Posts Tagged ‘ Electric Guitar ’

Calvin Brooks – My Favorite Thing

Music standing the test of time,the recording started in Detroit, has now spread across the world. Jazzy vocals, instrumentals, beautiful love songs. Music with a meaning, haunting melodies, feel good music for everyone. Especially the title song My Favorite Thing featuring Hari Paris was often played at radio stations around Chicago.

Calvin’s love of music and his undeniable talent garnered him a “gig” with Martha Reeves and the Vandellas of Motown fame. For fifteen years he toured the world and shared the stage with the premiere entertainers of the 1970’, 80’s and 90’s fine tuning his vocal skills and becoming a virtuoso on the guitar.

Calvin’s influences are many, however Wes Montgomery, Grant Green and George Benson top the list. In 2003 Jeff Popp met Calvin Brooks and after finding they had similar experiences and a unwavering love of music they became an impressive duo. Showcasing their vocal and instrumental skills they cover the sounds of Motown as well as the jazz standards to great reviews.

A devoted family man, Calvin decided to “come off the road” and in 1999 he along with his wife Cheryl and their sons relocated to Las Vegas. He has become a mainstay on the “Strip” ever since. Calvin along with Jeff Popp can be seen Sunday through Wednesday nights from 5:30pm – 10:30pm at the Range Steakhouse Lounge inside Harrah’s Hotel Casino. Their reviews have been excellent.

My Favorite Thing is now available at CDBaby.

Drew Davidsen – Spin Cycle

Hailing from Towson, Maryland Drew Davidsen has showcased his guitar skills on more than 30 projects. He started his solo career with the album This Journey in 2007. A project dedicated to smooth jazz and his idols George Benson, Larry Carlton and Les Sabler.

Spin Cycle is fun, funky, grooving smooth / contemporary jazz that features guitar. It was recorded in Franklin TN with “Player A”! Produced by Eric Copeland and mixed by Bill Whittington it’s a winner!  This is Drew Davidsen’s 4rth album. Spin Cycle is a hip, cool, record. This album also features keyboard legend “Jay Rowe.” For more information visit

The album is currently available for download at CDBaby.

Soren Reiff – Funky Flavas

Although the artist Soren Reiff might be unknown for most of us, he is an in-demand musician in the music business. This Danish guitarist has already worked as musical director for Chaka Khan and David Sanborn. He also recorded with the artists Michael Brecker, Tower of Power, Robert Palmer and Toots Thielemanns. Currently he is performing as a band member, bandleader and session musician in Denmark.

Last year he made waves with his new album Miss You receiving high accolades by critics and fans alike. An opportunity to study his previous work. In 2003 Soren Reiff released his debut album Funky Flavas featuring musicians such as Anders Pedersen (drums), Jannik Jensen (bass), Stig Kaufmanas (keys), Flemming Nilsson (percussion), Kasper Langkjær (drums), star guitarist Mike Stern and the singers Michael Ruff, Nabiha Bensouda and Rikke Mølgaard.

Soren introduces into his album with Move On Closer, a collaboration between Soren and Nabiha Bensouda. While the female singer allures with siren-like vocals, Soren’s melting guitar excels with a signature sound.


Marty – Groovin 101

“Nothing good ever comes out of the city of Compton” was the phrase frequently quoted to Marty on a consistent basis. And by the time Marty realized the reputation his hometown had he was in his early teens. Ignoring the negative news and everything bad he was hearing about the local gang wars, he stayed focused on his love for music studying, composing, and arranging music while playing the guitar.

Now, the composer/ guitarist has proven that good things do come out of Compton with a jazz album that was composed, arranged, published, produced, and recorded in Compton —-Groovin 101. This is the second album produced by Marty.  Feel good music wrapped in a smooth jazz cover now at CDBaby.

Stephen Su – City Lights

City LightsBased in Los Angeles, Stephen Su is a contemporary and smooth jazz guitarist that has fused the styles of rock and jazz and incorporated rhythmic grooves to provide catchy melodies on his debut project, City Lights. This album offers a refreshing new sound that is inspirational and thought provoking to the listener.

