Archive for February, 2013

Tum Kepri – Sunmoon Dance

Sunmoon DanceTum Kepri keeps his sound contemporary with touches of Soul. Tum Kepri has applied his acoustic, electric, skills to Jazz. Born in San Francisco, California to parents of Southern Descent from Arkansas and spent portion of life in Arkansas. Kepri was exposed to various music from the West and the South.

His album Sunmoon Dance is on sale at CDbaby.

Rod Tate – Groovitis

GroovitisWe just welcomed in a New Year…Now it’s time to welcome some New Music for 2013. Coming On Valentine’s Day February 14, 2013, Groovitis!  Saxophonist Rod Tate’s new Smooth/Contemporary Jazz CD, featuring 13 new head bobbin’, finger snappin’, toe tappin’ songs and did I say, “Funky”(LOL). There is also a dose of medium and slow grooves.
Get Ready To Be Infected By The Groove Diagnosed as, Groovitis ! IF you enjoy Rod Tate’s music this one is a “Must Have” !

As a performer he has opened for contemporary jazz group Spyra Gyra, Pieces of A Dream, Chuck Loeb, Bob Baldwin, Marion Meadows, Phil Perry, Ramsey Lewis, Legendary Poet Sonia Sanchez and Lonnie Liston Smith. He has opened for Gospel artist Richard Smallwood and Gospel jazz keyboardist Ben Tankard, comedian /actor Tommy Davidson, Tavis Smiley, as well as, Hall of famer, Ozzie Smith.

Groovitis is on sale at CDBaby.

Mike MacArthur – Feels Like Home

Mike MacArthur

“When are you going to let me make a record with you?” For years, Grammy-nominated bassist Brian Bromberg posed this question to saxophonist Mike MacArthur. Finally the saxman acquiesced. He grabbed his tenor horn, hopped a jet and camped out in Bromberg’s Los Angeles-area home studio until the record was complete. The two musicians invited a handful of their high-profile friends over to play on the album, “Feels Like Home,” which will be released June 4th by Paradise Point Music. Bromberg produced and plays acoustic bass on the 10-song multihued mix of contemporary and straight-ahead jazz and blues that features contributions from trumpeter Rick Braun, keyboardist Jeff Lorber and guitarist Jeff Golub. The tabernacle temblor “Sanctified,” the disc’s gospel-inspired first single, is already gracing radio playlists and ascending the charts.

“’Sanctified’ is kind of the mack daddy track on the album because everyone is on it. It was the most labor-intensive tune to record,” said MacArthur, who will open for Grammy-winner Queen Latifah on Tuesday (March 26) at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, FL. “The whole album, which began with Brian (Bromberg), is simply friends making music because they want to. These guys are friends and family who I’ve worked with over the years and it felt like home hanging out playing what we wanted to play. Working with players like this just makes you a better player. It was a fun and enjoyable hang.” Continue reading

Elan Trotman – Tropicality

Hailing from Barbados now living in Boston saxophonist Elan Trotman is an integral part of the smooth jazz scene today. His work consisting of Memories – The Debut (2001), influenced by Caribbean music, Let’s Have A Good Old Time (2005), a gospel jazz album, A Reggae Christmas (2007), popular Christmas carols in a jammin’ reggae style, This Time Around (2009) and Love and Sax (2011 ) is multifaceted.

His third album Tropicality (2013) is like the both predecessors a confession to smooth jazz. With a balanced mix of covers and self written compositions Elan shows his qualification as team worker. He is joined by bassist/producer Nicholas Brancker, guitarists Peter White, U-Nam, Nick Colionne, Fabiano Da Silva, Serghio Jansen, percussionists Luis Conte, Lenny Castro, keyboardist/producer Jeff Lorber, guitarist/producer Paul Brown, drummers Terri Lyne Carrington, Ricky Lawson and Tony Moore, trumpeter Lin Rountree, and bassist Alex Al .

Trotman has chosen as starting tune Stevie Wonder’s monster hit Master Blaster. The energetic original is recalculated in Elan’s version to the melody sequence enriched with a horn arrangement.

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The General – Smooth Sailin

Smooth SailinThe General has been in the music industry for about 43 years making all kind of music. Working with some of the industries top artists kind of helps him.

Smooth Sailin is his newest project released at CDBaby.

Reggie Stokes – The New Jazz Cafe

The New Jazz CafeReggie Stokes is a masterful guitarist, specializing in jazz stylings. He is also a composer and producer, thriving on collaboration amongst the Birmingham (and beyond) music scene.

Reggie Stokes’s latest album is a graceful collection of jazz and RnB originals and covers. A subtle and movingly eclectic journey — good for headphones and intimate listening, to a low-key gathering. The New Jazz Cafe is open at CDBaby.

