Thursday, September 15, 2016

CD Review: Jocelyn Michelle " Time To Play"

Now that Summer is over and we are entering the Fall season, I need to start catching up on some great,  new CD's that were released during the Summer that I never got to.  Jocelyn Michelle plays the Hammond B3 Organ as well as anyone I have previously heard,  and I am delighted that this review is my first Jazz Hammond B3 Organ Jazz trio CD.  In addition to the wonderful work she performs on the Hammond B3, Jocelyn also has included some great original compositions, including lyrics.  Multi-talented musician, Jocelyn Michelle also did all of the arrangements for her CD.

It's hard to pin down Jocelyn's style because she has been influenced by playing different styles for many years on the club circuit mostly in Florida,  Los Angeles and Hawaii.  On this CD, she explores a variety of musical styles including "Soul Jazz',  "The Bossa Beat", " A Funk Groove",  " A Latin Rock Thing" and a "Slow Gospel Mood".

Jocelyn has taken a great deal of care to select a group of some of the most talented Jazz musicians  on the scene today for each cut on this CD.  I have listed below each of the musicians and the songs they contributed to because they all are so outstanding,and I am sure you will want to know who they are.


Jocelyn Michelle: Organ, Piano, Guitar, Composer on cuts 1,2,4,5,10, Arranger
John Rack: Guitar 2,3,6,10
Bruce Forman: Guitar 1,4,5,7,8,9
Doug Webb: Tenor Sax 1,3,6,7,8
Steve Mann: Tenor Sax 2, Alto Sax 4, Soprano Sax 8
Stan Martin: Trumpet 1,3,6,7,8
Andrea Lindborg: Trumpet Intro 3
Sammy K: Drums, Percussion 2,10
Brad Dutz: Percussion 1,2,3
Gina Saputo: Vocals "On  No, I Could Be In Love"
Regina Leonard Smyth: Vocals "The Loss"

This CD was produced by Tony Monaco on "Chicken Coup Records" Label


1. "Englewood Cliffs"                    2. "Sylvia's Song"
3. "Trouble Man"                           4. "A Sister's Love"
5. "Oh No, Could I Be In Love      6. "The Pink Panther"
7. " Last Tango In Paris"                8. "Sunnier Days"
9. "Never Let Me Go"                   10. "The Loss"             

I found a video of Jocelyn playing one of her compositions "Englewood Cliffs" on YouTube for your listening pleasure.  I also attached a second YouTube of Jocelyn playing her version of Gato Barbieri's classic tune "Last Tango" that you may also enjoy.

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