Anaid is composed of Emmanuelle Lionet (vocals), Jean-Max Delva (vibraphone), former Soft Machine member, (and Canterbury legend) Hugh Hopper (bass), Patrice Meyer (guitar), a keyboard player and a drummer. Their music has been compared to the first ZAO and to COS because of the powerful female vocalist, and sometimes to Gong (Expresso II period) because of the preponderance of vibraphone as well as the specific "tonal harmonies and melodies…
While the U.S., Britain, and to a lesser extent Canada don't have a stranglehold on the blues, these countries account for the majority of music being produced in that genre. Therefore, when someone from a different nationality releases a strong album in the States, it usually makes news, at least in the rarefied blues universe. Born and raised in Yugoslavia, Ana Popovic would seem to have been brought up in an unusual area to soak in the deep soul, robust swamp rock, and husky R&B she reveals on her first album.
Second studio album of the late Spanish pop group Mecano, composed by Nacho and José María Cano brothers, musicians and composers, and singer Ana Torroja. With the prospect of the past 30 years since the start of his career, Mecano is still considered the best pop group of the golden age of Spanish music between 1981-1992. In this work the group away from the bohemian aesthetic of their debut album moving towards the 'post punk'.
Any jazz fan will tell you that Harvie Swartz is one of the great bass players on the scene today. He has played and recorded with Mike Stern, John Scofield, Kenny Barron, Gil Evans, Mike Brecker, Chick Corea, John Abercrombie, Juan Carlos Formell, Stan Getz, Paquito D'Rivera, Arturo Sandoval, Horatio "El Negro" Hernandez and many others. His duet recordings with singer Sheila Jordan are legendary.
Harvie has always sought new sounds and directions for his music. After deep study of Afro-Cuban and Latin genres, including trips to Cuba and sessions with local masters, he formed Eye Contact. The group has already toured to enthusiastic response on the East Coast. With this release of their first CD, they will appear at Festivals and Clubs across the entire country as well as abroad. This new sound will turn the world of jazz and Latin jazz on its ear. ~ CDBaby