Archive for July, 2011

Tim Cunningham – Reflection

Smooth & sultry, cool, yet definitely funky. These words best describe the sound of R&B saxophonist, Tim Cunningham.

Having played the sax for over half of his life, Tim has headlined in nightclubs, Las Vegas Casinos and festivals spanning the U.S. and the Caribbean. His new album Reflection is available at CDBaby.

Reggie Young – The Foundation

On this CD you’ll get 2 CDs in one. 18 tracks from Reggie Young‘s earlier two CD projects (Among Friends & From Within The Realm). This CD represents smooth jazz at it’s best. These songs are timeless and reflect amazing fresh talent performed in a instrumental array of showmanship to hear again and again.

“This project represents years of learning, listening and patience. I love playing for people and producing records. But there comes a time when you have to stop in order to go. I want to be a better dad, a better producer, a better musician and share my experiences with the world. I mean isn’t that how we grow in life. I believe if you have something nice to share … share it. I was always the man behind the bass, behind the music, behind my schedule, behind my goals but people always managed to notice I have a lot more to say. So it was time to step up and get in front of my goals and dreams. But, you have to play your part when you’re in a supporting role. Not like you can’t speak, you just gotta know when to. Now, I feel like I’m getting a grasp on where I need to be with everything.” Explains Reggie.

The Foundation is now on sale at CDBaby.

Jay Patten – Crystal Nights

Blue Jay Patten‘s Crystal Nights CD is a mix of Jay’s smooth groove instrumentals (“Bussin To Memphis”,”Crystal Nights”) and original vocal tunes (“True & Tried”,”Finally”) and new versions of four classic songs including Hank Williams’ “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” and Elvis Presley’s “Can’t Help Falling In Love”.

Jay dedicates this music to his friend Crystal Gayle (Jay is Crystal’s longtime band leader).The first track is a mysterious version of one of Crystal’s hits,”Ready For The Times To Get Better”. Jay plays alto saxophone on the tune with guitarist Andy Reiss and a last chorus vocal appearance by Christos.

Jay sings a fifties style ballad (“I Don’t Have The Heart To Say Goodbye”) he co-wrote with lengendery songwriter,Roger Cook,plus “And Sinatra Sang Our Song”,which sounds like a classic love standard.(Jay is a former vocalist with the Glenn Miller Orchestra).On this project Jay, a graduate of the Berklee College Of Music, plays alto,soprano and tenor saxophones as well as mandolin,guitar and Woodsounds native American flute.

A happy version of “Memories Are Made Of This”. It’s a duet with Crystal Gayle recorded a few years back and is a perfect closer for an album you’ll want to listen to over and over.There are seven of Jay’s saxophone instrumental tracks ranging in mood and style from smooth grooves to mysterious. Plus there are six of Jay’s vocal tracks both contemporary pop and standard sounding ballads with a light swing duet with Crystal Gayle.

Lovers of Jay Patten’s music find this album at CDBaby.

Kenny Love – cAsE sEnSiTiVe

Kenny Love, who after having an independent music career, spent a subsequent twenty-year period as a radio/video promoter and media publicist representing fellow musicians, has now returned to his creative Jazz artistry and released cAsE sEnSiTiVe. cAsE sEnSiTiVe is a 10-song experience that engages the listener through musical peaks, lyrical valleys, and poetic arrangements.

Opening with a driving upbeat selection titled Glide, the release has been entered into the International Music Awards. It will also be entered in seven categories of the Grammy Awards this August, including a category specific to the compact disc’s humorous and visually arresting front cover.

“I am elated to return to the creative aspect of my music career,” said Love. “While I have released a number of singles in the past, this is my first opportunity to experience and enjoy releasing a complete Jazz recording.”

Although the compact disc was only released in June, several digital pre-release singles that are on the recording were picked up immediately for broadcast airplay during the preceding months of March and April by radio stations based in the United States, Brazil, France, Denmark, and Sweden. These digital pre-releases led the industry in setting the proverbial stage for radio stations to embrace the compact disc upon its official release date.

