Archive for June, 2012

Paul Hardcastle – The Chill Lounge

June 19th is the date for the latest release from Paul Hardcastle, titled The Chill Lounge, its a great mix of chill / melodic tracks.  First single of this album will be East To West presenting some Asian elements. Tagged as jazz one can await some cool smooth jazz.

Paul Hardcastle started his breathtaking career with the dance hit Rainforest reaching #1 on the 12″ sales chart in the USA in 1984. His tremendous success was the song 19 in 1985, in many countries a further #1 hit. In 1991 Hardcastle began his Jazzmasters project fostering a smooth jazz community worldwide. The first album of this serial was released in Japan and The Japanese radio stations spread the word. Soon the sound arrived in USA and many listeners had to struggle for their album ’til it was finally released in USA in 1992.

This hybrid of dance music and smooth jazz quickly climbed the charts and received high acclaims by many fans finally crowned with Billboard Magazine’s 2008 Smooth Jazz Artist of the Year.

 

Morris LeGrande – One For The Road

After a successful debut project released in 2001, Morris LeGrande has finally completed his sophomore effort, “One For The Road.” His first album “Fourth Watch” is still receiving airplay across the country after six years. That is a true testament to the musical prowess of LeGrande. There has been a great deal of anticipation associated with the release of this project and once again, he delivers.

Growing up in Oakland, California Morris discovered that music had a profound impact on him. He would hear music and begin singing, dancing and playing “air” instruments. “I remember hanging out in the 60’s, listening to the neighborhood garage bands rehearse and being completely blown away by six or seven people coming together to make one sound. It was then… I knew I had to be a musician”. That desire was also fueled by growing up in church, the place where some of the best singers and musicians of our time have originated from. Playing drums for twelve years in church placed a sense of rhythm in Morris that can be heard in his guitar playing today. Known for his steady grooves and tasty solos, Morris has developed into one of the premier players in the Northern California region.

Having been involved in numerous band efforts and countless recording sessions as a sideman, the time came for him to make a decision as to which career path to choose. After prayer, advice, and a ton of research, Morris decided to pursue his love of music as a smooth jazz solo artist. The decision has proven to be the right one for the advancement of his career as a musician. He has become an accomplished songwriter, arranger, recording engineer, and producer. “I never thought I would be doing the things that I’m doing today. It is an incredible blessing to move beyond being a guitarist and vocalist.” Morris has been fortunate enough to play and record with such legends as Edwin Hawkins, Lenny Williams and The Gospel Hummingbirds. He has also had the awesome experience of sharing the stage with Smokey Robinson, B.B. King, Bonnie Rait, Dr. John, Maria Mulduar, Vicki Winans, Angela Winbush, Roger Troutman & Zapp and Billy Preston just to name a few.

The future looks extremely bright for Morris LeGrande as he continues the climb to national prominence as an artist and producer. The silky smooth texture of his music is winning over smooth jazz audiences all over the country. “Music is the gift that God has given to me to communicate with the masses. I believe there is always someone that I connect with, by what I’m expressing musically. After all, music is the only true universal language and being able to speak musically and be understood, definitely is a good thing”.

You can download this album at CDBaby.

A Conversation With Eric Darius

hbh: I speak with the young lion Eric Darius. Hello Eric!

ED: Hello!

hbh: Where are you coming from?

ED: I’m coming from California. I just flew in a several days ago from the New York Jazz festival. It’s amazing time here.

hbh: But you are living in California? In the Los Angeles area?

ED: Yes! I just recently moved from Florida and now live in Los Angeles. But my family is from Jamaica and Haiti. I am coming from a musical background. My father plays the bass, my mum sings and plays piano. My older brother plays the drums and the trumpet, my sister also sings and plays piano. So music is in my whole family.

hbh: Did you immigrate with your family to America or did you come alone?

ED: I was actually born in America. My parents met in New Jersey and I was born there.

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Shilts – All Grown Up

With his new 2012 release All Grown Up, Shilts has raised the bar yet again. With ten original tracks of soul, jazz, RnB & funk, the tenor sax maestro brings his influences and experience with some high energy hooks and sweet jazzy melodies. The writing is fresh and creative and captures Shilts at his best, along with some of LA’s top session musicians.

Also featured is Oscar® and Grammy Award® nominated songstress Siedah Garrett on the sweet and uplifting song “Got Love.” This album is sure to be one of the big hits of 2012. The album is available at Amazon.com and other sellers. Now also for a good prize at CDBaby.

Chloe Brisson – Blame It on My Youth

A little sass, a little brass and a lot of pizzazz. Young vocalist Chloe Brisson delivers all three with her aptly titled sophomore album, Blame It on My Youth (2012). Her previous effort, Red Door Sessions, was released in 2007 when she was just 13.

