DAVID BOYKIN - LOVE POWER MAGIC
One of the most spiritual albums we've ever heard from reedman David Boykin – a beautiful batch of long, flowing tunes that have tremendous modal energy and a very cohesive feel! We've always loved Boykin, right from the start – but here he's showing an even deeper sense of spirituality and direction – a great evolution after so many years in jazz, with a strong ability to build new ideas over a very long space – and still communicate in this universal style that transcends time and place! The package is lean – just a small cardboard sleeve – but the music is mighty, and feels like some lost underground jazz classic from the 70s. Boykin plays reeds and a bit of percussion – in a quintet with some really tremendous bass from Josh Abrams – plus piano from James Baker, guitar from Alex Wing, and drums from Marcus Evans – on the tracks "Love Power Magic", "Hyperspace", "6/10/13", and "Some Slick 8 Bar Blues". ~ Dusty Groove.
THE AUCTION PROJECT WITH GUEST MIKE STERN - SLINK
The Auction Project is a union of musicians and composers made up of Arturo O'Farrill (piano) Carlo De Rosa (bass) Vince Cherico (drums) Heather Martin Bixler(violin) David Bixler (saxes). The material is the strength of their friendship love and musical creativity shared by the ensemble, Special guest Mike Stern. Tracklisting: Bear Island Reel, Cleveland, Slink, Richie Dwyer's Reel, Wind that Shakes the Barley, Heron's Egg, Marquis Of Huntley, Angry White Man, and Workmanship (Air). ~ CD Universe
SALSA DE HOY: AN INDEPENDENT SALSA CALIENTE COMPILATION
A great look at the range of excellent salsa that's been burning in the global underground over the past few years – played by a generation of groups who are really getting back to basics – and making the kind of music that first burst forth from the New York and Puerto Rican scenes in the 70s! The sound here is salsa dura all the way through – very sharp instrumentation on top of mindblowingly wonderful percussion – so great on its own that the vocals just come across as icing on the cake! Titles include "La Via" by Bio Ritmo, "Hueso Quemado" by 30 De Febrero, "Lluvia Con Sol" by Orquesta El Macabeo, "Rompe Colchon" by Tromboranga, "Les Calles De Mi Ciudad" by Juan Pablo Diaz, and "El Kikuyo" by La Malmana. ~ Dusty Groove