June 11th, 2006
Edition #410 Previously Next
...once again a fabulous line up starting with our showcase album! On this occasion, we're spotlighting the veteran band celebrating 30 years in music - Pieces of a Dream and their latest release called Pillow Talk. We'll tell you a bit about the band members James Lloyd and Curtis Harmon and spin a few selected tracks as part of that feature. In hour two, we're back with a tasty five pack of Back Trax, our biweekly feature wherein we musically stroll down memory lane. We're dusting off favorites from back in the day and today's highlights are provided by Chuck Loeb, Philippe Saisse, and Ronnie Laws. There's something from Paul Jackson Jr., while the late Art Porter Jr. rounds out the feature. Those are all on Back Trax and that's in hour two. In the meantime, sit back, relax, and get set to enjoy the unique vibe of radio show unlike any other!
|Back Trax: Part One
of Coming Attractions - Paul Jackson Jr. :
The Los Angeles guitarist attended the University of Southern California. He majored in music and following graduation, he became established as a first call session player. Over the years, Jackson's played with everyone from The Temptations and Luther Vandross to Ramsey Lewis and The Pointer Sisters. In the late 80s, he also launched a solo career and although these releases have been a bit sporadic, he's steadily developed as a front man, all this culminating in 2003's superb Still Small Voice which was one of the finer projects for the year. One of the efforts upon which Jackson showed a major leap in direction was his third album, 1993's A River In the Desert. From that excellent project, we have Preview of Coming Attractions highlighted by a cast of top-flight musicians and includes Gerald Albright, Bobby Lyle, Jeff Lorber, and Harvey Mason!
CD: A River in the Desert (1993)
Label: Atlantic Jazz
Site: Paul Jackson Jr.
Time - Ronnie Laws:
A native of Houston Texas, Ronnie Laws is the younger brother of renowned jazz flautist Hubert Laws and was the third of four sibling musicians. Ronnie was self-taught, picking up the alto sax at eleven. For a time he entertained aspirations of a career in baseball. However, a serious eye injury dashed his dreams, after which, the sax became his passion. Laws moved to LA in 1970 working with legendary talents such as The Jazz Crusaders and Hugh Masekela. He enjoyed a two-year stint with Earth Wind and Fire, before venturing on a solo career. Pressure Sensitive, his 1975 debut, provided one of the most popular sax driven hits of the era and became the longest selling album in the history of Blue Note records. Over the next 20 years or so Laws continued to record a variety of projects, primarily in the R&B vein; with the exception of his Tribute to the Legendary Eddie Harris, recorded in 1997 and an album grounded in straight ahead jazz. Many fans consider this one of Laws' finest overall efforts and from that release we have the fantastic Sham Time!
CD: Tribute to the Legendary Eddie Harris (1997)
Label: Blue Note
Site: Ronnie Laws ; Laws/Soul Walking
|Back Trax: Part Two
South - Chuck Loeb:
CD: The Music Inside (1996)
Site: Chuck Loeb
- Philippe Saisse:
CD: Next Voyage (1997)
Label: Verve Forecast
Site: Philippe Saisse
Shore Drive - Art Porter:
One of the most promising young sax players of the 90s, Art Porter Jr. tragically perished when his boat capsized while on tour in a remote part of Thailand. He was only 35 and had just released Lay Your Hands on Me. From that effort which proved to be his final studio project, we featured Lakeshore Drive!
CD: Lay Your Hands On Me (1996)
Label: Verve Forecast
Site: Art Porter
|After Hours ~ Exclusive to our Web Site :
|On this edition, Alex Bugnon steps into the spotlight on T&N. We've taken a track from each of the Bugnon's solo releases, making a total of nine selections in all and that follows the opening set and will be coming up in about 20 minutes. To take us thru, we have a nice set of tracks that are new to the show. This time out we're introducing Jack Prybylski and Gumbi Ortiz, meanwhile there's more from Ultrablue, Chris Standring, Nestor Torres and Nick Colionne as we explore their recent releases. David Benoit and Dan Siegel have new releases forthcoming and we have the advances from those. Included in our total of 11-brand-new-and-never-before-been-played-on-our-show tracks we have music from Phil Perry, and Bobby Lyle, so please stay with us for those as they're coming up just a bit later in the show. Right now, though we have the new one from Peter White. From his new one called Playin Favourites due to be released in a few weeks, here's What Does It Take, launching the great grooves of AH!
Then & Now Spotlight Feature: Alex Bugnon
Alex Bugnon: Born & raised in Montreux Switzerland, Alex Bugnon began in music by learning a classical style of playing. Nonetheless, his father was a jazz guitarist and his uncle was the trumpet-great Donald Byrd and so the young Bugnon soon developed a love for jazz in its many varied forms. He became hooked on funk and moreover he was influenced by some of the pop artists of the day in the likes of Carlos Santana, Herbie Hancock, & EW&F. Every July as a youth, Bugnon would hang out at the world famous Jazz Festival in his home town. This proved one of the greatest guiding forces in Bugnon's musical formation as he experienced the power of music in a live setting!
In order the selections are Yearning for Your Love and Missing You from Bugnon's first two releases; Heart of New York and Dasheen represent a pair of projects released on Sony's Epic Records while Harlem on my Mind is from Tales From The Bright Side issued on RCA in 1995 and that completes the first set. Then for part 2, it's the Narada years which include As Promised, Walking in Rhythm, Lonely Nights, & Sierra Leone from the above indicated albums respectively completing a 9-track tribute devoted to the music of Alex Bugnon!
Site: Alex Bugnon