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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 (Sound of 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. ● Group DeVille - 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 (LocoBop). ● 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. ● Memphis renaissance man 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.

 

 


 

CHAIN OF FOOLS - WAYNE BOYD

MELODIOUS FUNK – TONY THOMAS TRIO

STANKY FEAT
CARSON WHITSETT & GROUP DEVILLE

HORIZON FROM THE SOIL
 
MAKOTA KURIYA

UNDER HER SPELL - BOBBY MANUEL

TICO TICO
EDWIN HUBBARD & BRUNCH BUNCH

UNDECIDED
EDDIE BOH PARIS

ZEEK’S BLUES – MIKE VAX

SAD EYES – TONY THOMAS TRIO

FUNKY MAMA – CHUCKY C

SWANG THANG
CARSON WHITSETT & GROUP DEVILLE

SHADES OF MIDNIGHT - WAYNE BOYD

SONG BIRD – BILL HURD

CARSON’S MERRY PRANKS
CARSON WHITSETT

   

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