Pedro Ferreira – Instrumental

InstrumentalBorn in Belo Horizonte, in the State of Minas Gerais, Brazil, Pedro Ferreira began his professional career as a pianist very early, after completing 5 years of studies at the Music Conservatory of Uberlândia/MG, the city where he grew up.
He moved to the country’s capital, Brasília / DF in 1990, where he expanded his Musical Universe with Bandas de Baile and Instrumental groups from the city.

He took several specialization courses and workshops at the Escola de Música de Brasília with Helenice Maranesi, Renato Vasconcelos, Jota Moraes, Leandro Braga and Ian Guest. He lived in San Francisco-CA and Miami where he acquired great experience in the Latin Market. Currently, he has been working as a professional musician for 30 years in Brazil and abroad, in addition to his extensive experience as an instrumentalist, music producer, music director, and arranger for national and international artists.

His new project is entitled Instrumental (2023). You can stream it on all major platforms.

Malcom Strachan – Point Of No Return

pointofnoreturnScottish jazz trumpeter Malcolm Strachan has been playing professionally since leaving Leeds College of Music in 1996. He was one of the founders of the horn section of the funk band The Haggis Horns.

Malcolm has already played or toured with Mark Ronson, Amy Winehouse, Corinne Bailey Rae, Jamiroquai, Martha Reeves and The Vandellas, Jess Glynne, The Craig Charles Fantasy Funk Band, Black Honey, The New Mastersounds, Abstract Orchestra and Blue Note Records jazz saxophonist Lou Donaldson.

His debut album ‘About Time’ saw the light of day in March 2020, and this is its successor. The album was officially released on January 27th on Haggis Records, and reached me through Willwork4funk.

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Melvin Johnson – Little Red Wagon

Little-Red-Wagon-cover-art-1024x1024On February 17, 2023, Houston, TX pianist/composer Melvin Johnson will be offering a gift to the world of his debut album, Little Red Wagon, overflowing with musical parables on the family love and the life lessons they can provide. Johnson, who once thought of himself as only a live performer, found a unique hunger for recording and production during the COVID lockdown.

Reflecting about his album he has created here, Melvin Johnson concludes, “These first fully arranged instrumentals do not belong in any genre box, be it Jazz, Classical, Choral, Gospel, etc. If anything, what I hear in my heart and spirit is music for film – for mature musical audiences. Little Red Wagon is a road map to the next six collections of original music I’m recording in the future.”

Buy the album here.

Michael Broening – Never Too Late

MichaelBroening-NeverTooLate-CoverGRAMMY-awarded producer, keyboardist and songwriter Michael Broening is better known in the smooth jazz genre to those who look at the credits of other musicians. Thus, his name is linked to musicians such as Lin Rountree, Tim Bowman, Randy Scott, Marion Meadows, Cindy Bradley, Michael Lington, Jaared, Brian Simpson and many more.

What could be more obvious than to step out of the shadows and into the limelight with his own solo album. The album is appropriately titled Never Too Late comparable to Michael O’Neill, who successfully debuted with this title. The album is released on Trippin’ and Rhythm, the label that features many of the artists Michael has been instrumental in creating.

It is also no secret that, as can be seen from the credits, many have made their contribution, on whose albums Michael has worked beneficially. Drawing on his wealth of experience, Michael wrote, produced, engineered and mixed all the songs himself. The album opens with the positive-spirited Shine A Light. Spiritual input is provided by Nicholas Cole on the B3 organ. Thano Sahnas, himself an acclaimed producer, gives responsive moments on acoustic and electric guitar. All around, a successful piece that provides a fitting introduction.

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Dee Lucas – No Boundaries

received_931880067826659National recording artist and saxophonist Dee Lucas has been steadily growing his brand and fan base beginning with Remembrance in 2004. Thereafter, it has been a steady showcase of unique stylings with Something to Ride 2 (2007), Standing Room Only (2010), Rebirth of the Smooth (2012), The Smooth Factor (2014), Going Deeper (2016), The Sweet Spot (2017), Going Left (2018) and The Time Is Now (2020).

In March, 2023 he will release his new album No Boundaries. The album features Gino Rosaria, Blair Bryant, Selina Albright and Ragan Whiteside.

You can already pre-order the album on Dee’s website.

Mekiel Reuben – Just Like The Radio

11361569752518030020Saxophonist Mekiel Reuben now has several releases to his credit: Miles Away (a dedication to Miles Davis) (1994) , Simply Peaceful (1996),  Shadows of Love (2000), Hangin in the Moonlight (2005),  Cookin’ in East L.A (2009), If you were here tonight (2012), M.R. (2019), and Chances Are What They Are (2020).

Mekiel is influenced by the community, culture and sounds of his hometown Chicago to a fruitful life in the Caribbean. As a young man, he was drawn to music. He understands the power of sound and his performance speaks to fans across the musical spectrum.

His newest album Just Like The Radio (2023) can be streamed on all major platforms.

