Tag: jazz fusion

Sinnober – Ophelia

     One of  Vodka’s favorite duos, Sinnober, is back to making music again! It has been quite some time since Projection (October 2018). So what’s happened to the husband and wife team since then?  Well, they started a family, got caught up in the pandemic like everyone else, and simply had life to contend with. Enter Ophelia (July 2021) and you can already tell that the magic that these two create together is back 100%. Sinnober weaves a web of jazz, pop, and folk fusion that is truly unique. Ophelia features Natalie Brice…

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Lydian Collective – Shuffle Bubble

     Joyful jazz aficionado’s Lydian Collective return to Vodka with what will no doubt be one track on the upcoming, as yet unnamed, LP, due out sometime this year. (No release date has been set.) Shuffle Bubble (seen/heard here) picks up where tracks like Thirty One from LC’s previous March 2018 LP left off. Frankly, Vodka cannot wait for the new LP! Shuffle Bubble has a wonderful question and answer section where keyboard (Aaron Wheeler), lead guitar (Todd Baker), and bass (Ida Hollis) all play the same melody line in mini-solos, one following the other, while the beat is laid down…

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The Laszlo Project – Kyoto Rain

     If you are unfamiliar with The Laszlo Project but know about the sound that  Lydian Collective makes, then there will be an immediate connection to this music. The reason is that The Laszlo Project is the side project of Lydian Collective founder, Aaron Wheeler. He is joined here by Lydian Collective drummer, Sophie Alloway, Simon Joyner on trumpet, Michael Underwood on saxophone, and Phoebe Wright-Spinks, vocals. Phoebe uses her vocals as an instrument here and you will swear this is a 100% instrumental track! Like Lydian Collective’s music, The Laszlo…

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Malika Tirolien – Grow

     Malika Tirolien may be familiar to you if you are a fan of Snarky Puppy, a collective of musicians who have made a name for themselves in instrumental music influenced by jazz, hip-hop, rhythm and blues, pop music and more. Malika sang on the group’s Grammy-winning Family Dinner – Volume One. A singer, songwriter, and pianist based in Montreal, Malika will wow you with her music and style as noted here on GROW, from the recent (February 2021) LP, HIGHER. This electric, energy-driven, track explores jazz, funk, and R&B…

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Raina Sokolov-Gonzalez – Better For You

     A singer and composer based in Brooklyn, New York, Raina Sokolov-Gonzalez packs a vocal punch with Better For You (seen/heard here) which arrived on March 5, 2021. This is not just vocal jazz done well. This is a cross between modern popular music’s twists and turns, blending it all in a vocal jazz framework. The result is a fun, toe-tapping romp! Lyrically, Raina asks multiple questions of her lover. She’s perhaps just a little too eager to please, too much ‘what do you want and not enough ‘what…

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