Archive for November, 2010

The Campbells – Home for Christmas

For as long as they can remember, the Campbell kids – Alyssa (14), Emma (12), and Trey (10) – have been making music with their dad, Russ, and mom, Julie. A trained composer and jazz musician, Russ is a seasoned arranger and has used his talents to write a variety of music for his family, from classical and sacred to jazz and gospel. Both Alyssa and Emma are classically trained musicians with a combined 17 years of experience, and little brother Trey is catching up on his cello.

The Campbells are popular performers in their home state of Indiana and often perform at festivals, fairs, corporate events, churches, and weddings. Their new album entitled Home for Christmas offers a jazzy spin on traditional Christmas classics.

Now available at CDBaby.

Take 6 – The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year

10-time GRAMMY awarded A cappella group Take 6 are the singers Mark Kibble, Claude V. McKnight III, Dr. Cedric Dent, David Thomas, Alvin Chea and Joey Kibble.

The group set the standard for vocal contemporary jazz and contemporary soul gospel. The group had their greatest success at Warner Brothers label, but left the label after their album Beautiful World (2002) and founded their own one.

In 2008 the group released their jazz album The Standard joining Heads Up International, a division of Concord Music Group. Their second album on this label is The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year (2010), their third Holiday album after He Is Christmas (1991) and We Wish You a Merry Christmas (1999).

Mark Kibble comments: “The basic idea was to just let the Christmas melody ring through, and present it in a way that’s interesting but still familiar,” he says. “You shouldn’t have to bend your ear too hard to enjoy a Christmas song. It should take you right back to those early Christmases when you were a child.”

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Rod Tate – Peace

Rod Tate is a smooth/contemporary jazz and R&B saxophonist/songwriter, based out of his hometown, St. Louis, MO. Rod is a full time musician that performs as a solo act and with his 4 piece band(5 pieces including himself) as well.

As a performer he has opened for contemporary jazz group Spyra Gyra, Pieces of A Dream, Chuck Loeb, Bob Baldwin, Marion Meadows, Phil Perry, Ramsey Lewis, Legendary Poet Sonia Sanchez and Lonnie Liston Smith. He has opened for Gospel artist Richard Smallwood and Gospel jazz keyboardist Ben Tankard, comedian /actor Tommy Davidson, Tavis Smiley, as well as, Hall of famer, Ozzie Smith.

His new album Peace is the perfect background for “Me Time” or for time with that special someone. This CD is stylistically a mixture of Smooth and Contemporary Jazz.  Now on sale at CDBaby.

Chicago OGD – Fine as Wine

Chicago OGD (organ, guitar, drums) features three of Chicago’s finest musicians: Darryl Armistead on the Hammond B-3 organ, Barry White on guitar, and Brian McGrew on drums. The original compositions on this CD are indeed as Fine as Wine and as enjoyable as a full-bodied Cabernet on a soft summer evening.

The sounds are funkier and sweeter than the standard organ trio fare. The band takes a relaxed attitude to weaving their sweet improvised melodies throughout the songs. The music creates a romantic atmosphere while encouraging the listener to tap their feet or dance to the rhythms.

Fine as Wine is to find at CDBaby.

Sharnette Hyter – Shar Jazz

Sharnette Hyter was born in Dallas, Texas, at the first African American Hospital–Forest Hospital in South Dallas. She grew up in the Singing Hills, Oak Cliff neighborhood in Dallas. She started singing in elementary school at Robert L. Thornton Elementary, and was in her Jr. High School choir at Boude Storey Middle School. Her love for dance and entertainment also led her to the Mary Lois School of Dance in Dallas. She credits her family for always supporting her passions. She also credits her mother and father for her personality, and her aunts and uncles for giving her the best childhood full of fun and love. Sharnette is truly a country girl who lives a city life.

She graduated from Skyline High School in Dallas, where Horticulture was her cluster and Track was her sport. She stayed active in many activities as a youth. She credits one of her early mentors and God-mother, Mrs. Mary Luckey (community activist and long-time President of Southeast Dallas Business Professional Womens’ Club), for molding her into the businesswoman she is today.

Currently Sharnette co-host’s on KNON 89.3fm in Dallas’ Blue Monday Show with 9 year veteran Host DJ Shortstack, Queen of Texas Blues Lady Lotion and Bobblehead, the morning team, 9-12 noon on Sharnette is an entertainment industry veteran. She received her first DJ position at KAZI radio station in Austin, Texas, and credits current General Manager, Steve Savage, for giving her a chance in Radio. She says it was a joy to drive every week to Austin to work. She credits Austin for giving her a chance when Dallas was not ready for an African American female that sang House Music. Sharnette was mentored into television by Ester Davis, who inspired Sharnette’s career. Her first show was “Lady Sports Talk”. Sharnette then went on to produce her own television show, “Jus Shar Show,” where she interviewed up and coming artists. Sharnette got her first record deal in the mid 1990’s in the House Music Genre. She was on a European label, K4B Records, where she had many House Tune Hits. Her most popular song that charted The Top 10 Billboard Chart was “Hooked On Luv.” It is still being played in clubs in Europe today. Continue reading

Gilbert Baskerville Jr. – All For You

Oakland, Ca. based Gilbert Baskerville Jr. is a professional musician since more than 20 years. He is a saxophonist playing soprano, alto, tenor saxophones. As owner of the music studio The Sounds of Baskerville he supports many artists.

This year he presents his debut album All For You, a collection of his best songs. All songs are composed by Gilbert, a great bonus.

