ANTHONY DAVID – THE POWERFUL NOW
The title definitely gets it right – as there's a special sort of crackle to the music of Anthony David here – maybe a bit more power than before, and a focus on beats and fuzzy guitars that kind of ill things in around the edges! The sound's definitely not too smooth – and David responds to the sharpness with his vocal approach – which is angular at the start, and occasionally augmented by the production – on titles that include "Ride On", "Powerful Now", "Booed Up", "I Don't Mind", "Out Of My League", "Amber", "Never Again", "Ayodele", and "Charge", which features a guest appearance from Carmen Rogers! ~ Dusty Groove
SANTANA – SANTANA IV: LIVE AT THE HOUSE OF BLUES LAS VEGAS
Santana has released Santana IV: Live At The House Of Blues Las Vegas. The energy packed live show will be available worldwide on October 21st, 2016 in DVD+2CD, Blu-ray+2CD, and Digital Formats and in Japan on October 7. This release captures the long anticipated reunion of the classic late-sixties / early-seventies line-up of Santana -- Carlos Santana (guitar, vocals); Neal Schon (guitar, vocals); Gregg Rolie (hammond B3, lead vocals); Michael Shrieve (drums) & Michael Carabello (congas, percussion, backing vocals), joined by Karl Perazzo (percussion, vocals), Benny Rietveld (bass) David K. Mathews (keyboards), with special guest vocalist Ronald Isley. Tracklisting: Soul Sacrifice; Jingo; Evil Ways; Everybody’s Everything; Shake It; Anywhere You Want To Go; Medley: Choo Choo / All Aboard; Samba Pa Ti; Medley: Batuka / No One To Depend On; Leave Me Alone; Sueños; Caminando; Medley: Blues Magic / Echizo; Come As You Are; Yambu; Medley: Black Magic Woman / Gypsy Queen / Oye Como Va; Medley: Love Makes The World Go Round (w/ Ronald Isley); Freedom In Your Mind (w/ Ronald Isley); and Toussaint L’Overture.
BEADY BELLE - ON MY OWN
Beady Belle's not really on her own here – just working away from her regular group, with an all-star batch of musicians that includes Bugge Wesseltoft on piano and Fender Rhodes, and the mighty Joshua Redman on tenor sax! The album's got even more of a jazz core than some of the other Beady Belle albums of the past decade or so – thanks especially to some strong rhythmic lines propelled by the drums of Gregory Hutchinson and bass of Reuben Rogers, who work really well with Bugge's always-great keyboard lines – especially that strong sense of soul that he's developed in his acoustic playing in recent years. The set was recorded both in Oslo and New York – maybe making the record one of Beady's most international in approach, and maybe appeal as well – which (we hope!) will finally give this amazing Scandinavian soul singer the American fame she deserves. Titles include "Traffic In Mumbai", "Castle", "On My Own", "Bury", "Almost", "Marbles", "Lost Face", "Dear Hope", and "The Clouds". ~ Dusty Groove