Archive for January, 2014

Adamsjazz – Smooth Jazz Party

adamsjazz4Starting With Jason Browns Joyful tribute to his late father he and childhood friend Lionel Cole celebrate a Feeling. Anthony Wilson’s weeping guitars on Heidi’s version of What can I Say or Do let you know you are in for a serious Party. Richard Patterson and Steve Cole playing all the notes you want and some you can’t believe take the stage next with Pop Sonata.

Lionel Cole our main songwriter is next with music from a trip to New Orleans to hang with Brady Blade , Mark Bingham and the Dirty South Band bring some southern fried soul yeah Give it To Me. How about the funky New York Flava of Kalif Babatoon on Soundcheck in ya ear. The Diamond on this Album is Teena Marie(may she rest in peace) smashing this vocal trio of Kalif and Lionel on the haunting and moving Long Ago…a wonderful tribute to this soul Icon.

I Like it and Gumbo both feature one of the baddest groups ever Todd Sucherman on drums, Del Atkins on bass, and Gerry Johnson on guitar supporting Louis Van Taylor’s blazing Saxyness. We end moving off into Jazz Dubstep Electronica with Lionel’s Spacestep one more small step towards musical Nirvana. Enjoy 🙂

David Lugo – Running

RunningRaul David Lugo was born February 26, 1978 in Rosario , Santa Fe Province , Argentina. Alli resided in the city of Perez where he had his first encounters with music.  With deep desire to express all the love that God felt at 16 David began to write songs for the Lord , in just months David emerged as a great composer with over 500 songs to God.

In 2000 David released his first solo albun entitled Generation Relay guided by God and moves to the United States. In 2001 David records in Four Rooms  his second album entitled Light World . David Lugo: is not only a Saxophonist, Singer, Songwriter, Preacher, Translator, Writer or Producer, but a true worshiper and lover of Jesus Christ!

Running and some of his other albums are now vailable at CDBaby.

Arno Haas – Magic Hands

Born in the Black Forest, Germany saxophonist Arno Haas is ready to conquer the smooth jazz world. He formerly performed in the Blues and jazz world with Franco Ambrosetti, Brian Bromberg, Ricky Lawson, Mick Taylor, Bob Malach and many more.

On 4th of November, 2013 Arno released his debut album Magic Hands. A first work is always the showcase, with which an artist signals, in which musical direction he intends to go. To make his album perfectly, Arno assured the collaboration of known musicians such as Tom Saviano, Brian Bromberg, Jeff Golub, Thom Rotella and many more. Now you can gues where the journey goes to.

The album was recorded in L.A. by Tom McCauley, Rob Chiarelli, Tom Saviano and some more. Starting song is You Better Watch Out, composed and performed by keyboardist Michael Friedinger. If you love the music of Candy Dulfer, Maceo Parker or other funky musicians, then this piece is your first choice.

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Tony Dancy – Tony Dancy Presents Some Kinda Jazzy Poppy Jazz

tonydancy3These jazz tunes are born from the imaginings inspired by the magical view of the best back yard in Los Angeles. Cedaredge Dreamscape is a real place where a krazy kat named Sadie (RIP) lived. A nod to Gabrielle and Jeffrey who so generously trusted us with their prized possession. The appropriately named Dizzy Pears is a delectable dessert created by my chef cousin, Amanda. And we cannot forget Joyce, decidedly always THERE, befriending us gweilos during our all too brief stay in Hong Kong. Who is Gypsy Johnny? Yes, my Roma heritage emerges in homage to my father John. Martha’s Mood, need we say more? The resurrected Resurrection is brought to exhilarating life by Francesca Falcone.

This album contains subtly complex “unsmooth”, smooth jazz with giant pop overtones. Produced by saxophonist Joe Turano (featured artist and music director for Al Jarreau), along with a plethora of the best unsung artists from Milwaukee to Los Angeles. We discovered this album at CDBaby.

Willie Bradley – Another Day & Time

AnotherDayWillie Bradley was in the midst of recording a group project with his contemporary jazz/funk band Essential Elements earlier this year when an extraordinary opportunity to do a solo project came up and inspired him to take his career in a new direction. The Fayetteville, North Carolina based trumpeter had invited several young urban jazz sensations, including saxophonist Marcus Anderson and then 18 year old keyboardist Nicholas Cole, to join him onstage during one of his regular First Saturday of the Month gigs at the Holiday Inn Bordeaux.

At the urging of Cole’s manager at the time, Kim Giles, owner of Beyond One Entertainment, Bradley hired Cole to produce & co-write Bradley’s first solo album. Several months later, the trumpeter and Nicholas are halfway through the trumpeter’s edgy, urban jazz flavored solo debut Another Day & Time. Released as a preview for the full collection, the title track has already been picked up and played regularly by the national cable service Music Choice.

“Nicholas is very talented as both a writer and producer and we have an awesome chemistry in the studio,” says Bradley. “He’s very calm and humble and has incredible talent and an innate knowledge of music that’s far beyond his time. All of this is most amazing because I’m almost 50 years old, have played music for many years, and I learn new things from him every day! Working with him felt right because as I thought about doing a solo project, I didn’t want my music to sound like anyone else’s. He brings a fresh, young perspective to my trumpet sound and the result is great songs that are very unique. The title ‘Another Day & Time’ refers not only to the fresh start my collaboration with Nicholas is bringing to my career, but also a new chapter in my spiritual life after God helped me survive and kick addictions.

Another Day & Time will also feature many special guests from the contemporary urban jazz realm, including saxophonist/producer Darren Rahn, guitarist Matt Marshak, bassist Julian Vaughn and saxman Marcus Anderson.

The CD is available at Barnes & Noble.

Four80East – Bibliotheca

Four80East is the project of Toronto based musicians Rob DeBoer and Tony Grace. They started with The Album in 1997, followed by Nocturnal (2001), Round Three (2002), En Route (2007), Roll On (2009), Off Duty (2012).

Their newest album is entitled Bibliotheca (2013) and is their best-of collection added by a special remix. Currently this album is only available as download version designed exclusively for Europe.

The album starts with Been Too Long from the album En Route. The piece has a special chill-out flavor, which is very popular in Europe. The song features Jon Stewart on tenor saxophone making it delicious for smooth jazz fans. The Rhodes solo is the icing of the cake.

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Ed Barker – Simple Truth

Simple TruthEd started work on his album, Simple Truth, in 2012 after touring with George Michael as his sax soloist, recording with some of the finest musicians from London, LA and New York. The album brings together all his favourite styles of music, fusing together elements of pop, jazz, soul, rock, funk and R&B.

If you like the grooves of Earth Wind and Fire and Tower of Power, the voices of Al Jarreau and Michael McDonald, the soulfulness of Dave Koz’s saxophone playing, David Sanborn’s funk playing, bebop, soft ballads or hard funky grooves with screaming sax, there is something on this album for everyone. There’s even some Beyonce and Michael Jackson covers on there!

Ed hasn’t confined himself to any one strict musical style as he finds that this sometimes constrains the artistic process. Ed says: “For me, the most important task is to compose melodies of strength and beauty and to perform them with passion, groove and emotion – that’s the Simple Truth behind good music and that’s the Simple Truth I’ve tried to convey with this album.

Putting this album together has been an incredible adventure. I have had the privilege of working with some of the finest musicians in the world from London, Los Angeles and New York. Every moment with these musicians has been both joyous and educational. I will treasure the memories forever.”

Curious? Then give this album a listen at CDBaby.