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Chelsea Baratz | In Faith

Chelsea Baratz - In Faith
 
The New Voices of Today Presents…
 
Chelsea Baratz | In Faith
by Brent Faulkner
 
It is always a ‘breath of fresh air’ to hear a young, new voice in jazz. This time, the new voice comes from über talented saxophonist and composer, Chelsea Baratz, who sounds like a seasoned veteran at the ripe ‘old’ age of twenty four. On her debut effort, In Faith, creativity runs rapid whether it be funk-oriented numbers or more cerebral, neo-traditionalist cuts.

Gail Pettis | Here In The Moment

Gail Pettis - Here In The Moment
 
Gail Pettis | Here in the Moment
by Peggy Oliver
 
When a jazz singer revisits a standard that has been tackled time and again, it is quite the task to express their musical personality without having to alter the integrity of the original. The experienced jazz vocalist should set the tone for his or her self and their accompanists to create a colorful musical canvas for their audiences.

Change | Change Your Mind

Change - Change Your Mind
 
Change | Change Your Mind
by Marv D.
 
Change had a good run in 80’s starting with R&B Legend Luther Vandross singing the “The Glow Of Love”, which eventually launched his singing career. And a lot more hits followed. Their last album “Turn On Your Radio,” also had several hits… and that was it. After that, there was no more Change. The careers that came after the recording days allowed them to become major stars now.

C Notes for Haiti | Various Artists

C Notes for Haiti
 
Various Artists – C Notes for Haiti
By Peggy Oliver
 
It seemed like just a minute ago when a cross-section of urban entertainers from Stevie Wonder to Wyclef Jean were making music for one of several fundraisers to collect money for the aftermath of the January earthquake in Haiti. Other famous artists stepped in to produce fundraising singles on behalf of the Haiti earthquake victims. Kirk Franklin and a choir of gospel’s finest under the umbrella Artists United for Haiti asked the question, “Are You Listening.” Another superstar collective revisited the 1985 landmark anthem, “We Are The World,” also celebrating the 25th anniversary of the landmark recording.

L’Renee | Europe

l'renee - Europe
 
L’Renee | Europe non-stop.non-pop
(pronounced el-ren-nay)
By Marv D.
 
As Founder and CEO of L’Renee Musique Inc, you have to wonder where does she find the time to record five cd’s and produce an artist on her own label. Her fan base, mostly women, have grown to a staggering 100k plus and still growing. L’Renee, who is very active in the community, has been a spokesperson for several causes.

Lynn Riley | Too Cool

Lynn Riley - Too Cool
 
Lynn Riley | Too Cool
by Terrill Hanna
 
Just a taste of contemporary jazz, I believe, is a statement Philadelphia native Lynn Riley wanted to leave on the minds and palates of music listeners through the album, “Too Cool”. Gently swayed with an aura of island fresh, breezy musical overtones along with a personal dedication to one of jazz’s trademark players in Grover Washington. Ms. Riley shares an inspiration to culture & influence from her extensive travels throughout various places around the planet & transcended those measures into a 10 track collection of upbeat, romantic & peaceful compositions.

Ife’ | Crescendo

ife - crescendo
 
Ife | Crescendo
By George Strand
 
In listening to Ife’s new 5 Track EP called “Crescendo”, there was more to the music than what met the ear. Of course, the productions carried various streams of Neo-Soul compositions, with help from DJ Dodge. Some carried ‘on the waterfront’ – quiet stormin’ lyrics & grooves. However, her impressive VOICE sent a reminder of other R&B starlets that came to mind, whose vocals sounded quite the same in similarity. Not to underscore her absolute talent on the mic, but in comparison, this is what it drew…

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