DUANE EUBANKS QUINTET - THINGS OF A PARTICULAR NATURE
A damn great album from trumpeter Duane Eubanks – soaring, soulful, and tremendously powerful right from the very first note! The album's got Eubanks working with an excellent lineup that includes Abraham Burton on tenor, Marc Cary on piano and Fender Rhodes, Steve Nelson on vibes, Dezron Douglas on bass, and Eric McPherson on drums – all really top-shelf players who come together beautifully on a set of all original material by Eubanks – compositions that are often nicely compact, but which really show an expansive vision from both the leader and other soloists. There's a real sense of the classic going on here – not rehashed classic jazz, but new material that will soon deserve it's own standing alongside a larger legacy. Titles include "Aborted Dreams", "As Is", "Beer & Water", "Purple Blue & Red", "Rosey", "Holding Hands", and "Slew Footed". ~ Dusty Groove
COMPLICATED ANIMALS - IN THIS GAME
Complicated Animals is Monica da Silva and Chad Alger. Their debut EP In This Game (out February 10, 2015 on Socialite Fiasco Music) features 6 songs in the duos’ self-coined Indie Nova genre. The style mixes breezy, Indie Pop with a touch of vintage Brazilian Bossa Nova. Monica and Chad released their first album together, Brasilissima, under Monica’s name in 2011. The album featured songs in both English and Portuguese. In This Game - Tracklist: Roadmap, Que Passou, Phoenix,
Bees Take To Honey, Drive Around In Cars, and Sempre Aqui.
DAVID GIBSON - BOOM!
Trombonist David Gibson has been giving us really great work with his recent albums on the Positone label – and each one seems to have the artist sounding even better and better than before! We're really wowed with the music David gives us this time around – a set of nearly all original compositions, blown with a strength and confidence that's as compelling as the songs themselves – with Gibson's trombone perfectly matched with the trumpet of Josh Evans in the frontline! The pair come together with a special sort of magic – maybe like Curtis Fuller and Freddie Hubbard in a key version of The Jazz Messengers – a unified voice on the leads, but very much their own folks on the solos. The rest of the group includes tight piano from Theo Hill, who really helps move things along – plus Alex Claffy on bass and Kush Abadey on drums – on titles that include "The High Road", "Rare Truth", "Grass Fed", "Eyes Of Argus", "Persephone", and "The Dance". ~ Dusty Groove