Archive for November, 2012

West River Drive – West River Drive

Recording, performing and teaching music individually in the New York/Philadelphia area for years, Ralph Confredo, Deborah Confredo, Steve Goldstein and Bruce Haberman combine their talents for this unique project. Their debut album, recorded at MorningStar Studios in East Norriton, PA, features a wide range of instrumentation in songs that include sentimental, acoustic guitar-driven ballads, cool, sparse electric jazz, tightly arranged compositions, percussion-based, poly-rhythmic, Latin-influenced extended jams and blues/funk throw-downs.

Guitar, bass and saxophone carry melody, guitar, Hammond organ, electric and acoustic piano and clavinet provide support, drums are supplemented by Latin percussion and electronic drum sounds and synths add texture.

West River Drive, a debut at CDBaby.

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Rick Braun – Swingin’ In The Snow

Trumpet magician Rick Braun is widely known by his solo projects Intimate Secrets (1993), followed by Night Walk and Christmas Present (1994). His popularity grew with Beat Street (1995), Body And Soul (1996), Full Stride (1998), Kisses In The Rain (2001), Esperanto (2003), Yours Truly (2005), Sessions Vol.1 (2006), RnR (2007) and in 2009 All It Takes.

He changed the lead instrument from trumpet and flugelhorn to his voice with Sings With Strings (Artistry Music, 2011). His vocal approach in the spirit of Frank Sinatra, Chet Baker and Nelson Riddle underlayed with a superb orchestration reminds at the swing time. The echo of the audience was mainly positive. That might be the reason that he continues this year with the album Swingin’ In The Snow.

He introduces into his Christmas album with Irving Berlin’s I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm. This is a Holiday song in full swing with an authentic big band sound arranged by Braun and Philippe Saisse and set in scene by Braun on trumpet, Brandon Fields on saxes and Nick Lane on trombone.

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