Like smooth jazz? How about funk? R&B? World music, reggae, neo-soul? If so, jazz-funk vet J.
Like smooth jazz? How about funk? R&B? World music, reggae, neo-soul? If so, jazz-funk vet J. "Plunky" Branch and his band Oneness deliver a double-CD set—one studio disc, one live—that's a veritable tossed salad of musical influences dominated by great jazz chops and beatific funk grooves. In all, there's 33 tracks of ultra-tight fusion and tasty improvs. Of special note: Branch's exultant sax playing and rich mocha voice and the stunning vocals of Tonya Lazenby-Jackson. Some trite lyrics aside, this is music for the soul from a guy who really knows the terrain of the human spirit.—AZ