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Novelty is a beautiful discovery. There are a selection of smooth jazz/soul gems on the IYOUWE label worth a delve for late night radio DJs.
Tenor saxophonist, award winning composer, and producer Richard Howell is a Bay Area treasure who has come into his own as a bandleader after decades of producing and supporting other artists. San Francisco's KQED aptly describes Howell as a jazz "Jedi master," COMING OF AGE - MANGAKU has a strong spiritual component and is an album of honest original Richard Howell compositions. The albums introduces Howell's youngest son, Elé Salif Howell, a spirited teenaged drummer joined by the virtuosic pianist Frederick Harris, veteran bassist Ravi Abcarian, and scorching alto saxophonist Charles McNeal, with an appearance from "Stretch Music" pioneer trumpeter Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah.
Love Cycle; Chef Says; Messenger; Bridge Music; Can I still Play?; Coming Of Age; The Catalyst; Ching; Mother Earth; Sticking With Love; Bodi Ya; Dr.Bell; Bridge Music.
Richard Howell: tenor, soprano saxophone, vocals, percussion, tama drum; Pasha Howell: vocals; Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah: trumpet; Charles McNeal: alto saxophone; James Garrison: tenor saxophone; Danny Armstrong: trombone; Baron Arnold: trombone; Art Khu: Fender Rhodes; Frederick Harris: piano; Ron Belcher: bass; Ravi Abcarian: double bass; David Frazier: percussion, kutiri drums, congas; Elé Salif Howell: drums; Darrel Green: drums.
May 27, 2018
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