THE BAKER BROTHERS - HEAR NO EVIL
Full of renewed attitude, The Baker Brothers are back with a new album for 2014. The band has spent the past year working on this latest project, which features the same line-up as the 2011 release Time to Testify. Hear No Evil is a fine collection of Soul Music infused with elements of Jazz, Rock, Hip-Hop and R&B. The group road tested this material on their latest tour of Japan earlier this year and received an overwhelmingly great response. The Album grew from a creative collaboration between the 5 members of the group. Ideas were worked through, refined, rehearsed and sometimes discarded. With spirit and excitement about the music, it took a year of working Individually and collaboratively to produce this final collection of songs. The result shows us that once again The Baker Brothers can creatively and successfully weave their signature horn hooks through heavy disco bass lines, classy synths, boogallo guitars, and intricate driving grooves. With one critic comparing this to "Average White Band at their best" Hear No Evil offers danceable classics, lyrical melodies and poignant lyrics.
STREETWIZE - DOES THE DIVAS!
Streetwize is famous for delivering sophisticated Smooth Urban Jazz versions of today s hottest grooves from the world of R&B and Hip Hop, delighting a loyal audience that wants their Urban hits smoothed out for that chill-time vibe. Streetwize Does the Divas continues the tradition by paying tribute to today s hottest female R&B stars. Sexy, smooth interpretations of recent smashes from Beyoncè (Blow), Mary J. Blige (Whole Damn Year), Rihanna (Loveeeeeee Song), Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj, Jessie J (Bang Bang) and an old school tribute to Mariah (Dream Lover) and more all reimagined in the Smooth Urban Jazz style made famous by Streetwize. Smooth Jazz superstar saxophonist/producer Kim Waters and the Streetwize all-stars make all the right moves, creating a non-stop listening experience. ~ Amazon
WILLIE WEST – LOST SOUL
A new album from the great Willie West – an artist we love for his rare vintage New Orleans work of the 60s and 70s – still sounding surprisingly wonderful all these many years later! Willie's vocals have this raspy, honest charm that's totally great – and like Lee Fields during his revival years, West gets superb backing from a small combo of younger players who really appreciate the best roots of the music – tight but unpretentious grooves that feel just like a vintage 45, and suit Willie West to a T! The style is less New Orleans than it is a more righteous, sophisticated version of funky soul – one with some nice dark corners that really raise our opinion of Willie's talents – again with the sort of deeper vibe we love in the recent work by Lee Fields. Titles include "Slow & Easy", "Cold In The Storm", "She's So Wise", "The Devil Gives Me Everything", "Getting Down", and "I'm Aware Of What You Want". ~ Dusty Groove