Friday, July 18, 2014

New Releases: Zara McFarlane - Move (Atjazz Remix); Nathan Woodward; Fire! Orchestra - Enter


‘Move’ was released digitally on the July 14th and is the third single from Zara McFarlane’s highly acclaimed second album ‘If You Knew Her’. Her instantly recognisable voice is truly on show as her vocal acrobatics stretch across both her melodies and her accomplished improvisations, accompanied by a sparse groove rife with tension and release. Zara weaves a tale of finding strength at a moment of uncertainty on which coasts over both Afro-Carribbean rhythms and a solid swing. The B-side is another track from the album, ‘You’ll Get Me In Trouble’. A playful take on temptation – completely captivating yet deceptively simple. the delivery is heartfelt - it is no surprise it went down such a storm on her recent Jools Holland performance. To complete the summery package a suitably deep remix from Atjazz with full toned subs and a laid back beat sure to make even the most stubborn of heads start to nod. Atjazz  brings something new to the table, serving up 8-bit flavours to compliment the jazzy concoction.
Listen to Zara McFarlana Move (Atjazz Remix)


A young, newcomer to the scene, Nathan is an artist that doesn’t waste a single note. His concerts pack an emotional punch and technical precision that continually dazzles. Traveling on average 51 weekends a year, Nathan has already become a name in some circles as a crossover Gospel, Smooth Jazz, and R&B artist. His career has already included work with clients such as the American Red Cross, The American Heart Association, MGM Resorts, Chick-fil-A, and numerous others. “Versatility” is what many have come to appreciate about Nathan. Whether in a small theater or large church, he continues to shine. With over a decade of traveling across the United States and around the world, Nathan’s improvisational jazz style and passionate melodies will encourage the heart and stir the soul. Tracks include: Soho Twilight, Sea Breeze, Presence, Tuesday Rain, Tell Me Why, 2 O’Clock, The Promise, Schipol, Main Street, Sunrise, and  Time Lapse (Bonus Track).


One of the coolest, wildest performances we've ever heard from the Fire Orchestra – an expanded version of a core jazz combo that includes Mats Gustafsson on tenor – but which here has grown to a very bold lineup of musicians with a trio of voices as well! The album features one long piece – the mighty "Enter" – a strongly spiritual number that mixes soulful jazz expressions with freer improvisations, and some psych elements from time to time – a really amazing blend that holds up tremendously well, even throughout the double-length space of the recording. In addition to Gustafsson on tenor – and also conducting the group – the lineup features Jonas Kullhammar on baritone sax, Fredrik Ljungkvist on baritone and clarinet, Anna Hogberg on alto, Magnus Broo and Emil Strandberg on trumpet, Goran Kajfes on cornet, Sten Sandell on keyboards, Raymond Strid on drums, and the trio of Mariam Wallentin, Sofia Jernberg, and Simon Ohlsson on voices. ~ Dusty Groove

No comments:


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...