Results of the Grammy Award in the year 2004.
A dozen of the world’s greatest instrumental Acoustic Guitarists tackle the most beloved melodies of legendary composer Henry Mancini. From the brilliance of Grammy Winning gutiarist Laurence Juber’s phenomenal display on the Pink Panther Theme to Ed Gerhards lovely arrangement of the classic Moon River….this collection will tickle your funny bone and touch your heart. Mancini’s melodies are so strong they adapt well to solo guitar whether it be steel string or nylon acoustic….and the finale is a brilliant duet on A Shot In the Dark.
Since the EP (extended play) recording format, an icon of the record industry I remember from yesteryear, is one that is still around today, I decided to do an EP for this CD release.
As a composer, I write in a variety of different styles and genres. Back in my earlier days with Warner Bros. Records, I was using my albums as a way to explore writing songs and music rather than going for commercial hits. I had instrumental pieces, songs, comedy songs, poems, etc. all mixed together. Sometimes certain kinds of material on the same album don’t fit that well together as a listening experience. An odd mix can end up being like, as the old saying goes, “apples & oranges.” This album is all oranges.
All of the musical compositions and songs I write are crafted works, as opposed to spontaneous expression forms. I continue…[more]
This star-studded smooth-jazz tribute to Luther Vandross adds credence to the idea that the saxophone is the instrument that comes closest to mimicking the human voice. The passion that these reed players—including Kirk Whalum, Boney James, Mindi Abair, and Dave Koz—pour into their respective tracks makes it seems like they’re speaking right from the heart. Guitarist Paul Jackson Jr. does a very funky turn on “Never Too Much,” and two of the most underrated singers in contemporary urban music, Lalah Hathaway and Ledisi, also provide highlights. But the sax…
The man who made R&B safe for smooth-jazz saxophonists has another possible Soul Train award winner featuring slick vocal excursions by Debi Nova and Dwele. There’s also a real groove-a-thon with Bilal titled “Better with Time” that, like the lyrics state, is like an old soul record. Keyboards also stand out among these 10 tracks. Joe Sample delivers one of his patented short piano solos on the aptly titled “Stone Groove,” and while Billy Preston’s organ and Bobby Lyle’s piano are not out front on “You Don’t Have to Go Home,” the aural picture they frame for the…