Clifford Charles – Homeward Bound

Homeward BoundWhenever you ask what’s his passion Trinitarian jazz guitarist Clifford Charles with eyes glinting declares:” It’s music or nothing”. This definitely shows as scores of fans of his home grown brand of silky smooth jazz music is convinced that Clifford is set to take on the world.

He performed at some of the flagship music festival such as Jazz Artist on The Greens, We Beat Jazz, Jazz Point, Tobago Jazz Festival and St Lucia Jazz Festival.He has shared the stage with Randy Crawford,Joe Sample and the Drifters.Clifford is by no means resting on his laurels not by a long shot.

His new album is called Homeward Bound and now an interesting offer at CDBaby.

Nils – Jazz Gems – The Best of Nils

JG_cover_350 Jazz Gems – The Best of Nils, could easily be titled “The Best of Contemporary Jazz” and it’s pure joy and exhilaration reliving these masterfully composed and produced Hits” – Jonathan Widran

Nils has been one of the most successful artists in the Contemporary Jazz genre. With 3 number 1 Hits in the Billboard Smooth Jazz charts, including the Song of the Decade 2001-2010 “Pacific Coast Highway” and Song of the Year 2011 ” Jump Start”, he stands out amongst his peers.

So click the order button and get instant access to Nils’ latest album, “Jazz Gems – The Best of Nils”. Enjoy 15 top 20 Hits on this incredible collection.

Chris Walden Big Band – Full-On!

The title says it all. Full-On! (Origin Records, 2014), by the Chris Walden Big Band, is a full-on thriller for fans of this style of music.

Walden has done orchestral arrangements for mainstream pop stars like Stevie Wonder and Neil Young, as well as jazz artists such as Michael Buble and Diana Krall. When he’s not doing that, he’s doing this. Full-On! features six original songs, including one co-written by Walden with Courtney Fortune, and Walden’s arrangements of several genre-crossing selections: pop, standards, country and jazz.

The band consists of Jeff Driskell, Bob Sheppard, Rob Lockart, Brandon Fields, Tom Peterson and (two tracks only) Kim Richmond, saxes; Wayne Bergeron, Kye Palmer, Ron King and Kevin Richardson, trumpets; Bob McChesney, Alex Iles, Paul Young, Rich Bullock and (two tracks only) Andy Martin, trombones; Mitch Holder and (“Sir Duke”) Andrew Synowiec, guitars; Alan Steinberger, piano and keyboard; Kenny Wild, bass; Ray Brinker, drums; and M.B. Gordy, percussion.

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Jakob Elvstrøm – SaxClub vol. 2

Saxophone players from Europe often develop a different style than American musicians. This can be seen also in the Danish saxophonist Jakob Elvstrøm, who has remained unlike Michael Lington in his homeland.

This was already visible on his debut album SaxClub vol. 1 (2009) and continues on his second album SaxClub vol. 2 (2013). Jakob has written and arranged fourteen new originals. The album starts with the funky U.F.O. in the tradition of Pick Up The Pieces. Elvstrøm on sax meets Steen N. Hansen on trombone to a fat brass mix propelled by Henrik Møller on bass.

Lonely People offers a heavy techno groove featuring Jamaica born singer Roy Richards on a stomping beat. Long Lost Love served as the title suggests the romantic side of the listener. St. Tropez Off-season is a relaxed ode to the glamorous southern French city. The song is decorated by a French speaking woman with some funny comments about the city.

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Peter Duval Lee – Promises

PromisesI have heard many musicians in my life but fewer artists. Musicians play using their talents. Artists play using their gifts. Talents are often observed. Gifts are shared and received. Peter DuVal Lee is truly an artist- a gifted artist.

His previous album “It’s A New Day” was a beautiful collection of his work that really connected to the vibe- the emotion- of the listener. It wasn’t unusual to hear me listening to that album in a variety of places to set a variety of moods. Be it “Step By Step” in the car on a brisk autumn sunset; “It’s Alright” cooking a family meal; or the title track, “It’s A New Day” during a reflective, introspective moment- the collection was brilliantly designed to truly resonate with the full range of one’s sensitivities- my vibe, your vibe, our vibe. Now along comes “Promises.”

