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Keiko Matsui Sends Out a Reflection of Beauty Personified with Echo

Keiko Matsui
Echo
(Shanachie)
A Record Reflection by A. Scott Galloway
 
Since the mid-`80s, Keiko Matsui has been delighting audiences with her heartfelt approach to Jazz, New Age and Japanese Classical musical strains. Now in 2019, she has assembled an outstandingly empathetic main band of Jimmy Johnson on bass, Vinnie Colaiuta on drums and Luis Conte on percussion to give wing to her latest Heavenly excursions on her latest and 27th American offering, Echo.
 

Dominican-based Singer Anthony Jefferson Swings On a Star in Sophomore CD All I Am

Anthony Jefferson
All I Am
(Jefferson Faculty)
A Record Reflection by A. Scott Galloway
Photography by Pedro Bonilla
 
In 2019, singers of Jazz classics and Pop standards hurl themselves Herculean challenges tackling material that has been sung, recorded and captured on film performed before live audiences by some of the greatest that have ever illuminated a song. While the newcomers may connect themselves to a great lineage and possibly bring these songs to the attention of new (i.e. younger) audiences, anyone who has studied or pleasurably partaken of the earlier renditions are inevitably want to not only make comparisons but also have to wrestle personal moments experienced with them as part of the soundtrack and very fabric of their lives.
 

Anthony Jefferson wows as Musical Director Corey Allen looks on

Rhythm Tribe Introduces New Style, Acid Latin, With Return Single “You Can’t Take Me Down”


 
Rhythm Tribe
 
“You Can’t Take Me Down”
(DanceMaster.com)

A Record Reflection by A. Scott Galloway
 
Back in the `80s when I was playing drums in a couple of local L.A. bands, I ran into a group called Chain Reaction that had a unique approach to Dance Music as it stemmed from a fusion of R&B and Latin elements.

At 85, Shorter Soars With Epic Musical/Literary Mashup Emanon


 
Wayne Shorter
Emanon
(Blue Note)
A Record Reflection by A. Scott Galloway
 
August 25, 2018 marked the 85th birthday of one of contemporary music’s finest composer/musicians, Wayne Shorter. In an astounding career that has seen him ascend from Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers and the second classic Miles Davis Quintet to co-founding Weather Report, all the while composing jazz immortals such as “Footprints,” “Speak No Evil” and Nefertiti” (to name just a few),…

Bob James Drops First Trio CD As A Leader in Over a Decade


 
Bob James
Espresso
(Evosound/Evolution Music Group)
A Record Reflection by A. Scott Galloway
 
It’s been 10 years since keyboardist/composer/arranger Bob James has released an album leading his trio. Eager to return to a largely acoustic three man set up that has unique challenges for each player, he dives in with an eclectic program of originals and covers for the audiophile Evosound label called Espresso – an interesting title as there is no song on the collection with that name and no song that is especially “fast” as to denote a caffeine rush.

Charlie Wilson and The O’Jays’ Polar Extremes of Soul

“Party Train” Meets “Love Train” at Historical Charlie Wilson & O’Jays Double Bill
 
A Concert Reflection by A. Scott Galloway
August 3, 2018
 

 
The world-famous Hollywood Bowl was the venue for a bittersweet time capsule of Black Music History on Friday, August 3, as former GAP Band lead singer Charlie Wilson headlined a triumphant generations-leaping show – his first time with an orchestra – with the mighty O’Jays trio celebrating its 59th anniversary as the opening act and what may be their final time performing in Los Angeles as they are said to be retiring at the end of 2018.

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