Archive for October, 2013

Reginald C. Harris – Blessings – 11:11

BlessingsLOVE, is the message that Jazz Saxophonist Reginald C. Harris conveys every time he performs. He captivates his listeners with his smooth tones and styles. Born Oct. 16 in Columbus, Georgia, at a very young age, his parents introduced him to music. With the violin being his first instrument in the 3rd grade, he later picked up the saxophone in the 6th grade and, immediately, fell in Love with Jazz.

As the Co-Owner of Atlanta 1Voice Showcase, he and Gospel Artist Trish Standley have partnered together to provide a platform for some of Atlanta’s best Gospel/Christian Artists to showcase their talent while lifting up the name of Jesus Christ!

This is Reginald C Harris’ long awaited Debut CD. Produced by Atlanta’s best: Carlton “C-Dub” Whitfield and Vince “BEAN” Roseborough which features Jazzy sounds by Gospel Vocalist Trish Standley with additional Jazzy Hymn arrangements by Fruition Music. Blessings – 11:11 is available at CDBaby.

Chillaxing Jazz Kollektion – Groove Jazz N Chill #3

chillaxingjazzkollektion3The mastermind of Kool&Klean series, producer and contemporary saxophonist Konstantin Klashtorni keeps producing smooth tracks for Chillaxing Jazz KolleKtion. His newest album is a special blend of chill out, electro jazz, relaxing grooves and sweet melodies, – relaxing and soothing to your heart and mind.

Groove Jazz N Chill #3 is available at CDBaby.

John O’Gallagher – The Anton Webern Project

Free, abstract, different. Those are some of the terms that describe the music of Austrian composer Anton Webern – played as if he were a jazz musician. That’s the thinking by The Anton Webern Project (Whirlwind Recordings, 2013) by John O’Gallagher.

The lineup is O’Gallagher, alto saxophone; Matt Moran, vibraphone; Pete McCann, guitar; Russ Lossing, Hammond organ, Rhodes and piano; Johannes Weidenmuller, bass; Tyshawn Sorey, drums; and Margret Grebowicz, voice.

“Schnell (after Op. 27)” shows O’Gallagher’s skill as a straightforward, no-holds-barred saxophonist. He charges in and doesn’t let up until it’s time to give way to Lossing’s organ. Guitar, bass and drums are quite busy behind whoever’s in lead. For his part, it’s a wonder Lossing doesn’t start a fire with all the friction he creates on the keys. Moran doesn’t have much to do until near the end of the song, when he and O’Gallagher share the spotlight briefly, before the vibes take point on the fade.

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Mark Adams – Conversations

ConversationsConversations by Mark Adams is a very exciting album. The piano virtuoso’s exciting and gregarious recordings shows an ivory command that is captivating. Impressing with a playful and melodic, elegant Funk style reminiscent of Alex Bugnon and Bob Baldwin, Adams is all joy on thumpy, elegant gems like ‘New Beginnings’ and ‘Conversations,’ which feature lively, busy arrangements and an obvious sense of traditional Jazz. Adams’ commitment to tossing his straight-ahead influence into the pop mix is very refreshing. This is a Soul/Jazz release that anyone will be able to enjoy.

You can buy this album at Amazon.com.

James Malone – Reflections

ReflectionsJimmy’s primary focus is to create original music combining traditional Jazz with contemporary concepts. Jimmy is a highly regarded keyboardist in the Sacramento, California region for the last 35 years. Jimmy has released a total of 3 CDs: “Silent Reunion”, © 1997; “Shoot for the Moon” © 2004, 2010, and currently Jimmy’s “Reflections” © 2013 CD, a variety of genres with diverse selections from featured artists to appeal to all listeners. He hopes you will enjoy what you hear.

Listen to Reflections at CDBaby.

Mike Jones – Plays Well With Others

Pianists generally use the left hand for chords and the right for melody. That’s why when you watch one play, the hands cross when the lead is played on the lower keys. Thus, the term “two-handed” refers to one who makes full use of the entire range of the piano, and is as skilled with the left hand as with the right. Mike Jones is such a musician, employing pre-World War II jazz styles known as stride and swing.

Plays Well With Others (Capri Records, 2013) by the Mike Jones Trio presents interpretations of 11 popular songs, as well as two originals. With Jones are bassist Mike Gurrola and drummer Jeff Hamilton.

“Box Viewing Blues” is one of two Jones compositions. It’s a playful, sassy piece. The trio is tight, and Jones’ dexterity comes through. There are songs that put you in a good mood, and there are songs that seemingly have the power to heal wounds and bring dead plants to life. This is one of the latter.

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Sergio Leal – Rise of the Phoenix

Rise of the PhoenixSergio Leal is a prolific instrumentalist, and founder and member of the group, Zamar. During his career, he has been part of various jazz festivals where he has shared the stage with such artists as Pieces of a Dream, the legendary Chico Hamilton, Gato Barbieri, David Sanborn, Dr. John, Kirk Whalum, Eddie Palmieri, Charlie Hunter, Sergio Mendes and Brasil 66, Spyro Gyra, Branford Marsalis, Bobby Caldwell and Wayne Shorter. In 2002, Sergio opened up for Paulina Rubio and Enrique Iglesias at the Verizon Theatre in San Antonio, Texas. He also collaborated with Paramount Events to open up for the internationally renowned Russ Freeman & The Rippingtons at Sunset Station in San Antonio. Additionally, in the summer of 2007, Sergio and his band opened up for Three Dog Night, who had sold nearly 50 million records by late ‘75, have twelve straight gold LPs, and twenty-one consecutive top 40 hits. In the summer of 2008, Sergio opened up for Blood, Sweat and Tears, who were part of the first Woodstock Festival.

