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April 5, 2003
Edition #284 Previously Next

We have another fantastic show lined up! On this edition, we start out with one of our past favourites from Marc Antoine, slip in a new tune from the Joe McBride, and feature a couple of great tracks that debuted on our Fresh Trax segment just a few weeks ago, one from Billy Eric and the other from Victor Fields. Now that's the opening set, and things take off from there. As well you'll hear music from Brian Hughes, Michael Lington, Grant Geissman, and ...well the list goes on. But rather than reading about the show, why not tune in? You won't be disappointed !

Showcase CD
Joyful - Bobby Lyle :
A versatile pianist and keyboardist, Lyle has for most of his career straddled musical boundaries. A native of Minneapolis, Bobby began piano lessons at the age of 6. By 16, he was performing professionally, and chose to become a full time musician after two of years of college. He played locally in the Minneapolis area for 6 years before embarking on a two-year stint with Young-Holt Unlimited. In 1976 he relocated to Los Angeles and soon after hooked up with Sly and the Family Stone. This began an amazing period for the young player as within a few years he also enjoyed working with Ronnie Laws, and the late Phyllis Hyman. In the early 80s he toured with George Benson, became Bette Midler’s musical director and as well spent a couple of years with Al Jarreau. In 1986, Bobby conducted for Anita Baker and he also worked with Gerald Albright before launching his solo career in 1991. Solid credentials to say the least, all of which has resulted in a musical library that is now over a dozen fine cds deep with Joyful, his latest release, finding it’s way into our musical spotlight on this occasion.

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Fresh Trax: Part One
Baby Cakes - Bob James :
One of the elder statesmen of SJ, James has not only been a pioneer but also helped define the genre. With over 30 solo releases, a handful of stellar collaborations and several more as a member of the super group Fourplay, James continues to be a highly creative and influential force in contemporary music. His new one is Morning Noon and Night and from it, it’s the title track featuring Dave Koz that has been getting considerable attention. But, as is our custom, we tend to go a bit beyond playing just the hits, and so without too much effort, we were able to find great tune that perfectly fits the style and mood of our show. This one features Chuck Loeb on guitar and Dave McMurray on sax and is a great blues tinged track.

Bob James
Let's Roll - Rod Tate:
This is a terrific tune from a young sax player from St. Louis, Missouri. As an artist Rod Tate has independently released five solo cds, together with several more as part of a jazz combo, and another cd yet still as a co-founding member of the duo Two Smooth with Guitarist Gregg Hayne. As a performer and musician Rod continues to learn, to grow, and to touch lives positively through his musical expression. Tatejazz is his latest. On the cd Rod moves closer to his ultimate goal and I quote "to soothe the listener’s soul and to speak love to their spirits". From that effort we have the up-tempo Let’s Roll !

Rod Tate

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Fresh Trax: Part Two

Did You Give Thanks - Willie Hill :
Hill is multi-instrumentalist who also operates his own small recording studio in Durham, NC. Willie started out on trumpet while in elementary school and continued on the instrument through to his days in the marching band at college. In addition Hill also picked up guitar and keyboards as well learned the bass, which became his primary instrument. Now having recorded five solo albums, we'll be playing the reflective, Did You Give Thanks from Open Door, Hill's most recent release.

When Love Comes Over You - Tony Adamo :
Adamo began in music at the age of 3 when his parents bought him a set of drums for Christmas. He played in various bands throughout high school, then one day, when the vocalist for his group failed to appear, Tony became the lead singer as well, eventually making that his focus. For years, the San Francisco native has performed in and around the Bay Area. In the process, Adamo developed a style that is somewhat reminiscent of Lou Rawls and one that others have compared to David Bowie. The Dance of Love is his recent release and from that effort we have When Love Comes Over You. That’s a track that Tony wrote over 10 years ago and one which originally appeared on his similarly-titled solo debut. Adamo has already begun work on his follow up project and that should be available before too long.
Rue Clarendon - Nura:
Originally hailing from Ottawa, Nura studied voice training at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. She spent several years touring with various groups singing Folk, Rock and Jazz and it was during this period that she met Stuart Steinhart, a most innovative musician, bassist & composer . The two teamed up with drummer Randy Cooke with the result being a fresh amalgams of styles that has evolved into the sound of Nura. Her self-titled debut has just been released and from it we have Rue Clarendon. Helping out on the track are Richard Uglow on piano and Luis Conte on percussion. Hard not to give recognition to the entire ensemble on such a great tune.


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