Every Friday night we smooth our way into the weekend with music, the universal language. These selections demonstrate that despite what is being passed off as art today, there is plenty of really good music available. Come along and enjoy!
Time this week to focus on some new material since we’ve been nostalgic for a few months. And we’ve uncovered some good stuff.
Let’s get started.
Michael Alan’s background includes work as a sound designer, mixing and mastering engineer, producer and saxophonist for various R&B, Rock, Jazz and Latin groups.
While in college he developed an interest in using computers to create music, so he worked with synthesizers, MIDI and hard disk recording when the technology was still very new.
Now he’s a solo artist with his first album “Distant Worlds.”
Alan’s expertise shines with an abundance of synthesizers, loops, keyboards, drum samples, and a smattering of real guitars.
Here’s his take on an old hit by the Spinners.
Patrick Bradley is a multi-keyboardist who taught himself to play, and started his musical life at age 8 on a bargain basement organ. Bradley faithfully played in church for seven years. In college he studied classical music, but eventually turned to jazz and rock.
On his latest album you’ll hear him on the Hammond B3 organ, Moog synthesizer and electric piano.
“Music, creativity and whatever talents we each have are all gifts from God,”said Bradley. “Love, faith, hope – even music – are all intangible… Hence, the title of my new album. We spend so much of our time seeking physical and temporal things. I encourage us all to look beyond the physical universe and turn our hearts towards God.”
This track was inspired by the breathtaking fauna and flora found on the Hawaiian isle of Kauai.
We turn our attention now to love.
Grammy nominee Sylvia Bennett is out with a new album filled with love songs.
“When you talk about love you have to talk about all of it – the joy and the heartache. I Wish You Love is one amazing ride taking you through all the emotions of love,” said Bennett.
The recording artist and songwriter has performed at Presidential Inaugurations and opened for such renowned artists as Bob Hope, Phyllis Diller, Jackie Mason, Dizzy Gillespie, Barry Gibb and David Brenner. She was discovered by the legendary Lionel Hampton.
Bennett’s new album includes her cover of a 1953 recording that didn’t do very well (peaked at #29 for Gordon MacRae) but still the Cole Porter composition became a standard. And Bennett is absolutely wonderful.
Bennett and Hampton
How about this. The Manhattan Transfer is back!
The vocal group is making music again and has just released their first new album in nearly a decade. This also marks their first release following the 2014 death of the band’s founder, Tim Hauser. Bass vocalist Trist Curless joined the group when Hauser fell ill in 2013.
“We weren’t looking to replace Tim’s unique personality, but found in Trist someone who could add a new element to the group, and take care of the bottom of the quartet with his true bass,” said original member Alan Paul.
Check out this party pleaser.
L-R, Trist Curless, Cheryl Bentyne, and Alan Paul
That’s it for this week.
Have a great weekend.
Go out and buy a CD!
We close with a group from Hungary anchored by classically trained pianist Attila Gebert and guitarist Ferenc Ulbert. They lead the four-piece ensemble the Gebert-Ulbert Project that delves into prog-rock and classic jazz fusion.