Archive for the ‘ Smooth Jazz ’ Category

Dirk K – It’s On

Two souls alas! are dwelling in my breast.

This cite from Goethe’s Faust describes excellent Dirk K‘s split love of Flamenco jazz and smooth jazz. His current work comprises fourteen CD’s as a solo artist, eight CD’s with band projects and further 30 CD’s for other artists such as Randy Brecker, Peter Erskine, Toots Thielemans, Dave Weckl, Brandon Fields, Alan Pasqua, Marc Johnson, Terri Lyne Carrington, Gary Meek, Rick Braun and many more.

His new project It’s On is a return to the smooth jazz genre with five original compositions and five covers. Most of the instruments are played by Dirk. He is joined on several tracks by C.C. Thomas Jr. (bass), Deana Massaro-Williams (cello), Otto Ehling (Rhodes and Wurlitzer), and Dirk’s son Philip Antony on saxophone and flute.

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Tom Crosby & Vance Anderson – Sands of Time

Sands of TimeTom Crosby and Vance Anderson have been playing music together on and off for nearly forty years. They have been in many bands together. They have had many jams over the years, with and without others. They owned and operated a recording studio in Southern California in the early eighties hosting many bands and artist’s. They recorded a lot of their own music there but this is the first album they have done together. “Sands Of Time” a long time coming. We hope you enjoy.

Sands of Time is on sale at CDBaby.

Jeff Gaeth – Portrait

PortraitPortrait features an incredible list of performers featuring the tasty guitars of Joe Calderon and Ryan Teanio from Los Angeles, and Trever Veilleux from Hawaii. Additionally, the project also features Hawaii Bassist Gonzo and Percussionist Bill Heideman.

Since mid 2013, Jeff has been busy writing and recording the music for the upcoming release. “It has been a wonderful process and the band has grown tighter through that process.” Jeff’s third CD “Shoestrings” enjoyed wonderful success both in the US and abroad earning a Hawaii Na Hoku Hanohano nomination in 2012. Critics and listeners alike agreed that there was something very unique about that project. “Portrait” picks up right where “Shoestrings” left off.

Portrait is a reflection of the influences and changes that I’ve experienced recently in my life.” The collaboration of talent on this project is really a big coming of age for Jeff. The inter-twining of artists from different genres has resulted in an album that is like no other. “My music is the true essence of what I am about…I sincerely hope the listener will be moved”.

Portrait was recorded and produced by Jeff and mastered by Steve Hall. Fans are encouraged to visit Jeff’s website which provides everything you could want to know about the musician. You find this album at CDBaby.

Jazz in Pink – 1st Collection

As part of a review one should practice restraint in the use of superlatives. But Jazz in P!nk is a concentrated load of women power. Initiated by keyboardist Gail Jhonson this formation was founded in February 2008.

Jazz in P!nk features Karen Briggs on violin, Althea Rene on flute, Mariea Antoinette on harp, Robin Bramlett on bass and Danielle “Pockett” Brown on drums. Additionally, the live band consists of Darlene Moreno on guitar, and Benita Lewis on drums. Special guests include Los “Lady Mac” McMorris on guitar, Kim Scott on flute, Pamella Elaine on vocals, Kat Dyson on guitar, Tamina Khyrah-joi Johnson on vocals. As well as Nedra Wheeler on bass & Estaire Godinez on percussion.

“Our mission is to promote women in jazz, by providing live performance opportunities showcasing each others music. We endeavor to provide educational opportunities and mentorship to upcoming rising stars.″ In pursuit of this motto, this album offers a variety of guest appearances of further musicians not mentioned above. Gail Jhonson has composed and produced all tracks, in parts with other band members.

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Joey Sommerville – Overnight Sensation

OvernightSensationBehind every musical overnight sensation are years of toiling away in rehearsal halls, recording studios and sweaty nightclubs meticulously honing one’s craft. In trumpeter Joey Sommerville’s case, it’s more than two decades of writing, recording and touring to cultivate his following and establish his presence on the national scene. On October 28, the award-winning soul-jazz musician, songwriter and producer will release a new collection of songs that he’s been working on as far back as 1993 that will comprise his fifth album, Overnight Sensation, slated for release on his Jayvox imprint. The title track will crank up the party when it is serviced to radio stations for airplay at the end of this month.

