Archive for May, 2011

Tito Puente – Tito Puente Masterworks Live!!!

Born Ernest Anthony Puente Jr., master percussionist Tito Puente is highly regarded as a driving force in the marriage between Afro-Cuban music and jazz. Though he died in 2000, his music – and the impact he’s had on others – lives on.

The Manhattan School of Music Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra presents Tito Puente Masterworks Live!!! (Jazzheads, 2011), an hour-plus set of 13 brassy, percussive songs that were written or arranged by Puente. The concert was recorded on November 3, 2008, in the John C. Borden Auditorium at the institution. The album was produced by conductor Bobby Sanabria, who also contributes voice and percussion on selected tracks.

Danny Rivera reconstructed Puente’s arrangement of “Bohemia (Birdland) After Dark,” which features Alex Lopez on tenor sax, Norman Edwards on vibes, Anthony Stanco on trumpet, Eddy Hackett on bongo and Christian Sands on piano. With multiple percussionists on this and other tracks, the song is busy in a notes-per-beat sense. The band’s enthusiasm carries over into the audience, as cheers can be heard at various points.

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Ron Brown – Urban Jazz Network

The great jazz master Duke Ellington once said that “there are two kinds of music, good and bad,” a simple truism recalled heartily by modern musicians who dare to blend a wide range of styles and influences in a time when radio formats would segregate them. The Duke’s open-minded spirit must have made a resounding impact upon saxophonist Ron Brown, who played with the legend’s Duke Ellington Orchestra at the start of his career in the late 70s.

All these years later, Brown – who launched his own smooth jazz career with the well received From My Eyes Only on Discovery Records – digs deep into the roots of all the genres he’s ever played in to create the innovative and dynamic Urban Jazz Network an ongoing project, with new artists rotating around his sax and production in the way that Urban Knights evolved in recent years around Ramsey Lewis.

Featuring some of the best loved artists and studio performers in R&B, Be Bop, Smooth Jazz, hip hop and gospel, the Urban Jazz Network is more than merely a funky, cool and adventurous melange of soul music.

This album is now available at CDBaby.

Euge Groove – S7ven Large

What makes a great musician? May be that Euge Groove already has recorded his seventh album, but foremost his glooming relationship to the audience. When he performs, he is the vivid center of action. He is the hero of party and fun. A real master of entertainment. No wonder that diva Tina Turner chose him as her sax player during her tour in 2008.

After Sunday Morning S7ven Large is Euge’s second album for Shanachie Entertainment. “The number seven is a very powerful and significant number. God rested on the seventh day, there are seven wonders of the ancient world, seven celestial bodies visible to the naked eye, and many other miraculous instances of the number seven throughout history. On my 7th, I’m hoping that listeners will hear the evolution and growth in my music,” says Euge.

Euge assembled the finest artists of smooth jazz on his new album: Trevor Lawrence and Dan Needham (drums), Tracy Carter (piano, Fender Rhodes), Cornelius Mims (bass), John Jubu Smith and Ross Bolton (guitar), Lee Thornburg (trombone, trumpet) and as special guests Paul Brown, Rick Braun, Peter White, Jeff Golub and Gregg Karukas.

Euge admits that it’s easier to record an album then to name it. Somehow he is joking around, when he calls the starting track Track 1. When you believe, that Najee or Kenny G can blow the most affectionate soprano sax then listen to Euge’s interpretation.

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Bryan Lubeck – Vineyard Groove

Honored as the up and coming guitarist at the American Smooth Jazz Awards, Bryan Lubeck weaves a tapestry of Latin, Pop and Urban instrumental songs. This CD is more upbeat than his previous CD’s and borrows heavily from producer and world renown urban bassist Billy Dickens (Stevie Wonder etc.). The blazing sax of west coast great Rick Parma takes the music to even greater heights.

Every detail down to the mix by Grammy award winner Craig Bauer at Hing Studios to multi Grammy award winning Trever Sadler doing the final mastering makes this without a doubt his best work to date.  Bryan fuses high energy flamenco guitar with upbeat pop and jazz styles. This is a tap your feet and keep whistling the tunes long after the album is over CD.

Vineyard Groove is just arrived at CDBaby.

Jake Fryer / Bud Shank Quintet – In Good Company

The release of In Good Company (Capri Records, 2011) is bittersweet for British alto saxophonist Jake Fryer. The day after completing the recording, fellow alto player Bud Shank died. It’s a sorrowful ending to a dream come true, as Shank was one of the greatest influences for Fryer.

Fryer and Shank front the good company of Mike Wofford on piano, Bob Magnusson on bass, and Joe La Barbera on drums. The date is played like a live gig, as all nine tracks were recorded in one take.

The set begins with a fresh take on the familiar. The band covers Duke Ellington’s “Caravan.” Apart from the brilliant play by the leads, the rhythm section also delights. “Tip Top and Tickety Boo” is a Fryer original. It’s a spirited, playful piece.

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Earl Carter – Old School

Over the years, Earl Carter has performed with many local and world-renowned artists. As a side man/ freelance musician, he has worked with Bobby Lyle, Marcus Johnson, Jaared, Alyson Williams, Nick Colionne, Bob Baldwin, Mike Phillips, Michael Lington, Freddie Jackson, Angela Bofill, Regina Belle, Rhian Benson, Tony Terry, Coolio, Bobby Humphrey, Gerald Veasley, Jimmy Sommers, Miles Jaye, Pamela Williams, Gordan Chambers, Angela Johnson, Miriamm, Annie Sidley, Sy Smith and many others. He performed for several nationally televised, international and local concerts and programs including; The Ghana Jazz Festival 2003, The Bermuda Jazz Festival 2002, The Bermuda Jazz Festival 2003, The National Smooth Jazz Awards 2002 and many others.

In addition, he spent time participating in local cable TV show tapings and played on several CD recordings that received national airplay and distribution including; Bobby Lyle’s – Straight and Smooth, Marcus Johnson’s -Live @ Blues Alley, Marcus Johnson’s Live – In Person DVD, Marcus Johnson’s – Just Doing What I Do, Jaared’s – Hangtime, Alyson Williams’ – It’s About Time, Yahzarah’s – Black Star, Kim Scott’s – Shake Down and Spike Lee’s Soundtrack to Do The Right Thing.

As a front man/guitarist, Earl has opened for world-renowned jazz artists such as Pieces of a Dream, Spyro Gyra, Bona Fide and many others. He’s performed many venues for multiple radio stations i.e. WJZW 105.9, WSMJ 104.3, 95.9 and WPFW. His personal CD projects have reached heavy rotation on college radio, specialty shows as well as satellite, Internet and overseas radio. Earl has used world-class players in his band and makes every effort to give his audience a spectacular show. He occasionally performs at the legendary jazz club “Blues Alley” and has a new project coming out this year!

Earl Carter’s album Old School presents popular oldies from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s and is now available at CDBaby.

Darryl Anderson – You Are

This is the CD for your collection. If you enjoy music by Fred Hammond, Hezekiah Walker and Mary Mary you will enjoy this CD very much.This has been a true labor of love for me to record the music on this project. I just finished a 5 day cruise called “The One Love Gospel Cruise,where I was the featured saxophonist. Every national gospel recording artist was on board to perform as well. People like Kirk Franklin , Marvin Sapp, Fred Hammond, Regina Bell, Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Clark Sister and so many others the list is to long to go on.

I can only say that once you hear this CD you will want to get it for your family and friends. There also some vocals featuring myself and a young lady name Sophia Greene. Everyone who brought this CD has enjoyed it,because it has something for almost everybody.So take a minute to check out some sample and hopefully you will enjoy what you hear just as everyone else has. Be blessed and Thank You.

You Are offers a blend of Smooth jazz, Dance Music,Funk and Easy Listening. The album just arrived at CDBaby.