Soul Excursion Vol 39 – Jazz

TALKING ALL THAT JAZZ                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  4 voices @ the end of this post*

Had many a flashbacks and must revise my log as such. My grandparents introduced to me to their jazz through personal stories, songs we’d hear on the car radio (no music played in the house) and movies.  They grew up in the Pittsburgh area during the time of the ‘great depression’. They spoke of dance gatherings, a vivid line in a room, catching a jazz great in town on tour, favorite dance steps and so much more.  Most of their impression on me is from how they expressed those experiences with admiration and honor, or in words not spoken.

video courtesy of Segundo Eduardo Gómez de la Torre

video courtesy of  Segundo Eduardo Gómez de la Torre

Thank you for joining me in recalling my intro to jazz (when I wanted to hear the music) (one feels compelled to label music – (sigh)…fascination we have with labels). Probably around the late 80’s, during a youth gathering in a mentor’s home, as a teen, was an indirect introduction to Jazz (Many thanks Ms. Benita!). Selfishly, I interrupted the meeting many times to inquire and learn more about what sounds were emanating from the record player and suffice it to say we ended up changing various records and vibin’ to the sound waves. This post is a work in progress that will be updated periodically to record all impressions. There will be no particular order or sequence – just impressions.

The Yellowjackets

Bob Mintzer on sax, Felix Pastorius on bass, William Kennedy on drums and Russell Ferrante on keys

01 – Spirit Of The West 00:40
02 – Mofongo 09:58
03 – Like Elvin 19:31
04 – Tenacity 28:15
05 – Greenhouse 36:11
06 – Claire’s Song 47:57
07 – Geraldine 56:58
08 – Why Is It 1:07:19

Thank you rburgmann for the upload and support

 The Rippingtons

Track Listings
1. Moonlighting 00:00
2. She Likes to Watch 06:41
3. Angela 12:16
4. Dreams 17:07
5. Mirage 22:17
6. Calypso Cafe 26:35
7. Open All Night 31:21
8. Intimate Strangers 35:52
Musicians:Russ Freeman – Guitar, Keyboards
Steve Reid – Linn Drum, EMU
Gregg Karukas – Keyboards
David Benoit – Piano

Thank you xmistermister668x for the upload

 David Sanborn

The Essentials (Full Album)




Positivity (Full Album) 1993

Step Into My Life 4:13
Still A Friend Of Mine 5:37
Still A Friend Of Mine (Acapella) 1:28
Smiling Faces 5:10
Where Do We Go From Here 5:21
Positivity 3:55
Deep Waters 6:37
Pieces Of A Dream 4:19
Talkin’ Loud 3:27
Thinking ‘Bout Tomorrow 5:53
Do Right 5:29
Inversions 5:55
Better Days 5:03
Keep The Fires Burning 5:21
Givin’ It Up (Remix — Roger Sanchez) 4:42

Thank You MultiplicityMeFullThrottle for the upload and support

There were others…just will not rekelect in this moment.

Good feeling to find something when you’re paying attention

Looking back with admiration on how my grandparents spoke about their days dancing at the local lindy hop or experiencing Queen Ella Fitz in concert. They would tell of how each artist did ‘their’ thang…sounded as if those moments were some of the best to come from the ‘depression’. Ooh, I see, clear as day, myself, rocking in the chair, front row watching a black and white film, a musical, a western, or just listening to imagine.  They witnessed an era that founded what all is now considered music.

The jazz greats are many…there is no blog or book available to give more insight. I read a book on Miles for a paper in school and figured there would be no way to honor the experience with words.  Earning an ‘A’ on the paper did not appease my disgust of never being able to convey my sentiments. Some things can not be explained with words and I suppose that is jazz.

 Lizz Wright

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Always Brings a Smile

4 Voices – 4 Women

“Four Women” by Nina Simone
Recording session: “Sing The Truth”, Jazz à Vienne 2009
by Simone, Dianne Reeves, Lizz Wright, Angélique Kidjo: Four Women
Featuring the Original Nina Simone Band:
Al Shackman, guitar
Chris White, bass
Paul Robinson, drums
Leopoldo Fleming, percussion
Jeremy Berlin, piano

4 Voices

4 Voices

4 Voices

Found this pic while trollin’ in a positive and productive manner and was inspired to share…that each artist has recorded a song that touches me in a particular way. Thank you to whoever created this pic and posted it!

AND it’s only touching due to how they’ve used their instruments with words.

Raheem DeVaughn – “Guess Who Loves You More” – What beautiful words to tell someone. So much that I tell my children the same! As a lover of music I can tune into his style every now and again. It’s great to see that he has a strong loyal following and can only get better in time. His track titled “YOU” is an honest homage to the feminine – much respect for holding it down.

Anthony Hamilton – “I’m a Mess” – it’s tragically beautiful of how he pours this song out. A feeling that must transcend being in the moment.  A place I wouldn’t want to stay long…but HE sings it as if there’s sort of love in the pain somehow. Must be beautiful to know what to call how you feel – even if it’s uncomfortable.

Jaheim – This voice right here! Flow that twerks my cerebral cause the writing is phenomenal for culture driven sounds. Nice extended remix . Keep up the hustle Jaheim!

Kem – Welcome to the dark side of the moon. He may have found it!! “Heaven”…his website bangs this track with stellar production and an instrumental that keeps you wanting more. Rock it Kem!

Though not a complete – end all – be all – artist feature on voices that bring haunting vibes…again, the pic inspired the post. Countless perfected artists/crafters come to vision and all in good time. For now…it’s their time.  It reminds me of how we are chemically attracted to one another – if the chemistry is on – then attraction is inevitable.

What voice gives you vibes for days?  Continuing on…

Cammy Enaharo