Christoph Spendel – Jazzmatics 4

Jazz professor, multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer Christoph Spendel has a great impact on the German jazz scene. With a plethora of released albums he showcases his multifaceted artistry in jazz, Latin jazz, smooth jazz, classic, lounge, chill out and many more genres.

In the chill out section he already released among other albums the series Jazzmatic Vol. 1 (2012), Jazzmatics – Upbeat (2012), Jazzmatics – Chill Out Vol. 1, Jazzmatics – Chill Out Vol. 2 (2012), Jazzmatics – Deep Down Ibiza (2012), Jazzmatics – City At Dark (2012) and this year Jazzmatics New York Sessions Vol.2, Jazzmatics Vol. 3 and Jazzmatics Vol. 4. All songs are composed and performed by Christoph Spendel and available as downloads only.

This volcanic outburst of creative energy demands more intensive consideration. The title of the starting tune Jamiro Jam is derived from the famous British funk and acid jazz band Jamiroquai. The powerful tune grasps playfully various elements of keyboard sounds like Rhodes, Hohner clavinet, synth strings and more in combination with drums and percussion driving the melody to the final summit.

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Rebecka Larsdotter – Whirlwind

It’s a marriage of light jazz and Scandinavian folk music. Swedish-born singer-songwriter Rebecka Larsdotter weaves the forms together with Whirlwind (Losen Records, 2016).

Larsdotter mixes and matches her accompanists, depending on the needs of the songs. The musicians are Aaron Parks, piano; Dayna Stephens, saxophone, arranger; Ben Street, bass; Nate Wood, drums; Shai Maestro, piano; Rick Rosato, bass; Ari Hoenig, drums; Oz Noy, guitar; Dennis Hamm, keyboard; Hadrien Feraud, bass; Gene Coy, drums.

“Kvar,” a Larsdotter original, is a tranquil piece written in her native tongue. The title translates to “left” in English. It reflects her concept of the language being left behind and its parallel to being in a relationship where the person doesn’t know where she stands. Bass and piano solos assist.

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Frank Leister – Hourglass

frankleister7Some would call this “smooth jazz.” Others might think “instrumental pop” because, like the music of Earl Klugh, the melodies are memorable and sweet, played on a nylon string guitar. Guitarist Frank Leister has released his third album entitled Hourglass. He plays the melodies on a nylon string guitar. If you enjoy Earl Klugh, you’ll like this album too.

The album is on sale at CDBaby.

Eddie Garrido – In a Dream

in-a-dreamEddie Garrido is a multi genre singer/songwriter/lyricist/composer focusing mostly on Soft Rock, Pop, Latin Jazz, Smooth Jazz and Christian Rock. Sometimes with a bit of a Latin flair. He writes songs with a rich harmonic foundation supporting well constructed melodic lines and counterpoints. Lyrics depend on the concept of the album or the song, and his catalog also contains a vast amount of instrumentals and soundscapes ranging in styles.

His new album In a Dream is a collection of smooth jazz grooves merged with strong melodic themes. An eclectic collage of sounds reminiscing of what smooth jazz use to be, yet combining classic sounds with some more modern sonic textures.

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Jeanette Harris – Chocolate Vibez

14721675_1069527996449587_8387786646693121393_nA big thank you goes to Jeanette Harris’ supportive parents. On their J&M Record label (Jeanette & Michael’s initials, Mom and Dad’s funds) all her abums are released.

After her graduation in Berklee she started her debut album Here and There, followed by Jeanette Harris Live at Platinum Live (2003), Reflections (2007), Saxified (2010), Smooth Holiday Greetings (2010) and Summer Rain (2013). Now she is back with Chocolate Vibez (2016).

Multi-instrumentalist Harris performs most of the instruments on her new album. Guest musicians are pianist Tim Watson, music programmer Andrew Dorsette, guitarist Ceddrick Dennis, bassist Patrick Olvera and her brother Michael.

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Fred Hersch – Sunday Night at the Vangaurd

In Sunday Night at the Vangaurd (Palmetto, 2016), pianist Fred Hersch finds himself mentioned alongside such greats as Wayne Shorter, Chick Corea and Henry Threadgill.

There’s a mindset that jazz is defined either by young artists creating something new, or veteran artists playing what they’ve played – the way they’ve played it – for decades. Hersch and the others defy that kind of thinking as they continue to create sounds that are fresh and invigorating.

Performing with Hersch are bassist John Hebert and drummer Eric McPherson.

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Ray Obiedo – Latin Jazz Project Vol. 1

latin-jazz-project-vol-1Ray Obiedo‘s Latin Jazz Project Vol. 1 on Rhythmus Records, is the 8th release by the Bay Area guitarist and composer. This project is a collection of Latin Jazz standards, including three of Obiedo’s original compositions. Obiedo enlisted some of the music industries top musicians and longtime co-horts for the project. Percussionist Sheila E., Yellowjackets’ reed man Bob Mintzer, flutists Elena Pinderhughes and Roger Glenn, trumpeter Ray Vega, timbale master Orestes Vilató, percussionist Peter Michael Escovedo and vocalist Sandy Cressman all make significant appearances. Santana members David K. Mathews, Karl Perazzo and Jeff Cressman also contribute their expertise.

This Latin Jazz collection also features sax and flute player Norbert Stachell, steel pan player. Phil Hawkins, pianist Peter Horvath, and brothers Marc and Paul van Wageningen on bass and drums.

Ray has 5 previous releases on the Windham Hill jazz label. This is his second release on his Oakland-based Rhythmus Records label. The music on Ray’s Latin jazz project is a highly-energized and hypnotically rhythmic soundscape revealing all the passion, flavor, color and style of the San Francisco Bay Area which conceived, nourished and inspired Obiedo’s latest musical venture.

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