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"CD of the Month - January 2011 " - Jan. 2011

January 2011 CD of the Month

Cannonball-Coltrane Project "Things Are Getting Better" Primrose Lane Music

In 2002, bassist Luther Hughes founded the Cannonball-Coltrane Project to honor two of jazz’s greatest sax men, Julian “Cannonball” Adderley and John “Trane” Coltrane. In 2004 the CCP recorded its first album. Now with their fourth CD, Things Are Getting Better, the quintet has achieved the rare combination of staying true to the music of the legends they pay tribute to as well as redefining it by adding their own contemporary sound creating a most pleasing recording with one foot in the past while moving the music forward !

Luther Hughes is a noted musician, educator, broadcaster and entrepreneur. All of the Cannonball-Coltrane Project sessions have been released on Mr. Hughes’ own Primrose Lane Music label which also records other prominent jazz artists. Luther was the bassist for Gene Harris for over 20 years and has performed and recorded with dozens of the most prestigious musicians of the past 30 plus years. Currently, besides his busy performing, recording and business obligations, Hughes is a faculty member teaching bass at Cal State-Fullerton in Southern California

Things Are Getting Better begins 2011 in swingin’ fashion. Luther and the other 4 founders of the CCP include 5 selections recorded by either Cannonball or Trane and 7 others performed in their style without duplicating them. After listening to the latest gem by the Coltrane-Cannonball Project, you too will agree that things are getting better!