THE WAY IT FEELS features the performances of tenor saxophone/flute/composer Louise Elliott and The Jazz Hearts, and if somebody came up to me on a street corner and whispered, "Could you explain jazz to me in a manner which I could understand?" then I would turn and say, listen to a new CD by Louise Elliott titled THE WAY IT FEELS and you will have your answer! What a memorable listening experience this collection turned out to be, and I have since listened to it seven times and enjoyed the performances even more each time.
8 songs are on the CD. Songs include: Louise Elliot's new jazz compositions, "The Way It Feels," "Tierra Roja," "Flute in Eleven," "Hello Ornette," and "What the Future Brings," along with Whitehead's "See you Dudu," Duke Makasi's "Rise and Shine," and one of the best jazz tunes to come around in a long time in the form of jazz pianist Mervyn Africa's highly creative composition, "22nd September."
This music gets up and moves and involves the listener in its intricate journeys! If you like trumpet, you will enjoy the performances of Claude Deppa and if you like trombone, give a close listen to the graceful talent and stylings of Annie Whitehead. Louise Elliott is in top form and she shines brightly backed by the great jazz piano stylings of Mervyn Africa. I highly suggest for your listening pleasure you listen to the haunting sounds of Annie Whitehead on trombone as she performs "See you Dudu." This collection has a driving, sensual rhythm section thanks to the great talents of Steve Lamb and Greg Leppard.
THE WAY IT FEELS is what contemporary jazz with world influences is all about in the year 2001, and the group, The Jazz Hearts, bring it all home to us in great fun and great style, making this a great sharing adventure in the language of jazz! Great sounds, great performances, great harmony, this CD has it all.