CD of the Month

Four jazz giants and living legends collide once again on the Smoke Session Recording label. Four in One is the latest effort of the Heads of State, which is comprised of saxophonist and Baltimore native Gary Bartz; pianist Larry Willis; drummer Al Foster; and the latest addition to the ensemble, bassist David "Happy" Williams. 

The latest CD of famed Grammy award-winning Composer and Bassist Nathan East has arrived. Reverence is the follow-up to his long awaited self-titled debut CD. 

Reading, PA, native and Baltimore resident Greg Hatza is back with his ORGANization in a brand new CD titled “Diggin Up My Roots.” The project features a collection of R&B and Blues songs that the B3 Organist grew up with. 

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! However, for musical releases in the holiday season that is not always the case. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve opened a new Christmas-themed CD that is simply just the same old remake of holiday classics — from “The Christmas Song” to “Jingle Bells” — and offers nothing new, nor creates any different movement than the versions performed before. This was not the case when I opened up the brand new holiday offering from newcomer Leslie Odom Jr., titled “Simply Christmas”.  

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