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March 13th, 2004
Edition #318 Previously Next

Highlights !
On this program, we're checking out some of the cool sounds of keyboardist Terry Disley. A former longtime member of Acoustic Alchemy, Disley released Experience his solo debut a short while back. We'll spin a few tracks from his album and we'll tell you a bit about Terry & his career as part of the showcase cd feature. Then in hour 2 it's time again for the FT segment. On this installment we're introducing the sounds of newcomers Ron Fattorusso and The McKenzie Burns Project We have something from each of those as well the latest offering from guitarist Tony Whitfield. Veteran keyboardist David Garfield is on the show and capping off the entire affair is a superb piece from a fab trumpeter known only by the initials C M. Once again, that's on the FT segment and that's coming up in hour 2. Some of the other fantastic music that you'll hear on this show includes tracks from Grady Nichols and Brian Bromberg as we begin to explore each of their recent releases. We have vintage smooth jazz from Mark Winkler, Ronny Jordan, Tom Grant, Hiroshima, Tim Heintz and well...I think you get the idea. Almost forgot to mention the great opening track from guitarist AJ Baker not to mention a couple of lesser known gems from Billy Eric and Tony Darren. You really owe to yourself to hear this one!

Showcase CD
Experience - Terry Disley :
Although he's perhaps best known in Smooth Jazz circles through his long association with Acoustic Alchemy, Disley is a highly versatile & accomplished artist. Music was always an integral part of his life as he studied theory intensively and trained as well in jazz, composition, harmony and arranging.

As a player and performer Disley has appeared as a featured soloist with London's Metropolitan Orchestra. In addition, Terry is highly acclaimed as a jazz pianist and has played at London's prestigious Ronnie Scott's club on numerous occasions. He acted in the capacity of music director for Dave Stewart for 5 years, and as a much in demand session player, he's been commissioned to work on projects with a host of top names including such luminaries as Paul McCartney & Mick Jagger.

Acoustic Alchemy touring lineup circa 1992
L to R: Greg Carmichael (nylon strung guitar),
Patrick Bettison (bass),
Nick Webb (steel strung guitar and band founder),
Dan Tomlinson (drums), Terry Disley (keys).
Disley's affiliation with Acoustic Alchemy goes back to about 1991 or so. He wrote 2 compositions for the Grammy nominated "Back on the Case" album. He toured and recorded with the group for six years, and more recently he cowrote both "Tete a Tete" and the title track for Alchemy's "The Beautiful Game". Since 1997 Disley has resided in San Francisco where he records and performs on a variety of projects, and where he's developed into a first call session player. His list of credits in that capacity is extensive to say the least.
There is no doubt though that through it all, the word that rings clear and true is experience. Mr. Disley has loads of it and now that wealth of musical experience is ours to savour as Terry shares the intimacy of his first solo cd with us. Suitably titled Experience, this offering showcases Terry's incredible talent in a wide variety of settings, from romantic to energetic, from reggae flavoured to smooth and beyond. This is a most auspicious debut effort and is the album that we've chosen to showcase on this occasion. So sit back, relax, and get set to enjoy the sophistication & wonderful artistry of Terry Disley as we give to you Experience, our showcase cd. We open with Side to Side, the lead single from the project and include Smooth Sailing & Slam Dunk.

CD: Experience (2003)
Label: Disley World Music
Site: Terry Disley

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Fresh Trax: Part One
Hold On - Tony Whitfield:
In addition to playing the five string bass guitar, Whitfield writes, arranges, produces and is also President of the OASA record label. The latter of these primarily stemmed from the qualifications that Tony gained while earning a business degree. Following his time in college, Whitfield for a period played with his own trio. This led to a subsequent five-year stint with jazz vocalist Jean Carn. A couple of years back, the former native of Alabama, chose to embark on a solo career with the release of Pleasure Sensitive. The name of that cd was an allusion perhaps to Pressure Sensitive, the title of Ronnie Laws debut cd back in 1975. Nevertheless, Whitfield now a resident of Washington DC, recently issued his sophomore effort which fittingly was titled Pleasure Sensitive 2. From that offering we present the hypnotic reverie of Hold On.

CD: Pleasure Sensitive 2 (2004)
Label: OASA Records
Site:Tony Whitfield
Desert Hideaway - David Garfield:
Since relocating to LA in the mid 70's or so, Garfield has amassed an impressive set of credentials. He's scored and recorded for films and commercials, produced over 20 albums and appeared on nearly 80 additional projects as a session player. The list of people with whom he's worked includes such notables as Cher, Boz Scaggs, Larry Carlton, and literally a host of others. For a time he toured with Earl Klugh and for about 5 years in the 80s he also acted as musical director for George Benson. He led a pair of high-energy fusion projects (Karizma & Los Lobotomys) through the 90s. Then in 1997, Garfield launched his solo career while spearheading an all star cast of players on a cd tribute to the late Jeff Porcaro (drummer for Toto & a first call session player). His latest effort, titled Giving Back, continues with more Garfield's genre hopping, a quality that's become a hallmark of his music. From that effort, we have a great track with a superb cast of players in support of Garfield. Prominent on the selection are Gerald Albright on sax and Hiroshima's June Kuramoto on koto.

CD: Giving Back (2004)
Label: Creatchy Records

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Fresh Trax: Part Two

Up All Night - Ron Fattorusso:
A musical graduate of the University of Miami, Fattorusso began his professional career in 1974. By 1979 he had played for and performed with a host of big names such as Bing Crosby and Shirley Bassey. In 1980, Ron opened a recording studio and since the early 90's he's been working with Gary Farr, a pianist and founder of Secret Formula Records. Having recorded countless sessions over the past 20 years, Fattorusso has now applied his expertise and knowledge in the studio to his own solo debut. From Up All Night we'll present the smooth groove of the title track.

CD: Up All Night (2003)
Label: Secret Formula Records
Site: Secret Formula/Ron

This Funky Grove (Means That I Want You) - McKenzie Burns Project:
Producers Stewart McKenzie and David Burns first met through a mutual friend about three years ago in Washington, DC. At that time Burns was in the process of recording his own cd which was to be titled "The David Burns Project." Burns invited McKenzie to Chicago to lay down some bass and guitar tracks for the recording. Very soon however, what started out as a small studio favour turned into a full-fledged collaborative effort and the release of what was now The McKenzie Burns Project and their debut cd.

CD: The McKenzie Burns Project (2003)
Label: McKenzie Burns Productions

Savvy - C M :
Based in NYC, C M's roots are firmly grounded in a classical training on trumpet and French horn. For a period C M performed with the Yale Jazz Ensemble as well as their Symphonic Band. He was a member of a calypso band, did a fair bit of original composing and also was leader of his own group. Following a time away from music, C M chose to re-launch his career in the year 2000. Now well into what could be considered the second phase of his life as a musician, the veteran of 25 years has issued 4 cds. It's Lucidity, the third of these that we go to on this occasion. Although released in 2002, we only recently discovered C M and this album. Nevertheless, from that effort we have the fantastic groove inflected opening track. In addition to C M's warm & inviting horn work, fellow New Yorker Bob Gaynor is featured on guitar, keys & programming on a track that he wrote & produced. This is definitely one of the finer musical gems that it's been our good fortune to unearth & present to you.

CD: Lucidity (2002)
Label: C M & Nkechi Music

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