Archive for January 1st, 2010

Ronnie Laws – Voices in the Water

YouTube, Google, MySpace. Enter “Ronnie Laws” in any search engine, and you’ll find worldwide die-hard admirers of his unique and compelling musical voice. They describe his work as outstanding, timeless, funky, bad-ass, high-quality, and real music to make you MOVE! People continue to sample his grooves, and admire his style. For more than 35 years, this musical legend has used his saxophone and his voice to satisfy his audience.

Ronnie’s most recent album, Voices in the Water, is his 26th solo release. It blends R&B with Jazz Fusion, and a surprising drop of rock and blues. This new album follows the success of his albums Dream a Little in 2000 (which yielded the Urban Adult and Smooth Jazz smash hit, Old Days/Old Ways, an Everlasting in 2004.

Voices in the Water is co-produced by Laws and veteran producer John Barnes (producer for Michael Jackson, Herb Alpert, and Betty Wright). The project, which was finalized and fine-tuned at Long Beach’s Century 22 Productions, is full of texture and imagination. An impressive list of musicians and vocalists add their own flavors to the album: Vocalists Louis Price, Martinette Jenkins, Joey Diggs and Bridgette Bryant, guitarists Rob Bacon and Freddie Fox, organist Tim Carmon, bassists Sekou Bunche and Alex Al, and legendary drummer James Gadson.

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dee Brown – A Little Elbowroom

Detroit born dee Brown is known by his collaboration with sax player Gentry Shelby (“Shelby Brown”) on the album Miracle. He started his solo career with the debut album No Time To Waste (2006). His sophomore album A Little Elbowroom was released in 2009 on the respected label NuGroove Music, which prospers under the guidance of David Chackler.

Dee dedicated the entire project to his father. “If it wasn’t for him introducing me to jazz, I would have never found my true love and passion.” Featured instrument on this album is the guitar inspired by George Benson and Wes Montgomery.

Further musicians on the album are saxophonists Dezie McCullers Jr., Darren Rahn, Trumpeter Frank McCullers, producer, writer Valdez Brantley, Chip Dixson, Nate Harasim, bassist Dave Henderson, Kern Brantley, vocalists Gerard Brooks and Dee D’mitri.

We are often confronted with the True Reality. In dee’s case the reality is mellow and appealing. Dee is supported by keyboardist Nate Harasim, who also co-wrote the song and Darren Rahn on sax.

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