Archive for September, 2015

Arno Haas – Back To You

BackToYouGripping melodies, popular grooves, catchy fusion jazz – all this provides the virtuoso saxophonist Arno Haas on his second album Back To You. Together recorded with renowned musicians in Los Angeles and Stuttgart, the recordings have made the whole sound panorama of the current West-cost jazz and musical at the highest level. The thrilling tracks and crisp hooks have to inspire the right stuff, and each not-yet-jazz fan. That grooves, that is funky, simply magical! Haas is supported by world-class producer Tom Saviano. On “When love is real” you will hear the beautiful shining vocal sound of Evelyn Kallansee of the successful Band Tristan.

No one other than vocal legend Al Jarreau performs on the song “Lucky Chance” and praises: “Yo Arno, It was big fun working on Lucky Chance ‘Yes, I hope it’s a little magical moment on your record. You sound beautiful, man”. „For those of you who haven’t heard Arno Haas’s debut CD from 2013: Just make sure to fasten your seat belts, because Arno’s follow-up album coming in October of this year is going to take you through a whole new door.“ Tom Saviano.

Smooth jazz saxophonist Arno Haas new album Back To You feat. Al Jarreau, Evelyn Kallansee from Tristan, Randy Waldman, Arno Lucas, Michael O’ Neill, Bill Champlin and others. Produced by Tom Saviano. Released on 22, October, 2015 Don’t miss this!

Walter Beasley – I’m Back

I'm BackOver the past three decades, saxophonist, Walter Beasley, has artfully and dynamically redefined the phrase “musical Renaissance Man” for the modern generation. Considered by fans and critics alike as the “heir to Grover Washington, Jr.’s Throne,” Beasley is the acclaimed saxophonist, vocalist, educator, and entrepreneur of the decade. As the highest selling full-time Professor / Recording Artist in history, the Boston-based musician has long mastered an exhilarating high wire act of balancing a successful career as a contemporary jazz recording artist and performer with an equally thriving presence in the field of music education.

His new album is entitled I’m Back and is now on sale at CDBaby.

MSM Schmidt – Utopia

Composer and producer Michael Schmidt (aka MSM Schmidt), based in Bremen, Germany works in his day job at a large insurance firm, in his leisure time he fulfills his musical dreams in the jazz fusion and contemporary jazz genre. A long time he played in bands as drummer before he decided to concentrate on composing.

Through the German drummer Wolfgang Haffner he came in contact to many supreme artists of contemporary jazz. So he finally started to record the music he loves with the who-is-who of the scene. After his debut album Arrival (2003), he released Transit (2007), Destination (2009), Evolution (2012) and this year Utopia. Mitchel Forman performs on all albums, has moreover elaborated the arrangements and polished the pieces to perfection.

On the new album perform Charlie Bisharat (violin), Rick Braun (trumpet, valve trombone),Till Brönner and Barry Danielian (trumpet), Vinnie Colaiuta, Virgil Donati and Wolfgang Haffner(drums), Luis Conte (percussion), Brandon Fields (soprano, alto, tenor saxophone), Nicolas Fiszman and Jimmy Haslip (electric bass), Mitchel Forman (piano, synthesizers), Bruce Fowler and Clark Gayton (trombone), Walt Fowler (trumpet, flugel horn), Bob Franceschini (tenor saxophone, trombone), Randy Hoexter (synthesizer), Scott Kinsey (Fender Rhodes, synthesizer), Chuck Loeb, Oz Noy, Jeff Richman and Mike Miller (guitar), Jeff Lorber (Fender Rhodes), Eric Marienthal (alto saxophone), Bob Mintzer (tenor saxophone), Alan Pasqua (piano), and Steve Weingart (synthesizer). Jimmy Haslip and Mitchel Forman produced the new album.

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John Fedchock New York Big Band – Like It Is

The Big Apple, as it’s called, New York City is ripe for post-swing, large jazz ensembles. The John Fedchock New York Big Band captures that element with Like It Is (MAMA Records, 2015).

