Lots of airplay for guitarist Patrick Yandall’s “A Journey Home,” which starts out with an assertive striking of block chords then it’s all smooth sailing from there. Bright horns, funky/bluesy organ and more blues from the guitar, followed by a steady, easy beat. In “Ethos” there’s lots of waka-waka funkydoodle with a groove that won’t... Continue Reading →
Sheer Smooth Joy with Greg Vail
Greg Vail’s been wailing on the sax since the big hair days of the 1980s (with his own mane to match), through the chill days of smooth as it was breaking out on its very own. Now, he’s re-examining some classic jazz (“Feels So Good”) and has new projects on the table that he’ll be... Continue Reading →
Hankins’ Trumpet Sizzles; Just Doing its “Thang”
Sam Hankins’ latest CD is “Do That Thang,” and the headline song by the same name starts with something kind of familiar – a lively, warm conversation among friends reminiscent of the first few seconds of Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On.” In Sam’s case, though, “Thang” is lighthearted, uptempo, a celebration of comradeship. Wait for... Continue Reading →
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