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Greeting’s my fellow jazz and art enthusiasts, it’s a blessing once again to be beneath the wings of another Thanksgiving. During this holiday season may we unleash one of the most powerful gifts given to us “LOVE,” lets express ourselves by loving and giving to those in need. May all of you have a safe, loving, and prosperous Thanksgiving! ~ The Urban Flux [Rob]

Cynthia Felton | Afro Blue ~ “The Music of Oscar Brown Jr.” – [Felton Entertainment, 2008]

Cynthia Felton, Afro Blue

Dr. Cynthia J. Felton serves as Artistic Director of The Ethnomusicology Library of American Heritage, a library of encyclopedias that traces contributions of music created in America.

Her singing style embodies jazz, rhythm & blues, and gospel music — a perfect fit for the broad stylistic range of compositions she chose for her debut recording.

Cynthia’s new release, Afro Blue, pays tribute to the legendary Oscar Brown Jr. whose work she greatly admires. The cd features twelve songs either written by Oscar or for which he wrote lyrics. In addition to Mongo Santamaria’s Afro Blue, the cd features other jazz classics such as Miles Davis’ All Blues, and Bobby Timmons’ Dat Dere.

Cynthia produced and arranged all of the music on this CD, and created settings which not only provide a showcase for her own prodigious talents but also those of the outstanding musicians with which she chose to surround herself. All of the instrumentalists on this recording shine as superlative and sensitive accompanists, and many also contribute wonderfully effective and imaginative solos. Some of the musicians include Cyrus Chestnut, Robert Hurst, Jeff Tain Watts, Ernie Watts, Patrice Rushen, and Wallace Roney, to name a few.

The CD opens and closes with her deeply moving rendition of the spiritual “Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child.” The arrangement is for solo voice and solo violin, Cynthia and violinist Lesa Terry present a soulful treatment which provides the ideal beginning and ending for this CD filled with musical treasures.

..:: Source: CynthiaFelton.com ::..