Archive for May, 2014

Yinka Sax – Limitless

yinkasaxOne of the thing we are called to do is to Worship our maker, Yinka Sax is versatile and a talented Saxophone player. Not just about his playing but the hand of God is upon him at all time, you will be inspired when listening to his music.

An inspiring praise and worship instrumental music. This is a music that will definitely bless your body, soul and spirit. Limitless are your possibilities at CDBaby.

Ron Hurak – Be Cool

Be CoolSmooth lounge tunes that will relax your senses and allow you to take a break from the outside world. Great for background listening at work, at home or in your car. This album is a soft mix of jazz, blues and bossa nova styles that you will replay over and over again. Listeners often refer to Ron Hurak‘s music as soothing, sensual, unique and hypnotic.

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Duncan Millar – Fresh Air

I had the pleasure of reviewing Duncan Millar’sGood to Go” as long ago as 2002 and it was good to catch up with 2012’s “Fresh Air“.

Millar has retained his ear for strong hooks and addictive rhythms and this is abundantly clear on the breezy title track, where piano takes the lead role. He’s also comfortable with his Latin side and ‘Buenas’ is delightful – an elegant production which evokes warm sunshine, the beach, a cocktail, need I go on? The lovely samba ‘Ilhabela’ keeps that vibe going, and the trading of solos between electric piano, soprano sax and acoustic guitar certainly keeps me smiling.

The waltz ‘As Lovers Do’ is as pretty as it is moving. I hope that Mr Millar was not offended when I asked him did he write this – it has a nostalgic feel that made me believe it had been written 40, 50 or even 60 years ago, but no. It’s an original piece which has won a place in my heart. It’s just too good to analyze in detail – I just hope you hear it soon.

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Slim Man – Sweet Sixteen

Musician and bon vivant Slim Man has just released his new project Bona Fide (2014). Together with his new album he sent me the compilation Sweet Sixteen, which isn’t listed on his website and isn’t available in online stores.

Last year he sent out an email to his fan community Slim People. He asked them to name their favorite Slim Man songs. Slim put as many as he could fit on Sweet Sixteen. There are actually 17 songs on Sweet Sixteen.

The CD is only available for purchase at Slim Man shows. But anyone who orders the new Bona Fide CD gets a free Sweet Sixteen CD as a gift. All songs are the original recordings from the original masters, except for Now And Forever, which is from the Slim Man Live album and Secret Rendezvous, which is from Bella Mia.

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Ariel Alexander and Jon Bremen – Street Cries

Using a traditional song as inspiration for the title, saxophonist Ariel Alexander and guitarist Jon Bremen release Street Cries (2014), a short set of five songs that offers about 25 minutes of play.

In addition to their primary instruments, Alexander and Bremen are credited with programming. The other musicians are Louis Cole, drums; Vardan Ovsepian, keyboard and piano; Tim LeFebvre, bass; and Sara Leib, vocals.

“Street Cries of Charleston” is a bit abstract. Punctuated by the midtown rush of the drum track, it has a mix of sounds from the melodic saxophone to various electronic effects. Rather than a discernible composition of verse, chorus and middle break, it’s more a case of dropping into the inner city and letting things happen.

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The Rippingtons – Fountain Of Youth

FountainFountain of Youth album for sale by Russ Freeman & The Rippingtons  is scheduled to be released Jun 10, 2014 on the Entertainment One Music label. The album was recorded mostly by Russ Freeman.

1. Spice Route
2. Rivers Of Gold
3. North Shore
4. We Will Live Forever
5. The Sun King
6. Fountain Of Youth
7. Emerald City
8. Soul Riders
9. Waterfalls Of Bequia
10. Garden Of Gods

“North Shore” will be the first single sent to radio, with the first expected air date of May 12.

Russ Freeman has called this the “Rippingtons Guitar Heaven CD.”

A full national tour is expected to be announced very soon on Rippingtons.com. The first stay will be in Las Vegas.

Jazzmanflutist – Artfully Written

Artfully WrittenThis is an all original Début Album created by yours truly. Become engulfed in an experimental jazz flute experience that will have your ear drums begging for more.You haven’t heard flute sound like this before.

Artfully Written is a special offer at CDBaby.