Highly accomplished exciting saxophone jazz EJ Hughes – THE EMOTIONAL VAMPIRE SESSIONS: When it comes to exciting saxophone jazz, it just does NOT get any better than EJ Hughes… first-off, take a look at the short label promo for the release…
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EJ’s performance on Cedar Walton’s “Bolivia” just shimmers with life, and his cast of players (Kevin Bales on piano/rhodes, Marlon Patton on drums/percussion, and Billy Thornton on bass) make the tune just SHIMMER with life… this is a HOT one, folks, and I firmly believe you’ll be hearing it in jazz DJ rotations ’round the globe!
If you’re thirsting for tuneage that is on the “mighty mellow” side, you’re going to fall in love with EJ’s performance on Extreme’s “More Than Words“… the group’s pacing makes this one of the best renditions of this piece I’ve ever listened to.
The keyboards on the wonderfully mysterious “The Master And Margarita” will have you totally engaged by the second bar… the interplay between Kevin’s keyboards and the rest of the players during the intro lead right in (at the 1:52 mark) to a soaring jazz experience that will lift your spirits immediately!
It’s (unquestionably) the title track, “Emotional Vampire“, that gets my vote for personal favorite of the eight masterful performances offered up for your jazz enjoyment… some of that is because as a former keyboard player, I just fell in love with Bales’s Rhodes work… when EJ’s sax joins the fray, all stops are off, as the band rock-it into forever… this was immediately added to my iPhone player on a permanent basis (an “honor” that not many tunes get, lol).
I give EJ and his stellar players a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) rating of 4.98 for this very collectible and unique album. Get more information on the Blue Canoe Records page for EJ. Rotcod Zzaj
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