Thomas R. Erdmann

Thomas R. Erdmann

A trip-happy, soul-inflected, groove-oriented, get-up-on-your-feet-and-move vibe prevails throughout Third Force’s seventh release, Driving Force, and the results…
There are many good reasons to pick up vibraphonist Terry Gibbs’ newest CD, Feeling’ Good: Live In Studio. First, you could start with Gibbs’ massive history as e…
Bassist/keyboardist and San Francisco native Andre Marcel Ajamu Akinyele’s sixth recording as a leader, his first using Ajamu Akinyele as his name - the previous five we…
If there is truly one great thing about jazz is its an openly embracing music. Throughout its history jazz’s ability to incorporate new musical ideas and sound technolog…
Flautist Bradley Leighton’s second recording as a leader for Donna Nichols’ San Diego based Pacific Coast Jazz label is a comfy affair. Likened by some critics as a tie …
There are two main influences easily discernible in the music of the Benevento/Russo (BR) Duo. The first comes from the opening up of time patterns and metrical relation…
R&B, soul, contemporary and smooth jazz saxophonists often point to Grover Washington Jr. as the master’s master saxophonist when it came to combining emotion, soul and …
Smooth jazz is in trouble. Clear Channel Communications, which just about single-handedly makes and breaks artists in this genre by dictating the directional style of th…
There is always a problem when extremely talented jazz musicians try to make a groove-oriented, read smooth jazz and radio-friendly, recording. Because they have a ton o…
The best smooth jazz is that which plays it close to the instrumental R&B vest by staying happy with a good groove but doesn’t look down to the audience. While there is a t…