This was one of the great touring and recording bands of the 1980s, Harrell and Woods inspiring each other and the rhythm section inquiring and swinging. Woods didn't need to change anything about his own style, but it blossoms anew in counterpoint with Harrell's lyrical fire, and each album is handsomely programmed and delivered … Flash, the final album with Harrell (who has since been replaced by Hal Crook as the front-line horn), has the edge of some outstanding composing by the trumpeter – "Weaver" and "Rado" are particularly sound vehicles – and Crook's extra tones on a few tracks.
Novecento's recording Dreams of Peace featuring guitarist Stanley Jordan is a lush production that often melts into smooth jazz grooves, but the level of musicianship and the setails that are added keep this from being a soulless snoozefest. Novecento is comprised of the Nicolosi siblings Dona (vocals), Lino (rhythm guitar), Rosanna (bass), and Pino (keyboards). Along with Jordan, who plays lead guitar on the entire album, the Nicolosis recorded and mixed Dreams of Peace at their studio in Milan, with some additional sessions done in California.
Shawn Colvin has landed a few tunes on the pop charts over the course of her career, and Steve Earle was briefly a legitimate country star. But in 2016, as the two team up for their first album as a duo, Colvin & Earle are folkies – hip folkies, to be sure, but at heart two singer/songwriters on the far side of 50 who like swapping harmonies and strumming their acoustic guitars. Colvin & Earle sound like good friends who enjoy singing together, and this album has a lively and spontaneous atmosphere, especially when the two are singing old covers.