Archive for January, 2014

Keith Stead – Sometime Somewhere…

Sometime SomewhereRecorded in Japan, manufactured in the UK, this CD has received wide acclaim as being a beautifully relaxing album. However, don’t take other peoples’ word for it. Decide for yourself by auditioning some of the tracks.

Sometime Somewhere… is a jewel of the past and now available at CDBaby.

Phil Denny – The Messenger

To talk about a Christmas album in January, is certainly a little late. On the other hand, the album contains a high content of jazz, which makes it digestible even out of season. The Messenger is saxophonist Phil Denny‘s sophomore album released in 2013.

Phil was joined by Nate Harasim (keys, programming), Matt Godina (guitar, Rhodes), Lin Rountree (trumpet, flugelhorn), and many more. The album was produced by Nate Harasim, who also arranged the songs together with Phil Denny.

The album starts with Radio Flyer, a song that connects seamlessly on his first solo album Crossover (2012). Phil performs on a high level comparable with his idols Boney James and Richard Elliot.

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Ken Peplowski – Maybe September

Some jazz artists revisit the American Songbook for a thematic cover album. Some adapt pop or R&B songs into instrumentals. Ken Peplowski takes a different approach. Maybe September (Capri Records, 2013) features new arrangements of 10 songs that come from an array of artists – songs that aren’t commonly covered.

Among those composers whose songs are arranged here are Irving Berlin, Artie Shaw, Brian Wilson, Duke Ellington, Percy Faith and Harry Nilsson.

Peplowski plays clarinet and tenor saxophone. His sidemen are Ted Rosenthal, piano; Martin Wind, bass; and Matt Wilson, drums.

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Jim Samuel – Now

NowWith something for every Smooth Jazz fan, NOW offers jazz that is more funk and dance than smooth. An album full of melodies that will stay with you long after the music stops thanks to outstanding performances from guest artists Gerald Albright, Rob Tardik and Tony Neenan, NOW is the time to jump on the Jim Samuel bandwagon. You are in for a fun ride!

Outstanding originals, cool covers and intoxicating melodies make NOW the time to discover ths unique brand of Smooth Jazz at CDBaby.

Arno Haas – Magic Hands

Magic HandsJazz saxophone virtuoso Arno Haas enchants us with “Magic Hands” – his first rousing album produced by the famous musician Tom Saviano.

Gripping melodies, popular grooves, intoxicating fusion jazz – all this is provided on the first album from the virtuoso saxophonist Arno Haas “Magic Hands”, which will be published on the 4th of November in Germany. This musician has a distinctive appearance and stretches out, with several other famous musicians and renowned producer Tom Saviano, bringing the whole “sound panorama” of the current West-Coast-Jazz on the highest level.

The thrilling tracks and crisp hooks have something magic which will inspire people who did’nt like Jazz music before. The grooves are funky, simply magical!. Born in the Black Forest, Arno Haas has become famous in the world of music. He has more than 250 performances in the year in various formations and sometimes together with stars. He is also involved in a variety of CD productions – now he has his own album. It’s available at CDBaby.

Tim DeHuff – Big Water Little Boat

Guitarist Tim DeHuff performed with Main Ingredient, Larry Coryell, Joe Beck, Ronnie Spector, Vicki Sue Robinson, Alfonse Mouzon, Lee Ritenour, Dave Grusin, George Duke, David Benoit, John Klemmer, Dave Liebman and many more. The year 2013 is very important for Tim, he released his debut album Big Water Little Boat.

Tim comments his new album: “This effort offers an exciting blend of instrumental music, spanning contemporary jazz, funk, rock, a touch of Latin and reggae.” Beside Tim, who performs all guitars, we find on selected tracks Chris Parker, Tyger McNeal, Trever Sommerville (drums), Nick Bariluck, Robert Aries and Jay Rowe (keyboards), and many more.

An upbeat music, but not written with nimble pen that is Hurry Home. Tim’s guitar playing is crystal clear and precise. Robert Aries on keys can equally electrify with dominant sounds. On Y Otra Vez Tim spreads the same magic as Santana. Jay Rowe (Special EFX) adds dynamic organ chords to round up this impression.

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Pete McGuinness – Voice Like a Horn

Some vocalists, whether with wordless chants or scats, successfully emulate an instrument, be it a trumpet or flute. Names like Janis Siegel and Tierney Sutton come to mind. But when a trombonist who also sings can blow the brass or croon, and make either interchangeable with the other, it’s pretty impressive.

Pete McGuinness accomplishes that with his new release, Voice Like a Horn (Summit Records, 2013). With him are Jon Gordon, alto sax and flute on two songs; Bill Mobley, trumpet on two songs; Ted Kooshian, piano; Andy Eulau, bass; and Scott Neumann, drums.

“Yesterdays” gets things started. McGuinness opens the entire kit, inflections, scats and of course singing. His middle scat could easily transcribe into a trumpet or trombone solo. That’s a trait that encapsulates the theme of the entire album.

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