KURT ELLING - THE BEAUTIFUL DAY: SINGS CHRISTMAS
Kurt Elling performs these songs with such ease and competence and proves once more why he is one of today's most famous jazz singers. The lead track from the album, "Sing A Christmas Carol", begins with a swing and kicks off the feel of the album - melding bright jazz with the sound of a classic Christmas tune. Elling takes well-known holiday favourites, "We Three Kings" and "Same Old Lang Syne" and transforms them into tracks all his own. "Beautiful Day" is the perfect ending to the album, leaving every listener with a big warm smile. Kurt Elling is considered one of the world’s leading jazz vocalists. He won the DownBeat Critics Poll for fourteen consecutive years and was named “Male Singer of the Year” by the Jazz Journalists Association on eight occasions. An international jazz award winner, he has also been GRAMMY-nominated a dozen times. Elling is a world famous artist of vocalese—the writing and performing of words over recorded improvised jazz solos. He has toured vigorously throughout his career, thrilling audiences throughout the world. In that time he has led his own ensemble and has collaborated with many of the world’s finest orchestras. His latest release was the collaboration with the Branford Marsalis Quartet, Upward Spiral, which received amazing reviews all over the world.
MICK FLEETWOOD BLUES BAND FEATURING RICK VITO – LIVE AT THE BELLY UP
Mick Fleetwood, the iconic co-founder of Fleetwood Mac, is celebrating his blues heritage with The Mick Fleetwood Blues Band, featuring Rick Vito. As well as their own material, the band pays tribute to the original Fleetwood Mac, the blues band that started it all in 1967. Live at The Belly Up, features 17 tracks and over two hours of music including “Oh Tell,” “Albatross,” and “Black Magic Woman.” Features: Looking For Somebody; Fleetwood Boogie; Oh Well; Red Hot Gal; Rollin’ Man Meets The Voodoo Woman; Love That Burns; Eyesight To The Blind; Black Magic Woman; Black Crow Blues; Lucky Devil; Passage East – World Turning; Rattlesnake Shake; You Can’t Judge A Book By The Cover; Shake Your Moneymaker; Stop Messin’ Around; Carol; and Albatross.
SOUL CLAP - SOUL CLAP
The Soul Clap duo have a huge amount of help on this full length set – a range of guests that runs from Nona Hendryx, through Ebony Houston, Nick Monaco, Hazmat Talkbox, Dayonne Rollins, Billy Bass Nelson, and others – all of whom help shape the sound nicely over the electro funk elements at the core! These guys are big on 80s-styled bass pedal bits and keyboard lines, but also work their music past any sort of simple retro mode – expanding the sound with some more thoughtful spacey moments, and finding fresh ways to come up with a soulful hook, instead of a cliche. Titles include "Numb", "Synthesizer Girlfriend", "Shine", "Future 4 Love", "Dirty Leslie", and "Timespent".~ Dusty Groove