At the heart of the
25th Street Band are Russ Klinger and Dave Radnor. They're the
writers, the arrangers and the producers. They play keyboards and
guitars and instrument programming. The 25th Street Band serves up a mix
of melodic jazz fusion that ranges from lyrical smooth jazz to
hard-driving jazz funk.
On drums and bass are two of the world's top session players. Guesting from LA is drummer Tom Brechtlein (Chick Corea, Wayne Shorter, Robben Ford), and bassist Hussain Jiffry (Chaka Khan, Whitney Houston, Dionne Warwick). Their sessions were recorded in the USA, and they appear on three tracks as a result of using the latest digital recording technology and collaborating via the internet.
From the UK... saxmen Mornington Lockett (Jimmy Smith, Ronnie Scott) and David Bitelli (Airto Moreira, Jimmy Witherspoon, Robert Cray, Dudu Pukwana) play prominent roles. The spotlight also falls on the young trumpet player Henry Armburg Jennings, who at only eighteen years has already shared the stage with such eminent players as saxophonist Pete King and Oscar Peterson's sideman, Martin Drew.
South America is represented by the Latin singer Jandira Silva. Known throughout Brazil, from her role fronting the Jose Cabaleira Band on national TV, she performs the ballad Vem Danšar.