Lucy Tauss

Lucy’s Contributions


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...


April 2005    Currents

Out of Nowhere
Two Siberians

There aren't too many acts that can thank meteorites for making their debut album become a reality, but the Siberian guitar-violin duo of Yuri Matveyev and Artyom Yakushenko can. Acclaimed in Siberia and throughout Russia, the duo-who call themselves Two...


April 2005    Currents

The Big Picture

If an album featuring high-level musicians jamming on an eclectic range of material appeals to you, look no further than The Big Picture (Burnin' Down the House) by the L.A.-based collective Shapes. Produced by Yellowjackets bassist Jimmy Haslip (who appears...


April 2005    Currents


Jazz improvisation meets funk and urban elements on Luvpark's self-titled album (Imani). The Philadelphia-based collective, which is led by acclaimed jazz pianist Orrin Evans, has a contemporary sound and isn't afraid to acknowledge '70s fusion, as on "Apple...


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...


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...


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...


April 2005    Currents

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...


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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