SomehowJazz Blog

Jazz blog based on the music style of SomehowJazz internet radio. It’s about fusion, jazz funk, soul jazz and other contemporary elements of  jazz music.  Artists, albums and favorite tunes of the 70’s and their influences.

Return To Forever “Sorceress”

Sorceress by Return To Forever recorded live in "Old Grey Whistle Test" studio, 1976... Musicians / Personnel: Chick Corea - Acoustic piano, Fender Rhodes electric piano, mini Moog, ARP Oddysey, Stanley Clarke - Bass, Lenny White - Drums, Al DiMeola - Guitar,  ...

Yellowjackets – Yellowjackets

Yellowjackets - Yellowjackets ( Warner Bros. / 1981 ) This fantastic debut album of the jazz fusion band was first totally underrated, only to be rediscovered after their second release. Robben Ford's great guitar solo on "Rush Hour" remains unbeatable. Also, "Matinee...

Carla Bley – Heavy Heart

Carla Bley - Heavy Heart ( Watt-ECM / 1984 ) This great contemporary jazz record from 1984, still sounding fresh after so many years, is our favorite Carla Bley album, melodic and light and yet carrying a dark undertone. A jazz orchestration masterpiece as well, all...

Wah Wah Watson “Bubbles”

Bubbles by Wah Wah Watson from the album "Elementary" released in 1976 by Columbia Records... Musicians / Personnel: Bennie Maupin - Soprano Saxophone with echoplex, Herbie Hancock - Electric piano, Oberheim polyphonic synthesizer, Louis Johnson - Bass, Ollie Brown -...

Wes Montgomery “Bumpin'”

Bumpin' by Wes Montgomery from the album "Bumpin'" released in 1965 by Verve Records. Musicians / Personnel: Don Sebesky - Arranger & Conductor, Bob Cranshaw - Bass, Candido Camero - Bongos, Grady Tate - Drums, Wes Montgomery - Guitar, Roger Kellaway - Piano...

Dave Valentin “Eclipse”

Eclipse by Dave Valentin, from the album “Kalahari” released in 1984 by GRP Records. Musicians / Personnel: Robert Ameen - Drums, Lincoln Goines - Bass, Dave Grusin - Producer, Bill O'Connell - Piano, Dave Valentin - Flute,     Dave Valentin "Eclipse"...

Miles Davis “Pharaoh’s Dance”

Pharaoh's Dance by Miles Davis from the album "Bitches Brew" released in 1970 by Columbia Records... Musicians / Personnel: Miles Davis - trumpet, Wayne Shorter - soprano saxophone, Bennie Maupin - bass clarinet, Joe Zawinul - electric piano - Left, Larry Young -...

Lenny White “Prince Of The Sea”

Prince Of The Sea by Lenny White from the album "Venusian Summer" released in 1975 by Atlantic Records Musicians / Personnel: Larry Coryell - Guitar, (1st. solo) Al DiMeola - Guitar, (2nd. solo) Tom Harrell - Flugelhorn, Lenny White - Drums, Gong, Doug Rauch - Bass,...

Billy Cobham “Crosswinds”

Crosswinds by Billy Cobham, from the album “Crosswinds” released in 1974 by Atlantic Records...     Musicians / Personnel: John Abercrombie - guitar, Michael Brecker - tenor sax, Randy Brecker - trumpet, Garnett Brown - trombone, Billy Cobham - drums, George...

Pat Metheny Group – Offramp

Pat Metheny Group - Offramp ( ECM / 1982 ) An exceptional musician who fits no category but his own, and the album that marked it for good. Offramp is the first studio recording on which Pat Metheny used the guitar synthesizer together with synclavier, and with the...

Donald Fagen “The Goodbye Look”

The Goodbye Look by Donald Fagen from the album "The Nightfly" released in 1982 by Warner Bros. Records... Musicians / Personnel: Donald Fagen - Lead Vocals, Larry Carlton - Guitar, Dean Parks - Guitar, Steve Khan - Acoustic guitar, Jeff Porcaro - Drums, Marcus Miller...

Lee Ritenour  “G-Rit”

G-Rit by Lee Ritenour from the album "Portrait" released in 1987 by GRP Label... Musicians / Personnel: Kenny G - Tenor saxophone, Greg Phillinganes - Keyboards, Paul Jackson, Jr. - Rhythm guitar, Nathan East - Bass, Harvey Mason - Drums, percussion, Lee Ritenour -...

