Frank Piombo – Keep It Movin’

Born and raised in Libya, Tripoli, to Italians parents guitarist Frank Piombo reached with eight the American shores. Meanwhile he has performed with bands such as Sidewalk Symphony, The Fantasy Band, Stepping Out, The New Prince Band, US & Co., and the original Infernos.

Frank counts to his influences jazz guitarists Larry Carlton, former member of Fourplay and guitarist legend George Benson. Smooth Reminiscence (2010), Sleepwalk (2011) are his first albums. His album The Night Speaks – A Smooth Jazz Journey was already awarded as the best jazz/ambient album for Jan, 2016 by The Akademia Music Awards.

His new album Keep It Movin’(2017) is a collection of smooth jazz, funk, and easy listening songs. A very uplifting and fast moving album. It features guitar, saxophone, and trumpet. A must hear! This album features some of the best musicians and vocalists in the country: Tony Exum Jr, Sam Hankins, Joe Arminio, Michael Mahadeen, Joaquin Diaz, Pablo Claudio, Donnie Harrell, Tom Jabobsen, Terry Tuck, Darryl Clark, Angelo Uccello, Michael Cardinale, Doreen Brusca Arminio, and Rod Williams. It’s now available at CDBaby.

Freeze Frame – Endless Summer

Lincoln Park – The Best Of Freeze Frame should be a crowning end to his life’s work. A carefully selected compilation of the defining pieces of his varied albums as a statement and key to discover his opuses.

The cat cannot stop chasing mice and the musician cannot stop creating new music. Ray Bach comments: “While one might remember that I have announced that I have to stop future releases that create a massive effort I have to admit that I can’t help myself here.”

That said Ray Bach aka Freeze Frame presents his newest project Endless Summer (2017) with the title “the last album”. Ray has written, performed and produced all tracks. Further musicians on selected tracks are Tom Farmer (sax), Jan Hiltman (guitar), Stefan Gade (bass) and LIZA (vocals).

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Fay Claassen – Luck Child

Vocalist Fay Claassen has been singing for many years. Luck Child (Challenge Records, 2017) is a compilation of favorites that she’s never recorded before.

The artist presents an ode to youth and beauty, with a mix of old songs and new, including two written by Paul Heller.

The musicians are Olaf Polziehn, piano; Peter Tiehuis, guitar; Ingmar Heller, bass; and on “Miniature No. 7,” Paul Heller, clarinet, bass clarinet and tenor saxophone.

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Drew Davidsen – Good Life

Hailing from Towson, Maryland Drew Davidsen has showcased his guitar skills on more than 30 projects. He started his solo career with the album This Journey in 2007. A project dedicated to smooth jazz and his idols George Benson, Larry Carlton and Les Sabler.

His newest project Good Life is filled with songs and stories from his life. It’s the record that his stepbrother encourage him to make during the final years of his life. So he is dedicating this record to Nick Tischler! For Drew it also represents growth as an artist/songwriter. For all his smooth/contemporary jazz fans. Track 8 “Pulling Me Closer” was written specifically for you guys. Think a smooth Lee Ritenour meets Michael Franks.

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Ben Rosenblum – Instead

How does one emerge on the scene in a trio format and be distinctive? Well, one way is to bring some original material and take ownership of covers. Pianist Ben Rosenblum accomplishes this with his debut, Instead (One Trick Dog Records, 2017).

Accompanying Rosenblum are Curtis Lundy, bass; and Billy Hart, drums.

Rosenblum successfully avoids sounding ordinary by steering clear of the standards, popular jazz songs that have been covered ad nauseam. Instead, perhaps a hint of the thinking behind the album title, he composes six original songs and reinterprets five others that are a bit off the beaten path.

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Ard Sherrod Jr. – Back 2 Business

Saxophonist Art Sherrod Jr. is influenced by David Sanborn, Kirk Whalum, Gerald Albright, Kim Waters and other professional sax men of the smooth jazz genre. This includes admiration for their virtuosic art and their spiritual behavior.

His debut project All 4 Love was released in 2005. After signing to Pacific Coast Jazz followed his second project Seasons in 2009. With Intervention (2016) he released after two smooth jazz albums his first Gospel project. Back 2 Business (2017) is his fourth release and a return to the smooth jazz genre.

Art is joined by a crew of top professional musicians such as Chris “Big Dog” Davis (keyboards, programming), Rohn Lawrence, Robert “WaWa” LeGrand (guitars), Asa Livingston and Corey Baker (bass), Salena Dunbar Gibbs, Anthony Buffy Burnett, Dawn Tallman, Lamone Andrews, Tiffany Tzelle (background vocals).

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Stephen Richard – After Hours

Gifted Saxophonist Stephen Richard is emerging as one of today’s up and coming Jazz musicians. Stephen’s clean, soulful styling punctuated with dazzling solo flourishes are the result of his unique interpretation of many forms of music encountered throughout his life.

After Hours is his second project he is releasing in May 2017 now on sale at all stores.