Composer, arranger and trombonist Fedchock leads the ensemble. The other musicians are Mark Vinci, alto saxophone and flute; Charles Pillow, alto and soprano saxophones; Rich Perry and Walt Weiskopf, tenor saxophones; Gary Smulyan and Scott Robinson, baritone sax; Tony Kadleck, Craig Johnson, Scott Wendholt, John Bailey and Barry Ries, trumpets and flugelhorns; Keith O’Quinn and Clark Gayton, trombones; George Flynn, bass trombone; Allen Farnham, piano; Dick Sarpola, bass; Dave Ratajczak, drums; and Bobby Sanabria, percussion on selected tracks. The baritone sax duties are split with Smulyan on six tracks, and Robinson the other four. Ries is the only trumpet/flugelhorn player to appear on all tracks. The others mix and match, ensuring there are three on each song.

A drum ad-lib opens the bright, bouncy “You and the Night and the Music.” The horns are like a miniature orchestra, with the different groups joining for melody of overlapping phrases. After the main theme, Fedchock stretches out, followed by Vinci and Perry. Beneath it all, the rhythm section remains firmly engaged, with Ratajczak standing out a bit.

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The Terence Young Experience – Genesis

GenesisTerence Young has earned the reputation of one of the most talented guitarist in the world. He has released 8 CDs to date with his latest CD Genesis. The CDs have an inspirational variety songs that display his original compositions as a songwriter.

He has shared the stage with En vogue, Morris Day and the Time, Al Jarreau, Roberta Flack, George Duke, Rachelle Ferrell, Gerald Albright, Clarence Carter and Joe Sample. He has also played guitar for R&B singers such as Ashford and Simpson, Lenny Williams, Aaron Hall and Angie Stone just to name a few. One of his biggest accomplishments is that he’s featured playing guitar on the EWF Tribute CD with R&B Queen Angie Stone.

Terence is a native of Elko S.C. He now resides in Columbia S.C. where he manages the Southeast Top party Band Finesse. With his new album Genesis he walks a new way to Funk, Rock and Blues. But there is also some Smooth. Get the album at CDBaby.

Beatifik – Intrigue

IntrigueRoger Odell‘s Beatifik group have recorded a new CD entitled Intrigue, produced by the father and son team of Roger and Jamie Odell. Roger is the drummer and one of the founder members of Shakatak, for whom he wrote the lyrics to all of the band’s Top 50 recordings. Jamie (AKA Jimpster) is a producer/DJ and part-owner of Freerange Records. He was an original member of the improvising group The Bays and has recently worked with producer Trevor Horn on Seal’s new album.

The tracks have both music and lyrics composed by Roger apart from two collaborations with Jamie, one with Shakatak keyboard maestro Bill Sharpe and Roger’s special re-arrangement of a Cole Porter classic which features jazz singer Larraine Odell – wife to Roger, mother to Jamie! She also adds her unique velvet sound to two other tracks. The album additionally celebrates the return to performing of guitarist Keith Winter, who had to leave Shakatak in the early 90’s due to a mysterious illness which affected his central nervous system. After completely losing the ability to play the guitar for almost 20 years, he has made a miraculous recovery over the last 3 years which has totally confounded his doctors and given hope to those similarly affected. On the evidence of this recording Keith is now playing as well as ever.

The main vocalist on this recording is Jacqui Hicks who is the regular backing singer with Shakatak, the lead vocalist with the UK’s Back To Basie Orchestra and a featured artist with many other groups. Jacqui also performs with her own group and she has recorded two CDs under her own name. Mornington Lockett is one of the very best UK jazz musicians and is featured on a number of tracks on both tenor and soprano saxophones. He won a British Jazz Award for his band The New Couriers, which evolved from the famous Ronnie Scott/Tubby Hayes group, The Jazz Couriers. Roger’s vast experience of performing in jazz, fusion, Latin and funk is combined with Jamie’s knowledge of all the latest modern recording techniques and great talent as a pianist/composer/producer on the cutting edge of popular music. With the undoubted ability of the additional personnel this new Beatifik CD Intrigue is proudly presented. Continue reading

Mariea Antoinette – Straight From The Harp Special Edition

The harp has a unique position in the smooth jazz. Beside Lori Andrews, Deborah Henson-Conant or Mariea Antoinette are only a few artists playing this instrument.

Hailing from San Diego Mariea started her career with the album Sexy Paradise (2003) produced by Carl Evans Jr., musical director of the group Fattburger. She returned with the album Straight From The Harp in 2014.

On September 26, 2015 she will receive a Phenomenal Women in Entrepreneurship Award from the National Council of Negro Women, the 49th annual community event in San Diego, California at which she will perform. An enhanced version of her sophomore album, Straight from the Harp: Special Edition, will be released September 25 by MAH Productions featuring two bonus tracks.

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