Sommerville’s forte is serving as an impresario of fun and funky frolics and pretty harmonies that touch the heart. He wrote or co-wrote nine of the disc’s ten tracks and produced the entire session sharing production duties on two cuts with fusion icon Jeff Lorber. Like a ringmaster who skillfully unifies the eclectic acts of a three-ring circus, the trumpeter who also plays flugelhorn, piano, keyboards, synth bass and drum programming on the record has scripted a colorful collection of short stories with his horn serving as the common thread binding gripping chapters in contemporary and straight-ahead jazz, R&B, hip hop and rock.

“In this era of singles downloads, I still believe in the concept of albums and a cohesive body of music,” said the Atlanta, Georgia-based Sommerville, who will perform at an album launch gig there on October 30 at the Suite Food Lounge. “I’ve always wanted to record these songs and I really like them, but they didn’t fit on previous projects. They were all inspired by real life experiences thus they have meaning. The long journey that is a music career is a marathon, not a sprint, and the timing finally came around for these songs to be recorded for the first time. Surprisingly, they fit together despite being written over a long period of time and the variety in their sound and style.” Continue reading

Gregg Karukas – Soul Secrets

SoulSecretsThe “Secret” is out! 2013 Grammy winner Gregg Karukas is back with a new collection featuring his signature piano touch, pristine production, and melodies that are both soulful and sophisticated. Organic, funky, and melodic is how the original Rippingtons keyboardist describes his latest, long awaited 12th solo project, Soul Secrets. Gregg’s elegant grand piano melodies and infectious grooves are everywhere; this time around he digs into his roots, featuring the classic Fender Rhodes, Wurlie, Minimoog and B3 keyboards quite a bit.

At a generous and expansive 14 tracks and no covers, “Soul Secrets” reveals Karukas as an artist who has refined his sound to be instantly recognizable while constantly exploring a wide range of styles and grooves – from old school soul-jazz, with hints of gospel, R&B and funk to the world/samba grooves he immersed himself in while touring with Brazilian legends Sergio Mendes and Dori Caymmi. The album’s debut single, “Elegant Nights” is classic Karukas; it was the #1 Most Added Track in its first week on radio. The live interplay sizzles as Gregg surrounds himself with an all-star guest list that includes his friends Rick Braun, Euge Groove, guitarists Ricardo Silveira, Michael O’Neill, Adam Hawley and James Harrah; violinist Charlie Bisharat, Luis Conte, Eric Valentine, Nate Phillips; vocalists Shelby Flint and Ron Boustead and 21 year old rising sax star and occasional touring partner Vincent Ingala.

A prolific, genre-crossing veteran of Smooth Jazz, Brazilian, and R&B/Pop, Gregg won a Grammy Award in 2013 for producing, composing, playing all keyboards, arranging….and engineering the Echoes of Love CD, a collaboration with Omar Akram, winning Best New Age Album. Since his 2009 release “GK”, Gregg has also been busy touring with guitarist Peter White and Rick Braun and served as musical director for the annual Dave Koz and Friends at Sea Cruises 2011-2013. After traveling the world with Koz and supporting all the artists, Gregg made a deliberate career move in 2014 to focus more on his solo projects and finally found time to bring 14 new songs to life. Continue reading

Matt Marshak – Lifestyle

Long Island native guitarist Matt Marshak has an incredibly likable charisma. Is that enough to succeed? Certainly not. But with eight CDs on his shoulders he is constantly building on his awareness and reputation.

He is currently touring in support of his new album Lifestyle, which he recorded in a two-day walkover with the support of Gerald Veasley (bass), Benjie Porecki (keyboards), Carl Anderson (drums), Mario Cruz (sax) and Barry Danielian (trumpet).

Tell me your companions and I’ll tell you in which direction you aspire. With experienced studio musicians, an album with musical depth is the result. The album features nine originals, whose duration promises plenty of enjoyment.

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