George Benson “On Broadway”

On Broadway by George Benson from the album "Weekend In L.A." released in 1978 by Warner Bros. Label... Musicians / Personnel: George Benson - guitar, Jorge Dalto - piano, Ronnie Foster - synthesizer, Phil Upchurch - rhythm guitar, Ralph MacDonald - percussion,...

Brandon Fields “Bullfunk”

Bullfunk by Brandon Fields from the album "The Other Side Of The Story'" released in 1985 by Nova Label... Musicians / Personnel: Robben Ford - Guitar, David Garfield - Keyboards, John Patitucci - Bass, Greg Bisonette - Drums, Brandon Fields - Alto saxophone, Walt...

Donald Byrd “Black Byrd”

Black Byrd by Donald Byrd from the album "Black Byrd" released in 1973 by Blue Note Label... Musicians / Personnel: Chuck Rainey - Bass, Roger Glenn - Flute, Saxophone, David T. Walker - Guitar, Stephanie Spruill - Percussion, Joe Sample - Piano, Fonce Mizell -...

Jeff Lorber Fusion – Wizard Island

Jeff Lorber Fusion - Wizard Island (Arista / 1980) This innovative and intensive album has a special place in our record collection as a milestone in the jazz fusion genre. We were surprised by its uniqueness when it first came out. Our favorite pieces are "City" and...

Ramsey Lewis “Sarah Jane”

Sarah Jane by Ramsey Lewis, from the album "Ivory Pyramid" released in 1992 by GRP Label. Musicians / Personnel: Charles Webb - Bass, Steve Cobb - Drums, Henry Johnson - Guitar, Mike Logan - Keyboards, Ramsey Lewis - Piano, Carl Griffin, Frayne Lewis, Ramsey Lewis -...

Ahmad Jamal “Biencavo”

Biencavo by Ahmad Jamal  from the album "Digital Works" released in 1985 by Atlantic Records... Musicians / Personnel: Larry Ball - Bass, Herlin Riley - Drums, Iraj Lashkary - Percussion, Ahmad Jamal - Piano, James Snyder, Ahmad Jamal - Producers... Recorded at...

Kenny Barron “Sunshower”

Sunshower by Kenny Barron, from the album “Innocence” released in 1978 by Wolf Records... Musicians / Personnel: Buster Williams - Bass, Ben Riley - Drums, Kenny Barron - Electric piano, Rafael Cruz - Percussion, Sonny Fortune - Saxophone, Jimmy Owens - Trumpet......

Don Grolnick “Act Natural”

Act Natural by Don Grolnick from the album "Hearts and Numbers" released in 1989 by Hip Pocket Records... Musicians / Personnel: Don Grolnick - Synthesizer, Michael Brecker - Tenor Saxophone, Peter Erskine - Cymbal, Jeff Mironov - Electric Guitar, Clifford Carter -...

Marcus Miller “Teen Town”

Teen Town by Marcus Miller from the album "The Sun Don't Lie" released in 1993 by Dreyfus Jazz... Musicians / Personnel: Marcus Miller - Bass, Don Alias - Congas, Omar Hakim, Steve Ferrone - Drums, Hiram Bullock - Guitar, Philippe Saisse - Keyboards, Paulinho Da Costa...

Billy Cobham “Le Lis”

Le Lis by Billy Cobham. From the album “Spectrum” released in 1973 by Atlantic Records.     Musicians / Personnel: Billy Cobham - Drums, Jan Hammer - Electric piano, Moog synthesizer, Ron Carter- Acoustic bass, Joe Farrell - Soprano sax, Jimmy Owens -...

Miles Davis – In a Silent Way

Miles Davis - In a Silent Way ( Columbia / 1969 ) "Miles Davis is the most written about artist in the field of jazz, and I hate the word " jazz,"  I prefer using the phrase " field of music. "...His recent albums are pointed to new directions for all who are...

Jeff Lorber Fusion “Curtains”

Curtains by Jeff Lorber Fusion from the album "Soft Space" released in 1978 by Inner City Records... Musicians / Personnel: Lester McFarland - Electric Bass, Dennis Bradford - Drums, Dean Reichert - Electric Guitar, Jeff Lorber - Fender Rhodes Piano, Synthesizer,...

