Serendipitous soulful jazz The Chris Saunders Band – DANCING WITH THE WIDOW ST. JAMES: This is my first experience with jazz cornet/trumpeter and vocalist Chris’s totally unique blend of serendipitous soulful jazz, but I can assure you, it won’t be my last… there’s only one video available right now, but it will give you a good view of just what Chris & his cats can do…
I would imagine that as this new album becomes the success I know it will be, Chris will be posting many more LIVE performances, so be sure you SUBSCRIBE to the Chris Saunders YouTube channel… I did it right away.
One of my favorite songs on the album is an original by Chris and his pianist/organist Ken Cook… “Big Man” features very well-written (and mellow) jazz lyrics that will engage your heart on the first note, no doubt… Ken’s organ is subtle, but filled with the same kind of emotion expressed by Chris… DJ’s of all stripes ’round the globe will be plugging this tune into their playlists often and repeatedly!
You’ll also hear percussion by Luis Carbo, drums from Michael Aragon and electric bass by Rob Fordyce… their joy of playing absolutely shines through on their 4:14 cover of “Am I Blue“… I fell in love with Ken’s bluesy piano instantly on this song.
There’s no question that Chris and all his players really understand that “back alley, smoky jazz joint” kinda’ thing as you listen to the beauty they convey on “I Wonder“… you’ll find yourself repeating it on your playlist often!
Of the eleven exciting songs offered up for our jazz journey, I found the 4:32 Saunders/Cook original “Butterflies and Chicken Wings” was my personal favorite.. if you REALLY dig high-energy organ (like I do), this is THE song for you to get on DOWN with, folks.
I give Chris and his musical cohorts a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED rating, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) score of 4.98 for this excellent album. Get more information on Chris’s website. Rotcod Zzaj
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