Category Jazz

The Budos Band (Daptone)V

Reminds me of the great psychedelic music from around the world in the 60s-70s. Funky fuzzed out guitar and great horns really make this an amazing album. TRY: 1,3,4,5, ALL!! RIYL: Soweto, Funky Lagos, World Psyheledic, Jazz FCC:Clean          *TB Favs

Cochemea (Daptone) All My Relations

Dap Kings Saxman blends Jazz with ancestral percussion and even throws in some indigenous vocals at times. The result is a funky eclectic album that grooves. The percussion definitely takes on Latin flavors and really ties the whole thing together, with his Sax floating in and out of the whole record. Try: ALL FCC:Clean     […]

NORAH JONES – Begin Again // Capitol

Begin Again is a new album that plays with different styles of music including jazz and contemporary. Norah Jones has found a way to not pigeonhole herself into one particular genre which allows her to showcase her musicality. This album is a mix of lovely, heartfelt songwriting and smooth, hypnotic, jazz beats that make the […]

Dominic Miller–Absinthe

For guitar and bandoneon with other instruments, these are a mix of classical and jazz, quiet, meandering. Nice!

Larry Grenadier–The Gleaners

A collection  of pieces for solo double bass, mostly by Grenadier with versions of Gershwin, Coltrane and Muthspiel. Mostly slow, quiet. Play!

We Belong To The Music- Crazy Flute

Newest CD from Crazy Flute with spoken word tracks Unity and Unbroken Chain. Some guitar riffs from Brandon WhetBruk  add depth and beauty (Reflection). For instumental background and music to contemplate with play We Belong To the Music CD.  Check out interview with founder Jack here: https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/communityradiowithdeb/episodes/2019-01-19T05_41_04-08_00 and check out website at http://www.crazyflute.com

Tribal Groove- Crazy Flute

With Jack Crazy Flute Holland , and Professor Keith Talley the main band, they play  instrumental grooves that may quicken your heart(Water Warriors March) and other times calm your thoughts (Coyotes Tears). Spoken word piece, Home, has received acclaims.  Play all!

Spiritwalker- Malou Beauvoir

Haitian-American singer songwriter pays homage to Vaudou spirits in a blend of traditional and contemporary with focus on unity and recognition of spirit everywhere. May be considered Folkloric Jazz with infusion of social responsibility and ‘ walking with spirit’. Play all!

Brownout (Phatbeats) Fear Of A Brown Planet

FUNK Powerhouse supergroup delivers this amazing re-imagined Public Enemy album. So much funk here! Incredible horn section and master musicians. Try: 1,3,4,5, 7,8,10,11,12,ALL RIYL: James Brown, Greyboy Allstars, FUNK, Public Enemy, Great covers FCC:Clean *TB Favs DIGITAL ONLY

Out of Nations (Riverboat) Quest

Diverse album of great tunes- definitely world inspired jazz. Lots of influences from Eastern European to Indian and Saharan. Some epic jams and other are more jazzy. Try: 1,3,5,6,9 FCC:Clean

Joseph Sheehan & KINETIC (Ansonica) Songs of Lake Volta

“Ghanaian Traditional Music Reimagined.” Beautiful arrangements. Enchanting Strings! Heavy jazz backbone to this whole album, especially with the female vocals. Try: 1,3,5,8  RIYL: Esperanza Spaulding, Smooth Jazz FCC:Clean

“Crazy Rich Asians” Original Soundtrack

Original Soundtrack to the biggest romantic comedy of Summer 2018. Includes covers of Western pop hits, traditional Chinese music, R&B, and jazz.  I enjoyed the covers of Coldplay’s “Yellow” [12] and Elvis Presley’s “Can’t Help Falling In Love” [10]. The other covers I didn’t care for. The jazz songs by Jasmine Chen are all excellent […]

EOS Guitar Quartet–20+

Covering 20 yrs of recordings, these include a variety of genres: Jazz, New Age, world, avant and classical. Play most!

Steve Tibbetts–Life Of

Quiet, ambient guitar with cello and percussion, jazz based with classical elements. Nice!

Hungry March Band (Imaginator Records) Running through with the sadness

Spirited brass with a BIG sound! Elements of Dub, NOLA Funk, Ska, Klezmer, OomPa bands, jazz, and punk. Try: 1, 3, 4, 5, 8, 9 ALL! RIYL: Danny Elfman, What Cheer? Brigade, Sun Ra Arkestra, The Skatalites, Fanfaria Ciocarlia, Slavic Soul Party, Antibalas FCC:Clean *TB Favs

Molly Tigre (Very Special Recordings) Molly Tigre

Inspired free jazz with African elements and funky soul – a big sound! All instrumentals backed by a talented drummers (Joey Abba from the Ramones & Kolipe Camara from Guinea. Try:ALL 1, 2, 3, 4, 5   RIYL: Greyboy Allstars, Skerik, Karl Denson, Funky Jazz FCC:Clean *TB Favs

The Eloquent Saxophone

A collection of pieces for sax/piano or transcriptions, revealing the varying styles the classical saxophone can perform. Play most!

Hybrid–saxophone

Robert Young and group performs abstract, contemporary pieces that are a mix of classical, jazz and avant-garde. Play most!

Keeper Of Secrets-Steven Rushingwind

In this solo album from Steven Rushingwind we are appreciating his flute playing as it travels with wind and stirs the heart-felt emotions.  Play all tracks on this album for the beauty and gentle notes of the native flute from Steven dedicated to his family of Cahuilla Peoples.

Inside The Tank-Mysteries Of The Night

John Soloman described this album, an empty steel water tower turned music venue .. boasts an abundant amount of resonance, making it one of the state’s standout places to perform and record music. Flautist James Marienthal recorded Alive Inside the Tank there with Mysteries of the Night, his duo with vocalist and percussionist Sarah Gibbons, […]

Thomas Stronen–Time Is A Blind Guide

Classical and jazz/avant-garde–ambient, flowing strings, drum and piano. Nice!

Maykel Elizarde Group (Ansonica) South County Music of Cuba

Great Latin Jazz tunes here, with about half female vocal tracks – I like the instrumentals best. Try: 2, 4, 5, 7 RIYL: Latin Jazz, Buena Vista, Celia Cruz, Latin Jazz Fusion…

Phil Scarff (Galloping Goat) Ragas on Saxophone

Sounds exactly like you would think- traditional Indian Ragas with a Soprano sax solo. Bhushan Parchure on table and percussion really holds it all down here. Try: 7, 8 RIYL: Classical Indian music, Raga music, Ravi Shankar, Saxy Jazz…

Gene Pritsker’s Sound Liberation–Rite Through an Eclectic s

The Rites of Spring in Pritsker’s wildly creative adaptation–raucous, jazz/classical/avant/rock.

Julius Eastman–The Zurich Concert

74 min. improvisational solo piano performance recorded in 1980. Starts quietly, builds up.