Nabaté Isles – En Motion

327750642_1594771487660782_4003036737788016878_nNabaté Isles is a Grammy-winning trumpeter as well as a composer and producer, born and raised in New York City. Nabaté is releasing his second album called, En Motion, to be released on Ropeadope Records on January 27, 2023. The album features the core lineup of Sam Barsh (also the album’s producer), Eric Harland, Kaveh Rastegar, David Gilmore and Rachel Eckroth & guests include James Francies, Ben Wendel, Victor Provost, Sasha Berliner, Badia Farha. Added featured performers on the album are Mumu Fresh, Kardinal Offishall and Chuck D.

Nabaté released his debut album called, ‘Eclectic Excursions’ in the Summer of 2018. The independent album was in the Top-50 in the JazzWeek charts for 6 weeks and is receiving critical acclaim. The album features a plethora of great musicians like Elzhi, Sam Barsh (who produced the album as well), Christian McBride, Nate Smith, Ben Williams, Johnathan Blake, Brad Jones, David Gilmore and others.

Buy this album at bandcamp.

Pelle Fridell – Mellow

327604978_702811451290629_4334529695027710654_nBorn in Stockholm, Sweden and since 1993 resident in Copenhagen, Denmark,  saxophonist Pelle Fridell can look back on an exquisite list of top musicians with whom he has already performed together. Among them are Toots Thielemans, Randy Brecker, Sir Charlie Watts, Tom Waits, Ivan Lins, Angelique Kidjo, Georgie Fame, Geir Lysne, Chris Potter, Michael Mantler and more. Pelle has already released eight solo albums. Soul Go Jaz (2018) is the latest release in the Go Jaz series with Go Jaz (2002) and More Go Jaz (2011).

In January 2023 Pelle released his eighth album Mellow. The music is original instrumental jazz directed to the listeners inner life. Sparkling but in a lowkey and mellow atmosphere. A feel good vibe with melodic melodies and motion. During the period of lockdown Pelle decided to write music every day. Earlier Pelle’s music has been quite energetic, but after a while staying home the music became more and more calm and silent, mirroring of the surroundings. The outcome, Mellow, is a fusion of the acoustic and electronic universes, playful music from the playful mind of a jazz musician. Guest on the album is the fantastic Danish piano and keyboard player Nikolaj Bentzon.

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Planet D Nonet – Blues To Be There

bluestobethereThis new album celebrates Duke Ellington’s music as it is Planet D Nonet‘s favorite music. It is situated between 1956 and 1963.

After decades of musical and commercial success, the first half of the fifties was a difficult period for big bands. But in 1955 the tide turned, as the main soloist, Johnny Hodges, returned. Billy Strayhorn had been away from the band for several years, but now he was retracing its steps. This is how the band came back to new heights.

In 1959, the Duke even composed the soundtrack for the film ‘Anatomy of a Murder’, the first time a jazz musician had done so. The Duke even had a small part in it. He also won 3 Grammy Awards. Multiple scores would follow.

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Michael Broening – Never too Late

MichaelBroening-NeverTooLate-CoverArtist, producer, pianist and songwriter Michael Broening has written and produced over 50 contemporary jazz hits, including 27 top 5 and 15 #1 singles, one of which was the 2007 Grammy winning song “Mornin'” by George Benson and Al Jarreau.  A former touring musician, DJ, and private music teacher, the LA Born Michael started the “B-Hive,” his Phoenix based recording studio, where he’s been operating as producer and engineer, as well as online session musician, for the past 20 years. Michael is also a devoted husband and father of two, and has found great joy and success balancing career and family.

Since 2001, Michael has written and produced albums for a who’s who of contemporary jazz artists, including George Benson, Wayman Tisdale, Marion Meadows, Nick Colionne, Cindy Bradley, Brian Simpson, Michael Lington, Steve Oliver, Tim Bowman, Lin Rountree, Althea Rene, Lebron Dennis, Randy Scott, Catie Waters and Kayla Waters. Every album featured a single written by Michael that charted and many featured multiple songs in the top 5. On Benson’s Grammy winning album Givin’ it Up, Michael was credited playing B3 organ on the song “Bring it on Home to Me,” which featured Paul McCartney, Benson and Jarreau. The album reached #1 on Billboard Jazz Sales chart and took home 2 Grammy’s in 2007.  In 2010, His production of Bradley’s “Bloom” helped Cindy win the 2010 Contemporary Jazz New Artist of the Year.  His Production of Scott’s 2020 “Joyride” helped Randy win 2020 New Artist of the Year.

In January of 2023, Michael’s single “Let it Breathe” reached #1 on the Billboard Jazz Charts for two weeks in a row. In August of 2022, Michael’s release of his single “Summer in Blue,” reached #2 on Billboard and #1 on the Smooth Jazz Network chart.  Those two songs, along with his other recent single “Shine A Light” will appear on his debut CD “Never too Late,” scheduled to be released February 3rd, 2023 on Trippin’ and Rhythm Records.