Archive for November, 2014

Greg Satterthwaite – Who I Am

Who I AmDebuting an album is an especially exciting time for any artist, and this holds true for Greg Satterthwaite. Who I Am represents the essence of Greg as a musician, writer, and producer and embodies his true talent for creating memorable melodies. Born in Kingston, Jamaica, and raised in South Florida, Greg has loved playing the piano since childhood.

“Who I Am” has allowed me to express myself musically like never before. Each track on the album has a special meaning, and embodies a lifetime of my personal musical experiences. During the album’s recording session, I was surrounded by world class musicians who breathed life into each song, and invigorated my passion for debuting this album even more,” said Satterthwaite.

The album features Nathaniel Stokes on drums, Joshua Esther on bass, Mitchell Farber on guitar and Pat Seymour on saxophones. A graduate of the University of Miami and Florida Atlantic University, Greg is an inspiration to aspiring musicians who desire to play, write, and produce music as a career. “I have been truly blessed. I have always wanted to create and play music, and I have been able to accomplish that goal, and debut an album that is one of my best works yet,” said Satterthwaite.

Who I Am is
now the question at CDBaby.

Neil Edwards – Gotta Get My Groove On

Gotta Get My Groove OnAs a musician, composer, and arranger, Neil Edwards has more than 30 years in the music industry. Influenced by Funk and R&B bands such as B.T. Express and Earth, Wind & Fire, Neil developed a unique style and feel, which grew as his exposure to contemporary jazz artists like Grover Washington Jr. rounded out his sound. This album fuses inspiration from rock, soul, Latin, jazz, and rhythm & blues to create an interesting journey through the genres, all brought into cohesion by a smooth saxophone melody. There is something for everyone on this album!

After many years of playing multiple genres of music, all those emotions have been combined into one masterful work of contemporary jazz, making this project a wonderful musical experience. Get this album at CDBaby.

Brian Culbertson – LIVE – 20th Anniversary Tour

LiveRecorded live at the famed Yoshi’s jazz club in Oakland, CA Sept 11-14, 2014. This is the first ever live concert CD released by Brian and his band.

Featuring: Marqueal Jordan, Adam Hawley, Eddie Miller, Michael Stever, Rodney Jones, Jr. & Chris Miskel.

Double live CD coming January 12th, 2015!! Pre-order will be available on Cyber Monday, December 1st. For more information visit http://www.brianculbertson.com/livecd/.

Various Artists – Smooth Jazz Hits: #1 Chart-Toppers

SJHThis collection features 12 of the hottest, recent Smooth Jazz hits, straight from the tops of the Smooth AC and Smooth Jazz charts. Featuring tracks by Mindi Abair, George Benson, Boney James, Kenny G, and Dave Koz, among other stars of the genre, Smooth Jazz Hits: #1 Chart-Toppers features original hit songs, plus grooving covers of favorites such as the Beatles’ ‘Got to Get You Into My Life,’ Michael Jackson’s ‘Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground),’ and Ne-Yo’s ‘Champagne Life.’ This collection delivers a soulful, classy, and fun way to get the party started!

Get this Smooth Jazz collection at Amazon.com.

Michael Emanuel – Renewed Vision

Renewed VisionIntuitively Creative… Spontaneous Virtuosity… and Simply Amazing are the words used to describe Michael Emanuel.

His album Renewed Vision gives you another view at CDBaby.

Dee Brown – Brown Sugar Honey-Coated Love

Which guitarist would like to be described as the best kept secret? Certainly not guitarist, songwriter, arranger, producer and vocalist dee Brown. After his debut album No Time To Waste (2006) and his sophomore album A Little Elbowroom (2009) this condition should change with his third album Brown Sugar Honey-Coated Love (2014).

With the change of the label to Innervision Records also the musicians involved are slightly different than in previous productions. Valdez Brantley (keys), Chip Dixon (keyboard programming and bass), Dave “The Painter” Henderson (bass), Kern Brantley (bass), Dezie McCullers Jr. (sax), Lin Rountree (trumpet, flugelhorn), and various singers are listed in the liner notes.

