New Jazz & Blues News – 9/28/2021

New Jazz & Blues News – 9/28/2021

New Jazz News:

Andrew Cyrille – The News (ECM): “It would be tempting to say that, at 81, Andrew Cyrille has probably forgotten more than most drummers have ever learned about stretching tempo and creating space for improvisers to thrive in – that is, if it didn’t do such a disservice to the Haitian-American master’s respect for his fellow players. Over six decades with stars from swing-sax pioneer Coleman Hawkins to Carla Bley and uncompromising piano virtuoso Cecil Taylor, Cyrille has learned all about jazz’s rich complexities – and then sought to distill them into ever simpler essentials in projects of his own.
The News is a follow-up to Cyrille’s sonically subtle quartet album The Declaration of Musical Independence from 2016, but with imaginative Cuban New Yorker David Virelles joining guitarist Bill Frisell and double bassist Ben Street on keys. Cyrille’s hidden-hand presence is glimpsed in taps, ticks and quietly crisp cymbal grooves, hushed snare rolls and offbeat accents – and the whisper of brushes on a newspaper spread over the drumheads on the title track. Frisell’s delicious country-chiming Mountain has its chord melody and luminous harmonics slowly dissolved into Virelles’ darkening low tones. Leaving East of Jordan develops a walking groove and then a Spanish tinge after its slowly anthemic opening, and Go Happy Lucky (one of three very songlike Frisell tunes) is a dissonant blues. The brushes-on-paper title track turns from caustic free-improv pluckings to fluid trills and ambient hums, while With You in Mind – introduced by the leader’s sonorous spoken-word recitation – confirms this unusual band’s slow-burn lyricism. Quiet, this News may be – but it’s right up there among ECM Records’ entrancing understatements.” (https://www.theguardian.com/music/2021/aug/13/andrew-cyrille-quartet-the-news-review-rolling-coverage-from-octogenarian-jazz-hero) Click here to listen to “Go Happy Lucky” from this release.

Brandon Goldberg – In Good Time (Brandon Goldberg Music): “Brandon Goldberg, now 15 years old, has been playing piano and making music since he was three years old.  He found his passion for jazz by listening to his favorite artists including Herbie Hancock, Bill Evans, Oscar Peterson, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, and John Coltrane. Brandon has performed at the Newport Jazz Festival, Litchfield Jazz Festival, Bravo Niagara Festival of the Arts, as well as some of the most prestigious jazz venues including Jazz at Lincoln Center, Dizzy’s Club, Birdland Theatre, The Blue Note, Mezzrow, The Apollo Theater, The Side Door in Old Lyme, Keystone Korner in Baltimore and the FAENA Theater in Miami, Florida. Brandon’s second album, “In Good Time” …features legendary drummer Ralph Peterson, Jr., who passed away on March 1, 2021,  along with saxophonist Stacy Dillard, trumpet player Josh Evans and Luques Curtis on bass. This album showcases five of Brandon’s original compositions, four jazz standards, arranged by Brandon and an encore duet performance of “Send in the Clowns” with trumpeter Antoine Drye.” (https://brandongoldbergpiano.com/about-brandon/) This is a terrific performance from beginning to end. Click here to listen to an introduction to Goldberg and this release.

Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble – …dreaming in lions… (Blue Note): “GRAMMY-winning composer, bandleader, and pianist Arturo O’Farrill has fulfilled what he calls “a lifelong dream” with his signing to Blue Note Records and the release of his Blue Note debut …dreaming in lions… The album finds O’Farrill leading a colorful 10-piece assemblage he calls The Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble, a scaled-down edition of his renowned Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra. The program encompasses two inspired multi-movement suites that O’Farrill has conceived in collaboration with the Cuban Malpaso Dance Company: “Despedida,” a meditation on farewells, and “Dreaming in Lions,” inspired by Ernest Hemingway’s novella The Old Man and the Sea.
For O’Farrill, suites afford the space to convey extended narratives and cinematic ideas, a broadness of scope and intent that interests him most as a composer. Like his father, the late legendary bandleader Chico O’Farrill, he is committed to breaching musical boundaries in search of genuine, elevated expression. “I’m so grateful for my father and all my mentors who challenged me to be more open to different influences,” O’Farrill says. He has transmitted these values in turn to his sons, trumpeter Adam O’Farrill and drummer Zack O’Farrill, both of whom are featured on dreaming in lions. Joining them are multi-percussionists Vince Cherico, Carlos “Carly” Maldonado and Victor Pablo Garcia Gaetan, bassist José “Bam Bam” Rodriguez Platiau, trombonist and euphonist Rafi Malkiel, flutist/saxophonist Alejandro Aviles, and guitarist Travis Reuter.” (https://store.bluenote.com/products/arturo-o-farrill-dreaming-in-lions) O’Farrill offers two extended pieces: “Despedida” and “Dreaming In Lions”. Click here for a sample.

Leon Parker – The Leo (Ropeadope): “LEON PARKER is an original thinker and a master of performance gifted with an innate swing / groove, a comprehensive sense of rhythmic design
and a profound understanding of the essentials of communication, he has been a practitioner of: embodi rhythm percussion drumset – since early childhood – during the late 1980’s -1990’s, in new york city , Leon Parker established a glowing reputation as an innovator of rhythm … building relationships with exceptional musicians of his own generation – Kevin Hays , Bill Charlap , Geoff Keezer , Brad Mehldau, Jacky Terrasson, Peter Bernstein, Charlie Hunter, David Sanchez, Mark Turner, Sam Newsome, Jesse Davis, Joshua Redman, and many others … culminating in his own recordings as leader : Above and Below ( 1994 ) SONY / Epicure / Belief ( 1996 ) SONY / Columbia / Awakening ( 1998 ) SONY / Columbia / The Simple Life ( 2001 ) Label M – moving to france in 2001 , Parker fully concentrated on teaching embodi rhythm technique … and gradually combined it with jazz instruments to create the hybrid embodi jazz. in 2015 , Leon , along with the talented american pianist Aaron Goldberg, received a grant from the French American Jazz Exchange program … which provided the foundation for him to return to the USA and record his own compositions and arrangements as a leader after a 15 year hiatus / The LEO features original compositions by Leon Parker and new renditions of timeless classics by Kenny Barron, Abbey Lincoln, and Thelonius Monk +
an international cast of 21 musicians / VOCALS: Cecile Mclorin Salvant / Melanie Dahan / Chiara Izzi / Kristiana Roemner / Marya Lawrence; TRUMPET: Tom Harrell / SAXOPHONE: Joshua Redman / Mark Turner / Jacques Schwarz-Bart / Julieta Eugenio / HARMONICA:  Gregoire Maret / CELLO: Julia Bilat / STEEL PAN Rawl Iman Pascal / PIANO: Aaron Goldberg / BASS: Reuben Rogers / Matt Penman / Yasushi Nakamura / Or Bareket / Raul Beltran / PERCUSSION Betty Rojas / DRUMS , PERCUSSION , EMBODI RHYTHM Leon Parker. (https://embodijazzmaker.bandcamp.com/album/the-leo.)  Click here to listen to the songs on this release. 

