Lawrence, Azar

Furthermore, 2022CD
Instrument: Saxophone

Issue: 28.1

Jazz Ruler Type: Bebop
O's Jazz Ruler

Performance: 4
Performance Chart

Sound: 3
Sound Chart

Score: 76
Score Chart

O’s Notes: Saxophonist Azur Lawrence drifts towards the contemporary side of jazz on New Sky. He leads a band that includes John Beasley & Nduduzo Makhathini on keyboards, Sekou Bunch (b), Tony Austin (d), Munyngo Jackson (perc), Destiny Muhammad & Lynne Fiddmont on harp, guitarists James Saez, Greg Poree & Gregory Moore, and vocalists Calesha Murray, Oren Waters & Lynne Fiddmont. They open with a mid-Eastern vibe for “All In Love”, soften the mood with female vocals on “New Sky” and move to a soulful swing on “Ain’t No Doubt About It” and get a little funky on “Just Because Of You”. It’s easy to embrace with varied tempos and style.


Publicist: BluJazz