Renowned chart-topping contemporary jazz artist and producer Jackiem Joyner taps into his long-held belief that his music has always been inspired by God. Joyner brings together his beloved jazz and his foundational gospel music. Church Boy offers covers of familiar contemporary gospel hits as well as songs penned, produced and arranged by Joyner. The fusion of the two distinct genres of jazz and gospel flow seamlessly for the popular saxophonist. Joyner is currently on a twenty city tour with Keiko Matsui.
Smoke, No Fire
Leni Stern’s thirteenth independent release, was primarily recorded in Bamako, Mali during the military coup d’état of 2012. She continues in her exploration of African music via collaborations with Malian heavyweights Haruna Samake, Ami Sacko, and the rapper, Woroferela Moden.
The Persuasive Sounds of Nutty
Nutty harkens back to the time when three-martini lunches were a staple and the Rat Pack held court at the Sands. This album showcases a tight, hard-swingin’ octet that takes mashups to a whole different level, artfully melding Sonny Moon’s smooth, sassy vocals with arrangements that are seamless in their execution. Classic rock meets timeless jazz. It’s like a crazy dream where some rockers named Jimi, Sting, Ray Davies, and Neil Young put their words, riffs, and melodies into music written by some jazz cats named Henry Mancini, Dizzy, Mingus, and the Duke. It’s one helluva sonic cocktail!
Songs on Alone Together range from fourteen seconds to a little over three minutes, and are the essence of man vs. machine. When Riggins channels Elvin Jones on the album’s climax and tribute to his longtime friend, “J Dilla the Greatest”, his tools are a Gretsch drum kit, the Fender Rhodes and an MPC3000. As versed as he is in jazz and pop, the machines will always be at the root: until the next thing.
Patricia Barber has drawn extravagant accolades as she added vocals to her repertoire. the praise has poured in from national reviewers intoxicated by her recordings. and when (after years of international touring) she began to focus on her own compositions, kudos arrived from new fans, besotted by her lapidary lyrics and her often indelible imagery.