Archive for October, 2009

Paul Hardcastle – The Very Best of Christmas

UK-born keyboard player and producer Paul Hardcastle topped the UK charts in the mid-80s with an electro-pop tune about the Vietnam War and post-traumatic stress disorder entitled 19. Since several years he is recording with great success in the smooth jazz genre following his own music formula. He is artist on the label Trippin ‘n’ Rhythm, a new home for smooth jazz artists like Tim Bowman, Cindy Bradley, Oli Silk, U-Nam, Gregg Karukas, Jaared and Sekou Bunch.  Respectable owner of this label is Les Cutmore.

With his well-developed and distinctive sense for everything beautiful and economic trade he discovered the world of Holiday Jazz.  Featured artists on the album The Very Best of Christmas are, you guessed it already, the above mentioned artists, Paul Hardcastle and a combination of them called the Trippin’ Allstars. The album presents typical Christmas hymns like Santa Claus Is Coming To Town, Winter Wonderland and more.

Brian Culbertson – Live from the Inside

On June 3rd, 2009, Brian Culbertson and a small army of well respected musicians in the Smooth Jazz community, descended upon the legendary Capitol Studios in Hollywood to film and record a live career retrospect of well loved tunes from his GRP and other labels’ catalogs.The resulting session is presented in full on a DVD directed by filmmaker Joey Castro and on a CD with 12 of the songs they performed including the brand new song “Go.”

Musical guests includes Ray Parker Jr., Dave Koz, Michael Lington, Eric Marienthal, Eric Darius, Jim Culbertson and Sheldon Reynolds. The band consists of Lenny Castro, Chris Miskel, Lamar Jones, Eddie Miller, Michael Stever, Rob Schaer, Nick Lane, Wayne Bruce and Marqueal Jordan. Get a sneak peak of the new album at Brian’s website.

“I think it’s important to make this available to people because this DVD is definitely a milestone for me,” Brian comments. “It’s just something special with all these legends and great musicians getting together in the studio at the same time. I just really felt like I had to document this and let everyone else see the energy and the magic that was created with all of us together.”

Live from the Inside is scheduled for release on November 10, 2009 and available at Amazon.

Phil Walker – Passion Thing

Playing alto, soprano, and tenor saxophones, Phil Walker is a solo artist from the Central Valley of California. His 2nd CD release Passion Thing has 7 original tracks and 3 covers which are a reflection of his greatest musical influences such as the Rippingtons, Dave Koz and David Sanborn. Musicians included on this album are Kim Stone and Dave Hooper of the Rippingtons, Steve Oliver, Richard Smith and Allen Hinds.

Also featured is drummer Pat Ready, percussionist Jo Pusateri, Chris Tedesco – flugal horn & trumpet, Tim Redfield – keyboards, and Wendell Kelly – trombone. CD Produced by Phil Walker and Tim Redfield. Executive Producers Phil Walker, June Glennon, Brad Kious, and Don Sharp. Welcome Passion Thing at CDBaby.

Mark Drummond & Grooveometri – Yuletronica

Yuletronica puts an original new spin on instrumental versions of holiday favorites, like “Silent Night”, “We Wish You A Groovy Christmas”, “The First Noel”, “Auld Lang Syne” and 5 more. Tastefully executed nylon and electric jazz guitar melodies and improvisations are supported by smooth virtual instruments.

Yuletronica provides a contemporary accent to the holiday season, whether for personal enjoyment, as a soundtrack to holiday gatherings, or in a retail business environment. Aficianados of smooth jazz and R&B music are sure to enjoy this project for many Christmases to come.

Celebrate your Christmas at CDBaby.

Phil Romeo – Guitarcity

Born and raised in South Philly, guitarist Phil Romeo has been playing in and around the Philadelphia area for over twenty five years. Phil received his Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Music Education from Temple University. He studied guitar, piano and jazz improvisation. Some of Phil’s teachers included classical guitarist Peter Segal, jazz saxophonist Michael Pedicin Jr. and Philly’s legendary guitarist Joe Sgro.