The release of Sergio’s first CD, The Blessing, has brought national exposure – “Mel’s Melody” was selected by Oasis for their CD Jazz sampler, which was distributed to over 500 radio stations nationwide, as well as “Emma” from the second CD, The Appointed Time. The CD has also been aired on public radio, such as KRTU 91.7 Jazz and the Sunday Morning Jazz Show, KQ101.9, with the Jazz Man, David Munoz of San Antonio.

Sergio was a featured artist on a live telephone interview on the Sunday Morning Jazz Show to promote his second CD, The Appointed Time, as well as air play. His third CD, The Healer, has also received air play on the Sunday Morning Jazz Show, with compositions such as “Rainy Nights,” “Spanish Eyes,” and “Face to Face.” Sergio released his rendition of “White Christmas” as a single in December 2008, which was featured on Q101.9 FM radio station. In 2009, the singles, “Midnight at the Oasis,” from the upcoming solo CD was aired on Q101.9, as well as “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” from his Christmas project. In 2010, “Always and Forever” was also released.

Sergio was commissioned to perform his compositions as a featured artist by renowned Romanian artist George Draghici and Producers Alexander Draghici and Gustavo Stebner of NBC Universal for a television pilot entitled “Paint My Music.” Sergio also performed at the 2011 18th Annual Balcones Heights Jazz Festival in San Antonio, where he opened for Saxophonist, Mindy Abair. In 2013, Sergio headlined at the San Antonio Spring Jazz at The Falls at La Cantera. He also performed at the Absolute Jazz Festival in Schertz, Texas. At present, he is working on three solo projects.

Sergio’s music is a blend of Flamenco, Afro-Latin, Middle Eastern, Fusion, and Nu-Jazz forms. Get Rise of the Phoenix at CDBaby.

J. Boykin – Pink Sand

Pink SandSaxophonist J Boykin’s long awaited new release, “Pink Sand” is here and fans had an opportunity to hear his hot new project and meet and greet the artist recently at his CD Release Concert, “Jazz at the Box” Sept. 1, 2013 at the Fox Entertainment Plaza in Riverside, Calif. The first show sold out and due to popular demand a second show was added which sold out in less than 48 hours!

Jazz at the Box was an entertainment-packed event that attendees won’t soon forget! Host Comedian Jay Lamont stirred up the crowd with his unique styling of comedy, impressions and dynamic vocals, evoking tears of joy and laughter with his uproaring performance! American Idol Finalist Jacob Lusk wooed the crowd with his soul-stirring voice singing everything from Luther to Gospel.

Saxophonist J Boykin took center stage along with his sensational band “His Fruition” and back up vocalists, taking fans on a musical journey with the unveiling of his latest CD project, Pink Sand. The single from his new project has a Latin flavor with a funky Calypso beat which features vocals by Eric Tucker. Also on Boykin’s Pink Sand CD project is the up-beat inspirational tune “Pray For Me” which is sure to be a hit, that not only showcases Boykin as an incredibly gifted musician, but also gives his fans a little surprise featuring him on a Gospel Rap interlude.

Saxophonist Boykin continues to mesmerize audiences on stages around the globe with his silky smooth sounds, infectiously genuine charm, handsome good looks, and warm spirit leaving his fans wanting more. Look out for Saxophonist J. Boykin’s “Pink Sand“ tour… coming to your city soon!

To purchase his music go to CDBaby.

Ted Rosenthal Trio – Wonderland

Keep it fresh. Keep it simple. But have fun while you’re at it. That seems to be the approach the Ted Rosenthal Trio took to Wonderland (Playscape Recordings, 2013). This set of 11 songs capture the Christmas spirit and shakes it up for a piano jazz audience.

The trio consists of Ted Rosenthal, piano; Noriko Ueda, bass; and Tim Horner, drums. Rosenthal, 1988 winner of the Thelolnious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition, has performed as a sideman with many jazz greats, including Gerry Mulligan, Art Farmer and Phil Woods. His Out of This World (2011) reached Number 1 on the jazz radio charts.

“Winter Wonderland” is played with a toe-tapping, finger-snapping verve. After the main melody, the trio goes on a delightful romp. It’s the musical equivalent of playing in the snow.

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Marcus Rockwell Trio – Simplex

SimplexThe title of this album, Simplex comes from the combination of the words, “simple” and “complex”. It is a perfect description of our music and our lives as working musicians, husbands, fathers, and sons. It begins with our love for music that is inspired by our Creator, whether it be classical (“Ave Maria”), gospel (“God’s Light”), smooth jazz (“Breezin”) or funk (“Summertime Remix”).

Every song on the project has the creative touch of jazz improvisation, regardless of genre. The trio is comprised of Marcus Rockwell on trumpet, flugelhorn, and vocals; Stephen Morris on keyboards, bass synth, vocoder, and drum programming; and Marvin “Stixx” Johnson on drums. This CD has something for everyone who has a love for quality music.

This CD is a mixture of jazz, gospel, funk and classical. It is a melting pot of creative styles formulated by three unique souls. If you love straight ahead jazz, smooth jazz, or gospel jazz, you will love this CD. Simplex is available at CDBaby.