February 28th, 2004
On today's show we're grooving to the cool sounds of Eric Marienthal. Sweet Talk is the latest from the veteran saxman and we're spotlighting a few tracks from that one as part of our showcase cd feature. Then in hour 2 it's time for Fresh Trax. On this installment we have music from Hubert Laws. Moondance is his new one and we have a great tune from that release which features both Jeff Lorber and Rob Mullins. We have music from Tower of Power's Roger Smith with an advance single from his forthcoming project. We're introducing the music of James Hollihan, a creative and innovative multi-instrumentalist from Nashville Tennessee, and as well we have selections from Konstantin Klashtorni out of The Netherlands and California's The Jazzy Devils. But that's not all. We're playing one of the best pieces that Brian Culbertson has ever recorded. Slim Man is on the show. We have another superb track from Dan Seigel's forthcoming release and our closing set will leave you speechless. Without sounding too boastful, this may very well be one of our finest programs to date!
Sweet Talk - Eric Marienthal :
In a genre that's heavily laden with sax players, there are only a handful that might be considered as great musicians. These would be an illustrious few who continue to grow in their craft and who not only stretch the boundaries of Smooth Jazz but are sought out time and time again for the versatility and quality of their playing. One such artist, whose talent is unsurpassed and belongs on any short list of the best in the business, would be LA native, Eric Marienthal.
After attending Berklee in Boston for a couple of years, Eric toured with Al Hirt for a period of seven months. This was followed by various session work including time spent in the employment of the Walt Disney studios. In 1986, Marienthal connected with Chick Corea and soon became a member of Corea's acclaimed Elektric Band, taking part in a pair of projects under that banner. With the release of his solo debut in 1987, Marienthal launched a career that can only be described as prolific and no doubt the envy of many a musician.
| Over the years, Marienthal has well demonstrated his adeptness
at playing virtually any style that he wishes. Now over 15 years into
a very busy and multifaceted career, Marienthal continues to explore new
creative territory, with Sweet Talk, his latest and 10th release overall.
Although the cd features collaborations with several long time friends
and players from the West Coast, for the most part the project was recorded
in NYC. It sees Marienthal hook up with award winning producer Jason Miles
and a few of the Big Apple's finest players. The album hits the mark squarely,
navigating through some tricky terrain as it forges into fresh territory
and yet maintains a familiarity that is reassuring. As such, in my humble
opinion, it ranks as one of Eric's most distinguished efforts to date
and is the cd that we've chosen to showcase on this occasion. We open
with a nice tune titled Like A River, include the fantastic title track
and conclude with Mist Trail.
CD: Sweet Talk (2003)
Label: Peak Records
Site: Eric Marienthal
|Fresh Trax: Part One|
Groove - Jazzy Devils:
Founded by Peter Cor, (formerly of Helios) and presently based in the Bay Area, the Jazzy Devils are a quintet of musicians for whom jazz is the corner stone of their playing. However, intertwined in their music are a wide variety of influences giving The Devils a unique sound & style. Burning Bridges is their debut and from it we have the cool groove of Night Groove.
CD: Burning Bridges (2004)
Label: Inner Cor Music
Site: Jazzy Devils
- Hubert Laws:
|Fresh Trax: Part Two|
Cut - Roger Smith:
CD: Just Enough (2004)
of the Leaves - James Hollihan:
CD: The Funky Misfit (2004)
- Konstantin Klashtorni: