Archive for the ‘ Smooth Jazz ’ Category

Jim Manley – Chilled Brass

Chilled BrassChilled Brass the new recording by trumpeter Jim Manley explores the smooth jazz genre with pulsating rhythms, melodic solos and punchy horn lines. It includes ten new original tunes and brand new versions of “Wade in the Water” and “Walk on By”

Jim uses his trumpet and trombones to add colors to the sometimes black and white smooth jazz genre. Chilled Brass is available at CDBaby.

Adrian Perry – Life in Slow Motion

Life in Slow MotionLife In Slow Motion is a very personnel album to me, it looks back over a period in my life where I thought I had lost everything and nearly did! However its not a depressive album instead the songs are about growing stronger, hope, realizing what has gone before and wanting to correct the wrongs. About watching somebody grow and pick themselves up from the lowest point and come out stronger. About the hope, fears and dreams we all have inside us and lastly about love and its effect on all of us.

The album is saxophone driven but the sax shares the lime light on most tracks with jazz acoustic guitar, I have tried to avoid a bit of the syrup that is sometimes present in smooth jazz and bring a harder edge to the songs so electric guitar and piano feature strongly in the tracks. Songs have pretty melodies, strong bass lines, some dramtic piano lines and of course sweet saxophone. Try it at CDBaby.

Eric Marcellin – In the Moment

In the MomentMelodies put together to create an expression. All songs were recorded live and since the project is themed in the moment what ever was gotten from that take was used..

In the Moment , you find this EP at CDBaby.

Wenso Ashby – The Rebirth: Mind, Body & Soul!

The RebirthWenso Ashby, a talented songwriter, producer, and keyboardist is known for his rhythmic inventiveness and collective improvisation. In 2002, Wenso recorded the well-received album Midnite Walkin’, then relocated to Minneapolis to promote the silken sound he dubbed “Contemporary Jazz with Soul”

With his 2011 release, “The Moment of Truth”, Wenso decided to once again be an independent artist. In his own words he is “Blessed” to share his gift with the world. Being an independent artist allows creative freedom to record and perform. He loves performing live on stages from small intimate 100 seat venues to large festivals.

The Rebirth: Mind, Body & Soul! is his newest effort now available at CDBaby.

Michael Barone – Jazz Montage

Jazz MontageBoth retro and new, easy listening but rhythmic and lively. Themes and instrumentation invoke early Pop Jazz, late Smooth Jazz, Latin New Age Jazz, Caribbean Steel Drum Themes, New Age Orchestra and Spy Themes.

Michael Barone demonstrates his musical style, performing on piano, organ, synthesizer, classical guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bass guitar, pedal steel guitar, drums and percussion. “Jazz Montage was created to offer the listener an organized variety of original instrumental themes that express various rhythms and emotions”.

Many of the songs express a percussive rhythm that invites dance, particularly songs in the “Latin Contemporary” and “Caribbean Party” sections, as well as a few in the “Smooth Jazz” and “Blues Band” sections. The balance of simplicity and complexity is intended to accommodate a wide range of listeners, most notably Smooth Jazz, Contemporary Jazz, and New Age enthusiasts.

The “New Age Cinema” and “Spy Themes” sections are intended to take the listener into a journey of evolving emotions, dramatics and the unexpected.

The songs are categorized in sequence as follows:
Smooth Jazz – tracks 1 to 8
Blues Band – tracks 9 to 11
Latin Contemporary – tracks 12 to 15
Caribbean Party – tracks 16 to 18
New Age Cinema – tracks 19 to 22
Spy Themes – tracks 23 to 25

Get this album at CDBaby.

Smooth Jazz Cafe – Smooth Jazz Cafe

smoothjazzcafeThis new project, set to be released September 30 on Purple Pyramid Records, features Australian jazz fusion great Frank Gambale, former Dire Straits guitarist Hal Lindes, Stan Getz sideman and current member of Fourplay, Chuck Loeb, and the Grammy nominated Denny Jiosa. And the whole thing is helmed by the supremely talented, multi-Emmy winning Brian Tarquin, who wrote all of the songs and produced the album as well as performs on it.

Hal Lindes waxes poetic about the project and its leader, calling Tarquin a “supreme maestro of the Gold Top and Marshall Stack” and describes the Smooth Jazz Cafe album as “an exquisite journey fueled by steel and wood, glowing hot tubes and Celestion speakers being pushed to their limit and beyond.”

Denny Jiosa shares “Brian and I met several years ago at the Gavin Smooth Jazz radio convention when we had simultaneous hit records. Great melody, tasteful playing, warm tones, and smooth grooves are always delivered by Brian! I am honored and excited to trade musical lines with such a versatile player!” And finally, Chuck Loeb offers “I had a lot of fun playing on it. The band killed!”

You can pre-order the album at

The Uptown Band – Heart, Soul, Body, & Mind

HeartThe Uptown Band has grown beyond its regional roots and become a truly national and international sensation since the release of their stylistically eclectic, critically acclaimed full length album debut Waiting For Her. Their sophomore CD “Heart, Soul, Body, & Mind” dives into the group’s versatility even more. TV-wise, they have performed twice on NBC New York’s Late Night talk show “All Night With Joey Reynolds”. In addition to having their own listing on Pandora Radio, their songs “Waiting For Her,” “I’m Breathless” and “You Treated Me Good” have been heard on the national cable system Music Choice and DMX Satellite Radio.

“We formed The Uptown Band with the intent of being able to do any type of show, and we originally started with a set list of only cover material,” says Erich. “As we have evolved, we have not only diversified our sound but incorporated a lot of strong original material, which inspired us to become independent recording artists as well. While we’ve enjoyed an inspiring amount of success in our home state and the Northeast, doing from 150-200 gigs a year at one point, we’ve always had our eye on becoming a band that performs all around the U.S. and eventually, throughout the world. We’ve got a big sound that is hard to contain, and we want to share the musical joy with as many people as possible.”

Erich and Jenifer each bring a unique musical background to their leadership of The Uptown Band. Shillington native Erich, whose versatility includes playing all saxes, flute and clarinet, was a featured vocalist and saxophonist with the Bobby Mercer Road Show. Jenifer, a native of Reading, PA, has been singing since the age of five. She began studying voice at age 8 with David Rutt and became heavily involved with the Reading Civic Opera and Genesius Theatre, landing leading roles in “Annie,” “The Music Man,” and “Peter Pan.” At age 14, she began working with producer Scott Verret and recorded jingles, commercials and theme songs for Easter Seals and The United Way. Combining her incredible vocal talent with her songwriting skills, Kinder has become one of the most sought-after female vocalists in the Northeast. In 2004 she released her original debut CD entitled Show Me More.

Heart, Soul, Body, & Mind is available at CDBaby.


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