Junio Karo Karo – That’s the Way of the World

Junio Karo Karo, a native of Indonesia, comes from a heritage deeply rooted in God and music. As a child, he always knew that he had a place in music, but didn’t know exactly where. That all changed when he entered the 3rd grade. Determined to play the guitar, he signed up for classical guitar school. However as he influenced heavily by David Sanborn and George Washington Jr, he had to play a saxophone. After being tired of always getting last chair in band class, he persuaded his dad to purchase a saxophone and actually practice it. This resulted in him getting a first chair and he has been soaring since. At the age of 21, Junio graduated with Jazz Improvisation and Performance at Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

Soothing and soulful are the words used to describe Junio’s music. Currently, Junio is staying busy by working with HARC agency, Westfield Scentre Group, James Morrison Big Band and working on his second music project. Music has taken him all across the country and even into Indonesia to perform. He has performed and shared the stage with artists such as Indra Lesmana, J. Moss, Emma Pask, Althea Rene, Karen Clark, Ty Tribbett, Ben Tankard, and many others. Junio is also a music educator in the Saxophone Academy School, Chippendale and also travels as a freelance and music clinician. Junio performs a large range of music from smooth jazz, straight ahead jazz, soul, and gospel. His goal is to provide great music that uplifts and inspires the listener. Junio currently resides in Sydney, AR with his wife Cindy. They have two children, Aretha and Reuben.

That’s the Way of the World is his newest project. This album is to celebrate The Love with a soulful saxophone and instrumental. Every songs chosen carefully and has very powerful, moving and charismatic. You will enjoy these musics if you like Motown 80’s. Get the album on CDBaby.

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Carol Albert – Fly Away Butterfly

After paving the way with a handful of popular radio singles over the past year, Billboard Artist, Carol Albert brings out a full array of rich jazz and global fusion artistry on her unique concept album Fly Away Butterfly. The versatile Atlanta-based composer, keyboardist and vocalist takes the listener on deeply soulful, exotic journey that artfully blends spirited, jazzy piano melodies, dreamy vocals, punchy percussion textures and hypnotic ambiances featuring the soaring, inspirational twist on Al Jarreau’s classic song “One Way,” a contemporary homage to one of her jazz heroes offering up the powerhouse saxophone of Sam Skelton. Fly Away Butterfly will take your musical imagination to many beautiful destinations!.

Carol’s style on her work has been described as Smooth Jazz, World and New Age rolled into one package. Her album Fly Away Butterfly lived up to that description with smooth vocals and piano, lush arrangements, synthesizers and world class players.

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The Royal Krunk Jazz Orkestra – Get It How You Live

How diverse the term jazz is interpreted, is only revealed in the confrontation with the music of new artists. The Royal Krunk Jazz Orkestra gives us with Get It How You Live (2018) a new approach to that elitist style of music that is revitalized by renewal.

The trumpeter Russell Gunn is the spiritus rector of this formation, which has its own identity through the term Orkestra. The Atlanta Georgia based Big Band is not just a onetime project for recording but shows constancy with regular live events. Russell Gunn is producer, conductor, arranger, composer of this debut album.

A great formation deserves a pompous introduction by Dashill Smith on Get It How You Live (Intro)Sybil’s Blues is an integral part of Russell’s repertoire. The piece was originally recorded on his album Ethnomusicology Volume 1 (1999). With the four albums of this series, he showed his highly personal mixture of jazz and hip hop.

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The Allen Carman Project – Carmanology

Allen Carman has been playing bass and keyboards since the age of twelve. He traveled the country for several years as a working musician sharing the stage with several nationally recognized musicians such as Vince Gill, David Muse (Firefall, Marshall Tucker), Gumbi Ortiz (Al DiMeola), Joe Lala (Steven Stills, BeeGees), Bobby Caldwell (Johnny Winter), Jock Bartley (Firefall), Chet McCracken (Doobie Brothers) and Chris Piniick (Chicago) during his musical career. In his early thirties, he put music on hold and obtained a law degree. He created and maintained a successful law practice beginning in 1996.

