The Jassman - January 22, 2014

Andrew Neu

Everything Happens For A Reason

Here is a gem to get your toes tapping. Andrew Neu (he is neu to me) has assembled some very competent musos on his album Everything Happens For a Reason in addition to the inclusion of The Los Angeles Studio String Orchestra.

The tracks swing from a duo as in their version of Paul Desmond’s Take Five to orchestral arrangements of Neu’s compo- sitions. Neu leads the various combos on tenor saxophone and the overall effect is an eclectic compilation of great jazz mixed with thought-provoking slower tunes, most of which were composed by Neu.

Guests artist include Steve Oliver (guitar), Rick Braun (trumpet) and Jeff Lorber (piano). This is an imported CD and is available from You can listen to the tracks at that address.

Dave Koz and Friends

Summer Horns

Dave Koz’s Summer Horns is available at all good music stores and features 12 tracks of four of the most popular middle-of-the -road jazz saxophone specialists you could wish to hear. They are: Gerald Albright, Mindi Abair, Richard Elliot and Dave Koz.

The fabulous four are backed by up to 12 musos on some tracks and guest artists including Rick Braun and Jonathan Butler.

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Who is the trumpeter in this list of names: Mindi Abair, Dave Koz, Richard Elliot or Rick Braun?