Tag: jazz

Noori & His Dorpa Band – Saagama

     Hailing from Port Sudan on the Red Sea coast of Sudan, Noori & His Dorpa Band perform music reflected in the current state of the revolution there. Through their musical successes, the band tries to draw attention to the plight of the people, whose government over many iterations has denied the people the profits of one of the country’s natural resources, gold. The results for the listener are pure magic, as…

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Lydian Collective – November

     Lydian Collective is not new to Vodka, but I’m not-so-patiently waiting for the follow-up to the absolutely fabulous Adventure LP, named Return, due out in almost exactly one month (May 27, 2022). November (seen/heard here), which is not new compositionally to the band, will finally have a home on an LP, and that is a very good thing indeed! Vodka coined the phrase “joyful jazz” to define the music that Lydian Collective creates. In truth, it is…

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Michelle Willis – Trigger (feat. David Crosby)

     Ground UP artist Michelle Willis succeeds with Trigger (seen/heard here), not only creating a marvelous song but proving beyond a shadow of a doubt that David Crosby can still carry a beautiful high tenor harmony and provide more than adequate backup vocals. Sure, he’s aided here with a nice group of female backup singers, but I’ve always loved David Crosby’s voice. To be clear, this review is not about David Crosby. Michelle Willis is a consummate singer, songwriter, and keyboardist…

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Intro To Music Theory – It’s An Attitude

     Instrumental music does not play a huge part on Vodka. Not unless it really stands out as something different and fun. Don’t get me wrong, I love instrumental music, but it has to be really something special to appear here.  Enter Intro To Music Theory, and It’s An Attitude (heard here). I love this funky little bit of fun! Not only is it easy to dance to (Yeah, go ahead. Try to quit moving your feet and your head. I dare you!) but it is…

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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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