Jazz

Artist: 
Pigeons Playing Ping Pong
Label: 
Self-released

I love this album so much!!! This is not what you'd expect from a band called Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, but this funky jazz will make you smile even on the worst of days. This is not their first album, and the PPPP definitely know what they're doing! "Fun in Funk" definitely puts the fun in funk! All the songs are catchy and good to sing along to, and you'll just want to get up and dance. If you're looking for something new to listen to, check out these guys and you won't regret it!

Sounds Like: 
Uptown Funk but better
Sounds Like: 
Great music
Name: 
Taylor Brestel
Date Reviewed: 
11/16/2017
Artist: 
Evan Stevenson and Konrad Wiszniewzki
Label: 
Whirlwind Recordings

Scottish-musicians Euan Stevenson (pianist) and Konrad Wiszniewzki (saxophonist) have teamed up to create a neat little album that crosses classical music with jazz, for a result that's very smooth on the ears.

Sounds Like: 
George Gershwin
Name: 
Katie Fapp
Date Reviewed: 
10/11/2017
Artist: 
The Goddess Lakshmi
Label: 
reneclavo2017

   This New York City Blues and Jazz group 'The Goddess Lakshmi' includes keyboardist Phil Clements, Bass, Drums, Guitar, and vocals.   'Live at the Harlem Flophouse' which is indeed a physical event and recording space in NYC, and indeed a space in which this whole album was recorded live which I love due to the snippets of intros and conversations that lead into or end in as the album unfolds, adding a depth and humanity to the album not always commonly found on blues tracks. This album is the groups th album.

Sounds Like: 
A Folk infused Etta James
Sounds Like: 
Duende like Koko Tayler
Name: 
Ellery Page
Date Reviewed: 
09/25/2017
Artist: 
ALA-NI
Label: 
Missing Piece Records

From the moment I loaded this album into my stereo and heard the first few notes of the first song I was simply blown away. ALA.NI's vocals are some of the warmest and smoothest and most delightful I've ever heard, and listening to You & I is like slipping into warm bath...for your ears. With vocals somewhere in between Billie Holliday, Judy Garland, Vera Lynn, and Edith Piaf, ALA.NI is one of the best singers I have ever heard. Ever. It's not surprising - apparently NI is related to a legendary cabaret singer, and trained in Paris. 

Sounds Like: 
Judy Garland
Sounds Like: 
Billie Holiday
Sounds Like: 
Vera Lynn
Sounds Like: 
Edith Piaf
Name: 
Katie Fapp
Date Reviewed: 
09/24/2017
Artist: 
Antibalas
Label: 
Daptone Records

The sixth studio album of Antibalas is a strong installment in their almost 20 year portfolio as a band. This album is lively, upbeat, colorful, and will sure to have you moving to its African beat influence.

Sounds Like: 
The Budos Band
Sounds Like: 
Nomo
Sounds Like: 
Daktaris
Name: 
Jaclyn Kelly
Date Reviewed: 
09/13/2017
Artist: 
Tony Allen
Label: 
Decca Records France

Tony Allen is the greatest living drummer. Allen's new album The Source finds him utilizing a lot of the Afrobeat rhythms that made him a legend, but distorts them and abstracts them to fit into a wonderful modern jazz record. The drumming is distinctly Tony Allen, but the funk is dialed down and his expressionism and creativity really get to shine through on The Source.

Sounds Like: 
Herbie Hancock
Sounds Like: 
Fela Kuti
Name: 
Nick Kivi
Date Reviewed: 
09/12/2017
Artist: 
Aquaserge
Label: 
CRAMMED DISCS

Aquaserge plays Zeuhl-influenced music. Zeuhl is a combination of Jazz and Progressive Rock, invented by French-Prog band Magma in the 1970s and sung in a made up language called Kobaïan. It's pretty much the most niche genre to ever exist (wikipedia lists 8 other Zeuhl bands total) but it's also very memorable. I can't find anything online to back up my assertion, but they have to be a little influenced by it.

Sounds Like: 
Magma
Sounds Like: 
Serge Gainsbourg
Sounds Like: 
Tame Impala
Sounds Like: 
Stereolab
Sounds Like: 
Fela Kuti
Sounds Like: 
Fire! Orchestra
Name: 
Andrew Boring
Date Reviewed: 
02/24/2017
Artist: 
Toby Pazner
Label: 
DAPTONE Records

This CD is Jazzy, it's Funky, it straight up JUNK. a fine blend of piano, organ, clavinet, Harpsichord, vibraphone, trumpet, trombone, guitar bass and percussion. 14 musicians are responsible for these compositions. Toby Pazner leading the pack. The rumors have it that Toby was visited by a messenger in his dreams every night throughout his visit to Greece. A messenger of the Gods supposedly, to convince him to create a musical representation, a musical dedication for the Greek Gods to once again breath them into existence in the 21st century.

Sounds Like: 
Snarky Puppy
Sounds Like: 
The Frigtners
Name: 
Ellery Page
Date Reviewed: 
02/08/2017
Artist: 
Norah Jones
Label: 
Blue Note Records

Norah Jones releases this album titled Day Breaks following up from a 2013 release Forever album collaborating with Billie Joe. This album begins with the song "Burn" which I immediately noticed a pure jazzy sound. Lots of use with the piano and less guitar which have often been emphasized in previous albums such as 2012 release of Little Broken Hearts or acoustics in the 2012 ablum Come Away With Me. Remaining songs in the album continued with the jazz sound.

Sounds Like: 
Norah Jones
Name: 
DeRay Chatter
Date Reviewed: 
02/01/2017
Artist: 
Mariza
Label: 
Nonesuch records

I just discovered Mariza and love her voice and the musical arrangements. this CD is perfect for pronunciation purposes and overall a keeper for a romantic dinner, some relaxation or to have on the background. She sings a couple of songs in Spanish, one in English and Esperanto.

Sounds Like: 
Ana Moura
Sounds Like: 
Cristina Branco
Name: 
Aerin Mazza
Date Reviewed: 
11/29/2016