Archive for November, 2012

The Edmo Project – You Make Me Smile

If you like this smooth music of the Edmo Project buy the album or attend a concert of the group in the Beal Street Bottle Club, 70 Beal, Fort Walton Beach, FL.

You Make Me Smile is at CDBaby.

Darryl Donnell Murrill – Closer Than I Realized

Darryl Donnell Murrill should be considered as a saxophonist with extraordinary ability! He truly has the wherewithal to make the saxophone sing with a unique flare rooted in Gospel and with much Jazz influence. Furthermore, Darryl’s sound can be described as a smoother, yet soulful sound, set apart by God to bring sound satisfaction.

Darryl is a singer, producer, songwriter, plays more than five different instruments, and is owner of Ablaze Sound Productions;recording studio. Whether accompanied by a full band or musical tracks, Darryl tantalizes with his saxophone sound and melodic measures of syncopation, vibrato, and range of note selection.

Darryl endeavors to make music that enriches listeners spiritually and to present a positive music experience to allow them to enjoy themselves as well. Closer Than I Realized is on sale at CDBaby.

The Impossible Gentlemen – The Impossible Gentlemen

Cross the Chick Corea Acoustik Band with the Yellowjackets, and you might get something that sounds like The Impossible Gentlemen.

The quartet of Gwilym Simcock on piano, Mike Walker on guitar, Steve Swallow on bass and Adam Nussbaum on drums bring four unique talent in a cross-Atlantic group. Simock and Walker are from the United Kingdom, with Swallow and Nussbaum from the United States.

The quartet sets things off in blistering fashion with “Laugh Lines.” A bit of fusion blended with contemporary jazz, the track features all four players. Piano and guitar are in unison for the high-speed melody. They’re complemented by the spirited play of bass and drums.

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Jackiem Joyner – Church Boy

Saxophonist Jackiem Joyner from Norfolk, Virginia, has a good name in the smooth jazz genre. With his albums Baby Soul (2007), Lil’ Man Soul (2008) and Jackiem Joyner (2010) he has built up a strong following.

So far we had only known that he played with Marcus Johnson from 2001–2004, and also performed with Bobby Lyle, Angela Bofill, George Duke, Najee and many others.

With his new album Church Boy (2012) he gives us the first glimpse into the dark ages of his youth. In Mack Avenue’s biography he reports about the difficult times, when he found himself with no money, no job and homeless.

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Carl Stanley – A Beautiful Thing

After hearing a piece of music by Najee at the age of 14, UK based saxman Carl Stanley fell in love with the sound of the saxophone, that piece of music was ‘betcha don’t know’ from Najee’s 1986 debut ‘Najee’s Theme. It wasn’t until 2 years later in 1988 on his 16th birthday that he actually got his hands on an alto saxophone and a tape of a Grover Washington Jr album, and began to teach himself to play by ear every evening after school.

He performed with Roy Ayers, Will Young, Mica Paris, Andy Abraham and Jeff Lorber.

A Beautiful Thing is a fusion of jazz, funk, soul, R&B and pop featuring tenor, alto & aoprano saxophones with lead vocals by Gianna. This album just arrived at CDBaby.

Steven Gores & Chico Chavez – Around the Sun

World Jazz styling with Smooth Jazz overtones…..Steven Gores ( Composer/Keyboards) and Chico Chavez (percussion) team up to bring you an energizing set of flowing lines and beautiful haunting melodies. Wanna feel good?…..put this music on.

Around the Sun shines at CDBaby.

Jackson Rice – The Firefly

Jackson Rice is since 40 years a professional trumpet player. He has recorded, mastered, produced or performed on over 2000 recordings. His modesty forbids more details.

Now he steps into the spotlight for the first time and presents his debut album The Firefly (2011). Musicians on this release are Jackson Rice on trumpet and VL-1 synthesizers, Chris Attwood on trombone, Mark Wilson on guitar, Marc Miller on bass and Kevin Blackwood on drums.

The very first piece 180 Degrees alone draws our attention. The arrangement shows depth, the melody isn’t played down only. There is a real interaction between the musicians. The rhythm has a gripping drive. Enthusiasm is spreading.

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