For whatever reason, one that I cannot begin to explain, I knew I would like this CD before I ever heard it. Among her accomplishments, Elly Kouri is a singer, songwriter and lyricist. She has written and recorded music in the Rock and Roll, Pop, R&B and Gospel genres. "I Love You Too Much" released on the RBR Label is a collection of a style of older type jazz songs whose lyrics and music are both delicate and intimate. Despite being her first jazz release she pulls it off with aplomb and has a collection of thirteen highly melodic tracks that have that 1940's feel to them. This is definitely music to be shared.
Dr. Herb Silverstein is a renowned ear surgeon, an inventor, author, philanthropist, founder of the Silverstein Institute and the Ear Research Foundation. He is also an avid snow skier. When he has nothing else better to do he is a highly skilled and innovative jazz pianist and composer. He was introduced to jazz by one of his sons and began composing in 1985. Since that time he has compiled twelve albums of music, a concert DVD and wrote a book titled Jazz Harmony and Improvisation. His latest release on his own label titled Monday Morning has been described as bright and melodic and that is a truly apt description. He is joined by the great Marty Morell who for many years was Bill Evans drummer. Jeff Rupert on sax, LaRue Nickelson on guitar and Richard Drexler round out the performers. Monday Morning is an immensely enjoyable recording comprised of original, traditional jazz selections that gets to the heart of an artist with a growing catalog of captivating offerings. Dr. Silverstein should also be commended for his work at the Ear Research Foundation as his efforts to combat hearing loss also helps musicians.
Philadelphia based saxophonist Ian O'Beirne is not only a performer but also a composer and educator. He originally studied at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. He also received tutelage under Bob Goldman, Chris Farr and Frank Mazzeo. He performs mostly in the Philly area but has also toured the USA, Canada, Japan and China. Glasswork is his first release on his own label. This traditional jazz work is a disparate collection of musical fragments woven together as a series of vignettes whose sound is both smooth and mellow. Accompanied by a stand up bass, drums and a Fender Rhoades, Glassworks will appeal to all jazz fans that enjoy the traditional, improv-based style.
Anchored by the stunning work of Victor Provost on the Steel Pan, and with Michael Bowie as the bandleader, Simple Pleasure is just that. This fun ride of a release on the Transoul label is a collection of funky, upbeat selections. The quintet consists of Provost on the Steel Pan, Bowie on bass, Lyle Link on Multi-Reeds, Mark Prince- Drums and Sam Turner- Percussion. The last track on the CD, Mastermind, closes everything out with a high octane, "hot jammin" track that is sure to please. All the selections are very well written and scored. All in all a good time.