Terrence Richburg – Portrait of Adoration

Renowned by his peers as “The Quincy Jones of Gospel,” Terrence Richburg has graced that realm as a songwriter, vocalist, arranger, orchestrator, producer, keyboardist, guitarist, bassist and percussionist. In addition to working with the likes of Yolanda Adams, Shirley Caesar and Ben Tankard, he has been a force in gospel jazz with his own groups R&R and The Terrence Richburg Experience.

His latest Smooth Jazz collection Portrait of Adoration is a powerful testament to Richburg’s wild multitude of talents, driven by his love of God and equal passions for sensual soul-jazz, sizzling funk and dazzling keyboard and guitar melodies and improvisations. Along the way, Richburg also impresses with some Take 6 like vocalizations.

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Mark Adams – I Forgot to Remember to Forget

Clever tongue twister aside, keyboardist, composer and renowned music educator Mark Adams draws on his mile long jazz/R&B resume (Erykah Badu, Queen Latifah, Maysa, Ronnie Laws, Roy Ayers) to infuse his genre-transcendent latest album I Forgot to Remember to Forget with deeply joyful eclecticism. He’s got it all – fanciful urban jazz/funk, hip-hop, a touch of big band brass, old school soul-jazz, vibrant Latin fun and deeply felt blues. Traditional jazz fans are also invited to the party, which includes dynamic guest appearances by Ayers and legendary bassist Ron Carter.

This collection runs the gamut of musical styles from instrumental jazz to R&B to Latin jazz and hip- hop! For the listeners who crave diversity and a wide musical palette, this is the record for you on CDBaby!

Marco da Volosca – Mermaids at the Beach Cafe

Marco da Volosca – Croatian jazz guitarist, composer and producer returns with the new EP Mermaids at the Beach Cafe. Smooth, relaxing and luscious chill soft jazz guitar instrumentals + beautiful, soft and mellow sax & piano improvisations are the main ingredients of this album. Mermaids at the Beach Cafe – five tracks of hypnotically beautiful, soft and mellow jazz guitar.

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Eric Essix – More

Eric Essix‘s decision to live for music was influenced by a Weather Report concert, which Eric attended in 1977. In 1988 he debuted with his solo album First Impressions followed by Second Thoughts (1991), Third Degree Burn (1993), Eric Essix & Modern Man, LIVE!, Beautiful Music, Guitar, Just Like You (1995), The Modern Man Recordings (1993-1994), Small Talk (1998), Southbound (2000), Blue (2002), Somewhere In Alabama (2004), Abide With Me (2005), Retrospective: Volume One (2006), Birmingham (2009), My Gift To You (2010), Eric Essix (2012), Evolution (2013), The Isley Sessions (2014), Eric Essix’s Move > Trio (2015), This Train (2016).

His newest project, an anthology of songs from his recordings over the past three decades has not left the kickstarter level yet.

Instead Eric Essix is now promoting his second album, which he recorded this year, More. The album was written and arranged by Eric and produced by Kelvin Wooten, who also has written and arranged It’s About Time. Eric performs on this album guitars, Kelvin keyboards, organ, bass, sitar, and Glockenspiel. Further musicians are Marcus Finnie (drums), James “PJ” Spraggins (drums, percussion), Sean Michael Ray (bass), Kelley O’Neal (sax, flute), and Kaleah Wooten (vocals).

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Nils – Christmas Everyday

Christmas comes closer. Like every year a plethora of musicians are offering Christmas Music. Among those is guitarist Nils with his new album Christmas Everyday featuring Erin Stevenson, Ken Stacey, Clydene Jackson, Johnny Britt, and Diana Tash.

Nils prefers the traditional approach, where modern elements flow in here and there. The tunes are mostly vocals with some rare instrumentals.

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Aston Grey Project – Outta Time

Aston Grey Project has covered so much ground in a short time. On Sept 10, 2013 released Chill Lounge, the bands first CD ever! Right off the top the guys show you they are here for serious business. Released on the Platinum Vybe Recordings label. The CD gives you insight that all the players are very skilled and ready to show the world just what the Aston Grey Project has to offer. The band was founded by Platinum Vybe Recordings president Chris Clay, who ‘s also an active member of the band. Each member of the Aston Grey Project has been apart of the music business for a minimum of 15 years as studio musicians, writers or vocalist. The Nucleus of the band is Chris Clay (Piano, Strings, Programming, Percussions), Dowell Jones (Drums), Lionel Samuel (guitars), Brandon Green (electric/acoustic bass/upright). All whom have been apart of the music industry for many years.

The Project is committed to bringing it’s fans a full musical experience in recordings as well as the groups live performance. In the forming the Aston Grey Project one of the objectives was to become a platform for unsigned and signed guest artist to shine. “We want to and will feature unsung talent on everyone of our recordings.” – Chris Clay

The band is holding true to that with there second smooth jazz offering Changing The Game featuring lots of great surprises. Across this diverse output, Aston Grey Project artistic vision remains unmistakable. The groups music is firmly grounded in groove and pulse, but also rhythmically intricate and highly interactive; fluidly improvisational, yet uncannily orchestrated; emotionally compelling, as well as innovative in texture, style, and musical form. Its many points of reference include jazz piano titans such as Monk, Ellington, Tyner, and other greats like Norman Brown, Dave Koz, Paul Hardcastle, Najee, David Sanborn, and Spyro Gyro. The Aston Grey Project offers jazz lovers something different in live performances.

Their newest album is Outta Time, just arrived on CDBaby.

Paul Dozier – Brand New Day

Over the years Paul Dozier formed his own band (The Brothers in Christ). They recorded two albums for New Dawn Records, which was distributed by A&M Records and received national as well as international acclaim. In 2001, Paul released his first solo album entitled On a Glorious Journey which garnered him a major distribution deal with Orpheus/EMI Records. In 2005 he released his 2nd CD titled  Compassion which received great waves in Canada and the U.S. In 2008 he released his 3rd CD titled On Way Street. His 4th CD Coolin On the 7th Day garnered him a hit single, “It Means I Love Yah”.

With overwhelming radio response this allowed him headline openings for noted artists such as Paul Taylor, Wayman Tisdale, Will Downing, Bobby Lyle, Tom Braxton, Phil Driscoll, Tim Bowman, The Stylistics, The Clark Sisters, Shirley Caesar, The Hawkins Family, Bobby Jones T.V. Show and much more. His 2014 CD Optimistic has landed him another chart topper with the hot single “Loves Journey”. Paul has also played the role as Music Director for artist such as Karen Briggs, Gail Jhonson, Kim Scott, Edgar Wallace Jr. and sax man Yancyy. As a side man Paul has played guitar for some of smooth jazz favorites such as Brian Simpson, Eric Darius, Jakiem Joyner, Jessie J., Four80East, Brian Lenair, Willie Bradley, Althea Rene, Tom Braxton, Oli Silk, Tom Brown, Pamela Williams and Jeannette Harris.

Brand New Day is Paul’s new one in 2018. Check the album on Amazon.com.

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