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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 http://andrewneu.com/. You can listen to the tracks at that address.
Dave Koz and Friends
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.
If you like big band sounds led by highly proficient reed artists, you will love this smooth jazz album. Go to www.davekoz.com and click on Summer Horns to listen to the music.
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WIN! WIN! WIN!
Who is the trumpeter in this list of names: Mindi Abair, Dave Koz, Richard Elliot or Rick Braun?
The competition today is sponsored by Sheer Sound who are offering five of the Summer Horns CDs. Please submit your entries only by e-mail. Submit only one entry per competition to: email@example.com and include your name, postal address and contact numbers as I call the winners and confirm the delivery address and the answers. Competitions close at noon on Saturday.