Archive for the ‘ Smooth Jazz ’ Category

New Latitude – Convergence

ConvergenceGuitarists and composers Dave Erickson and Jim Carr started New Latitude to play original music and share their passion for instrumental acoustic guitar music. Their CD Convergence is 100% original music with great synergy and acoustic guitar interplay on every song.

You find this album under Crossover Jazz at CDBaby.

Tony Saunders – Appaloosa

AppaloosaTony Saunders is an American bass player and synthesizer player in the genres of jazz, gospel, R&B, Pop and world music. He is a composer, arranger, music producer, and head of his own studio, Studio 1281.

His new CD Appaloosa was released January 22, 2014. It features Tony on Bass, Grammy winners Howard Hewett, Bill Champlin and Tony Lindsay on vocals. The CD has 7 instrumentals and 6 vocal songs. Tom Politzer from Tower of Power, Rock Hendricks from Paul Hardcastle’s Jazz master series also grace the CD with their Sax playing. Longtime friends of Tony’s, Fred Ross and Sakai, background singer with Train, also sing their hearts out on the duet “The Question Is”.

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Frans Heemskerk – Persona

PersonaFrench Heemskerk plays with his trio, consisting of Jeroen Vierdag, Arno Nieuwenhuize and himself, the music of his new album Persona. Jazz, funk and fusion influences melt together in an exciting way in the new, contemporary compositions. Heemskerk is already 20 years active as a composer and musician. With this new album is his music available to the general public. The repertoire comes to life through the interplay of three musicians, who master their instrument completely so that every intuition can be followed and that any inspiration in music can be translated. The music of Personais a given, but is in any action in a unique way to life.

French Heemskerk made with The French Connection ‘Live At The Duke’ in 2005, his first album with his own work. He is working as musical director for Joop van den Ende’s Stage Entertainment. He also composed two musicals, he brought with lounge group “Water” 11 compositions at the Supperclub and he won a Johnny Kraaijkamp Musical Award in 2009. Jeroen Vierdag (bass) is one of the best bassists in the Netherlands. He plays in the band of Caro Emerald and Anton Goudsmit he plays in the Ploctones. Arno Nieuwenhuize (drums) played for many years with the Metropole Orchestra. He was responsible for numerous concerts and CD recordings with the greats, including Todd Rundgren and Steve Vai.

Persona, your alternative CD at CDBaby.

Ellis Jones – Fingertalking

FingertalkingEllis Jones previously released Fingertalking in 2005 under the stage name Loranzoellis. This album is all about expression through music featuring an array of different musical instruments and sounds. Because of the diver abilities of Elli’s style, you will experience a combination of funky grooves paired with pumping bass lines that are sure to get you grooving. Last but certainly not least, Ellis used this first album release to showcase his abilities on piano. So, make sure you are buckled up because you are about to experience The Ellis Factor.

Listen to it at CDBaby.

Drivetime Uoj – Ignition

IgnitionIGNITION! Drivetime UOJ will rev you up with what the group calls Urban Organic Jazz… that is funky grooves and jazz-soaked, melodic originals, and delivers exciting new music, ranging from smooth to Latin to fusion to Tower of Power-like grooves, and even a splash of chillout! IGNITION sparks from cool collaborations including special guest appearances by saxophonist Andrew Neu, vocalists Phyllis Chapell, Justin Guarini & guitarist Vinnie Zummo.

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John King – Just Another Day

Just Another DaySt. Louis bass player John King is called the Pharaoh of Funk. He plays a 5 string Ken Smith. He currently performs with Boom, Good 4 The Soul, Park Avenue Trio, Denise Thimes. His newest album is entitled Just Another Day.

It’s just available at CDBaby.

Ken Navarro – Hope, Joy, Strength

HJSKen Navarro‘s contribution to Contemporary and Mainstream Jazz goes beyond his personal artistry. Ken has produced successful albums for Narada/EMI recording artist Eric Darius as well as saxophonist Randy Villars and pianist Jay Rowe to name a few. As founder of Positive Music Records, Ken is responsible for launching and furthering the recording careers of saxophonist Brandon Fields, guitarists Grant Geissman, Thom Rotella and Pat Kelley, and keyboardists Gregg Karukas, Jay Rowe and Marcus Johnson. Ken’s vision of a musician’s record label has enhanced the genre with over 35 new artists and seventy releases.

Hope, Joy, Strength is a trilogy of uplifting and energetic beautiful contemporary jazz music from one of the genre’s most gifted and successful recording artists. Top charting and award winning contemporary guitarist and composer Ken Navarro begins 2015 with positive and soulful new music. Get the new album here.


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