Enjoy his gentle mellow music. We have found a New Friend. A waving melody with a pleasurable rhythm. Love At First Sight takes a more demanding position with a glimpse to fusion jazz.

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Tim Kleinert Trio – Free Passage To Now

On this debut album, Swiss synthesizer virtuoso Tim Kleinert and his congenial partners Patrick Sommer (electric bass) and Christian Niederer (drums) present their personal vision of electric jazz, in which captivating main themes, orchestral electronic atmospheres and ferociously melodic improvisations melt together effortlessly.

Get your Free Passage To Now at CDBaby.

Paula Prophet – From Me To You

If the future could have been predicted then twenty year singing veteran, Paula Prophet, was given the perfect name. She is truly a “prophet” by spreading the passion of music through her original lyrics and compositions along with a voice that has the power to awaken the spirit. From the first note of her clear, fervent sound it is easy to become a believer in this soulful messenger. Having performed in a wide variety of bands covering several musical genres, including r&b, doo-wap, rock, pop, jazz standards and contemporary/fusion, her vocal interpretations reflect a special blend of personal expression influenced by a broad range of professional experience. “I love writing and singing songs that inspire emotional growth or helping people to push though tough times,” commented Paula. Her debut CD, to be released in 2011, is a testament to her amazing talent as a published songwriter and lyricist.

A Chicago native, Paula was exposed to music at an early age through her mother who sang professionally for a brief time, her grandfather who sang in a barbershop quartet and a grandmother who joyfully taught her grandchild music in a one room school house in the chilly mid-west. “I used to sing myself to sleep as a child,” said Paula, “not realizing how it would be an integral part of my life.” Her only real formal music training was studying classical guitar for several years and the rest she learned from listening to a variety of singers from Motown to classic jazz standards. She attributes her alternate career path, as a licensed therapist for more than twenty years, to her ability to write songs that speak in depth about the stories of real human experiences. Because of her dedicated work in a healing profession Paula is not afraid to dig deep into the human psyche in an attempt to uncover the meaning of life. Although she was committed to focusing her time on raising her sons, her dream of a music career never left her and she managed to juggle musical performances whenever possible. In the past she was the vocalist with one of the most popular local groups in the San Diego area, Dr. Feelgood and the Interns of Love, even touring with the group throughout the US and internationally.

Her new recording is a blend of the music that inspired her and she is often compared to vocalists like Randy Crawford, Chaka Kahn, Sade and Sarah Vaughn. Says Paula, “I love the jazz standards because they express such pure and simple emotions beautifully, honestly and deeply and I love Motown because it touches my soul. They both carry the power of this human experience we all share.” Her sincere hope is to sing from her heart in a way that quiets the mind and awakens inner knowledge. She understands that, whether through instruments or the human voice, there are few things in this world that are more humbling and exhilarating than communicating to others through the magic of music. Listening to Paula Prophet there’s no doubt that her divine message and vocal beauty is a blessing to all.

For more information about Paula, visit her website by clicking here!

Cal Payne – The Cal Payne Project

Combine a splash of Grover Washington Jr. with a dab of Santana, add groove for “flava”. Remix … and serve while hot!

For Cal Payne, it truly is all about the music. Far beyond the cliché and deeper than a casual flirtation with melody and sound, Cal Payne is a player to his core. With a jazz/instrumental style that combines elements of R&B, latin, fusion jazz, and rock, his performance and presence invokes a combination of Grover Washington Jr. and Santana. Driven by an unceasing desire to compose and perform, he is most alive when engaged in the emotional and spiritual experience of making music. Music: this is the essence of the Cal Payne Project.

Among several qualities that distinguished him then, and continue to set him apart now, is a fascinating hybrid of technique and style due to his never having taken formal music lessons. The unique optimism and perception of music that is found in self-taught players marks his approach to music with an attention to what music can do and how many ways it can be approached. The result is a bold and unconventional improvisation style that goes for the guts and doesn’t hold back or play it safe, yet not at the cost of his connection with his audience. His performances are known to be accessible and evocative for the listeners while complex and challenging for those who seek to learn and perform with him.

This debut album presents the energy and vision of Payne’s fusion sound and certifies his credentials as a tireless, impeccable performer. The Cal Payne Project features a diverse group of musicians who have been playing with Payne since 2004, including his long-time musical partners Steve Crumpton on bass guitar and Michael Burke on acoustic and electric guitars, and with drums/percussion from Mark Manczuk and piano/keyboards from Jerome Korman. The strength of this exceptional creative team and Payne’s innovative composition and improvisation style made The Cal Payne Project a striking debut.

Now is The Cal Payne Project on sale at CDBaby.

Soren Reiff – Miss You

Danish guitarist Soren Reiff has been musical director for some popular music heavyweights — among them, Chaka Khan, David Sanborn, Robert Palmer and Randy Crawford. For Miss You (DaRoof Records, 2010), he is accompanied by a several stellar session players.

Reiff composed all nine songs; with “At the Café” co-written by Reiff with Niels HP. The variable lineup consists of David Garfield on piano and keyboard, Will Lee and John Pena on bass, Steve Ferrone and Ricky Lawson on drums, Michito Sanchez on percussion, and Veronica Mortensen on vocals.

“Let’s Cruise” is deceptive. The first two-thirds of the song seem safely conformist. An easygoing melody, combined with solid but uninspiring background play, makes for an ordinary tune. After a middle break that deviates little from the main theme, the melody briefly returns. Then, Reiff cuts loose. The background accompanists crank up the energy behind the guitar’s frantic ad-lib. This is one of Reiff’s finer moments.

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