Anthony Crawford | Urban Jazz - My Story
Hydro 6 Records
by Brent Faulkner
Jazz bassist Anthony Crawford hails from a preeminent family of
musicians including his father Hubert, a drummer who’s played for James
Brown and Cyndi Lauper among others, and his uncle, legendary jazz
saxophonist Hank Crawford. Originally a drummer himself, Anthony
Crawford fell in love with the bass, influenced by numerous rock bassist
and bands and later jazz bassists including Victor Wooten, Stanley
Clarke, Marcus Miller, and the legendary Jaco Pastorius.
“One Night with Janis Joplin” Rocks yet Leaves Some Stones Unturned
Pasadena Playhouse – March 17 – April 14, 2013
by A. Scott Galloway
Think of Janis Joplin and the first thing likely to come to mind is of a Jack Daniels guzzling blues-rock wailer with a big voice and a tragically short life. But an intimate new musical “One Night with Janis Joplin” seeks to deepen the understanding of this hippie-era rock icon via short confessional revelations she shares between songs in a concert setting that keeps the music coming.
Jeanette Harris | Summer Rain
By Susan Mutharia
The talented saxtress of contemporary jazz, Jeanette Harris is back in the spotlight with an alluring fourth album Summer Rain. Harris has displayed her skill as a saxophonist in the past with tunes such as "Saxy" and "All I Do," a Stevie Wonder cover, both from the album 'Saxified'. Slowly but surely becoming a force to be reckoned with in the jazz industry, Ms. Harris is no stranger to the game.
Bluey | Leap of Faith
By Brent Faulkner
Jazz/R&B musician Jean-Paul “Bluey” Maunick is best known as the
founder of London acid-jazz/funk group Incognito. A guitarist,
vocalist, producer, and composer, Bluey is additionally notable for
collaborative efforts with Chaka Khan, Stevie Wonder, and George Benson
among others. 2013s Leap of Faith is Bluey’s first solo album, released
via Shanachie Records.
someone declares, “you were born to sing,” sometimes those compliments
would ring true or it might be a bunch of hype. Unquestionably, Tasha
Cobbs was born to sing. But Cobbs was born to accomplish even bigger
things than just her obvious vocal skills. That critical gift is leading
the masses into the presence of God that many gospel fans and industry
cohorts have gravitated to.
Hardcastle has unashamedly flown the banner for electronic music since
1984 while encompassing a kaleidoscope of soundscapes from hip-hop,
R&B, funk and dance to numerous contemporary jazz recordings under
the Jazzmasters, Kiss the Sky and under his own name.
David P. Stevens | Epiphany
Sanctifly Music Group
by Brent Faulkner
Philadelphia guitarist, singer, composer, producer, and
multi-instrumentalist David P. Stevens released his fourth independent
jazz offering, Epiphany via Sanctifly Music Group March 1st, 2013. While
‘jazz’ may be the most appropriate label attached to Stevens’s music,
it is not indicative of ‘the complete package’.
Bilal | A Love Surreal
Entertainment One Music
by Brent Faulkner
Within 2012-2013’s soul realm, enthusiasm seems to be most concentrated
within the alternative-R&B wing, led by burgeoning, eclectic artists
including Frank Ocean, Miguel, and The Weeknd. Before the newly
incited alt-R&B movement,....eclecticism, creativity, and the ‘will to
be different’ approach already pulsated through soul darling, Bilal
Oliver. 2013’s highly anticipated A Love Surreal (released via eOne)
continues to exhibit exceptional musicianship and stylistic flexibility
Bilal has showcased from years in the game.
Kris Brownlee | Sincerely Yours
By George Strand
Widely acclaimed saxophonist Kris Brownlee sets the bar higher one more time with his new album “Sincerely Yours”. Contemporary grooves meet timeless melodies, creating a unique jazz blend that will blow you away. The album features thirteen tracks that have been described as “purely irresistible”. Perhaps the album’s stronger piece is "Halo", the first single to come out of Kris’s new musical adventure.