Stanley B - all for love
Rachel Z and Dirk K we need urgently a B, Stanley B. We don't know
anything about this newcomer. I tried to recover his family name at
his website, no chance. His bio hides more than it reveals. As Dirk K
Stanley B could be a German, because he toured around in Germany as an
18 years old musican. Viewing his photo page one can state that
Stanley is a true contemporary jazz fan, already meeting Pat Metheny,
Richard Bona, Brian Culbertson and more outstanding artists of this
Like Brian Culbertson Stanley started his
solo career in his early youth. He settled where smooth jazz is
pulsing, in California. His new U.S. debut project called "all
for love" (small letters are modern), is self-produced and
released. An adventurous enterprising in these difficult times, when
even great artists have problems to find a new contract. Stanley takes
the risks and he might win.
A solo album is like a visiting-card. If
your music is impressing, it will open the doors. What can you await? "A
sleek combination of smooth jazz, pop and at times a little
This Is B is
a relaxed midtempo piano piece. Stanley is
addicted to the main melody soloing about it. I would like a little
more helter-skelter. Stanley has the power.
Do You? featured
Ray-Ray's soulful vocals in a romantic love song.
The same sensitive mood is
captured in the title song All
For Love. Gently Stanley paints over the keys and draws from the Piano
Leaving this dreamscapes
Stanley speeds up with Don't
I Know You? His piano
play supports with renewed strenghts the great singer Anita Baker.
This Grammy award winnig artist with much success in R&B and jazz
music has lost some area in the last years. I hope we will have a soon
come back in the near future.
demonstrates that he is not only a gifted piano player but also a
Got 2 Survive
features Kenya Hathaway on vocals. Let me start from the
Hathaway was a marvelous composer and vocalist. Unforgettable
is his greatest hit "The Ghetto, Part. I". He died
surprisingly by comitting suicide. Donny has two daughters Eulaulah
Donyll (better known as Lalah Hathaway) and Kenya
Canelibra (that's Kenya Hathaway). Kenya and Lalah
are excellent singers. Stanley has expressly written this song
for Kenya. This song is just perfect, a hooking melody, the
authentic vocals, the outstanding arrangement. Stanley has
found a perl and gave her the right valve.
After this incredible song Bring
It On sounds like an
Just Say It Stanley shows
more of piano mastership with retained improvisations.
More of the dark mood is to
hear on Why Not.
Stanley 's cautions piano tones lose themselves in time and
I don't know what others
will write about this album. Personally I am fascinated by Got
2 Survive, others
might prefer his instrumentals. I hope Stanley will write more of this
surviving stuff on his next album coming in October 2002.