ELOISE LAWS - ELOISE
The warm, sweetly grooving Eloise album from Eloise Laws – a nice bit of smoothly produced LA soul, with arrangements by Gene Page, and production by Linda Creed and Jerry Goldstein. Eloise's vocals are really wonderful here, exuding warmth something of relaxed approach to her singing that works really well with the jazzy soul accompaniment. The standout tracks have more of a laidback, lightly soaring vibe – including "Someone Who Still Needs Me", "You're Incredible", and "Love Comes Easy" – but the more uptempo cuts such as "Number One" and "Baby You Lied" acquit themselves nicely, too. Ronnie Laws lays down sax solos on a few numbers, and Lonnie Jordan plays arp – and there are other great players in the mix, including Paulinho Da Costa, Wah Wah Watson, Ray Parker and others. Other tracks include "1,000 Laughs", "Love Is Feeling" and "Forever Now". This remastered FTG edition includes 2 bonus tracks: 12" extended versions of "Number One" and "1,000 Laughs". ~ Dusty Groove
GERARDO FRISINA - PASSION DANCE / SPACE IN TIME
Spacey club grooves from Gerardo Frisina – blending cosmic dancefloor sounds with a genuine dose of jazzy instrumentation! Frisina often flirts with modern club influences, and on "Passion Dance" and "Space In Time" he nearly goes all the way – or at least gets to third base. Both cuts have tripped out atmosphere to spare, and steady, prominent dancefloor beats – but the jazzy keys, sax and other elements keep it loosely rooted in jazz, however abstract. "Space In Time" also includes some hypnotic, hazy vocals by Francesca Sortino. ~ Dusty Groove. Available in vinyl.
GERARDO FRISINA AND MAURIZIO BONIZZONI AKA DJ SKIZO - THROUGH THE NIGHT / SUPERSTRUT
Jazzy instrumentation and clubby grooves from Gerardo Frisina & Maurizio Bonizzoni, aka DJ Skizo! "Through The Night" kicks off a slow cooking bass groove and a percolating beat, but it doesn't take long for the keys, sax, flute and vibraphone to kick in, and really nice, timeless jazz funk vibe over. They up the tempo a bit on the equally strong flip "Superstrut". The beat and electric keys are prominent, but there's some echoey/spacey touches that give it a slightly more tripped out vibe. ~ Dusty Groove. Available in vinyl.