HIROSHIMA – J-TOWN BEAT
Hiroshima’s latest is their 19th album release – entitled “J-Town Beat”. The 11 track album was released on Sept. 26th, 2013, and comes right off the heels of their successful recording from 2011, "Departure." The group, led by Dan Kuramoto, has been on the urban music scene for well over 30 plus years, and still counting. Tracks include Red Buddha, Lost In Provence, State Of Mind, Da Kitchen, and Lady Of Mystery. Upcoming concerts include the Denver Jazz Festival on Oct. 5; the Summer Concert series at the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach on Oct. 11; and Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival on Oct. 12.
MUSIQ SOULCHILD / SYLEENA JOHNSON – 9INE
The first ever full length collaboration from contemporary soul veterans Musiq Soulchild and Syleena Johnson – and it's by no means a predictable male/female joint R&B record – they're rolling with a sound enriched by their mutual love of reggae! Musiq and Syleena both went through the major label ringer of the 2000s, and have emerged with more creative control in the indie realm – and you gotta love that they're doing just what they want to do at this stage in the game. There's a reggae inflected vibe throughout, but it's still in their modern soul wheelhouse at the same time. Bottom line: it works! Includes "Alright", "Feel The Fire", "The Hunger", "Slow Love", "So Big", "Never Had", "Pieces Of You", "Bring Me Down", "Promise", "Feel The Fire (Reggae Style)" and more. ~ Dusty Groove
JOHN KLEMMER – FINESSE
A smooth set from reedman John Klemmer, but a pretty darn soulful one too – and a great illustration of the way that Klemmer could still hold onto his roots a lot more strongly than some of his contemporaries! The backings are gentle and fusiony – often with some great keyboard work from Russell Ferrante – and Klemmer soars out wonderfully in the lead – with a depth of tone and creativity of solos that goes far beyond anything that might have been needed for the date – a real "something extra" that shows that John's still got all the deep elements of his Impulse years in place. Tracks include "Finesse", "Man & Woman", "Sometimes", "Heart", "Sun, Moon And The Stars", and "Beloved". ~ Dusty Groove