Sunday, September 20, 2020

Jazz It Up With New Releases From Hazar, the Jim Waller Big Band and Ben Zucker

Acoustic jazz guitarist Hazar recently released his latest studio effort titled "Reincarnated." It features elements of flamenco, bebop and gypsy swing spread across nine newly recorded tracks. Hazar's work on the acoustic guitar is simply stunning. He will excite your senses with the quick finger-picking fretwork of the opening track "Made For Wesley," then fellow guitar virtuoso Al Di Meola lends a hand to the swift pace of "Spain." Hazar adds a Latin flair to the "Godfather Theme" like ballad "Black Orpheus," before picking the tempo once again with the quick-moving "Made In France." Hazar wraps up his new album with his version of the Gershwin classic "Summertime," along with the funky, bebop breaks of Charlie Parker's "Donna Lee" and the emotional closer "Le Vieux Tzigane." To find out more about Hazar and his latest release "Reincarnated," please visit hazar.de.

Next up is the Jim Waller Big Band performing a mix of covers and originals on their latest release "Bucket List." It begins with the high-energy, swinging jazz original "Samba For Suzell," which features a quick-moving sax, piano and drum solo. Vocalist Jacqueline Sotelo takes on Peggy Lee's "I Love Being Here With You" and Ray Charles' "Georgia On My Mind," as the Big Band adds a bit of a pulse to the original ballad. The energy picks back up with another original instrumental "Waltz For Laura," before the Jim Waller Big Band lay it all out on the line for their stunning rendition of Gershwin's "Rhapsody In Blue." They finish off their new album with the mellow, blues flow of "A Ballad For Bob" and another original song, the final swinging jazz number "This Is It." To find out more about the Jim Waller Big Band and their latest release "Bucket List," please visit jimwallerbigband.hearnow.com.

Last, but not least we arrive at the band leading debut release from rising vibes master Ben Zucker. His new album titled "Fifth Season" features eight new tracks, including a four-part suite titled "Fifth Season." This suite showcases Zucker's experimental side, while pushing the boundaries as he jams with his band for almost thirty minutes. Then the music gets really spacey on the far out groove of "Moths Eating The Wallpaper Of Concorde," before Ben Zucker closes his new album with the improvisational jazz piece "Sixth Skin Pataforming." To find out more about Ben Zucker and his latest release "Fifth Season," please visit benzuckersounds.com.

Friday, September 18, 2020

NRBQ Digs Through The Vault For A New Compilation Of Rarities Titled "In Frequencies"

Arriving October 2nd from Omnivore Recordings is a new rarities compilation "In Frequencies" from the American rock band, NRBQ. For more than five decades the band has been making new music and touring on a constant basis, but with the concert scene on pause, Omnivore and NRBQ decided it would be the perfect time to dig through the vault for sixteen rarities (twelve previously unissued) to remind fans of how great their music was, even when it was never meant to be heard.

A short, 80-second soundcheck recording titled "Dogwood Winter" opens up this new release. It's one of the earliest known recordings of the band (1968) and feel absolutely necessary on this release, even though it sounds very raw and un-mastered. The compilation jumps all around, continuing with 1983's "Get Real" featuring Terry Adams on vocals and Al Anderson delivering a sweet little solo. Personally, I love "Orioles," which has a swinging rhythm and names some of the great Baltimore Orioles' players throughout the years. NRBQ sound like their having a great time on the California surf number "Wild Weekend," which was also recorded during soundcheck.

This new release also features some live tracks, including the rockin' blues of "We'll Make Love," which was recorded live at Trinity College back in 1976. One of the newest song on this compilation is "April Showers," which was recorded in 2018 for the motion picture soundtrack to "Change In The Air." NRBQ wrap up this latest release with the rockabilly swing of "That's All," sung by Al Anderson, along with wonderful harmonies of "Blues Stay Away From Me" and their amazing cover of "Chapel Of Love," recorded back in 2011. To find out more about the new release "In Frequencies" from NRBQ, please visit omnivorerecordings.com.

Thursday, September 17, 2020

New Rock & Metal Releases From Overland, Signal Red and Russia's Renunciation

Arriving September 18th from Escape Music Ltd., is the fifth studio album from Steve Overland titled "Scandalous." Steve has been involved in the music industry for more than four decades. First, as a member of the band, Wildlife, then finding himself in a Boston tribute band and now as the leader of his own band, Overland, which on this release includes Brian Tichy (Dead Daisies), Tommy Denander (Alice Cooper) and Brian Anthony (Steve Walsh). Their new twelve song release begins with the upbeat, rock and roll vibe of "Don't Give Up," which has a modern mainstream feel with a mature sound. Overland deliver harder, edgier music with the solid pounding of "Never Say Die" and "Blackheart," which shows a growth in Steve's songwriting, along with a stellar, all-star cast of musicians. The album takes a turn toward the blues with the burning desire of "Changing Time" and the radio-ready rock-pop gem "Diamond In The Dust." Overland wrap up their new album with the LA Sunset Strip rock groove of "Unchained" the intense, guitar-driven "Hole In My Heart." To find out more about Overland and their latest release "Scandalous," please visit escape-music.com/coming.htm.

Also appearing soon from Escape Music Ltd. is the latest studio effort "Alien Nation" from Signal Red. Their new eleven song release runs right out of the gate with the energetic rocker "Wide Awake In Dreamland," as the band's sophomore release starts off on a very positive note. The intensity picks up with the high-powered drumming of "Email To God" and "Invisible Scars," which show the band's more aggressive side. Signal Red are firing on all cylinders during the progressive rock feel of "Awakenings" and "Tide Of Life," before finishing their new album with the nostalgic rock approach of the title-song "Alien Nation." To find out more about Signal Red and their latest release "Alien Nation," please visit escape-music.com/coming.htm.

Also recently released is the new five-song debut EP titled "The Terminal Archetype" from the Russian death metal band Renunciation. A gentle, classical piano introduction ("When There's No One To Fear The Night") explodes to the hardcore, metal attack of "Deliverance From God," which will certainly make you take notice of this new underground heavy metal band. The speed of the rhythm and the screaming vocals of the title song "The Terminal Archetype" showcases a more mature death metal sound, along with aggressive sonic power of "Arrogance Of Worms." To find out more about Renunciation and their latest release "The Terminal Archetype," please visit facebook.com/Renunciation.band.

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

William Shatner Delivers "The Blues" With An All-Star Cast Of Musicians

What do you get when you cross one of America's oldest music genres with the original commander of the USS Enterprise? Answer is a new blues album from William Shatner. His new musical adventure simply titled "The Blues," will be released on October 2nd through Cleopatra Records and find Shatner teaming up with some of the biggest names in rock and country music to interpret these blues classics as only Shatner knows how.

He begins by blowing the doors down with a rocking version of "Sweet Home Chicago," which features Brad Paisley on guitar, as William Shatner lays it all on the line on this opening track. American blues guitarist Kirk Flecher supports Shatner's raw vocals on the Willie Dixon staple "I Can't Quit You Baby" and legendary guitarist Richie Blackmore lays down some beautiful licks on the spoken word vocal delivery of Shatner on B.B. King's "The Thrill Is Gone." The team of Pat Travers and William Shatner combine for the perfect sound to rival "Screamin' Jay" Hawkins' original version of "I Put A Spell On You," while a great, stripped down version of "Crossroads" is the right touch for Shatner to feel right at home, along with some stellar guitar work from James Burton. William Shatner finishes up his new blues album with the political statement of "Let's Work Together," featuring the music of Canned Heat, along with Shatner's own dark interpretation of "Secrets And Sins." To find out more about William Shatner's new release "The Blues," please visit cleorecs.com.

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Rob Silverman Duets On "Drumology" & Jack Spann Tells Us About "Jesus Of New Orleans"

Arriving early next month through Autumn Hill Records is the latest studio release titled "Drumology" from iconic drummer Rob Silverman. The album is a dream come true for Silverman, as he duets (on drums) with some of his favorite drummers, including Gregg Bissonette (Ringo Starr), Steve Smith (Journey) and John Blackwell (Prince) just to name a few. Silverman starts out his new seven-track release teaming up with Simon Phillips (The Who) on "Brave New World," which explodes with energy and excitement. Next, Silverman and John Blackwell join forces on the funk/jazz flow of "Drum Duet In Minor C," while up-and-coming drummer Casey Adams adds even more punch to the progressive rock approach of "Inferno." Steve Smith and Rob Silverman join forces for the worldly feel of "Konnakol," which adds more depth to the high-powered drumming force that these two towers of power deliver on this song. Rob Silverman closes out his new album with the solid pounding drumming duet with Gregg Bissonette on the opening minutes of "Ten Times Ten," which then softens to smooth jazz finish, along with the exciting collaboration of Silverman and Dave Weckl (Chick Corea) on the rock piece "Waverunners." To find out more about Rob Silverman and his latest release "Drumology," please visit autumnhillrecords.com.

Piano man, Jack Spann also recently released a new two-song EP titled "Jesus Of New Orleans." Spann was one of the few collaborators on David Bowie's final album "Blackstar." Producer Tony Visconti hired Spann on his reputation as on of the in-demand session keyboard players in New York City for the last two decades. Spann's new release "Jesus Of New Orleans" features a nine-minute dance-mix which allows you to fully enjoy the experimental side of Jack Spann's music. Listening to this track, you can tell why he was hired to help out on some of David Bowie's music, as Spann is not afraid to push the boundaries of music, combining elements of rock, jazz, pop, and R&B to create unique, one-of-a-kind sound. The edited version of the song gets right to the point with its composed energy. To find out more about this latest release from Jack Spann, please visit http://www.jackspann.com/jesus-of-new-orleans.