Lukasz Pawlik – Long-Distance Connections (Summit): “Łukasz Pawlik was born into a family with a rich musical tradition. Both of his parents are successful concert pianists. His father Włodek Pawlik is one of the most celebrated jazz musicians in Poland, the first Polish jazz musician who won a Grammy (on SUMMIT). Growing up in such circumstances, he was exposed to classical music as well as jazz from an early age and started his musical education as a child. Łukasz has had an opportunity to play in some renowned German orchestras, such as Düsseldorfer Symphoniker and Sinfonieorchester Wuppertal. He was also a prize-winner of many cello competitions, including the first prize at the K. Wiłkomirski Cello Competition in Poznań, enabling him to study in the USA, which proved to be a milestone on his musical path. It was during the time of his studies at Western Michigan University, when he became keenly interested in jazz. Five semesters spent studying the intricacies of different kinds of music, composition and counterpoint, creative interactions with other students spurred him to start to develop his own musical language, a musical language that is ever-so apparent and APPEALING on this recording.
The first, important platform for his compositional attempts was the international jazz-group Kattorna, a band that was formed to celebrate the music of Krzyszt of Komeda, whose works Łukasz strived to popularize internationally. However, as the time passed, the group’s repertoire started to gravitate towards Łukasz’s musical visions, in the meantime, gaining top honors at many jazz competitions. The music here creates space both to the extensive use of modern technology, but also to the individual expression of each musician featured on the record. It is the very first album, on which Łukasz appears as a performer, composer and a producer…. Pianist and keyboardist Lukasz Pawlik has put together a great group of musicians for his new album, including Mike Stern on electric guitar, Tom Kennedy on electric bass, David Glówczewski on alto saxophone, Szymon Kamykowski on tenor saxophone, Randy Brecker on trumpet and flugelhorn, Gary Novak on drums, Cezary Konrad on drums, and Dave Weckl on drums. (https://lukaszpawlik.info/#new, https://www.summitrecords.com/release/long-distance-connections-lukasz-pawlik/) Click here to listen to samples of the songs on this release.  

Sidemen – Special Guests: Bill Champlin, Tom Scott, Steve Morse, Tony Levin & Pete Levin (Summit): “Joining leaders Peter Welker and Todd Tribble are; Cliff Hugo (bass player with Supertramp for 20 years), Morris Acevedo (guitar player who received his Master’s degree from the Berklee College of Music) and Steve Steinberg (saxophonist with many bigger name artists including Natalie Cole). The keyboard chair was covered by a rotating group of wonderful players including Frank Martin, who has toured and recorded with Sting, Mariah Carey & Whitney Houston, and Ruben Valtierra, who has been “Weird” Al Yankovic’s music director for the last 25 years. Joining these SIDEMEN are Bill Champlin (Chicago), Tony Levin (Peter Gabriel / King Crimson), Pete Levin (Miles Davis / Bob Dylan), Tom Scott (L.A. Express), Steve Morse (Deep Purple / Dixie Dregs), David K. Mathews (Tower Of Power / Santana) and Chris Smith (leader of the Jefferson Starship).” (https://www.summitrecords.com/release/sidemen-sidemen/) Peter Welker contributed most of the music five originals and two more co-written with the remainder being Buddy Johnson’s “Save Your Love For Me”, Jimi Hendrix’ “Third Stone From The Sun”, Steve Steinberg’s “A Little Pepper” and Miles Davis and Bill Evans’s “Blue In Green”.   https://www.summitrecords.com/release/sidemen-sidemen/. Click here to listen to songs on this disc.

Michael Stephenson – Michael Stephenson Meets The Alexander Claffy Trio (Cellar Music): “This album chooses 20th century American music to send its message for a reason. Twentieth century American popular music is one of the greatest artistic gifts ever given to the world — and barely anyone talks about it when discussing America. In contrast, Michael Stephenson and Alexander Claffy have made an album that leads with that message. It revels in it — and it does so at a critical moment. Right now, when we’re asking ourselves quite painfully, who are we, and who do we want to be as Americans, the music on this album matters because it reminds us of who we are. It helps answer: what do we have to give? And it dares us: can we give the best of ourselves — our hearts, our joy, our genius — to the world? Can we even recognize that part of ourselves? From Nat King Cole to Ray Charles to Marvin Gaye: this album takes that journey. In pointing us to our own past, this album makes a very modern statement here and now. In the face of injustice, inequality and racism, this music reminds us of our capacity to love, to hold each other and dance, and to agitate for a better future. You ask us what it means to be a Black American musician, or a white American musician? In response we play a slice of our inheritance — some of the most beautiful songs we know!” (https://michaelstephensonthealexanderclaffytrio.bandcamp.com/) The players are Michael Stephenson (voice and tenor saxophone), Alexander Claffy (bass), Julius Rodriguez (piano),   Itay Morchi (drums) and Benny Benack III (trumpet). Click here to listen to songs on this release.

