Posts Tagged ‘ Electric Guitar ’

Jeffery Smith – Fan Favorites

Originally born in Shreveport, LA and currently residing in Dallas, TX, Jeffery Smith began playing music at the early age of seven. Raised among a family of other talented musicians, Jeffery was exposed to a broad range of instruments including lead, bass and acoustic guitars, keyboards, drums, percussion instruments, baritone and trumpet.

Even while studying Accounting at Southern University in Louisiana, Jeffery could not deny his first love: music. He soon joined a local band and began touring with R&B recording artists such as Lakeside, The Bar-Kays, Midnight Star, Roger Troutman & Zapp, Cameo, and a host of other well-known talents.

Jeffery is not only recognized as a talented multi-instrumentalist, he also writes, arranges, produces, engineers and performs all of his own music. Over the years he has learned to play nine instruments, displaying his talent with as many as seven of them on his CDs.

This CD is a compilation of the artist fan favorite songs. It includes songs from his first release to his latest. If you enjoy the sounds on this CD, you should explore each individual album available on CDBaby.

Robert Boogie Bowles – The Best of Boogie

Robert “Boogie” Bowles may not be a household name but many of the songs he’s played on are. His guitar licks and grooves are heard on countless hit records. Ever hear the intro to “I Will Survive”? That’s just one of the memorable songs that showcase Boogie’s talents. He’s arranged and performed on a vast array of popular songs over the years. “If I Can’t Have You” and “Heaven Must Be Missing an Angel” are two more examples you might recognize.

Although Boogie feels blessed to have been involved in so many hit recordings, he’s most proud of his work on the classic ballad, “Reunited,” sung by Peaches and Herb. The haunting sound of harmonics heard in this popular song was said to represent the first effort of its kind on an R&B hit. His career has spanned performances from local nightclubs to the top concert venues in the world. He’s performed on numerous television shows and radio, as well as in music videos and even in the movie, “The Last Holiday.”

Today, Boogie tours with the legendary Smokey Robinson. On his latest CD, The Best of Boogie, the seasoned guitarist presents a compilation of songs he’s recorded over the span of his career, including selections with a live rhythm section and others that feature only acoustic guitars. Boogie also debuts his vocals on the upbeat track, “Life Mates.” This collection showcases the musician’s writing, performing, and arranging talents.

The Best of Boogie is now on sale at CDBaby.

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 www.drewdavidsen.com.

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.

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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.

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