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Dawan Muhammad/Billy Higgins Sextet
Smoke Signal
 
Smoke Signal CD cover.

Tracks
01 – LifeForce
02 – Yesterdays
03 – In the hood
04 – Straight from the heart
05 – Black narcissus
06 – Just friends
07 – Smoke signal

Length: 52:39
Tracks 1, 4 & 7 composed by Dawan Muhammad; track 3 composed by Jesse Yusef Murphy and Dawan Muhammad. All compositions arranged by Dawan Muhammad, except tracks 2 & 6.

Musicians
Dawan Muhammad: saxophones & flute
James Smitty Smith: trumpet & flugelhorn
Phil Ranelin: trombone
Greg Kirstin: piano
Jesse Yusef Murphy: bass
Billy Higgins: drums

Sample Track
Here's a sample track from Smoke Signal. This is In the hood, written by Jesse Yusef Murphy and Dawan Muhammad. (If you don't see the blue Click here to listen button below, make sure your browser's security preferences are set to allow plug-ins and that you have Apple's free QuickTime plug-in. Some browsers still won't display the button. In that case, click in the center of the box to reveal the player.)


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Website: www.dawanmuhammad.com
Record label: LifeForcejazz Records

 
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Calvin Keys
Close Enough for Love
 
Close Enough for Love CD cover.

Tracks
01 – Close enough for love
02 – Blues for Ahmed
03 – Dolphin dance
04 – Can't get started
05 – Seems to be
06 – Satchmo's song
07 – Old devil moon
08 – Emily
09 – Honeysuckle rose
10 – Last one to be loved

Length: 67:14
Track 2 composed by Hafez Modirzadeh. Track 5 composed by Eddie Marshall.

Musicians
Hafez Modirzadeh: alto sax on track 2
Modesto Briseno: trumpet on track 2
Dawan Muhammad: tenor sax on tracks 2 & 7; Kontakt strings & flutes on track 10
Elmer Gibson: piano on tracks 2, 8 & 10; soprano sax on track 4
John Shifflett: bass on tracks 2, 7 & 10
Leon Joyce Jr.: drums on tracks 2, 6 & 10
Tim Hauf: bass on tracks 3 & 9
Bob Braye: drums on tracks 3 & 9
Bill Bell: piano on track 5
Ron Belcher: bass on track 5
Eddie Marshall: drums on track 5
Art Maxwell: flutes on track 6
Brian Ho: Hammond organ on track 6
Spencer Allen: piano on track 7
Terrell Otis: drums on track 7; percussion on track 10
Renata Bratt: cellos on track 10
Butler Long: bassoon on track 10

Sample Track
Here's a sample track from Close Enough for Love. This is Hafez Modirzadeh's composition, Blues for Ahmed. (If you don't see the blue Click here to listen button below, make sure your browser's security preferences are set to allow plug-ins and that you have Apple's free QuickTime plug-in. Some browsers still won't display the button. In that case, click in the center of the box to reveal the player.)


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Website: www.calvinkeys.com
Record label: LifeForcejazz Records

 
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V-A Virginia Schenck
Interior Notions
 
Interior Notions CD cover.

Tracks
01 – Say ladeo
02 – How deep is the ocean
03 – Blue/ Meaning of the blues
04 – Throw it away
05 – Poor wayfaring stranger
06 – Nature boy
07 – Midnight sun
08 – Interior notions

Length: 61:19
All arrangements by Virginia Schenck, except tracks 1 & 2 (Schenck and Kevin Bales), track 7 (Schenck and Rodney Jordan), and track 3 (Schenck, based on original arrangement by Sheila Jordan).

Musicians
Virginia Schenck: vocals
Kevin Bales: piano
Rodney Jordan: bass
Marlon Patton: drums
Kinah Boto Ayah: Ayah drums
Kevin Spears: kalimba, kaossilator & background vocals

Sample Track
Here's a sample track from Interior Notions. This is Abbey Lincoln's composition, Throw it away. (If you don't see the blue Click here to listen button below, make sure your browser's security preferences are set to allow plug-ins and that you have Apple's free QuickTime plug-in. Some browsers still won't display the button. In that case, click in the center of the box to reveal the player.)


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Website: virginiaschenck.com
Record label: Airborne Ecstacy

 


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