can Run", "E3 Symphony", and "Miles 2 Go". CD

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✨✧ WashburnSassy – Old School Style ... CD
Milan, 2016. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A sweet contemporary take on the soulful jazz styles of the 70s and 80s – one that's got a lot more bite and authentic vibe than some of the more polished smooth jazz sets on the market! Gary Washburn isn't going for any sort of commercial crossover here – and instead, just wants to explore some of his favorite influences – from a time when jazz musicians could get together in the studio, and come up with sounds that were tight, but never too uptight – music that was different than a live performance, and which knew how to use the studio to best effect – yet still retain a nicely spontaneous vibe to the music. Gary wrote most of the material, and brother Kent helped with production – and players include Jesse Snyder on tenor, Ricky Woodard on flute, Bill Noble on alto, and Doug Johnson on vibes. A few cuts have nicely soulful vocals from Maelan Abran and Conrad Giminez – and titles include "Moon Song", "Ornamental Smile", "Shadow Samba", "Effloresce", "May 78", and "Come Closer To My Side". CD

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