Review: Darryl Anders-Agapesoul "Believe in Love"

Darryl Anders is a modern soul force.
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Darryl Anders is a modern soul force. Leading his septet, AgapéSoul—one of the Bay Area’s baddest live bands—to their disc debut, Darryl does it all, penning and producing instant classic R&B gems that pivot on his penetrating, fluid bass lines. Flexing his thumb on the Chaka-esque funky title track opener and a pocketed reharm of “Sir Duke,” Anders applies finger finesse to the twisty urban samba “Voice of Reason” and the gospel shuffle “Heaven Can Hear Us,” and employs multiple techniques on a sweet reading of Quincy Jones’ “If I Ever Lose This Heaven.” The bottom-end bonus? His warm baritone lead vocal on his reflective ballad “Time Cannot Erase.”


Review: Larry Graham

RAISE UP [Razor & Tie] Larry Graham’s first album in 13 years is an instant reminder that unless you’ve seen him live over the past decade you haven’t been experiencing the full force of funk, as established by a cornerstone founder of the idiom.

CD Review: "Mocean Worker"

Encouraged by Marcus Miller, with whom he has recorded and performed (most recently on “I Can’t Breathe” from Miller’s Afrodeezia), DJ Mocean Worker puts his considerable bass skills front and center for the first time on his latest house/electro-swing effort.

Review: John Scofield "Uberjam Deux"

Eleven years after his groundbreaking Überjam CD (with Jesse Murphy on bass), guitar force Scofield re-partners with most of the original band—rhythm guitar and sampling ace Avi Bortnick, drummer Adam Dietch, and keyboardist John Medeski—while introducing a new rhythm-section partner (Marcus Miller drummer Louis Cato) for Scofield vet and ex-Gov’t Mule bassist Andy Hess.

CD Review: Herb Alpert "Steppin' Out"

The music mogul/trumpeter’s longtime gift for casting great compositions in the latest light has taken on an added dimension over his last three CDs, with the inclusion of his terrific touring band, which features keyboardist Bill Cantos, drummer Michael Shapiro, and bass force Hussain Jiffry.

CD Review: Fourplay "Silver"

Fourplay (Nathan East, Bob James, Harvey Mason, and Chuck Loeb) celebrates its 25th anniversary with an inspired outing that includes former guitar members Larry Carlton and Lee Ritenour as guests.