Michael Schmidt – Life

Composer and keyboardist Michael Schmidt longs for the golden era of fusion jazz, dominated by such groups as Mahavishnu Orchestra, Return To Forever and Weather Report. Famous names like Chick Corea, John McLaughlin, Joe Zawinul, Jimmy Haslip or Jeff Lorber have inspired this musician. Although he does not reach the level of popularity of these music titans, he has made a name in the field of fusion jazz through a variety of high-quality record releases.

With every release, he manages to gather around an illustrious band of top musicians who perfectly realize his idea of fusion jazz. On his new album Life (2017) are to find Dave Weckl, Allan Holdsworth, Scott Kinsey, Jimmy Haslip, Katisse Buckingham, Gary Novak, Andy Snitzer, Scott Kinsey, Mike Miller, Ruslan Sirota, Virgil Donati, John Daversa, Andy Milne, Jost Nickel, Mike Miller, Steve Tavaglione, Jerry Goodman, Oz Noy, Jost Nickel, Mitch Forman, Brandon Fields, Bob Mintzer, Bruce Fowler, Walt Fowler, Charlie Bisharat, MonoNeon, Larry Koonse, and Sophia Wackermann. Michael Schmidt performs on all tracks synths and sequencing.

The album was produced by bassist Jimmy Haslip, who was also involved in Michael’s previous projects. Michael chooses the quick start with the virtuoso piece Trance, which gives the participating musicians the opportunity to fully unfold their potential. With drummer Dave Weckl, late guitarist Allan Holdsworth, keyboardist Scott Kinsey, bassist Haslip and saxophonist Katisse Buckingham has this formation the firepower of the above-cited jazz fusion groups.

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Reunion4 – Reunion4

Reunion4, whose members are Mitch Holder/Guitar, Eddie Arkin/Guitar, Abraham Laboriel/Bass, and Paul Leim/Drums, started playing all original material written by Eddie and Mitch at the renowned Donte’s Supper Club in L.A. from 1977 to approximately 1982. During that time, the group never recorded.

“We all went forward with our individual careers and now, after all these years, we’ve gone back and recorded several of the original songs dating from 1977 to tunes written over the course of thirty plus years. That’s the theme of this project and as we started the first of two days recording”, Paul said, “It’s like we never stopped playing; we’re just picking right up right from where we left off.The four of us are very excited about this project and we hope all of you will like hearing a span of music that covers all these years between our last live gig as a quartet right up to the present.”

Reunion4, a gem of contemporary jazz also favorable for smooth jazz fans, is now arrived at CDBaby.

Christoph Spendel – The Piano Side of Christmas

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, classical, lounge, chill out, and many more genres.

On his new album The Piano Side of Christmas he combines his favorite instrument, the piano, with his favorite genre of this season, Christmas Jazz. Listen to Christoph’s jazzy approach to popular Christmas hymns on iTunes.

Carl Cox – Feelin’ Fine

Carl Cox is a freelance touring saxophonist/recording artist/educator from Southern Jersey. Carl is the full-time Music Director at Deptford High School. He continues to actively tour and perform around the country and locally. Carl is a founding member of Breckerville and has contributed compositions to the group’s repertoire.

His new album is entitled Feelin’ Fine and available at his website.

David Davis – Dig It!

Raised and born in Connecticut saxophonist David Davis emphasizes the fact that the greatest work of his life are his two daughters, whom he lovingly addresses as a family man.

In second place his solo albums are to be mentioned, as there are his debut, the Christmas album The Reason For The Season (1998), Can’t Get Enough Of Your Love (2000), This Christmas, a Christmas album with Hartford’s vocalist, Charmagne (2001), Reparations, a compilation with various artists from Connecticut. Further albums are Smile (2006), Song Of David (2007), Pop Droppin It (2008), and An R&B Edge (2008).

His 9th full-length album Dig It! will be released January 18th, 2018, ten years after his previous projects. His new album features singer Elizabeth Dellinger, guitarist Rohn Lawrence, bassist Lawrence White and several guest musicians on selected tracks.

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Eban Brown – Summertime in Tokyo

Hailing from Newark, NJ, Harold Eban Brown is a world-renowned guitarist, composer and singer. Motivated by strong family support and a firm belief in God, Eban exhibited a gift for music at an exceptionally early age. Eban began playing guitar and singing with several gospel groups by age seven and as he became older his interest in studying jazz guitar was influenced by Wes Montgomery, George Benson, David T. Walker, Larry Carlton, Grant Geissman, George Duke, and Bobby Caldwell. It was during this time that Eban Brown, realized another gift, that of a songwriter. In 1991, Eban Brown became the lead vocalist for his idol artist group RAY, GOODMAN & BROWN (better known as The MOMENTS). Although Eban was originally chosen to sign on as the group’s guitarist, instead, he was instantly moved to the front line to sing with his idol group. The founding members thought his physical characteristics were too young at the time to take promotional photos for marketing, so he continued to perform with the group for two and a half years. Later Eban would become a member of the one-time Grammy-Award winning group; The MANHATTANS (featuring Gerald Alston and Blue Lovett) his stay was very short lived due to future accomplishments.

In 1993, Eban became the lead vocalist of the DELFONICS, and was the first lead vocalist of the DELFONICS to be inducted into the 98.7 KISS FM HALL OF FAME, in New York City, the NAACP HALL OF FAME, in Atlanta, GA and in 1996, received a NAACP award for his accomplishments as lead vocalist of The DELFONICS. The Delfonics, which featured Wilbert Hart, Major Harris and Eban Brown, has dazzled fans overseas, as well as the United States. In 1995, with the DELFONICS, Eban recorded a live album “Wil Hart and The DELFONICS live in Chattanooga, TN which was considered one of the group’s most treasured recordings. In April 2000, with great anticipation, Brown became the lead vocalist of the world-renowned STYLISTICS, following Mr. Russell Thompkins Jr., the original lead vocalist. As it stands, Eban is the youngest Classic Soul recording artist in the History of Classic Soul Music.

His solo projects are Master Suite (2002), Restless Soul (2004), Exit 15 (2006), Determinism (2009), and Summertime in Tokyo (2014). This album is on sale at Amazon.com.

FlunkOut – Good Sh*t Man

FlunkOut brings a groovy, laid-back yet spicy musical experience, with balanced elements of jazz, fusion, blues, funk, rock and ballads. Raised with and inspired by the likes of Jeff Lorber, Herbie Hancock, Spyro Gyra and Fourplay, the band brews its unique sound with a mix of old-fashioned craftsmanship, super-tight riffs and the ever-present groove.

Good Sh*t Man is their debut album, the first “shot” so to say and shows FlunkOut’s versatile and diverse dedication to the groove. It takes you from funky blues to symphonic jazz, from their earlier released singles (Flunk Out!, Coffee Break) to a flunky arrangement of Barry Gray’s “Thunderbirds Theme” (used by permission of Sony/ATV Music Publishing (UK) Limited. All rights reserved.)

They welcomed working with internationally acclaimed rhythm-ace Martin Verdonk to record the percussion part on all songs. Groovy fun, ready to share. May the Flunk be with you. Get it right on CDBaby.