Archive for October, 2011

Mike Sedmak – Sentimental Favorites

Mike Sedmak was influenced by the early days of Rock music in the late 60’s and 70’s which is now fondly referred to as Classic Rock. While living in a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio in the 1990’s, he was introduced to the Smooth Jazz genre and was immediately captivated by the instrumental melody and improvisation.

After his children were grown and his career established, he found more time to devote to music. He now enjoys playing the Classic Rock songs he grew up listening to and performing in his youth, as well as many of the Smooth Jazz songs that have been recorded over the past decades.

If you share Mike’s devotion,  listen to Sentimental Favorites  at CDBaby.

Mark Stephens – The Dream of the Peaceful Warrior

What have Alanis Morissette, Diana Ross, Chaka Khan, Stanley Clarke, James Ingram, Kirk Whalum, George Duke, Take 6 and Josh Groban in common? Keyboardist Mark Stephens has performed with them on many concerts.

He also wrote songs for Boney James like All Night Long, Butter, Cry and There and Back. Nevertheless Mark shares with many musicians the fate to stay in the shadows.

With his upcoming album The Dream Of The Peaceful Warrior (2011) it’s time to walk into the limelight. This star-studded project is featuring Chaka Khan, Andrae’ Crouch, Take 6, Kirk Whalum, Jonathan Butler, Marcus Miller, Boney James and the late, great Michael Brecker and has certainly the potential to make Mark popular.

The piano study Prelude invites the audience to Stephens’ first opus The Light Of Love. This piece is spiritualized by world renowned vocal sextet Take 6 and also features Mark’s impressive Mini Moog solo in the style of George Duke.

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Jay Kim – Returning Back

Jay Kim was born in Seoul, Korea, he grew up in Seoul, Korea and moved to McLean, Virginia when he was 13 years old, and first began playing music right after he heard a song called “In The Name of Love” by Grover Washington Jr. from Radio. By 14, he became a leading soloist at Fork Union Military Academy Jazz Band and was honored as a first chair selection to all states of military high school band festival.

Jay Kim influenced by noted saxophone players such as Dave Koz, Everette Harp, Euge Groove, Grover Washington Jr. In 2005, he recorded his first Album “Tenderness” all produced by himself. His newest project is Returning Back. He was supported by Tony Moore (drums),   Alex Al (bass),  Morris O’Connor (guitar), and  Key J (keyboards). Recorded by Bill Schnee at Bill Schnee Studio, North Hollywood, CA & Jeff Lorber at JHL Sound, Pacific Palisades, CA.

 Returning Back is available as download at CDBaby.

James Divine – What A Wonderful World

James Divine has been described as sounding like Kenny G. His music will lift you up and leave you feeling peaceful, rested and content. His first original, “Flowing Water at Sunset”, is meant to paint a musical picture of relaxing by a stream. James performs regularly in Colorado and all across America.

What A Wonderful World is soothing, relaxing and spiritual smooth jazz saxophone.  You find this album at CDBaby.

Paul Smail – Moon Under Clouds

Paul Smail comments: “We have recorded 2 albums over the last 2 years including ‘Red Boats and Blue Skies’ a recording of guitar and piano featuring an interactive musical debate between the 2 instruments and with far ranging musical influences and improvisations. The last album was a more rhythmic collaboration which epitomises a new rhythmic and world music direction in our musical direction. This is the ‘Smail and Stephens Project’ (2010). I have also begun to play the piano accordion and melodica on recent recordings and these instruments feature in our live sessions.

My musical influences are the usual diverse range of musicians. composers and genres from different countries and time periods eg JS Bach, Didier Squiban, Bob James, Ojos de Brujo, Al Di Meola, Santana, Jeff Lorber, Piazzola, -the list increases daily !

The duo, with Dave’s enthusiasm for the guitar and our project has inspired me to write and improvise/experiment both in the studio and in live work. We have however added a wonderful percussionist recently, Colin Rowlands, which has provided a more rhythmic basis to our music and I think made it more accessible to a wider audience.
My latest single -Lighthouse 2011, is really a tribute to one of my heroes, Mr Bob James.”

His new album is entitled Moon Under Clouds and we found the album at CDBaby.

Jeff Lorber Fusion – Galaxy

Trailblazing keyboardist/composer/producer Jeff Lorber revisits a sound he helped pioneer on his latest recording, Galaxy, set for release in Germany November 4th, 2011, in USA on January 31, 2012, on Heads Up International, a division of Concord Music Group. Yellowjackets’ bassist Jimmy Haslip joins him in this 21st century version of the Jeff Lorber Fusion along with saxophonist Eric Marienthal, trumpeter Randy Brecker, percussionist Lenny Castro, guitarists Paul Jackson Jr. and Larry Koonse, and drummers Vinnie Colaiuta and Dave Weckl. Haslip also co-produced the album and co-wrote five tunes with Lorber.

“What I like about working with Jimmy is he’s very intuitive,” says Lorber. “It’s often hard for me to wear so many hats so I really count on him for advice. I have a lot of confidence in him and really trust him. He has a good big picture sensibility, and he really loves the whole recording process, like I do.”

“Coming into the project, I felt like Jeff was plugged in with an explosive energy,” Haslip says. “He was writing up a storm. I just wanted to help in any way I could. Jeff is an incredible producer, and I learned a lot working with him.”

Following up on his GRAMMY®-nominated 2010 release, Now Is The Time, Lorber again culls from his early catalog but gives a fresh approach to some of his most highly requested compositions, including “Wizard Island,” “City,” “The Samba” and “The Underground.”

“Essentially this album is a part two,” Lorber says. “It features the same rhythm section, but it’s even more into the jazz fusion direction. It’s more energetic and the performances are tighter.”

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Terry Wollman – Buddhas’s Ear

Raised in Miami, graduated in Boston and working in L.A. guitarist and producer Terry Wollman combines talent, desire and passion to create mesmerizing music for connoisseurs of fine art. With his Latin flavored debut album Bimini (1986) he received first acclaims. His second album Say Yes (1998) impressed with great music performed by top-notched musicians. Buddha’s Ear (2011) is Terry’s return to smooth jazz and beyond.

As on his previous releases he is joined by professional musicians like John (JR) Robinson, Abraham Laboriel, Luis Conte, Greg Manning, Gerald Albright, Mindi Abair, Keb’ Mo’, Melanie Taylor and Melissa Manchester. All music was composed, arranged and produced by Terry Wollman with the exception of Mandela and Right Where You Are, co-composed with other musicians.

Terry opens the door to his exotic music world with Mandela, a song committed to Carter Mandela Moore. A mélange of Kalimba, wood flute and sax crescendo introduces into the lead melody masterly interpreted by Terry on acoustic guitar. Mindi Abair directs to the world music bridge and intertwines with the guitars of Terry and Keb’ Mo’.

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