THELMA HOUSTON - SUMMER NIGHTS
This is Thelma Houstons’ unreleased Soulful AOR tracks from 1980. After Thelma Houston finished the contract with Motown, scoring her big disco hit, she went to muscle Shoals to meet up with Terry Woodford who ran the legendary studio Wishbone Sound Studio. This encounter turned into 5 songs in 1980. Unfortunately it never resulted in anything and the tracks where shelved for 37 years. Until now. Exclusive vinyl release through Preservation Records. Smooth breezy soulful AOR with the Wishbone inc signature sound, (Byrne and Barnes, Robert Byrnem Mac McAnally and others) remastered and released on vinyl for the first time. It’s a vinyl LP limited to 500 worldwide.
MARCUS MONTEIRO – ANOTHER PART OF ME
A new Marcus Monteiro Quartet recording comes as good news indeed. The ebullient alto saxophonist plays with the energy of Maceo Parker and the enthusiasm of a beggar at his first banquet. The recording, Another Part of Me, is a dramatic raising of the bar for the young lion, a hyper link to the next level in terms of tunes, in terms of notes, in terms of all around alchemy. Joined by John Harrison III on piano, Fernando Huergo on bass, and Steve Langone on drums, Monteiro is in excellent fettle, surrounded by equally energetic bandmates, all of whom are driving in the same direction. His latest albums covering material from such disparate sources as Horace Silver, Michael Jackson and Soundgarden, indicates what Monteiro can accomplish in such serious jazz company. His ability to bridge the classic and the contemporary is one of his signatures and a huge reason why you need to hear his new record right here and now.
ERIC DARIUS - BREAKIN' THRU
Inspired by the fearlessness and free expression of his favorite R&B and jazz artists Prince, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder and Herbie Hancock, Eric Darius has taken his sax on a wild, explosive journey these past 13 years, pushing musical boundaries every chance he gets. After years with different labels, he creates his own (SagiDarius) for the release of his hard driving, intensely burning, ultra-brassy new single “Breakin’ Thru.” One of those rare artists whose recordings are as intensely energetic as his live performances, Darius plays it cool on the verses before exploding into one of his trademark hooks that grabs and doesn’t let go. The sizzling first single from the forthcoming album, is your ticket to getting any party started! ~ smoothjazz.com