Last year one of my favorite albums that was independently released was Daniel Caesar's Freudian. The Canadian R&B/Soul artist received a Grammy nomination for "Best R&B Album" in 2017 for his quiet-storm, gospel-inspired first full length LP. Freudian is a record filled with love songs, psychological reckonings, existential crises, and emotional epiphanies.
Ben Williams's second full length album, "Coming of Age," was released in 2015 to pretty remarkable reviews from various jazz critics. Williams infuses elements of R&B/neo-soul, fusion, post-bop, funk, and hip-hop into his innovative compositions. The 31-year old Washington D.C. upright bass player, Ben Williams, sheds a new prominent voice in the rising jazz scene
On February 11, 1997, 21 years ago Erykah Badu fcreated an album that became the essential go to neo soul album of the 1990s. This album was called "Baduizm," and was very highly acclaimed when it was initially released, earning Ms. Badu a 3X platinum certification. Hailing from Dallas, Texas, Badu can be compared to [...]
The way Guru describes "Jazzmatazz Vol. 1" is: "Jazz's mellow tracks, along with the hard rap beat, go hand-in-glove with my voice."
This album reflects the fact that jazz is still going strong almost a century after the famous "Roaring 20's." Jazz has always had a pushing the envelope kind of sound to it, and this is why the future of jazz is certain to exist.
My second album review is a late discovery of the 2016 Blue Note Grammy Award winning record, Take Me To The Alley by Gregory Porter. The Brooklyn, NYC resident delivers a remarkable album full of ballads and jazz tunes full of love and tribulations. Porter's voice is like a hot heater warming your body on a frigid winter's evening.