Tuesday, September 23, 2008

“Please Call Me, Sanjaya!” by Jackson Garrett (Pop Artist from Los Angeles, California(CA))

Jackson Garrett's "Please Call Me, Sanjaya!" is a blend of a wide variety of musical styles, moods, and influences. This release showcases Garrett's ability to be comfortable and shine in any genre, including blues, jazz, rock, pop, and even Latin-oriented styles. This album is all about versatility, from the Brazilian flavor of "The Wedding Samba" and "Let It Burn," to the straightforward rock of "Champagne Tower." The instrumentation also varies, with the appropriately titled "Cool And Easy" featuring the subtlety of brushes on the drums and a soprano sax providing a melodic solo. This is a well-produced release, focused on creating memorable songs that are easy to listen to. Other notable moments include the catchy, Steely Dan-influenced pop of "You Can't Do That," the funky horn section of "Messin' With The Kid," and the fun swagger of "Easy Strut." If you enjoy easy listening vocals in the jazz-rock style, this album is worth checking out.
-Rodney and the RadioIndy.com Reviewer Team
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“Soundbox” by The Monty Casper Project (Jazz Artist from British Columbia, Canada)

"Soundbox" is a great smooth jazz/instrumental pop album from The Monty Casper Project. British Columbia multi-instrumentalist Monty Casper plays all of the instruments on this album, showing his tremendous piano talent, as well as his crafty work on drums, guitar, and horns. The songs are all instrumental and inspired by classic pop instrumentals of the '60s, '70s, and '80s from the likes of Herb Alpert and George Benson. The songs themselves are all Monty Casper originals, though he draws from the aforementioned pop instrumentalists to give the songs a certain timelessness to them. "Soundbox" is well-produced, and the entire album sounds professional, the instrumentation clean and well-layered. "Marimba Coffee Break" has a solid arrangement with a rhythmic drum beat and acoustic guitar in the background and skillful marimba work at the forefront. "Random Thoughts" shows Casper's prowess as a pianist and has a great timeless sound to it. "Searchlight" features the unique sound of the harpsichord and nice drum work. Overall, "Soundbox" is a solid effort that any fan of smooth jazz or '60s to '80s instrumental pop will surely enjoy.
-Chris & the RadioIndy.com Reviewer Team
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Sunday, September 21, 2008

“Reflection” by Jennie Mortimer (Pop/Easy Listening Artist from Australia)

"Reflection" is the impressive adult contemporary/easy listening debut that features the outstanding vocals of Melbourne, Australia's own Jennie Mortimer. A student of vocal styling, Mortimer has a well disciplined voice great for Broadway and even Disney - in short, she sounds fantastic. This album features mostly easy listening and theatrical classics, with the exception of the improbable closer, a great easy listening variation on Evanescence's "My Immortal." The arrangements are either reshaped into, or replicated as great classical, big band, and jazz compositions that perfectly match Mortimer's adult contemporary and musical theatre vocals. "Reflection" is well-recorded, and the entire album sounds nothing but professional. "You Took Advantage of Me" is a great take on a classic featuring great big band horns, jazz piano and drum, a smooth sax solo, and a great vocal performance. "Luck Be a Lady" pays respect to the Guys & Dolls classic with an over the top theatrical arrangement, a nice beat, and another great vocal performance. "Reflection" is really about the stunning vocals of Jennie Mortimer and while her tributes are great, she could sing just about anything and dazzle her audience. Fans of adult contemporary, easy listening, and great female vocalists should definitely look into this album.
-Chris & the RadioIndy.com Reviewer Team
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Thursday, September 11, 2008

“Lost Away” by Matt Morgan (Easy Listening Artist from Pennsylvania(PA))

"Lost Away" is the acoustic-driven soft rock debut from talented singer/songwriter Matt Morgan. This album offers eleven heartfelt songs nicely formulated around Morgan's skillful acoustic compositions in the pop, folk, Americana, and blues genres. His vocal performance is similar to that of James Taylor, and Morgan is able to convey a good deal of emotion solely with his voice in a manner that leaves you hanging on every word. This vocal performance is perfect for the acoustic arrangements and the emotions stirred up in his lyrics of life and love. "Lost Away" is well-recorded, as Morgan and Rock Hollow Records hand-selected Morgan's finest tracks for this album, and it sounds great. "Perfect Day" is a great melodic track with a nice acoustic progression and great lyrics about success being nothing without the one you love by your side. "Trashed White Blues" closes out the album with a more upbeat bluesy track featuring twanging guitars and a great acoustic beat. Overall, "Lost Away" is an impressive debut from a talented singer/songwriter capable of conveying his emotions both vocally and musically. Fans of soft rock and great acoustic arrangements, give Matt Morgan a listen.
-Chris & the RadioIndy.com Review Team
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