“Promises” seems to move from the beautiful and brilliant collection of “It’s A New Day” to a soulful- no, spiritual, project. From the title and the opening track of this project “, “More Than You Know”, Peter DuVal Lee carries you through a journey that speaks to your heart, your soul and ultimately your spirit. He stays true to his authentic sound and this time accompanies it with selections that include his daughter, Alexus, and two pianists, Paul V. McKenzie and Stewart Waters, and writer, Alex Mendoza, writing the title track. This project does exact your feet to pat and your head to bop at moments. But the fullness of this album could potentially bring joy to your heart, edification to your soul, and solace to your spirit. You, too, will be full.

I frequently thank Peter in my thoughts and prayers for recognizing the gift he has and his willingness to share it with those of us in the world who can recognize and appreciate him for it. I welcome you to join us for it will be a “new day” for you with “promises” that it will from me- from all of us- who have enjoyed Peter’s gift.

— Adrian K. Haugabrook

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Eric Darius – Retro Forward

RetroForwardEric Darius is one of the true rising stars of Smooth/Urban Jazz. Adored by his growing legion of fans, Eric tours constantly with such superstars as Maxwell, Joe, Mary J. Blige, Prince, and many others. Additionally Eric is a mainstay of Smooth Jazz radio, having already had 8 Top 10 hits in his young career.

Eric’s first single from Retro Forward, a remake of Pharrell’s Happy is already climbing up the Smooth Jazz radio charts, and promises to be Top 5 at the time of the album’s release. Superstar producers Tony Dixon(Babyface, Beyonce) and Bluetooth (Chris Brown, Jordin Sparks) ensure that Retro Forward is brimming with today’s hit sounds while still retaining a firm footing in the world of Jazz. Highlights include Eric’s hit single Happy, the heartfelt ballad Never, the funky title track Retro Forward, and much more.

This title will be released on November 11, 2014. Pre-order the CD now at Amazon.com.

Mitch Shiner and the BloomingTones Big Band – Fly!

Fly! (Patois Records, 2014) is the startling debut of Mitch Shiner and the BloomingTones Big Band. The percussionist, composer and arranger is a protégé of trombonist Wayne Wallace and follows the trail blazed by other products of Indiana: Freddie Hubbard and Wes Montgomery among them.

Shiner was born in Milwaukee but received musical education in Indiana, where he also has performed with a variety of jazz ensembles.

The BloomingTones Big Band are: Amanda Gordier, alto and soprano saxophone, flute and alto flute; Adam Carrillo, alto and soprano saxophone, clarinet; Matt Roehrich, tenor saxophone, alto flute and clarinet; Alex Young, tenor saxophone and clarinet; Steven Banks, baritone saxophone and bass clarinet; Dan Coffman, lead trombone; John Sorsen and Stewart Rhodes, trombones; Wayne Wallace, trombone on two tracks; Brennan Johns, bass trombone; Jordan Ghaim, lead trumpet; Josiah Lamb and Lexie Signor, trumpets; Joe Anderson, flugelhorn, trumpet and electronic valve instrument; Pat Harbison, trumpet on two tracks; Matt Johnson, tuba on two tracks; Eric Dumouchelle and Torrey D’Angelo, tuba on “Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head”; Matt MacDougal, guitar; Richard Baskin, vocals on three tracks; Michael Spiro, vocals on “When You Wish Upon a Star”; Anna Butterss (three tracks), Rob Walker (five tracks) and Jeremy Allen (two tracks), bass and baby bass; John Weisinger, piano; Joe Galvin (two tracks), Kristin Olson (five tracks), Shiner (four tracks) and Spiro (“When You Wish Upon a Star”), percussion; Olson (four tracks) and Shiner (three tracks), vibraphone; and Ben Lumsdaine (“Watchful Eyes”), Josh Roberts (two tracks) and Shiner (six tracks), drum set.

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