Al Jarreau “Milwaukee”

Milwaukee by Al Jarreau from the album "Glow" released in 1976 by Reprise Label... Musicians / Personnel: Larry Carlton - Guitar, Tom Canning - Electric Piano, Joe Correro -  Drums, Paul Stallworth - Bass, Ralph MacDonald - Percussion, Al Jarreau - Vocals, Dale Oehler...

Lee Ritenour

With his superb guitar technique and intelligent soloing, Lee Ritenour earned himself a special status among session guitarists, leaving his signature on numerous studio recordings in forty years. From rock and blues to Brazilian music, his influence spectrum is as...

Zachary Breaux “Cafe Reggio”

Cafe Reggio by Zachary Breaux from the album "Uptown Groove" released in 1997 by Zebra Records. Musicians / Personnel: Zachary Breaux - guitar... Written by Isaac Hayes in 1970 (Cafe Regio's)...   SomehowJazz followers love to read your insights. Please use the...

Jeff Beck “Goodbye Pork Pie Hat”

 Goodbye Pork Pie Hat by Jeff Beck from the album "Wired" released in 1976 by Epic Records... Musicians / Personnel: Max Middleton - Rhodes piano, Wilbur Bascomb - Bass Richard Bailey - Drums, Jeff Beck - Guitar, George Martin - Producer...   SomehowJazz...

Rare Silk – New Weave

Rare Silk - New Weave ( Polydor / 1983 ) The Grammy nominated debut album of Rare Silk, turned out to be the best vocal jazz record of the eighties, still a pleasure to listen. With high-class musicians including Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker and Ronnie Cuber backing...

Steve Khan “Change Agent”

Change Agent by Steve Khan from the album “Parting Shot” released in 2011 by ESC Records... Musicians / Personnel: Anthony Jackson - Bass, Dennis Chambers - Drums, Steve Khan - Guitar, Bobby Allende, Manolo Badrena, Marc Quinones - Percussion   Steve Khan "Change...

Marvin Gaye “Trouble Man”

Trouble Man by Marvin Gaye from the album “Trouble Man” released in 1972 by Tamla Records... Musicians / Personnel: Marvin Gaye – vocals, drums, keyboards, Trevor Lawrence – saxophones, Eli Fountain - alto saxophone, Dale Oehler – arranger, Bob Ragland – piano, Marvin...

Lenny White “Sweet Dreamer”

From the album “Big City” released in 1977 by Nemperor Records... Musicians / Personnel: Lenny White - drums & synthesizers, Weldon Irvine - lyrics, Pat Gleeson - Eµ Synthesizer, Linda Tillery - vocals, Ray Gomez - guitar, Herbie Hancock - electric piano, Paul...

Al Jarreau “Imagination”

Imagination by Al Jarreau, from the album "High Crime" released in 1984 by Warner Bros. Records Musicians / Personnel: Jay Graydon - Guitar, Synthesizer, Nathan East - Bass, Jerry Hey - Horn Arrangement, Chip McSticks - Drums, Robbie Buchanan - Synthesizer, Bill...

Lee Ritenour “Papa Was A Rolling Stone”

Papa Was A Rolling Stone by Lee Ritenour from the album “Overtime” released in 2006 by Peak Records... Musicians / Personnel: Lee Ritenour - guitar, Chris Botti - trumpet, Kenya Hathaway - vocals, Grady Harrell - vocals, Oscar Seaton - drums, Melvin Davis - electric...

Karizma “Ratso”

Ratso by Karizma from the album “Perfect Harmony” released in 2012 by Creatchy Records.... Musicians / Personnel: David Garfield - keyboards, Vinnie Colaiuta - drums, Michael Landau - guitar, Neil Stubenhaus - bass,   Karizma "Ratso" SomehowJazz followers would...

Billy Cobham “East Bay”

East Bay by Billy Cobham From the album “Life & Times” released in 1976 by Atlantic Records... Genre: Jazz Funk, Jazz Fusion     Musicians / Personnel: Doug Rauch - Bass, John Scofield - Guitar, Dawilli Gonga (George Duke) - Keyboards, Billy Cobham -...

John Abercrombie “3 East”

3 East by John Abercrombie from the album “Night” released in 1984 by ECM Records... Musicians / Personnel: John Abercrombie - guitar, Michael Brecker - tenor saxophone, Jan Hammer - keyboards, Jack DeJohnette - drums,     John Abercrombie "3 East"...

