When Jim Allchin gets it in his mind to do something, he pours his heart and soul into the endeavor, giving it all he has and then some. And that’s exactly the case with his current blues rock CD, Overclocked. For most of his adult life, Allchin has been a prolific computer programmer and engineer. The former Microsoft executive is...
Jazz meets Shakespeare in Delfeayo Marsalis’ latest release Sweet Thunder. With this CD, the classically-trained trombonist of the renowned Marsalis family decided to produce a modern version of the Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn 12-part suite, Such Sweet Thunder. Although not considered to be the Duke’s most famous album, it is nonetheless a classic work that has drawn much...
Chie Imaizumi’s latest CD, A Time of New Beginnings, is one of the most original jazz recordings I’ve had the pleasure of listening to in quite some time. This native of Japan is a very in-demand copyist, conductor, composer and arranger for good reason – her music is honest and pure-hearted, blending culture, big band writing and American jazz...
Contemporary jazz fans rejoice! If you’re looking for a live recording of jams and standards, then you should definitely check out the Walt Weiskopf Quartet’s album Live (Koger Hall, Univ. of South Carolina). Tenor saxophonist Walt Weiskopf has been hailed by many as this generation’s John Coltrane. His signature style and passion for his art has captivated fans throughout the...
Decades ago, The Jeff Lorber Fusion pioneered the smooth jazz genre. We hear this style of music often throughout our day from segments on The Weather Channel to background music and adult contemporary radio. Now, the band returns to the niche they helped popularize with their much-anticipated release, Galaxy. The album features 11 original tracks. This includes new arrangements for...
If you’re looking to escape to the Caribbean for a while, then you should definitely listen to Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet’s current release, To Hear From There. (Quite an appropriate and clever title, don’t you think?) Wayne Wallace is a five-time Grammy nominee whose skills transcend all musical genres. He’s worked with the likes of Aretha Franklin, Earth Wind...
Irish artist, Dave Rooney, has one of the most amazing raw voices my ears have ever experienced. Truly, listening to this folk artist has created a milestone in my life. The way Rooney explores the depth of his voice and uses it to convey the emotions hidden in his lyrics is a talent within itself, not to mention he can...