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Karl Stober

Karl Stober

For a vocalist one of the weighty ingredients to a successful delivery of a specific performance is aspiration. Aspiration to pour ones full spirit and fire into a tune as …
29.01.2011

Clef Notes

Published in Jazz Viewpoints

Sara Gazarek-Yours (2005 Native Language Music Inc.)

If your choice vocals are that of the "Girl Next Door" appeal then I will make your day with a recommended spin of this jewel box "Yours", for Ms. Gazarek is it! Intimate and tender sultry yet innocent at times, her presentation is very much worth the listen. Her 2006 "Yours" possibly could open new doors for this impressionable yet knowledgeable songster. I am eager to follow her development with her next release as she unravels …

29.01.2011

Clef Notes

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Ranee Lee & Oliver Jones Just You, Just Me (2005 Justin Time Records)

Hot sizzle with a splash of elegance, as one would say pure temptation! It’s a continuous groove from spin to spin with charisma injected into the soul of Canadian sensation Ranee Lee and Oliver Jones as they perform Just You, Just Me and of course the heated beat does makes three . Lee’s tenacious feel to "Stardust" is just a hypnotic sensuality laced with innocence however as absurd as this may sound, spin i …

29.01.2011

Clef Notes

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Bonnie Bramlett-Roots, Blues, & Groove (2006 ZOHO Records)

Bold, Brassy, and bursting of Blues is the only way to script this groove we are stuck in when Ms. Bonnie Bramlett vocalizes. At first listen I was caught up in her delivery and execution of deep soulful emotion. This will be the equivalent for you! Selections range from standards to her own artistry, which are the highlights of this disk. Case in point "I Can Laugh About It Now" is pure untarnished classic blues with a …

29.01.2011

Clef Notes

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Buck Hill - Relax (2006 Severn Records)

Tenor sax aficionado Buck Hill extracts the classic tunes of Miles Davis, Charlie Parker along with himself to fashion a spin worth any collection. Distinct reverberations such as the Ozment organ thrusting out mystic grooves offers to the listener added adventures presented on this disc. The project is a very respectful example of pure jazz swing. Sit back with Hill’s "Old Folks" and the intro sax weeping and setting the tempo, so very cool! …

29.01.2011

Clef Notes

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Ann Hampton Callaway Blues In The Night (2006 Telarc) Your emotions will fall from your eyes when the first spin takes off into your heart from the vocals of Ann Hampton Callaway and her Blues in the Night. Excellence in the "blues feel" is as simple as I can script it. With a tearful sax in the background guided by the others, Callaway’s voice and execution bleeds the lives of many. Callaway’s sultry and heart felt tones range from brassy to bashful as this disk unfolds emotion …

29.01.2011

JT's Clef Notes

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TJ Tangria Jazz Group (Self 2008)

In an excursion that has brought this trio to their third spin, Tangria Jazz Group has proven to be bold in approach, precise in composition, and progressive in method. Leader Sheryl Mebane (Drummer) has come together with a vision, evolving her multi-directional craft. The result is seven imaginative cuts all with position and complexities purposely designed by a now, seasoned trio.

The keys of pianist Simon Rochester are c …

You Go to My Head Janelle Monique (Zafe’Musik 2008)

Complex as it may be to exhume logic from the decision to spin classics when the creative mind of this young composer lays dormant, the fact is, Janelle Monique’s debut jewel-box works! Vocalist Janelle Monique’s You Go to My Head penetrates the world of the "diabolically seductive" vocalists of today’s jazz.

The course Ms. Monique takes in breaking bread with these standards is a fine …

29.01.2011

The Flip Side

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Jazz Skat Gumbo/Kat Walker (2009)

Jazz Skat Gumbo is a blend of the "feel" that only New Orleans can deliver. Vocalist Kat Walker is the guide through the French Quarter back streets of sound. Ms. Walker’s new CD, Jazz Skat Gumbo, is a collection of select traditional compliments, if you will, performed with gifted New Orleans jazz musicians that grace this honored stage we call New Orleans.

Kat’s gritty vocals are unique and very inviting and when she adds her attitude by scatti …

29.01.2011

WaxTrenzz's

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Heavy with promise, the stage lit with the soul of youthful visions, a new wave of jazz aficionados embraced the Palos Verdes Coast with a free expression of the legendary Great American Songbook.

Located and sponsored by the Trump National Golf Course, this monthly event showcases the talents of the Palos Verdes community’s hopes and dreams. Orchestrated by Dr. Greg Allen, Director of Freedom 4U, the gifted young unleashed their passion for the purist of American art forms jazz …