MARIA SCHAFER – TO KNOW LOVE…
With a velveteen voice, charmingly straightforward delivery, and nuanced rhythmic sensibilities, versatile singer Maria Schafer enjoys presenting lyrical gems from the realms of jazz standards, Brazilian music, and pop tunes in beautifully modern arrangements. Currently touring as the featured vocalist with The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra, Ms. Schafer has enjoyed the opportunity to perform for audiences across the United States, Canada, Australia, Latvia, and Japan. As a recording artist, Ms. Schafer can be heard as a featured vocalist on albums "So Right..." from The James Kob Experience, "Living In The Question" from sax player Eric Hirschhorn, and "Singin' In The Rain" and "Imagine", both from vocal jazz group Singcopation. Maria has been awarded Outstanding Soloist Awards at the Next Generation Jazz Festival and Reno Jazz Festival, and for 4 consecutive years served as a leading member of vocal jazz groups which won Downbeat Student Awards for "Best Vocal Jazz Ensemble" or "Outstanding Performance". To Know Love… is out on January 19, 2018.
IRREVERSABLE ENTANGLEMENTS - IRREVERSABLE ENTANGLEMENTS
A fantastic mix of jazz and spoken word performance – delivered in a very righteous style that takes us back to the best vintage sides by artists like Wanda Robinson or Jayne Cortez! The words here are by Camae Ayewa – whose lyrics are as politically powerful as her presentation style – and the backing is by a superb quartet that features Keir Neuringer on alto, Aquiles Navarro on trumpet, Luke Stewart on bass, and Tcheser Holmes on drums – all musicians who really do a lot to contribute to the power of the spoken passages, but in a way that never overwhelms them! The instrumental sounds are as powerful as the lyrics – and together, they make for a record that would have been a shining jewel of the loft jazz generation, had it been recorded back in the day – but at a level that's even more incredible for a contemporary set. Titles include "Chicago To Texas", "Fireworks", "Projects", and "Enough". ~ Dusty Groove
PLAY IT LIKE PAPA - 15 YEARS OF PAPA RECORDS 2002 - 2017
A fantastic tribute to a really mighty label – one of the few contemporary club imprints who can effortlessly combine future soul and dancefloor grooves – all in a way that makes both sides of the spectrum sound even better together! Papa's one of the rare few labels carrying on the best traditions of years back – especially that moment when house music really found a way to be uplifting and soulful, often with some strong help from the London scene – which then served to inspire artists back in America as well! There's lots of that trans-Atlantic spirit taking place here – and the 3CD set is overflowing with the kind of tracks you'd only hear on the hippest of floors – divided up into styles on each disc – with a focus on Broken Beat & Nu Jazz, Soulful House, and Deep House. Titles include "Same Thing (Atjazz rmx)" by Osunlade feat Maiya James, "Butterflies (Restless Soul's soul heaven mix)" by Reel People with Dyanna Fearon, "Sapporo" by Blaze, "Seein You (orig mix)" by Eli Escobar, "The Galactica Suite (orig mix)" by Simon Grey, "This Sound Rocks My Body" by Sebb Junior, "I'll Take You (Richard Earnshaw re-beat edit)" by Jon Cutler, "Celestine Prophecy" by Blaze, "Second Guess (Da Lata rmx)" by Reel People feat Jag, "We Can Change This World (orig mix)" by DJ Spinna feat Heavy, "Dreams (Afronaut mix)" by Alison David, "Waiting Is Over" by Faze Action Presents Orto with Vanessa Freeman, "Caught Up" by Saison, "Time (Realm voc mix" by The Realm feat Tony Momrelle, "In The Sun (Yoruba Soul rmx)" by Reel People with Angela Johnson, "Para Na We (rainy city music mix)" by Os Malandros, "Vazilando (main mix)" by Oreja, "Into My Soul (Spiritchaser rmx)" by Aki BErgen with CaDustrmen Sherry, "Summertime (NSM summertime 09 mix)" by Yam Who with Noel McKoy & Leroy Burgess, and "Look A Little Further (MuthaFunkaz 12" voc mix)" by Domu presents Pete Simpson. ~ Dusty Groove