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Vocal Music (Secular and Sacred) - Released July 22, 2014 | Artistry Music

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Soul/Funk/R&B - Released February 26, 2021 | Artistry Music

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Available exclusively on Qobuz Time waits for no one…right? While times and tastes change, every so often a group fine tunes a durable mix of musical firepower and showbiz glitz and manages to defy the years. This first call, horn section-turned-band, has solved the aging issue with a practical formula: get in a groove, write punchy horn charts, consistently whip up a high-energy funk revue where the jams blend together and viola, you have a band that is now celebrating the almost unheard-of milestone of a half century together! Tower of Power has a tradition of marking every passing decade with a live album and for their 50th anniversary in 2018 they brought the house—17 musicians and a full string section—to the Fox Theater in their original stomping ground of Oakland, CA, and filmed and recorded over 20 tracks in front of a partisan crowd that sounds appropriately stoked. Though more than 60 musicians have passed through this band over the years, the first key to the band's longevity is the continued presence in their signature two trumpet-three saxophone attack of the group's two founding saxophone players, tenorman Emilio Castillo and baritone sax player Stephen "Doc" Kupka. Another essential element to the relentless tempos is the return of original drummer David Garibaldi, who deserves an ironman award for setting a lethal pace throughout. A special treat is that the other half of the band's classic original rhythm section, bassist Francis "Rocco" Prestia, appears on four tracks—his final live recordings with the band before his death in September 2020. Of the guests, it's good to hear SNL band director Lenny Pickett back in the fold and B-3 organist Chester Thompson adds several animated solos. While many of these hard funk horn jams are mixed together without a break, this long set contains many outstanding instrumental highlights. ToP, who have appeared as a backup band on records by artists as diverse as Little Feat, The Meters, John Lee Hooker and Elton John, slide comfortably into supercharged versions of their early hits like 1973's "What is Hip" and near the end, 1972's "You're Still a Young Man." A new tune "Stop" from 2018, vividly keeps the band's sound vital. Working hard to be an asset in a horn band, guitarist Jerry Cortez, makes his presence felt in a solo in "Can't You See (You Doin' Me Wrong)" And the band's best sweet soul number, "You're So Wonderful, So Marvelous," reappears here in a new, near-definitive version. At times, strong-voiced lead singer Marcus Scott's vocal enthusiasm verges on being obnoxious—not every tune needs multiple screams or a "Make some noise!" shout between verses. And while it may be time to retire the band's well-worn JB medley, "Diggin' on James Brown," the smooth professionalism here is terrific and it's impressive that the band manages to keep up a full-bore, whirlwind energy level throughout these 22 tracks. While viewing the accompanying video would undoubtedly add to the enjoyment, this is one fiery soul set: proof the horn-driven funk has a thousand variations and so perhaps…an eternal life. © Robert Baird/Qobuz
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Jazz - Released June 27, 2006 | Artistry Music

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Jazz - Released September 18, 2020 | Artistry Music

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Jazz - Released July 13, 2018 | Artistry Music

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Soul - Released September 21, 2018 | Artistry Music

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Macy Gray doesn’t have to prove herself anymore. With her tenth album, Ruby, the singer and composer confirms her position as an artist but also as a femme fatale. Two years after Stripped, her ingenious talent for mixing Soul with R&B, jazz and pop is still there. With a confident look underlined by her sparkling make-up, Macy Gray strikes a pose. No filters on Ruby! We find here rather daring themes that are orientated towards realism. Like on the single Sugar Daddy that was co-written with the singer Meghan Trainor. Her slightly nasal soul veers towards funk at points and takes itself lightly despite the circumstances. Produced by Tommy Parker Lumpkins, Johan Carlsson and Tommy Brown, the soul sister with a unique voice knows how to choose her surroundings. She’s a strong woman who releases here a feminist record where narrative is important, such as on the tracks Cold War, Over You or Jealousy and its electro influences. Equipped with an impeccable swing, Macy Gray once again charms us with her quirky soul that is difficult to grow tired of. © Anna Coluthe/Qobuz
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Jazz - Released May 21, 2021 | Artistry Music

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Jazz - Released March 13, 2020 | Artistry Music

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Soul - Released March 20, 2020 | Artistry Music

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Jazz - Released October 25, 2005 | Artistry Music

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Soul - Released June 1, 2018 | Artistry Music

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Jazz - Released March 14, 2006 | Artistry Music

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Jazz - Released July 18, 2006 | Artistry Music

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Jazz - Released February 20, 2007 | Artistry Music

On Downright Upright, acclaimed bassist Brian Bromberg leads an All-Star line-up to create an irresistible musical retro tour of the era when Freddie Hubbard and Herbie Hancock were reaching a peak. Joe Zawinul and Eddie Harris were changing the scope of jazz. Weather Report was in, and jazz was changing rapidly. Generating retro grooves, hypnotic rhythms and catchy hooks on every track, this mix of original compositions and fresh interpretation of classic tunes will be favorites for years to come. On both acoustic and electric bass, Bromberg has demonstrated prodigious facility on a series of impressive offerings over the past 20 years. He goes it strictly acoustic here in a program of accessible covers and engaging originals assisted by a lineup of smooth-jazzers including saxophonists Kirk Whalum, Gary Meek and Boney James, trumpeter Rick Braun, guitarists Lee Ritenour and Gannin Arnold, and pianists Jeff Lorber and George Duke, all of whom stretch out more than you’d expect, with some surprising results. All-world drummer Vinnie Colaiuta does typically heroic duty in fueling the proceedings with crisp, supple backbeats.
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Jazz Fusion & Jazz Rock - Released February 19, 2021 | Artistry Music

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Jazz - Released October 11, 2019 | Artistry Music

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Latin Jazz - Released September 14, 2018 | Artistry Music

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Jazz - Released September 27, 2005 | Artistry Music

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Jazz - Released July 15, 2016 | Artistry Music

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Jazz - Released July 26, 2019 | Artistry Music

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