There have been two independent jazz albums that deserve your attention. One is from jazz pianist, composer, producer Sasi Shalom and the other is from singer/pianist Tony DeSare. DeSare's latest album strips everything away except for his Yamaha acoustic piano and his voice, while Shalom puts together a classic jazz band with Donny McCaslin (Saxophone), Antonio Sanchez (Drums) and Desmond White (bass).
Sasi Shalom has dedicated his new album "Moments of Eternity" to the children and heroes of the Sandy Hook Elementary School. All of the proceeds from the sale of this album are going to the Sandy Hook Promise (www.sandyhookpromise.org/) organization. For those that may not know Shalom's work, this album is the perfect opportunity to get introduced to this very talented musician.
As I stated earlier, this seven-song album has a very classic jazz feel, as if it was recorded back in the club days of John Coltrane and Art Blakey. The band begins to open up on the eight-minute "Raging Bull" as McCaslin's sax and Sanchez' drums become the highlight of the song. The heart of the album is felt during Shalom's smooth piano of "Moments of Eternity" and the gripping sound of "My Sons My Soul." The album closes with the ten-minute, storied feeling of "Watch Your Back."
Sasi Shalom's latest album is available now. For more information on it, please visit sasishalom.bandcamp.com/.
Jazz/pop pianist/vocalist Tony DeSare decided to tackle songs from the "Contemporary Songbook" along with a few originals, including the pop feel of the opening song "A Lot To Say." The cover songs range from the classic, old-fashion sound of Cole Porter's "Just One Of Those Things" to the rearranged rock of Bon Jovi's "You Give Love A Bad Name." He fits his original songs like "Chemistry" and "Christmas For You And Me" with a very attractive sound next to piano standards like "Autumn Leaves" and "I Love A Piano."
Tony DeSare is performing his last date in October in California, before making his way to the east coast, including a Christmas show at Seven Angels Theatre in Waterbury, CT. To find out more about Tony DeSare's new album "Piano," please visit tonydesare.com.