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Featured This Week On The Jazz Network Worldwide: Vocalist Daina Shukis Promotes Her Vintage Musical Catalogue With Collaborations From An Array Of Jazz Masters
An interesting departure from the standard presentation of serious music in club settings was the surprise entrance of dancer Daina Shukys toward the end of the set. Exuding sensuality, the dynamic Ms. Shukys, finger cymbals aloft, meshed beautifully with the ever-expanding spirals of musical agitation. My initial reaction... was soon reversed by the talent and sincerity of Ms. Shukys and the musicians. Again, Steig has dared to be different, to explore, to probe.
Chuck Berg- Downbeat Magazine
Marvin Horne played with (drummer) Elvin Jones and Defunkt. He's the best jazz guitarist I've ever had the pleasure of working with. He can play a steady stream of the most beautiful, melodic eighth-notes you'll ever hear, and never play the same thing twice. He's from St. Louis and he's still playing.
Vernon Reid - Guitar Player magazine March 1989
Dear Jeremy Steig,
On behalf of JAZZ FORUM, the magazine of the International Jazz Federation, I would like to congradulate you on being voted the world's top flutist in our 16th annual international 1982 JF Top People Poll....
Pawel Brodowski, Editor-in-Chief
Review: Great Double Bill at La Mama
gogo dancers Daina Shukis...really represent sleaze in all its American glory... lovingly created, worshipped.
John S. Patterson, The Villager newspaper
"Pet for Company" by Alexander Swanbeck Adapted by Cecile Guidote Alvarez
Baby Doll-Daina Shukis, music/choreography (Cabaret Act)- Daina Shukis
I can really catch the beat on this song! I love the introduction. The artist is incredible and her tone is just amazing. The song is not coarse or dull. Its very catchy. It makes me want to dance. The tone is very mellow and warm. The structure of the song is also very well balanced. The dynamics of the song is the perfect balance of powerful. Its not too strong, it's just perfect! (review of Sex Goddess)
The beat of this song is very strong. It has a great tempo. I love the combination of different instruments. The singer has a very original voice and the vocals are stimulating. It's kind of hard to understand the lyrics but I feel like the combination of the rhythmic beat and the artists voice make up for it. I don't really even think about it. The song has a lot of strong qualities. (review of Sex Goddess)
It sounds wonderfully great. It has an acoustic melody technique and the accent was detailed; I appreciate how the rhythm and tempo bounce. It expands freely. It was delicious and thick with a wondrously stellar structure. The exceptionally raucous undercurrent design used by this song was creative and the beat sounds well flavored. (review of Love Potion, Wild Herb and Perfumed Smoke)
this sounds like a song back in the 90s this is a great sound makes you wanna stomp in your boots. i find this song taking you back when music was good. i find this artist is strong and monstrous when it comes from this fantastic vocal skills she has. she hits out standing pitches with no problems. now this is real music. i feel she is the next shelia E. the music that is behind this artist is just great i love the solo of the guitar it is the right fit to this great hit. i find that this song has to bring new funk and style to a forgotten music timeline. i find that this artist really has taken time to design and profoundly improve music itself. this is a great great song and it should be acknowledged immediately.
( review of "Cruise Control")
Love the sound of the flute,the texture of it is very much like jethro tull.The very 70's sounding vocal production and the prog rock styled drum energy makes this sound very striking.The overall tone this carries is very psychadelic,love the way the singer adds vibrato,very avant garde.The bands direction is fresh,lots of influences from the early 70's here ,from hawkwind to jethro to a slightly anarchic streak,so eclectic.The flute sounds great combines with this singers voice. (review of "News Rap")
I like the sound of this now. The live-lounge sweet electric guitar at the very beginning of the song sounds pretty good. Then the introduction with the woman singing and the beat of those sweet drums! Whoa this is pretty good track! Oh god, that sweet bass too I can't believe I missed that too! Forgive me, the bass player of this song. Anyway, I live the fact that there's no chorus to this song, just a solo of instrumentals. Especially that sweet bass, man. That bass solo is just brilliant. Then the intro of the vocals again. The low tone of the bass, the high guitar and vocals, plus the sweet beat of the drums compliment each other better than the colors of the American flag. And wow, that ending too, that was live?! that was amazing, that was definitely a 10/10 and I've only ever given a 10/10 once before, to a track much similar to this, sweet bass and sweet instrumentals. Anyhow, 10/10 well played! (review of" Movie Show")
The prelude of the song the presence of the rhythms and blues of the guitar combined with the accompaniment sets the tone for the artists voice. The songs melody speaks volumes of a live band at a chic and hip bar. Recommended for all music lovers! (crowd review of" Movie Show")
To me the melodies at the beginning of the song are just so tuneful and interesting that actually make you want to listen more of the song. The vocals are so distinctive and rich that they just give you this wonderful and amazing feeling once the singer, starts to sing. The lyrics are so original and amusing that they make you think a lot about, what the message of the song is. The instrumental is very balanced and varied because it has all this different types of instruments playing in the background. The artist is very professional and creative once it comes to hitting the high notes. (crowd review of "Movie Show")
Like that increadible, lead gootar, sondes kinda jazy, I could here the instuments, seperaly, and very clear , the beat starts slow and picks up, at a faster beat, the rhythem, is good , this track could deafently be a hit great qualitie song, (crowd review of" Movie Show")
