Contemporary Reviews

Contemporary Reviews2020-02-23T01:52:32+00:00

    Vers*A*Tility

    April 2, 2024

    O's Notes: Kevin Flournoy is a masterful writer, producer and pianist who has worked with some of the best contemporary jazz and R&B artists since 1994! But now he takes the helm as a leader on Vers*a*tility, a reimagined collection of some his best. We sampled the first couple of songs and can say it’s likely a must have! “Tell Me if You Still Care” featuring vocalists Phil Perry and Shannon Pearson, and “Smooth It Over” featuring Ronnie Laws justify the purchase alone! There are enticing music videos available online.

      Collaborative

      April 2, 2024

      O's Notes: Drummer and bandleader Bob Holz teams up with producer vocalist Rob Stathis and a long list of guest musicians for the Holz-Stathis Collaborative. Randy Brecker (t), Dean Brown (g) and Ric Fierabracci (b) star on “The Tunnel”. Elliott Yasmin, Diana Moreira and Stathis sing on “Back To You” with a strong solo by Brown. Brandon Fields (fl, sax) softens “Wondering”, “You Can Get It” & “Better Try”. We also enjoyed “Side Scratch” with Brown, Brecker, and Ada Rovatti (sax). Those are of the highlights in a strong fusion set.

        Unwritten

        April 2, 2024

        O's Notes: Kaze is a free jazz quartet featuring Satoko Fujii (p) and Natsuki Tamura (t) from Japan with French trumpeter Christian Pruvost and drummer Peter Orins. They play three lengthy selections with excellent recording quality. There is a lot of air between the musicians making the improvisation more intelligible and dynamic. However intriguing, Unwritten may be a tad unapproachable for larger audiences.

          As I Sing

          April 2, 2024

          O's Notes: For As I Sing, Indian vocalist Radha Thomas performs in a series of duets with several different guitarists. The names speak for themselves. Reg Schwager, Pete McCann, Paul Meyers, and Tom Dempsey are prolific masters of their guitars, highlighting the session. The program is straight from the American songbooks with songs like “Social Call”, “Summertime”, “Jitterbug Waltz”, and “I Remember Clifford”. It’s fine background, coffee shop music with excellent guitar work.