After many years of honing his craft and teaching others, Jesse Foster has finally released the musical offering that those of us that know him have been waiting for. Born in Bessimer, Alabama and raised in Cleveland Ohio, Jesse recognized his musical calling at an early age and pursued his own natural course of study, by receiving formal training and absorbing influences from other great artists. He is a singer, songwriter and percussionist extraordinare, with an original composition and arranging style, which conveys deep and personal messages through songs crossing a wide range of musical genres.
Although Jesse has worked with and been influenced by many renowned artists,he credits the body of works by master artists like Wes Montgomery, Marvin Gaye, John Coltrane, Smokey Robinson, David Ruffin, Nat"King"Cole and Miles Davis, for having a profound impact on his concepts, musical direction and career. In the seventies Jesses travels brought him to San Francisco where for over thirty years now, his writing performing and teaching has received international acclaim and earned him a special place amongst the unsung heroes of the music scene. Jesse views life as a series of segways, living moment to moment and song to song, never knowing what will happen, but possessing relentless drive and undying faith in his mission. ~ lifeforcejazz.com
NACKA FORUM – FEE FI FO RUM
The group's only a quartet, but they've got a combination of sounds and instruments to rival that of a much larger ensemble! The strength of the record really comes from the twin horn talents of Goran Kajfes and Jonas Kullhammar – the former on cornet, bass trumpet, flexatone, electric trumpet, and Steiner EVI – the latter on tenor, baritone, bass sax, flute, clarinet, minimoog, mellotron, and even moisturizer! These two stalwarts of the Swedish scene are well grounded by the rhythms of Johan Berthling on bass and Kjell Nordeston on drums (and a bit of vibes) – working with a firm guiding hand on some of the more focused tunes here, and really letting Kajfes and Kullhammar stretch out their tones at other points. Titles include "Fanfarum For Electric Forum", "Jimmy", "Dinner With Inner", "Yasuragi", "Borkum Riff", and "Gluck". ~ Dusty Groove
MATTHIAS LANDAEUS – JUL PA JAZZVIS
A sweet trio album from pianist Mathias Landaeus – based around classic Swedish Holiday tunes, but handled instrumentally – which means that you can enjoy the album all year long! The record's way different than an American jazz Christmas album – partly because of the relatively unfamiliar tunes, but also because of the gently expressive style that Landaeus brings to his readings – piano lines that are pointed, yet somewhat softly sensitive too – and guided nicely by the bass of Kristian Lind and drums of Jonas Holgersson. There's almost a Brubeck vibe in the album at times – and titles include "Ja Se Det Snoar", "Hej Tomtegtubbar", "Staffan Var En Stalledrang", "Hosianna Davids Son", and "Nu Ar Det Jul Igen". ~ Dusty Groove