Andreas Varady – The Quest

Resonance Records is proud to announce the release of The Quest, the third recording from twenty-year old guitar virtuoso, Andreas Varady. With the release of Questions (2010) and his eponymous CD in 2014, the native of Slovakia, and resident of Ireland, emerged from thin air and put the guitar playing world on notice that there was a new force on the instrument to be reckoned with. On The Quest, Varady’s artistry has reached new heights, and it’s staggering to behold. His unadulterated command of the guitar, his highly-developed skills as a composer, his rhythmic facility (which speaks volumes about his roots in Gypsy music), and his ability to craft an astonishing flow of single-note lines while traversing chord changes, all by ear, has attracted the attention of many legends of this music, not the least of which is Varady’s mentor, manager, producer and friend, the esteemed Quincy Jones. The Quest, available on April 6, 2018, features Varady in the company of his father Ondrej Bandi on bass, younger brother Adrian on drums, fellow Slovak Radovan Tariska on alto saxophone, and Venezuelan native (and current New York City resident) Benito Gonzalez on piano.

At just twenty, Varady has already performed at major festivals and venues around the world. The next exciting new chapter in the journey of this uber-talented musician begins with the release of The Quest. Varady has expressed that this album, comprised of all original music, feels very much like his first fully realized artistic statement, and indeed it showcases Varady’s evolution from child prodigy to consummate artist, one with an abundance of fresh, bold energy. “I feel like I’m giving you a piece of me on this album,” said Varady. The album title, which also reads like a mission statement is, “about this whole quest that I’m on in music seeking cool things, playing cool music in cool places, enjoying it all and having fun and doing what you wanna do,” said Varady. The album is also his debut release on the boutique non-profit jazz label, Resonance Records, which signals a departure from his self-titled major label debut on Verve in 2014. Two other Quincy Jones protégés, Justin Kauflin and Alfredo Rodriguez, will also be releasing new albums in 2018.

Resonance EVP/GM (and executive producer on The Quest) Zev Feldman said about first hearing Varady, “Upon first listen, I was struck by his talent and artistry. Then getting a chance to meet him in Ireland, and spending some time talking with him, he just fits the mold of what Resonance is all about in terms of promoting younger artists and sharing their music. We’re very happy to have him on the label. It’s also a great honor to work with Quincy Jones and his team, and partnering with them to get Andreas’ music out there is something we’re very proud of. Resonance believes strongly in living artists also, not just those from a bygone era, and it’s going to be very exciting to continue to watch him develop and we’re thrilled to be able to add a chapter to his legacy on our label.”
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Darren Rahn – Hymns From The Heart

Saxophonist Darren Rahn is so excited to announce the special Easter release of his brand new inspirational album Hymns From The Heart. This project is very near and dear to his heart and he hopes you’ll enjoy it as much as he enjoyed recording it. Pre-Orders for hand-signed copies are now available at his website – . Hymns From The Heart features 10 of his favorite inspirational gospel hymns performed on saxophone with piano accompaniment. Songs include How Great Thou Art, Blessed Assurance, I Surrender All, Jesus Loves Me, Softly And Tenderly, Amazing Grace Interlude, There’s Just Something About That Name, It Is Well With My Soul, The Old Rugged Cross, and Jesus Paid It All.

Pre-Orders for a signed CD are $20, will ship the first week of April, and include free shipping (in the continental United States and to APO Addresses). Retail copies of Hymns From The Heart (Physical CD’s and Downloads) will be available on Easter for purchase via Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, CD Baby, and other music retailers worldwide. Pre-Orders are available only in the Continental United States.

Ricardo Bacelar – Sebastiana

Brazilian composer and pianist Ricardo Bacelar entered the music world with his debut album In Natura (2001), an album with classical impression and manifestation. The second one, Concerto para Moviola (Concerto for Moviola), is a live album, recorded in 2015 during the Guaramiranga Jazz and Blues Festival at the Via Sul Theater, Fortalezea, Ceara, Brazil, with an eight-member band, presenting jazz fusion and Brazilian music. Sebastiana (2018) is Ricardo’s third and most ambitious project.

