STELVIO CIPRIANI - CONCORDE AFFAIR '79 ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK
A really great little soundtrack – one that's got a sound that's as sexy and sophisticated as you might guess from the cover and title – served up by Italian 70s genius Stelvio Cipriani! Stelvio proves himself to be a giant both on the funky numbers and the mellower moments – the former done with these cool stepping basslines mixed with really sweet keyboards – the latter served up with slinky strings that echo some of the best Italian erotic styles of the time, complete with some great watery touches on the production! This masterful reissue really expands past the original 12 track album – to offer up an addition 15 bonus cuts, wrapped up in a lovely-looking package as well. Titles include "Affaire Theme", "Danger Call", "Martinica Feeling", "Soft Dream", "Safe Landing", "Concorde Combo", "Percussion Theme", "Life Alert", and "Suspense Drums". ~ Dusty Groove
MIKE MARSHALL & THE TURTLE QUARTET
A really beautiful setting for the mandolin of Mike Marshall – a set that features his lead instrument alongside the Turtle String Quartet! The group themselves are very open to new ideas, but also bring a very different vibe to the record than some of Marshall's other albums – not entirely a sense of classicism that would normally be associated with their format, but maybe a deepening of Marshall's Americanist vibe. Yet the group also adapt nicely to one of Mike's other loves, too – the music of Brazil – as they provide great accompaniment on a "Brazilian Choro Medley", and also a composition by Egberto Gismonti as well. Titles include the extended "Interplay" suite, plus "House Camp", "Loro", "Egypt", "Gator Strut", and "Crossroads". ~ Dusty Groove.
JONATHAN SIGEL - HARD WATER
Sweet soulful trumpet from Jonathan Sigel – an artist who's got a really great ear for the best fusion styles of the 70s – particularly work by some of the more R&B inflected trumpet players of the time! The grooves are awash in warm keyboard lines, and sometimes feature either a bit of vocals or sax – and although the record's an indie production, it's got this warm glow that takes us back to crossover classics by Herb Alpert or Chuck Mangione in the late 70s – with maybe some echoes of Freddie Hubbard's more R&B work too! Titles include "Partido", "Mr Why", "Orange Blossom", "Darkness & Light", "Journey To Plex", and "Agua Dura". ~ Dusty Groove