Anna Webber – Simple (Skirl Records): “Anna Webber (b. 1984) is a flutist, saxophonist, and composer whose interests and work live in the aesthetic overlap between avant-garde jazz and new classical music. The trio featured on Idiom is Webber’s “Simple Trio”, her working band of almost a decade which features drummer John Hollenbeck and pianist Matt Mitchell. Together they have released two further albums: Binary (2016) and SIMPLE (2014). A prolific bandleader, Webber also leads a quartet and a septet in addition to the above-mentioned large ensemble and co-led Webber/Morris Big Band.” (http://annakristinwebber.com/index2.html) Click here to listen to “Simplify Simplify” from the release “Simple”.

Mathew Whitaker – Connections (Resilience): “Born in 2001, Matthew Whitaker’s love for playing music first began at the young age of 3, after his grandfather gave him a small Yamaha keyboard. At 9, Matthew began teaching himself how to play the Hammond B3 organ. Four years later, he became the youngest artist to be endorsed by Hammond—in its 80+ year history.  He was also named a Yamaha Artist at 15, becoming the youngest musician to join the stellar group of jazz pianists. He’s already toured both here in the US and abroad, performing before The Youth Assembly at the United Nations headquarters in NYC, and on other world renowned stages, including: Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the Apollo Theater, Carnegie Hall, and Jazz at Lincoln Center in NYC; SFJAZZ Center in San Francisco; the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC; The Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, Monterey Jazz Festival, Newport Jazz Festival, Playboy Jazz Festival, Telluride Jazz Festival and at international venues in France, Italy, Germany, Indonesia, UK, Australia, Switzerland, Portugal, Japan, Spain, Morocco and South Korea.
Matthew has performed with an array of outstanding musicians: Ray Chew, Christian McBride, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Rhoda Scott, Cameron Carpenter, Regina Carter, Jason Moran, Jon Batiste, Cory Henry, Marc Cary, Arturo O’Farrill, James Carter, Roy Ayers, D.D. Jackson, The New York Pops Orchestra, EFG London Jazz Festival at Royal Albert Hall in London, where he was a featured soloist with their 42 piece big band and with Hamiet Bluiett and his Bio-Electric Ensemble. Matthew was the 1st place winner at Apollo for Fox TV’s revival of Showtime at the Apollo in 2016; he has been on national and international, radio and television, which includes the Today Show documentary series “Boys Changing the World,” Harry Connick Jr Show an appearance on the syndicated TV talk show Ellen and a segment on the most watched news magazine on television 60 Minutes! In 2017, he was named 1 of the 17 people to watch in New Jersey by The Record, one of New Jersey’s largest newspapers and add to Crain’s Business New York breakout list of 20 under 20 as a performing artist. In 2018 The Root added Matthew to its list of 1 of 25 Young Futurist Leaders and was named as 1 of 7 rising stars for 2018 by USA Today network’s 201 Magazine. 2019 & 2020, Matthew was a winner of The ASCAP Foundation Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composers Award for his original compositions “Emotions & Underground!” (https://www.matthewwhitaker.net/bio)
Whitaker performs in numerous settings from trios to much larger groups. His special guests on this release are violinist Regina Carter, pianist Jon Batiste and drummer Alvester Garnett. He has apparently been also blind for most or all of his life. Click here to listen to the songs on this release.