With Sebastiana pianist Ricardo Bacelar pursues a completely new concept. For his Brazilian reinterpretations and originals he assembled an International crew of musicians from Cuba, Argentina, Venezuela, Colombia, Peru and the United States. From Brazil Cesar Lemos (bass, guitar), Maria and Sara Queiroz Bacelar (percussion), vocalists Rose Max, and Ramatis Moraes, from USA vocalist Maye Osorio and guitarist Steve Hinson, from Venezuela Anderson Quintero (drums, percussion) and vocalist Andrea Mangiamarchi, from Cuba Yoel Del Sol (percussion), from Colombia Channo Tierra (accordion) and Jose Sibaja (trumpet, flugelhorn), from Peru Jesus Rodriguez (percussion and Charango), from Argentina Gabriel Fernandez (Bandoneón).

A Volta da Asa Branca (The White Wing Tour) immediately takes us into the colorful world of folk music of which we have so many borrowings and which fills our hearts with innocent joy. Suco Verde (Green Juice) is a mixture of ingredients which is found in the food culture of many peoples with different components. Musically, the taste of fusion jazz clearly sets in here.

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Bill Leyden – Two Hearts

Bill Leyden is a prolific composer and modern-day interpreter of the Native American-style flute. For this album, Bill has used vintage guitars and world instruments to create an emotional collection of melodies ideal for relaxation and contemplation. The music seems to invite the listener to explore hidden spaces and feelings and to perhaps find … Two Hearts.

Ambient music with vintage guitars, orchestration, and piano. Ideal for relaxation and contemplation. Now on CDBaby.

Drew Simpson – Come Home

Drew Simpson embarks on his second release entitled Come Home featuring an array of talented musicians and original compositions. This album incorporates many of Simpson’s early jazz/orchestral influences with the introduction of rich, live string arrangements and horn/woodwind sections (saxophone, trombone, flute, etc…). Each of the eleven songs was recorded live within four days and will showcase Simpson’s ability to blend strong melodies with complex musical arrangements.

Come Home is a collection of original contemporary and progressive jazz compositions. Your alternative on CDBaby.

Lindsey Webster – Love Inside

The smooth jazz scene experiences a Webster-mania. She appeared like out of nowhere and is now on top of the game. After her self-titled debut album (2013), followed You Change (2015) and Back To Your Heart(2016). Her new album Love Inside is just released on Shanachie Entertainment.

Singer Lindsey Webster is accompanied by husband Keith Slattery (keyboards), Mike DeMicco (lead guitar, rhythm guitar), Fred Doumbe (bass), Foluso Mimy ( percussion), Marcus Finnie, Bud Harner, Lance Comer, Dan Hickey (drums), Ken Gioffre (soprano saxophone), Rick Braun (trumpet) and Norman Brown (guitar).

The album starts with the title song, a ballad of remarkable length. What is meant here is the playing time but not the entertainment value. The guitar riff performed by Mike DeMicco reminds me of the music by Jaffa (Elevator). However, the song’s inner value lies in its lyrical qualities. Lindsey pleases her fans on Facebook with the lyrics that are not found in the liner notes on the CD.

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Greg Adams and East Bay Soul – Conversation

It has been nearly a quarter century since the genre chameleon trumpeter and arranger became a leader in his own right with his ground breaking debut Hidden Agenda. With Greg Adams’ approach that music is a language… the Conversation continues. You will sense a direct connection with the live feel of the music, the open breath of each note and the collaboration of each player.

Adams felt he had something special happening even before the band went into the studio. “I was writing less notes with my writing partner Nick Milo and with the direction that the songs were taking us, we knew we had a different approach for writing for a ten-piece band”.

The sound of Greg Adams is one of the world’s best-known musical signatures. As a founding member of Tower of Power, legendary for his arrangements that made the TOP horn section a sought out entity all its own. With countless collaborations in the studio and live on stage, Adams has made his mark on a broad stretch of today’s musical landscape that includes jazz, pop, rock, R&B, soul, and funk.

Conversation marks the fourth studio album for East Bay Soul and takes a giant leap to cement their own style -a blend of Funk, Jazz, R&B and Soul. Their combined extraordinary talents bring incredible energy to the recording with heart and soul. The opening track “Look Book” transports you to the Runways of New York, Paris, Milan and Tokyo! Look Book in hand. Lights open – from a curtain and the show begins…Greg Adams trumpet portrays the model on the “cat walk”. Dwayne “Smitty” Smith’s bass conjures up the much-needed attitude to really sell it!

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