Mark Etheredge – CONNECTED: This 2016 release from Mark features his great keyboard work… tunes like the stunning “Lost In The Shuffle“, with Grammy-award producer Paul Brown, touch the groove in all the right spots, to be sure! With just enough funkiness so it can’t be lumped in with the dreaded “smoove jazz” pigeonhole, Mark will help you connect again on pieces like the 3:37 “Be Who You Are“… there are spots in this tune that remind my ears (an awfully lot) Ramsey Lewis style compositions. Of the ten pieces offered up, it is the closer, “Soul Clap Honey“, that got my vote for favorite… if you aren’t able to groove to this, you need to move to the back of the line & don your spotless side-saddle shoes until you can feel what Mark is telling you! I give Mark a HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for this high-energy piano jazz celebration, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) rating of 4.98. Get more information at Mark’s website.
- Rotcod Zzaj, ImproviJazzation Nation