Archive for July, 2010

Edo Castro – Sacred Graffiti

150An impressionistic, tech-urban jazz landscape; a story within a story; a tale of tension and grace.

The multi-faceted artistry of Bay Area bassist sensation and composer, Edo Castro, elevates the sounds that come from his unique, multi-stringed basses, both fretted and fretless, into a palate from which intricate compositions flow. Castro describes his newest release, Sacred Graffiti, as a tapestry of emotive impressions.

“A musical Journal if you will,” he explains, “In my day-to-day travels I’ve noticed what may be our modern day cave paintings – signs; scribbles on walls; imprints in the sidewalk; bumper stickers, etc. – all immersed within a cacophony of audible textures.”

These dynamic visuals have been given auditory life as Castro delivers intricate urban jazz arrangements interspersed with immersive soundscapes where the tangible tension between inner and outer worlds is encompassed by grace.

Special guests – Mark Isham, David Friesen, Michael Manring, Dan Zinn, and Percy Jones, among others, join Castro on this endeavor. He offers this CD as his Sacred Graffiti on this website.

Eric Evans – Waves Of Grace

Influenced by flautists Paul Horn, Herbie Mann and Rahsaan Roland Kirk Eric Evans chose the flute as his lead instrument. Eric has been a featured performer at a wide array of concerts, venues and churches in Southern California, Northern California, New Mexico and Arizona.

After Eyes Of Love and Compass Waves Of Grace is Eric’s third installment. Musicians on the new album are Eric Evans (flute, alto flute, EWI), David Eugene Ivey (vocals, acoustic guitar, keyboards), Cecil Ramirez (keyboards), Brent Bourgeois (keyboards, vocals), Steve Laury (electric guitar), Lance Taber electric guitar, acoustic Guitar), Curtis Harvey electric guitar), Michael Roe (electric guitar), Ralph Stover ( drum programming, bass), Eddie Ramirez (bass), Matt Sawhill (bass), and Bruce Spencer (drums).

Three years in the making against all odds Eric fulfilled his dream. He looks now Seaside enjoying the fresh breeze. Impressing with the beautiful sound of his flute is his mission.

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Colors And Light – Pacific

Colors And Light is the name of a fantastic musical and human adventure of a band . This is also the name of the song.  It has been founded by Francois Quillet in 1990 with most talented French musicians Sega Seck (der) Daniel Solia (Dr) Frederic Monino (Bs) Pierre Diaz (Sax) Jean Marie Frederic (Guit) .

Then in 1993 it has been restructured with Samuel Devauchelle (Dr) , Jean Bertrand Carbou (Bass) , Alex Auge (Sax) from the Band REGLISS and the beautiful and amazing voice of Christine Flowers .

The CD Pacific is a collection of amazing and original melodies, also the result of an international adventure gathering fantastic artists as Mike Porcaro (bass), Oscar Cartaya (bass), Francois Quillet (Piano, Keys), David Herzhaft (Harmonica), Samuel Garcia (Accordeon), Ross Hogarth (Sound Engineer) and years of perseverance.

Listen to this recommendable album at CDBaby.

Tim Bowman – The Tim Bowman Collection

Detroit native Tim Bowman‘s first steps into popularity was his work as musical director and lead guitarist of the group The Winans. While Gospel was his first love, he found his home in the smooth jazz genre. Albums like Love, Joy, Peace (1996), Paradise (1998), Smile (2000), This Is What I Hear (2004) and Tim Bowman (2008) were milestones of his path to success.

The Tim Bowman Collection is a retrospective of Bowman’s musical career added with three brand-new tracks. The album starts with Let It Shine, a result of Bowman’s collaboration with hit maker Darren Rahn, who recently was Talk Of The Town. The introduction into Bowman’s collection is naturally crowned by his excellent guitar performance.

Smile is taken from his same-titled album featuring legendary saxophonist Dave McMurray. Dave has already finished the recording of his new album and is currently touring with Bob James or Kid Rock. A mellow tune about the good relationship between human beings and God.

Summer Groove from Bowman’s album This Is What I Hear is a kicking melody and a good choice for today’s return on our turntable. Great guitar licks in the style of George Benson are accompanied by Nelson Rangel on sax, while Tim Bowman jr. hums the song.