Gail Jhonson – HerStory

Philadelphia native Gail Jhonson is an in-demand keyboardist since several years. That was a natural result of her move to Los Angeles. After her work for Morris Day (The TIME) and Norman Brown she is a vivid factor in the smooth jazz scene. She started her solo career with the album Keep The Music Playing (2004), followed by Pearls (2008) on nuGroove Records. This year she makes waves with HerStory at the label 111 East Music.

Gail Johnson is supported by Lin Rountree (trumpet), Tamira Khyrah-joi (vocals), Tom Braxton (sax), Dwayne Smitty Smith (bass) and more. ”My story begins with her story…this is dedicated to you Mom!’ is the explanation of the title, a give back for her mother’s hard work.

Make It Happen is the first revelation of Gail’s mesmerizing talent as composer and performer. Especially to the end of the song, when she starts improvising is the real deal. The keytar is one of Gail’s favorite instruments. A keytar is a relatively lightweight keyboard (with or without a built-in synthesizer) that is supported by a strap around the neck and shoulders, similar to the way a guitar is supported by a strap. That way a keyboardist can use the stage for greater moves. Electric Lady features this instrument.

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Kevin Morrissette – Conversations

Kevin’s interest in music started at a very early stage of life, and he began playing piano by ear at age 4. By seven, Kevin was performing professionally. Throughout Kevin’s music career he has warmed and shared stages with many noted performers including Ronnie Laws, B.B. King, and the Pointer Sisters to name a few. He has been retained to perform for President Barack Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Mayor Richard Daley, Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr., Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr., and Ambassador Carol Mosley Braun; and the list goes on.

Kevin comments his new album Conversation:

“The act or an instance of talking together.” The meeting of minds, one would say. Well, throughout this CD, I’ve attempted to highlight various forms of conversation, vocally as well as musically. I’ve been so very blessed and honored, to work with such talented artists in realizing this endeavor. Consuela Ivy, Vanessa Holmes, John Harris, New Beginnings Ignited Praise, and Kevin Morrissette Jr., have wonderfully expressed themselves vocally, on the original compositions presented them by Rubynn English and me.

I chose Rubynn to be featured in this project (vocally and on his guitar), as a result of the many conversations (both musically and verbally) he and I have had over the forty some odd years of friendship we have enjoyed. Please, strap on your listening ears, and allow us to converse with you, through the sometimes whimsical, sometimes sad, yet, all times direct expressions of thought, throughout the selections on this CD. Hopefully, we’ll leave you with something to “converse” about. And as usual, thanks for your ears.”

Give this album a listen at CDBaby.

Trombone Shorty – For True

Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews follows his Grammy nominated Backatown CD with For True, to be released Sept 13 on Verve Forecast. For True features Andrews’ band, Orleans Avenue, as well as a string of legendary performers with whom he recently shared the stage, including Jeff Beck, Kid Rock, Lenny Kravitz, Ledisi, Warren Haynes, Ivan and Cyril Neville, The Rebirth Brass Band and more. Troy wrote or co-wrote all 14 tracks on the new album including co-writes with Ledisi, Kid Rock, the legendary Lamont Dozier and more. The CD was produced and engineered by Ben Ellman (except “The Craziest Thing” produced by George Drakoulias).

The singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist has earned unanimous raves on 5 continents in the past year alone with his patented high energy “SUPAFUNKROCK” sound. He was praised in the media from Rolling Stone and Entertainment Weekly to NPR and the New York Times following the 2010 release of ‘Backatown’, which spent 10 weeks at #1 on Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz Chart and still reigns in the top 10 over a year after its release.

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue have been everywhere since, performing on The Late Show With David Letterman, The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Austin City Limits and more. Troy has made additional appearances on Good Morning America, Tavis Smiley, NFL Kickoff (joining Dave Matthews Band), ESPN and a recurring role on the hit HBO series Tremé, on which he played himself. Continue reading

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