Beyond Words – Volume Five – Jazz Instrumentals is the
fifth in LocoBop’s series of instrumental music performed by
some of the greatest musicians of the respective art forms
featured in the series. In this case, the art form is Jazz!
● When talking about vintage jazz credits, they don’t
get much better than those of guitarist Wayne Boyd,
who played with organ legend Jimmy McGriff for thirty years.
Here Wayne contributes two outstanding tracks from
The New Orleans Sessions
New Orleans/LocoBop). ● Memphis headliners Tony Thomas
(piano), Tom Lonardo (drums), and bassist Sam Shoup are
The Tony Thomas Trio; they contribute two tracks from
their album Progesso. ●
- Carson Whitsett
(organ), Jack Bruno (drums), Bill Cooley (guitar), and Scott
Chambers (bass) – serve up two tracks from their LocoBop
album The Bond.
● Japanese prodigy Makoto Kuriya is a highly
successful composer, producer, and recording artist.
“Horizon From The Soil” is from his first album,
Always Your Friend
Former Stax guitarist/engineer/producer/writer Bobby
Manuel falls “Under Her Spell”. Legendary Memphis “flute
picker” Edwin Hubbard goes Latin with “Tico Tico”. ●
Trombonist Eddie Boh Paris belongs to a younger
generation of New Orleans jazz musicians, influenced by
hometown tradition, as well as modern jazz and bebop. Eddie
shows a sophisticated cool on the standard “Undecided” from
his eponymous album on
Sound of New Orleans/LocoBop. ● Trumpet wizard Mike Vax
leads his 17-piece big band on “Zeek’s Blues”. ● Tenor
sax man Chucky C. shines on the bluesy track “Funky
Mama” from the Sound of New Orleans/LocoBop album
From New Orleans to the World.
Dr. Bill Hurd
plays a sweet sax
version of “Song Bird”. ● Closing out the album, B-3 organ
driver Carson Whitsett switches to piano and conjures
up “Carson’s Merry Pranks,” a tricky little piece loaded
with time-signature traps.