August 11th 2003
single from sax man Lington’s second album “Everything Must
Change” places him right up among artists of the stature of Richard
Elliot and Euge Groove. It’s
not groundbreaking stuff but it’s well produced (thanks to Brian
Culbertson), it’s funky and that tenor sounds very assured.
A great summer cruising tune!
High by Nick Colionne
single release on the Marimelj/Three Keys label, this time from guitar
man Nick Colionne. There
are no production credits here but I’ll just say that if you like
Norman Brown’s music, you have to hear this.
It has the mellow verse/bright chorus structure that Brown uses
so effectively. The lazy
semi-acoustic sound (Colionne uses Gibson guitars like Brown does) and
the muted trumpet hook you – and hook you hard!
Gorgeous!! I can’t
wait to hear his forthcoming album “Just Come On In”.
music of a major new saxophone talent – Dan Kusz
old composer/musician Kusz has already impressed industry figures from
the Las Vegas strip to Texas with his original songs and dynamic stage
presence. On the 3-track
promo I heard, the reasons for this are obvious.
Shady features the sort of passionate blowing that carved
out a niche for Kenny G. New
Joint sounds nicely old-skool with that 80’s high-hat and a real
mellow funkiness. The tenor
really smokes on Lost in the Groove – look out Boney James is
all I’ll say. This will
be the title track of his forthcoming album.
don’t know who plays in the band, I don’t know if Kusz wrote all the
tunes and I don’t know if a big-name producer was behind the desk –
and I don’t care. If Dan
Kusz comes to play near you (check his site www.dankuszband.com
for details) I’d advise you to get there early and get yourself a good
Todo Corazón by Spanish singer/actor Pedro Ruy-Blas
11-song set was recorded in Ruy-Blas’ hometown of Madrid in 2002 and
showcases his vocals in both Spanish and English.
The deeper emotional intensity is reserved for the Spanish lyrics
on songs such as Mediterráneo and Amar y Vivir.
Black is Black and Sixteen Tons, the sound is more cabaret
(and Ruy-Blas is a leading exponent of musical theatre with a career
which already spans 30 years). His
great English diction must add greatly to his appeal outside Spain.
detailed sleeve notes quote Ruy-Blas as saying that jazz is a way of
life and he has certainly assembled a group of players which could hold
its own anywhere. I’d
like to make particular mention of the blissful harmonica of Antonio
Serrano (sounding like a young Toots Thielemans) and the always-tasteful
piano of musical director Horacio Icasto.
singer’s stated intention was to take Spanish songs known to
generations and to bring out the blues in them.
In that respect, De Todo Corazón is a success.