In his long awaited debut project, City Lights is a compilation of pieces highlighting several styles from smooth jazz to contemporary jazz to jazz fusion all offering breathtaking melodies which have been inspired over the last decade. His technique and influences have been greatly shaped through his early years as a classically trained guitarist, as well as, having studied with renown musicians such as Hajime Kato, Ron Eschete, David Oakes and Beth Marlis at Musician’s Institute. His musical influences include Greg Howe, Norman Brown, George Benson, Larry Carlton, Pat Metheny, Joe Pass and Miles Davis.

Also featured on the project is Jim Goetsch on sax and keyboards with brief appearances on bass and drums. He began studies at North Texas State University where he played with classmates like Bob Belden, Lyle Mays, and Marc Johnson, later studying with jazz composer George Russell. After that came a tour with the blues legend Albert King. In recent years he moved into electronica as part of Demolition Squad and Biomechanique, and is now doing performances as Subversive Element. He considers his greatest learning experiences to have come from his long friendship with Joe Zawinul of Weather Report fame.

Give this album a listen at CDBaby.

Junei’ – Junei’

Born in Gary, IN., Willie Lee Jr. A.K.A. Junei’, has contributed his expertise as a “professional stage performer, studio musician, guitar instructor, keyboardist, vocalist, songwriter, producer, and engineer” to years of experience with various musical legends in the music industry. At age 14, Junei’ became one of the areas most sought after guitarists in his hometown of Gary, Indiana. While attending “Beckman Junior High school”, he auditioned & convinced the band director’s to let him become the first guitarist in his hometown of “Gary, Indiana” to play in the schools band . Later, he also became the first guitarist to play in the jazz band at “Gary West Side High School”. To date, his playing skills include R&B, Rock & Roll, Blues, Jazz, Gospel, Reggae, Easy Listening, Avante Garde, etc.

In 1999, Junei’ designed and built his first “digital audio recording studio and mastering suite” in Park Forest, IL. He went on to record his first full length self-titled “Smooth Jazz CD” and continues his career as a world class entertainer performing, recording and promoting his “GOD” given talents.

Now the debut album is available at CDBaby.

Todd Ashley – Funky Nylon

From solo guitarist and composer to bandleader, Todd Ashley delivers some of the finest contemporary nylon-string jazz, smooth jazz and R&B tailored specifically for your event.

Over the last decade, Todd has performed throughout the country for corporate clients such as Coca Cola, Samsung, Pioneer, Ford Motor Company, Sysco Foods, AT&T and Toyota, to name a few, in venues ranging from outdoor arenas to conference centers and private homes. In the process, he has opened for artists such as The Temptations, Dave Koz, Mindi Abair, George Benson, The Rippingtons, and Chris Botti and others.

After graduating from high school, he spent a few years playing and touring with several SoCal rock and funk bands before heading to Musician’s Institute where he studied jazz guitar with the likes of Joe Diorio, Jeff Richman and Joe Elliott and earned a degree from Guitar Institute of Technology. It was there Todd began to develop his unique “ruff jazz nylon-string style” reminiscent of his influences Steve Oliver, Ken Navarro and Earl Klugh. He currently studies with jazz guitar heavy Jimmy Bruno.

Todd’s latest CD, Funky Nylon, a rich, sonic smorgasbord of original contemporary jazz and smooth jazz, along with a unique arrangement of Black Orpheus was released in October, 2010 and features Todd on both guitar and mandolin, along with some of the top artists in Southern California including Will Donato, Baba Elefante, Rod Kokolj, Steve Madaio, and Jeff Stover. In addition, Todd plays keyboard, bass, guitar and sequences the drums on a handful of tracks. His first original CD, Sedona,—Todd describes it as “smooth jazz with an edge”—was released in 2003 and has been featured on the Weather Channel.

Funky Nylon is now on sale at CDBaby.


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