Osaru – Stepping Up

Stepping UpOsaru is a multi-talented musician, songwriter, and producer who lives and works in the heart of the Piedmont Triad in North Carolina, USA. His music which he describes as ‘Urban Smooth Jazz with a twist’ combines contemporary jazz themes with urban R&B rhythms marinated in subtle African percussive elements. He also works full time as a physician.

Osaru has released three self-produced albums since 2008. He writes all his material and plays all the instruments on all three albums. He also does all the background and lead vocals. His vocal style has been compared to Seal and John Legend and his saxophone phrasing and laid back keyboard grooves are reminiscent of Paul Hardcastle, Najee, Boney James, and Kenny G to name a few.

Stepping Up is Osaru’s fourth Album. He ups his groove, with punchier drum and bass lines accompanied by catchy melodic saxophone and keyboard phrasing. His ever present subtle background vocals complement his work. All songs are originals written, arranged, performed, recorded and produced by the Artist. Be it one of the slower songs like ‘Remember’ or mid-tempo Funk like ‘The Music Train’, the groove and flow of the album will keep you bobbing your head and tapping your foot.

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Troy Dexter – Shoptalk

shoptalkTroy Dexter is a freelance guitarist/keyboardist/record producer based in Los Angeles. He graduated from the prestigious but grueling four-year program at Dick Grove school of music in Los Angeles in the 80’s. Since 2008, he is in the Wilson Phillips band and tours with them throughout the year. His style is comparable with Larry Carlton.

Shoptalk is his first smooth jazz/contemporary jazz project, which is now on sale at CDBaby.

Paul Brown – One Way Back

A smart buddy, a gifted musician, a radiant producer. Guitarist Paul Brown is, in the true sense of the word, an outstanding personality. Anyone who knows him personally will appreciate his deadpan sense of humor.

His newest project, One Way Back (2016), is staffed by a star-studded group of musicians. Peter White, Marc Antoine, Chris Standring, Chuck Loeb, Darren Rahn, Roberto Vally, Greg Vail and many more high-caliber artists are on the guest list.

Put It Where You Want It ensures a great party mood. The electrifying energy is especially fired up by famous organist Brother Paul Brown and trumpeter Lee Thornberg. On Sexy Thang Paul works together with Lew Laing, who is deeply involved in the independent music scene. The tune features Darren Rahn on sax and flute with resonate tones.

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Maggie Herron – Between the Music and the Moon

Events and locations are typically considered tourist attractions. But if it can be said that a voice is a draw, Maggie Herron fits the bill. But for those unable to travel to Hawaii to see and hear her in person, there is Between the Music and the Moon (2016).

Herron is accompanied in various lineups by Bill Cunliffe, piano; Grant Geissman, guitar; the horn section of Bob Sheppard, sax, Brian Scanlon, baritone sax, Bob McChesney, trombone, and Ron Stout, trumpet; Dean Taba, bass; Abe Lagrimas, drums; Denise Donatelli, harmony vocals; Alex Acuna, percussion; Ramon Stagnaro, guitar; DeShannon Higa, trumpet. Stout and Sheppard each appear on one track without the other horns, the former opting for flugelhorn.

The horn section gives a creepy introduction to “Wolf,” a stealthy, stalking, swinging tune. Think film noir meets “Stray Cat Strut.” Sheppard stretches out a bit during the middle break, with the other horns sounding like a mini big band.

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Tom Graf – Wish You Were Here

wish-you-were-hereSongwriter Tom Graf describes his music: “The melodies and underlying harmonic structure are a focus of this CD. The talented musicians making the music come alive are familiar faces on recordings across the spectrum of jazz, Latin, and rhythm and blues. This is the way smooth jazz used to sound when played by the likes of Freddy Hubbard, Milt Jackson, and Wes Montgomery. Just sit down and get ready to take a journey through Latin, samba, straight-ahead, tango, and blues moods.” His debut album was Graffiti, followed by A Day to Remember, and Smokin’.

His new album is entitled Wish You Were Here (2016) offering vocal and instrumental smooth jazz and blues melodies and thoughts about love lost. The album features Marc Russo, Kimiko Joy, David K. Mathews, Leah Tysse, Norbert Stachel, Peter Michael Escovedo, Erik Jekabson, Mike Olmos & Charles McNeal.

Wish You Were Here awaits you at CDBaby.

Brad Alexander – Just Between Us

Just Between UsSoulful and catchy piano melodies laced with emotional sax and guitar throughout. Also featuring guest artists, Gerald Albright, Jackiem Joyner, Donald Hayes, and Andrew Gouche’. Just Between Us will keep you emotionally engaged throughout the album.

Just Between Us is now on sale at CDBaby.

Lindsey Webster – Back To Your Heart

Originally a cellist singer/songwriter Lindsey Webster found her musical way to the vocal interpretation in the Soul, Pop and R&B genre. With her self titled debut album (2013) she won “Best Acoustic Song” in the Independent Music Awards. Her second album You Change (2015) aroused the attention of the listeners and increased the degree of awareness. With the third album Back To Your Heart (2016) she is designated to achieve her international breakthrough as an artist of the contemporary jazz genre.

Musicians on this album are beside vocalist Lindsey Webster on selected tracks Keith Slattery (keyboards), Mike DeMicco and Tony DePaolo (guitar), Fred Doumbe (bass), Dan Hickey (drums), Foluso Mimy (percussion), Ken Gioffre and Kirk Whalum (sax) and the additional horn section on Ain’t It Funny with Jay Collins (baritone sax & horn arrangements), Ken Gioffre (tenor sax), Joe Fiedler (trombone) and Chris Pasin (trumpet).

Back To Your Heart is scheduled for release November 4, 2016 on Shanachie Entertainment. All songs are written by Lindsey Webster & Keith Slattery. Lindsey comments euphorically: “Here it is our third album! I am excited to say that this is by far our best work. In terms of the songwriting, the production, and the overall sound, we are thrilled to deliver this labor of love to you. Special care was taken on each song to make it the best it could possibly be, and I think that my evolution as an artist, a songwriter, and a producer are reflected on this album″.

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