While researching jazz magazines for something else, I ran across this 1993 advertisement from the MoJazz label. MoJazz wanted to get your attention so they did a Model of the Month.
“Alicia is from Los Angeles, CA. This 5’10” Sagittarian enjoys horseback riding, stimulating conversation and romantic evenings listening to JAZZ. Her favorite Jazz Artists are ERIC REED and WAYNE JOHNSON.”
Sex sells and a barely dressed woman always gets my attention. But there is nothing about the new recordings from Eric Reed or Wayne Johnson except that Alicia likes them. Would Alicia go out with me if I bought those releases since they are her favorite? Is Alicia the model girlfriend of the ad designer and trying to get her noticed? Where is Alicia today? Does she still spend her evenings listening to jazz?
MoJazz was Motown’s jazz label that launched with the debut recording of Norman Brown’s Just Between Us in 1992.
Larry Carlton turns 69 today. What is your favorite LC song or solo? Here are a few of his most famous:
One of my favorite recordings of all time is Jazz in the Present Tense by the Solsonics. It came out in early 1994 and I love every song, every arrangement, the tight sound, the playing…everything came together for me on that. Nearly 25 years later, it hasn’t aged at all.
Like everything else you love, you can’t get enough of it. Other than some work on Guru’s second Jazzmatazz recording, that was it for the Solsonics. Or so I thought. I recently did some searching since there is always something new on the web. And I found something.
Solsonics founders Jez Colin and Willie McNeil appear to have penned “Yellow Butterfly” for a band called The Party. The track was produced by the Solsonics for that band’s 1993 farewell release, The Party’s Over…Thanks for Coming. The song sure sounds like it came out of the Jazz in the Present Tense recording sessions. It is the unmistakable Solsonics vibe. I love it.
I don’t see a way you can buy the track digitally. Fortunately, it’s on YouTube. Listen and enjoy:
ContemporaryJazz.com remembers guitarist Zachary Breaux who died 20 years ago today.
Occasionally, I’ll post a stanza or two from a contemporary jazz vocalist’s song and you reply with who it is!
Here’s a fun one:
And when God gave out rhythm
He sure was good to you
You can add, subtract multiply
And divide by two
I know today’s your birthday
And I did not buy no rose
But I wrote this song instead and I call it…