Phil will perform for your special occasion with his band Guitarcity or with his solo performance package of classical, pop, smooth jazz, blues, latin, soft rock and original music will add just the right touch to your affair. Also, Phil uses backing tracks to enrich his solo sound. To have Phil play at your celebration, contact him at

For nearly twenty years, Phil has worked as a music teacher in the Philadelphia public school system. Currently he teaches at Bryant School and works with students from kindergarten thru the eighth grade. Phil also teaches guitar and piano at his home studio. For information about studying with Phil, visit his website at and don’t forget to listen to his new album at CDBaby.

Hulon – First Impressions

A new saxophonist is on the rise in contemporary jazz. Hulon, who brings a fresh perspective on jazz with old-school style, will be releasing his debut CD, First Impressions. Produced by Jeff Kashiwa, this CD promises to be a delightful experience with hot grooves and romantic charm. First Impressions, is scheduled for release in early 2010.

When asked about this new CD and artist, Jeff Kashiwa said, “It’s every producer’s dream to come across an artist who has three qualities: drive to develop their unique voice, enthusiasm for creating music and passion to perform. Hulon posses all of these qualities. The music on his debut CD reflects many moods to showcase this emerging artist. From the retro soul of War’s “Cisco Kid”, to the romantic “Follow Me”, to the funk of “Sax Machine”, Hulon shows he has the stuff to keep you captivated. Enjoy Hulon’s debut CD!”

..:: Source: Cheryl Hughey Promotions ::..

Rob Tardik – The Right Time

The Right Time is here and now!

These are the words that drive award winning Smooth Jazz artist Rob Tardik. His newest album is a personal statement and musical glimpse into his current life’s musical motion, direction and how he shares his passion for music and the guitar with the world.

Expect Rob’s smooth guitar work to soothe your soul and claim his place as a new fresh face on the Adult Contemporary and Smooth Jazz music scene. Rob is destined to capture plenty of attention with his fantastic new musical offering!

The Right Time includes a lively balanced mixture of 12 tasty instrumental tracks featuring Rob and a stellar cast of musicians he has assembled for this CD that brings back that feel and interaction of a real band working their musical magic together as one sonic cohesive unit! The CD features nine new tracks and three off his last CD which have been re-massaged thoroughly to capture the excitement of Rob’s music with the melodic addition of saxophone player Carson Freeman and the lush piano work of Davor Jordanovski.

Songs like “That’s a Strut”, “Smoothy” and “You Know What I Mean” all pulsate with this new musical chemistry that takes Rob’s music to another level. New tracks like “Crusin”, “Frame of Mind”, “Bounce” and the CD’s title track “The Right Time” further reinforce Rob’s ever tasteful melodic ear and as always is highlighted by his trademark liquid smooth guitar work! Finally the CD’s last track “Waiting for Rain” a beautiful, serene song about personal growth that captures Rob’s passion for the nylon string guitar with its intimate finger style guitar playing. This song is destined for a future movie soundtrack!

With the new release of The Right Time, Canadian born Rob Tardik is poised to make a musically infectious return to concerts and radio worldwide and further establish himself as a wonderful new growing artist in the adult contemporary music scene and continue to support his passion for the guitar and performing live music for audiences everywhere! It’s The Right Time at CDBaby.

Ronny Jordan – The Rough and The Smooth

The Rough & The Smooth is the fulfillment of a long held dream of mine to add “my two cents” to the timeless legacy of Soul Groove Jazz. This CD is not only a personal tribute to my primary jazz guitar heroes – the late Wes Montgomery, the late Grant Green, Kenny Burrell, George Benson and not to forget, the lesser known masters like the late Thornel Schwartz, Jimmy Ponder, Melvin Sparks, the late Ted Dunbar, Wilbert Longmire, Eric Gale and many others – but also to the jazz organ legends such as the late Jimmy Smith, the late Larry Young, the late Brother Jack McDuff, the late Jimmy McGriff, the late Richard “Groove” Holmes, the late “Big” John Patton, Rueben Wilson, Melvin Rhyne, Dr Lonnie Smith, the late Charles Earland, Booker T. Jones and others, the many great drummers, percussionists, horn men and the other great musicians, all too numerous to name, who each made, in their own very unique way, a massive contribution to Soul Groove Jazz Music .

