UDI LEVY - A SUDDEN TRANSITION
Smooth jazz guitarist Udi Levy has announced he will be releasing a new instrumental album at the beginning of the year. Titled "A Sudden Transition," this album features top session musicians from Los Angeles and New York City in what is Levy's first venture into the rock music genre. The album will be available in all premier electronic music stores and on his official website. "I'm confident my fans will be thrilled with the result," says Levy. "In crossing the musical divide between jazz and rock we bring alive the shared heritage of both—a labor of love for any jazz impressionist." The collection of uniquely original compositions shows mastery of both the instrument and the rock medium. Udi Levy plays regularly at The Bitter End, The Groove NY, Cutting Room and other noted jazz and rock venues around New York City and beyond. With a decade of experience as an artist and performer in the smooth jazz circuit, he has more than thirty original jazz compositions to his credit including three hit radio singles. After the successes of his second jazz album "Ahava" and a hit single, "Moment We Touch," which placed in the top ten on smooth jazz charts—Levy toured nationwide. "Smooth Jazz Tales," his prior album, likewise received critical acclaim and has been featured on television's Music Choice Cable Channel. His first smooth jazz single, "As Simple as That," is still getting worldwide attention.
A wonderful showcase for the soulful tenor talents of Kidd Jordan – a player with a style that takes us back to some of the richest, most expressive musicians of the loft jazz scene of the 70s! Jordan's got a way of spinning out a long, personal statement on his horn – one that's powerful and bold, and never resorts to cliche or any easy tricks – often just built strongly out of these very individualistic choices that almost have a poetic quality – although certainly of the proud and righteous mode! The set features a live performance with some wonderful bass work from Peter Kowald – a player whose low tones resonate in this very unusual way, and bring further depth to the record. Alvin Fielder plays both drums and percussion – titles include six trio passages and both a solo drum and bass number. (Limited edition of 300 copies.) ~ Dusty Groove
JEREMY PELT- FACE FORWARD JEREMY
Tremendous work from Jeremy Pelt – a set that continues the bold move forward that he's made with his music in recent years – a great time that seems to have Pelt finding a whole new voice of his own, while also embracing some key inspiration from 70s electric giants like Miles Davis or Freddie Hubbard! The album's got some heavy use of Fender Rhodes – an instrument that banks and curves wonderfully along with Pelt's gliding lines on trumpet – these soulful, soaring solos that really work beautifully next to the keys. The record also features vocals on three out of the set's nine tracks – sung by the great Milton Suggs on "Verse", and by Fabiana Masili on the excellent "Rastros" and "Princess Charlie". These vocals are never overdone, and the set is still very strongly a jazz record at the core – but the additional elements help show us the deepening scope of Jeremy's musical vision. Other titles include "In My Grandfather's Words", "Stars Are Free", "Glimpse", and "The Calm Before The Storm". ~ Dusty Groove