CYRUS CHESTNUT - NATURAL ESSENCE
Cyrus Chestnut's got that wonderfully full, rich sound we always love in his piano – and he's working here with a group who really brings out the best in his style – bassist Buster Williams and drummer Lenny White! Williams is always a treat on any sort of trio date – and this album is a great showcase for his ability to swing rhythmically and keep things in a very melodic mode as well – and the album's maybe as much a showcase for Buster's talents as it is for those of the leader! White's great, too – but more in a manner of understatement – which leaves plenty of room for Chestnut and Williams to interact. Titles include "Mamacita", "My Romance", "Dedication", "Faith Amongst The Unknown", "My Romance", "Minority", and "Toku Do". ~ Dusty Groove
COLUMBIA NIGHTS – IN ALL THINGS
We waited years for the full length debut of Columbia Nights, and not only was it worth the wait, it's a stunner – a beautiful batch of timeless spacey soul! Essentially the multi-instrumentalist trio of John E Daise, Jason "Brotherspanky" Edwards and Hayling Price, they have really expansive sound – built from bass, synths, keys, percussion that lifts it cosmic heights – in a perfect mix of atmospheric instrumentals and vocal-led tracks. The sound carries influences for soaring 70s soul jazz, to post millennium electronic soul – which mingle seamlessly, and carry a really depth of genuine earthy soul, however spacey the composition! The guest vocalists are top notch, including Diggs Duke, Aaron "AB" Abernathy, Vaughan Octavia and others, and titles include "Sphere", "Cerulean", "In All Things", "Circle", "Now" with Diggs Duke, "The Rhythm" with Sarai Abdul-Malik, "Coming Home" with Aaron "AB" Abernathy, "Neverend/All For You" feat Siara Shawn, "Ever Between" with B Jamelle and "Glide" with Vaughan Octavia. ~ Dusty Groove
IL COMPLESSO DI TADA!
Welcome to a new adventure in the world of the Italian coolest 60s sound. If Calibro 35 explores the weirdest side of Italian soundtracks, Massimo Martellotta's new creature Il Complesso di Tadà focuses on the grooviest and hip-shaking side of Italian mid 60s TV Shows music. Recorded in Milan and mixed by Grammy Award Winner Tommaso Colliva in London, the album goes from the opening single, the cover of the Muppet Theme masterpiece by Piero Umiliani "Mah Na Mah Na", to the beat explosion of "Il Surf Delle Mattonelle" and "Ma Che Colpa Abbiamo Noi" and to classic italian treasures such as "Sapore di Sale" and "Guarda Che Luna". Thanks to Mr Martellotta’s direction and meticulous care of all details, the sound is super tight and punchy from start to finish, full of percussive rhythms, wild organs and groovy percussions, leading you into a pure and super cool mid60s experience.Alongside the list of the unforgettable Italian pearls, there's also place for a bunch of irresistible groovy instrumental tracks such as "Veloce, Non Troppo", "Allegro" and "Movimentato" all composed by Massimo Martellotta, which mostly reflect his admiration for one of the Italian greatest soundtrack composer of all time Piero Umiliani, as it is also remarked on the album's liner notes that have been written by Piero Umiliani's family.