Coast Coolin' - Norman Brown:
Norman was only 8 when his family relocated to Kansas City and he first
became interested in guitar. One of his earliest idols was Jimi Hendrix.
Understandably, Brown went thru the garage rock band stage. However,
this changed when Norman's father introduced him to the music of Wes
Montgomery. From then on Brown channeled his talents toward jazz. His
increasing interest in that style of playing led him to Los Angeles
in the mid-'80s where he enrolled at the Musician's Institute in Hollywood.
After graduating, he taught guitar for a while and then shortly thereafter
he signed with Motown's MoJazz label. He released 3 albums on Motown
including After the Storm, his sophomore project. Suddenly, critics
and listeners alike were comparing the young guitarist to jazz greats
such as Benson & Montgomery himself. Now several cds & a Grammy award
later, Brown continues to impress with West Coast Coolin', his latest
release and the subject of today's feature.
||The album shows an evolution in Brown's
music as it moves deeper into Rhythm & Blues, an area that Norman has
been exploring for some time in live performances and on previous releases.
Nevertheless his playing remains melodic & inspired and, in a word, is
We begin to showcase West Coast Coolin' with Remember the Time, the album's
closing track. Missin' You opens hour 2 and Up 'n' At 'Em closes the feature
and the show.
CD: West Coast Coolin'
Label: Warner Bros
Web Site: Norman
Conmigo - Steve Glotzer:
A veteran performer with over 25 years in music, Glotzer has shared
the stage with a wide range of artists, all the way from Dr. John
and Larry Coryell to Richard Elliot. Over that period, his distinctive
guitar has been widely featured in clubs, festivals and in movies
and on television. Life Imitates Art, released in the year 2000,
was his first opportunity to record as a leader and presented Steve's
unique blend of styles and influences from various genres. His follow
up project is titled Lately and offers Steve's continuing exploration
of jazz, blues, folk, & rock. From that release we have the lightly
spiced and tasty Latin flavoured Bailar Conmigo.
CD: Lately ...
Label: Six String Records
Web Site: Steve
Little Star - Nicolas Bearde:
in Nashville and now a longtime San Francisco resident, Bearde's
multifaceted career includes work as a stage and film actor and
as a commercial voice-over artist. In addition, he is a founding
member of Bobby McFerrin's a cappella group, Voicestra. Nicolas
continues to perform with that unit as well as to tour, record,
and/or perform with notables such as Michael Bolton & The Manhattan
Transfer. Crossing the Line was Bearde's debut release in 1998,
and introduced his vocal talents as a solo performer. Packed with
romantic ballads that have been described as "fresh and unpretentious",
Nicolas's style & rich tone have drawn favourable comparisons
to Will Downing. All About Love is Bearde's soon to be released
follow up project.
| This sophomore effort sees the teaming of Bearde's
vocal gifts with the guitar mastery & production expertise of Chris
Camozzi. Camozzi produced half of the CD's twelve tracks. The pairing
works very well indeed, resulting in several exceptional tracks
and thereby provided me with the dilemma of which one to choose
for this show. On the album, Bearde taps into the music that has
influenced him as an artist as he covers some of his favourite singers.
However, it's one of Nicolas's own original compositions that we've
selected on this occasion and one that was produced by the aforementioned
Mr. Camozzi. It's smooth & romantic and was no doubt inspired by
the rainy days (and rainy nights) that the West Coast is famous
for. From All About Love we have Every Little Star!
*Café Jazz Pick of the Week*
CD: All About Love
Label: Right Groove Rekkids
Web Site: Nicolas
After Hours ~ Exclusive
to our Web Site:
great music but unfortunately, so little time to play it in!! On this
extended installment, we have 20-plus great tracks: some new ones, a couple
of current favourites, and a few that we haven't played for some time.
Featured are George Benson, Greg Adams, Fattburger, Alexander Zonjic,
& Michael Lington. There's music as well from SOS, Eric Darius, & David
Garfield while new to the program are Madeleine Peyroux, Lalah Hathaway,
and the chilled sounds of Adani & Wolf. However, there's more with Everette
Harp as the spotlight artist on T&N on this edition of After Hours presented
in two segments. Therefore, once you're done listening to part 1 please
be sure to click on the second paw to hear part 2.
Then & Now Feature: Everette Harp:
Blue Note Records
For the Love
Blue Note Records
All For You
A440 Music Group
Everette Harp: As
long as he can remember, Everette Harp has been playing music. He
started piano at two and then picked up the sax at the four. Everette
was raised the youngest of eight children in Houston Texas where
his dad was a minister. Understandably, gospel music was one of
Harp's earliest influences; that and the jazz greats that he discovered
while in high school. After graduating from North Texas State with
a music major, Everette worked for a short time as an accountant
before choosing to pursue a career in music. He played in a few
local bands and picked up a bit of studio jingle work before moving
to Los Angeles in 1988. There his career as a sideman took off.
He toured briefly with Teena Marie, and then internationally with
Anita Baker for several years. In 1992, Harp released his self-titled
solo debut. That album's popularity led to further gigs such as
the Montreux Jazz Festival; and weekly appearances with The Posse
on The Arsenio Hall Show. He continued to play & tour with a lengthy
list of notables but cut back on his side gigs over the past few
years to focus more on his solo career. All For You, his latest
& sixth overall, is Harp's first in about 4 years. On this occasion
though, we're pleased to not only present music from that album
but to also briefly chronicle the Harp's solo career. As we spotlight
Everette Harp on Then & Now, we're featuring When I Think of
You, For You Always, I Just Can't let Go, and I Remember When from
the above albums respectively!