Lucy Tauss

Lucy’s Contributions

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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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January/February 2005    Currents

Hang Time
Wayman Tisdale

Basketball star-turned-smooth-jazz bassist Wayman Tisdale shows us the various ways the bass can be utilized as a melodic voice on Hang Time, his debut release on Rendezvous, the label cofounded by saxophonist Dave Koz. On the laid-back "Ready to Hang" Tisdale...

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December 2004    Currents

Now Playing
Dave Grusin

Keyboardist Dave Grusin has created the music for many movies, and he revisits some of his film music on Now Playing (GRP). For the most part, this necessitated some rearranging, since most of the pieces were orchestral, and the result is a series of simple...

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December 2004    Currents

Mahogany Vibe
Roy Ayers

Vibraphonist Roy Ayers gives some of his classic songs a hip, contemporary spin on Mahogany Vibe (BBE/Rapster). The album features collaborations with a variety of vocalists, including singers Erykah Badu and Betty Wright. Ayers and Badu banter playfully...

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December 2004    Currents

Midnight Noon
Craig Chaquico

Craig Chaquico used approximately 50 guitars to record Midnight Noon (Higher Octave), and the result is a wonderfully kaleidoscopic offering that reflects the ax man's past and his present. Once the lead guitarist for Jefferson Starship, Chaquico has become...

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December 2004    Currents

West Coast Coolin’
Norman Brown

Smooth-jazz guitarist Norman Brown steps out as a singer on West Coast Coolin' (Warner Bros.). Brown has a pleasant, soft-toned singing voice that he uses to good effect on vocal tracks such as the R&B ballad "Angel," the grooving, hip-hop-flavored "Come...

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December 2004    Currents

Peace of Mind
Jeff Kashiwa

There's a whole lot of positive, upbeat music on Jeff Kashiwa's Peace of Mind (Native Language). The former Ripping-tons saxophonist has a way with an engaging melody, and that talent is amply in evidence here. Kashiwa welcomes the listener into the album...

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December 2004    Currents

Work to Do
Fattburger

The San-Diego-based smooth-jazz band Fattburger is about to celebrate its 20th anniversary, and it's commemorating the milestone with Work to Do! (Shanachie), a likable recording that showcases the band members well, both as individual instrumentalists and...

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December 2004    Currents

This Is What I Hear
Tim Bowman

The tracks on guitarist Tim Bowman's This Is What I Hear... (Liquid 8) straddle two worlds: smooth-jazz and gospel. For the most part, this is a strong smooth-jazz album filled with melodic compositions that spotlight Bowman's dexterity and versatility...

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December 2004    Currents

Fourpoint O
Phillip Martin

Phillip Martin is a promising new artist on the smooth-jazz scene. The young saxophonist possesses an R&B-inflected sound, and his album FourPoint 0 (Carzino) is filled with tunes that would fit well on smooth-jazz radio. "Look to the Sky" is sweetly lyrical...

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December 2004    Currents

Upstairs at Larry's: Lawrence Welk Uncorked
Various Artists

Lawrence Welk music being played in a dance club? That's the idea behind Upstairs at Larry's: Lawrence Welk Uncorked (Vanguard), wherein a series of dance DJs remixed classic songs from the Lawrence Welk Show. Dance versions of Lawrence Welk Show music isn...

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December 2004    Currents

When I Fall in Love
Chris Botti

Chris Botti's When I Fall in Love (Columbia), an elegant collection of romantic standards recorded with the London Session Orchestra, may seem like a departure for the trumpeter, who's known for more contemporary fare, but it's actually a perfect fit. Botti...

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