Bob Reynolds is a tenor sax player who has an established track record under his own name, and also plays with Snarky Puppy. This is a gig that was recorded at the last minute, both high quality video and audio, and subsequently released as an album to buy with the video being put on Bob’s YouTube channel.
I ordered the CD which also gives access to high quality MP3s (for the iPod) and a variety of other file formats including FLAC.
It’s not what my wife would describe as ‘crazy jazz’ but is 6 tracks of predominantly mid tempo, blues influenced tracks. Maybe think more along the lines of Kenny Burrell and Grant Green rather than John Coltrane and Sonny Rollins.
He’s joined by his Snarky bandmate Mark Lettieri as one of the two guitar players. In the videos he’s the one with the blue Strat style guitar. The drums and bass are particularly grooving on this album.
Give it a listen. You don’t even have to buy it, just watch the videos on Bobs channel. That said, he’s released this independently and as you can see from his vlog (lots of posts, VERY interesting) the guy’s a working musician so, if you like the music, maybe do him a solid.
Meantime, check out the video of Blues for Charlie
Emily’s D+Evolution by Esperenza Spalding is one of my most played albums in recent years and this is a great live performance of one of my favourite songs. Are there any other fans out there?
Originally, we weren’t planning on going. We were always too busy to do much of anything anymore, or, at least, it seemed that way. Brushing off the daily grind to have some fun enjoying what you really like to do seems so difficult at times, but some things remind you how important it is to hold on to the good stuff. Something inside told me that we should do it – make the time and go!
So, I thought I was just going to a Clapton concert. I had never seen him and this was my chance. I started playing guitar in college and Clapton was one of my earliest inspirations. I’ve always had this thing for the blues and he played it so well. We did go, excited on the way that we were gonna see the man. As it turned out, Clapton was just a part of the experience that affected me so.