Joe Locke "Storytelling" [SJL1012]
Just as their predecessors did in the 1940's and 50's, today's jazz musicians are taking inspiration from the music that they grew-up with - as well as what has gone before. For many that means everything from pop, rock, r&b, soul, funk and of course the Great American Songbook.
Joe Locke has gathered some of the jazziest and most creative talent, and they are doing something they have not done before...make the kind of recording that reflects the wider range of music that influences them as artists. Neil Young’s "Don't Let It Bring You Down" and Bob Dylan's "Who Killed Davy Moore" rub shoulders with the wonderful Bill Withers tune "Hello Like Before". And then there is that performance of "Nature Boy", the one that has caused so many radio presenters around the world to declare this "one of the best modern version of this classic song". Listen as the magnificent, soulful voice of Mark Ledford becomes an integral instrument, blending perfectly with the others. A voice as expressive as any piano, saxophone, guitar or double bass.