Archive for January, 2011

Marty – Groovin 101

“Nothing good ever comes out of the city of Compton” was the phrase frequently quoted to Marty on a consistent basis. And by the time Marty realized the reputation his hometown had he was in his early teens. Ignoring the negative news and everything bad he was hearing about the local gang wars, he stayed focused on his love for music studying, composing, and arranging music while playing the guitar.

Now, the composer/ guitarist has proven that good things do come out of Compton with a jazz album that was composed, arranged, published, produced, and recorded in Compton —-Groovin 101. This is the second album produced by Marty.  Feel good music wrapped in a smooth jazz cover now at CDBaby.

Nightwind – After Dark

One of the main contributors to the Nightwind experience and one of the original pioneers is arranger/producer “Silk“. An admirer of the Latin influence that has made an impact on contemporary music has spurred “Silky” to embellish his contribution to Nightwind with its Caribbean flavor. “Silk” started writing and playing guitar during his high school years and remembers the experience studying under the Jerry Butler School of Songwriting.

“It was more of a reassurance experience than anything else. When you are young and trying to write songs, you have to always be encouraged that you’re heading in the right direction.” Along with vocal stylist Barbara Pennington and producer Eddie Copeland, this songwriting team explores every opportunity to express all of the passion and images induced by the name Nightwind.

Why the name “Silk”? The vocal influence of such artists as Al Jarreau, Sarah Vaughn, Sting, and Incognito have given him a hybrid “raspy” sound as smooth as silk. As one of his fans so eloquently put it, “A name born out of the feel of sensuality.” His latest musical experience included an opportunity to perform for the “Godfather of Acid Jazz”, Roy Ayers.

So what’s new? Well, I think that its time to delve even deeper into touching the passionate side of people, the compassionate side, the hopeful side, the peaceful side…I want to find the One side of everything. Perhaps all is included in After Dark, available at CDBaby.

Bryant Thompson – Puzzle Pieces

Music is my passion! Ever since I can remember, I have always been involved with music. During this journey I’ve played in churches, clubs, and studios as well as engineered and produced recording sessions. Although I have operated in different aspects of the music industry, I feel I have finally found my place: as a composer and producer. For many years it has been my desire to record a project of my compositions and production work with artists that I respect both musically and individually.

This ambition has now been realized through Puzzle Pieces. I believe dreams can come true and I challenge you to continue moving forward with the dreams and goals God has placed in your heart. There will be ups and downs, but perseverance is a must!

Stirring and heartfelt, this collection of contemporary jazz compositions showcases the artistry of several remarkable performers. With killer grooves, funky guitars, soothing melodies and masterful improvisation, this CD is both unique and engaging.  Now on sale at CDBaby.

Herb Alpert and Lani Hall – I Feel You

Concord Jazz is proud to announce the release of I Feel You, the new album from music legend Herb Alpert and Grammy award winning singer Lani Hall. I Feel You is a thrilling collaboration that blends Alpert and Hall’s vocal and instrumental gifts to perfection. The songs cover several reinterpreted classics spanning four decades. Recorded in Los Angeles, it is the duo’s first studio album in almost ten years.

Alpert and Hall are scheduled to tour several venues in support of the release with additional dates to be confirmed in the new year. They will be accompanied by the versatile band who worked on I Feel You which includes Michael Shapiro (drums), Bill Cantos (keyboards) and Hussain Jiffry (bass). “I Feel You” was co-produced by Alpert and Hall along with the band members.

The songs selected by Alpert and Hall include such classics as Van Morrison’s “Moondance” and Peggy Lee’s “Fever” as well as two Beatles tunes “Here Comes The Sun” and “Blackbird.” All the songs on I Feel You are filled with unique and innovative arrangements along with skilled improvisations which breathe fresh life into them. Also on the CD is a reinvented version of the Tijuana Brass hit, “What Now My Love.” Continue reading

Elliot Levine – Smash

Elliot Levine has toured with Wilson Pickett and Heatwave (Always & Forever/Boogie Nights) and has opened for Brian McKnight, Freddie Jackson, and McCoy Tyner. He has had the #1 song on mp3.com, the world’s largest Internet music site with over 1,000,000 downloads. This amazing feat was mentioned in the Wall Street Journal.

Elliot has several internationally released Cd’s which have received extensive airplay and distribution. He has headlined at Blues Alley and the Kennedy Center. His playing has been described by Jazz Times as “showing remarkable talent.” In 2003, he scored the music to an Emmy nominated documentary, “Teens in Between”, which was featured in Film Festivals. His music was also used on “Inside the NBA” on TBS (2001), as well as an independent college movie, “Friends With Benefits” (2003). He has also featured on the Karvavena release “The Abduction of the Art of Noise”.

A jewel in his works is the album Smash, which is now on sale at CDBaby.

Keiko Matsui – The Road…

Keiko Matsui is a citizen of the world. She tours relentlessly and has brought her music to virtually every corner of the globe. Her music transcends boundary and her unique melting pot of musical influences have garnered her a devout international following. “Music has no borders and it creates a oneness among people,” confides the Japanese born pianist, composer and producer. “There have been many occasions when I have felt like music saved me. There is a connection between my fans and I and together in my music we are sharing harmony.”

An activist by nature, Keiko (pronounced Kay-Koe means ‘happy, celebratory child’ in Japanese) has not only used her music to speak to the world but she has lent her voice to causes championed by organizations like The United Nations World Food Programme, Be The Match Marrow Registry and The National Donor Program and Marrow Foundation. With over a million and a half albums sold and scores of sold out concerts across the globe, Keiko Matsui is one of the brightest stars in instrumental music. Her free spirit and creative genius have afforded her the luxury to share the stage with everyone from Stevie Wonder and Miles Davis to Hugh Masakela and Bob James. On January 25, 2011 Shanachie Entertainment will release The Road…, Keiko’s long awaited, self produced and 22nd album released in the US.

“Keiko Matsui is beyond category,” states Danny Weiss, VP of Jazz A&R for Shanachie Entertainment. “She is a great jazz player, of course, but her music has such strong classical, world and new age influences that the result is truly unique. But it is in her compositions that Keiko’s genius outshines all others – her amazing melodies are simply breathtaking!”

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Alexander Boynton Jr. – Doo Bee Doo Bop

Alexander Boynton Jr. is a Canadian bassist, composer and producer, who has his spiritual roots in the Gospel music. Inspired by Hugh Masekela, Les McCain or Roy Ayers he finally found his stage in the smooth jazz music.

For his debut album Doo Bee Doo Bop (2010) Alexander invited top-notch musicians of the smooth jazz scene like Jeff Lorber (keyboards), Tony Maiden (guitar), Tony Moore (drums), Rick Braun (trumpet), Paul Jackson Jr. (guitar), Lenny Castro (percussion), Phil Perry and Chelsea Nicole (vocals), and many more. Jeff Lorber produced, engineered and mixed the complete album.

With Beyond The Gate Alexander Boynton swears us to his fantastic world of music. Miguelito Valdez mesmerizes with his muted trumpet, while Jeff Lorber sets his statement on piano. The Latin jazz flavor is delivered by percussion legend Lenny Castro. A mysterious piece in the style of Eric Burden’s War.

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