STANLEY CLARKE / GEORGE DUKE - THE CLARKE / DUKE PROJECT
2013 Japanese pressing BLU-SPECCD2. Audiophile BSCD2 uses phase transition mastering, the technology developed for mastering of Blu-ray discs. Playable on standard CD player. Sony A big hit among The Fusion/Quiet Storm crowd. ~ Ron Wynn Recorded at Fantasy Studios, Studio D, Berkeley, California. Personnel includes: Stanley Clarke (vocals, cello, guitar, sitar, bass); George Duke (vocals, keyboards, synthesizer); Jerry Hey (trumpet); Gary Foster (alto & tenor recorders); Michael Boddicker (synthesizer); John Robinson (drums).Features Wild Dog, Louie Louie, Sweet Baby, I Just Want To Love You, Never Judge A Cover By It's Book, and others.
THE ANTHONY SMITH VIBRAPHONE QUARTET - CONNECTIONS VOLUME ONE
Connections Volume One is an ambitious, fresh collection of both originals and imaginatively re-arranged standards by jazz vibraphonist/pianist Anthony Smith, a mainstay of the Southern California music scene. Anthony has enjoyed a varied, well-traveled career as both a keyboardist and vibist, and this new two-volume recording represents his arrival on the international jazz scene as a master of jazz vibraphone. The band includes a "who's who" of Southern California's greatest jazz musiciains, including legendary pianist Mike Wofford, guitar virtuoso Peter Sprague, and flute master Holly Hofmann. With this new double album, Smith firmly establishes himself as both a world class improviser and also composer.
DAVID SANBORN - SANBORN
This album is one of David Sanborn's better early recordings. Although the record is perhaps best known for the altoist's version of Paul Simon's "I Do It For Your Love," Sanborn's playing on some of the other cuts (most notably "Mamacita" and "7th Avenue") finds him really stretching within the R&B/crossover genre. Only "Smile" (which has some mundane vocalizing) is a minus, and it is more than compensated for by Sanborn's passionate improvising elsewhere. ~ Scott Yanow 2013 limited edition Japanese pressing 24 bit remastering. Warner Recorded at A & R Studios, New York, New York. Personnel: David Sanborn (soprano & alto saxophones, flute); Paul Simon, Phoebe Snow, Patti Austin, Lani Groves (vocals); Rosalinda de Leon, Richard Tee (keyboards); Hiram Bullock (guitar, background vocals); Herb Bushler (bass); Victor Lewis (drums, background vocals); Jumma Santos (percussion).