Joe Jackson – Night and Day

Joe Jackson released Night and Day in 1982, his fifth album after his debut Look Sharp! in 1979, and it proved to be his most successful. The Cole Porter homage concept is suggested by the title and split between night/day sides focused on city life. The song that most exemplifies this concept is Steppin’ Out, […]

Earth Wind & Fire – Power Light

Released in 1983, Power Light must be a lesser EWF album since it was made long after their golden period in the 70’s, right? Wrong! More of the same amazing songwriting and state of the art synthesizers and studio effects are utilized on Power Light, with both sides very strong. The album features great keyboard […]

Pat Metheny – Watercolors

Although this is a solo album, the group mostly made up of musicians who would become the Pat Metheny Group. Compared with a lot of other guitar-focused jazz/fusion of the time, this stands far apart for the mood and a lot of country influence. And man, it works. This is some of the moodiest, most […]

Earl Klugh – S/T

Earl Klugh debuted with his self-titled album in 1976, and it is a relaxed, smooth acoustic guitar album, suited for relaxing mornings. It’s good music, and sounds like the feeling of sitting down for longer than it takes to rest your legs. Lee Ritenour plays some electric guitar, while Louis Johnson adds some slap bass, […]

Stevie Wonder – Fulfillingness’ First Finale

Great Sunday morning Stevie Wonder record with soft vocals and wonderful songs. Released in 1974 and earning Wonder another Grammy for album of the year after Innervisions, Fulfillingness’ First Finale features Wonder playing nearly every instrument with occasional bass guitar accompaniment. Astounding music from Stevie Wonder’s prime. I think if you are buying records, you […]

Ronnie Laws – Friends and Strangers

Ronnie Laws’ Friends and Strangers is a varied album that showcases Laws’ sax, and features Roland Bautista playing guitar and Larry Dunn on keyboards. It has more groove than Fever and its steamy saxophones, and its more polished than Pressure Sensitive. The sax really makes it sound smooth, but the guitar adds the funk and […]

Jeff Lorber – In The Heat of the Night

Smooth jazz album from Jeff Lorber, but it sounds more pop funk than anything. It features Nathan East playing some really great bass and the best synthesizers on 1984 on this record, along with Marlon “The Magician” McClain on guitar and Ronnie Laws playing saxophone. Some songs on this album are much better than I […]

Herbie Hancock – Death Wish OST

Interesting album from Herbie Hancock and the Head Hunters, from 1974. The first two songs are good and the rest is a good source of sounds although it is just visual accompaniment, and boring otherwise. Arranged by Herbie Hancock and performed by the Head Hunters and Wah Wah Watson. Value

Steve Khan – The Blue Man

This is probably my favorite Steve Khan record. I after first picking up one of his albums for $1 in the jazz section, mostly because of the interesting cover art. I wasn’t that interested in jazz guitarists, but this album has some groove, and moves toward rock a lot more than other fusion/smooth jazz albums. […]

Santana – Caravanserai

Caravanserai was the fourth album from Santana and began a significant change in his career as he moved away from the blues and salsa rhythms of his earlier three albums to more explore the jazzy sound. Compared with groups like Mahavishnu Orchestra, Carlos Santana’s group approaches the music from a more accessible and tuneful direction […]