Archive for June, 2015

Lorenzo Mondinari – Wordless

WordlessWordless is the new jazz album from Lorenzo Mondinari. Produced by Gipo Gurrado (Panofsky Records). Lorenzo Mondinari sax; Gipo Gurrado guitars; Mell Morcone: piano; Stefano Risso: doublebass; Saverio Gliozzi: violoncello; Enrico Santangelo: drums.

This album is a wonderful combination of Jazz and pop sound. A sound that took inspiration from the folk music in a sofisticated and modern Jazz interpretation now at CDBaby.

Ken Navarro – Unbreakable Heart

Unbreakable HeartEleven new contemporary jazz compositions from one of the genres most gifted and successful recording artists. Top charting and award winning contemporary/smooth jazz guitarist and composer Ken Navarro has created his 22nd album Unbreakable Heart. Navarro’s brilliant acoustic and electric work are featured throughout.

Navarro’s 2014 album Ruby Lane was in the top 10 at national radio and at Amazon.com for many months and his release from 2010 Dreaming of Trains was pre-nominated in 2 Grammy categories. Navarro has had numerous Top 5 songs at national radio for the past 25 years including ‘You Are Everything’, ‘Smooth Sensation’, ‘Ruby Lane’ and ‘Eric’s Dream’. The album is on pre-order at Amazon.com.

Antonio Gómez – Alcala Street

In the last weeks I had the focus on Spanish music with reviews about the albums of saxophonist Inaki Arakistain and guitarist Juan Carlos Mendoza. I finish this cycle with the album of Spanish guitarist Antonio Gómez Alcalá Street, Jazz from Spain (2015).

Haling from Almeria he studied his instrument in America and Spain. He started his musical career with Guitarra de Navidad, an album of Christmas songs in 1997. His second album Aires de Mar followed in 2007. Alcalá Street, Jazz from Spain is his third album.

These Spanish folk music arrangements are released on the label Youkali Music. Antonio comments꞉ “The title Alcalá Street refers to a musical walk through an imaginary Alcalá Street where Spanish folk melodies combine with rhythms and harmonies of other latitudes, as well as different styles, sounds and rhythms of jazz, funk, Latin and flamenco″.

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Kevin Stout and Brian Booth – Color Country

Love for a thing can make a tremendous difference in a musician’s approach to how music is played. When the scenic beauty of one’s home land is the inspiration, the passion that follows likely will be of the highest order. So it is with Kevin Stout and Brian Booth’s Color Country (Jazzed5 Records, 2015).

The two hail from Utah. One section in the southern part of the state has five national parks. Each of the 13 tracks represents part of that landscape.

Booth plays saxophones and flutes. Stout plays trombone, guitar and percussion. Accompanying them are Joey Singer, piano; Tom Warrington, bass; John Abraham, drums; and JoBelle Yonely, vocals.

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Vincent Ingala – Coast To Coast

vincent_ingala_coast_toSince May 2011, Vincent has become an ever-increasing presence on the Smooth Jazz circuit, performing now as a solo artist every Sunday in Beverly Hills, CA at Spaghettini & The Dave Koz Lounge for the 94.7 The WAVE brunch!

The long-awaited third release of multi-instrumentalist, Vincent Ingala, gives you more of his funky, soulful smooth jazz. From the driving upbeat title track, “Coast to Coast,” to the smooth, sensual, “Love On Hold,” Ingala will take you on an emotional journey, In addition to his seven original compositions, Ingala stays true to his love of old-school and R&B with three surprising covers.

Available now – pick up your copy today at CDBaby!

Najee – You Me & Forever

YMFMulti-Platinum seller, recipient of multi-Grammy nominations, the NAACP Image Award and the Soul Train Award, Smooth Jazz icon Najee has shared the stage with such greats as Prince, Chaka Khan, Patti LaBelle, Lionel Richie, and his beloved mentor, George Duke. You, Me & Forever is the highly anticipated follow up to Najee s much loved The Morning After which was #1 both on the Billboard chart and at Smooth Jazz Radio. As the title implies, the album represents Najee s exploration into the world of sensuality and romance, interspersed with some fantastic spirited grooves that have made Najee a favorite the world over.