Ron Wilkins – Trombocalist (Jazz Legacy): “In 2020, Ron came down with COVID while traveling and went into a medically induced coma. Doctors predicted the worst, and much to everyone’s delight and amazement, he woke up 36 days later. The condition had not affected his lungs, largely due to his years of playing trombone, euphonium, tuba, and bass trumpet. Music had literally saved Ron’s life, and once he was awake, he couldn’t wait to play his horn. The result of Ron’s profound sense of ambition and renewal is his current release Trombocalist, an ambitious collection of songs that dynamically showcase his strengths as a composer, low brass instrumentalist, and singer. Ron approaches his craft with equal parts vigor, class, and humor throughout the release’s ten tracks, from the piping hot “Love For Sale”, to the sultry “My Foolish Heart”, to the witty and absolutely hilarious “In The Land Of Ob-La-Di”.
Ron has played with the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Lena Horne, and The Count Basie Orchestra, has toured in Broadway shows including “The Lion King”, “West Side Story”, “Motown”, “Frozen”, and “Book Of Mormon”, and has performed as a member of the Birdland Big Band, the Dizzy Gillespie Big Band, and his own New York City big band, which he runs alongside trombonist Rebecca Patterson. He also has an esteemed history as an educator, teaching at such institutions as University of Texas at San Antonio, University of Incarnate Ward, and Texas State University, teaching jazz studies, low brass instrumentation, and vocal training.” (https://jazzlegacy.org/portfolio/trombocalist/) “In 2020, Ron came down with COVID while traveling and went into a medically induced coma. Doctors predicted the worst, and much to everyone’s delight and amazement, he woke up 36 days later. The condition had not affected his lungs, largely due to his years of playing trombone, euphonium, tuba, and bass trumpet. Music had literally saved Ron’s life, and once he was awake, he couldn’t wait to play his horn…. In 2020, Ron came down with COVID while traveling and went into a medically induced coma. Doctors predicted the worst, and much to everyone’s delight and amazement, he woke up 36 days later. The condition had not affected his lungs, largely due to his years of playing trombone, euphonium, tuba, and bass trumpet. Music had literally saved Ron’s life, and once he was awake, he couldn’t wait to play his horn…. Ron’s excitement to create anew is a treasure to be enjoyed. Jazz fanatics and music appreciators the world over would do well to get their hands on his new release and enjoy the deft stylings of the master ‘Trombocalist’.” (http://news.theurbanmusicscene.com/2021/08/ron-wilkins-releases-new-album-trombocalist/) Click here to listen to the song “Padre Island” from his brand new release!

York – The SoulJazz Experience Vol 1 (Upper Level): “Throughout his career lasting several decades, German multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer YORK has been an in-demand sideman on saxophone and flute, live and in the studio for established heavyweights such as Randy Crawford, Phil Collins, Mousse T., Jazzkantine or Bahama Soul Club.
But time does not stand still, especially for creative minds! After all those years on the sidelines, new impulses made their way to the light, and a few sweaty as well as emotionally fulfilling months later, YORK is now launching his own longplayer: The Soul Jazz Experience Vol. 1.
On it, mastermind YORK enjoys his new creative freedom, as he functions equally as composer, arranger, producer – as well as performing musician, of course! YORK’s music is cool, danceable jazz with a touch of vintage soul and funk. He celebrates the swinging 60’s in a groovy way and transports the sounds of the vintage instruments he uses into the here and now. The album also features a number of top-class guest musicians, making The Soul Jazz Experience Vol. 1. a truly feel-good experience. “I Can’t Get No Satisfaction” is a track that needs no introduction – or does it? It’s a jazzy-groovy version with latin inflections of the famed Rolling Stones tune. “The Days in Brazil” also breathes South American flair, and was inspired by memories of touring with Bahama Soul Club in Brazil. It is one of two tracks featuring renowned Portuguese jazz singer Guida de Palma, who also guests on the chilled out “E Nobi Do”, the perfect accompaniment to enjoying a delicious cocktail at the beach bar at sunset. In “Can You Feel The Heat” things go in a much jazzier direction, paying homage to the great pioneers of jazz – first and foremost Miles Davis, of course! And as a saxophonist, YORK also had to set a monument to his idols Charlie Parker and Paul Desmond – so the aptly-titled “CP & PD” pays homage to them.
On “Flamingo Girl” we find YORK’s longtime co-musician Pat Appleton shining in her unique way, and again on she appears again on “Too Much Tension”, which is nowhere near as stressful as the title suggests, but rather comes across as loosely grooving before things get a little quieter on “Walz With Me”. Main single “With A Bit Kurkuma” features London-based guest Yane Singh and offers a wonderful cross-section of all the parameters that compose The Soul Jazz Experience Vol. 1. While “BSC Tribute” on the other hand is dedicated to Bahama Soul Club – with whom YORK played extensively. Things get avant-garde on “YSL & BB” – enriched with samples from Yves Saint Laurent and Brigitte Bardot, while “Move & Groove” is a cool finisher with its 60s movie atmospheres. The players are: Joel Rosenblatt (drums); Rick Petrone (bass); R.T. King (guitar); Don Harris (trumpet) and Jary Mall (percussion). Click here to listen to music from this release.  

