Zoho Records artist: Alexis Cole – Sky Blossom – Songs from My Tour Of Duty – New Release Review

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Alexis Cole

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Zoho Records artist: Alexis Cole – Sky Blossom – Songs from My Tour Of Duty – New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Sky Blossom – Songs From My Tour Of Duty, from Alexis Cole, and it’s geared to mainstream listeners with a mature taste. Opening with Clifford Brown’s Joy Spring with it’s classic “big band” attack featuring John Castleman, Vito Speranza, Josh Economy and Rich Johnson on trumpet, Dan Poerce, Ron Fleischman, Jason Miller and Teddy Arnold on trombone, Mike Reifenberg, Derrick James, David Loy Song, Jay Malone and Xavier Perez on sax, Scott Arcangel on piano, Mark Tonelli on guitar, Brandon Nelson on bass and Scott Drewes on drums. Cole’s vocals are light and springy with plenty of scat and a cool solo by Castleman on trumpet makes this a power opener. A solid rendition of Miles Davis’ All Blues is a strong addition to the release with a really strong sax solo by Derrick James pushing this one this one beyond it’s big band formality. Cole pares the band back on Lennon and McCartney’s terrific ballad, Across The Universe. Her vocals are crisp and clear and the band is lush. Classic 50’s track, Social Call, is as cool as it gets on this release with Cole singing with the ease of Washington. I really like Bob Sheppard’s solo on this track, punched up just right by the horns. Very nice. Wrapping the release is contemporary ballad, American Anthem, showcasing Cole, accompanied by Jaehun Kang on piano. Cole has put together a solid set of vocal tracks and swings end to end.

Kari Gaffney

Kari Gaffney

Since 1988 Kari-On Productions has helped artists get an even footing in the industry through jazz promotion in the genres of Jazz, World & Latin Jazz through Jazz Radio and Publicity. Why do we do both, because they compliment each other, and we care about fiscal longevity for the artist.

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