Archive for May, 2014

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.

Bona Fide – Bona Fide

Bona Fide is a project of singer, songwriter, music producer, cook, writer, bon vivant, TV show host, screenwriter, dog lover, jolly good fellow, all-around creative guy Slim Man. The first release was Royal Function (1999), followed by The Poe House (2001) and Soul Lounge (2005).

The initiative for the fourth album came by guitarist Marc Antoine, who offered to write some songs, play guitar, and produce and mix the whole CD. The project was successfully funded via Kickstarter. Both musicians were joined by John E. Coale (drums), George Hazelrigg (piano, Fender Rhodes, Wurlitzer, Hammond B3, Moog, Clavinet), Kevin Levi (sax), Hit Man Howie Z (percussion), Geoff Hazelrigg (bass), Rick O’Rick (rhythm guitar), Paul Shilts Weimar (sax) and Greg Boyer (trombone).

Slim doesn’t sing any ballade but plays bass. Bona Fide is an instrumental only project. His passion for cooking Italian cuisine comes in the first piece to fruition. Delizioso is the Italian word for delicious. Anyone who has a passion for Acid Jazz will love this piece, which offers a great range of vintage keyboard instruments all packed into a flaming rhythm.

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Sonido – Camino De Los Sueños

Sonido is a band from Los Angeles, which was formed by Multi-Instrumentalist Arie Salma and guitarist Rob Math in 2012. Their musical style combines classic Flamenco with Salsa, Jazz- and Pop-Styles.

For Multi-Talented Composer / Pianist / Producer Arie Salma, Music starts with melody: “If you can’t appreciate the song by listening to it played merely on the guitar or the piano, something in the composition must be missing.”

The first track My Star just underlines Arie’s musical credo. It takes the listener into the folkloristic world of Spain: A catchy melody played by a Flamenco guitar, percussions, and castanets, followed by The Spring, which musically may describe the beauty of a Spanish night in Spring with all its flavors.

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Enrico Granafei – Alone and Together

The harmonica, as genres go, is most often associated with the blues. It’s also used as an occasional background or solo instrument in other styles. Enrico Granafei shows that it’s also an effective lead instrument in jazz with Alone and Together (Consolidated Artist Productions, 2013).

For the first six tracks, the lineup consists of Granafei, pianist Amina Figarova, bassist Rick Crane and drummer Billy Hart. After that, it’s mostly a tour de force by Granafei as he plays some combination of harmonica, acoustic guitar, shaker, hands-free chromatic harmonica, DB guitar (a combination bass and guitar), nylon string guitar and vocals. Trumpeter Wallace Roney, violinist Vitali Imereli and guitarist Dave Stryker are among the additional players.

“Christina” is a tranquil ballad that allows Granafei plenty of freedom. The accompanying musicians contribute nicely, but it’s mostly about the leader. Granafei mixes composer Buster Williams’ melody with improvisation. Figarova delivers an elegant middle solo.

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Jonathan Butler – Living My Dream

LivingMyDreamIt took a while for Jonathan Butler to feel comfortable saying it, but the South African singer-songwriter-guitarist’s confidence has grown as he celebrates what he calls “the season of me” and finally admitting that he is living his dream. He tells the story of his life and loves in the eleven original songs that “came from the heart” on his forthcoming Artistry Music album, “Living My Dream,” which will be released June 24.

Like Butler’s best material from a diverse, award-winning and chart-topping career that’s spanned R&B, jazz, pop and gospel, “Living My Dream” provides an honest and revealing soulful songbook probing the artist’s passions: God, family and his homeland. He has been taking care of others ever since he was seven years-old when he became a child star and was the first black artist played on white radio stations while growing up under Apartheid. Writing and producing gold-selling albums and international hit singles, the two-time Grammy-nominee’s entire life has unfolded in the public eye. Enduring recent struggles forced him to do a lot of reflection and ponder the type of man he wanted to be. He decided that he was finally in a place where it was time to celebrate his own extraordinary life and accomplishments.