Featuring keyboard great Alex Bugnon and Kenny G’s longtime collaborator and music director Robert Damper, Najee explores such classics as Antonio Carlos Jobim’s Wave, Ambrosia’s The Biggest Part of Me plus some great Najee originals. You Me & Forever is available at Amazon.com.

Freeze Frame – The Works

Since several decades the musician Ray Bach is associated with the project Freeze Frame, music timeless and in the border area of smooth jazz and new age. His new release The Works (2015) is greeted with a laughing and a crying eye. Sadness creeps in with the thought that it might be his last album.

Ray calls it his final album and a worthy ending. With as many as 16 songs he sweetens this termination. He is accompanied on individual pieces by Thomas Barquee, Liza, Konstanze Arens (vocals), Stephan Gade, Ricky Garcia, Jörn Becker (guitars), Georg Hahn (vocals, violin), Lars Slowak (vocals, bass), Nils Karstens (brass), Petra Rathmann (saxophon), and Benn Timms (trumpet).

The album starts with familiar sounds. A Perfect Day reminds of many of his earlier works from a creative period of 25 years. Carefree are swinging sounds by synthesizers and keyboard across the room. Ray is also ready to receive new impulses. The Skerries of Stockholm featuring singer Konstanze Arens is treading trendy ways.

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Harry Allen – For George, Cole and Duke

There is the tried and trite practice of dipping into the “American Songbook,” remaking jazz standards that have been remade and remade. On the other hand, there is the more focused effort to recapture the magic, while at the same time making it fresh and personal. That’s the approach saxophonist Harry Allen takes with For George, Cole and Duke (Blue Heron Records, 2015), his tribute to the songs of George Gershwin, Cole Porter and Duke Ellington.

Allen plays tenor sax. With him are Ehud Asherie, piano; Nicki Parrott, upright bass and vocals; Chuck Redd, drums and vibraphone; and special guest, “Little Johnny” Rivero, shakers, conga and bongo on three tracks.

Parrott sings lead on the Ellington/Gabler collaboration, “In a Mellow Tone.” Asherie lays the foundation, with Allen coming in with fills after vocal lines. It’s a bright, delightful adaptation of the classic. The piano break adds to that mood. Allen does likewise when it’s his turn out front. As if singing weren’t enough, Parrott also contributes a bass solo, in call and response with Redd.

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Eric Smidi Smith – Jazz It Up

Jazz It UpEric Smidi Smith, born January 27 1960 in Covington, Kentucky. Smidi is a self taught musician. His interest in music started in 1968. His primary instruments are the Bass and Lead guitars. The name SMIDI derives from MIDI (musical, instrument, digital, interface). In 1990 Smidi was assigned to Nellis AFB, Nevada where he was introduced to MIDI instruments and equipment. He quickly learned that he could sequence all of the musical instruments from a common computer source.

Since discovering the use of MIDI equipment in 1992 Smidi has sequenced music tracks for well known artist i.e. Leon Haywood, Charles McCormick (Bloodstone) Spice 1, New Birth, Bobby Jones and Clay Hammond. Smidi produced the music for “Imitation Tears” featured in the movie “Love Beat The Hell Outta Me” featuring Terrence Howard from the popular TV show Empire. He produced a track for “Gang Tapes” 2003 and HEROS 2008. Smidi music is used on several Youtube videos to promote the video game Grand Theft Auto.

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Kurt Maloo – Never Give Up / River Flow (Remixes)

Never Give Up River FlowDefinitely Kurt Maloo signature sophistication has now evolve to a very fresh concept, danceable, fun, crispy, but also with delicious dreamy tracks with his unique velvety rich sensual voice. Love this album, so far one of his best. Julian Marsh, Jose Jimenez, Mike Jolly, Joe Gillan, Mr Sharman, Ana Velkura have contributed to this album.

Never Give Up / River Flow (Remixes) are available for download at CDBaby.