L J Folk highly inspired jazz vocal works L J Folk – Near Me

L J Folk highly inspired jazz vocal works L J Folk – NEAR ME:  My ears first had the pleasure of reviewing LJ’s excellent jazz vocal works for an issue of Cadence Magazine… he got high marks from me on that release, and his new one is even more energy-filled… in fact, as you listen to the opener, “Brazilia!“, you’ll realize that this an artist who deserves to be in your collection for the long term… perfect for cruisin’ down the road – +, he plays guitar on this one.

Since the best way to learn about an artist is to watch them perform live, here is a video of L J performing his title track, “Near Me“, in live performance mode…

…now, if that doesn’t fill your heart with the pure joy of living – nothing will!

If you’re in the mood for some blues, you’re totally going to get down with “Good For You“, an original that features Erasmus Hilland, trumpet; Peter Mueller, guitar; and Mark Kieswetter, piano… the essence of cool, folks!

Jazz vocalists often have a “hard row to hoe”, because there are so many of them on the market, & it’s sometimes difficult for them to set themselves apart from all the others… but NOT L J, folks… just listen to my personal favorite of the 10 songs he offers up for you (clocks in at just over an hour’s worth of very pleasant jazz spirit) – “Your Song” is what L J often uses to close his live shows, and it’s a perfect closer for this excellent album… rich in soulful tones and high in the spirit of life.

I give L J and his musical partners a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) rating of 4.99 for this excellent vocal jazz album – it’s a winner, for sure.  Get more information about him at the L J Folk website.        Rotcod Zzaj

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Dick Metcalf, editor, Contemporary Fusion Reviews
Dick Metcalf, editor, Contemporary Fusion Reviews
Dick Metcalf (aka Rotcod Zzaj) is a globe-hopping musician and poet who spent many years roving the world until he finally settled in his current abode, Lacey, Washington... just down the road from Seattle. He started IMPROVIJAZZATION NATION magazine in 1990 (still being published), and Contemporary Fusion Reviews magazine in 2016. He also was a keyboard player & singer for many years... you can hear (and download for free) many of those works at his "Internet Archive Collection". If you'd like to support our efforts and get something in return, there are also a few of these albums for sale on the Rotcod Zzaj BandCamp site"

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