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Overnight Sensation - New CD from Joey Sommerville
Sommerville’s trumpet seduces on the sensuous “Desire” highlighted by gossamer guitar from legend Earl Klugh. Venturing in a divergent tangent, Sommerville tosses a bone to Jeff Bradshaw on a raucous and imaginative take on “Caravan,” a scintillating thrill ride that Duke Ellington never would have seen coming. “Red Cups Up” is a playful party anthem while Sommerville surprises when he steps to the mic on the stunner “I Just Wanna Be With You” on which his husky voice quivers and cracks with raw emotion while crooning an autobiographic story of romance to his wife. A spiraling Lorber groove, “The Next Big Thing” is a tightly-wound R&B-jazz-funk mélange illumined by Sommerville’s trumpet and quirky synth along with a touch of sax from Elan Trotman. The elegiac “Rebecca of Birmingham” was penned years ago after Sommerville’s grandmother passed and is graced by a stirring blues-jazz guitar eulogy from Eric Essix. “Karma” induces reflection during the straight-ahead jazz exercise after which Sommerville closes the album with the throwback R&B instrumental “Forever” followed by the boisterous “The Passport Life.”
“Chicago-based, Saxophonist and Vocalist Marqueal Jordan finally took the plunge into album territory, and Catalyst
is definitely a game-changer to those who know him. To those who don’t know him, they will greet this album as an example of versatility, and the easy switches between styles that are best seen on a debut. Jordan’s tenor sax is well showcased between “Maracas Beach”, which pushes at a more straight-ahead flavor, and “Chillin’ With MJ”, in which Jordan stews the same tenor sax in a sauce full of R&B.
“Between The Sheets” is an immediate introduction to Jordan as a vocalist, which will somewhat remind you of Dwele; engaging, easygoing and steeped in Soul. Featuring Brian Culbertson on “When You Smile”, Jordan firmly crosses into the R&B boundary, and does so absolutely seamlessly. Whether shuffled or straight through, this track is the one that will make someone listen twice. A great debut, and a catalyst indeed that propels Marqueal Jordan in a jazz spotlight all his own. If you like Euge Groove, if you like Dwele, if you like Brian Culbertson, and don’t mind a Stanley Turrentine- gone-modern flavor to your instrumentals, then this album will be a great addition to your music library.” - Katherine Gilraine, Detroit Jazz Magazine
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JS108Atlanta's Restaurant Pick:
Providing great quality Cuban food has always been a tradition for the Rosales family.
It all began in the early 70s when Luciano Rosales and his family immigrated to the United States. Luciano worked his way up at many Cuban restaurants and Spanish restaurants in the Miami area.
Mambo’s Cafe – Cuban Restaurant
4915 Windward Parkway Ste 130
Alpharetta, GA 30004
Lowe’s Shopping Center
Joe Sample - The Man and His Music
Recently, we lost a great musician; a man whose intricate yet simple melodies will always be a part of all of memories. As the founder of the The Jazz Crusaders originally known as the Crusaders, this was a man who went on to record over 21 solo albums and has been sampled hundreds of times, with the more famous of those samplings in 2Pac's Dear Mama. Sample's composing abilities and were proven time and time again because his mastery of transitioning bop to soulful jazz. We all will sorely miss Joe Sample but he will continue live on through the compositions he has left us.
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