Don't Look Back
Jazz Fest Previews: New CDs Get ready for the Rochester International Jazz Festival...2010 edition. As the name clearly announces, Rochester will be welcoming musicians from various points on the planet, but the festival will shine the spotlight on some great artists that live and work in the area as well. Here's a quick look at a few CDs by some of the artists scheduled to perform this year. Alana Cahoon Don't Look Back Alana Cahoon's musical journey has taken her from Rochester to New York City to the Middle East and back to Rochester again. She's performed around town as a member of Blue Avengers but the group eventually dissolved and dispersed. So what direction is vocalist Cahoon headed in now?? Her solo CD, Don't Look Back, offers us some of the answers. The title cut opens with a soaring sax that helps usher in positive lyrics that affirm her new direction. It's apparent right from the beginning that Ms. Cahoon has progressed from her Blue Avenger days. She's feisty and funky on "This Thing," a sassy number that seems to emancipate her from the past. MANY people have recorded "Fever," the only cover on the entire disc, but her unique, understated approach keeps it glowing. "Not Worth My Love" has deep R and B roots with sharp lines such as "I turned around and I walked away/Leavin' behind me a memory in decay." "Dance With Me Daddy" is smoky and sensuous. A smooth saxophone guides us through this alluring New York jazz club-style song. In fact, even though a number of different types of music are heard, one of the common threads is the sax and flute heard on many of songs. "Warmth of My Soul," an instrumental, brings us in for a smooth and soft landing. ~~ Scott Gudell, Freetime Magazine, May 19, 2010.