ANDREW NEU - EVERYTHING HAPPENS FOR A REASON
Saxophonist Andrew Neu follows up his successful NuGroove Records debut with his 4th contemporary jazz CD, “Everything Happens for a Reason.” Along with producers Brian Bromberg and Steve Oliver, Andew has assembled an all-star band, featuring Rick Braun, Bobby Caldwell, Jeff Lorber, Tom Schuman and Alex Acuna. Embellished by a horn section and a full orchestra, this project takes you on a musica journey around the world. Andrew co-wrote a song with Bobby Caldwell and arranged a unique take on the jazz classic, "Take Five". Inspired by the soul jazz and Latin music of the 1960s, it’s reminiscent of Quincy Jones and Sergio Mendes. Tracks include: Everything Happens for a Reason; Poolside (featuring Steve Oliver); Hit Me Up (featuring Jeff Lorber); Orchestral Prelude to What Would I Do; What Would I Do (featuring Bobby Caldwell); Night of the Mojito (featuring Rick Braun and Jeff Lorber); Take Five; Dreaming of Lions (featuring Steve Oliver and Brian Bromberg); Bring It On (featuring Rick Braun); Vespa (featuring Ramon Stagnaro and Brian Bromberg); Date Night (featuring Jeff Lorber); and What Would I do (instrumental bonus track featuring Brian Bromberg). ~ andrewneu.com
KEEFE JACKSON'S LIKELY SO - A ROUND GOAL
Keefe Jackson's an artist who seems to change the name of his group with each new recording – and for good reason too, given that every album has a very unique, personal feel! This date's a live recording done at the Jazzwerkstatt Festival – and it features Keefe working with a few key saxophonists from the Chicago scene, in an expanded lineup that also makes way for a rich array of European horns too – a brilliant array of reeds that carves out some marvelous tones and colors throughout! The approach is like a doubling (or tripling) of the sax quartet approach – really taking the concept to a whole new level – using the horns for rhythm, melody, and more – but also allowing plenty of solo space from this amazing lineup. Horns include tenor, alto, soprano, sopranino, and baritone saxes – plus bass clarinet, e flat clarinet, and alto clarinet as well – played by Keefe Jackson, Mars Williams, Waclaw Zimpel, Dave Rempis, Marc Stucki, Peter Schmid, and Thomas Mejer. Titles include "Overture", "Hierarch Follies", "Round Goal", "Roses", "Neither Spin Nor Weave", and "My Time Is My Own" – plus "Bridge Solo" tracks by Jackson and Rempis. ~ Dusty Groove
JAZZ A LA MODE TRIO - LESS IS MORE
A sweet Italian combo, and one who's got a very classic soul jazz sort of feel – a 60s-styled blend of Hammond and tenor that's mighty nice, and very much in the spirit of the vintage look of the cover!
The combo features Fabio Nobile on drums – who you might know from previous work in a more contemporary style – plus Sam Gambarini on Hammond, Alessandro Scala on tenor, and some guest trumpet from Marco Tamburini. The record's got a great no-nonsense feel – just the right production to fit the group's soaring organ lines and hard-biting saxophone – spun out here over a host of classics from 60s, plus a few tasty originals too. Titles include "Bus Ride", "Money In The Pocket", "Fire Eater", "Funkallero", "Mambo In", "This I Dig Of You", and "Alligator Boogaloo".~ Dusty Groove