Archive for November, 2010

Jazz Rosco – Rosco’s Place II

In today’s contemporary jazz climate as we know it is slowly evolving beyond the doormat of the radio friendly smooth genre market. Currently new and many times old faces are attempting to rekindle they’re relationship with creativity and innovation therefore, nudging their way forward bypassing the scope of norm in the music business in order to achieve they’re goal. In this new season “Jazz Rosco” made his appearance, featuring smooth jazz keyboardist Roger Smith who’s the guiding force behind his  project titled “Rosco’s Place”. Smith gives listeners a glance at a fresh alternative as they approach the New Year searching for new and exciting music in the independent jazz market place.

The hot new Jazz Rosco II CD became available to the public at the merchandise table at all Tower of Power shows beginning Oct. 12 at the Birchmere in Alexandria, VA. The October 2010 release of Jazz Rosco II is a dynamic, high energy CD featuring the creative wizardry of Sacramento-based keyboardist Roger Smith. In collaboration with some of the best musicians in America, including drummer David Garibaldi, saxophonist Tom E. Politzer, and trumpeter Mic Gillette, among others, it is already achieving notable sales, less than one month after its release.

Rosco’s Place II is now on sale at CDBaby.

Gilbert Baskerville – All For You

Song writer and producer from Oakland Ca. R&B and Smooth jazz saxophonist Gilbert Baskerville is specialized in soprano, alto, tenor saxophones and vocals. A member of the R&B group Natural Four, who had hits like Can This Be Real and Why Should We Stop Now.

He owns and operates The Sounds of Baskerville a music studio for the past 10 years. They offer group classes as well as private lessons to students. He does this to give kids something that he didn’t have growing up… a place to practice  music and a place to record their ideas.

All For You is Gilbert’s debut album, Smooth Jazz saxophone for an easy listening experience. Get it at CDBaby.

Neil C. Young – What’s Yours

Neil C. Young is an instrumentalist with a vision. His vision is original and unique, not like any other artist we have ever heard. His melodies are memorable. This magnificent album contains his 2 break trough singles on Canadian American: “Think On” and ‘Driving To Montenegro”, being shipped to worldwide radio for airplay in Januray 2011. They are also shopping his album at Midem in Cannes, France, January,2011 for licensing deals with foreign labels from all over the world.

We are spreading the word about this gifted artist, because he is world class and will become world class in every listeners mind on Canadian American Records. What’s Yours is already on sale at CDBaby.

Alexander Boynton Jr – Doo Bee Doo Bop

Doo Bee Doo Bop /dü:bē:dü:bäp/ noun 1. A moment filled with tingling anticipation. 2. The brief pause before the meeting of two powerful forces. 3. The flash of realization that a momentous event is about to occur. 4. The point at which a buildup of energy is about to burst forth.

What is Doo Bee Doo Bop?

It’s a flicker of force, a feeling of anticipation, a split-second of knowing just before powerful energies collide. It’s that tingling sensation you get when you know something amazing is about to happen.

And it’s that feeling that grabs hold as the first notes of Alexander Boynton Jr.’s new album Doo Bee Doo Bop meet your senses. You know there’s no escaping the groove that starts to take hold of your body as the sounds causes you to sway. From the first melody, you intuitively know that these are tunes you’ve got to groove to. Continue reading

U-Nam – The Early Tapes 94-95

Paris born guitarist Emmanuel Abiteboul, better known as U-Nam, recently released his first DVD, entitle Live At Anthology. He is also known by his albums The Past Builds the Future, Back From the 80’s and Unanimity. While these previous mentioned albums present his elegant smooth jazz style, the DVD reveals his quality as solo guitarist.

He began playing guitar, when he was 12. As a teen he studied at CIM, the Paris-based jazz school between 1986 and 1989. With 20 he was already an in-demand studio musician. During this time he released his first solo album on the Swiss/American Funk label, Lakeside Music originally called The Gars Is Back. I assumed this album would have faded away in the doom of time.

But fortunately U-Nam still owns this treasury of the past. Now The Early Tapes 94/95 are available as digital download at CDBaby. The album features French jazz musicians such as Franck Sitbon (keyboards), Denis Guivarc’h (saxophone), Franck Ridacker (drums), Alex Aledji (bass) and more.

U-Nam’s style performed on the up-tempo The Gars Is Back differs slightly from the previous mentioned albums. He treats the guitar with energy performing an edgy acid jazz.

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Steve Cole – Moonlight

Saxophonist Steve Cole is one of the most celebrated players in contemporary jazz, having sold hundreds of thousands of albums worldwide and scored four #1 R&R Smooth Jazz hits. With five CDs in his catalog for Atlantic, Warner Brothers and Narada Jazz, Cole kicks off a new multiple-album deal with Mack Avenue Records/Artistry Music by releasing Moonlight, a collection of classic pop songs and standards set against an orchestral backdrop. The project includes such iconic songs as Burt Bacharach’s The Look of Love, the classic torch song Cry Me a River, Lennon/McCartney’s The Long and Winding Road, the Guess Who’s Undun and James Taylor’s Close Your Eyes.

With his gorgeous, classically trained tone and an ear for lyrical melody, Cole most closely resembles a vocalist, emphasizing interpretive phrasing and direct emotion. On Moonlight, he has found the perfect setting for this bel canto technique-a symphonic orchestra playing inspired arrangements by Michael Cunningham, making his splashy major-label debut as an orchestral arranger. In addition to the strings, the arrangements include tastefully placed harp, woodwinds and tempered brass. The supporting rhythm section is composed of Mike Logan (Will Downing) on keyboards, Russell Ferrante (Yellowjackets) on piano and Steve Rodby (Pat Metheny Group) on bass.

At the heart of this project is the title track, which appeared in the 1995 film Sabrina. “I saw the movie a few years ago and heard that song,” Cole says, “and it was just delightful-after all, it was written by [legendary film composer and arranger] John Williams, and I thought, ‘This has all the elements I’m looking for.’ So I just sort of indexed it away, and when I started thinking about this project, I was searching for music that would be warm and enveloping. That’s when I remembered this song.” (Few others did; this is its debut cover recording). Continue reading

Brad Rambur – Can’t Put It Down

When two-time Grammy winner Eric Marienthal announces that it’s time to make your first album, you don’t hesitate – you do exactly that! A little under a year later, Can’t Put It Down hits the streets. Released independently on August 19th, 2010, it contains 10 amazing tracks. “Warm,” the lead track, is currently being promoted at Jazz radio stations across the country.

Brad Rambur met Jazz and Fusion legend Eric Marienthal through a mutual friend and jumped at the chance to learn all he could from such an accomplished musician. A bond was forged and Eric stepped into the role of producer and musical director for Can’t Put It Down. Marienthal enlisted the prodigious playing skills and writing talents of Jazz Fusion icon Jeff Lorber and with that, the recording process began. The first track, “Warm,” was co-written by Eric and Jeff. With Brad’s tenor saxophone weighing in on this captivating tune, a hit was born. Rambur had a hand in the composition process, co-writing four of the 10 tracks. One of them, “Danielle,” was inspired by and written for a close friend; it stands out on the CD and has received rave reviews. The album was recorded in part at the La Costa Spa and Resort in Carlsbad, with additional recording done at Jeff Lorber’s recording studio in Los Angeles and locally in Rambur’s hometown of San Diego.

The launch party on August 19th was held at the beautiful La Costa Spa and Resort and hosted by morning DJ Mike V. of the powerhouse Jazz station 98.1 KIFM. The 500 or so guests enjoyed performances by Rambur and his band, with Eric Marienthal as special guest artist. Continue reading