Curtis Haywood – Smooth Ingredients

SmoothIngredientsSmooth Ingredients is the long-awaited follow-up to Curtis Haywood‘s self-titled debut. The new album was produced with Grammy-Award® winning saxophonist Mel Holder, and it features JJ Sansaverino on guitar. The voice and passion of Curtis Haywood is clearly heard throughout each track and brings new life to the soulful interpretations of R&B favorites and contemporary jazz originals.

Curtis continues to build a career of International jazz festivals, sharing the stage with such artists as Pieces of a Dream and Smooth jazz Pioneer Chieli Minucci of Special-FX. A child prodigy, Curtis Haywood moved from trumpet to saxophone at an early age. He studied at New York’s High School for the Performing Arts and Boston’s Berklee College. He went on to perform with New York jazz fusion group Joshua for several years before completing his self-titled debut solo in 2007, which went on to receive critical acclaim and steady airplay.

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J Henry – Phenomenon

PhenomenonJ. Henry hails from the Jazz Capitol of the World, New Orleans, Louisiana. This Crescent City native has been dazzling audiences across the U.S. for the last 24 years. Katrina brought Journell to Atlanta, where he continued to expand and perfect his signature sound. After almost 2 years of writing and production, J. Henry has released his appropriately entitled debut album in 2010 Long Time Coming. The album has been incredibly well received especially in the UK and Spain.

His new album Phenomenon is the perfect blend of Jazz, and classic R&B, with a flare of tasteful hip hop. This album will be an instant classic. Get this album at

Keiko Matsui – Live In Tokyo

Japanese pianist Keiko Matsui is a gentle person, she grows as an artist to a radiant personality, when she performs live. Tokyo born Keiko Matsui devotes her life to her favorite instrument, the piano. Since her fifth birthday she loves and performs this piece of equipment. Classified as New Age or Smooth Jazz musician, she always expands her work to other genres. Blending Eastern and Western influences she has found her own style presented in numerous solo albums.

Understandably, have already appeared several live albums. Live In Tokyo, released on Shanachie Entertainment October 2, 2015, is something special. Recorded in a state-of-the-art theater in the TV Asahi EX Tower building in the vibrant nightlife district of Roppongi in Minato, Tokyo, this album offers stunning 74 minutes on CD and DVD.

The concert is part of Keiko’s Soul Quest World tour. Performing with Keiko are guitarist Chuck Loeb and saxophonist Kirk Whalum who also recorded with her the original Soul Quest (2013) album. The concert opens with Dream Seeker, the essence of their shared experience and knowledge. After the atmospheric intro, the song meanders in a delightful melody. Its lyrical narrative structure captures the listeners immediately.

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Peak Experience Jazz Ensemble – Live at Lucy’s Place (Volume 1)

Take a few jazz standards, a few original songs and a few pop covers, put them in the hands of a small, no-frills ensemble, and you’re likely to get something that sounds like Live at Lucy’s Place (Volume 1) (JoySpring Music, 2015) by the Peak Experience Jazz Ensemble.

The leader is bassist Mike Peak. With him are Ron Kobayashi, piano; Ann Patterson, flute, alto and tenor saxophones; Andrea Miller, vocals; Rickey Woodard, tenor saxophone; and Kendall Key, drums. The title is derived from a special room in Peak’s Laguna Hills, California, home, named for his wife, Lucy Peak.

Patterson and Woodard are first to shine on the opener, a lively rendition of Sonny Rollins’ “Tenor Madness.” It’s a toe-tapping, finger-snapping, put a smile on your face arrangement. The ensemble introduces the piece, but the saxophones are the focal points, playing together at first then successive solos. Piano and drums also get their turns, but one cannot overlook the bass groove that Peak lays down throughout.

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Curtis Brooks – Relax

RelaxCurtis Brooks embodies a new model of next generation leadership that merges INSPIRATION FROM THE PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE into one dynamic calling. His love for people ignites his passion to utilize the powerful platform of music to positively touch and transform the lives of people all over the world. Curtis Brooks; born Curtis Mark McCowen, Jr., had his first encounter with a saxophone at age 8 while in the 4th grade. The band teacher visited his class and said “If you join the band you can get out of class.” Out of class sounded like a great idea to young Curtis so he joined the school band, not knowing that this would soon become his passion. Now twelve years later he’s being called the new generation of smooth jazz; a child prodigy!
There’s nothing typical about him. In person and on stage, he’s got a spunky panache, but it’s laced with a timeless elegance. Curtis easily echo’s a Motown bebop soul with a slight nod to nineties hip-hop; while staying true to his jazz roots as a student of the Warren Hill Jazz Summit & Berkeley College of Music. He’s a visionary, rapidly becoming a prominent sought-after voice of vision, hope and purpose to Millennials.

Saxophonist, composer, and producer, Curtis Brooks plays by his own rules. Blessed with an astounding voice and natural knack for a hook via his saxophone, he’s redefining what’s possible within smooth jazz. Relax at CDBaby.

Bradley Joseph – Paint the Sky

Paint the SkyProfessional keyboardist/composer Bradley Joseph performed with multi-platinum artists Yanni and Sheena Easton for over a decade. Bradley was a featured keyboardist on Yanni’s Ethnicity 2003 World Tour, which was ranked the fourth largest tour of the year by Billboard Magazine. He has worked alongside Yanni for over six years and performed on the platinum selling CD, Yanni – Live At The Acropolis. It’s follow up video (titled the same) is the second best-selling music video of all time, behind Michael Jackson’s video for Thriller.

Bradley also worked with various artists under RCA, Epic, Warner Brothers, and Polygram. He toured with Sheena Easton for five years as her co-music director and appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Several of Bradley’s compositions and complete CD Rapture, are published and distributed by Narada Records. His CD One Deep Breath held a position in NAV’s Top 100 radio chart for over six months. His song Fridays Child was included on the CD The Weather Channel: Smooth Jazz II, and appeared on Billboards Smooth Jazz Charts for 25 weeks.

Bradley owns Robbins Island Music. He produces, performs and distributes his own compositions including numerous CDs and piano books, worldwide. In 2005, he was named one of Ten Outstanding Young Minnesotans. Paint the Sky is available at CDBaby.

Lenny Mac Dowell & Christoph Spendel Project – Landscapes

Jazz professor Christoph Spendel is known for his multifold collaborations with musicians of different genres. From straight ahead jazz to smooth jazz, from chill out to solo piano, the creativity of this keyboardist/pianist has no limits. With Lenny Mac Dowell Spendel already released the album Autumn Breath in 1987. Now they renew their common interest with Landscapes (2015).

Lenny Mac Dowell performs flutes, keyboards and programming, Christoph Spendel keyboards and programming. The duo starts the album with Landscapes. On a minimalist theme a cascade of flute tones are built up like a fountain to develop solos on flute and keyboard.

Take Five, a jazz piece composed by Paul Desmond and performed by The Dave Brubeck Quartet, is transformed to a laid-back groove in a moderate tempo. This theme flows through the smooth jazz genre performed by Dancing Fantasy, Grover Washington Jr., Dirk K or Phil Upchurch. From known terrain to Unknown Events, a mysterious atmospheric tune with a dark twist and a percussive background. Dowell sends his flute through overdubs, halls and modulations. Spendel follows the given path on piano and sets own highlights.

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