Lisa Parrott – Round Tripper

Just ahead of baseball season, Lisa Parrott launches one across the fence. Round Tripper (Serious Niceness Records, 2015) is all about the passion of creating music.

Parrott plays alto and baritone saxophones. With her on this date are Matt Wilson, drums; Chris Lightcap, double bass; Carl Dewhurst, guitar; and guest Nadje Noordhuis, trumpet and flugelhorn on two tracks.

“Rosa Takes a Stand” is a Carlos Ward composition that Parrott and her bandmates adopt as their own. The alto sax and guitar handle most of the out-front work, with bass and drums getting plenty of action underneath. Toward the end is an extended call and response, showcasing Wilson’s dexterity on the kit.

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Althea René – Live In Detroit

11157362_10206390852351036_372665359661949376_oAlthea René is the first performer in history to have their flute featured single reach the number one ranking on the Billboard Music Chart. The daughter of one of Motown’s original Funk Brothers, she began playing the flute at the tender age of four. She worked for 11 years as a Deputy Sheriff in Wayne County, Michigan (Detroit) before making the leap into a full-time music career.

Arguably the strongest performance ever displayed by a soul-jazz flutist in recent history. Her Detroit-based band delivered the unparalleled funk that made this concert a scorching hot tour de force. Get this remarkable album at CDBaby.

Rocco Ventrella – Another Time

Another TimeThe saxophone player Rocco Ventrella has enjoyed a Grammy Awards Pre-­‐Nomination for Contemporary Jazz Best Album for his 2007 CD Give Me The Groove produced by Bruce Nazarian. Actually Rocco continues to tour the world sharing stage with most respected artists.

His new album Another Time will be released May 13, 2015. Performing artists are Rocco Ventrella, Greg Manning, Darrell Crooks, Adam Hawley, Michele Violante, Terry Wollman, Hussain Jiffry, Andre Berry, Gorden Campbell, Eric Valentine. Lead vocalists are Ilaria De Robertis and Kenya Hathaway.

Bluey – Life Between The Notes

Jean Paul Maunik, better known as Bluey, is the icon of acid jazz. He is founder and leader of the project Incognito, with which he has released fifteen studio albums as well as a number of live albums, remix albums and compilation albums. Before he was a member of the group Light of the World. His further projects are Citrus Sun and Innershade.

In 2013 he released his first solo debut album Leap of Faith. His sophomore solo album Life Between The Notes will be released in Japan this week, in UK on April 20 (Dôme Records) and in USA on Apr 28, 2015 (Shanachie Entertainment).

The album starts with the appetizer Dance To My Drums. A bass line and pushing drums are underlining the message. Life Between The Notes conjures the open road of soul, R&B and acid jazz. With a keen sense of harmony Bluey exerts his sensitive voice and even presents some overtones. With electronic accents, bass rhythms and hand clapping Hold On is well prepared for the club scene.

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Josh Nelson – Exploring Mars

Instrumental music can inspire the imagination. Whether the soundtrack of a favorite movie or jazz, music without words can take you places that can be any combination of a wonder, amusement, adventure, romance or relaxation. For pianist Josh Nelson, the wonder is the Red Planet. Exploring Mars (Origin Records, 2015) is inspired by the fiction of Jules Verne and H.G. Wells. It’s also a follow-up to Nelson’s Discoveries (2011).

In addition to piano, Nelson plays trumpet and Nord Electro 3. Also on this date are John Daversa, trumpet and EVI; Larry Koonse, guitar; Dave Robaire, bass; Dan Schnelle, drums; Kathleen Grace, vocals; Alan Ferber, trombone; and Brian Walsh, bass clarinet.

“Bradbury’s Spirit” includes a spoken-word excerpt of Ray Bradbury’s The Martian Chronicles. The music plays softly underneath Nelson’s reading from a section of the book that depicts a Martian jam session. Koonse, Robaire and Schnelle enjoy a light jam as Nelson speaks. The piano is subtle.

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Mel Holder – Back to Basics: Music Book Volume 2

Back to BasicsGrammy-nominated Producer/Artist/Author/Speaker Mel Holder spreads his ministry through a blend of jazz and gospel, fused with African and Caribbean rhythms. Mel has worked with and shared the stage with the likes of KC & the Sunshine Band, Kirk Franklin, Yolanda Adams and Stevie Wonder. Mel’s call to ministry has opened the door for him to perform at over 150 events every year, touching lives worldwide.

This long-awaited follow-up to the Billboard Top Contemporary Christian Chart entry Now & Forever (Diamante) is an enhanced CD of thirteen songs and a music video from Psalmist Music Group, led by Mel Holder with long-time associate Tony Prendatt (Lauryn Hill, Carlos Santana), and combines dance grooves and gospel melodies with vibrant jazz harmonies. Back to Basics: Music Book Volume 2 is your call at CDBaby.

Thasaint – Tease

teaseThasaint is a producer/musician that has been self producing and honing his craft for more than 25 years. He is an award winning illustrative artist who not only creates by his hands but with his mind. Thasaint creates and produce music for just about any genre with more focus towards Smooth Jazz and Adult Contemporary R&B.

He released his first recording project to the public at the end of 2012 titled Love Confessions and have been putting out projects non stop since. His first album release of 2015 which is 6th project titled Tease. Check this album at CDBaby.

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