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Mr. Cool

by Jo Sallins

Contemporary Jazz - Jazz Fusion with a touch of Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke and Victor Wooten topped off with a Quincy Jones style of production and you have a taste of what Jo Sallins is all about.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Fusion
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1. Mr. Cool's Journey
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2. Impressions
3:51 $0.99
3. Blackroad Whitelines
7:05 $0.99
4. Mr. JP
2:28 $0.99
5. Little Sunflower
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6. Lunar Melons
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7. Our Reason - Our Mission
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8. Raise Your Hands
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9. Mrs. Peach Plays
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10. Nocturne in B-Flat Minor
5:07 $0.99
11. Abi's Groove
2:23 $0.99
12. Mr. Cool Returns
4:57 $0.99
13. Your Voice
4:08 $0.99
14. Children's Song # 1
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15. Children's Song # 6
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16. Hey Victa! Part II
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Album Notes
Composer ...quot; Multi-Instrumentalist
Clinician ...quot; Performer
Educator ...quot; Producer

Maestro bass player celebrates CD release
Joe Sallins brings his funk-inspired rhythms to the Iron Horse Music Hall

Funk ---moving the bass and rhythm lines of a piece of music up front while the traditionally melodic instruments play accompaniment --- has created an avenue for many now-well-established entities in music: fusion jazz, hiphop, groove rock, Afro-Caribbean anything, the list goes on.

Joe Sallins was born on that avenue. From his first steps on drums, at age nine, through his adventures on the piccolo bass, his discovery of the West African drum called a djembe, and his Chick Corea-inspired exploration of the keyboard, to his recent collaboration with flamenco dancer Ines Arrubla, the Springfield-bred Sallins has spent nearly four decades finding constantly new ways to arrange bass lines and percussion. To mix metaphors, his music brings to mind an oriental rug, for its intricacies of color, shape, repetition and overall beautiful pattern.

Not for symmetry, though. Sallins’ music has direction, expression. It’s not a tidy assembly of grooves that end up where they began. And it’s not as though he’s neglecting melody. His newest disc ranges from rap to jazz to Chopin --- the “Nocturne in B-flat minor” with piles of crystalline high notes tumbling through the air.

Sallins celebrates yet another step in the expansion of his musical range: the release of the new CD, “Mr. Cool,” and the accompanying DVD.

“Mr. Cool” shows the breadth of Sallins’ range. Besides the bass grooves at one point and the Chopin piano at another, these tunes include fine sweeping horn riffs and vocal work by various sidepeople, while Sallins underlines their work with clean, almost transparent bass lines and churning drums, playing both instruments for the session.

Sallins drives the sound acrobatically, with as much variety of style as possible, and for his quality he repeatedly mentions the Chick Corea influence.

Sallins is so versatile that he sometimes plays bass and drums at the same time, live. Or bass and keyboard, or keyboard and drums. He can play bas with just his left, by hammering-on, or by tapping the strings, while playing a piano chord or solo with the other hand. (Here’s yet another reason for the new trend toward CD-DVD recordings: on the “Mr. Cool” DVD, you can see how Sallins pulls these moves.)

John Stifler

Includes the CD and a DVD of Iron Horse Concert in Northampton, MA.

La'Jaz Productions
Jo Sallins, C.E.O
33 Benham Street
Springfield, MA 01109-2301
cell: (413)262-2950



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Very, Very Technically dazzling C.D.!
Jo Sallins: Mr. Cool is another in a long line of technically dazzling albums by Western Ma Artist Jo Sallins a.k.a. Mr. Cool. As a multipi-instrumentalist, Jo displays his talents as always, with a flare for licks, and technically astonishing feats. He assembles a fine line up of musicians for the project including Abbi Robles, an incredible drummer of great renown in the Latin Music World. In particular, Jo's rendition of Chick Corea classics like Children's song #1 are true to the style and form of his idols, Chick Corea and Stanley Clarke. However, the one reason the C.D. would get a 4 instead of a 5 is simply due to the fact, that the music lacks originality, and soul. It is so focused on the technical mastery of the music, that it sometimes misses the point of music in the first place which is to express the human heart, not just the fingertips. Or to quote Bruce Lee:
"When you point to the moon, don't spend so much time focusing on the finger, that you miss all that heavenly Glory..." Emotional content is always the key. Great overall