Archive for September, 2010

Antoine Knight – Walk Da Walk

Saxophonist Antoine Knight made Atlanta Jazz history by becoming the first independent artist to be picked by a major radio station (WJZZ 107.5FM) with his debut CD  iN the Red. This was made official with an interview and a live show at The 2005 Atlanta Wings Fest. Inspired by the sounds of Motown at the age of 8, Antoine plays with raw energy and is well know for his interaction with the audience.

In 1999, Antoine was featured at Piedmont Park for “Jazz in the Park” and got his big break when he was hired by producer Norman Connors to play for Angela Bofield and Jean Carne. Discovered by an events coordinator, Antoine and his band signed a deal with the Atlanta Falcons to play at the Georgia Dome. Antoine played in front of thousands and wowed the crowd with his funky- jazzy style.

Now is Antoine back with his new album Walk Da Walk, a funky journey of life.  Available at CDBaby.

Les Sabler – Live

At the moment Les Sabler is in the charts with his new album Crescent Shores, a place, where virtuosity meets emotion. In September 2009 Les released the album Live, the recording of a concert, which was held on May 5, 1995 at the Sarasota Opera House.

The Sarasota Opera House is an intimate venue on the scale of European opera houses with fewer than 1,200 seats. The acoustics in the theater are superb and there is not a bad seat in the house. Its small scale means that the audience is closer and more a part of the action than in a larger opera house.

The ideal venue for Les Sabler’s live concert, which he performed with percussionist Iraj Lashkary, drummer Kenny Crawley, bassist Ruben Drake, keyboard player Rob Satori, pianist Clay Perry and saxophonist Steve Gould.

The historic concert starts with Les Sabler’s version of the Chris Rea song On The Beach. Les showcases his skills as guitarists and as singer! Can you imagine that he concentrates on his instrument on all of his other albums? This is an encouraging expansion.

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Fourplay – Let’s Touch The Sky

Sometimes you have to shake things up, push a little farther, reach a little higher – even when you’re a contemporary jazz foursome that’s been operating at the top of its collective game for two decades.

After twenty years and a dozen albums, in an industry that has undergone sweeping transformations in the past decade, Fourplay knows that the only thing that’s certain, in music or any other business, is change. The latest proof of that axiom is the new face in their lineup – that of guitarist Chuck Loeb, who makes his compelling debut with the quartet on Let’s Touch The Sky, the band’s new recording on Heads Up International, a division of Concord Music Group.

Loeb completes the four-man crew that also includes the band’s founding members: keyboardist Bob James, bassist/vocalist Nathan East and drummer/percussionist Harvey Mason. Let’s Touch The Sky also includes stirring performances by guest vocalists Anita Baker and Ruben Studdard.

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Michael Paulo – Michael Paulo with the Magenta Orchestra

Michael Paulo explores new territory with this new release arranged and conducted by David Benoit. An international project featuring the Magenta Symphony Orchestra based out of Jakarta Indonesia, Michael soars effortlessly through lush orchestral arrangements of three of his original compositions and three popular instrumentals.

Backed by some of the world’s finest musicians such as Harvey Mason, and Michael White on Drums, Bassist Freddie Washington and Alex Al, Paul Jackson Jr, Allen Hinds on guitar and Lenny Castro on Percussion. With the incredible David Benoit at his side this recording is bound to be critically acclaimed through out the world!

With seven solo efforts to date this new release is going to please Michael’s fans and garner him some new recognition. A long time member of The Al Jarreau Band Michael Launched his solo career in 1988 with his with his record debut on MCA records. After numerous stints with some of the top names in Jazz , Pop and R&B Michael has toured throughout The US , South America, Africa, Europe and Asia . His emotive style of playing has touched the hearts of millions of people. Sax with Passion and Soul !

Michael Paulo with the Magenta Orchestra is now on sale at CDBaby.

Nicholas Cole – A Journey of One

This is one contemporary jazz album you can cruise with, groove with, sway with and play with. The beats are pulsating and soulful. The compositions are slick and sophisticated wrapped around melodies that compel you to keep hitting replay.

Nicholas Cole comments his new album A Journey of One: “Like so many others I started playing music in church and I still do to this day. However, I have never been limited to listening to just gospel music but rather a mixture of different types of music. Obviously my greatest inspiration has come from gospel and jazz but my mom and dad always taught me that the development of musical expression is enhanced by the exposure to a wide range of music. I’m still developing and I’m still influenced by so many artist like Richard Smallwood, Rascal Flatts, Brian Culbertson, Earth Wind and Fire, Kim Burrell and Kevin Bond. I hope you’ll like what you hear and will want to hear more.”

Are you curious? Then check his album at CDBaby.

Xavier Scott – A Different View

It started in Decatur, with a four track recorder and a mic. Xay as he is known began creating hard beats with smooth grooves. He is an instrumentalist that plays hard and unusual beats behind his saxophone. He has a mixture of ‘Dirty South meets Jazz with a Neo-Soul Groove. The music is not quite jazz but not Hip-Hop. This is the kind of music that makes you go “Shoot Yeah!”

