Archive for March, 2013

Joe Lindsay – I Wanna Groove

I Wanna GrooveA dynamic debut album from smooth jazz guitarist, Joe Lindsay, is packed with catchy melodies, smooth grooves and feel good soul that keeps the listener wanting more. Joe Lindsay delivers with I Wanna Groove featuring Calvin Richardson and Marcus Anderson.

I Wanna Groove at CDBaby.

A. Porter Jr. – Simply Artie

Simply ArtieThis album will take you on a musical journey of relaxation,reflection, and smiles! Born in Columbia, South Carolina, A.Porter, Jr., aka Artie, loves to create music that resonates to the soul of the listener. Artie just finished producing his first project, A. Porter, Jr. – Simply Artie.

This album deserves a listen at CDBaby.

Bruce Riley – The Best of Bruce Smooth Jazz

TheBestSaxophonist Bruce Riley offers his own version of Smooth Jazz. His skills are musical composition, audio engineering and the sax. He is currently affiliated with Broadcast Music Inc. After Rhythm Impressions in Jazz (2011), Smooth Jazz and Smooth Jazz 2 (2012) followed Essence of Smooth Jazz (2012).

The Best of Bruce Smooth Jazz (2013) captures the easy listening, relaxes the day, and calms that moment. Some of this package consists previously released material. This CD is just released at CDBaby.

Danny Green – A Thousand Ways Home

A native of San Diego, pianist Danny Green is equally versed in jazz, Latin and classical music. Though mostly jazz, elements of the other styles also appear on A Thousand Ways Home (Capri Records, 2012).

Joining Green are bassist Justin Grinnell, drummer Julien Cantelm, mandolin player Eva Scow contributes to four songs, and Tripp Sprague plays tenor and soprano saxophones on six tracks. Three guitarists and a vocalist sit in for one song each.

Scow joins the core trio for “Unwind,” a lively, up-tempo piece. Mandolin and piano are nearly indistinguishable during some high-speed phrases. Cantelm augments the sound with timely rim shots. Scow puts the mandolin to the test during the middle break, shifting to rhythm player when Green takes over.

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Boney James – The Beat

Economic yield says little about the qualities of a musician. Four gold albums, three Grammy nominations and sales totaling more than 3 million records, nevertheless speak for themselves. Boney James is without any doubt a smooth jazz superstar.

Meet with each new release the expectations of his fans, is no easy task. Even so Boney James has made this object once more with his album The Beat, scheduled for release April 9, 2013 on Concord Records.

The qualitative implementation of his musical ideas ensure musicians like Brandon Coleman (keyboards), Vinnie Colaiuta and Omari Williams (drums), Lenny Castro (percussion), Rob Bacon and Jairus Mozee (guitar), Dwayne Smith and Alex Al (bass), Richard Braun (trumpet) and many more.

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2 Good to Go – Flying High

2goodtogo23Born the fifth child of nine in a very musical family, I attended Wichita State University in 1987 and 1988 to study music theory and saxophone. I produce my own unique style of future jazz, acid jazz, groove jazz and downtempo, influenced by the likes of great artists such as Grover Washington Jr., Bob James, David Sanborn, Ronnie Laws, Barry White, Tower of Power.and B B King.I have now turn my focus on composing music. Composing music gives me a outlet to express my feeling and pursue my dream in the music business.

My approach to composing a new song is spontaneous with a wide range of different musical influences. 2 GOOD TO GO represents a rebirth of many different Style and combination of rhythm and a groovie bass feeling with a very energetic earthy funky beat add some saxophone and keyboard and you have a soulful jazz sound.

This is Chester Thomas’ new project at CDBaby.

Peggy Duquesnel – Seems Like I Know You

Pianist and singer Peggy Duquesnel is since more than 25 years an active musician. She has released eight jazz, pop and inspirational CDs as a featured artist. Although at home with straight ahead jazz, she had always an affinity for pop music.

When crossing over between jazz and pop smooth jazz comes into play. This is especially true when music stars have contributed to the recording as trumpet player Rick Braun, keyboard wizard Jeff Lorber and bass wonder Jimmy Haslip.

From the instrumental point of view, this EP offers an exquisite music of the finest quality. Melodies and arrangements are convincing in every respect. Peggy merges pop and jazz on the starting title song, which is destined as first single for radio broadcasting. From the more vocal position Peggy is at home in the solid pop music.

