Archive for November, 2011

Dave Stephens – Days Like These

In the summer of 2011 after writing and recording two singles with the Band CON MOTO (also available on CD Baby etc) guitarist Dave Stephens set about writing and recording a collection of new tunes with the idea of releasing an album in the autumn/winter. During the summer he released a single called “London Town” as a celebration of the spirit of goodwill for those people of London who got together to re-build the parts of the city, that where so badly damaged by the summer riots.

All of the time composing and arranging, and recording – when he felt he had enough compositions he sat back and listened to what he had, and to see if what he had produced would make a reasonable album. The result was an overwhelming ‘yes’!!!

And now as we go to print, the first promo copies have gone out to radio stations and DJ’s…and the feedback already is amazing!! “It is probably the best solo statement I have ever made!” says Stephens, “I am very proud of the compositions and arrangements – as for the guitar playing, I just play what I play and it is for the listener to decide if he or she, likes the way I play”. I know for a fact that harmonically there are some sophisticated chord changes going on there, which I am very,very pleased with – and I can definitely hear some of my prime influences coming through, such as Lee Ritenour and Pat Metheny, but hopefully I still sound like me!!”

Now you have the opportunity to get Days Like These on your turntable fresh from CDBaby.

Kim Scott – Crossing Over

Classically trained flutist, Kim Scott, is new to the jazz scene. Her debut album, Crossing Over, was recorded on the Lenoah Records label and was produced by Keith “Cashmere” Williams. It has been acclaimed to be one of those albums everyone should have in their library!

Known for her smooth, lyrical and seductive melodies, Kim Scott challenges the smooth and contemporary jazz scene with remakes of “Spain” by Chick Corea, “Rain” by Jaco Pastorius, “Deja Vu” by Beyonce and even introduces the world to her writing style with the title track from her album, Crossing Over.

Backed by a dynamic quartet (bass, keys, guitar and drum set), Ms. Scott has wowed audiences with her live performances, showcasing impeccable technique and captivating musicality. Influenced by urban and cultural music, Kim Scott’s music is appealing to all music lovers!

Available at Amazon.com and other online stores.

Brian Hughes – Fast Train To A Quiet Place

Hailing from Alberta, Canada guitarist Brian Hughes resides after a stay in Toronto now in Los Angeles. His musical life is a prove for diversity. Tagged as jazz guitarist he also performed with world renowned vocalist Loreena McKennitt, Celtic music legends, The Chieftains or Greek recording artists Evanthia Reboutsika, Yannis Kotsiras and Panayotis Kalantzopoulos.

His solo career can be described with his albums Between Dusk and Dreaming (1991), Under One Sky (1992), Straight To You (1996), One 2 One (1998), Shakin’ not Stirred (1999), Along the Way (2003), Live (2007) and Fast Train To A Quiet Place (2011).

On his new album Hughes is joined by Matt Rohde, keyboards, Tal Bergman, drums, Ron Powell, percussion, and Rufus Philpot, bass. All songs were written and composed by Brian himself.

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Special EFX – Without You

Special EFX entered the jazz scene in the 1980s, created by guitarist Chieli Minucci and the now-deceased George Jinda. Since then, the Grammy-nominated group has recorded 26 CDs, with eight solo releases by Minucci. Without You (Chieli Music, 2010) presents a diverse collection of favorites by the original Special EFX lineup of favorites.

With Minucci are Jeff Brooks on bass, Lionel Cordew on drums, Jay Rowe on acoustic grand piano and Rhodes, and Philip Hamilton on percussion and vocals.

“You Make Me Blue” opens with a tranquil, almost haunting quality. But it quickly kicks into a more rhythmic, and slightly funky groove. Minucci’s layered guitar harmonies are the song’s central focus, but pay attention to Brooks’ cool bass line. Alan Grubner helps out on violin, including an ad-lib on the fade. This song appeared on the Special EFX landscape in 1992, when the group began experimenting with R&B-style jazz, better known as smooth jazz.

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Joseph Alan Fears – Tap Out That Jazz

Born on 1957 in Hastings, Nebraska Joseph Alan Fears moved at age 11 to start a band.  From 1971 until 2009 Joseph Alan Fears has been performing live in concerts, festivals, nightclubs & recording & releasing songs on his own label (JAFF RECORDS – USA). Presently he is performing with his band “Zafaja”, known all over the world for a great live showcase.

His newest album is called Tap Out That Jazz. Currently this album is available at Reverbnation. Watch out for this album soon available in all retail shops.

Paul Whitley – Versatility

His experience in the music and recording industry has been a passion throughout his life. Paul Whitley began his music career at the age of 8 when he started playing drums. By the time he turned 16 he started playing piano after his father prayed for his hands. Paul has since learned to play bass and lead guitar. He began recording and producing in 2002 after being laid off from his job as a civil engineer.

Since then he has played behind and worked with artists such as Marvin Sapp, John P. Kee, Byron Cage, Steve Cole, Walter Beasley, and Joey Sommerville to name a few. Paul’s passions include playing music of all kinds, producing, and engineering. His reputation is built on “maintaining absolute quality and professionalism with everyone that he works with.”

He began working on his own personal instrumental project in March 2011, where he is featured on piano, lead guitar, and some bass guitar, and with the help of some of his fellow musicians and vocalist, he was able to finish the album in about 5 months. The album is very diverse and there is something for everyone.

Versatility is now available at CDBaby.

Gordon James – A New Kind Of Love

Trumpet and flugelhorn are the signature instruments of Gordon James. Eric Kloss, Johnny Guitar Watson, Chuck Loeb, Bob Baldwin, James Lloyd, Gil Parris, Josh Dion, David Darling and Paul Winter are among those artists, he had the pleasure to perform with.

He started his solo career with the album Candlelight Love in 1995, followed by the albums Gordon James (1999), After Hours (2004) and In Joy (2007). After a long hiatus Gordon is back with A New Kind Of Love (2011). On this album he is joined by Matt King, Joe Scott and James Lloyd (keyboards), Mike Hogan, Mike Neer, and Jerry Topinka (guitars), Mark Peterson and Chris Plinkett (bass), Jose Loo, LaJuan Carter, Ty Stephens, and Chanda Rule (vocals). Gordon plays beside his main instruments, organ, piano, synthesizers, drum programming and synth bass.

A New Kind Of Love is Gordon James’ approach to combine musical elements featuring singer Jose Loo & LaJuan Carter with his own divine trumpet performance. The result is a chorus line in the style of the Carpenters with the trumpet in the lead.

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