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Marcus Williams – Secrets

The horn the music the sound of Marcus Williams, experience a new style of smooth jazz and funk fusion on Marcus’ new album, Secrets. Listeners get silky soulful vocals fused with his sensual muted trumpet. Add to this mix, his signature jazz, R&B flavor and the result is a CD likely to please any smooth jazz fan.

The multi talented composed, performed and arranged the who CD, recording we done in his private studio in Bali Indonesia and the brilliant CD cover was created by none other than Ika at Ikaart & designs. The featured song “Sit Beside U” Has become an hit with smooth jazz fans garnering more smooth jazz radio play! Touch me is also a major favorite with the jazz audiences and has been feature on several smooth jazz stations.

Marcus is a one of a kind artist, he has the ability to find just the right production that fits for his style and can create this from top to bottom alone! He knows what he wants and he does his thing and makes it come to life. He is truly an amazing artist! If you are a jazz lover and you are looking for a fresh sound then this CD is for you. Now available at the M-Tunes store as a CD or CD Download.

For more information visit the artist’s website.

Tim Bowman – The Tim Bowman Collection

Coming off of back to back #1 records, master class/feel good guitarist Tim Bowman makes his triumphant return to the fold and digs deep into his body of work to release Collection, a riveting showcase of some of his finest sides, highlighting the unique depth of this new class, contemporary jazz and gospel superstar.

With the inclusion of his long out of print feel good #1 mega-hit ‘Summer Groove’ and audience favorites like ‘Rapture’ and ‘Smile,’ The Collection touches on Bowman’s unique way of moving people through his distinctive blend of Jazz, Blues, R&B and Gospel and features three new tracks, ‘All My Life,’ his soon to be Jazz radio smash ‘Let It Shine,’ produced by hit-maker Darren Rahn as well as the uplifting Gospel offering ‘My Prayer, My Praise.’

This beautifully packaged assemblage of all that is Bowman is a feel good ride of pure pleasure. With the addition of new music and his highly sought after classic ‘Summer Groove,’ Collection should prove a must have for his hungry and passionate Jazz and Gospel base, and spawn a brand new legion of Bowman lovers.

Source: Trippin ‘n’ Rhythm

Greg Manning – The Calling

He is the internationality in person. Born in Nigeria Greg Manning grew up in Switzerland. In 2002 he moved to Los Angeles but still keep contact to the land of his youth. So he is a three-time certified platinum producer for Universal Music Switzerland, and has had several Swiss Chart toppers since 1996.

Greg worked as musical director with Jonathan Butler and also performed with Brian McKnight, Kirk Whalum, Will Downing, Richard Elliot, Gerald Albright, Chante Moore, Mindi Abair and Keb’ Mo’ just to mention a few.

His debut album Soulciety was released in 1999 and is unfortunately unavailable anymore. By chance I became aware of his new album The Calling, which was released in April 2010.

Greg’s new album features Mindi Abair, André Berry, Patrick Bettison, Tom Evans, Keb’ Mo’, Jimmy Reid, Kirk Whalum and Terry Wollman among others. Greg wrote, arranged, mixed and produced all songs except Nick Of Time.

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Brian Simpson – South Beach

“Brian is the consummate musician – he can do it all. But it’s his incredibly memorable and infectious melodies that truly set him apart. He just has a knack for writing these songs that take you on a journey and truly tell a story – and then he’s able to deliver them musically with his trademark style. I am a huge fan!” – Dave Koz

“What I love about Brian’s playing is his understanding that melody and groove are important – the meat and potatoes of music. Brian has found a unique way of being musically creative while making his music accessible. My hats off to you B.”– George Duke

Celebrated keyboardist, composer and studio musician, Brian Simpson has been the ‘go-to’ man for everyone from Janet Jackson and Teena Marie to George Duke, Stanley Clarke and Dave Koz, for whom he has had the distinction of being musical director for the past 15 years. The chart-topping musical chameleon who wrote the #1 R&B hit “The First Time” for Surface in the 1990s confesses, “Ultimately, my listeners inspire me to make my music.” Simpson’s love for what he does is evident in every note on South Beach, his inaugural album for Shanachie Entertainment, due out August 31, 2010. Simpson surrounds himself with an A-list lineup that includes jazz icons George Duke, Peter White and Euge Groove.

