Archive for August 24th, 2010

Tom Grant – Delicioso

Nu-Wrinkle Records is proud to announce the CD release of Delicioso (“Dee-lish-e-oso”) by pianist Tom Grant. The single, “Cute New Car,” will be going for adds to radio on August 30, 2010.

Since 1983, Tom’s records have repeatedly topped the contemporary jazz charts. Radio fans will remember his previous releases with labels like Windam Hill, Verve, Shanachie. Keyboard Magazine declared, ” he dishes out a pop-flavored jazz that goes down easy and gives discerning listeners plenty to chew on.”

Through the years, several of his songs, including the popular “Mango Tango,” “Night Charade,” “In My Wildest Dreams,” and “The View from Here,” enjoyed lengthy stays at number one. “We now add to our list of all-time favourites one of Tom’s finest selections ever – the aptly named Morning Glorious and the Café Jazz absolute #1 most played selection for 2009!! (sic),” said JazzLynx.com in a review about his 2008 release, “Life is Good.”

Tom Grant also made a name for himself early on with his road band as a darling of the critics. The Express News said, “As jazz pianists go, Grant’s style is boldly and uncommonly melodic In short, the man can play.” The San Antonio Light would also add, ” definitely striking the right chord with the record buying public, and at just the right moment.”

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Brian Simpson – South Beach

Keyboard players are often the musical center of a group. Many keyboardists are musical directors of touring stars. Brian Simpson is best known as musical director of Janet Jackson and Dave Koz. He also performed with other musicians like Michael White, Everette Harp, Michael Paulo, Freddie Fox, Teena Marie, Warren Hill, Sheena Easton, Jonathan Butler, Rick Braun, Norman Brown, and Allan Sams.

His solo albums are Closer Still (1995), It’s All Good (2005) and Above The Clouds (2007). His newest album is entitled South Beach and is scheduled for release August 31, 2010. Brian allured some of the finest contemporary jazz artists for his new project. George Duke, Peter White and Euge Groove are the featured guest-musicians. A lot more musicians participate in Brian’s recording such as Tony Moore, Michael White, Oscar Seaton (drums), Alex Al, Smitty Smith, Larry Kimpel, Ian Martin (bass), Agape Jerry, Darrell Crooks, Yarone Levy (guitars), Brian Kilgore, Lenny Castro (percussion), Ron King (flugelhorn), Steve Alaniz (sax) and Brenda Kay Pierce (vocals).

Expensive in the makings, valuable in the final result the album is a labor of love. Brian comments: “While working on South Beach in my studio I often stepped back to a corner of the room and closed my eyes, as if listening for the first time, to see if the music compelled an emotion. I truly hope the listener can feel the love and care that all of the musicians contributed to the recording.”

The first song of an album is often the most important, because many listeners decide after the first track, if they listen further or not. Keeping that in mind the starting South Beach is the strongest and most catchy track on this album. Brian takes his fans with this uplifting, easygoing tune by storm.

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