New Blues:

Diane Durrett & Soul Suga – Put A Lid On It (Self-produced): “Singer, songwriter, producer Diane Durrett is a board member of the Recording Academy Atlanta Chapter, best known for the GRAMMYs. In 2020, during the pandemic with no LIVE shows Diane shifted adding video editing to her technical skills. She produced three music videos for her latest singles ‘Make America Groove’,  ‘Good News’ and ‘Blue Water’. This lead to editing, producing and hosting a two part video series for theProducer & Engineer Wing of Recording Academy in 2021 called “In the Mix Studio PROS; Ladies Leading the Way.  Her 2018 LIVE album “Diane Durrett & Soul Suga”  recorded at Eddie’s Attic was reviewed as “Killer, high octane soul throughout” and rose to #5 on the Soul Blues International RMR. In 2017 she was a Global Peace Song Award winner for ‘The River Sings’ co-written with Melissa Junebug. With a blend of raw soulful vocals, sultry tones, and strong original songs Durrett has sung with Sting, Gregg Allman, The Indigo Girls, and Chuck Leavell (Rolling Stones). Durrett has opened shows for Tina Turner, KoKo Taylor, Tinsley Ellis, Delbert McClinton, and Derek Trucks.” (https://dianedurrett.com/) This is the third release from Durrett’s current album. Click on these three songs. New Diane Durrett & Soul Suga’ album ‘Put A Lid On It’ out everywhere on September 24th:  Producer, Editor and Host of video series: In the Mix Studio PROS; Ladies Leading the Way “Make America Groove”, the third single from Diane’s upcoming album is out now. New single and video “Blue Water” Out Now. Listen to “Wish It Would Rain” here.

Seth Lee Jones – Flathead (Horton): “Tulsa slide guitar wizard and master luthier, Seth Lee Jones, delivers a collection of nine rocking, road-tested blues covers that crackle with energy. The album was recorded in under seven and a half hours, straight to tape with no edits or overdubs. These tracks are some of the band’s personal favorites, finely honed over years of live performances. While “Flathead” celebrates musicians as diverse as Muddy Waters and Roger Miller, the band puts its own spin on each tune. They deliver something fresh for blues rock fans, and their live show is on fire. When Jones isn’t leading this dynamic trio, he spends much of his time building and restoring instruments at his company, SLJ Guitars. The players on this disc are Seth Lee Jones (guitar / vocals), Matt Teegarden (drums), Bo Hallford (bass) and Mike Satawake (guitar on “Mary Ann”). Click here and scroll down to listen to the songs on this release.

