Archive for the ‘ Smooth Jazz ’ Category

Greg Manning – Dance With Me

DanceWithYouHe is the internationality in person. Born in Nigeria Greg Manning grew up in Switzerland. In 2002 he moved to Los Angeles but still keep contact to the land of his youth. So he is a three-time certified platinum producer for Universal Music Switzerland, and has had several Swiss Chart toppers since 1996.

Greg worked as musical director with Jonathan Butler and also performed with Brian McKnight, Kirk Whalum, Will Downing, Richard Elliot, Gerald Albright, Chante Moore, Mindi Abair and Keb’ Mo’ just to mention a few.

His debut album Soulciety was released in 1999, followed by The Calling in April 2010. Now Greg is back with his new album Dance With Me released on the prestigious label Kalimba Music on July 8, 2014. Next good news the album is available again at Amazon.com.

Vel Lewis – Colors of Soul

You have certainly listen to the music of keyboardist Vel Lewis. TV shows such as The Sopranos, Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Mad About You, and Wife Swap USA feature his compositions. In earlier time a member of the group The Futures he also followed his own path as performer with Earth, Wind, & Fire, Parliament/Funkadelic, Al Green, Isaac Hayes, David Ruffin and Eddie Kendricks.

His new EP Colors of Soul (2014) is available at CDBaby, presenting the music of this great composer. Vel is joined on the album by percussionist Lenny Castro and guitarist Kevin Chokan. The album was mixed by Greg Manning.

The title song impresses with a captivating melody transported by vintage synth to our astounded ears. The melody is consistently in an appealing flow and the guitar delivers a rhythm in the style of Maze. On Song For My Love Vel reaches out to the Hammond B3 kicking the harmonies as the instrument requires it.

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Keith Bubby Webb – Groove Station Cafe

Groove Station CafeKeith Bubby Webb — who plays drums, keyboards and bass and is learning guitar — is the son of Orange Lake Drive drummer Johnny Borders Jr., while his uncle, Larry Webb, is a percussionist active in the Detroit music scene. “Those were my two foundations on my mother’s and father’s side,” Webb says. “Everybody in the family plays or sings. My mom used to play viola. I’ve got an auntie who plays piano, another auntie who plays flute, a couple of cousins who play percussion and bass. It’s a musical family.”

Webb’s most recent album, The Journey, came out in August 2009 on his own Beat Mob Productions label. Now he offers the new album Groove Station Cafe at CDBaby.

Paul Hardcastle – Moovin And Groovin

Moovin & GroovinCutting his musical teeth beginning in the 70′s when disco, bell bottoms and Soul Train were king, super producer of sexy and syncopated sides Paul Hardcastle comes out of the woodshed with back to back new projects, the latest in the Jazzmasters series VII and this a dance down memory lane with a 21st century twist.

Moovin And Groovin is a collection of disco infused pieces that recall an era where music was all about getting your ‘move on’ with Barry White, Donna Summer and Saturday Night Fever casting their respective spells on the masses. You’ll feel instantly transported back in time with this highly infectious romp that brings to bear all of the feeling moods and vibes that made the 70′s and 80′s what they were, yet all spun with musical yarns of today.

Disco has made a bit of a resurgence since 2013 with disco styled songs released by Daft Punk, Justin Timberlake and Bruno Mars, and now from a name that has been synonymous with disco infused beats.

This is Hardcastle at his absolute best, highly syncopated infectious grooves done in his own inimitable style, one that has earned him a place in musical royalty. For you lovers of his multi genre classic ‘Rainforest’, M and G is an extension of that classic sound and will be sure to energize his already rabid base and cause a seismic shift in this new century with this nod to the past but his eye solidly on the future. As the title suggests, this set will get you doing just that. Come and get your groove on.

Pre-order the album now at Amazon.com.

Gerald Albright – Slam Dunk

Gerald Albright is praised by critics to the skies for years. He has earned it through albums and performances. Compared to other saxophonists, he succeeds to keep a personal touch to the game.

Slam Dunk is Albright’s fifteens album as a leader. According to Gerald there is a difference to the predecessors꞉ “But what we wanted to do on this record was to take those instruments that are normally in the background – bass, flute and horns – and bring them up front.”

Slam Dunk is a shot in which a player thrusts the ball forcefully down through the basket. This energy puts Albright in his new album. Here are assisting him keyboardist Chris “Big Dog” Davis, drummer Jerohn Garnett, guitarist Rick Watford, and his daughter, Selina Albright, on vocals.

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Vel Lewis – Colors of Soul

Colors of Soul Colors of Soul” is a highly charged Jazz and Soul EP that is superbly produced by Vel Lewis, combined with the Midas touch of chart-topping producer, Greg Manning who added his brand of magic to the mixes. Kevin Chokan on guitars, keeping it in the pocket and soulful. Master percussionist Lenny Castro brings his signature sound to the project.

