Sunday, February 24, 2019

New Jazz Releases From Clifford Lamb and the Doug MacDonald Quartet

Pianist/composer Clifford Lamb recently released his latest album titled "Blues & Hues." It features eight tracks that are "mashups" of his original pieces of music with classic numbers by George Gershwin, Antonio Carlos Jobim and Nat "Cannonball" Adderley. The album kicks off with the up-tempo swinging rhythm of the title-song "Blues & Hues," as Lamb brings together his own original tune, "Ramping On Up" and combines it with Adderley's "Jive Samba" in order to create a new musical piece of art. The "Peace Requiem" mashes together the gospel like "Peace Prayer" with the spoke-word rap of "Anguish," backed by the steady pace of "Roll Jordon Roll" and "Walk Spirit, Talk Spirit." The blues come shining through on the clash of George Gershwin's "I Love You Porgy" and Lamb's own "You're My Everything." The only complete original piece on this new album is Lamb's tribute to the improvisation of Miles Davis with "Smiles For Miles." Clifford Lamb wraps up his new album with an emotional solo piano "mashup" of the great Antonia Carlos Jobim's "Amparo" and Lamb's "Viva La Passionata." To find out more about "Blues & Hues," the latest album from Clifford Lamb, please visit cliffordlamb.com.

Another recent jazz release arrives from the Doug MacDonald Quartet. The new album titled "Organisms" features ten tracks, beginning with the swinging tempo of Jule Styne and Sammy Cahn's "It's You Or No One." Next up, are a pair of MacDonald originals "Jazz For All Occasions" and "L&T," which are highlighted by the great tenor sax of Bob Sheppard and the smooth jazz guitar work of Doug MacDonald. Doug continues to deliver his stellar guitar sounds on "Sometime Ago" and "Poor Butterfly," before wrapping up his latest album with the slower, bluesy feel of "Too Late Now" and the more up-tempo rhythm of "On The Alamo," featuring the wonderful B3 organ work of Cary Frank. To find out more about the Doug MacDonald Quartet and their latest release "Organisms," please visit dougmacdonald.net.