The first instrumental record that I can remember hearing on the radio was “Green Onions” by Booker T & The MGs. This was back in the 60s when I was heavily exposed to the earthy sounds of Gospel music. I heard other similar sounding records back then, but “Green Onions” really grabbed my ear because of its catchy groove and unforgettable hook. What I also loved about that record was both its energy and gospel “call and response” type fervor. It was a sound that I could readily relate to having been raised in the church.

One day back in the 70s, as a teenager, I was hanging out with a friend and his father who had this amazing Blue Note record collection. It was at their home that I first heard the Jimmy Smith classic “Back at the Chicken Shack” and “The Sermon” plus other organ jazz solo efforts by Grant Green, Lou Donaldson and many others. To say I was floored was an understatement. This stuff was so hip, cool, “funky deep fried” and potent Of course, a whole new world was now opening up to me which of course led me to explore other recordings by CTI, Donald Byrd, Miles, Return To Forever and Weather Report to name a few. I can honestly say that the 70s was when I finally came of age musically, when the seeds were first sown with regard to “the jazz thang”.

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Everette Harp – First Love

Do you remember when you first fell in love? The magic, rush of emotions, the euphoria and excitement of it all! People fall in and out of love everyday but there are some people and some things that remain true loves forever. For celebrated saxophonist Everette Harp, jazz is a first love and enduring love. “I remember when I first discovered John Coltrane’s Soul Trane and Dave Brubeck’s Time Out albums in my parents’ record collection. This was the music that made me first fall in love with jazz,” recalls Harp, whose own music has made millions of fans around the world fall in love with jazz.

Although Harp’s first love was ‘traditional’ jazz, he has made his mark as one of the best-selling and most sought after ambassador’s of contemporary jazz for close to two decades. His soulful and trademark blend of jazz, R&B, funk and pop have made him a favorite. With an illustrious career that has allowed him to collaborate with everyone from Aretha Franklin, Anita Baker, Luther Vandross and Patti Labelle to George Duke, Herbie Hancock, Billy Joel and Kenny Loggins, Harp has left an indelible imprint on the scene with his own unique, muscular and soulful approach.

His work on TV has brought his saxophone into the homes of millions who have heard him playing the theme songs for such popular TV shows as Entertainment Tonight and Soul Train. He also holds the distinction of being a former member of the posse on the Arsenio Hall Show. The eloquent saxman can be heard hosting his own weekly radio show, Smooth Jazz Odyssey with Everette Harp on WLOQ in Orlando, FL.

First Love, Harp’s new and third Shanachie Entertainment CD is truly a labor of love and was inspired by opportunities he has had over the past year and a half to play both contemporary jazz and mainstream jazz gigs in the US and abroad.

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A.D.G. Productions Releases Ultra Smooth Jazz Grooves Series

A.D.G. Productions proudly announces the release of Ultra Smooth Jazz Grooves series. Written by Frank Villafranca and Andrew D. Gordon (both noted international authors, musicians and recording artists), the Ultra Smooth Jazz Grooves series is part of over 150 instructional books released by A.D.G. Productions.

Ultra Smooth Jazz Grooves are intuitive manuals written by working musicians who understand the industry demands specific to the Smooth Jazz genre. The Ultra Smooth Jazz Grooves series is available in instrumentation for Bb (tenor), Eb (alto), guitar, piano/keyboards, violin (recorded by Christian Howes violinist extraordinaire) and flute (coming soon). The creation of the books came about after Villafranca and Gordon (also known as The Super Groovers) received worldwide airplay with the release of their Supergroovin’ CD. Always the consummate educators, Villafranca and Gordon became interested in teaching their smooth grooves to students. However, what they quickly learned was that while there were many books instructing students on the traditional form of Jazz, there were very few instructing musicians on the techniques specific to Smooth Jazz.

“We recognized a need in the music publishing business for a series of books on contemporary improvising within the “Smooth Jazz” genre,” said Gordon. “Our goal is to provide quality instructional materials that are interesting enough to appeal to musicians of all levels.”

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