All the World's a Stage
Jazz spiced up with rhythms from Asia, Africa and the Middle East. "It's a United Nations of sound, with Teasley at the helm, steering this sonic ark through some uncharted waters... "
"A jazz-world-funk release... this CD has engaging melodies, rich interplay, and plenty of variety and diversity in its sound, all held together by a unity of groove... Teasley's hand and stick speak volumes."
- Spin the Globe, World Music – KAOS, Olympia, WA
Global Standard Time
Latin and Middle Eastern flavors abound on a world-music adaptation of ten jazz standards. Tunes include Thelonius Monk's "Straight, No Chaser," Duke Ellington's "Caravan," Luiz Bonfa's "Manha De Carnival," "Beautiful Love," "Alice in Wonderland," McCoy Tyner's "Passion Dance," Coltrane's "Equinox," Washington & Young's "My Foolish Heart," Sonny Rollins' "No Moe," and Monk's "Well You Needn't."
Word-Beat: The Soul Dances
Middle Eastern songs, African Proverbs, and poetry of Washington D.C.'s Eloise Greenfield are set to music inspired by the words and their place of origin. Vocalist Charles Williams and percussionist Tom Teasley form the acclaimed duo Word-Beat.
Poetry, Prose, Percussion and Song
This blend of spoken word and jazz-infused rhythm was hailed as one of the most important recordings of its kind at the 2007 International Association for Jazz Education conference. IAJE singled out Word-Beat as a leading collaboration in the integration of poetry and music, and described Word-Beat's recordings as "must-haves."
Percussionist Tom Teasley along with guitarist Rick Whitehead, bassist James King and vocalist Linda Teasley create an eclectic mix of mainstream jazz, solo percussion, and synthesizer.