on 22 October 2005
This album is a breath of fresh air to modern popular jazz.It has a contemporary feel to it with some lively danceable beats but retains the essence of many of the Blue Note Soul Jazz sessions of the late fifties and sixties by the likes of Lee Morgan,Horace Silver,Art blakey,Stanley Turrentine etc.
Five tracks contain vocals which are quite mellow and laid back which fit in well with music of this kind.The instrumental tracks all have some enjoyable solos from trumpet,saxes and keyboards but the emphasis really is on the grooves and many of them have a familiar feel as though you have heard them before somewhere but can't quite recall exactly where.
There is just about enough to keep the jazz pureists happy but fans of jazz,soul and dance music should enjoy this album.It's the sort of thing that i could well imagine being re-mixed and appearing in clubs and dancefloors up and down the country in years to come.
All in all a highly enjoyable and undemanding listen.
on 16 October 2005
This is a superb album of,as the title suggests,jazz of yesteryear but with a contemporary feel.Much of it has that similar sound and feel to some of the many Blue Note soul jazz sessions of the sixties and early seventies i.e Horace Silver, Jimmy Smith,Stanley Turrentine,Lee morgan and a touch of the Modern jazz quartet.The tracks are a varied mixture of soul jazz,swing,bop and some quite funky danceable numbers.Five of the tracks contain some excellent and quite laid back vocals and there are solos from keyboards,saxes, vibes and trumpet.
All in all this is a superb selection of jazz that has both a contemporary feel but with a strong influence from "jazz gone by".This is pleasent and undemanding stuff which should appeal to a much wider audience than the hard core jazz fans.