Jesse Harris wrote five songs featured on Norah Jones' enormously successful debut, "Come Away With Me." Now he takes a substantial step in emerging from her shadow with "While the Music Lasts." A veteran of New York's Lower East Side club scene, Harris' superlative songwriting skills are marked not only by his laid-back melodies and intuitive arrangements but also by a keen sense of economy.
Recalling his debut as a leader more than a decade ago, guitarist Charlie Hunter steps out in a trio, with John Ellis on tenor sax, bass clarinet and flute as well as drummer Derrek Phillips (both alums of Hunter's quintet).
This DVD includes two rockumentaries: a vintage 24-minute program focusing on the renowned British blues linchpin's 1969 acoustic album, "The Turning Point," and a comprehensive 59-minute recap of Mayall's extraordinary career climaxing with his 70th birthday concert in Liverpool, England, last year.
Teenage rocker JD Natasha's "Imperfecta/ Imperfect" is a strong debut that brings to mind Shakira's breaking album, "Pies Descalzos." But unlike so many other young female Latin singers, Natasha doesn't try to emulate Shakira.