Top 10 Soul Jazz CDs of 2004 from Jazz 90.1's Soul Jazz Spectrum

Chuck Ingersoll, host of the Soul Jazz Spectrum Friday nights on Jazz 90.1 and in Rochester, NY has released his list of the best new soul jazz releases of the year. Ingersoll’s program, heard each Friday night on Jazz 90.1 and from 9 pm ‘til midnight (US Eastern time, or 16:00-19:00 GMT), covers the range of soul jazz from Jimmy Smith to Soul Live, Grant Green to Greyboy, Stanley Turrentine to Topaz. Each Friday at 10, Ingersoll features a Soul Jazz Spotlight, focuses on an artist or different theme related to soul jazz. Recent spotlights have included the compositions of Marvin Gaye, soul jazz style, a soul jazz Christmas, with tunes by Jimmy Smith, Jimmy McGriff, James Brown, Vibraphonic, Harry Allen, Ramsey Lewis and others, and a month-long salute to the masters of the Hammond B3 organ.

New Recordings:
1) Melvin Sparks – It Is What It Is (Savant)
2) Skip Heller – Fakebook (Hyena)
3) Dr. Lonnie Smith – Too Damn Hot (Palmetto)
4) Mike Ledonne – Burnin’ Out Loud (Savant)
5) Ron Levy – After Midnight Grooves (Levtron)
6) Quincy Jones/Bill Cosby – The Original Jam Sessions (Concord)
7) Paradigm Shift – Changing Times (Nagel-Heyer)
8) Pucho and His Latin Soul Brothers – The Hideout! (Milestone)
9) Medeski, Martin and Wood – End of the World Party [Just In Case] (Blue Note)
10) Tony Monaco – Fiery Blues (Summit).

Reissue of the Year:
Jack McDuff – The Prestige Years (Prestige) What a monster McDuff was! These tracks, from 1960-65, cover blues, latin-inflected cuts, boogaloo and straight-ahead soul jazz. McDuff, who viewed himself as a demanding bandleader, featured intriguing arrangements that transcended the grooves, and even brought in innovative, unexpected touches, like the vibes of Lem Winchester. With sidemen including Kenny Burrell, George Benson, Red Holloway, Gene Ammons and others, there’s not one track on the collection that isn’t prime McDuff.

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