Lotus is one of my favorite bands, live and recorded.  Their style is always morphing, although many would classify them as jamtronica, a mix between electronic and jam. Their latest album, Free Swim just out, is an eclectic mix of styles but stays true to the Lotus core.  Lotus alwaysContinue Reading

Jaga Jazzist return with their new album “Pyramid” on August 7th, 2020, and it’s quite a trip.  It’s from an era when albums were meant to be listened to in their entirety.  Each track builds upon the prior one and seemingly the pace picks up from one to the next.Continue Reading

Our Kind of Movement is a great intro for me to the band Speedometer out of the United Kingdom.  It’s a helluva album with everything a funk fan could want.  Great playing all around from the horns with some great baritone sax work, B3 organ, plucky guitar and bass andContinue Reading

Bill Laurance is a longstanding member of Snarky Puppy, and one of the original keys players.  Often identified by fans for his sensual and sensitive playing, he also provides some of the band’s most amazing keys solos. In addition, he an accomplished song writer having penned some of the groupsContinue Reading

New Cool Collective (NCC) out of The Netherlands, have been around for over 25 years now.  Under the leadership of Benjamin Herman (sax), they have put out around 20 albums including a couple of big band albums and several collaborative efforts.  The eight-piece band’s sound perhaps is best described byContinue Reading

Malcolm Strachan is best known as a founding member and trumpeter with the top UK funk/jazz-funk band The Haggis Horns.  The Haggis Horns appeared regularly with The New Mastersounds including their very first album.  Malcolm has been performing for over 20 years with such stellar performers as Mark Ronson, AmyContinue Reading

Jeff Cosgrove is a drummer and composer that just released his sixth album, HISTORY GETS AHEAD OF THE STORY, as a homage to his longtime collaborator friend and bassist William Parker.  This time he writes the arrangements for an organ trio featuring John Medeski on organ (Medeski, Martin and Wood,Continue Reading

Jazz, funk, fusion and power trios hold a unique place in my view.  Out of necessity, each player needs to be exceptionally strong and bring a depth of sound as there’s little margin for error.  Two of the more recent memorable trios are Medeski, Martin and Wood and Soulive. Here’sContinue Reading

Jaga Jazzist, the Norwegian group electronic psychedelic jazz group are amazing time and space magicians that will put you in a trance and take you on a magic carpet ride. I’ve been into them for about 10 years and have just preordered their new album “Pyramid” that comes out onContinue Reading

Como De Allstars is the fifth studio album and sixth overall from The Greyboy Allstars and it’s terrific from track-to-track. GBA formed over than 25 years ago in San Diego and immediately rekindled the light of “boogaloo” music, a popular Latin form from the 1960s in New York City. TheirContinue Reading