Lucy Tauss

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June 2005    Currents


In 1994, the jazz/hip-hop outfit Us3 arrived on the scene with a sound that combined rap with live playing and samples culled from Blue Note's vast vaults. The group earned a huge hit with "Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia)," which incorporated a sample of Herbie...


June 2005    Currents

For Her
Walter Beasley

Veteran smooth-jazz saxophonist Walter Beasley depicts the arc of a romantic relationship on For Her (Head's Up). The album opens with "She's All That," which presumably reflects the exhilaration of a new relationship. It's a grooving uptempo number with...


June 2005    Currents

Jeff Lorber

Jeff Lorber balances modern and retro styles on his rhythmically varied outing Flipside (Narada). The veteran smooth-jazz keyboardist exhibits his jazzy side on tunes such as the swinging title track, but he adds a contemporary twist: Rather than using the...


June 2005    Currents

Hold Me to This: Chrisptopher O'Riley Plays Radiohead (sampler)
Christopher O'Riley

The music of Radiohead intrigues classical pianist Christopher O'Riley so much that he has recorded two albums of solo piano interpretations of the band's famously complex oeuvre. The first, True Love Waits: O'Riley Plays Radiohead, came out in 2003; he...


June 2005    Currents

Steve Cole

Steve Cole unveils a new sound on Spin (Narada). The smooth-jazz saxophonist had become fascinated with guitar-based pop music, and he decided to take up the guitar himself. Even though Cole's saxophone is still front and center, guitars play a prominent...


June 2005    Currents

Private Stock Volume 1
Various Artists

While worth checking out, Private Stock, Volume 1 (Three Keys) is somewhat of a mixed bag. This compilation includes remixed versions of tunes by artists on the label-including keyboardist Marcus Johnson (Three Keys' owner), saxophonist Jaared, singer Alyson...


May 2005    Currents

Altered States

Artist Peter Max's psychedelic work embodied the spirit of the '60s, but he remains a major figure in the contemporary art scene, and he created the cover of the Yellowjackets' new Altered State (Heads Up). While not representational, the cover art is filled...


May 2005    Currents

Silver Rain
Marcus Miller

Not too many musicians can cover Beethoven, Stevie Wonder and Duke Ellington with equal dexterity and inventiveness, but Marcus Miller can. On Silver Rain (Koch), the multi-instrumentalist covers a great deal of ground stylistically, but what firmly ties...


May 2005    Currents

Matt's Mood
Matt Bianco featuring Basia

The contemporary jazz group Matt Bianco enjoyed considerable success in the '80s, but the band was short-lived. It originally included a singer named Basia, who soon after the band's demise embarked on a successful solo career, keeping Bianco keyboardist...


May 2005    Currents

My American Songbook Vol. 1
Nelson Rangell

Saxophonist/flutist Nelson Rangell explores the rich American musical landscape on My American Songbook (Vol. 1) (Koch), skillfully improvising through classics spanning a range of styles and finding new ways of presenting well-known songs. A Pat Metheny...


May 2005    Currents

When I'm With You
Chuck Loeb

Guitarist Chuck Loeb honors those who are important to him on When I'm With You (Shanachie). As he did on 2002's All There Is, Loeb dedicates several tracks to individuals who have influenced his life. Loeb formerly played in Stan Getz's band, and he pays...


May 2005    Currents

Urban Knights VI
Urban Knights

In 1995, Urban Knights debuted on the scene as a smooth-jazz superband headed by keyboardist Ramsey Lewis and produced by Earth, Wind & Fire's Maurice White. The band's membership constantly rotated, including well-known players like Grover Washington Jr...


May 2005    Currents

Got It Goin' On
Chieli Minucci

Veteran smooth-jazz guitarist and former Special EFX principal Chieli Minucci offers more of his wide-ranging guitar artistry on Got It Goin' On (Shanachie). There's plenty to enjoy here, like the funky dueling basses on "Deeper Than Deep," the evocative...


May 2005    Currents


This year marks Hiroshima's 25th anniversary as a recording act, and also the 60th anniversary of the Japanese-American internment-camps imprisonment during World War II. In commemoration of both, the band offers Obon (Heads Up), its first all-instrumental...


May 2005    Currents

Acoustic Alchemy

Acoustic Alchemy expands its trademark dual-guitar sound in all directions on American/English (Higher Octave). This is a lively, stylistically diverse offering wherein guitarists Greg Carmichael and Miles Gilderdale set their instruments in all kinds of...


May 2005    Currents

Secret Garden

The duo Secret Garden presents a collection of sweeping, evocative compositions on Earthsongs (Decca). The group, comprising Norwegian keyboardist/composer Rolf Lovland and Irish violinist Fionnuala Sherry, has created lush, symphonic pieces that are often...

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