Belly of the Sun (Blue Note)
Belly is the first new studio release from Grammy-award-winning jazz beauty Wilson since her 1999 tribute to Miles Davis, Traveling Miles. Breathy and sensual, this album was recorded in a converted train station and contains great old-school blues such as “You Gotta Move” and “Rock Me Baby,” as well as traditional jazz like “Just Another Parade.” The 46-year-old New Yorker does fantastic renditions of the Band’s classic “The Weight” and Dylan’s “Shelter from the Storm.”
TOWER OF POWER
Soul With A Capital “S”: The Best of Tower of Power (Epic/Legacy)
Oh, yes. This greatest hits/single disc covers 30 years of music made for you to get your groove on. Lots of soul from the septet that formed in 1960s Detroit and worked their way west to the Oakland area. The horn section is as tight as any out there today, especially on “Souled Out,” “We Came To Play!” and the three live tracks that finish off the compilation.
Brahms Piano Trios (Angel/EMI Classics)
Three beauties from NYC make up this solid trio of piano, violin, and cello. Featuring wonderful versions of the classical “Brahms Trios” and the “Lullaby,” this sophomore effort introduces the Trio to some, and reaffirms their talents for those who have caught their act at the Hollywood Bowl, Kennedy Center, and other prime venues. It’s great for taking along on that business trip or for the commute home, and a soothing end for any tough day at the office. — J.E.M.