Bennett B – Midnight Passion

Berklee graduated guitarist Bennett Brandeis is since many years a constant factor in the smooth jazz genre. He started his career with the album Jazz Guitar (1995), followed by The View From Above (2001), Storytelling (2006) and Groove Time (2014).

Now he returns in 2016 with Midnight Passion. The new album is produced like the previous one by guitarist Paul Brown. In addition Brandeis is supported on selected tracks by Gordon Campbell, Joel Taylor (drums), Jervonny Collier, Steve Billman and Robert Vally (bass), DW3 (vocals), Marco Basci (keys, piano), Andy Suzuki (sax), Lee Thornberg and Jason Rahn (horns), Lenny Castro (percussion), and Darren Rahn (sax).

The best at first. With this motto starts the album presenting the title song Midnight Passion. The liner notes doesn’t reveal the sax player on this song. But he and guitarist Brandeis put the icing on the cake. By the way the secret sax player is Andy Suzuki.

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Jack Magnet – Global Warming

GlobalWarmingJakob Frímann Magnússon (born 4 May 1953) is an Icelandic composer, keyboard player, film director and producer. In Iceland he is best known as the keyboardist and one of the founders of the multiartistic band Stuðmenn, with which he has so far produced 15 albums from 1975 – 2014. After releasing several jazz albums he will now release his first smooth jazz album under the aka name Jack Magnet.

Driven by a warm, sophisticated approach to old school soul-jazz but with fresh, contemporary grooves and melodic invention, Global Warming, veteran composer and keyboardist Jack Magnet’s Woodward Avenue Records debut, is the urban jazz community’s powerful introduction to Iceland’s foremost musical icon and one of the most renowned Fender Rhodes players in the world. The album is scheduled for release June 17, 2016. Pre-order your copy at Amazon.com.

Greg Ware – Just Love Everybody

Just Love EverybodyThis album contains songs featured in the science-fiction novel Just Love Everybody and has legendary players like Byron Miller, Kenneth Crouch, Trevor Lawrence Jr. and Robert Kyle! It also features the smooth vocal styling of Toni Peete and RobJon. Booming 808’s and soaring saxophones dancing with melodic guitar lines creating the perfect setting for romance.

Just Love Everybody offers smooth grooves with sweet vocals and outstanding live musicians, sewn together with soaring saxophones and stellar guitar work now at CDBaby.

Sofia Ribeiro – Mar Sonoro

Sofia Ribeiro brings an element of international collaboration with Mar Sonoro (2016). The Portuguese vocalist mixes jazz with Brazilian sounds and music from her native country.

The musicians are Juan Andres Ospina of Colombia on piano; Petros Kamplanis of Greece on double bass; and Marcelo Woloski of Argenita on percussion. Guests on this date are Arooj Aftab, voice on “Vai Ficar Tudo Bem”; Maeve Gilchrist, harp on “Vai Ficar Tudo Bem”; Itai Kriss, flute on “Tela”; Emily Eagen, whistle on “O Amor, Quando se Revela”; Yoed Nir, cello on “Midnight Dreams”; and the strings on “Mar Sonoro,” “Vai Ficar Tudo Bem” and “Menina de Olhos Verdes”: Maria Im and Megan Gould, first violins; Gokce Erem and Christiana Liberis, second violins; Lev “Ljova” Zhurbin and Irina Momchilova, violas; and Maria Jeffers and Sam Quiggins, cellos.

The opening track, “O Amor, Quando se Revela,” is a tranquil ballad. Subtle accompaniment supports Ribeiro’s voice. Each musician makes a mark without distracting from or overpowering the lead. For her part, Ribeiro soothes, calms and charms.

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Phillip “Doc” Martin – Pocket Love

Quite rightly Philipp Martin is nicknamed Doc. He works in his day job as dentist in the Washington DC area. His second passion is music and as saxophonist he has already released several solo albums.

All started with his album Saxappeal in 2003. 2007 followed Pride and Joy, then Realization (2009), and Good Day at Work (2013). Pocket Love (2016) is his fifth album and was released on the label Innervision Records.

His new album was produced by Marvin Tony Hemmings, who also plays keys on all tracks. Additionally are joining the project on selected tracks Greg Boyer (trombone), Paul Brown (guitar), Frank Brunot (bass, guitar), Courtney Leonard (bass), Luc Derival (guitar), Kenny Kohlhaas (guitar, vocals), Jeff Lorber (drum programming), Eddie Montalvo (percussion), Roger Smith III (bass), Jay Williams (drums), Marlon Winder (flugelhorn, trumpet) and many more.

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Smooth Jazz FHG Band – A Joyful Beginning

A Joyful BeginningThe band Smooth Jazz FHG consisting of seasoned and experienced musicians from the Inland Empire of Southern California, was formed in 2013. They are just a bunch of guys who love to play upbeat Contemporary Smooth Jazz exercising the musical gifts that God gave them. Their repertoire of songs consists of several songs of own composition plus other Contemporary Smooth Jazz standards. These songs are all performed in an upbeat Contemporary Smooth Jazz style.

The aptly titled A Joyful Beginning is their debut album on now on sale at CDBaby.

Dan Sistos – Ventura Blvd

Ventura BlvdDan Sistos is a prolific and sought after session and touring musician in the United States. He has played with some of the biggest names in the business, such as Christina Aguilera, and Toni Braxton. He has performed on major radio stations and on network television shows such as The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, the Late Show with David Letterman, Good Morning America and the American Music Awards. He was also the featured guitarist on the blockbuster video games, Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood and Assassin’s Creed Revelations.

Dan’s debut CD, In the Midnight Hours, received rave reviews in music publications, and has been excitedly lauded by his fans. 20th Century Guitar Magazine hailed him a “Spanish guitar master” while Black Label Reviews declared him “the Carlos Santana for the next generation.” He was even nominated for Instrumental Artist of the Year at the Los Angeles Music Awards. Dan’s latest album, The Road To Euphoria, continues his tradition of blending classical, latin and jazz influences to create a sonic masterpiece that is truly out of this world. Dan’s newest album of jazz originals is called Ventura Blvd. Acoustic and electric guitars soar above intricate crafted melody and harmony. This album also features some of the best musicians in Los Angeles. It’s a must have for any jazz, guitar or music fan!

Ventura Blvd is on sale at CDBaby.

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