Memphissippi Sounds – Welcome To The Land (Little Village): “One fated summer night in 2017 the paths of two uniquely gifted and talented Memphis musicians aligned in a club on Beale Street. Cameron Kimbrough, grandson of Junior Kimbrough and native of the famed Mississippi hill country, brought his raw, stripped-down rhythms from the fresh, open air of Potts Camp, MS, to the crowded room. As the audience took in Kimbrough’s beats from the drums, they were blessed by the powerful and mesmerizing voice of Damion “Yella P” Pearson’s harmonica. Kimbrough had grown up hearing the blues from his grandfather’s juke joint, and later taught himself to play. Yella P. was also self-taught on the harmonica, first picking it up at age 13 and honing his style while listening to the blues on Beale Street. An instant connection growing from their chance encounter, they teamed up to form Memphissippi Sounds and immediately began creating a new sound. Their custom blend of North Mississippi hill country blues, Memphis blues and soul, rock, pop, and hip-hop was debuted at the New Daisy while opening up for guitar legend Eric Gales. In the past year, they’ve taken the Memphissippi Sound on the road to places such as Thacker Mountain Radio Hour in Oxford, Clarksdale’s Juke Joint Festival, and Little Rock’s Whitewater Tavern backing up Grammy-nominated local bluesman R.L. Boyce. Memphissippi Sounds has made local appearances at such venues as the Levitt Shell, Radio Memphis, and the Indie Memphis Film Festival. Between gigs, they enjoy doing some old-school busking on South Main, a throwback to the heyday of Memphis music.” (https://www.memphissippisounds.com/about) Click here for a brief interview and a wonderfully funky mix that is Memphissippi Sounds.

The Porkroll Project – Papa Didn’t Raise Me Right (Roadhouse Redemption Records): “Now on their fourth release, I must admit that The Porkroll Project somehow sailed beneath my radar. Their previous work (now I have checked them out) consists of the self-titled debut, Shake It Twice and Three Legged Dog (co-incidentally a Bob Daisley band name), all packed with solid blues, both covers and originals; the same is true of their recently released Papa Didn’t Raise Me Right. The name seems to derive from main-man Neil ‘Porkroll’ Taylor and his apparently famous barbecues! The band, with the odd line-up change, has been entertaining for around twenty years and their performance reflects this with almost psychic links between the bedrock bass and drums as they set the backdrop for the Hammond, guitar and horns to weave around…. Bluesdoodles rating: 3 Doodle Paws – a great listen for some quality bluesy rock, rock’n’roll and blues performed impeccably by a band that know each other so well.”  Click here to listen to the title song.

Brizio Grossi & Soul Garage Experience – Counterfeited Solstice, Vol. 1 (SoulGarage Experience): “Fabrizio Grossi is an Italian-American bassist/producer, and music consultant. Born in Milan , Italy, he started playing as teenager with several Italian bands before moving to New York in 1990, where he formed the instrumental trio Conspiracy with guitarist Anthony Bambino and drummer John Macaluso . He also served  as US representative, developer and A&R associate for a number of European and Latin American record and entertainment companies, such as East/West-Warner Italy, Self Spa, Frontiers Records , Edel, EMI Italy, Mascot Label Group etc. Upon re-locating to Los Angeles in 1996, he joined punk icon Nina Hagen for the recording of her acclaimed album on BMG “Bee Happy”, followed  immediately by a studio collaboration with Grammy Winning guitarist composer  Steve Vai for his SONY Records album Fire Garden. Since that time, Grossi has performed with numerous players including Fabrizio Grossi is an Italian-American bassist/producer, and music consultant. Born in Milan , Italy, he started playing as teenager with several Italian bands before moving to New York in 1990, where he formed the  instrumental trio Conspiracy with guitarist Anthony Bambino and drummer John Macaluso. He also served  as US representative, developer and A&R associate for a number of European and Latin American record and entertainment companies, such as East/West-Warner Italy, Self Spa, Frontiers Records , Edel, EMI Italy, Mascot Label Group etc. Upon re-locating to Los Angeles in 1996, he joined punk icon Nina Hagen for the recording of her acclaimed album on BMG “Bee Happy”, followed  immediately by a studio collaboration with Grammy Winning guitarist composer Steve Vai for his SONY Records album Fire Garden.” (https://www.fabriziogrossi.com/all-about-fab) Click here for the song “Right Down Below” from this release.

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