The new CD that drops 3/12/21 from pianist/composer Julian Hartwell called “LYVELIFE” is an invite to enter a world where music makes you feel sublime. The song “Rough Sketch” has a big band vibe with some stellar breakouts from sax and trumpet and vocals that skillfully skirt the edges of scat, as Hartwell bounces and... Continue Reading →
To New Orbits with Saucy Lady – “SUPANOVA”
The funk sizzles out of the stratosphere with Noe Carmichael, AKA Saucy Lady. Her latest LP SUPANOVA mashes funk, hip hop, nu disco and more, bending genres into high-octane dance beats while keeping a jazz backbone. The title track “Supanova” is breathy and ethereal. You want so much to settle in. But without warning you’re... Continue Reading →
Jazz-O-Funk Through a Lyrical Horn with Preston Smith
The joy is bold and evident when Preston Smith plays the catchy trumpet run that forms the hook of “Meatballin.’” Describing his style as highly influenced by funk, the spirit is brilliant and indescribably danceworthy. When did you become interested in music? I’ve been playing music my entire life. I started playing at church when... Continue Reading →
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