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WashburnSassy – Old School Style ... CD
Milan, 2016. New Copy ... $13.99 14.98
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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✨✧ Kenny WellingtonFree Spirit ... CD
Expansion (UK), 2016. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A fantastic album from trumpeter Kenny Washington – 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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Dia.L (Lailah Reich & Radius)Dia.L (with download) ... LP
Etc, 2016. New Copy ... $15.99
The self-titled debut of Dia.L – the duo of vocalist, viola and kalimba player Lailah Reich and ever-creative Chicago producer Radius! The name is pronounced as "dial", and they dial up a really unique sound with boundless astral atmosphere, but it still has a fairly intimate feel, rooted in abstract soul. The soulful resonance is especially strong because of the sweet, subtle and hushed quality of Lailah's vocals, which blend with and dance alongside the beats in a beautiful way! On that front, Radius never disappoints on the production tip, always able to balance a undercurrent of insistent beats with atmospheric effects, and the sky is the limit when working with an intuitive vocal partner. Titles include "Wide Eyed" with guests Kenny Keys and Jana Buttanari, "Sadness", "Harvest Of Calm", "Poi Tree", "Robots", "Trade Winds", "Piece Peace" and "Next Chapter". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition test pressing version – in a plain white sleeve. Includes download!)
 
 
 



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