All songs with the exception of one track are composed by dee Brown and his fellow musicians Valdez Brantley, Chip Dixon, S. Edwards. My Love’s Forever is the first track after a short promotional intro. Dee Brown duets with saxophonist Dezie McCullers Jr. and the song tends more to contemporary jazz than smooth jazz. Dee adds some scat to his guitar play following his idol George Benson.

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David Petrosyan – Good Morning Love

Good Morning LoveGood Morning Love album features romantic, emotional, relaxing and soulful melodies. Variety of wonderful instruments, bass, piano ,acoustic, guitar along the saxophone, fulfill and elaborate the melodies.

This is your wake-up call at CDBaby.

Danny Kusz – Sexy.Funk :: Velvet.Jazz

SexySaxDanny Kusz – named “one of the hippest jazz cats in Minneapolis” by Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazine while in his early 20s, had the good fortune of recording his debut EP Lost In The Groove with renowned Twin Cities keyboardist Ricky Peterson, best known as David Sanborn’s musical director for 30 years. The project scored some local airplay and earned the multi-talented horn player numerous accolades.

Despite his initial success, and a slate of headlining gigs and festival performances to support it, Kusz ultimately stepped aside for a few years. While working steadily as a sideman with some of the top musicians in the region, he began developing a fresh sound that stood apart not only from the vibe of his first album, but other indie urban jazz up and comers as well. Creating an explosive hybrid of his major alto influence, David Sanborn and his favorite funk-rocker, Minneapolis’ own legendary Prince, Kusz worked with an outside producer (Aaron Cosgrove, frontman for the longtime pop/R&B/rock band The New Congress) for the first time to create a dynamic new vibe captured by the 13-track album’s provocative title SEXY.FUNK::VELVET.JAZZ. Kusz had performed live over the years with The New Congress many times, and felt that Cosgrove and the group’s keyboardist Russ King were the perfect sonic architects to help bring his vision of a fresh, youthful approach to urban jazz/funk to life.

Kusz, whose versatility has led him to perform with everyone from Eric Leeds and Joey DeFrancesco to Root City, and Marcus Miller’s saxman Alex Han, felt that Cosgrove “has always been a musical genius when it came to writing and production and I wanted to collaborate with him to create a different sound that would stand out”. The saxophonist, whose powerful alto is the emotional centerpiece of each song, enjoyed the process of writing the melodies to the groove tracks and synth parts that Cosgrove sent him. “He took me out of my comfort zone and helped me open my mind to work with unique sounds that inspired me to dig deeper as a player and composer,” he says. “I love the way it came out, and the title really captures all the elements that make it so much fun to work on and now listen to. I’m looking forward to getting out there and playing gigs under my own name again. Nothing tops being onstage performing for people who have come to hear your music live.” Get this album at Amazon.com.

Peter White – Smile

When distinct modesty couples with excellent artistry, this applies absolutely to the guitarist Peter White. The uncrowned leader of the smooth jazz genre has already released his fourteenth studio album, his third for the label Heads Up International.

White is joined by vocalists Mindi Abair and Stevo Theard, trumpeter Rick Braun, saxophonist Euge Groove, keyboardist Philippe Saisse, bassist Nate Phillips, percussionist Ramon Yslas and his daughter Charlotte White on violin.

Stylistically White remains faithful to himself. Also on this album the acoustic guitar is his favorite instrument. All tracks are written by Peter White and DC with the exception of Don Quixote’s Final Quest, which Peter composed with Freddie Ravel.

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dee Brown – Brown Sugar, Honey-Coated Love

BSHCLOn his Innervision debut, dee Brown, whose tasty melodies, grooves, and vibe perfectly reflect its unforgettable title: Brown Sugar, Honey-Coated Love, collaborates with some of Detroit’s best loca talent, including Desi Mc Cullers Jr., The son of one of the original Motown “Funk Brothers” Valdez Brantly, longtime keyboardist and MD for Usher, his brother, bassist Kern Brandley, Music Director for Lady Gaga, Chip Dixson, a notable gospel player, “soul trumpeter” and instrumental recording artist Lin Rountree, and DJ Shannon Weiss.

Buy this album now at Amazon.com.