What began as a regular Wednesday night gig, has turned into one of the coolest new jazz trios to come out of California. The Coachella Valley Trio consists of Doug McDonald on guitar, Larry Halloway on bass and Tim Pleasant on drums and they recently released their debut album "Mid Century Modern" back in January. It consists of eleven tracks (seven standards and four originals), beginning with the swift, up-tempo pace of "My Shining Hour," as the band add a bit swing to their step. The Coachella Valley Trio go a little more bluesy with the feel of "Lance Or Lot," while "Tram Jam" feels like a first take of a melody that comes together naturally. Their skills are in the spotlight on the wonderful rendition of "Give Me The Simple Life" and the lovely "Stranger In Paradise." The Coachella Valley Trio finish up their new album with the Latin sway of "Bossa Nueva" and the quick tempo of "The Way You Look Tonight." To find out more about Coachella Valley Trio and their latest release "Mid Century Modern," please visit facebook.com/dmacguitar.
Keyboardist/composer RJ (Reginald Johnson) recently released his latest studio effort with his backing band, The Assignment. The new album titled "Hybrid Harmony" brings together the freedom of jazz with the soul of R&B, as they create a modern vibe of musical magic. The new ten track release begins with the wonderful vocals of Kaiton Johnson, before RJ steps in to flash his skills on the keyboard with a futuristic sounding solo. Next, they bring on a smashing jazz groove with "My Mean Ol' Aunt," before slowing down for the soulful ballads "Walk In Your Light" and "Prototype." RJ & The Assignment go more classic jazz with the gentle sway of "Autumn Steps," before delivering a stellar cover of the Tears For Fears hit "Everybody Wants To Rule The World." The band finish their latest album with the nearly seven-minute "Between Now And Never," which allows time for everyone to get in on the action, before closing with the nostalgic feel of "After Service." To find out more about RJ & The Assignment and their latest release "Hybrid Harmony," please visit rjandtheassignment.com.