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Akua Allrich – Uniquely Standard, Akua Allrich Live!

Akua Allrich, a native of the District of Columbia, taps into a variety of musical styles as her influences. She has roots in blues, soul, R&B and jazz. Hints of each can be heard in Uniquely Standard, Akua Allrich Live! (2012).

The disc was recorded in two sessions. Eight songs were done at the Bohemian Caverns on February 14, 2012. The other three were recorded at THEARC Theater. Accompany Allrich in both sessions are Kris Funn on bass and Kush Abadey on drums. Janelle Gill handled piano duties at the Bohemian Caverns performance. At THEARC, Warren Wolf plays piano, and Samir Moulay plays guitar. Agyei Osei Akoto contributes congas on one selection in the latter performance.

“My Baby Just Cares for Me” starts things off in a lively fashion. Allrich’s voice is rich, charming. Fun stretches out a bit during the middle break, much to the delight of some in the audience. One of the fun things about a live recording is hearing the audience respond to excellent play, as happens several times during this piece.

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Dave Mascall – Acid Lounge. Vol. 2

Acid Lounge. Vol. 2Hi, my name is Dave Mascall. I am a guitarist/producer based in the UK. Sometime ago I produced an all instrumental CD entitled ACID LOUNGE. It is a 10 track album featuring some great guitar melodies and solos over some funky, laid back and up tempo dance grooves. This album is still available for download at all the usual places and physical CDs are available from my official website http://www.davemascall.co.uk .

Welcome to ACID LOUNGE vol 2. This time together with some new highly melodic and funky instrumentals, I have collaborated with some superb female vocalists to bring an album full of emotion and soulful grooves. We have the fantastic JULIA QUINN who not only contributed some excellent vocal performances but also is credited as lyricist and co-writer on her featured tracks. The divine and highly versatile STEPH ANDREWS delivers an emotive vocal on the RnB influenced ‘Now you’re gone’. The incredible SARAH DEE is in fine form on ‘Want you to stay’ and I am pleased to have the vocal talents of the amazing CHARLU featured on the ‘nu bossa’ mix of the forth coming dance anthem ‘Break these chains’ On all the vocal and instrumental tracks, the smooth, soulful and at the same time musically engaging guitar playing, which has become my trademark, is at the fore.

During my career in music, I have been privileged to play with many american soul artists including Junior Walker, Jean Carne, Sister Sledge, The Tramps and many more either at home or abroad. I have played extensively from THE RITZ to RONNIE SCOTT’S, from the ALBERT HALL to the BLUENOTE CLUB in Osaka, Japan. It was this experience that helped develop my soulful playing style combining elements of funk, soul, jazz and rock. Some of my favourite guitarists include George Benson, Lee Ritenour and Joe Pass. A fuller musical biography and more music can be found at my website http://www.davemascall.co.uk.

Acid Lounge. Vol. 2 is on sale at CDBaby.

Ross Milligan – What You Wish For

What You Wish ForComposer and guitarist Ross Milligan has played, toured and recorded with artists as diverse as Trip Hop Artist Tricky, Horse, Pee Wee Ellis, Barbara Morrison, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Emily Smith, The Pasadena Roof Orchestra, Jeb Loy Nichols, Sir George Martin, Tony Monaco, The London Bach Choir, The RSNO, The Scottish Guitar Quartet and the National Youth jazz Orchestra as well as many west end and touring shows.

As a composer he has written for many jazz, folk and Rock artists and his music has appeared on TV worldwide. Recent Clients include: Raising Hope (Fox Network). Nate Berkus Show, Relaciones Peligrosas, American Weed, National Geographic channel, Food Network, Emblem Health Commercial, Clean House NY, Student film-Hero eroe Bohater, Blueant, Samsung, Ancestry-Canada, American Pickers and Red Bull media.

This EP is made of 7 Smooth jazz and Electronica tracks written over the past year. Some were written for TV and advertising. Some tracks written for imaginary films such as ‘Midnight Ocean’ which was composed about undersea worlds and shoals of silver fish in tropical oceans and ‘What you wish for’ from a haunting documentary.

What You Wish For has my recommendation and is available at CDBaby.