Archive for the ‘ Smooth Jazz ’ Category

David Baroni – Once Upon a Sunset

Once Upon a SunsetThis is an album of new, fresh, creative, fun and inspiring jazz instrumental music. Artist and Composer David Baroni has been influenced by such musical greats as Bill Evans, Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Pat Metheny, Dave Grusin, Lee Ritenour, Herbie Hancock and many more.

This album is joyful, inspirational, powerful, fresh and full of brand new jazz classics. From the smooth jazz opening song “Day At The Beach” to the infectious “Tea Truck,’ the soaring “Eagle Cry” and the haunting “For Love,” this project is diverse, yet with a cohesive musical excellence. No throwaway songs here! With its latin, R and B, classical, pop, and jazz tunes, Once Upon A Sunset is a must-have album for music lovers everywhere.

Once Upon a Sunset is now arrived at CDBaby.

Ed Taylor – It’s Complicated

ItsComplicatedFormer Motown session guitarist Ed Taylor performed his Wes Montgomery- and George Benson-inspired guitar licks for years at small clubs in the Pacific Northwest. Taylor began his playing at the young age of 13 – He grew up in Los Angeles and was heavily influenced by George Benson, the Rolling Stones and the Beatles.

After Songs From A Taylor (2007) and TaylorMade (2005) he has released his third album It’s Complicated in 2012. The album is still available in all stores.

Jay Williams – Just Because

Just BecauseJay Williams is originally from Washington, DC and still makes it his home. At three years old is when he started in on the drums, and while others sometimes say that the instrument picked them, Jay feels differently. “I think I picked the drums. I was very fascinated by the drummers I saw playing at an early age.” Like a great deal of other artists, Jay got his start at church. “My whole family at home was, and still is, involved in church. My Dad was an organist and my sister sings. I am the only musician who ventured out to different styles of music.” But unlike some artists who have a stellar reputation and made a name for themselves, Jay never forgets where he came from and loves to give back. “When I’m home, I’m always playing in church. That’s my favorite musical situation. God gave me my talent and I do all I can to give it back to him.”

Jay is in high demand these days and has travelled a long road to get where he is now. Jay notes that getting to this point in his career was sort of the trickle down effect. “From a recommendation, I got to work with Will Downing. From that, I started working with Gerald Albright. The bass player with Gerald also plays with Lee Ritenour, so he recommended me for that! I subbed for a good friend of mine, Eric Valentine, with Jonathan Butler, which gave me the opportunity to work with Dave Koz! So that’s sort of how things happened. It’s all about who you know and being in the right place at the right time.” Jay has also played with George Duke, Bob James, and many others.

Like many who start their careers as side musicians and are happy to support the headliner, Jay is breaking into the headliner spot with a CD of his own. “My CD project consists of some feel good music that the normal listener can enjoy. The project is mostly instrumental with a gospel inspirational base. The project features Gerald Albright, Kevin Whalum, bassist Melvin Davis, and many other great musicians and friends. I actually did a little singing my self. I own my recording gear, so all of the drums and some of the other tracks were recorded in my studio.” Now you can buy this album at CDBaby.

Clinton Fortson – Tonal Vizion

Tonal VizionThis music is an expression of my experiences beginning at the age of seven when I took the “dreaded” piano lessons under duress. Forced to take lessons, I hated piano until my mother allowed me to withdraw. I regained interest in music at age fifteen when I was so impressed with my friend’s father who played classical guitar- that I begged him to teach me. I quickly learned how to play guitar plucking with all my fingers. I then learned to play cello and saxophone/flute.

In my late teens I started playing with a latin (afro-cuban) band and then “re-acquired” an interest in piano, timbales and latin percussion instruments. I then played keyboards, bass, and flute with an R&B funk band. I have always liked the power of brass/strings in combination with a surging bass line and heavy bass drum. So, EWF, Chicago, Brass Construction were influential in my musical growth. I somehow retained a love for classical music and it can be detected in some of my arrangements.

Tonal Vizion is a hodgepodge of varietal music ranging from easy listening jazz, to soundtrack bits, classical- with rock guitar and funky bass lines/beats. There’s a brief excursion into an orchestral arrangement! Interesting melody lines and harmonies. Look for it at CDBaby.

Various Artists – The TriniJazz Project

thetrinijazzprojectFive beautiful and driven young composers/artists get together to produce a ten song album of groovy Caribbean tunes. Featuring the talents of Vaughnette Bigford – Vocals, Rodney Alexander – Bass, Dean Williams – Guitar, Modupe Onilu – Percussion, Anthony Woodroffe Jr – Sax/Flute. Michael Low Chew Tung – Producer.

The TriniJazz Project is available at CDBaby.

Dirk K – It’s On

ItsOnI am exited to announce the release of my new CD on my independent label DIP Records. On my new album, Dirk K It’s On, I chose to record 5 originals and 5 covers. To pick the covers was a great adventure. The challenge was to make arrangements, which are unique and set me apart from the original.

Some of the songs I chose were not written for Jazz at all. For example: The “Lovesong” from the Cure, or Britney Spears “Toxic”. The next step involved producing. I produce music since I am 16 years old. Producing is finding the right package. For this CD, I rediscovered and utilized the famous MPC drum machine. I found one on eBay, and I actually had to go and find floppy disks.

I surrounded myself with some great talent. Music director for Diana Ross, C.C, Thomas Jr. is playing some of the fine bass lines, Deana Massaro-Williams plays cello on Toxic. Otto Ehling did a great job of playing the Rhodes and Wurlitzer parts. This CD is also the debut of my son Philip Antony on saxophone and flute. Just being 14 years old, he did an amazing job. It’s On is available at CDBaby.

The Blu J’z – Feeling The Moment

The Blu J’Z is a group founded by guitarist, composer, and vocalist Reggie Silva. His son Richard Silva (saxophonist) joined the band a short time later. Further members are his brother Joe Silva (saxophonist, vocalist, percussion), Julian Molina (bass), Ricky Gonzalez (rhythm guitar), and Juan Chevalier (drummer, vocalist). All are performing in Fresno’s jazz music scene.

The band already opened for Fred Yonnett, David Sanborn, Bob James, Brian Culbertson, Boney James and Patrick Lamb. Even some popular smooth jazz magazines have spread the word. 2001 was the debut of their CD Feeling The Moment, which is still the only release.

The album starts with Keepin It Tight. The first impression of a committed band, in which the shares of the involved musicians are equally important. Beside the above mentioned musicians Darrell Devaurs is joining this recording as pianist, keyboardist and supplier of additional strings.

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