Archive for October, 2009

Twink – I’m More Than What You See

I’m More Than What You See is Twink‘s fourth cd. Analyze This, The Surprise of Love and The Real Me were the first three just in case you missed out on them. This new cd is full of musical joy. Come take this journey with us. The Jazzy tunes are explosive, the r&b tracks are soulful and the hip hop groove is dynamic. Twink hope you enjoy this cd more than you did the others. Thank you and enjoy.

The talented music composer of this cd called is Floyd Grace. All of Floyds’ friends call him Twink and thus the name  was chosen. Floyd has been on the music scene over twenty years. He is an accomplished percussionist. You know like congas, bongos, and all the trimmings. Years ago Floyd starting writing jingles for a local radio station and the start of his production career began. Floyd and some of his close friends and relatives who are also musicians got together and recorded this Cd to try and provide some good old fashion entertainment for all who love good music at CDBaby.

Jeanne Ricks – Listening Room

Listening Room, was Jeanne’s first solo CD with the help of a few friends like Branford Marsalis, Lisa Fischer, Darryl Tookes and Hubert Eaves III lending their talents to her music which she wrote, produced and mixed on the Rickso Facto Music Label under her artistic pseudonym, “Jenjii”.

Soulstress Jeanne Ricks brings a tasty blend of Neo-Soul, Jazz and R&B to this incredible CD. With dynamically rich, yet sensual vocals, this multi-instrumentalist who plays Acoustic & Electric Guitar, as well as Keyboards has written hit songs for a range of artists including Famed Guitarist – George Benson and Superstar – Chaka Khan. Listening Room is now available in a remastered version at CDBaby.

Joe Gransden – Close To My Heart

At 37 years old, Joe Gransden has already performed worldwide and released seven CDs under his own name. Renowned first for the hard bop approach of his trumpet, Gransden’s singing voice has been compared to that of Chet Baker and Frank Sinatra.

Fellow musicians across the country hear a talented trumpet player whose ace in the hole is a well-developed voice. But around Atlanta and New York Joe is also a well-respected human being, a nice guy who treats people fairly. He has always managed to keep every aspect of his career and life in balance. In this tempestuous decade, Joe’s lyricism is like a breath of fresh air. His newest album Close To My Heart just hits the store at CDBaby.

Craig Sharmat – So Cal Drivin

Craig Sharmat leaves his love of composing and session work to release this initial offering. The album features a number of special guests including Rick Braun who helped oversee the final project. There are some tracks with his performing groove jazz band Comfort Zone and a host of special guests including Greg Matheison, Mike White, Philippe Saisse, Dino Soldo, Billy Hulting, Steve Billman, Andy Suzuki etc, etc.

Sharmat includes infectious grooves on tunes like So Cal Drivin (nationally charted), Spud Nutts (a homage to his composing mentor Lyle Murphy) Fish Fry and The Badger. Craig also includes the tune Brisa showing his love for Brazilian music and also includes two lush orchestral arrangements Dad and Midnight Jass featuring a specialty, orchestral arranging. The included Song for Colleen is a beautiful ballad with a catchy melody. Craig rounds out the collection with the uplifting Perfect Life and Smooth Sailing where he departs from his clean electric guitar playing on the latter tune in favor of a more rock guitar playing approach.

Sharmat has toured with Randy Crawford and Ronnie Laws. He has worked on Rick Braun’s Yours Truly album and Peter White’s Christmas album featuring Rick Braun and Mindi Abair. He has played/composed/ on thousands of TV, move and jingle cues. So Cal Drivin is arrived at CDBaby.

Jesse Cook – The Rumba Foundation

Tracing the roots of Jesse Cook there is much to discover. Born in Paris Jesse soon developed a strong affinity for the Flamenco music of the gypsies. After his parents separated, Cook accompanied his mother and sister to Canada, his mother’s birthplace. While he continued his studies in classical and jazz guitar at some of North America’s most prestigious music schools, he stayed in contact with the music of his childhood.

In fifteen years he released seven studio albums. After the debut album Tempest (1995), followed Gravity (1996), Vertigo (1998), Free Fall (2000) and Nomad (2003) on Narada. In 2004 he published the live-album Montréal and in 2007 Frontiers, both on EMI. Now he is back with his album The Rumba Foundation.

The album was recorded in two parts, in Toronto Jesse was supported by Rosendo (Chendy) Leon JR. (Drums and Percussion), Chris Church (all Violins, black Violin), Drew Birston (Double Bass), Dennis Mohammed (Bass), Rosendo (Chendy) Leon SR. (Bongos), Juan De Sedas (Accordion), Kevin Fox (Cello), Jonathan Tortolano (Cello), William Arivalo (Caja and Guacharaca), Jeremy Fisher (Vocals), in Bogota by the group Los Gaiteros de San Jacinto.

“I flew down to Colombia and worked with a group called Los Gaiteros de San Jacinto. They won a Latin Grammy back in 2007. They play traditional music known as Vallenato and they make all their own instruments by hand including gaitos flutes. I learned these flutes are always played in pairs and in only one key. They are doing it old school,” comments Jesse Cook.

Bogota By Bus is a fantastic journey into the vibrant music world of South America. Jesse involves the impressions of the long bus trip and Los Gaiteros add the typical flavor of the country. Santa Marta is a festival of infectious Latin music melting Cook’s guitar virtuosity with the local color fiction of Los Gaiteros. ‘I don’t think it’s ever been done before,” says Cook. “The sound is just so beautiful and so intoxicating to me. But, blending these styles also speaks to their shared roots.”

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Nick Gomez – The Third Date

This record makes Nick Gomez proud to do music. It took him 2 years to complete because, well, he is unsigned and self-funded. Because Nick doesn’t have a label to push him around he is able to take his time and make sure to give his fans a quality release. The Third Date although instrumental, was created during a very tumultuous part of Nicks life, especially in the dating scene. Though some regard this album as a break-up record, Nick really feels it represents his transition from that to being single and in your mid-20’s.

Nick Gomez’s second solo release is a beautiful smooth jazz record with vibrant grooves and an expansion into a more organic sound. The Third Date is now available at CDBaby.

Alan King Jr. – The Experiment

Alan King Jr., is an enlivened, up and coming, talented young musician inspired by the genre of Smooth Jazz. He is the quintessential jazz artist that plays a myriad of musical instruments including the piano and percussion with a passion and the stylistic influences drawn from Jazz, Funk, Urban, Pop and R&B.

His influences and musical niche are found in his new debut album The Experiment. Presently he is taking his great love for smooth jazz into his future. Alan King, the musician, the performer well-anticipated debut album; The Experiment, will be but a tool to bring live music back to the people. His audience will be satisfied that he waited to edify and solidify his craft. Alan is finally where is want to be in his life. He became serious about his music, begun to focus, discovered his niche, then his smooth jazz music grooves found him!

The Experiment is now arrived at CDBaby.

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