Colors of Soul is a mixture of rhythmic songs for the Groove Jazz listener. Each song on the EP captures the keyboards and organ stylings of composer Vel Lewis. “Lovin’ You So” is a tastefully classic R&B textured track. “Chuva” is a wonderful romantic, Smooth Jazz ballad. “Song For My Love” blends Swing and Hip-hop into a jazzy groove. The title track “Colors Of Soul” is an engaging Arp-styled synthesizer number that provides a melodic lead element reminiscent of the keyboard style of the late, great George Duke.

Vel continues to deliver the kind of sultry, groove-laced music that catches the ears of his audience and soothes their hearts. From the moment the first note is heard and you feel the pulse of the rhythm, the ride begins – this is the perfect combination for the true music lover. For those around the world who have been requesting more Vel Lewis Music, this is for you… Colors Of Soul ear candy for the heart and now at CDBaby!

Kim Waters – Silver Soul

SilverSoulWith persistence, patience and passion, romance grows stronger, richer and sweeter each year and for 25 years, urban-jazz saxophonist Kim Waters has written, produced and performed chart-topping candlelight compositions that explore the excitement, exoticism and mystique of love. He will clank glasses on September 2 to celebrate the silver anniversary with the release of his aptly titled 20th solo album, Silver Soul, to be issued by Red River Entertainment.

Silver Soul is most definitely an urban adult contemporary album with a wealth of R&B vocals and sultry grooves although almost half of the dozen cuts produced by Waters are instrumental numbers certain to woo his contemporary jazz fan base like the highly rhythmic first single with the grandiose hook, “Dreaming Of You,” is already doing. The tune showcasing his daughter Kayla Waters on piano was the second most added track on playlists this week according to BDS Radio.

Waters isn’t a word man, but his melodies convey intimacy while redolent of ardor and seduction. In addition to playing most of the instruments on Silver Soul, Waters emotes using the voice of his impassioned sax – tenor, alto and soprano – employing his masterful command of the instrument to serenade with harmonic poetry and aural overtures. Continue reading

Bennett B – Groove Time

Berklee graduated guitarist Bennett Brandeis has performed in the past with the Japanese group Shonentai, and the reunited Original 5th Dimension. He started his solo career with the album Jazz Guitar (1995), followed by The View From Above (2001), Storytelling (2006) and this year Groove Time.

The new album is produced by guitarist Paul Brown, who also performs on selected tracks. Bennett is joined in addition by Greg Adams, Elan Trotman, Ricky Lawson, Darren Rahn and many more. The mid tempo Tell Me About It opens up the dance. Bennett’s affinity for guitar chords reminds me of George Benson’s Ibanez style.

The guitar jam stretches out to Slipstream, where the guitar meets flute in a lovely musical surrounding. Sax and guitar is a popular combination. On Show Your Love Elan Trotman gives the right answers on tenor sax.

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Darryl Donnell Murrill – Love, God, & Sax

Love, God, & SaxDarryl Donnell Murrill should be considered as a saxophonist with extraordinary ability! He truly has the wherewithal to make the saxophone sing with a unique flare rooted in Gospel and with much Jazz influence. Furthermore, Darryl’s sound can be described as a smoother, yet soulful sound, set apart by God to bring sound satisfaction.

Darryl is a singer, producer, songwriter, plays more than five different instruments, and is owner of Ablaze Sound Productions; sound production studio. Whether accompanied by a full band or musical tracks, Darryl tantalizes with his saxophone sound and melodic measures of syncopation, vibrato, and range of note selection. Darryl endeavors to make music that enriches listeners spiritually and to present a positive music experience to allow them to enjoy themselves as well.

Love, God, & Sax is his offer at CDBaby.

Chris Reinhardt – Inside Identity

Inside IdentityInside Identity’s message emanates from the process of dealing with life’s complex emotions. Reflecting and evaluating our state of mind with a growing sense of flow and realization. Beautiful moments and sad experiences all come together here in a way that influences each of us with a deeper connection and understanding of our own inner voice. “Inside Identity” crosses the bridge of Jazz, Soul and Pop. Producer Astral22 and Saxophonist Chris Reinhardt present a smooth, sensual, fresh and authentic journey that touches on a variety of human emotions.

Inside Identity” – A reflection on the cycles of love is Chris Reinhardt’s debut solo release and features guest appearances by Felix Dubiel (piano), Federico Beltro (drums), Jesse Fischer (keys) and Rogiérs (vocals). Included in this 12 track release is the hit single “Mind Evolution” which reached #1 on ReverbNation’s German Jazz Charts and entered the Top 50 on Smooth Jazz Now.

Find your Inside Identity at CDBaby.

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