Great R&B powered by insistent percussion & great vocals,
This review is from: Blackburst (Audio CD)I loved Jazzhole's later CD, "Circle Of The Sun", and now that I've discovered "Blackburst", it also is a favorite.
And of course, this is no lie. Most of us here have found an essential sound and rhythm in the music of Jazzhole. Sensitive instrumentation, heartfelt vocals, and overall driving effect of the percussion all make this superior R&B jazz.
Compared to "Circle Of The Sun", "Blackburst" has a more upbeat tempo to it and is purer R&B without as much world beat influence. The two CDs together exhibit what this group is capable of.
I especially enjoyed "Pillow Talk" with the voice of Rosa Russ. There's a familiar quality in her voice that reminds me of one of the great jazz and blues singers from the '40's, but can't quite place it.
There isn't a single cut here though to be faulted. This is, like "Circle Of The Sun", a CD you can put on your player and just let the music wash over you. It's R&B, but its appeal goes beyond that and should reach those who love Sade and the like.