Fourplay Silver Anniversary Album

(2) Bob James – Bob James shared a link..

Wow! Seriously? It’s been five years since I had that once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet and interview one of my greatest heroes on the six strings, Chuck Loeb in 2010 in the context of Augsburg Smooth Jazz Festival? Time surely flies…

And now Mr. Chuck Loeb is in the process of recording the 25-years-anniversay album with Fourplay at Sunset Sound Studios in California, where much of music history was “written” (recorded)! Wish I could be that proverbial fly on the wall, but alas: I’ll gladly settle for the bits and pieces Mr. Chuck Loeb and Nathan East, Harvey Mason and Bob James share with us! Go, Fourplay, go Chuck Loeb! I’m so honored I got to talk to you (twice!)! Wishing you and the band nothing but continued success!

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I got encouraged to submit my material to below London based radio station and network by the name of Skunk Radio Live, who apparently provide some additional services like promotion, licensing and such. In order to sway the odds in my favor in regards to getting considered and selected for their programming, may I ask my inclined supporters to keep tweeting “wesbound@skunkradiolive” for the next few days? You could even get creative yourself and add comments of your own, e.g. “let’s hear wesbound on Skunk Radio Live” or like this :-) Just make sure the term “wesbound@skunkradiolive” is a part of your tweet, so that we catch the attention of their “crawlbots” or whatever mechanism is in place for them to count supporters. One step at a time, but they’re new and exciting times, don’t you think?

Have a lovely rest of your Sunday and a great week!

Skunk Radio Live.

The Things We Learn…

Huh. Awkward. Today I was ready to diss one of my Jazz heroes for all eternity:

Werner Nieke – Branford Marsalis – you just earned yourself the….

That was after reading the first source which his – mutilated – interview appeared in. What began to stand out there for me was an artist who had no trouble dissing his fellow artists or emerging colleagues for being in a different place than the one he’s in. Tasted really sour on my – intellectual – taste buds and I was appalled.

Branford Marsalis – you just earned yourself the title “King of Uncool” for me – for all eternity. Slaughtering a 16-year-old in public and on stage in order to teach him a life lesson? Well… go … naw, wait. Let’s find “medicinal” uses for your saxophone, M.F.!!!! Un-effin-believable! I thank God, I’m not that young man’s father….

That’s the status line I published on Facebook after having read that first source. But for some reason that didn’t sit well with me. I mean – I was getting likes and responses as we type, so if I had been looking for affirmation, I could have kicked back, opened that beer, fried those wings, turned on the porn and relaxed… But something bugged me. Seriously? An artist who’s capable of nuking your soul for the very lines and phrases he plays – turns out to be a poor bully? Bullying kids after all? For real now? Is there no hope in this world anymore?

So I looked for that purported event on Google, which was referenced in the first interview. And found – this. The interview in its entirety and not mutilated down to one questionable paragraph, which turns out to be completely taken out of context. Wow! Ok, that makes sense again…

Bottomline: Research. And gut feeling. Always and forever. (another eternity for me? Ooops, that might get tricky….) And: I think, this is an apology.

Alice Francis – Big Daddy Santa Claus

There are two faces to every coin, I’m aware. The geek in me loves the creative and playful approach by which Alice Francis go about their Neo Swing repertoire. It blows my mind how latest technology replicates – or rather: recreates – the sound of a Swing Big Band and how only three talented musicians command the “musical arsenal” that would have required a room full of people back in the day (on a side note: It reminds me a bit of Manhattan Transfer’s “Whacky Dust” back in the late 70ies, when synthesizers started dominating Pop music production).

The questioning mind in me fears a bit for musicians becoming obsolete in the process. With the advent of cheap storage media holding terrabytes of data, quick and affordable access to digital libraries that seem to contain the equivalent of decades of studio recordings and with the internet as a largely free-of-charge distribution channel, it seems as if the hands-on skills of musicians learning to master their instruments became an ever-vanishing dying art. On the other hand: So long as prodigies of this caliber have an audience, I guess there is no need to despair, isn’t there? ;)

(1) Alice Francis.

Smooth Jazz Therapy: James Colah – Trippin On Your Smile

Dennis Poole’s review of James Colah’s latest single: Smooth Jazz Therapy: James Colah – Trippin On Your Smile.

James Colah’s New single ‘Trippin On Your Smile’ Available as of Now

James Colah ProductionsJames Colah:

“Dear Friends. I’m really excited to showcase a personalised version of my new single, ‘Trippin On Your Smile’ released 13 January, 2015. I hope you like it and will support me by downloading it from many online stores including cdbaby, iTunes, Amazon, etc or directly from my website,

Here’s an awesome review by Dale Berg of 96.9 The Oasis The worlds smooth jazz place.

The ever impressive composer, record producer, keyboards player and UK’s #1 independent Smooth Jazz artiste James Colah has once again got me trippin on his latest single called ‘Trippin On Your Smile’ and that is definitely what I found myself doing! Almost everything on this song (including vocals) was composed, performed, produced, mixed and mastered by James at his James Colah Productions Studio. The pure genius guitar work comes from Cameron Pierre who is better known as the guitarist with UK’s legendary (CBE and OBE honoured) sax man Courtney Pine. This single took me on a trip to some exotic place on a beach with my toes in the sand looking out on a beautiful ocean with not a care in the world. It was a great escape that I can take again and again every time I listen to this song. Very rarely do I experience this kind of reaction to a song, but this NEW single from James Colah could be, I feel his best so far. He’s set the bar pretty high, in fact this track took me higher than his previous hit single ‘Take Me Higher’. This is exactly what I would expect from London born James Colah who has once again displayed his talent with this impressive release. James Colah sent me a pre-release copy to check out and all I kept saying to myself was “OMG, THIS IS AWESOME!” I also love the way the flute and vibe sounds compliment the track perfectly. The finished product is a work of art like a painting that paints a picture in your mind, which this song will do. ‘Trippin On Your Smile’ is nothing short of what I’ve come to expect from this incomparable smooth jazz artist. This single is a must download and I’m privileged to be able to add it to the playlist on my station. Dale Berg 96.9 The Oasis – The World’s Smooth Jazz Place

Very well put, I’d say and I couldn’t agree more! Naturally, being a guitarist myself, I totally treasure the excellent work contributed by Cameron Pierre, who put his particular flavor of icing on an already deliciously sounding cake, figuratively speaking! This might well become the next Smooth Jazz charts topping song, James Colah! Amazing work!