Archive for May, 2012

Reggie Codrington – Vicarious Experience

Discerning urban jazz fans searching for something new to get jazzed and groove about don’t need to have Vicarious Experience to make it happen—they just need to get hip to the melodic and cool old school soul meets contemporary funk of veteran saxophonist Reggie Codrington. While the Fayetteville, North Carolina native is new on many people’s radars, he’s actually been performing and recording since the early 90s and has eight previous CDs, several under the name Reggie C; the most recent of these are Sunny Days (2008), Vision of Dreams (2010), Christmas With Pops (2009) and Journey Back Home (2005), which was produced by Phil Davis, who has worked with Stanley Clarke, George Duke and Al Jarreau, among many others.

His latest project, which is produced by and features the tenacious bass playing of Brian Morgan (whose many credits include George Benson), Vicarious Experience finds Codrington—whose primary voice is the curved soprano sax–in a romantic, optimistic mood, using the changing vibes of the songs (and the listener’s imagination) to chronicle the ups, downs, excitement and challenges of a romantic relationship from track to track. While many artists cite their parents as prime influences on their careers, Codrington takes that one step further, inviting his father Ray—who helped Codrington develop his skills and learn improvisation—to play trumpet throughout the recording.

“When I make a record, I always want to have a warm sound with harmonies,” he says, “and in this case that means having dad play a lot of horn parts and percussion. When we were making the album, I found myself in a 70s and 80s type groove, inspired by everyone from De La Soul funk rhythms to Sade and Parliament. I grew up listening to old school R&B/funk so that’s a pretty natural influence for me. The process began with Brian sending me some great tracks and me putting melodies to them, then arranging harmonies and atmospheres around my lead sax. The romantic story thread emerged from the emotions I was experiencing at the time with the lady I was dating. I thought it might be fun to invite people into my musical heart this way.”

Like a lot of veteran artists who have taken many recordings to break through, Codrington has survived his share of disappointments in the music industry, even as he’s made a living performing for many years. That commitment to overcoming obstacles stems from the difficulties in his childhood dealing with Ataxic Cerebral Palsy (ACP), a chronic condition that affects muscle coordination and depth perception. Receiving a curved soprano sax on his 18th birthday led to a major transformation, offering a comfortable way to play that he had not previously experienced. “Something magical happened, and I knew I had found my niche,” he says. “I fell in love.”

Vicarious Experience is Reggie’s special offer at CDBaby.

Gina Leneé – Under the Same Sky

Fresno composer and pianist, Gina Leneé celebrates her new piano album Under the Same Sky. Gina’s music is inspired by the people and moments in her life. This gifted composer, musician and producer has created five memorable albums: From the Heart, Moments With You, Holiday Wishes and Lullaby Collection.

Her albums From the Heart, Moments With You, and Under the Same Sky, are deeply personal recordings. For Gina, her role as a composer is more profound and fulfilling than that of a musician. She hopes someday to compose music for stage performances and film production.

Under the Same Sky is now available at CDBaby.

Ed Barrett Trio – Trio De Joie

Trio De Joie is the newest release by the critically acclaimed Ed Barrett Trio. Joined by Paul Thibodeaux on drums and Jesse Morrow on bass, guitarist Ed Barrett is in fine company for this soul jazz release.Their sound lies somewhere in between George Benson, the Allman Brothers, Bill Frisell’s Americana and all the mellow 70’s grooves you grew up with. Trio De Joie consists of all original material composed by guitarist Ed Barrett. These compositions show his sweeter, melodic side and are sure to please any listener seeking solace and refuge from a hectic world.

If you seek comfort in familiarity this CD is for you, it will immediately sound familiar and new all at the same time. Take the time to enjoy the sweet mellow sounds relax…enjoy….relax….enjoy. Trio de Joie a mellow journey into the sweet side of jazz is now available at CDBaby.

Honey Circle – The Feel

Honey Circle‘s album The Feel emphasizes in emotional and lyrical melody jazz. You can enjoy various smooth and comfortable melody rhythms and listen to each of the different instruments playing throughout the album.

Get The Feel from CDBaby.