Ed Maina funky original jazz Ed Maina – IN THE COMPANY OF BROTHERS: Seven of the eleven songs offered up here are originals from Ed & friends… though the liners proclaim the album to be included in the “smooth” jazz category, his music digs far deeper down in the soul than that label might imply! Especially tunes like the 4:36 “Priscilla’s Song“… the strings, guitars and (of course) Ed’s saxophone work are just excellent – this song is (by far) my favorite saxophone tune (yet) in 2017… his soul is literally “on display for your ears” on this song.
The 5:03 “Freed Indeed” will smoke your ears, & get yer’ joints swayin’ all night to the beat it projects… the list of players that make it so full of life & the joy of living that life are far too long to list here, so review it at the Allmusic Credits page for the album. As you’ll note there, Ed does far more than just saxophone work, too… clarinet, flutes of various types, liner note writing… an all-round musician, without doubt!
From the standpoint of “jazz energy”, which is my main criteria for deciding if I will review an album, the song that had the highest levels is another pure Ed original… “Mi Hermano“… Ed says that his compositions are influenced by “Mozart to Motown and everyone in between”. Since he’s played with so many luminaries, it’s clear to me that every note on this tune comes right from his heart! I give Ed and his crew of players a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) rating of 4.99 for this refreshing jazz adventure. Get more information at Ed’s HearNow page for this album. Rotcod Zzaj
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