THE SAX PACK - POWER OF 3
Smooth Jazz supergroup, The Sax Pack, has been playing to packed houses from coast to coast. Lead by 3 of the hottest saxophonists on the planet Kim Waters, Jeff Kashiwa and Steve Cole who have individually sold over 1 million CDs and had over 20 Top 10 Smooth Jazz singles.
Inspired by the infamous Rat Pack, The Sax Pack creates an atmosphere that is high energy and highly entertaining, packing powerful grooves that thrill their growing fan base! Their smash single, Fallin For You, was #1 at Smooth Jazz radio for an unprecedented 16 weeks in a row, and their debut CD was perched high on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Chart for almost a full year. Highlights include the first single, Back in Style, which is already climbing up the charts, the sensual ballad Shine On, the joyous and funky Power of 3 plus more brilliant Sax Pack originals.
THE BRECKER BROTHERS - THE BOTTOM LINE ARCHIVE
Why is this the first and only official live release by The Brecker Brothers Band, you ask? Perhaps surprisingly, it documents a group that rarely played live, much less toured extensively. This is due in part to a 1970 s music world with the constraints of a vital studio scene, wherein virtuoso musicians were kept busy tracking for television, movies, commercials, and all styles of solo spots and horn sections - regardless of musical style. We were making a living in the recording studios, recalls Brecker. The clubs paid next to nothing, as did 'opening act' gigs. Clive Davis was always begging us to go out on the road, but we weren't going to blow the studio work. Without a doubt, loud & proud describes this first Brecker Brothers Band in action. The group is put into 4-wheel drive by the sleekly-grooving, well-oiled machine that is the nimble rhythm team of Will Lee, Chris Parker and Sammy Figueroa. They constantly supply the connective tissue and hold down an undeniable and indelible groove. Keyboardist Grolnick s electric piano solos are oh-so-elegant, and he delivers the necessary clavinet funk. Guitarist Steve Khan steps up as yet another of the band s dynamic soloists, and he makes sure to bring the rock when the rock is required. The resultant blend of mayhem and form, abandon and razor-sharp execution, makes for an unparalleled meeting of clan-collective minds. ~ Amazon
VIJAY IYER TRIO – BREAK STUFF
Beautiful trio work from pianist Vijay Iyer – a record that's filled with the sorts of chunky rhythmic lines we love so much in his playing! The album's got Iyer working much more at a familiar level than his more electronic album for ECM – with that sort of warmth and joy that's really brought new life to the piano trio format through his recordings – the best of which we might put up there with our early favorites from Robert Glasper. The group features Stephan Crump on bass and Marcus Gilmore on drums – and titles include "Blood Count", "Break Stuff", "Taking Flight", "Work", "Wrens", and "Mystery Woman". ~ Dusty Groove