Grove on! Here is a cool song with a soul, it makes me feel like I am listening to a indian mix with a touch of african, very mysterious beats and the amazing touches of bells and drums. This is a very special song, that you want to listen when you are trying to get some creativity or inspiration to make something. The theatrical voice of the singer is very special and mystical, she is passionate and have very good vibrations and tones that make you vibrate and relax. It sounds like a religious song that will bless you and inspire you to rebirth and travel into heaven. The arrangements are great, they know how to play the instruments and put them in the right place and on the right layer. This band knows what they are doing, I can assure that they will have a success in the crowd when they play their heavenly music. I like to hear more of this spiritual music! (review of "Voodoo Queen"
Interesting sounding music. Powerful singer paired with a solid guitar creates a really cool sound. The lyrics are right in line with the tone of the song very far-out trance like. Excellent vocal range. I could see this song being played at a club or in a James Bond movie. I think there is a wide variety of people who would enjoy this song. (review of "Voodoo Queen")
“Flute? Now, that is unusual and a welcome change from the junk usually going on here. And now, all sorts of rhythm sounds. You really pulled out everything on this one. I like the music and I like the unusual factors which are a pleasant surprise. This is not the sort of thing I usually listen to, but I like this one. I am going to assume now, as you pass the 90 second mark that this is an instrumental, so I cannot comment on the lyrics. You have really created a rich tapestry of sound here. There are enough rhythm instruments to make for a fascinating sound and complex rhythm. The musical instruments backing up the flute are providing a very rich picture for the flute to work against. I do not know what sort of market there is for this, but someone needs to sign you up, this was fantastic.”
“This song has a nice flute introduction, that starts to increase in the notes and the types of notes played. The use of the different, even exotic instruments to support the flute playing is very nice. This song has a ncie tempo, and would be good in a sort of a coffee shop setting. I am definitley into this song so far, and think that the production value is quite fantastic. The skill of the flutist is apparent, and is well displayed.”
“I really like the flute or whatever wind instrument it is in the introduction. It's extremely peaceful and relaxing to listen to. I cannot begin to describe how I felt when the intro progressed into the rest of the song. It was great! I love the tropical getaway vibe I got when listening to this. I could close my eyes and picture myself on a beach, somewhere in the Caribbean, drinking champagne while peering off into the ocean. I really loved this song. It was incredibly creative and fun. I could also imagine hearing a song like this on the radio in Hawaii, or just at some beach themed party or club. Would have loved to hear some vocals too though! Add some vocals and see if it works to this songs advantage.”
“The drum hits in the intro carried the song. I loved how the additional instruments came in together to support the drums and then your vocal came in and just swept me away. Your voice had such nice high registers that you hit naturally. Falsettos were hit with such power and skill here. The back up vocals were layered directly underneath the main vocals in perfection. The lyrics were very engaging and perfect music to dance to. Almost similar to old school disco music back in the day, talking about "the drive in". I especially loved the bass. It was nice and deep sounding without clouding up the song. I could hear and feel every thumb stroke to my core. This bass guitar was truly the character in your song. The tempo was well kept with this and the drums, that created such a nice solid groove. The melody was so intricately molded together and completely consumed me. Lovely melodic tones that worked together to create such an ambient song. Such luxurious rich tones evident here from every instrument to your voice. Confident performance all around. Very lovely to listen to.”
“Wow! This jazzy intro is really great! And the bass line is super catchy. I'm really feeling a throwback vibe, which is awesome and hard to truly capture in today's society! Nice work on the overall feel! Even the lyrics are reminiscent of "old school" jazz/funk and are really appropriate for the style. All voices are perfectly on pitch and jive well together. Blending is good. All instrumental solos and interludes are so much fun. I'd come to your concert.”
“The drum, bass and guitar is great, like James Brown's band. I like the way the voice goes into the high register. This is authentic funky soul music. The echo on the voice is appreciated. She's saying "you can be my popcorn man at the drive in." It's great nostalgia. She's talking about the Drive In Movies, for all of you who may not understand. It's a live recording, as you can hear people applauding.”
“The track has a nice guitar solo. It does have a nice beat that takes you on a ride. The artist has a raspy girly voice. It sounds good though, and gives it a different perspective. Good production wise, and would love to hear more from this brand!”
“Potent song. The singing has an outstanding unity. The absolutely brisk percussion strategy maintained by the track was fun with its nifty, abstract contrast. The phrasing of this track was wonderful and the mellowness of the rhythm was remarkably rugged and dynamic. The action of the interlude was remarkable and the inspirational approach used by this song was great. The rhythm grows gracefully and the tune is really solidly exceptional. It was both otherworldly and original and the song had a very refined synth approach. A contemplative song that has good introspection.”
