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 KNON.org. 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.