Traditional Reviews

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    June 30, 2024

    O's Notes: Crooner, actor impressionist Bob Anderson has reportedly represented his subjects better than they sound themselves! Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr., Dean Martin, and Tony Bennet are among his subjects. But this Live! recording features Anderson singing in his own likeness, and he’s quite appealing. Bob is backed by a strong orchestra. This is indeed an entertaining experience highlighted by “To Love And Be Loved”, “The One I Love Belongs to Somebody Else”, and the gentle bossa nova of “Streaks of Lavender”. And “I Won’t Send Roses”.

      Congo Lament

      June 30, 2024

      O's Notes: Trombonist Isrea Butler runs the jazz department at UNLV and leads a fine band on Congo Lament, an album inspired by a couple of retro recordings by Ike Quebec (Easy Living 1962) and Bennie Green (Original Jazz Sound 1959). Butler’s rhythm section is David Loeb (p), Steve Flora (b), and Bob Chmel (d), a strong unit. Butler and saxophonist Douglas Lawrence lead the melodies end to end, shining on the blues based “I. Q. Shuffle”, “Que’s Pills”, and the lazy “See See Rider”. We also enjoyed the warmth of “Easy Living” and the swinging “B. G.’+s Groove”.

        Time Capsule

        June 30, 2024

        O's Notes: Trumpeter, bandleader Bill Warfield delivers another funky effort with the Hell’s Kitchen Funk Orchestra on Time Capsule. Vocalist Chrissi Poland adds variety taking the mic on five selections notably “Just My Imagination” and “Please Send Me Someone To Love. Matt Hong (sax) and Cecilia Coleman (p) are wailing on “Light As A Feather”, before Warfield lights it up on a brassy rendition of “Cold Sweat - I Got The Feeling” and “Chain Reaction”. There’s a lot of soul in this large ensemble!

          Jewels In The Treasure Box

          June 30, 2024

          O's Notes: Jewels In The Treasure Box is a collection of recordings made at the Blue Note jazz club in Chicago, August 1953 featuring the legendary pianist, Art Tatum. He plays in a trio with guitarist Everett Barksdale and bassist Slam Stewart. Tatum demonstrates his prowess on piano with thirteen selections over three discs. The sound quality is not the best it but doesn’t discount the exemplary performance of Tatum and his team with one of the best live performances from the period. The booklet is an excellent documentation of Tatum by his peers.