Thursday, December 18, 2008

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Band Name: SweetJazz55
Band Location: Maryland
Sounds Like: You call it, I'm doing my own thing
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Band Name: Stereo Volvo
Band Location: Unknown
Sounds Like: Miles Davis/Sly and Robbie
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Sunday, December 14, 2008

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Band Name: Zupe & Nichols
Band Location: Pennsylvania
Sounds Like: Jeff Beck meets Joe Zawinul meets Max Weinberg
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Band Name: Joe Caploe & Neck N Neck
Band Location: Platteville, WI
Sounds Like: Weather Report, Steps Ahead, Bela Fleck
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Band Name: Kent Welton
Band Location: California
Sounds Like: John Lennon, Bob Dylan, JamesTaylor, Steve Winwood, Springsteen,
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Thursday, December 11, 2008

"Footprints in New York" by Kaoru Azuma (Jazz Artist from Japan)

RadioIndy is pleased to present Kaoru Azuma with a GrIndie Award for the CD "Footprints in New York"

"Footprints in New York" by Kaoru Azuma is a fantastic modern jazz album brought to life by a talented jazz vocalist. Kaoru, though born in Osaka, Japan, has honed her craft as an American singer and will leave you feeling musically satisfied and pleasantly soothed. She has certainly made her way around the New York jazz scene and her experience and poise shines through on her smooth, graceful vocal performances. The musicians behind her are certainly no slouches either. The performances are solid and the arrangements are creative, lively, well-layered, and compliment the vocals well. The album is well-produced, reflecting a perfect balance of instrumentation and vocals, and illuminates a sound that is very crisp and smooth. "High Wire" opens things up with a haunting vocal intro and evolves into an upbeat performance, both in the arrangement and in the vocal performance. "Footprints" invokes images of a smoky, low-lit room and features a great tandem between Kaoru's voice and the trombone. This track is fantastically heavy on the mood. "Turn Out The Stars" wraps things up with nice piano progressions that gives the hint of closure and an intimate vocal performance from Kaoru. This album will leave any lover of crafty and soul-filled modern jazz wanting more.-William
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"Calm Breeze" by The Derrick Finch Trio (Jazz Artist from Los Angeles, California(CA))

RadioIndy is pleased to present The Derrick Finch Trio with a GrIndie Award for the CD "Calm Breeze"

"Calm Breeze" is a great, live traditional jazz album from The Derrick Finch Trio. Finch is a student of jazz piano influenced by the likes of Art Tatum and Oscar Peterson and reflects this with great classical and traditional and avant-garde jazz arrangements reminiscent of his predecessors. His accompaniment, sometimes going beyond the implied trio, includes great stand-up bass lines, occasional saxophone solos, and classic jazz drumming. Together, The Derrick Finch Trio creates solid arrangements with great melodies that'll have your toes tapping and fingers snapping, guaranteed. "Calm Breeze" is a live recording, as well-done jazz is intended to be heard live. This recording is no exception. The title track, "Calm Breeze," has a great arrangement featuring Finch's versatile piano skills that show his complete mastery of the instrument, a sad saxophone, and a nice bass line. "Good Bye Pork Pie Hat" closes the album out nicely with a solo from Finch that features an excellent progression and a great build. "Calm Breeze" is proof that Derrick Finch's studies have paid off and he and his trio deliver a great jazz concert. Fans of acoustic, avant-garde, and traditional jazz, give The Derrick Finch Trio a listen.-Chris & the Review Team
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Tuesday, December 2, 2008

"Sing me a Song...please!" by Lynette Louise (Jazz Artist from California(CA))

RadioIndy is pleased to present Lynette Louise with a GrIndie Award for the CD "Sing me a Song...please!"

"Sing me a Song...please!" is truly an original album from singer/songwriter Lynette Louise that draws from both mainstream jazz and honky tonk country. Lynette's loungy vocal performance pairs nicely with either genre, and she takes full advantage of this with incredibly diverse and solid arrangements. Lynette is a renowned international autism expert, having taken a number of children with autism and other special needs under her wing and caring for them like family. This selfless life experience certainly glimmers forth in her songs. She is a great lyrical storyteller, as she sings about the importance of love, both toward God and children, and, as a listener, you hang onto every word. "Sing me a Song...please!" is well-recorded, and Lynette's lyrics pierce through the arrangements perfectly. "Sing Me a Song" is a jazzy and lyrical number with great yearning vocal delivery and a nice build-up. "Used to Listen" gives the listener a first taste of Lynette's honky tonk side with the incorporation of the violin, a pleasant group vocal, and great lyrics about prayer, love, and family. Though it seems an unconventional combination, Lynette Louise has put together ten inspiring tracks that draw from both jazz and honky tonk, highlighting her strong lyrical talent. Fans of either of these genres, check out this strong album from a good person.-Chris & the Review Team
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"Adios San Miguel" by Hopalong (Jazz Artist from Mexico)

RadioIndy is pleased to present Hopalong with a GrIndie Award for the CD "Adios San Miguel"

"Adios San Miguel" is a collaborative instrumental jazz album that incorporates a number of jazz subgenres skillfully crafted by Mexico's own Hopalong. Hopalong, stage name of José Luis Chagoyán, is the composer of most of the songs on this album and plays the upright bass by trade. To bring his compositions to life, Hopalong collaborated with a set of solid musicians on guitar, sax, drums, piano, and clarinet to span the jazz genre. The result is a great jazz album full of tight instrumentation and a great finger-snapping, melodic sound. "Adios San Miguel" also has a great production quality that fully brings each instrument to life and gives the listener the feeling that they are sitting in a candlelit jazz club listening to Hopalong & Company. "Jungle Blues" has a great bass lick that fuels the entire song, with the sax matching notes, and the piano and drums completing the standard jazz sound. "Lunas De Mama Mia" incorporates the acoustic guitar to give the song a great flamenco and jazz fusion feel and is an incredible display of musicianship. "Adios San Miguel" is a great collaborative effort drawn from Hopalong's mind's eye to create an instant classic. Jazz lovers, you're going to want to pick this one up.-Chris & the Review Team
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