The new album is a set of 13 tracks, mostly fresh interpretations of standards by a variety of composers, including Cahn, Jobim, Porter and Gershwin. Brisson’s band is comprised of arranger Fred Haas on saxophone; Bill Mays on piano; Marvin Stamm on trumpet; Ben Williams on trombone; Matt Wilson on drums; and Martin Wind on bass. Guest vocalist Sheila Jordan contributes to the final track, “I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter.”

Some of Brisson’s sass comes out in the delightful “So Long You Fool.” Her voice is earthy, not unlike Tierney Sutton or Corinne Drewery. Haas performs a bouncy saxophone solo, supplement by an engaged rhythm section.

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Cliff Targum – Tropical Oasis

Cliff Targum lives near Los Angeles, California were he teaches, records and performs guitar music. Cliff graduated with a BA in psychology from San Diego State University. Cliff has studied audiology at the California State University Northridge.

Tropical Oasis is a blend of smooth jazz with Spanish guitars. All songs were written, recorded and performed by Cliff Targum. Cliff played all of the instruments including: Acoustic and electric guitars, bass, synthesizers, percussion, drum programming, special effects and pro tools engineering.

Now listen to the album at CDBaby.

Gruvtherapy – Just 4 You

Writing, recording and producing this cd has been a labor of love. It has been a long, arduous journey that has allowed us to meet, dream and work with so many very talented individuals. So many have contributed in various ways to enable us to pursue the dream of presenting our musical ideas. In creating music we have experienced the full spectrum of human emotion; from joy to sorrow, elation to disappointment, frustration to accomplishment. Through it all we persevered and prevailed.

We hope these recordings bring you the same “therapy experience” enjoyed during our live perfomances. Sit back, relax and enjoy because this is “GruvTherapy…just 4 you.”

Just 4 You is arrived at CDBaby.

 

Joe Plass – After Hours

Growing up in Portland Oregon, music has always been his passion. His professional playing career started at a very young age playing R & B Funk and Soul in clubs around the Northwest. Although he always loved those funky bass lines from the likes of Louis Johnson and Larry Graham, he also had great respect and admiration for Jazz music. So with such early influences as Stanley Clark, Alphonso Johnson and Joco Pastorius, he crafted a tight blend of funky jazz-fusion bass playing.

In the late 70’s he joined Fantasy recording artist Shock, a 10-piece funk band which produced a hit single Let’s Get Crackin’. After three albums with Fantasy, the opportunity presented itself to join solo artist Kenny G’s band from 1984-1986. He both toured and recorded on Kenny’s platinum selling albums Duotones and Silhouette. In 1993 he also had the pleasure of recording on former Kenny G band mate Tony Gable’s debut CD entitled Tony Gable and 206. In 2000 he recorded on childhood friend and Shock band founder Roger Sause’s solo album Retroman and again in 2003 on his Smooth Jazz/Funk CD Freestyle Funk. Those musical journeys and many others motivated him to express himself in the form of a solo project which led to the creation of his debut CD After Hours.

After Hours is a blend of smooth-jazz, funk and fusion. Accompanying Joe Plass are some of the top names in Jazz-Fusion such as Jeff Lorber and Gerald Albright. Definitely a CD you will want to listen to from start to finish and add to your music collection! After Hours now at CDBaby.

Tony Bragano – Take It Easy

Originally from St. Petersburg and now living in Northern California, Tony unleashed his musical muse in his teens, learning the guitar at age 14. Hooked, he became in his own words, obsessed and couldn’t put the instrument down. Four years later, he expanded his instrument expertise by teaching himself piano. By then Tony longed to
create his own music and saved money to buy the proper equipment.

Initially performing his melodies on guitar, Tony found his true instrumental voice after hearing a sax instrumental on the radio. Tony and the saxophone have had a love affair with smooth jazz ever since, a genre Tony has infused with his own creative take on emotions, escape and even spirituality.

With Take It Easy he pleases now his audience at CDBaby.

Michael J Parlett – Keep It Movin’

“This album “Keep it Movin‘ is truly a pleasure to listen to! It is good to hear a great musician release a set of mainly instrumental tracks that have been so thoughtfully arranged and produced. As if playing tenor, alto and soprano saxes wasn’t enough Parlett plays a mean flute too somewhat reminiscent of those vibe Dave Valentine GRP days. This album is a surefire winner for all those Should-tinged jazz fans who like a little hump on their Jazz!” Chris Standring.

This saxman’s new album has given the Smooth Jazz world a breath of fresh air by reinterpreting songs like “Misty”, Captain of Her heart” and my personal favorite original latin song “El Rancho” where he shows his expertise on flute. – Najee

Trust these experts and listen to the album at CDBaby.