March 15, 2003
Shadow of the Cat is the latest from the legendary saxman Gato Barbieri and we have several selected tracks that you'll be hearing throughout the show as part of the showcase feature. Then on the Fresh Trax segment, there's some the latest and best in new music including tracks from Jeff Lorber as well as from Tom Scott and Stanley Clarke while also appearing are Doc City and the Canadian chanteuse Carol Welsman.
Shadow of the Cat - Gato Barbieri
Although he recently celebrated his 70th birthday, the Argentine-born saxman’s music is still bursting with passion for life. The Shadow of the Cat is Barbieri’s long anticipated Peak Records debut and 50th album overall. On the recording, Gato skilfully blends his unique sound and soulful Latin sensibilities with a contemporary jazz vibe, all under the guidance of Grammy winning producer Jason Miles. In the late 70s, Barbieri released five popular albums on A&M records, the label then owned by Herb Alpert. The new release is a reunion of sorts for the two as Alpert lends his distinctive style to three of the songs, including the one that we’ve chosen to begin our presentation.
|Fresh Trax: Part One|
Cruzin' - Stanley Clarke
The lord of the low tones, Stanley Clarke, is readily acknowledged by many as one of the greatest bass virtuosos alive today. Clarke tried accordion, violin, & cello before settling on the bass, and then burst onto the music scene in the early 70s. Together with Chick Corea, was cofounder of the seminal fusion group RTF in 1971. That was followed by a string of highly successful solo releases, various funk based projects recorded in collaboration with George Duke as well as several movie soundtracks. His latest effort is titled 1,2, To the Bass, and from that project we have a selection just for you. On this particular track Clarke pays homage to some of his favourite jazz guitarists as he plays the electric piccolo bass. In fact the title of the track is a bit of a nod to a George Benson tune from a few years back titled Cruzin’.
- Jeff Lorber
One of the pioneers of contemporary instrumental music, Lorber’s love of jazz began while he was in attendance at the Berklee College of Music. In the late 70s he formed The Jeff Lorber Fusion, a group which combined many elements from funk, R&B, rock and electric jazz, and one which featured a then little-known sax player named Kenny G. The band quickly became one of the most popular acts of the day, but was disbanded by Lorber, who chose to focus on production and session work. Lorber returned to recording his own music in the early 90s . Philly Style is his latest .
|Fresh Trax: Part Two|
- Doc City
That’s the name under which Dr. Clarence Taylor MD records. As a teenager Taylor played various club and concert dates before his career path turned to medicine. As a physician he has received numerous awards for his advocacy in health care for the homeless. In the 80s he was drawn back to composing and playing music and in the last few years he has begun to receive much recognition in that area. Kindred Spirits is his long over due debut, and from it we heard 1257. That selection is one that Taylor wrote for the group Pieces of a Dream a few years back. On this occasion it was the composer himself serving up that same tune. The track bears as its name the number of the apartment in which Taylor jammed and philosophised, often til daybreak, on numerous occasions.
Doc City Music
Take Me Away - Carol Welsman
Welsman has developed an international reputation for her expressive and dynamic stage presence. Fluent in French and Italian in addition to her native English, Carol blends swing, R & B, pop, and jazz into a versatile repertoire. She has received several Juno Award nominations and was voted the Vocalist of the Year at the National Jazz Awards in Toronto in 2002. Ms Welsman has now released five solo cds with The Language of Love her latest.
It - Tom Scott
Scott is another trail blazing veteran of the music wars. Scott grew up in a musical environment; it was his father Nathan who wrote the original music for Dragnet, My Three Sons, Lassie and The Twilight Zone. Tom picked up a clarinet at the age of 8 and immediately attempted to imitate Benny Goodman. His early career included many straight-ahead jazz session dates before he moved over to the world of pop music. In this respect Scott can include work with Joni Mitchell, Michael Jackson, Steely Dan and a host of others on his musical resume. Throw in several scores for TV and movies and a handful of successful solo projects and you begin to appreciate Scott’s scope as a musician. His latest release is New Found Freedom. From that effort we have Feeling It, the lead track, which features some fine guitar work from label-mate Craig Chaquico.