JORGE LOPEZ RUIZ - CUARTETO
Beautiful recent work from this legendary Argentine bassist – heard here in the company of a quartet of young players who really know how to follow his lead! Half the tracks are originals, and half are jazz standards – but all are given a very fresh spin by the bass of Lopez – which leads the tracks in a really bold way, often from the ground up – kind of a bubble and flow that's as melodic as it is rhythmic, and which really opens up a space for the sax and flute of Jorge Cutello and guitar of Tomas Fraga. Titles include "Retrao Em Branco E Preto", "Careful", "Exactly Like You", "Pablo", "Seven Come Eleven", and "A Marieta". ~ Dusty Groove .
BOBBY POWELL - THERE IS SOMETHING IN A MAN: THE BEST OF BOBBY POWELL
Tremendous work from Bobby Powell – a Louisiana soul singer from the 60s, but one with a groove that's got all the grit and funk of the Memphis scene at the time! Bobby packed a punch to his music that was a bit different than some of his contemporaries – a slight echo of earlier R&B, but focused towards a tighter 60s soul style too – one that really took off on the wonderful singles in this collection, which have an appeal that got Bobby plenty of play on both sides of the Mason-Dixon line! The set features a whopping 24 tracks in all – a wealth of singles cut for the tiny Whit label – brought together here with some mighty nice sound. Titles include "Hold My Hand", "It's Getting Late In The Evening", "There Is Something In A Man", "Question", "Into My Own Thing", "I'm Not Going To Cry Over Spilled Milk", "I'm Gonna Leave You", "Have A Good Time", "CC Rider", and "Stay In The Bed". ~ Dusty Groove
BOARDWALK - BOARDWALK
Summer of 2012 Boardwalk duo Mike Edge and Amber Quintero were introduced by mutual friends in Los Angeles. Although both were involved in different musical projects (Mike contributing his musical and production know-how, Amber contributing her vocal ability), an undeniable creative chemistry made itself present between the two within a short time of introduction. This chemistry sparked a curiosity that could only be satiated by a collaboration of minds. The creative compatibility test came one day on an impromptu road trip. The elements involved were basic yet obligatory: a guy, a girl, a car, the open road. The end result was ‘I’m Not Myself,’ their first song written together. The title itself is indicative of Mike and Amber’s altered state of being after that ride. The road trip was over, but the journey was only beginning. Focused on creating a sound that was their own, Mike sourced and built the gear that was requisite in capturing the essence of their sound. Their exploration of tracking analog sounds and vocal melodies over dreamy instrumental layers continued until an album of songs was complete. The needle makes contact with the record, and so continues Boardwalk’s journey, their self-titled album released by the legendary independent music label Stones Throw Records. ~ www.stonesthrow.com