The weekly online radio series Jazzed and Blue: Profiles in Blues and Jazz is back and is now available for download at Rockwired.com. Todays' edition is a best of retrospective featuring music and exclusive interviews with baritone saxophonist Brian Landrus of The Landrus Kaliedoscope, saxophonist Kenny Love and singer songwriter Barbara Martin. Brian Landrus is a once in a generation musician, and Capsule, the new album by his captivating electro-acoustic quintet The Landrus Kaleidoscope, offers a sonically expansive body of music that displays his melodically charged vision. A master of low-frequency instruments, Landrus has found a highly personal voice on baritone saxophone, bass clarinet and bass flute, axes with relatively few champions. While making few overt references to R&B, Capsule" explores Landrus' love of soul-infused grooves, seamlessly folding the lyrical hooks and tight structures of funk and Motown and Caribbean rhythmic currents into spacious jazz settings. Kaleidoscope brings together a stellar cast of musicians including Michael Cain on Fender Rhodes, piano (and electric bass on one track), rising guitar star Nir Felder, acoustic bassist Matthew Parish and drummer extraordinaire Rudy Royston, a highly sought after player whose recent credits include albums with Bill Frisell, J.D. Allen, Ben Allison, Bruce Barth and Ron Miles. While the band's name could lead one to expect an eclectic session investigating constantly shifting sonic panoramas, the album possesses a remarkably cohesive feel.
The multi-talented, multifaceted entertainer Kenny Love has performed with several bands over the years, including The Lights of Soul (1976), Instant Function (1976-1978), Just Us & Duane (1982), High Rise (1984-1985), Nightwynd (1987), and The Wall of Jazz (2009). In 1984, he was signed by the notable major label R&B producer Aubrey Skip" Gravatt, after Gravatt, also credited with having discovered disco queen Evelyn Champagne King, heard one of Kenny's studio recordings. The major label deal never materialized, however, due to Mr. Gravatt's untimely death. Until 2011, Kenny had released no albums as a solo artist, but did release three R&B/Dance singles as a solo artist, entitled All Of My Love and Just Want To Dance (With You) in 1991 and Vampire Love in 2003, all of which received international accolades. Recently he released the mesmerizing track titled Voyage to Serenitythe very first single off of his debut CD Case Sensitive. My sound was developed after I discovered the amazing 'coloring' that can be affected and executed via inverted 7th, 9th, and 11th chords within a musical composition."
Named one of ten worthy jazz singers by Jazziz Magazine and garnering a Parent's Choice Silver Honor Award for her children's recording From Ragtime to Rock and Roll, Barbara Martin has recorded and produced eight albums including her latest release Eyes on the Horizon. Barbara has been writing and performing original songs since her teen years, when even then a high school rock band took notice of a song she performed at a talent show and asked to use it. Since those early beginnings she has won numerous awards, the latest a Silver Award in the Vocal Blues and Jazz category at the Mid-Atlantic Song Contest for her song Kaleidoscope," and she has placed songs with other artists and in TV and film. Barbara has also written scores for theatrical performances.