With a much needed push from his daughter, singer-songwriter Jodie Butler, and guitarist-songwriter Dennis Dodd Jr., he wrote music every day before heading into the House of Blues recording studio in Los Angeles to record the material in a live setting “like records used to be made.” Bassist-songwriter-producer Marcus Miller co-wrote “Let There Be Light” with Butler and played on that track as well as on “Be Still,” which Butler wrote with George Duke during a 5-hour visit to the late legend’s wine cellar. Saxophonist Elan Trotman also appears on “Let There Be Light.” Continue reading

Juls K – By Inspiration Only

By Inspiration OnlyJuls K began playing drums at 6 and piano at 9. While taking piano lessons, he realized he had the ability to play almost any song he heard, as well as compose original songs. People seemed to really enjoy his music, and would frequently ask if they could have recordings of it. Being so young and without the proper resources, he could not oblige; but he just kept playing and composing whenever there was opportunity. As the years progressed, so did his skill and passion for music. Everywhere he played, people would tell him what a blessing his music was to them.

He began to realize the impact music had on its listeners, and was grateful to have been blessed with such a gift. He didn’t take it for granted at all, and worked hard to create the best project he could. This is his debut project, and took 14 years to complete. Yes, that’s quite a long time, but that’s because he has always prioritized God and his family above his dream. Appropriately, God and his family are the inspirations behind every composition. The dream is now coming to fruition, and the world will finally be blessed by the music of Juls K.

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Love Suggestions – Guitar Night

Guitar NightKeeping up the mastery of composing and production, the successful producer Konstantin Klashtorni, known for Kool&Klean, produces another great collection of R&B flavored Smooth Jazz for lovers. Don’t miss this great opportunity to listen what this album has to offer. Make yourself a pleasure to be cherished by great sounds of this album!

Guitar Night is just arrived at CDBaby.

Brian Dring – The Jazz Life

The Jazz LifeOriginally from Montreal, keyboardist Brian Dring spent his formative years absorbing that city’s unique jazz and world-music flavor. He made his debut performance on the stage of the now-defunct Rising Sun Bar (Soleil Levant) owned by André ‘Doudou’ Boicel who later started what would become the Montreal Jazz Festival. Moving to Connecticut, Brian has been playing R&B and jazz dates for over 20 years, currently with “Take Four.”

The Jazz Life” contains 15 jazz compositions with ambient, smooth jazz, Latin, and acid jazz influences. All songs written and performed by the artist except “Viaje Inaugural,” a salsa arrangement of the Herbie Hancock tune “Maiden Voyage.”  Featured on the title track “The Jazz Life” is vocalist Ron Donovan.

Brian’s musical inspiration comes from such pianists as Herbie Hancock and Joe Sample as well as a myriad of Latin and world music artists. The Jazz Life pulses at CDBaby.

Dave Stephens – On My Way

On My Way“While listening to the new batch of Smooth Jazz offerings from the great and good, one album stands out as an honest and natural musical treat, British guitarist and composer Dave Stephens who brings a refreshing feel for Smooth Jazz in 2014.

On My Way‘ slips neatly into gear with pure mellow and refreshing grooves – an album that fits so many occasions. From ‘Time Out’ to ‘In The Park’ Stephens takes me to some super mind vistas, mainly in the Mediterranean. Other favourites include ‘Until The Next Time’ and ‘Lizzie’s Dance’. Dave, with his nylon string guitar adds a definite flavour to a sometimes rather bland Smooth Jazz scene on occasions. No plastic here!

I think that Dave Stephens is definably on his way as he discovers just how he and Smooth Jazz continue to have a super future ahead. Rod Lucas – Broadcaster and DJ – Best Smooth Jazz.com

Listen to On My Way at CDBaby.

Derwin Daniels – In Your Eyes

In Your EyesDerwin Daniels has been performing music most of his life. He is a recent member of Sugarfoot’s Ohio Players where he toured the world with this fantastic group. “In Your Eyes” is a compilation of wonderful songs written and produced by Derwin , Daniel Jackson, Zaytoven and Earl Fleming.

This project is sprinkled with the vocal sounds of Maria Clark on “In Your Eyes” and Emmanuel Cook on the Zaytoven Groove, “Stand.” Other tracks are “Lookin at You.” Duke Ellington’s “In a Mellow Tone.” and three blazing instrumentals written and produced by Daniel Jackson, “Once in a Lifetime, Believe, and Give It All you Got.”

Stevie Wonder’s “All In Love is Fair” shows Derwin’s guitar chops as well as Alto and Soprano Saxophone. The standard jazz ballad, “Tenderly” brings in a bit of traditional sounds to the CD. Get this album at CDBaby.