The evolution of Original State arrives on July 23, 2021, by saxophonist Keith Loftis

Thoughtful, deliberate, robust, and energetic – are some of the ingredients that make up Original State. The evolution of this project spans the last three years, and, in that time, Keith has experienced loss. Most notably the death of his father Alvin Loftis, Jr., in 2018. More recently of course the entire world has been dealing with the impact of COVID-19 which remains a challenge to all of us.

In the face of adversity and joy, music (and all the arts) often stands at the forefront of healing, change, inspiration, and resiliency. Featuring Pianist John Chin, Bassist Eric Wheeler, Drummer Willie Jones, III, and two-time Grammy winner Bassy Bob Brockmann as an engineer, Original State debuts six original compositions and original by Pianist / Composer Michael StantonPremonition” and the standard “Weaver of Dreams”, by Victor Young.

Original State explores the essence and depth of Keith’s continual transformation as an artist. A self-exploration of the soul is delivered through his music. Keith opens the album with a shout-out to the neighborhood in Dallas where he grew up with an energy-packed original, Oak Cliff. This cut also pays tribute to his long-time friend and collaborator, the late Roy Hargrove who also hails from Oak Cliff. Another track titled “Brigitte’s Smile” is a playful and dynamic salute to his wife Brigitte Barnett Loftis. Brigitte’s Smile features a dynamic solo by John Chin followed by a rousing solo by Keith, Eric follows on bass and the tune wraps with the ensemble bouncing back and forth trading fours to the conclusion.

The recording session itself was also unique in that it was recorded acoustically with the Quartet set-up in one room together. This format allowed the group to truly collaborate as one playing off the synergy of the room. Recorded at the Yamaha Piano Salon in NYC, Original State is a “must-have” and proves once again that Keith is delivering his essence, spontaneity, and passion.

Original State is Keith at his best!

Terry D. Loftis 


Release Date: July 23, 2021

Keith Loftis – Tenor & Soprano Saxophone
John Chin – Piano
Eric Wheeler – Bass
Willie Jones III – Drums

Whaling City Sound announces the release of a new Greg Murphy recording COOL WATER

Greg Murphy’s COOL WATER

It is glad tidings indeed that Whaling City Sound announces the release of a new Greg Murphy recording. In fact, the news is almost as joyous as the sound of Murphy’s piano. Cool Water is both heartwarming and exhilarating. Greg’s fingers find delicate and exciting ways of expressing themselves across the keys. It is the sound of a blissful talent given a new lease in both life and career, as well as the opportunity to rediscover his true and glorious gift.

The recording opens with the ebullient Chim Chim Che-Ree, segues into a chancy take on Steely Dan’s Green Earrings, careening through a battery of brisk melodies and beautiful playing, including the astonishing Cuttin Trane’s Corners, a dark, surprising cover of Wayne Shorter’s Lost, and the funk-filled closing celebration, You Decide. Featuring Murphy bandmates Jeff Tain Watts on drums, Eric Wheeler on bass, and a bevy of special guests, Cool Water is just that, long and fresh, a ride with the top down, rife with optimism and full of freedom and discovery. Greg Murphy is clearly glad to be back and playing music again, and we should all be thankful for it. ~Editorial Reviews | Amazon