Archive for February 5th, 2010

Michael C. Lewis – Reflection

Known for creating music from a personal expression of his spirit as a Trumpet Stylist, Michael has released his first CD called Reflection. This CD features his trumpet, flugal horn, and vocals over a variety of cool, smooth, hip-hop, and funk grooves. This long awaited collection is now available to Michael C. Lewis fans.

Well entrenched in the Jazz Music World, Michael has extensive credits having worked with, Hank Crawford, Jimmy Heath, Wilson Pickett, Patti Labelle, Pharoah Sanders, De La Soul, Alex Bugnon, Frank Lacy, Kirk Whalum, Lenny Pickett, Wayne Krantz, and most recently Bill Cosby’s Cosnarati Videos. He also has performed many shows with his band, The Michael C. Lewis Jazz Experience.

Born and raised in Houston Texas, Michael began playing the horn at 12 years of age. Michael now makes his home in Harlem, New York. He graduated from Berklee College of Music in Boston and also studied at Texas Southern University. He is currently pursuing his Master’s Degree at New York University. His influences include Freddie Hubbard, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Herbie Hancock, and The Crusaders.

In his new CD, Lewis worked with Grammy Winning Engineer Jeff Jones ( best contemporary blues record) and Wendell Brooks. He has created an intimate and intense experience where the listener can hear the spirituality and sensuality of the Michael C. Lewis expression, with an intellectual edge to it that makes it “Cool like smoke on ice.” Michael says ” I am excited to step out as a solo artist and to meet people who enjoy my music.”

Reflection just arrived at CDBaby.

Saltman Knowles – Return of the Composer

Saltman Knowles, called “a fine example of all that is good in contemporary jazz,” once again stays true to melody and original composition in their latest release on the Pacific Coast Jazz label, Yesterday’s Man.

On the heels of their critically acclaimed fifth CD, Return of the Composer, bassist Mark Saltman and pianist William Knowles have produced a sophisticated yet rhythmically driven statement with a fresh point of view that illustrates the importance of combining intricate song craft with introspective emotion. Lori Williams-Chisholm returns to provide what JazzTimes calls “her exquisite wordless vocals” encased in a sultry, smooth sound.

Source: Pacific Coast Jazz