JOE BOURNE - UPBEAT AND SWEET: FEATURING JAZZ-INFUSED ROCK AND POP SONGS
Featuring Jazz Drummer sensation, Louis Nash, seasoned vocalist Joe Bourne and his warm voice turn classics into jazz...This collection of hit songs from the middle of the 20th Century is sure to tickle the nostalgic fancy of baby boomers. However, the jazz- infused arrangements and virtuosic instrumental solos will appeal to jazz and popular song fans of all ages. Bourne's rock-solid delivery--no auto tuning here--harkens back to some of the great singers of the last century including Lou Rawls and Al Green. Joe Bourne has a warm mellifluous voice and simple, elegant style He has the virtuosity combined with ease of execution needed to communicate the fun and swing of this music. From Sting to Clapton to Fleetwood Mac, he nails the jazz infusion in this user friendly, accessible recording. Born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the singer/ entertainer, Joe Bourne was inspired by many of the big names of Jazz that toured the Boston area. Whether it's a swinging rendition of the fun song Goody Goody, Oscar Brown's philosophical Dhat Dher the romantic ballad of Earl Garner's Misty, or his special tribute to the great Nat King Cole, Joe, who has been influenced by the likes of Lou Rawls, Billy Eckstein, Arthur Prysock, and Nat King Cole always seems to capture the audience with his on style and warm, light baritone, voice and his dynamic stage presentation. Joe has shared the stage with Natalie Cole, Ray Charles, Nina Simone, Dionne Warwick and several other Jazz and Popular music greats. Even as more jazz musicians are stretching the meaning of The Great American Songbook, to take hit ballads by one- name rockers like Sting, and Clapton and iconic bands like The Beatles, The Eagles and Steppenwolf and make them your own in a contemporary jazz context is not an easy feat. But Bourne accomplishes it
CHET BAKER - THE PACIFIC JAZZ COLLECTION
A master of the trumpet and a much-heralded vocalist, Chet Baker s string of classic albums and his seemingly effortless cool style have earned him a legendary reputation which still rivals that of any other jazz musician. Esteemed jazz historian Dave Gelly described the trumpeter s image as a blend of James Dean, Sinatra and Bix, rolled into one . A musical icon of the 1950s and 60s, Baker s playing, singing and style would go on to influence countless others who came along in his wake. This four disc collection, containing over five hours of music in total, brings together the finest records made by Chet Baker for Pacific Jazz. Demonstrating the creation of a true jazz icon and tracking his development from his earliest recordings to his departure from the label with whom he made his name, these albums are presented here faithfully remastered and in the best possible quality, and form not just the perfect introduction to this master musician, but equally provide an a enthralling glimpse of an essential contribution to American musical history.
SONNY ROLLINS - THE COMPLETE BLUE NOTE, RIVERSIDE & CONTEMPORARY COLLECTION
A titan of jazz saxophone with a career spanning more than seven decades, Sonny Rollins approach to the tenor sax brought a new sound spectrum to the instrument that went on to influence just about every horn player who has come along since. After spending his early career recording for Prestige Records, during which time he produced such magnificent albums as Tenor Madness and Saxophone Colossus (both 1956), as well as making guest appearances alongside such names as Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk and Max Roach, Rollins left the label in 1957 and worked on a freelance basis for Blue Note, Riverside and Contemporary, for whom he created a series of extraordinary records that equalled his earlier output. This collection, containing eight complete, original albums over four discs, includes all of Sonny Rollins records released on Blue Note, Riverside and Contemporary Records between 1957 and 1959. A masterclass in jazz saxophone and improvisation, the five hours of music contained here includes many of the defining moments of the bebop era and, in completion, serves as both a welcome reminder and a superb starting point for exploration into this majestic musician s catalogue.