Flight 407 are Keith “Bubby” Webb, Derick “DT” Thompson, Teri Tobin. Metro to Sky Harbor is a smooth jazz sound with a little bit of RnB vibe to keep a commercial appeal so this music can go beyond a smooth jazz market.
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All of these songs were born with a guitar in my hands, usually growing from a kernal that I’d stumble upon while noodling. Most times in the past when I would hit upon a voicing or progression that I found interesting, I would ask myself “does that sound like a jazz tune?”. If the answer was “no”, I’d let the idea go. I decided, at some point, not to let those things go, but to gather them and see if I couldn’t make something out of them, even if the results weren’t anything you might recognize as ‘jazz’. Before I knew it, I had these ideas hanging around, waiting to be turned into songs.
The process to flesh all of these things out fully took longer than I anticipated, as most didn’t really inhabit a sound world in my usual wheelhouse. These odd ducks, often built around a couple of open-string voicings, or a riff I would normally consider too generic to make into something, demanded a lot from me. I had to live with them until they matured into their current incarnations.
I needed to enlist the great bassist Andy Alonso to add his special flavor to “Wet, Inc.”. I built a virtual orchestra (feel free to use Dr. Evil air-quotes around the word “orchestra”) to get the full Technicolor treatment on the “Chaconne”. The “Barcarolle” seemed to want a wind quintet, and “Three Four Seven Eight” a string quartet. “Miss Ann” and “Whore Shoes” have the requisite amount of dirt, and “Slick Roads” 4-part slide guitar harmony. And acoustic instruments are everywhere – steel and nylon string guitars, and even a bit of mandolin on “A Major Undertaking”, “FWT”, and “Martian Campfire” among others.
The resulting album may be all over the stylistic map (or it might be more accurate to describe it as “off-road”), but all the tunes share 6-string origins. Hopefully you’ll find something here, off the beaten path, that you’ll enjoy. A Mess of Pottage is available at CDBaby.
Saxophonist Jarez (born Jarel Posey) is inspired by John Coltrane, Miles Davis and Charlie Parker. In 2001 Jarez started touring around the world with Grammy Award winning rapper Coolio. While he still has a strong connection to this rapper, Jarez is now working on his own solo career.
His solo albums are To The Top (2007), Saxoholic (2009), and this year On Top Of The World. His recording was supported by AJ Luke (guitar, vocals), and Keenan Holloway (bass). In view of the minimal cast as a trio, the result is nevertheless striking.
The starting song Can’t Let Go is beefed up in the overdub process. Jarez arranges around the catching lead sax a blowing horn arrangement. This is a proper way to win the favor of the audience.
Ernie Slaughter has just released his long awaited CD project titled “Chillin” which is sure to please the lovers of Smooth Jazz with beautiful songs that come straight the Heart! Ernie plays with passion and emotion on every track which is clearly evident the moment you pop the CD in. The CD is co produced with his Brother Eliot Slaughter, who is also the featured Keyboardist and Songwriter on the CD project.
This CD release is destined to become a classic, and is sure to please the most discriminating listener! Give it a try at CDBaby.
Chicago-based artist, and Los Angeles native, Marqueal Jordan is the rare musician who is blessed with the gift of being equally proficient as an instrumentalist and a vocalist. His distinctive saxophone tone and style, combined with his soulful vocals, places him in the tradition of legendary dual talents, George Benson, Donny Hathaway and Ronnie Laws.
Described by fellow saxophonist Mike Phillips as “one of the most versatile saxophonists in the game today”, Marqueal (pronounced Mar-KWELL) earned his reputation as an electrifying live performer after moving to Chicago in 1995. He was the front man for the Chicago-based funk unit, Fat Time, and became an integral member in numerous Jazz, R&B and Blues bands in the city. In 2008, Smooth Jazz star Brian Culbertson asked Marqueal to join his touring band and since then he’s captivated audiences around the world with his talents. As a sideman, he’s performed with an amazing list of major artists such as Oleta Adams, Gerald Albright, Patti Austin, Avant, Average White Band, Rick Braun, Peabo Bryson, Jonathan Butler, Stanley Clarke, George Duke, Aretha Franklin, Savion Glover, Larry Graham, Buddy Guy, Lalah Hathaway, Al Jarreau, Earl Klugh, Dave Koz, KRS-ONE, Jeff Lorber, Maysa, Najee, Ray Parker, Jr., Phil Perry, Eric Roberson, David Sanborn, Jill Scott, Sinbad, Gerald Veasley, and Kirk Whalum.
“Catalyst” is Marqueal Jordan’s solo debut CD. After years of sideman work and being involved with original bands and projects over the years, “Catalyst” reveals the focused vision and emergence of Jordan as an artist, songwriter and producer. Ronald Jackson discovered this album at CDBaby.
Hailing from Panama City, Florida saxophonist Chris Godber has already four solo albums to his discography. He started his career with Will You Be Mine? (2007) followed by One Breath At A Time (2009), My Offering (2011) and this year Where Are You CHRISTmas.
On his albums he performs soprano, alto and tenor saxophones in addition to the piano, keyboards, and acoustic guitar, drum programming and what you heard toting up.
What Child Is This, a popular Christmas carol written in 1865, starts the album emotionally interpreted by Godber. Since Bill Crosby’s version I’ll Be Home For Christmas became a holiday musical tradition in the United States. Chris continues this practice with his very own interpretations on soprano sax and piano.
New Jersey’s own Mike Murray, an independent composer/producer is (quoting one industry spokesman); “in a league by himself and clearly has re-defined the musical genres known as “Chill-Out” and “Smooth Jazz” by blending them masterfully”. Mike calls his self-described musical genre “Chazz” but fans of Bob James/Fourplay, Hiroshima and Jazzmasters will feel right at home with Mike’s expanding repertoire and unique musical style.
Best of Mike Murray gives you a good survey about Mike’s work at CDBaby.
Native Vibe can best be described as a high energy, eclectic instrumental group that blends Latin, African, Caribbean and Jazz. The seventh release features a collection of compositions influenced by their experiences over their existence as Native Vibe.
Each song on In The Land Of Muses reflects a major part of the band’s life. From the high energy of “High Kickin’” to the thoughtfulness of “One For The Road”, the album explores the emotion, sensitivity as well as the joviality of Bill Macpherson and Nee Sackey. Bill and Nee assembled a stellar group of musicians to record this project.
In The Land Of Muses is presented by CDBaby.
Hailing from Connecticut saxophonist Doug Jones is as leader of the Doug Jones Group frequently performing in many American jazz clubs. His solo projects encompasses the albums Heart and Soul (1994), Shades Of Gray (2002), and Top Down (2013).
He recorded his new album with band members Rick Handville (guitars, keyboards), Frank Giguere (drums), and Craig Carfinkel (bass). Additional musicians on selected tracks are Idalbert Perdomo (percussion), William Grodski (trumpet, flugelhorn), Jay Rowe (keyboards) and Warren Amerman (guitar). All songs are written by Doug himself.
My first impression of the starting piece Suspense: the group has recorded the album exactly as it also presents live. The absence of technical gimmicks demands something familiarization by the listener.
2° Volume of Collection dedicated to famous Italian songs reinterpreted on the guitar by piero del prete; piero plays in a style that is very reminiscent of George Benson and Lee Ritenour ! 2° Volume Collection of great Italian songs that are interpreted in smooth jazz & relax guitar.
Italian Music Relax, Vol. 2 is now arrived at CDBaby.