Archive for November, 2012

Cool Groove – Cool Groove

Cool Groove is a Smooth Jazz and Funk band, which also combines Soul and R & B, influenced by artists and bands such as Brian Culbertson, Marcus Miller, Maceo Parker, Jamiroquai, Stevie Wonder, Brooklyn Funk Essentials, Liquid Soul, etc. The band began in early 2011, and months later began recording material for his first album called Cool Groove which in addition to mostly with his own compositions, including versions of “If you want me to stay” (Sly & the Family Stone) and “Let’s Get It On” (Marvin Gaye), also features special guest “Alambre” Gonzalez on guitar.

The album release was in August 2012 and plan to continue presenting the rest of the year across the country. Currently the band is formed by: Oscar Perez Lozano (bass), Joachim Salamero (Drums), Walter Galeazzi (Keyboards), Matthew Blasco (guitar), Sebastian Mestre (Alto Sax), Maxi Duffy (Tenor Sax).

The debut album is now available at CDBaby.

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Dennis Angel – Timeless Groove

If one decides to choose between music and law for the latter, that speaks to his intelligence. Who however ingeniously combines both, that demonstrates a stroke of genius. Lawyer Dennis Angel is such a rare specimen.

Dennis Angel is a noted authority on United States and foreign copyright law as well as the highly specialized area of legal protection of literary titles. He is also the founder of The Dennis Angel Band with Dennis Angel on trumpet, Gottfried Stoger on sax and flute, David Shaich on bass, Joel Mofsenson on piano, Mike Campenni on drums, and DeForest Raphael on vocals.

For his first solo project Timeless Grooves he secured the support of the prolific producer and keyboardist Jason Miles. Jason recruited guitarists Romero Lubambo, Nick Moroch, Dean Brown and Will Bernard, bassist Amanda Ruzza, and drummer Briane Dunne. From Angel’s band joined Gottfried Stoger on sax.

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Knoxville Jazz Orchestra – Christmas Time Is Here

What makes an album of Christmas music distinct from another? When the artist shakes up traditional arrangements and creates some fresh and invigorating. That’s what listeners get with Christmas Time Is Here by the Knoxville Jazz Orchestra. Some of the arrangements are closer to classical music than jazz, but that’s hardly an issue.

“Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” is a slow, mellow take that features Greg Tardy on tenor sax. That’s followed by a slightly more upbeat spin on “Let It Snow,” featuring pianist Bill Swann and trombonist Tom Lundberg. Overall, the horns are more prominent.

The brass comes through strongly on the swinging “Deck the Halls,” featuring Tardy and bassist Rusty Holloway. Tardy’s middle solo sizzles. The orchestra goes into full sass mode with “Go Tell It on the Mountain,” featuring Dan Trudell on Hammond B3, William Boyd on tenor sax and drummer Keith Brown.
Other holiday favorites are “O Little Town of Bethlehem,” “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” “Do You Hear What I Hear?” Tchaikovsky’s “Russian Dance” (from The Nutcracker), “Jingle Bells,” “A Not-So Silent Night,” the title song and “Children Go Where I Send Thee.”

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Will H. Callicut – Soft Songs & Music for Making Love

Soft Songs And Music CD for romantic love making is very sexy and smooth music for heavy romance.The songs are soft with warm instrumentals and beautiful love songs.You’ll enjoy making love with these soft songs.

Soft songs and soft music for making love that will surely set the mood for a very romantic time on this CD.The instrumentals are well produced as well as the vocals on this music CD. This music is recorded to perfection to entice the music as soft songs should do when you are in the mood for romance.

Soft Songs & Music for Making Love is available at CDBaby.

Jeffery Smith – Rhythm of Life Series, Pt. 2

Jeffery Smith, the multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, engineer and producer does it again with Rhythm of Life Series “Part 2”. If you are familiar with Jeffery’s music, you will not be disappointed with this release.

If you are new to Jeffery’s music, welcome to The Next Generation of Jazz, Soul, Funk, and Inspirational music. Rhythm of Life Series Part 2 is composed of 4 vocal tracks that’s sure to speak to your relationship and 6 instrumentals that will groove you forever. To hear more, please visit: http://www.4daru.com and http://www.smoothcreationsmusic.com.

Rhythm of Life Series is a gem at CDBaby.

The Rippingtons Featuring Russ Freeman – Built to Last

When The Rippingtons Featuring Russ Freeman debuted in the late 1980s, they were supposed to be a one-act concept. A group of friends assembled by Freeman for what was intended as a one-time project. Now, some 25 years later, The Rippingtons are still going strong with Built to Last (Peak/eOne, 2012).

This release delves into previously uncharged territory. Several tracks are composed like a film score with Freeman handling all orchestra and brass arrangements. Freeman also wrote all the songs, except “Cougars and Gigolos” and “Firefly,” which he co-wrote with his wife, Yaredt Leon.

The title song opens the set, much like the main title of a motion picture. The orchestrations get things going, then about a minute and a half into the piece, the rock band that is The Rippingtons steps in. Freeman gives credit to producer Andi Howard for keeping it intact, a suggestion that had this recording been done with the usual approach, a good bit of material would be left out.

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Ragan Whiteside – Evolve

When beauty and musical talent come together in a compelling symbiosis, then Ragan Whiteside‘s flute is the herald of this glorious message. Her Bachelor of Music-Performance and the gain of the Capital Jazz New Artist Competition are signs for things to come.

Pianist Bob Baldwin soon recognized her great skills and invited her as guest musician on his albums NewUrbanJazz.com (2008), Tribute to Michael Jackson “Never Can Say Goodbye” (2010), NewUrbanJazz.com 2 / Re-Vibe (2011) and Betcha By Golly Wow – The Songs of Thom Bell (2012).

Bob Baldwin describes Ragan by saying, “She not only has THE silkiest and sweetest flute tone in the business, but her tenacity and desire to be recognized in Urban, New-Soul AND smooth jazz genres makes her a musical force to be reckoned with!! Mark my words!”

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