It feels almost futuristic but old school and nostalgic. This style of music is difficult to put into words, but it is easy on the ears and yet hard enough to bump it in your ride or wherever you are. This music is kind that keeps you out of trouble or gets you into it! With that said, Welcome to Planet X! Enjoy your stay!

A Different View now at CDBaby.

Elements Revolution – Takin’ it Back

Formed by visionary drummer/percussionist, Gary “Big G” Stanionis and made up of today’s top up and coming musicians, Elements Revolution are quickly becoming industry veterans.

Fusing Jazz, R&B, Latin and World Beat Rhythms to Funk and Soul, they are creating a style and sound that is all their own. From their “smooth as silk” rhythm section to their “blazing” soloist’s, Elements Revolution is sure to get you moving!

Elements Revolution’s debut album is called “Takin’ it Back” and was released in the summer of 2008 and since has been a smash! For more information about this album and the band visit Reverbnation.

fo/mo/deep – Eclecticism

RHMedia is proud to announce the release of Eclecticism by fo/mo/deep. Released in August 2010, Eclecticism explores the limitless boundaries of contemporary jazz that is blended with funk, world and afrobeat.

Best known for their sizzling live performances, the fo/mo/deep groove is rooted in the experimental school of the 70s a time when jazz, soul and funk were one and the same. Seeking to defy the ordinary, this diverse collective of seasoned pros keeps things stirred up with unpredictable energy that moves. With lyrics like “expand your mind and your heart will follow”, the music of Eclecticism harkens back to the days when super groups hypnotized the world with bass driven ensembles and a full-bodied sound that reigned supreme. Once you listen to “Eclecticism,” you will understand that fo/mo/deep plays music like it’s meant to be hot, incalculable and emotionally satisfying.

John Petric of The Other Paper (Columbus, Ohio) recently described his experience in sampling the group live as a ” very good soul-funk-jazz band that had the crowd in the palm of its collective hand”. Adding, “the group has managed to do something that’s actually quite difficult for local, national or international talent, and that’s to go into a studio and transfer its live charisma onto a disc: Eclecticism.”

Accomplishing the arduous task of harnessing the “live” sound in the studio can be impossible for many bands. However, it is the Eclecticism of the band itself that makes harnessing the fo/mo/deep groove possible. “You couldn’t have put together a more diverse group of cats. They all have something interesting to say and contribute to this music,” said bassist and band-leader, Ron Holmes Jr.

The collective fo/mo/deep:

Ron “FatKat” Holmes. Jr (Bass)

Kenneth “Pounce” Pouncey (Percussion)

N. Michael Goecke (Trombone)

Keith Newton (Sax, Flute)

Andre Scott (Drums)

Kevin Jones (Keys)

Available now on CDBaby.

Source: Cheryl Hughey Promotions

Kristine W – Straight Up with a Twist

If you can imagine the voices of Sarah Vaughan, Lisa Stansfield and Swing Out Sister’s Corinne Drewery as one, you’ll have an idea of what Kristine W sounds like. “Straight Up with a Twist” (Fly Again Music, 2010) is the dance music diva’s first jazz album.

Calling it that may be misleading. The 30-track, two-disc set shows two sides of Weitz. Disc 1 represents her jazz influence, and Disc 2 is more of a techno/dance vibe. Also, most of the songs are covers of rock, pop or R&B hits – several of them appearing in both jazz and dance modes.

The band consists of Ed Roth on keyboards and arrangements, Myron Dove on bass, Jason Hahn on percussion, Ricky “Z” Zaharaides on guitar, Lance Lee on drums, Tommy Cameron on guitar and Eric Tewalt on saxophone and flute.

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Jackiem Joyner – Jackiem Joyner

Jackiem Joyner started his career as sideman in Marcus Johnson’s band along with tours accompanying Bobby Lyle, Angela Bofill, Ronnie Laws and Jean Carne.

Already with his debut album Baby Soul (2007) he built the fundament of a strong fan community receiving high acclaims. His sophomore release Lil’ Man Soul (2008) quickly climbed the jazz charts. His newest release Jackiem Joyner (2010) sets unique accents just to make a difference to the legion of other smooth jazz saxophonists.

“The whole record is about writing and making the type of record that I wanted to make. It’s me putting whatever I want on the album. I’m happy working with Mack Avenue because they gave me complete freedom to create. You can really hear me right upfront and my music. My first two albums were titled after my nicknames, but now it’s just me front and center for the entire world to see, which is why I decided to go with a self-titled album.”

Jackiem has a great affinity for rhythm. “Ever since I was 12 in my mom’s house, I’ve been drumming on walls, tapping out rhythms with spoons and beating on anything that I can. I still have that habit today. I always hear beats in my head; it’s intriguing to see where they take me.” No wonder that The Reunion melts the style of smooth jazz with the beat of marching bands.

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