Lucy Tauss

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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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November 2004    Currents

Adventures in Black Sunshine
Incognito

British acid-jazz outfit Incognito serves up a hefty helping of its signature jazz-funk on Adven-tures in Black Sunshine (Narada). Longtime vocalist Maysa Leak has returned, and her powerful vocals are featured on half of the tracks. Her vocals on "Don't...

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November 2004    Currents

Journey
Fourplay

To paraphrase the Eagles, you'll get a peaceful, easy feeling when you listen to Fourplay's Journey (Bluebird). The veteran smooth-jazz act has created a collection of easygoing tunes that demonstrate that laid-back is not synonymous with simple; there's...

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November 2004    Currents

A Gift of Love
Tuck & Patti

The husband-and-wife guitar/vocal duo Tuck & Patti apply their intimate style to a series of well-known love songs on A Gift of Love (T&P). The album was initially recorded as a special release in Japan, but it proved so successful that it was released worldwide...

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November 2004    Currents

Afro-Fire
Eddie Gale

Trumpeter Eddie Gale has played with the likes of Cecil Taylor, Sun Ra and Larry Young, and in the '60s he recorded the highly regarded Blue Note albums Ghetto Music and Black Rhythm Happening. More than 30 years later, Gale has released Afro Fire (Black...

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November 2004    Currents

In Concert
Jean-Luc Ponty

Jean-Luc Ponty's In Concert (J.L.P.), recorded in Warsaw in 1999, finds the violinist and his prodigiously gifted band engaging in dynamic group jams and dazzling solos. And they cover plenty of stylistic ground while they're at it. On the high-spirited...

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