A fabulous release by this Canadian instrumental band that blends latin, r&b, soul, film soundtracks, jazz and more into moody and infectious grooves. Bret Higgins is no stranger to Tzadik, performing on the 2014 release Zebrina and performing with Tzadik regulars like Frank London, David Buchbinder, Ben Goldberg and many others. A new take on The Meters and Booker T, this is small unit instrumental music that you will return to again and again.
1975 was a hell of a year for Creed Taylor's Kudu Records. Not only was the mighty, mighty Feels So Good album by Grover Washington, Jr. released, but so was saxophonist Hank Crawford's Don't You Worry 'Bout a Thing. It was one of two recordings issued by Crawford for the label in that calendar year. But perhaps the most deeply satisfying and out of character album from that year was the absolute soul-jazz masterpiece Upchurch/Tennyson by Chicago guitar god Phil Upchurch and pianist/vocalist Tennyson Stephens. Where else can you find tracks by Bob James, Charles Stepney, Stevie Wonder, Ralph MacDonald, and Franz Schubert on the same album played by a cast of musicians that includes Steve Gadd, David Sanborn, Hubert Laws, James, Upchruch, Stephens, and a slew of others.
Kerensa Stephens is a vocalist, lyricist and composer from the south of New Zealand. With a lifetime of artistic exploration from dance to music and multimedia production, she brings to her music an emotional poetics and to her lyrics, a worldly awareness. Aviatrix, evokes the invitation to lift off and let go, to be drawn into a journey through time and place and magic using inventive as well as classical vocal techniques. This collection draws upon elemental notions of water, sun, breath, starlight, flight, dreams. The fluidity of music, the surprising multivariance, the trust, the inspiration, the imaginative force; the all encompassing strength and belief in the power of music to transform is what drives Aviatrix.