Last year. Allen decided to go back to his musical roots and play music full time again. He has recently played and recorded with Dave Muse from Firefall on his new smooth jazz project. While in town Allen plays with some of the local jazz bands in the Tampa Bay area. He has played all genres of music including country, jazz, and pop. The Allen Carman Project features Phillippe Saisse on keyboards, Gumbi Ortiz on percussion, Andy Snitzer on sax and Luis Alicea on drums. Most of the songs on the latest CD were recorded in part at Avatar Recording Studios in NYC and mixed by the one and only Roy Henrickson.

The album will be released soon. Get a first view on iTunes.

The Braxton Brothers – Higher

There is a reason why the bass and saxophone melodies Nelson and Wayne Braxton aka The Braxton Brothers write are so lyrical. They compose by writing lyrics first, a unique twist for an R&B-jazz instrumental twosome that uses vocals on only two of the twelve new songs they wrote and produced for their sixth album, “Higher,” which drops August 24 from Braxton Productions.

“Yes, it is a different way of writing for instrumentalists, but for us, first and foremost, we never want to be background music. The purpose of our music is bigger. We feel that we have a higher responsibility. New music and new melodies move through us, giving people a reason to feel joy, have a good time, free them from stress, anxiety and problems; and show the listener love,” said Nelson Braxton, who worked on the album during his global travels while taking in views of the Pacific Ocean, Atlantic Ocean, Mediterranean Sea, The English Channel, The Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean.

Focused on their penchant for crafting irresistible melodies, The Braxton Brothers’ message is a higher love. Preceding the album release is the high-energy, feel-good first single, “The Only Woman In The World,” which ships to radio and goes for radio playlist adds in late July. Nelson, a bassist, wrote the exuberant song around 3am on a guitar during a Minnesota blizzard while on a tour bus passing the hours before he could call his wife back home. Such stories are typical of The Braxton Brothers’ inspirations. They describe their recordings as “photos that document our lives.” Nelson’s supple basslines and Wayne’s gregarious tenor and alto sax share euphonic, evocative tales of elated reunion (“Back In My Arms”); inner beauty vs. outer facades (“Beauty”); pursuing goals with faith (“Where I Wanna Be”); finding satisfaction in being loved (“Just To Be Loved”); the encouragement to look up when you’re down in a dark place (“What Would I Do”); and the comforting reassurance of having a loved one close and present (“I’ll Be Here”). Continue reading

dee Brown – Remembering You

Time flies by and guitarist dee Brown is still on the top of game honing his skills to absolute perfection. All started with the debut album No Time To Waste in 2006. Soon followed A Little Elbowroom (2009), Brown Sugar Honey-Coated Love (2014) and this year Remembering You.

Dee is accompanied on this project by Valdez Brantley, Nate Harasim (piano, keyboards, programming), Kern Brantley, Takashi Lio (bass), Dezie McCullers Jr. (alto, tenor saxophones), Ron Otis (drums), Shaunia Edwards, Shannon Rice, Ester Todd, Winzell Kelly (vocals), Althea René (flute), and Bob Baldwin (piano, keyboards, programming, bass).

Dee Brown introduces into his new project with romance. I Want You Too is designed for the ladies. The influence of George Benson shines through in phrases and notes. Hey Baby joins seamlessly. Dee’s fluent style is perfectly supported by strings and sax.

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Steve Flowers – Missing You

It’s evident that Jazz flutist Steve Flowers has no intention on being lost in the shadows of jazz musicians in the Windy City. After all Steve has “dazzled audiences by performing with the talents of international contemporaries like Alex Bugnon, Bobby “Blue” Bland, Koko Taylor, After 7, Take 6, Regina Bell, B. B. King, Bernie Mack, Vicki Winans and the late Phyllis Hyman”. With a Masters degree in Flute performances, we now understand why Mr. Flower is in high demand in the Mid-West and the Windy City.

His new album is Missing You, which is now available on CDBaby.

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