Greg Chambers – After Hours

Saxophonist Greg Chambers develops his creative work in the San Francisco Bay area. With a strong will to reach the peak he released his debut album City Lights in 2006, his self-titled album followed in 2011. Both albums are available at CDBaby.

This year he offers an EP with seven songs, partly written by Greg himself. Beside his band Shahien Shahkar (bass), Paul Neal (guitar), Glenn Osur (keyboards) and Kevin Lewis (drums). He invited to this project Paul Brown on guitar, Jonathan Fritzen on piano, Ross Bolton, Louis Fasman, and saxophonist/producer Darren Rahn. When a musician invested so much in his project, he wants to know which side one’s bread is buttered on.

The starting song In The Pocket presents Paul Brown at his best on his electric guitar. Greg accompanies the guitar with great enthusiasm on the saxophone. Swedish pianist Jonathan Fritzen has in the last two years made great strides in his awareness. A clever move to elect him as a sideman for the title song.

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Darron McKinney – The Breath of God

The Breath of GodDetroit Saxman Darron McKinney, a retired Police Officer, studied music at Southern University in Baton Rouge LA under the Legendary Jazz Master Alvin Batiste. After leaving Louisiana, he returned to Detroit, quickly getting back into the mainstream. Among the artist he has shared the stage with are Ben Tankard,Angela Bofil,Pieces of a dream, Marion Meadows, Dizzy Gillespie, Max Roach, Jimmy Heath, Roy Ayers, Betty Carter, Joe Sample, Cuba Gooding, Regina Belle, Mikki Howard and Waymen Tisdale.

The Breath of God is a breath of fresh chart topping Gospel favorites that will have you singing and praising with every heart felt singing note of this anointed saxophone player now on sale at CDBaby.

Reggie Codrington – Expressions

ExpressionsBorn in Fayetteville, North Carolina, Reggie Codrington, is the son of the nationally known musician and bandleader Ray Codrington who played with some of the greatest musicians ever known such as: Little Richard, Gladys Knight, and the late Jackie Wilson, just to name a few. Reggie fondly remembers his father’s band practicing in the family’s den. His entire little boy dreams were of music. “I guess one would say I was born into music,” he says.

A pivotal point in Reggie’s life and career came on his eighteenth birthday when his parents presented him with a curved soprano saxophone. This instrument led to a major transformation as it offered a comfortable way to play that he had not yet experienced. The curved instrument allowed him to use a neck strap for a more comfortable fit for his arm and allowed for more finger dexterity and coordination. “Something magical happened, and I knew I had found my niche. I fell in love,” Reggie nostalgically recalls. After graduation and armed with his new instrument, Reggie continued his study of music at Howard University where he started to develop his own personal style and truly grow as a musician. Receiving accolades from professors and friends also lit a fire in his soul to keep perfecting his special gift.

Currently, Reggie stays busy as he continues to perfect his craft and compose new music in the recording studio. His ultimate goal is to go on tour and share his music and his triumphant story of overcoming the physical challenges of being disabled. His vision is to tour the world talking to young people and sharing how he overcame a debilitating disability, ridicule in his youth, and unsavory independent labels as he traveled on his road to jazz greatness.

For the first time Reggie presents his earlier works with Expressions at CDBaby.

Freeze Frame – Best In Life

To find artists of German origin is not easy. Therefore it takes you back to those that are already known. Particularly gladly when they are characterized by special productivity. The keyboardist Ray Bach better known under his artist name Freeze Frame has already released the albums The Book of Movie Scores (1989), The Crossover (1992), Loving Life (1994), Feelin’ So Good (1996), A Balanced World (1999), Transition (2006), Colors Of Summer (2009), The Score Of Moviebooks (2012) and The Smooth Shore (2012).

This year he starts his activity with the EP Best In Life. Ray is joined by fellow-musicians Tom Farmer (sax), Petra Rathmann (sax), Lars Slowak (bass), Ricky Garcia (guitar), Tom Hapke (drums) and Stefan Gade (bass) on selected tracks. The Pulse Of ’13 introduces into the new project. With the familiar ease Ray leads us through his musical ideas.

Unlike on most other tracks is Ray accompanied on Return To Lincoln Park by most of the previous cited musicians. The tune has a certain New Age touch and exudes an epic romance. Based on a standard beat Ray offered with Day Of Sun ethereal sounds. On the Song With Greetings From Greece he processed his impressions of the trip, which he won in Greece. He does not sound like a typical Greek but remains attached to his own work. Petra Rathmann adds with the soprano sax her female note.

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