What makes Eliades Ochoa one of the most enjoyable artists of the modern Cuban folk movement? His exquisite guitar playing? His consummate band-leading skills? His adventurous embrace of musicians and styles outside his rural roots? All of the above, and more.
This much stronger follow-up to 2000's Tomorrow Today still finds Jarreau in enviably fine vocal form, working once again with arranger/producers Paul Brown, Steven Dubin, and others from the talented Tomorrow Today camp.
With the Los Angeles Master Chorale's fourth CD—and first with second-year music director Grant Gershon—the group showcases its virtuosic flair in works by a pair of highly divergent contemporary composers.
At a time when many successful artists aren't mindful of their platform and the impact their music can have on young people, Christian pop foursome Point of Grace (POG) understand the responsibility and embrace the opportunity to be positive role models.
Here Legacy has completely revived one of the most exciting hard-rock records of the late '80s; while it's already thrilling just to hear these songs again, the digital remastering here has this listener feeling as though a blanket's been removed from around his speakers.
It's always a real treat when the work of an artist whose critical acclaim far outweighs his or her commercial success gets this sort of treatment, especially from a top-notch reissue company like Legacy.
Recasting country and bluegrass standards in a Celtic light isn't that much of a stretch, but hooking up Irish legends the Chieftains with a diverse range of Nashville-based artists is a savvy move and results in an exuberant, enjoyable album.