The afore-mention "Affinity" (also found on "Transfiguration") is a fiery close to the program with great solos from the three alto saxophonists plus excellent rhythm section fire provided by Green, Radway, and Reggie Workman (who played on the original album). "Pursuance: The Coltranes" is not for the faint-of-heart but for hearts (and minds) that need spiritual and physical cleansing, that need to understand the power of the music that both John and Alice Coltrane created, music that stands the test of time. Lakecia Benjamin pulls no punches, cuts no corners, and plays with great emotion and dedication. The album is a giant step forward in her maturation, music that will serve as a blueprint to continued growth as an artist.
For more information, go to www.lakeciabenjamin.com.
Here's the powerful opening track:
Rosa Vocal Group plus Nicole Zuraitis, Sofia Rei, Claudia Acuna, and Sarah Elizabeth Charles––the lyrics celebrates the determination of women in times of strife especially in a male-dominated world.
"ONA" is an ode to the power, to the creativity, to the necessity of speaking out, that Thana Alexa wants everyone to understand that this is also important for all women around the world. Originally recorded in early 2017, right after President Trump was elected and sworn-in, the music serves as a reminder of his administration's (and others around the world) desire to push back against the rights women, immigrants, and people of color have striven for through the 20th and early 21st Centuries. Ms. Alexa points no fingers at any elected officials but her message is clear and her music reflects her passion. Highly recommended!
For more information, go to www.thanaalexa.com.
Listen closely to "The Resistance":
|Photo: Kyra Kverno|
|Photo: Kyra Kverno|
No politics, just fun, when Duchess takes the stage and, if you don't join in on the applause at the end or get off the couch with a smile or even forget for a moment about the social distancing, you're not relaxing enough. "Live at The Jazz Standard" is wonderfully alive, funny, swinging, and a delight from start to finish. Go ahead, indulge!
For more information, go to www.duchesstrio.com.
Here's the gang with a delightful Peggy Lee song: