Shawnn Monteiro’s vocals makes You Are There “a rapturous listening experience, highly recommended”

Shawnn Monteiro’s vocals makes You Are There “a rapturous listening experience, highly recommended”

“You Are There” showcases the lush jazz singing of Shawnn Monteiro, supported by masterful performances of associates on trumpet, piano, trombone, drums, and bass. The charged, intensely passionate music crested with dulcet beauty of Monteiro’s vocals makes You Are There a rapturous listening experience, highly recommended especially for connoisseurs of the genre. The tracks are Dearly Beloved, Inside a Silent Tear, Let’s Eat Home, You are There, How Deep is the Ocean, You’ll See, The Shadow of Your Smile, Autumn Leaves, Alone at Last, Never Let Me Go, I Hear Music / How High the Moon, and My Old Friend.

 

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Rale Micic’s latest release “Only Love Will Stay” is “poignant, captivating, and highly recommended”

Rale Micic’s latest release “Only Love Will Stay” is “poignant, captivating, and highly recommended”

Only Love Will Stay is an original, acoustic jazz guitar album by Serbian music artist Rale Micic. The fluid, harmonious rhythms are sure to please aficionados of the genre. Only Love Will Stay is poignant, captivating, and highly recommended. The tracks are “Only Love Will Stay”, “Even Steven”, “How Deep is the Ocean”, “Better Days Ahead”, “January”, “Savas”, “Riverdale” and “Lipe Cvatu (Linden Trees are in Bloom)”.

James A. Cox
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Midwest Book Review

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Greg Murphy’s newest release “Cool Water” is resonating with optimism and wonder

Greg Murphy’s newest release “Cool Water” is resonating with optimism and wonder

“Cool Water is a jazz album partly inspired by music artist Greg Murphy’s trip to Africa; the title refers to the Nairobi River which flows through the capital of Kenya. Another prominent influence on the ambitious collection is the joy of exploration and discovery with friends. The music is a celebration of camaraderie, resonating with optimism and wonder. Highly recommended! The tracks are “Chim Chim Cher-ee”, “Green Earrings”, “My Life”, “Theme For Ronnie”, “Friendship”, “Free Fur Nina”, “Enkare Nairobi”, “Body And Soul”, “Coolin’ Me Out”, “Lost”, “Cuttin’ Trane’s Corners”, and “You Decide”.”

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Miles Donahue “crosses boundaries” on latest release “Just Passing Thru”

Miles Donahue “crosses boundaries” on latest release “Just Passing Thru”

Just Passing Thru is the latest music album by Miles Donahue. The songs feature Miles Donahue on saxophones, trumpet, and keyboards; Joe Santerre on electric bass; Larry Finn on drums; Ricardo Monzon on percussion; Alain Mallet on keyboards; with Mike Stern on guitar. The result is a versatile fusion that crosses boundaries of style and substance, from jazz to rhythm & blues to elements of rock and soul, and more. A captivating original treasury, Just Passing Thru is highly recommended. The tracks are “hear My Words”, “Living Room Blues”, “Killing Me Softly”, “Just Passing Thru”, “Donny’s Groove”, “A Man of Few Words”, “7/9/65”, “Railroaded”, and “Ireland”.
Mike Renzi and Jim Porcella’s “Christmas Is: December Duets” release is “ideal for setting a mood of celebration, joy, and compassion”

Mike Renzi and Jim Porcella’s “Christmas Is: December Duets” release is “ideal for setting a mood of celebration, joy, and compassion”

Award-winning pianist Mike Renzi with baritone vocal performer Jim Porcella present Christmas Is, a holiday-themed album ideal for setting a mood of celebration, joy, and compassion. Wonderful, warmhearted, and evocative, Christmas Is flows beautifully and is highly recommended for both personal and public library music collections. The tracks are “Cool Yule”, “The Christmas Song”, “The Holiday Song”, “Our First Christmas”, “Blue Christmas”, “Christmas Is”, “I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm”, “A Christmas Love Song”, “Snowfall”, and “Winter Wonderland”.

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