Thomas R. Erdmann

Thomas R. Erdmann

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…
With all of the CDs reviewers are sent, rarely does a CD come along that speaks a language so true, it’s impossible to not recommend it to everyone. This is certainly th…
There are few things you can count on in life - both Republicans and Democrats will raise our taxes, there will be large lightning and thunderstorms in the Midwest, and …
Every once in a while it’s a real treat to sit down and listen to someone play jazz influenced by good ol’ straight-ahead hard-bop. These days it seems as if the new gen…
Every once in a while it’s a real treat to sit down and listen to someone play jazz influenced by good ol’ straight-ahead hard-bop. These days it seems as if the new gen…
Saxophonist/composer Tim O’Dell and bassist Tatsu Aoki come to this duo recording with solid credentials. O’Dell is Saxophone/Jazz Studies instructor at the University o…