Markus Zahrl – A World Of Bliss

world_blissThe Austrian musician Markus Zahrl discovered his talent in the world of music from childhood on. To live his talent he studied at the Conservatory of Vienna (Jazz-Saxophone) in the 90s and at the Berklee College of Music Boston/USA. He studied with George Garzone and Willi Quarda and was a participant of Masterclasses with Dave Liebman and Bob Mintzer. His musical career was marked by a variety of concert activities all around the world and various musical activities as a live and studio musician, arranger, composer and music educator.

He has been studying the health effects of sound, frequencies on humans for many years and worked as a shiatsu practitioner. His debut album A World Of Bliss will be released April 30, 2021 on all platforms.

Roberto Restuccia – With Every Turn

WithEveryTurnUK based guitarist Roberto Restuccia always had a special affinity for the smooth jazz genre. Neither his debut album Exposure (2016) nor his sophomore album When The Smoke Clears (2017) hit exactly the decisive point that led to the initial ignition. With his third album With Every Turn (2021) Roberto fires the third rocket stage of his career in his sights the top ten of the smooth jazz charts.

The contact with keyboardist and current label mate Oli Silk turned out to be great luck. Based on many years of experience as a musician and producer in the field of smooth jazz, Oli brought exactly the perfect input to give Roberto’s music a push in the right direction.

Roberto states: “The right production makes the difference between a song that’s nice and one that can light up the charts and get people grooving when they hear it on the radio. I knew I needed to step up my production game, and once we started working together, I knew that Oli and I would have a solid partnership that could take my music to the next level.”

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The Groove Project – Volume 2: The Winds of Change

169099750_505906207482670_790366507902813498_nThe Groove Project was formed in Los Angeles, California as a 14-piece group by GRAMMY® Award nominated Artist & Producer Arun Shenoy in 2016. The original lineup released a debut concept jazz-funk album titled A Stagey Bank Affair in the same year. The group has since grown into an international super-band with the lineup shuffled in 2019 by Shenoy into an 8-piece group. Only Shenoy from the original lineup remain on the current roster.

After releasing a series of singles, the band released their second album on June 26, 2020. Titled Volume 1: Flights Of Fantasy, the music is a smooth jazz concept album about man’s fascination with flight. Having recently emerged from a hole in the ice of himself imposed hibernation, they are happy to announce the upcoming release of the new album by the band. Titled, Volume 2: The Winds of Change, this concept album features a star-studded guest roster of rock / jazz pianists who have been a big part of my formative years musically. 11 songs, 11 live music videos, and a whole ton of artwork. For their label’s official submission for this season’s GRAMMY awards, they will start to release a few singles in the coming days followed by the drop of the full album soon after.

Copacetic – Collage

71YsI0mwXmL._SS500_The group Copacetic began as a result of friends coming together to help on a “gig”. People listening truly enjoyed what they heard and wanted to know where the group would play next and Copacetic has been accepting engagements since.

With roots in Gospel, Jazz, and Soul, the band works to blend their experiences and musical interests to create a soul-stirring smooth jazz sound that appeals to many. The band members have been friends for years and it shows when they play together. They love to have fun when they perform and their audiences have a great time too.

Their name “Copacetic” simply means “all is well” or “everything is cool”. That is the goal each time they perform – for those listening to walk away with a great listening experience and feeling that everything is cool, all is well.

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Chazzy Green – Let’s Go Home

LetsGoHomeSaxophonist Chazzy Green is very excited to release a complete new album! While the coronavirus pandemic kept everyone at home and since live performances weren’t allowed, he decided to use his time and creativity producing songs “At My Place”. Working remotely with his band members, they came up with great ideas and feel. Then they all realized they had a lot of “Work To Do”.

With the help of Jeffrey Qwest on vocals, Eddie Miller on keys, Leslie King on bass, Ray Parker Jr. and Alan Schwartz on guitar, Donnell Spencer and Larry Durrell on drums, and the guitarwork of Masa Kohama on “Love To Be With You” a brand new album “Let’s Go Home” is born. ​It is a completely self-produced project. It requires lots of energy to overcome obstacles and challenge himself to handle multi-tasks under limited budget, time and resources.

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Roberto Restuccia – With Every Turn

WithEveryTurnInspired by great contemporary jazz guitarists like George Benson, Robben Ford, Larry Carlton, Chuck Loeb and the late Ronnie Jordan UK based guitarist Roberto Restuccia made after his debut album Exposure (2016) with When The Smoke Clears (2017) the second step of his solo career.

Now he joined Trippin ‘N’ Rhythm Records and has released his third album With Every Turn (2021).

