Lucy Tauss

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April 2005    Currents

At Last... The Duets Album
Kenny G

More than a dozen marquee-name singers and musicians join Kenny G on At Last...The Duets Album (Arista), with mixed results. While in some cases-such as G's gentle, jazz-club-esque duet with Gladys Knight on "Misty"-there's a strong connection between singer...

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April 2005    Currents

Driving Force
3rd Force

3rd Force gives its trademark grooving sound an energy boost on Driving Force (Higher Octave). The popular smooth-jazz outfit started performing live as a band a few years ago and decided to reproduce the energy of their live performances in their studio...

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April 2005    Currents

Sweet Saxations
Pamela Williams

Saxophonist Pamela Williams continues to demonstrate why she's one of smooth jazz's more compelling artists as she stretches her R&B-inflected sound in appealing directions on Sweet Saxations (Shanachie). Williams' soprano and alto saxes harmonize sweetly...

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April 2005    Currents

Montreal
Jesse Cook

Guitarist Jesse Cook delivers an exciting document of his fiery stage show on Montreal (Narada), his first live album. Recorded at the Metropolis Theater during the Montreal Jazz Festival, the CD offers over an hour of Cook's dynamic brand of contemporary...

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April 2005    Currents

Adani & Wolf
Adani & Wolf

The Dutch electronica duo Adani & Wolf offers a series of textured soundscapes on their self-titled album (Rendezvous). The duo combines keyboard-created atmospheres with a variety of instrumental and vocal accents and a range of grooves. Guitarist Ernest...

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April 2005    Currents

Full Circle
Andre Delano

Saxophonist Andre Delano Roberson has played with the likes of Stevie Wonder, Maxwell, and Jeff Lorber, and he steps out as a leader on his debut album Full Circle (7th Note). Roberson, who goes simply by Andre Delano, has a sound that tips its hat to David...

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April 2005    Currents

FireFly
Greg Adams

Fans of grooving smooth-jazz will find much to enjoy on Greg Adams' FireFly (215). The former Tower of Power trumpeter knows how to create a lively, horn-drenched groover and amply demonstrates that talent throughout the album, notably on the title track...

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January/February 2005    Currents

Miles to Miles
Jason Miles

Jason Miles' recordings typically feature a who's who of top artists from which he is able to draw extraordinary performances, and Miles to Miles is no exception. Like Davis, Miles fuses genres to create interesting combinations, like the funky/soulful...

January/February 2005    Currents

Cozmopolitan
Jason Miles

Meanwhile, Jason Miles' first album as a leader, Cozmopolitan (Jason Miles Music), has finally been officially released-25 years after it was recorded. As Miles recalls in the liner notes, the original 1979 album was never sold to a label, and he put the...

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January/February 2005    Currents

Seldom Blues
Alexander Zonjic

Seldom Blues (Heads Up) isn't just the title of flutist Alexander Zonjic's latest CD and the name of a nightclub he co-owns in Detroit; it also reflects the listener's response to this delightful album. The CD offers a collection of upbeat smooth-jazz tunes...

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January/February 2005    Currents

Brazilian Soul
Azymuth

The illustrious Brazilian group Azymuth celebrates its 30th anniversary with Brazilian Soul (Far Out). The band's many followers will find a great deal to enjoy on the album-and not just because it clocks in at a whopping 76 minutes. The tunes reflect the...

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January/February 2005    Currents

Fantasia
Pavlo

Fantasia (Justin Time), the American debut from guitarist Pavlo, was originally released on September 11, 2001, and was recently rereleased. It would have been a shame if this album had gone unheard, because it's pure delight from beginning to end. Canadian...

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January/February 2005    Currents

Three Kings
Wayne Henderson/Ronnie Laws/Wilton Felder

Three of contemporary jazz's preeminent horn players-saxophonists Ronnie Laws and Wilton Felder and trombonist Wayne Henderson-are spotlighted on the compilation Three Kings: The Legacy Continues, Vol. 1 (True Life). Henderson and Felder are members of the...

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January/February 2005    Currents

Dream Beat Dream
Soul Ballet

Soul Ballet delivers a series of atmospheric compositions on Dream Beat Dream (215). The group is the brainchild of multi-instrumentalist/actor/artist Rick Kelly, whose moody, evocative soundscapes are built on textured synth atmospheres enhanced by instrumental...

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January/February 2005    Currents

Marvin, Teddy, and Luther: A Smooth Urban Jazz Love Letter
Various Artists

Three of music's premier romantic singers, Marvin Gaye, Teddy Pender-grass and Luther Vandross, are saluted on the tribute album Marvin, Teddy and Luther: A Smooth Urban Jazz Love Letter (Shanachie). The album consists of smooth-jazz versions of several...

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January/February 2005    Currents

In the Fullness of Time
Grady Nichols

Saxophonist Grady Nichols combines smooth-jazz and inspirational music on the live album In the Full-ness of Time (Compendia). Originally recorded in 2001 and aired as a television special, the album features elaborate production numbers, like the soaring...

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