Known for his ability to sculpt timeless love songs, soulful party anthems and melodies that stay on your mind, Brian Simpson is truly a master at his craft. South Beach delivers on every front. The album’s title track, with a jubilant vibe reminiscent of the Ramsey Lewis smash hit “The In Crowd,” is already top 30 on multiple jazz charts, two months prior to album release. ”I’m very happy we chose ‘South Beach’ as the first single,” confides Simpson, “because it’s probably the song that’s most indicative of my style. My travels take me to some pretty nice places, but my favorites are always the ones with beaches. In the last year I’ve been to Hawaii, Bali, Indonesia, and several beaches in Florida. I would walk along beaches listening to the rough ideas for this CD on my ipod. The wind, sea, and sand really inspired the melodies you’ll hear on South Beach.”

South Beach features a mix of breezy free-flowing numbers, funky blues-tinged romps and romantic ballads which draw you in from the first note. Songs like the George Benson-eque “Our Love,” “Can’t Tell You Why” and “All I Want Is You” show off Simpson’s knack for cooking up singable melodies and hip-swaying grooves. Brian delivers a bossa nova vibe on the sweetly romantic “Paradise Island” and the hauntingly beautiful “Summer’s End.”

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Kirk Whalum – Everything is Everything: The Music Of Donny Hathaway

The breadth and depth of Kirk Whalum’s Everything Is Everything: The Music Of Donny Hathaway on Rendezvous Music/Mack Avenue Records reflects everything he has been and is as an artist, and bumps it up a notch for a breathtaking, beautiful and breakthrough excursion. Kirk reveals, “It is the first time you’ll hear me with a chamber orchestra.” From soothing strings to screamin’ guitars, from streetwise city funk, blues and gospel charm to the romp and rest of country landscapes, right into the recesses of heart and soul, Whalum and company’s creativity never lets up.

Whalum recently released The Gospel According To Jazz, Chapter III — the third installment on his award winning series —prominently featuring Donny’s daughter Lalah. On the heels of one Hathaway collaboration, producer Matt Pierson proposed another. Kirk recounts, “Matt had a really tight concept. Also, Gil Goldstein and John Stoddart’s arrangements were axiomatic to this record.” Pierson, the visionary behind Whalum’s No. 1 album For You, knows that as celebrated as Whalum is for his original compositions, he is extraordinarily gifted at rendering graceful, incisive and soulful interpretations of other artists’ classic works.

The album’s ensemble of Jef Lee Johnson on electric guitar, John Stoddart on keyboards, Christian McBride on bass and Lil’ John Roberts on drums was foundational. “I was so thrilled,” says Kirk. “We got in the studio. We all realized that everyone in that room was from Philadelphia but me. There is something about that Philly/Memphis connection.” Guest appearances from Jeff Golub on guitar, Rick Braun on flugelhorn and the inimitable Robert Randolph on pedal (sacred) steel, as well as vocals from Hathaway’s daughter Lalah and R&B chart-topper Musiq Soulchild, augment the super-group along with an orchestra under the direction of Goldstein and Stoddart. Added to the mix are master organist Shedrick Mitchell (Maxwell, Whitney Houston), acoustic guitar virtuoso Larry Campbell (Bob Dylan, Levon Helm) and studio MVP percussionist Bashiri Johnson.

Go to Mack, to get more details about this fabulous new recording by the saxophonist Kirk Whalum!

Source: Mack Avenue

Sam Levine – Smooth Worship

Sam Levine is known for his tender and heartfelt renditions of contemporary hits. Sam has been featured in live performances with such superstars as Whitney Houston and Al Jarreau, has recorded with Michael McDonald, The Neville Brothers, and Amy Grant, and has contributed musically to such motion picture soundtracks as Honeymoon in Vegas and Sweet Dreams.

He currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee with his wife, Lee, and their children, Sybil and Reed. His newest contribution is called Smooth Worship and available at CDBaby.