Herbie Hancock – Thrust

Thrust - Herbie Hancock ( Columbia / 1974 ) The follow-up album to Head Hunters turned out to be another masterpiece and became just as successful as it's predecessor. The relaxed interplay goes on with almost the same lineup. Only Mike Clark replaces Harvey Mason on...

Jimmy Smith “I’ll Drink To That”

I'll Drink To That by Jimmy Smith from the album “Off the Top” released in 1982 by Elektra Musician Records... Musicians / Personnel: Jimmy Smith - organ, Ron Carter - bass, Grady Tate - drums , George Benson - guitar, Stanley Turrentine - tenor sax,    ...

George Duke

Introduced by Frank Zappa as an outstanding keyboardist, George Duke later evolved into a groove master blending jazz, funk, rock and soul with his solo albums. He made a place in the Jazz world as a band leader, producer and an innovative composer, creating beautiful...

Incognito “Amplify My Soul”

Amplify My Soul (Pt.1 & Pt.2) by Incognito from the album “Amplified Soul” released in 2014 by Shanachie Records... Musicians / Personnel: Bluey - Guitar & Producer, Francis Hylton - Bass, Francesco Mendolla - Drums, Matt Cooper - Keyboards, Tommy Momrelle -...

Donald Byrd “Street Lady”

Street Lady by Donald Byrd from the album “Street Lady” released in 1973 by Blue Note. Musicians / Personnel: Donald Byrd - trumpet, Larry Mizell - vocals, Fonce Mizell - clavinet, trumpet, vocals, David T. Walker - guitar, Chuck Rainey - electric bass, Harvey Mason -...

Dizzy Gillespie “Birk’s Works”

Birk's Works by Dizzy Gillespie from the album "New Faces" released in 1985 by GRP Records... Musicians / Personnel: Dizzy Gillespie - trumpet, Branford Marsalis - tenor saxophone, Kenny Kirkland - piano, Lonnie Plaxico - bass, Robert Ameen- drums, Steve Thornton -...

Alphonse Mouzon “By All Means” sample

By All Means by Alphonse Mouzon from the album “By All Means” released in 1981 by PA USA Records... Musicians / Personnel: Alphonse Mouzon - drums, synthesizers, Herbie Hancock - piano, Paul Jackson Jr. - guitar, Scott Edwards - bass, Lee Ritenour - guitar (solo),...

D’Angelo”Spanish Joint”

Spanish Joint by D'Angelo from the album “Voodoo” released in 2000 by EMI... Musicians / Personnel: Charlie Hunter - bass & guitar, Giovanni Hidalgo - congas, Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson - drums, Roy Hargrove - horns, D'Angelo - vocals and all other instruments...

Everette Harp “Night Calls”

Night Calls by Everette Harp from the album “In the Moment” released in 2006 by Shanachie Records. Musicians / Personnel : Everette Harp - alto saxophone, George Duke - keyboards, Michael White - drums, Jonathan Butler - guitar, Shaun LaBelle - bass,...

Chicago “Aire”

Aire by Chicago from the album “VII” released in 1974 by Columbia Records. Musicians / Personnel: Danny Seraphine – drums, James Pankow – trombone, horn arrangement, Walter Parazaider – flute, Terry Kath - guitar, Peter Cetera - bass, Robert Lamm – keyboards, Lee...

Alphonse Mouzon – By All Means

By All Means ( 1981 / PA USA ) One of the corner stones of our record collection. A real jazz funk gem that we never stopped listening since 1981 Featuring the cream of 70's musicians like Herbie Hancock, Lee Ritenour and Jerry Hey, this intense album is a must have...

Mysterious Flying Orchestra “Shadows”

Shadows by Mysterious Flying Orchestra from the album “The Mysterious Flying Orchestra” released in 1977 by RCA Records. Musicians / Personnel: Bob Thiele - Producer, Charles Collins - Drums, Wilbur Bascomb - Bass, Jerry Friedman - Guitar, Lonnie Liston Smith - Piano,...

George Duke “T-Jam”

T-Jam by George Duke from the album “Duke” released in 2005 by BPM Records. Musicians / Personnel: Christian McBride - Bass, Teddy Campbell - Drums, Hubert Laws - Flute, Erick Walls - Guitar, Sheila Escovedo - Percussion, Daniel Higgins, Everette Harp - Saxophone,...