DJ for Full Circle
St. Louis, Missouri, United States
“Full Circle” connects classic artists and songs to their contemporary counterparts. Each playlist starts with the old and moves on to the new, spanning from blues, soul, and rock ’n’ roll to country, folk and Americana. It’s for those who’ve lost touch on keeping up with the ever-changing musical landscape or those who might want to explore past their tried and true favorites. “Full Circle” connects music by comparing lyrical... Read More
Early on, working out on Tinsley Ellis’s “Tooth and Nail”, this formidable guitar duo deal out the sort of fretboard fireworks that frequent this highly-charged set. Matching this is the powerhouse vocal delivery of both Messrs. Zito & Castiglia, particularly evident on the abundant stash of ballads to be found here, including Mr. Z’s “In My Soul” and “Gone To Texas” and Castiglia’s “A Thousand Heartaches”.
Recorded in Florida and released in early 2023, Anáhata is a shared solo album by Michael Franklin and his brother Timothy Franklin, yet the album features a cast of many fine players. Ostensibly an all-instrumental jazz-fusion album, Anáhata is an elegant sounding album that shines a spotlight on Michael’s keyboards and Timothy's bass playing yet it’s the shared spotlight on the many fine players that gives the album its unique flair.
With the horn section from Tower Of Power driving the spark on the lead-off track “Shinkansen”, Anáhata goes on to feature guest spots by jazz icons like the late great Larry Coryell (guitar) and Billy Cobham (drums) along with lesser known players including Tommy Calton (electric guitars), Olga Kopakova (violin), several horn players and many others.
The overall sound of Anáhata is upbeat yet
The measured fire and ferocity of Mia Samone Davis’s vocals, in the service of a string of compelling lyric sets, anchors the listener in a succession of seductive environments further enhanced by leader/guitarist Paul Reed Smith and company’s suitable atmospherics. Standouts in a strong song list include “Sarah”, “Never Give Up On Livin’”, “Breathe” and “Ay, Doctor”.
A member of The Erik Dahl Ensemble, Anna Cochrane (violin / viola) is also part of the acclaimed acoustic World Music trio from Sweden known as Tzeitel. In this trio Anna teams with Sara Fridholm (accordion / vocals) and Christopher Andersson Bång (double bass). Performing together as the Swedish-based Tzeitel for over a decade, the trio furnishes their sound to great effect on the 2023 release of their 9-cut, 36 minute album. The resulting album, the group’s fourth to date, Drömfarden, can be best described as a modern-day, traditional sounding Swedish folk music with strong Klezmer influences.
Recorded between 2021 and 2023 in Sweden, Drömfarden features a mix of original music and covers of Traditional Nordic folk, while a number of tracks are imbued with an interesting Klezmer Music kind of effect. The album is well recorded and the album art with
Masumi Ormandy Album: Beyond The Sea Label: Miles High Genre(s): Mainstream Jazz
Posted By: Joe Ross
Nov 8, 2023
As an overseas military brat growing up in Japan for twelve years in the 1950s and 60s, I often tuned into Japan’s TV musical shows and even sang along with the hits of the Peanuts, Blue Comets, Golden Cups and Village Singers. Our rock, blues and soul bands made up of American high school kids were also quite a novelty and managed to keep busy playing regularly at base teen clubs, parties, discos, restaurants and festivals. English is a compulsory subject through junior high school in Japan, and many Japanese students enjoyed practicing their English with me on our train rides home.
Japan’s love of all things western was quite apparent, and it’s certainly a pleasure to hear bi-lingual Japanese vocalist Masumi Ormandy cover some classics from the Great American Songbook. I never tire of popular songs like “Beyond the Sea,” “I Can’t Give You