Danny Kusz has some new music for 2018. The album is called PINK! and it releases on April 20th. Kusz is from Minneapolis, and once you hear the music, you will immediately hear the influences.
Heck, Jellybean Johnson is even featured on a track!
I even hesitate to call this jazz. The album is so funky, you can play the record for virtually any crowd. Folks who are into the Old School will appreciate it, and the younger set will dig the overall feel.
Let’s get into it!
Review – Danny Kusz PINK!
The album starts out strong with Cotton Candy. It is an electro/funk jam, and the beginning is reminiscent of a musical intro for a concert. Kusz effortlessly runs that sax, especially on the bridge that is toward the end of the track. The bassline sits right in the groove, and it all comes together nicely.
We have it below so you can take a listen.
Pink&Paisley is up next. The track features The Hornheads and Paul Peterson. You may know Peterson as St. Paul, formerly of The Time and The Family. All I can say is that there is some nasty funk going on here. The horns in general are outstanding, and that rhythm guitar really completes the track. I am guessing the musicians had a REALLY good time recording this one.
Up next is Bubblegum Love. The track features guitarist David Feily. As the title suggests, you will have a sweet tooth after listening to this one. Danny’s style definitely shines through here, as he is really good at riding a groove. I would be shocked if this is not released as a single.
Glitter is next, and the track features the legendary Jellybean Johnson. This is a slow jam with an infusion of 80’s rock. The guitar work here is stellar. Also, if you listen closely to the drums, you will automatically know this is the sound of Minneapolis.
You know what would make this complete for me? Alexander O’Neal singing some background……..
The funk is turned up once again with Arrival Of The Lotus. The Hornheads are featured once again. You have to love the keyboard hits on this track. If you like your horns, then this song will be one of your guilty pleasures.
Can’t Stop The Groove is next. It is a feel good track, and this one has actually been out for about a year. This is one you should definitely have on regular rotation in your playlist.
Check it out below:
We have some more electro/funk with G504. This track features multi-instrumentalist Valeriy Stepanov. The keyboards and the sax play off of each other quite nicely here, and the track is a sure fire party starter.
The set concludes with Funky Flamingo, featuring The MPLS Horns. Funny, I can totally imagine a flamingo strutting to this groove…WEARING A fresh hat! This is a total jam session, and it is a perfect way to close out the album.
Overall, I love the instrumentation on every song. You can tell they are using some of the old keyboards (or at least the old keyboard samples), as they have that distinctive sound. As the saying goes……”They don’t make songs like that anymore.”
PINK! is the perfect mix of the old and new, and if you are not familiar with jazz, then this will be a nice introduction into the genre.