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Whaling City Sound’s Danny Bacher is “Still Happy”/Debra Mann charts with “Full Circle The music of Joni Mitchell”

Whaling City Sound celebrates release #110 today, Sept 28, 2018!  “Still Happy” by singer-saxophonist Danny Bacher

Join us at release show this Sunday (9/30) at The Cutting Room NYC

For details see https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1740946

Danny Bacher and his All-Star Band: Album Release Event "Still Happy"
Danny Bacher and his All-Star Band: Album Release Event Still Happy
The Cutting Room
44 E. 32nd St. New York, NY
Sun, September 30, 2018
Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 7:00 pm
$25.00 – $35.00

“The secret of serious fun is not to take it too seriously, especially if it involves playing jazz. 
That attitude is something that the easygoing singer and saxophonist Danny Bacher, knows in his bones.
–  The New York Times



A new voice in jazz-steps out-and man, does he swing!

(Get ready to shake your tuchas!)
Still Happy

In the meantime,

Debra Mann/Full Circle The music of Joni Mitchell is #46 on 10/1/18 Radio Chart

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TONIGHT & 4.26 | Dine Out and Listen to Jazz with Greg Abate

3.22 7p Dine out and listen to some great jazz music at Pot au Feu in Providence, RI. Cost is $65 plus tax and tip.

“Chef Steven Mikulski will create a three-course dinner with wine and Greg Abate and friends Ben Cook, Todd Baker and Gary Johnson will perform “Sleeping the Bop Tradition and Beyond.” ~ Food Notes

4.26 7:30p Come see Greg Abate Quartet at Zeiterion Performing Arts Center! Buy tickets for $20, $29.

“Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame inductee Greg Abate has dazzled audiences around the world for nearly 50 years as an international jazz saxophonist, flutist and composer.” ~ Herald News

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Starportrait reviews ” To Grover With Love/LIVE IN JAPAN”

StarportraitLayout 1Having musical idols is something normal for a musician. To perform with most of them is fortune, grace and bases certainly also on the skills of the artist. Keyboardist, arranger and producer Jason Miles is the perfect example for such a lucky high talented guy.

He performed and recorded with Miles Davis, Luther Vandross, Michael Jackson, David Sanborn or Grover Washington Jr., to name a few. His intimate knowledge of these musicians has been reflected in numerous tribute albums.

But the music and the person of Grover Washington Jr. has especially not let him go. The homage albums To Grover with Love (2001) and 2 Grover With Love (2008) and the production of Grover Live (2010) come from his feather.

To Grover With Love / Live In Japan (2016) is the live recording of a concert at Blue Note Tokyo in June 2010. With Jason Miles performed saxophonists Andy Snitzer and Eric Darius, bassist Gerald Veasley, guitarist Nick Moroch and drummer Buddy Williams.

What makes this live album so special? The top notch performers, the carefully chosen selection of the best songs Grover has written and the excellent sound quality of the recording. Special guests on this album are singer Ryan Shaw and late percussionist Ralph Macdonald who produced several of Grover’s albums and also has written some of his songs.
The event opens with the title song of Grover’s chart breaking album Winelight (1980). Although a well-known piece it allows the musicians to unleash their creative personalities in fine nuances and solos. Especially the two accomplished saxophonists Andy Snitzer and Eric Darius pull off all registers of their prowess.

On Sassy Stew from Inside Moves the band strives for a more contemporary jazz approach in comparison to the original. The mellow Latin tinged Take Me There develops in this live version a contemporary jazz bliss with an extensive sax solo, above all expected quality.

Loran’s Dance from Grover’s album Reed Seed (1978) is a cover of Idris Muhammad’s original featuring Grover on sax. At that time the style was designated yet as jazz funk. The live album offers an eclectic improvisational exploration with a great bass solo by Gerald Veasley.

Calling Just the 2 of Us a world hit is an understatement. Better describe the song as a world heritage. The live rendition featuring blessed singer Ryan Shaw and with the percussion of Ralph MacDonald under the baton of Jason Miles is just out of this world.

Black Frost from Grover’s album Mr. Magic (1975) is disrespectfully considered by critics as commercial jazz. The original sounds first like a movie score of Isaac Hayes before Grover starts to improvise. The version on this album breathes new life into this tune. Especially the question and answer interplay between Miles, Moroch and the sax players shakes off the chains of notation by first and foremost emphasizing the aspect of improvisation.

Inner City Blues was the first track on Grover’s same titled debut album (1972), a cover of Marvin Gaye’s hit from the previous year. The roof-raising live version with both saxophonists in forefront is an incredibly entertaining ride. Let It Flow taken from the album Winelight is the ultimate platform for solos by bass giant Gerald Veasley, sax player Andy Snitzer and percussionist Ralph Macdonald in cooperation with Buddy Williams.

Final tune of this impressive live album is Mr. Magic. A showdown for all performers especially the compelling sax players by blowing the dust from their tenor saxophones.

To Grover With Love / Live In Japan sparkes an innovative fire with an intensity only legends can inflame. A stunning recording that truly transcends the contemporary jazz genre.

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