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This Week at CaféJazz.ca

May 24, 2003
Edition #290 Previously Next

Highlights !
Ronny Jordan kicks off this edition with one of the hottest tunes of the year. There are also current favourites from Fattburger, Nura, and Natalie Cole. Nor have we forgotten the hits of the past. We've included several classic tracks. You'll hear music from Sam Riney, Tim Heintz and Dancing Fantasy among others. Throw in a surprise or two for added spice and we have all the right stuff for another fabulous show. That's why we say: "Experience Café Jazz just once and I'm sure that you'll agree, there is no other radio program quite like it! "

Showcase CD
Sunny Nights - Fortune Vinson Cruse :
We can trace the beginnings of the Philadelphia-based trio to the mid 70's or so, when keyboardist Dennis Fortune and drummer Michael Cruse were introduced to one another by the late George Howard. The pair connected with bassist Pete Vinson a few years later after Vinson had completed a tour of duty with Grover Washington, Jr. Since 1993, they’ve released a total of 4 cds, which well capture the group’s original material as well as their collaborations on a collection of standards. Sunny Nights is their latest. We begin our showcase presentation with For Tomorrow and include Dee's Smile and Creek Lane... all excellent tracks.

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Fresh Trax: Part One
Forever, Forever - Keiko Matsui :
The Japanese born pianist continues to set her own course in contemporary instrumental music. Blending a sound and style that is rooted in jazz and classical music, the talented keyboardist has just released The Piano. For the most part the selections feature Keiko playing solo versions of some of her best pieces from past projects. Liberated from accompanying instrumentation, Keiko's piano is free to navigate all the space that is available to it.

Keiko Matsui

Dedication - Nelson Rangell :
The release of his first solo project back in 1987 first introduced Rangell’s unique and powerful style to appreciative listeners around the world. Since then Nelson has released a total of 10 cds (as well as his Best of..). With each subsequent project Rangell's popularity has continued to grow. Look Again is his latest. We've gone to the cd in a previous installment of FT for the title track which was released as the first single.

Nelson Rangell

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Fresh Trax: Part Two
What's New?- Boz Scaggs :
Now here’s an artist whose voice is no doubt familiar to any one who stepped on a dance floor in the late 70s. Despite having several of the biggest hits of the era, Boz has enjoyed relative obscurity for much of his career. Scaggs spent most of the 80s in retirement, owning and operating a nightclub in San Francisco. He reappeared in 1988 and has issued several releases in the period since, with his latest being But Beautiful. Subtitled Standards Volume 1, the cd may in fact be a new direction for the veteran vocalist as he explores many of the most popular jazz pieces from days gone by.

Boz Scaggs

Mack Avenue - Dave McMurray :
Hailing out of Detroit Michigan, McMurray’s first instrument was the clarinet; that is until he saw Cannonball Adderley perform. Although he is primarily a saxplayer, McMurray can also include mastery of the flute and keys in his array of talents. For a time Dave performed as a member of the funk group, Was (Not Was). He’s played & toured with Bob James on several occasions and as well has worked on developing his own solo career. Nu Life Stories, his latest and 4th release under his own name, is packed with excellent smooth jazz, touches of fusion, as well as many other contemporary styles.

Say What? - Brian Culbertson :
In the relatively short time that he’s been on the contemporary jazz scene, Brian’s name has become somewhat of a fixture at the top of the charts. He has not only enjoyed a string of highly creative and successful solo releases but has also helped produce smash hits for Steve Cole, Bob James, and Rick Braun, among others. Come on Up is his latest and from it we have Say What?, the lead single.

Brian Culbertson

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