AARON TESSER NEW JAZZ AFFAIR – LOVE MAP
"Love Map" is the new album by Aaron Tesser New Jazz Affair, one of most interesting acts on the italian Nu Jazz scene. Third album and first one on RNC MUSIC (the previous "Looking Ahead" and "Children" have been released by IRMA and licensed to several countries). Aaron Tesser, with his songs, is usual guest of Radio Monte Carlo, especially on Nick The Nightfly program. "Love Map" contains all original songs except "Sunday Morning" cover version of Maroon 5's. Also includes: The Rainbow; More Than Twice; List To The Music; The Way To Your Heart; Your Life; I Know I Miss You; Meu Amore Sem Fin; Ocean Deep; The Scent Of Your Love; and My Song.
CURTIS FULLER - THE OPENER
Curtis Fuller was one of the premier trombonists in 1960s and `70s global hard-bop. Before that, however, he was an import from Detroit--a promising musician rising in the New York scene. Recorded in 1957, THE OPENER was Fuller's debut, wherein he was backed by a mix of big names (Paul Chambers from Miles Davis's band, drummer Art Taylor) and fellow up-and-comers like soul pianist Bobby Timmons and saxophonist Hank Mobley. Fuller's fiery, brassy trombone mixes well with the tasty, soft-centered tenor of Hank Mobley and the brisk, earthy swing of Timmons, Chambers, and Taylor. ~ CD Universe
LOU DONALDSON - HERE 'TIS
Here 'Tis is in the front rank of Lou Donaldson records, an exceptionally funky soul-jazz session that finds the saxophonist swinging harder than usual. As he moves from hard bop to soul-jazz, Donaldson reveals a bluesy streak to his playing while keeping the vigorous attack that defined his best bop. Donaldson's playing is among his finest in the soul-jazz vein, but what makes Here 'Tis such an enjoyable session is his interaction with his supporting trio of guitarist Grant Green, organist Baby Face Willette, and drummer Dave Bailey. As support, all three know how to keep a groove gritty and flexible, following Lou's lead and working a swinging beat that keeps flowing, never growing static. Green and Willette also have their time in the spotlight, and both musicians are frequently stunning. Green's single-note leads are clean and inventive; Willette is rhythmic and forceful, but also capable of soulful, mellow leads on the slow blues. Their talent, combined with Donaldson at a peak, results in a terrific record. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine