PPcorn has hand-picked the top 5 jazz albums of the week. The links below are courtesy of Noise Trade, one of the top 10 sites for free music downloads.
Number One: Sou – Moon – download. Sou is an acoustic/jazz singer-songwriter based in Brooklyn, New York. Moon was recorded in her apartment one evening. She recorded the collection of songs with a microphone that was supported by a boot. She said she hoped that somehow the ice cream truck song made it somewhere in the album. Sou studies full time at Brown University in Rhode Island. The artist delivers angelic vocals and smooth strumming in this EP.
Number Two: Soule Monde – Soule Monde – download. Soule Monde is a jazz duo comprised of Ray Paczkowski and Russ Lawton. The two are also members of the Trey Anastasio Band. Their self-titled project delivers a satisfying package of groovy, instrumental jazz and funk. Soule Monde have performed at Austin City Limits, SNL, and famous talk shows. The avant funk duo has also shared the stage with well-known acts such as Carlos Santana, the Rolling Stones, Dave Matthews, and Victor Wooten.
Number Three: Glenn White – Sacred Machines – download. Glenn White is an accomplished composer and saxophonist. White has shared the stage with Norah Jones, Jamie Baum, Art Lande, and the Four Tops. The New York-based artist has also performed at events such as SXSW, The Big Apple Underground Jazz Festival, and WNYC’s Battle of the Boroughs. White writes modern jazz compositions that are thoughtful and beautiful. His music has also been described as “haunting.”
Number Four: Michele Thomas – Messenger – download. As a child, Michele Thomas sang at her church’s gospel choir in Chicago, Illinois. After performing and teaching in Scandinavia, she has come back to her hometown to craft a collection of songs that are incorporated with her deep love of jazz, contemporary soul, R&B, and, of course, gospel. She is an elegant musician, spreading love through her music along with inspiration from the one and only Stevie Wonder.
Number Five: Steve Alto – Transformation – download. From Saint George comes Steve Alto, an instrumentalist who fuses jazz, rock and blues together. Steve Alto’s band is comprised of five other members: Manuel Reinbacher (guitar), Johannes Schweiger (keyboard), Walter Reiss (bass), Werner Pracher (percussion), and Max Haas (drums). Together, their music displays passion and skill. These fine gentlemen have mastered the genre of world music, providing authenticity and inspiration with their fusion of jazz, blues and Latin.
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