Monday, September 2, 2019
Blues + Beats + Bop (All Soul edition)
There are bluesy solos from Rothenberg, Foreman (it's the longest and most exciting one), and Ward (who plays such lilting phrases). The quartet absolutely soars on Louis Bellson's "Easy Time" –it's another shuffle but, thanks to the interactions and fine solos from the guitarist, alto saxophonist, and organist plus the drummer's power rising from below, you will want to dance.
"These Soulful Days" lives up to its name. This music will wash away your troubles and sounds so good as it cleaned the soul! Dance along with Soul Message Band as they put their spin on the organ-led band that has been a staple of soul-jazz for many, many decades.
For more information, go to www.soulmessageband.com. No videos or audio downloads but you can get a taste of the album by going to delmark.com/product/5030/.
For more information, go to www.ola-onabule.co.uk.
Here's a video of Onabulé in studio (note the excellent guitar solo):
"The Gates" opens wide and the avid listener gets to enjoy the delightful interactions of the Yao/Smith/Hughes Sextet. The music brings to mind the hard-bop sounds that filled urban clubs in the 1950s and early 1960s, sounds that have never really gone out of style. Dg in to this feast – the music satisfies!
For more information, go to www.shiftingparadigmrecords.com/yao-smith-hughes-sextet.html and/or to www.johnyao.com or www.jimmysmithmusic.net or www.jameshughesmusic.net – they all have sounds and pictures of the band.
Here's the title track: