Tuesday, December 22, 2009

"Wishful Thinking" by Orla Murphy (Jazz Artist from London, England)

Orla Murphy's debut Jazz album goes by the name of "Wishful Thinking." This is an album that features Murphy's creamy smooth voice with mostly 3 piece accompaniments, playing a collection of mellow Jazz standards as well as Jazz-interpretations of well known songs. In the song, "Fragile" Murphy sings alongside an acoustic guitar in a relaxed and simple, yet deep and emotional sentiment. In "The Old Country" her voice interplays solely with the upright bass and drums in a smooth yet peppy Jazz number. In the track, "Be Cool" Murphy sings with a remarkable cadence in a playful and toe-tapping piece. This album is one that features classic Jazz and a highly talented voice and lets the talents of the musicians flow with style and grace. If you are a fan of simple and velvety Jazz, or maybe just want something mellow and comforting to listen to around the fireplace, then you should hear the album "Wishful Thinking" by Orla Murphy.

-Sean B. and the RadioIndy.com Reviewer Team
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"Batida Diferente" by Norberto Goldberg (Latin/Jazz Artist from New York City, New York(NY))

"Batida Diferente" is an extremely well made Brazilian/Latin Jazz album by drummer Norberto Goldberg and his fellow talented musicians. Some of the best tracks on this album are in fact original compositions. For instance, the fast-paced and fun "Baiao" is well crafted with moving drum beats that compliment the melodic melody of the guitar and sax. The title track "Batida Diferente" pulls off some expert tempo changes with ease, showing off the talent of all the players. The album, "Batida Diferente," isn't just for fans of Latin Jazz or dance clubs; it's for all listeners who can appreciate outstanding music played with expert musicianship.

-Matt M. and the RadioIndy.com Reviewer Team
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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

"Torched" by Lynne Halliday (Jazz Artist from New York City, New York(NY))

Lynne Halliday blends Jazz and Pop with finesse and ease on her new CD, "Torched." With the polish of a consummate pro, Halliday's voice quivers and seduces, serving the song and her audience with equal regard. Complex rhythms and melodies keep this album of classic "torch" songs interesting from start to finish. "I Wish I Didn't Love You So" has a great jazz club flow, much thanks to some intricate percussion work. Elsewhere, Halliday ably shows off her vocal talents on standards like "You Go to My Head" and "Devil May Care." In all, "Torched" is a great album for recreating the ambience of a jazz club, for hosting a dinner party, or just enjoying a glass of wine at home.

-Matt M. and the RadioIndy.com Reviewer Team
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"Q.E.D." by James Kennedy (Jazz Artist from Iowa(IA))

"Q.E.D." is the latest album released by the prolific guitarist and composer, James Kennedy. The musical style on this new CD has been described as "Midwestern Contemporary Music," since it is really an amalgam of jazz, blues, and folk, all led by James' playing on the 6 and 12 string guitar. Yet he also incorporates a good amount of Latin and World music influences, so it is a difficult album to quickly describe. "Down To the River" is a slower, folksy tune that uses the violin and guitar to paint a mental picture of antiquated American river life. Then, in "Raiders of the Silk Road," we have a very different tune, in which ambient noises and exotic sounds are used to create a feeling that's straight out of The Arabian Nights. For "Your Love Spell," James opts to let the guitar do the talking in a smooth and pleasant love song. "Q.E.D." is perfect for those who enjoy instrumental albums that can paint pictures of different places in your mind. It is also a great album for those who enjoy the guitar and violin, as there are many instances of beautifully played interactions between the two instruments.

-Sean B. and the RadioIndy.com Reviewer Team
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"We Still Remember the Future" by Stanley Sagov & Remembering the Future (Jazz Artist from Boston, Massachusetts(MA0

"We Still Remember the Future," the latest CD by seasoned South African Jazz group Stanley Sagov & Remembering the Future, is a fun, unique album that exposes the listener, whether a new Jazz fan or a veteran, to a different blend of the genre. The opening track, "South African Jazz Curry," really does the job in introducing the listener to Jazz, South African style. The song is led by the organ which gives it a rich sound while the percussion is varied and keeps the beat ever-changing and interesting. Toward the middle, "Stanley's Kwela" relies more on the classic jazz piano and high hat sounds. While giving the listener a refreshing taste of pure Jazz, this track still carries the melodic flares and riffs that make it exclusively South African. If you're looking for a fresh Jazz album, Sagov's "We Still Remember the Future" is it. It's something new and each track showcases fine musicianship and talent.

-Trent C. and the RadioIndy.com Reviewer Team
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Saturday, December 5, 2009

"Trio West Plays Holiday Songs, Vol. 2" by Trio West (Jazz/Holiday Artist from New York City, New York(NY))

The simplicity of a trio brings a new light to classic holiday tunes when the group, Trio West, presents their latest outstanding album "Trio West Plays Holiday Songs, Vol. 2." A stand-up bass, drum kit, and piano bring a Latin/Jazz flavor to the songs we've heard all our lives during the holidays. You may hardly recognize tracks like "Silent Night Samba" as it has an upbeat flavor with spectacular piano progressions. Some may be more easily deciphered like their rendition of "Jingle Bells" with a crisp and bright piano that glides effortlessly across the keys. The whole album moves at a steady pace and if you like one track, you have to like them all. "Trio West Plays Holiday Songs, Vol. 2" is a great substitute for the bland retellings of Christmas stories past and is truly a breath of fresh air.

-Matt M. and the RadioIndy.com Reviewer Team
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Thursday, December 3, 2009

"Need Want" by David Cain & Senses (Jazz Artist from New York City, New York(NY))

If "Need Want" by David Cain & Senses were boiled down to one word, it would be: Hot. This soulful Progressive Jazz oozes virtuosity at ever beat. Every instrument on the album from the bass guitar, to the trumpet, to the synth is played with impressive mastery of the craft. But most noticeably, Cain puts as much feeling into his sax playing as he does into his singing. As a whole, the sheer skill of this outfit is displayed in the track "To You." Also, they really stretch outside being boxed into any genre with tracks like "Dude Where's My Face." These unique qualities, along with great musicianship and years of experience are what make "Need Want" a successful album and one in which you will thoroughly enjoy.

-Matt M. and the RadioIndy.com Reviewer Team
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Monday, November 30, 2009

"In the Driver's Seat" by Steve Raybine (Jazz Artist from Nebraska(NE))

"In the Driver's Seat," by multi-talented and well-seasoned musician Steve Raybine, is a relaxing album that blends the smooth sounds of jazz with soul, and adds a Latin music element. The CD opens with instrumental tracks that accentuate the artist's raw talent on the vibraphone. Toward the middle, though, the pace picks up and the artist even throws in some toe-tapping funk. The track "You Don't Love Me Anymore" showcases tasteful and classic female vocals that emulate the original soul singers of the '60s. "Sugar" is a track that displays musical mastery. The upscale high-hat beat and melodic organ are both dominated by the artist's acumen on the vibraphone, creating a beautiful song. Overall, jazz is only the base for this album. It is mixed with various other genres of music which gives the listener a great opportunity to sample many different styles and collaborations.

-Trent C. and the RadioIndy.com Reviewer Team
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"In the Driver's Seat" by Steve Raybine (Jazz artist from Nebraska(NE))

"In the Driver's Seat," by multi-talented and well-seasoned musician Steve Raybine, is a relaxing album that blends the smooth sounds of jazz with soul, and adds a Latin music element. The CD opens with instrumental tracks that accentuate the artist's raw talent on the vibraphone. Toward the middle, though, the pace picks up and the artist even throws in some toe-tapping funk. The track "You Don't Love Me Anymore" showcases tasteful and classic female vocals that emulate the original soul singers of the '60s. "Sugar" is a track that displays musical mastery. The upscale high-hat beat and melodic organ are both dominated by the artist's acumen on the vibraphone, creating a beautiful song. Overall, jazz is only the base for this album. It is mixed with various other genres of music which gives the listener a great opportunity to sample many different styles and collaborations.

-Trent C. and the RadioIndy.com Reviewer Team
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Sunday, November 22, 2009

RadioIndy is pleased to present T.A.O. (The Anointed Ones) with a GrIndie Award for the CD "Journey to the Top Begins "

RadioIndy is pleased to present T.A.O. (The Anointed Ones) with a GrIndie Award for the CD "Journey to the Top Begins "

T.A.O. (The Anointed Ones) charms the musical world with the delightfully smooth Jazz/Gospel album "Journey to the Top Begins." Using the flute as the main instrument, Richard D. Hegens, Jr. skillfully compiles a collection of easy listening pieces with polished maturity and grace. His talent shines on songs such as "Keeping It Real" or "Ballad," as he gives the audience a performance that captures the emotional spirit his music reveals. His refined flute talents stir up keen interest as he leads off the album with a not-so-traditional rendition of "Amazing Grace" which conjures a slightly livelier tempo and strong and solid beat. Although most of this album is instrumental, "Safe in His Arms" and "When I Think About the Lord" present beautiful female vocals as sweet and harmonious as the lyrics they sing. Jazz flavor at its best, "Otulp" highlights striking piano, soft brushes, and the melodious sounds of the flute. Sounds of stunning flute blended with engaging smooth Jazz/Gospel will lift your spirits and soothe your soul when you hear the wonderful songs of T.A.O.'s "Journey to the Top Begins."

-Diane and the RadioIndy.com Reviewer Team
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Saturday, November 21, 2009

RadioIndy is pleased to present Lisa Hugo with a GrIndie Award for the CD "It's Time "

RadioIndy is pleased to present Lisa Hugo with a GrIndie Award for the CD "It's Time "

In the tradition of such venerable performers as Karen Carpenter and Eva Cassidy, Lisa Hugo straddles the boundaries of jazz and pop with equal ease and finesse on her fine new CD, "It's Time." With her supple, three octave vocal range and the instincts of a seasoned vet, the Australian born and world-traveled, pianist and singer/songwriter simply delights on this 11-song collection of pop, jazz, and easy listening songs. Backed by a small combo with exemplary taste and feel, Hugo's piano sets the tone on jazzier numbers like the CD opener, "With You I Can Be Me" and "Oh My Baby," while the subdued, "Please Try to Understand," finds Hugo delivering an emotion-laden confessional with only the leanest of guitar, bass, and sprinkling of cymbals. Although very comfortable and adept with the jazz-pop style, the real highlight of the set is "Butterfly," a wonderfully melodic pop tune as engaging as it is uplifting. Lisa Hugo's bio is one filled with musical accomplishment all across the globe, but her new CD stands on its own merits. Fans of adult-oriented, tuneful jazz-pop will thoroughly enjoy the perfect blend of polished and sophisticated easy listening music on "It's Time."

-Rice B. and the RadioIndy.com Reviewer Team
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RadioIndy is pleased to present Tunto with a GrIndie Award for the CD "Lempi "

RadioIndy is pleased to present Tunto with a GrIndie Award for the CD "Lempi "

Mixing jazz and world-infused explorations of melody and harmony with beats and soundscapes from the electronica school, Tunto's "Lempi" CD is a boldly inventive map into a musical world without borders. With titles that signify many moods such as, "Caressing Music," "Itch Music," or "Yearning Music," Tunto aspires to reveal his imagination is more than up to the task of translating and transposing, raw emotion into music form, a subjective aesthetic that demands no small amount of receptivity and reciprocation from his listeners. Tunto pulls it off quite effectively and this has much to do with the range of textures, vocals and instrumentals, he throws into the mix as well as the musical symbolism his melodies conjure. Tunto's provocative third CD, "Lempi," is an informed rendering of a brave new world of music's breadth and elasticity; an album for jazz, world music, and experimental electronica enthusiasts.

-Rice B. and the RadioIndy.com Reviewer Team
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RadioIndy is pleased to present Dr. Nicole Erna Mae Francis with a GrIndie Award for the CD "Poetic Vibes to Help You Thrive "

RadioIndy is pleased to present Dr. Nicole Erna Mae Francis with a GrIndie Award for the CD "Poetic Vibes to Help You Thrive "

The multi-talented artist Dr. Nicole Erna Mae Francis's debut album, "Poetic Vibes To Help You Thrive," lifts the spirits with emotional and heartfelt words while being gracefully flavored with the musical quality of soulful jazz ambiance. Dr. Nicole Erna Mae Francis reaches deep inside to bring out powerful, expressive qualities within her voice that rise and fall to her poetic cadences. The first track, "Intro," with soothing instruments and vocals, will start to relax your mind and body. Motivational and inspirational, "In the Pursuit of Excellence" and "Press On," will have your spirits lifted in no time. "Remember I Love You" and "I've Found An Awesome Peace" shows off her stunning vocal prowess with impressive style and grace. Upbeat and vibrant, "Hold On to Your Dream," instills upon the listener to never give up on whatever your dream may be. If you're having a bad day, or just want to relax and enjoy a serene sound, then pop in Dr. Nicole Erna Mae Francis's "Poetic Vibes To Help You Thrive" and be whisked away to a calming and uplifting vibe to boost your spiritual and mental quality of life.

-Diane and the RadioIndy.com Reviewer Team
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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

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Sunday, November 15, 2009

"uncut & lo-fi" by Reform (Jazz Artist from Sweden)

"uncut & lo-fi" is the 5th and latest release from the Swedish group of 9 musicians known as Reform. They have been described as "Swedish psychedelic jazz-rock for the open minded." But what this album really sounds like is excited instrumental psychedelic garage-rock that takes cues from jazz in its improvisation and sense of order. The opener, "Lion Bar," is a wild track with boisterous and echo-laced drums, plus a plethora of instruments and sounds that makes for an energetic clamor skillfully placed somewhere between music and noise. In "Uncle Urri 2" they slow things down with a more reserved blues beat overlaid with soulful, yet highly spacey, harmonica and guitar playing. For "Spooky" they give us a song that sounds like a blend of jazz and jam-band styled rock, recorded loudly in their unique "lo-fi" manner. If you are a fan of experimental instrumental music, or intrigued by garage-rock that dares to employ the methods of jazz jams, then Reform's CD, "uncut & lo-fi," is an album you would certainly be interested in hearing.

-Sean B. and the RadioIndy.com Reviewer Team
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Saturday, November 14, 2009

"uncut & lo-fi" by Reform (Jazz Artist from Sweden)

"uncut & lo-fi" is the 5th and latest release from the Swedish group of 9 musicians known as Reform. They have been described as "Swedish psychedelic jazz-rock for the open minded." But what this album really sounds like is excited instrumental psychedelic garage-rock that takes cues from jazz in its improvisation and sense of order. The opener, "Lion Bar," is a wild track with boisterous and echo-laced drums, plus a plethora of instruments and sounds that makes for an energetic clamor skillfully placed somewhere between music and noise. In "Uncle Urri 2" they slow things down with a more reserved blues beat overlaid with soulful, yet highly spacey, harmonica and guitar playing. For "Spooky" they give us a song that sounds like a blend of jazz and jam-band styled rock, recorded loudly in their unique "lo-fi" manner. If you are a fan of experimental instrumental music, or intrigued by garage-rock that dares to employ the methods of jazz jams, then Reform's CD, "uncut & lo-fi," is an album you would certainly be interested in hearing.

-Sean B. and the RadioIndy.com Reviewer Team
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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

RadioIndy is pleased to present Miss Rose and Her Rhythm Percolators with a GrIndie Award for the CD "Who Walks In "

RadioIndy is pleased to present Miss Rose and Her Rhythm Percolators with a GrIndie Award for the CD "Who Walks In "

"Who Walks In," the debut album from Miss Rose and Her Rhythm Percolators, captures the sound & feel of 1920's & 1930's popular jazz styles with a mix of 11 classics & nearly forgotten songs from the era, including wonderful takes on such generation-crossing standards as "Ain't She Sweet" & "'Deed I Do". Singer & ukulele-player Sunga Rose leads a spot-on 4-piece band through a repertoire of pure nostalgia. And yet, this is no museum piece. The Rhythm Percolators quartet gives these songs new life with their deft & bouyant readings, making gems like the sprightly "At the Codfish Ball" sound almost contemporary. In addition, the outstanding title song, "Who Walks In," has a wonderful Eastern European bounce while the ballad "Shanghai Lil," exhibiting some of Miss Rose's best vocals, reveals as much about its era as it does the timelessness of great song craft. As the Deperession era's popular radio hits can be seen as timeless classics, Miss Rose and Her Rhythm Percolators' excellent new release "Who Walks In" is sure to appeal to music fans looking beyond today's hottest sounds and should definitely be given a listen to.

-Rice B. and the RadioIndy.com Reviewer Team
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RadioIndy is pleased to present Reform with a GrIndie Award for the CD "Reformed "

RadioIndy is pleased to present Reform with a GrIndie Award for the CD "Reformed "

Equal parts jazz and instrumental psychedelic / progressive rock, Reform's debut CD, "Reformed," charts a middle ground that ably fuses classic styles and influences - with an unusual twist. With a stellar 6-piece ensemble behind him, harmonica player Àlvaro Fernandez Gavíria's full, lower-octave playing serves as a primary lead instrument for much of the album. With studied restraint, Gaviria's tone – which recalls that of accomplished blues harp-stylist, Corky Siegel, approaches his instrument like a fusion-oriented Miles Davis, drawing out found harmonics within the framework of the band's rich and melodic songscapes. Guitarists Johan Glasson and Peter Åkerberg create the underpinning for Reform's – at times, Steely Dan-like jazz-rock sound, while drummers Anders Bergman and Åke Eriksson provide the forward thrust, effectively filling passages with deft and meticulous hits and textures. Not to go unmentioned, bassist Jesper Bergman and keyboard player, Magnus Ramel's contributions are no less vital - and noteworthy, to Reform's decidedly adventurous leanings. Regardless of whether it's fusion jazz or spacey art rock, Reform's CD is a terrific set of original music by unique players with unbounded skills.

-Rice B. and the RadioIndy.com Reviewer Team
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Thursday, October 22, 2009

"Fun Out of Life" by April Hall (Jazz Artist from Boston, Massachusetts(MA))

"Fun Out of Life" is the most recent release from the fabulous and highly talented Jazz vocalist, April Hall. Hall's voice has the ability to not only be in constant key but also adds considerable spice to each variety of Jazz song she attempts; which range from soulful ballads, to bluesy renditions, to high energy pieces. In "Crazy He Calls Me," April interacts with some well played Jazz piano and just a dash of drums to deliver a mellow tune that shows off how her voice can be warm and inviting. Another song, "Boogie Woogie Blues (I May Be Wrong)" Hall gets a little groovier with a toe tapping, more Bluesy beat accompanied by a dynamic singing style. Then the song, "The Face I Love" we find a more traditional Jazz piece that features a fluttering flute line that subtlety jumps around Hall's velvety vocals. If you like Jazz for its pure musicianship or for how it can at times settle you down and take your mind back to another era, then you should acquaint yourself with April Hall and her singing prowess featured on the album, "Fun Out of Life."

-Sean B. and the RadioIndy.com Reviewer Team
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"Empty Swings" by Jeff Callahan (Spoken Word/Jazz Artist from New Jersey(NJ))

Bringing poetry to life, "Empty Swings," creatively composed by Jeff Callahan brilliantly blends spoken word with Jazz Fusion. Each track features Callahan verbalizing life and nature with a voice that is soft and gentle. Callahan paints pictures with lyrics like "...wildly rummaging through button-down clouds and in pot bellied raindrops smothering the haunted beating of your nightstand clock" on the track "Sweet Dreams Earth." Even though the album is focused around the spoken poems, the instrumental background deserves credit as the cast of musicians deftly perform with emotive tonality. For instance, listen as the sweet and tender electric piano and soulful saxophone cascade around the poetic words on "Slide, Slide, Slide." "Empty Swings" gives a listener great imagery with its poetic words and is complemented by wonderful music making it an album well worth having.

-Matt M. and the RadioIndy.com Reviewer Team
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"Venice Sci-fi" by Ari Dane Easy Listening/ Jazz Artist from CA

Like nothing you've ever heard before, Ari Dane will surprise you with his latest album, "Venice Sci-fi." Dane sings with a classic baritone voice that is well balanced and is heard over clean and crisp sounds that are created and layered one track at a time. He touches on island beats, lounge, 80's rap, and big band styles, while keeping his sci-fi tonality undertone. His old style vocals are highlighted on "The Bartender's Point of View" while offering some lyrics that are quite entertaining. The title track "Venice Sci-fi" is aptly named since it sounds like 1950's style green aliens have landed in Italy and started writing music. The album is also splattered with instrumental tracks to give his voice a break. If you're interested in hearing something completely unique, and love the low crooning of a lounge singer, Ari Dane and his album, “Venice Sci-fi" is just for you.
-Matt M. and the RadioIndy.com Reviewer Team

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Saturday, October 17, 2009

Check out Dennis Day, one of RadioIndy's favorite Jazz artists

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Band Name: Dennis Day
Band Location: New York
Sounds Like: Al Jarreau
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Check out Redd, one of RadioIndy's favorite Jazz artists

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Band Name: Redd
Band Location: Florida
Sounds Like: Etta James
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Sunday, October 11, 2009

RadioIndy is pleased to present Swingadelic with a GrIndie Award for the CD "Another Monday Night "

RadioIndy is pleased to present Swingadelic with a GrIndie Award for the CD "Another Monday Night "

On "Another Monday Night," the latest CD from Swingadelic, the accomplished "little" big band from the NY area shines as an ensemble as much as they do a collection of prolific soloists, proving the timelessness of sparkling and proficient jazz in an era when it sometimes feels like the great American invention has been marginalized. Bristling with solos of melody and bravura – like the stratospheric tenor of "Dance With You" or the deft piano skills of the "Puttin' On the Ritz"-like "Early Morning Special" – this group resembles no less a band (though half the size) than the famed Count Basie Orchestra, investing each number with volleys of inspired but precise mayhem. Can they swing? Absolutely! Their take on Ellington's "The Gal From Joe's" is insistent and nuanced. Can they get down and dirty? The dynamics of the Basie-esque "Buddy's Thang" make that a resounding "yes." What about the blues? They've got it covered. "Busy Body Blues" and "Big Band Blues" are steeped in the language and phraseology of the idiom's best practitioners. They do vocals too: "Back In New York City" is an excellent original, praising the city that never sleeps with a treatment that is both classic and contemporary – or, if you will, timeless. The music and playing on Swingadelic's latest disc "Another Monday Night," will want you hearing more of this swinging jazz with the kind of flair, melody, and dynamics to stir the heart and move the feet.

-Rice B. and the RadioIndy.com Reviewer Team
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Saturday, October 10, 2009

RadioIndy is pleased to present Andrea Hopkins & Jonathan Katz with a GrIndie Award for the CD "Happy Talk"

RadioIndy is pleased to present Andrea Hopkins & Jonathan Katz with a GrIndie Award for the CD "Happy Talk"

Twirling Jonathan Katz's nimble and deft piano accompaniment around her finger like an alluring chanteuse, Andrea Hopkins explores Vocal Jazz styles in a voice as emotive as it is beguiling on their engaging and very fine CD, "Happy Talk." Tackling a collection of primarily Great American Songbook standards – from Hoagy Carmichaels' "The Nearness of You," to Harold Arlen's immortal "Over the Rainbow," to Ray Noble's "Cherokee," Hopkins & Katz neatly strike a balance between provocative interpretations and familiar readings, proving how much life is still left in these old warhorses. Nevertheless, covering such standards as these (as well as "Bye Bye Blackbird" or "Misty") can be a double-edged sword for performers, exposing - as it does, new renditions to the harsh glow of comparison (i.e., to the Sinatra's, Fitzgerald's, and Garlands et al whose voices defined the songbook.) To their credit, the duo handles the challenge with assurance and no lack of self- confidence. Hopkins' voice is equal parts sultry, evocative, and pitch perfect, while Katz' keys delve the melodic and harmonic possibilities of these classic tunes with intelligence and nuance, but always in a manner that allows Hopkins room to interpret. In sum, the combined talents and sheer musicality of Andrea Hopkins & Jonathan Katz make "Happy Talk" an endearing and completely satisfying CD.

-Rice B. and the RadioIndy.com Reviewer Team
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Thursday, October 8, 2009

"World Goes Round" by Mike Miller Quintet (Rock/Jazz Artist from Los Angeles, California(CA))

Fascinating and brilliant are only just some words to describe the fabulous Progressive Jazz/Rock compositions of "World Goes Round" by the highly talented musicians of the Mike Miller Quintet. This entire album is maximum creativity at its best and runs full throttle with its melodic melodies brimming with progressive modern touches. Outstanding production as the bright crisp horns on "Mambo Jambo" shine with clean and crisp clarity while the lively and bouncy rhythm will have you dancing off your feet. The whimsical song "Walkin' The Dog (Promenade)" is reminiscent of a classic throwback to the big band era and is sure to bring a smile from ear to ear on your face. You'll be knocked off your feet by the amazing and edgy rock solid guitar solo on "The Good Guys" as you can feel the fire and fury coming from the fret board. You will be delighted by the spectacular music of "World Goes Round" as it is a must have addition to your collection of fresh and vibrant Jazz/Rock CD's.

-Diane and the RadioIndy.com Reviewer Team
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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

"Thoughts and Recollections" by Claude Werner Quartet (Jazz Artist from Great Britain)

You will be mesmerized by the stunning and expressive Jazz compilations on "Thoughts and Recollections" by the Claude Werner Quartet. Werner, a brilliant tenor saxophonist, performs with rich and emotive sensitivity as you can feel his dynamics rise and gently recede on these melodic melodies. His fellow musicians are well focused and reveal the chemistry they have as a whole as they perform with tight, well rehearsed precision. Breathing with an airy ambiance of smooth and silky vibes, "Good Ol' Days" invites reflections of memories of times past. The counterpoint of the bass embellishes the mood of "Day Dreaming" while the sax displays a polished and charming tonality. Jazz improvisation is at its best when you hear the delectable song "Conversations with D" running away with smooth and precise dexterity. Relax and enjoy listening to the fabulous, warm and inviting jazz songs on "Thoughts and Recollections."

-Diane and the RadioIndy.com Reviewer Team
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Monday, October 5, 2009

RadioIndy is pleased to present Flora Ware with a GrIndie Award for the CD "Insight "

RadioIndy is pleased to present Flora Ware with a GrIndie Award for the CD "Insight "

Highly talented in the arts, singer/songwriter Flora Ware reaches well beyond the roots of jazz with her smooth vocal style on her latest album "Insight." Ware's voice is impressive with pure and polished clarity, yet there is a wonderful silky and sultry taste to it. She projects her voice with clean articulation only to be complemented by the dynamic and well-balanced instruments. Molded for a night club scene with a soft and subtle atmosphere, "You Don't Know What Love Is" is sweet and has sophisticated elegance. Feel the relaxed orchestrated production on "I've Never Been In Love Before" as the horns dance around Ware's graceful vocals and stunning lyrics. Flora Ware's "Insight" is an album that has the versatility to mix jazz with R&B and pop with progressive, modern touches. This treasure of exquisite jazz songs will have listeners wanting more of this gifted artist, and is an album well worth listening to.

-Diane and the RadioIndy.com Reviewer Team
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Monday, September 28, 2009

"Color My Soul" by Matthew (Jazz Artist from California(CA))

Keyboardist and composer Matthew's 2nd CD, "Color My Soul," continues his Easy Listening / Contemporary Jazz explorations over the course of 10 songs as soothing as they are satisfying. On his new album, Matthew offers up a mix of original piano-led instrumental tunes that hover in the New Age / Adult Contemporary realms, but shakes things up a little with a couple nice vocal tracks ("My Child" and "Letting Go") from a fine r&b-oriented female vocalist, and a sax-led slice of loungiana ("Saxuality") that brings just the right touch of after-hours ambience. "After the Rain," with its very pretty acoustic guitar accompaniment, and the title-track, "Color My Soul," capture the essence of Matthew's composition and performing strengths, delivering lilting and memorable melodies to complement whatever you're doing, or simply to help you relax and enjoy a fine glass of wine with a friend or lover. In all, Matthew's fine "Color My Soul" CD is a beautiful and relaxing musical soundscape for fans of Adult Contemporary and Contemporary Jazz music.

-Rice B. and the RadioIndy.com Reviewer Team
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"Jazz Café" by Oystein Westlie (Jazz Artist from Norway)

Quite inspiring is the multi-talented artist, Oystein Westlie, as his recently released album, "Jazz Café" is filled with stunning Jazz instrumentals. Not only has Westlie composed this finely crafted disc but he impresses the listener with his outstanding performances on all instruments except the saxophone. You'll be swept away from the very first song "Sweeping the driveway" as the cool vibes of the instruments interplay with each other. The title track, "Jazz Café" is smooth Jazz at its best with distinct rhythmic punctuation and orchestration. The elegant piece "Ice cream" is free flowing and features a crisp and clean piano. A fabulous Jazz guitar takes on the melody of the song, "Bike rental," and it is also bolstered by the colorful piano chord progressions. Don't miss the opportunity to listen to the superb album "Jazz Café" as it will surely please your musical palate.

-Diane and the RadioIndy.com Reviewer Team
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Monday, September 21, 2009

Featured Single

Band Name: Tunto
Featured Single: love music
Album: Lempi
Genre: Jazz
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Thursday, September 17, 2009

"Before Dawn" by Keith Wesby (Jazz Artist from Washington D.C.(DC))

You will be delighted by the smooth Jazz instrumentals of "Before Dawn" by accomplished bass player Keith Wesby. This album proves that Wesby has a talent for creating melodic and interesting compilations. The arrangements are a beautiful blend of his fine bass attributes combined with a mixture of well orchestrated instruments. The smooth bass line of "A New Day" moves with style and ease as the strings, electric piano, and horns come together with pleasing sound texture. Funky grooves mingle with drums and guitar on songs such as "Lite Tower" or "That's Your Opinion." Wesby's bass talents runs full throttle as his strong fingers runs with intense precision across the fret board with classical style on "Chopinism (Opus 28, 3-4-5)." The charming and refreshing collections of Jazz instrumentals on "Before Dawn" will be sure to please and is well worth listening to.

-Diane and the RadioIndy.com Reviewer Team
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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Featured Single

Band Name: Lisa Hugo
Featured Single: Butterfly
Album: It's Time
Genre: Jazz
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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

"Home" by Debra Mann (Jazz Artist from Rhode Island(RI))

"Home" the latest release by Debra Mann, features generous helpings of Jazz splashed with tuneful melodies and insightful lyrics. Mann's spectacular vocals project lush tonality which gives the listener a soothing, relaxed atmosphere. Not only is Mann an accomplished vocalist, but her ability to perform on the piano is just as brilliant. On the title track, "Home" her smooth and silky voice reverberates with sweet and delicate emotions. Like crisp falling leaves, "Autumn" is uplifting with its heartfelt lyrics while the piano is abounding with colorful chord progressions. Impressive vocals are complemented by the stunning sax solo as the spiritual song "Clap Your Hands" lifts the mind and spirit. Soft and delicate flute fills float around the vocals on the "Lessons of the Heart" that is nicely flavored with Latin flair. Fans of Diana Krall won't want to miss hearing the new and original Jazz works on "Home" which are vibrant, upbeat, and richly inspiring.

-Diane and the RadioIndy.com Reviewer Team
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Featured Single

Band Name: Reform
Featured Single: Happy Landing
Album: Reformed
Genre: Jazz
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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Check out NAIMA, one of RadioIndy's favorite Jazz artists

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Band Name: NAIMA
Band Location: Spain
Sounds Like: Brad Mehldau E.S.T. Bad Plus
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Check out Rui Caetano, one of RadioIndy's favorite Jazz artists

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Band Name: Rui Caetano
Band Location: Portugal
Sounds Like: Bill Evans, Keith Jarret.
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