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Maurice Brown – The Mood

a0135359142_16Trumpet sensation Maurice “Mobetta” Brown orbits simultaneously through three worlds: contemporary jazz, blues-rock and cutting-edge hip hop. He’s a mastermind as a trumpeter, composer, arranger, and producer. When Maurice picks up his horn, his soulful melodies soar into a rarefied space that uniquely marries be-bop to hip-hop and rock, producing his own distinctive sound.

The Chicago area native won the national Miles Davis Trumpet Competition as a teenager, followed by a move to Louisiana to study under legendary clarinetist Alvin Batiste. His critically acclaimed debut, “HIP TO BOP”, recorded in New Orleans, foreshadowed Brown’s unique talent for creating fresh bop-inflected jazz with an urban pulse. Unfortunately, Hurricane Katrina’s devastation forced Maurice to relocate, taking his horn to New York where he established himself by recording with Aretha Franklin, Wyclef Jean, De La Soul, Macy Gray, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Lettuce and The Roots.

His second album, THE CYCLE OF LOVE was named by NPR and the Huffington Post as one of the best records of the year. Brown embraced his be-bop roots with hip-hop hooks and laid raw his dogged insistence on charting his own musical course after a life uprooted post-Katrina. Maurice was then invited to join the newly formed Tedeschi-Trucks Band where he won a Grammy for his horn arrangements on the band’s debut album, “Revelator”. His trumpet was a wailing counterpoint to Derek Truck’s searing guitar wizardry and became a staple of the TTB sound. Continue reading

Marion Meadows – Twice As Nice

3939590-2681705Whoever knows saxophonist Marion Meadows, is aware of the fact that he is a multi-faceted personality with manifold talents. His skills are not limited to music, rather he is also an excellent photographer, a blessed painter and designer. As in the field of visual arts, as a musician he strives for the greatness that makes him a dazzling celebrity for everyone.

As part of his musical career, this year we already welcome his 16th album Twice As Nice, which will be released on the label Shanachie Entertainment in April 2021. He relates this title to the great gift of having grown up with two sympathetic siblings, Otha and Barbara. Equally applicable is the title to his exuberant creativity in both music and the performing arts.

Fortunately, Marion did not fall into depression during the pandemic, but used it as a creative opportunity, a chance for self-contemplation and self-discovery. So again something has been shaped that his fans expect from each of his projects, an aura of atmospheric uniqueness. The starting tune On The Uptown was created in Paul Brown’s The Funky Joint, the ultimate hit forge, with the participation of bassist Roberto Vally, keyboardist Leon Bisquera and trumpeter Joey Sommerville. With an abundance of finest harmony Marion and these fine musicians set standards of ultrasonic flow.

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JJ Sansaverino – Cocktails & Jazz

CocktailsandJazzWith multiple Billboard-charting singles and three highly acclaimed CDs over the past twenty-five years, New York guitarist JJ Sansaverino has reached millions touring the world with his “Benson meets Santana” musical style. An extraordinary performer, JJ has a “take no prisoners” performance attitude, gracing the stage night after night touring on his own or with reggae legend Maxi Priest and bringing his vibe of Smooth Jazz, R&B, and Reggae. A Berklee School of Music graduate and award winner, he has shared the stage with the likes of Maceo Parker, Victor Bailey, Gerald Albright, Randy Brecker, Shaggy, Ricky Lawson, Sean Paul, Rick Braun, the Marley Family, and even performed for Sir Paul McCartney’s wedding in 2002.

His debut album Sunshine After Midnight (2005) radiates with a fusion of urban beats and Brazilian flavor with fresh horn arrangements and JJ’s unique guitar style. His sophomore album Waiting For You (2014) was released on Innervision Records. His third album was International Groove (2020).

The new album Cocktails & Jazz (2021) will be only released on streaming platforms.

Enrico Morello – Cyclic Signs

au5014Italian drummer Enrico Morello debut album comes after gaining experience on the need of putting together the endless inputs he received over many years of activity as a sideman. These collaborations allowed him to get in touch and play with the musicians he selected as members of his Cyclic Signs quartet – Francesco Lento on trumpet, Daniele Tittarelli on alto sax and Matteo Bortone on double bass.

Immediately and solid and synched, the members’ approach and contribution fit into Morello’s complex original compositions, and enriched them with their own vision. The Cyclic Signs driving force is to be found in the rhythms of life, and their multiple transformations. However, this album also wants to become a gesture, a moving body, a kinetic force – in other words, a dance.

«When I had to put these concepts into music», Morello explains, «I started from what I feel is more suitable to me – rhythm. I tried to subvert the predictable logic of a metered tempo by tracing unexpected and mixed paths. My aim was to give that feeling of surprise and confusion back to the listeners facing the unknown.» Continue reading