Rockwired.Com's All New Jazzed and Blue Podcast Features Jazz Saxophonist Hulon and His Latest Release 'After Hours'
(Published: February 26, 2012)
The weekly online radio series Jazzed and Blue: Profiles in Blues and Jazz is back and is now available for download at Rockwired.com and features an exclusive interview with jazz saxophonist Hulon regarding his brand new release After Hours. In the opening segment, Hulon discusses the inspiration behind the tracks of his new project, collaborating with fellow saxophonist and mentor Steve Kashiwa and balancing his passion for music with his own medical practice. The second half of this edition of Jazzed and Blue will feature music from such jazz and blues artists as Kenny Love, Mozik, Marilyn Mcleod, Tom Wopat, Jason Hemmens and more. "After being gone for about three months, it is great to finally be back and doing this show again. " says Jazzed and Blue host Brian Lush. "It's a real treat to end a long week with a show like this and to kick back and listen to some great music."
After the success of his debut album, First Impressions, Hulon's newest album, After Hours, has combined passion and confidence creating Hulon's best tracks to date. Hulon's debut album spent 15 weeks on the Billboard Jazz Chart, peaking at #25, and featured the single "Sax on the Beach," which reached #16 on the Smooth Jazz.com Top 50 Indie Chart, and was featured on the noted jazz website AllAboutJazz.com, in addition to receiving national and international airplay on terrestrial and online radio.
The new 11 track set includes a vocal and instrumental version of the 1977 Heatwave classic "Always and Forever," and eight originals penned by Kashiwa that play to Hulon's strengths as a soulful balladeer and a grooving R&B/funk player, with a few dashes of cool and swinging traditional jazz in the mix. Highlights include the sensual late night romance "You're Beautiful," the whimsical mid tempo light funk tune "Takin' My Time," the tropical chill of "Sticky Trickuation," the sly, Pink Panther-esque "Speak Easy," (featuring shuffling drum, bass and finger snap rhythm) and the high octane horn-driven jam and first single from the new release, "Do You Feel Me."
Hulon has collaborated once again with mentor, composer, producer and fellow saxophonist Jeff Kashiwa. World renowned for his years with The Rippingtons, The Sax Pack and numerous hit solo albums over the past 20 years, Kashiwa again brought in some of contemporary jazz's most powerful and dynamic players to take Hulon's musical game on the new collection to the next level including Dave Hooper (drums), Allen Hinds (guitar), Melvin Davis (bass) and Bill Heller (keyboards) all of whom have played key roles on First Impressions.
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