“the sound of the music seems to sneak up on you. the beat and the compelling music is very full. the tune at hande here is crafty and together, a well blended instrumental arrangement. this singer has creativity in here voice, she playus the words to this song. has a very attractive a personable voice. makes her performance very strong, shows a talented and gifted touch in this song.”
“The lyrics to the song were quite original and thought-provoking. The lead vocal singer had a powerful voice that really delivered. The lyrics to the song were punchy and gave meaning to the overall song. The instrumental was beautifully played and the song is ready for mainstream media.”
“Loving the snare hits that brings in the full beat! The clarinet/flute sounds is truly Celtic. The female vocalist has a 70's sound meets a Folksy band. The back up male vocals has a low grungy sound. The drummer is making such a happy rock upbeat to this whole song! The guitar is sometimes going along with the female vocalist and flute which makes it a little silly. I love it when the vocalist announces everybodys name who's playing each instrument! I had no idea this was live as it gets to the end!”
“like the beat of the flute kind of a sound very funky sounds like a late 70s thing really jkinf of surreal and off key I do like it she does sound a bit like kate bush but it goes a bit like jethrol tull. as well like, her voice and I like the music as well sounds kinf ,of pagan as a whole different unusual fele to it its really unusual but the music is good.”
“From the beginning, this track lured me right into another world- one that is far less stressful than the reality I reside. Soothing and enchanting, the vocals weave around you like some sort of bewitching spell. I felt as if this track was meant for meditation or massage therapy. Or if you're an artist in need of some serenity for inspiration. However, this track will surprise you! Because the tempo and melody change to a more upbeat and awakening vibe. Once this happens, you won't meditate. I went from feeling almost sleepy to wanting to get up and dance with the unique vocals and rhythm. Never heard anything like this track before in my life- that is a compliment! This track won't be for every one's taste, but it's fun and surprising.”
“I like the flute that begins this song. It is a very cool touch that is seldom heard. The music would be great for relaxing. It gives me a feeling of being in some exotic land and hearing beautiful music. Then the song changes into an uptempo R&b number. It is progressive and intriguing music. I give this artist credit for thinking outside the box.”
“There's a beautiful flute sound playing progressive jazz changes on a mode. Then a sweet voice enters. The sound has no rhythm. It's spacey. Now the guitar comes in with the drums playing some funk with a incredibly fly bass. The vocalist is singing "chica chica boo" I like the bass, drums and guitar. The singer is scatting and singing going slowly down stream. Her upper register is remarkable. This is Funk Jazz.”
“Beautiful intro... Very atmospheric... Vocals are amazing, very different but very captivating... I could see this song being sampled for a hit hip hop beat... Very groovy, the bass line/drum rhythm is driving and VERY funky! Maybe a little more lyrics and a little less notes, but overall I love this song! I may just go a head an sample it haha! You guys get a 10/10 from me!”
"The bass line and the drums almost remind me of jazz while the guitar line makes me think of 1970's rock and roll. This is clearly a song done by musicians who put time and energy into creating a song. The drums leave just enough space to let the rest of the instruments do their thing. The way the song changes feelings so effortlessly is astounding. Amazing song!"
“Great introduction to this bluesy song - loved the guitar solo - very talented artists. Brilliant slow and easy build up as a
typical blues song and then moves into a funky, upbeat tempo with drums, guitars. Excellent steady rhythm, great
combination of instruments - strong vocals that are well accompanied to the instruments - would like to hear more of this
"This music opens with a very good guitar rendition which is very pleasing to the ear. The music is in the style of reggae. This musical composition is appropriate for the south or western part of the United States. In spots, the music alternates to a tango mode of dancing. Toward the end, a soloist chimes in with a lot of feeling in the presentation. The soundtrack is well done with the voice clear to the audience. The audio engineering is done well too."
“This song had a lot of drive to it in my honest opinion. I really do lol foreword to hearing more songs like this come out of
the woodworks. The element to this song I think I enjoyed most was the way the song had so much care and compassion in
the lyrics. I do think that this song had so much more than what other pop songs have to offer these days.”
This track has a nice jazzy style intro. The vocalist combine to use their voices to make amazing sounds. The female vocalist has a strong powerful voice. While the male voices is great at improvising sounds. The speaking singing style works well against this jazzy backdrop. There are several styles of beat in this track. I the reggae and jazz blend. This is track is quite unique but it will be appreciated by music lovers.
The old school organ sound mixed with drums that sound straight out of a New Orleans night club seem to emphasize just how easily musicians cross styles. The vocal line mixed with the flute makes for an interesting sound, but one that I would want to hear more about. I'm impressed by what these musicians have put together and would love to hear more!
Interesting musical composition to start out. The flute sound is being performed really well as it feeds into some almost screaming sound effects. Moving into the drum set and the vocalist begins singing performing the vocals well...alternative sounding music I like to listen to when I want a break from the mainstream music.
A very interesting song with a jam type feel to it. They vocals are in a different language, they are delivered passionately and very much melodically. There is a good flute solo in the latter half of the song, which continues the jam quality of the song. This is a live version and it's delivered very beautifully.