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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.”
October 11, 2014 - There are things about the Thornton Winery in Temecula, CA that would drive a sane man crazy. The lengthy lines at slow to open entrances; the stampede to secure unreserved seating; the genial owners relentlessly pushing wine sales. Yet this stunning outdoor venue has an x factor that is undeniable and over what is now 26 seasons, its ability to attract top notch talent coupled with a very special ambience has ensured the fans keep coming back.
Of course when Brian Culbertson is topping the bill the magic is that bit easier to create and as he blew into town on the latest leg of his 20th Anniversary Tour the scene was set for an evening to remember.
The result is a musical togetherness that is breathtaking and tightly choreographed showmanship which, at the Thornton Winery, served as the perfect backdrop to be a stunning journey through the best of Culbertson’s 20 year discography.
It has been well chronicled how his 1994 debut ‘Long Night Out’ was recorded in his then Chicago apartment and that this year he re-imagined the album with an A-List set of musicians under the name of ‘Another Long Night Out’. With ‘Fullerton Av’ and then ‘Horizon’ he gave the crowd a taster of what this fabulous collection is all about yet truth to tell, right from the opening bars of the ultra catchy ‘Back In The Day’, the dazzling ‘Always Remember’ and the high octane ‘Hollywood Swinging’ it was clear that Culbertson was up, running and ready to party.
With Marqueal Jordan around Culbertson has some interesting vocal options and he exploited them to the full, first with a tremendous version of ‘Skies Wide Open’ from the 2012 CD ‘XII’ and then ‘Another Love’ from the same album. It proved to be one of the highlights of the entire show with another being Eddie Miller’s vocal contribution to the Quincy Jones classic ‘Secret Garden’ that can be found on Culbertson’s 1999 project ‘Somethin Bout Love’.
Maybe best of all was an ultra cool reworking of ‘Come To Me’ from the 1995 ‘Modern Life’ and, as the show fizzed joyously along, ‘Lets Get Started’ from the wonderful ‘It’s On Tonight’ and the delicious ‘Say What’ from ‘Come On Up’ proved to be crowd pleasers of the highest order.
As the show ramped up to a frenetic conclusion, larger than life renditions of ‘Funkin Like My Father’ and the equally good ‘Serpentine Fire’ really got the job done and as Culbertson returned to the stage for a welcome curtain call he closed out the set (as he often does) with the tender ‘Our Love’.
The 20th Anniversary Tour continues on at selected venues until the end of the year so catch it if you can.
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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