U-NAM – GOING FOR MILES
U-Nam’s brand new single is a funky, driving jam infused with Soul and Disco is one of Billboard Chart Topping producer and guitarist U-Nam’s original work. The song includes a hint of the groove heard on “The Glow of Love“ from Luther Vandross and Change and is guaranteed to get your head nodding and put a smile on your smile. “Going for Miles" features U-Nam's signature soulful guitar sound and unmistakable licks with a irresistibly catchy melody. And all of this is supported by classy horns, groovy percussion, funky bass and lush string arrangements backed up with the usual all star band of musicians also featured on his #1 albums “C’est Le Funk” & “Weekend in L.A (A Tribute To George Benson)”. Musicians on the track include Dwayne “Smitty” Smith (Boney James) on Bass, Shannon Kennedy (Groove LTD.) on Tenor Sax, Denis Benarrosh on Percussion, Christian Martinez on Trumpet, Maria Grig on Violin and Viola, and Raymond Gimenes lends his talent with the String Arrangements.
COMETA (KASSIN) - COMETA
A totally wonderful project from the mad musical world of Brazilian genius Kassin – a set of all-instrumental tracks by the group Cometa – a combo who seem equally at home in the worlds of jazz and funk, as they do in a much wider territory of music, too! The record bristles with so many elements at once, each new track seems to be a fresh surprise – as the group will slide into moments that echo older soundtracks, or surf instrumentals, or even some of the more contemporary modes that Kassin has given us in his projects of the past decade or so – but fused into a more live, spontaneous energy by this group! The lineup includes lots of excellent keyboard lines and guitar work (the latter from Kassin), plus drums and guitar – yet despite these familiar elements, the overall sound is quite unique, and very fresh. Titles include "Jogada Senil", "Marini Squad", "Antenna", "Ashes", "Troy", "Liquid Jesus", "Bad Weather", and "Double Dip". ~ Dusty Groove
SEAMUS BLAKE / CHRIS CHEEK / REEDS RAMBLE – LET’S CALL THE WHOLE THING OFF
Tenorists Seamus Blake and Chris Cheek return again with their Reeds Ramble group – although the name of that lineup's a bit misleading – given the strong direction and focus we hear in both players! In fact, there's hardly a sense of "ramble" at all – as the solos are well-blown and always conscious of the best use of space and sound – balanced enough so that there's no one player that seems to drive the set, and open with the participation of both voices in an equal way! Yet the focus is perhaps also part of the rhythm lineup, too – as the quintet also features Ethan Iverson on piano, Matt Penman on bass, and Jochen Rueckert on drums – and while Iverson participates in the forward drive of the record at points, he's also given a few spots to let his darker currents flower nicely. Titles include "Choro Blanco", "Lunar", "Limehouse Blues", "Surfboard", "A Little Evil", and "La Cancion Que Falta". ~ Dusty Groove