Archive for April, 2016

Everett B Walters – Long Road Home

Long Road HomeLong Road Home is Everett B Walters 4th CD. Guitarist, Michael Everett Brown and Bassist, Harold Walter Brown III, the two brothers from the south side of Chicago are the founders and driving force behind the jazz/funk group Everett B. Walters. Growing up in Chicago, the Brown brothers started their career in the Chicago Vocational Music Program but it was a neighborhood friend, Tom Washington (Tom-Tom 84), who recorded and arranged with super-group Earth, Wind and Fire that influenced them most. Tom would come by their practices and invited them to record with him and introduced them to writing & pre-production.

Going back to how we started with the great sounds of jazz,r&b and soul! Long Road Home is collect of tracks with a jazz,r&b and soul grooves that make you wanna tap your toe. We want to seat back and feel the groove and hold your special one and say when u luv sumbody! So check out the music!

Long Road Home is at CDBaby.

Marc Copland – Zenith

Launching a new label is at the very least a turning point in an artist’s career. For pianist Marc Copland, it’s also a high point, as in Zenith (2016), the first release from InnerVoice Jazz.

Performing with Copland are Ralph Alessi, trumpet; Drew Gress, double bass; Joey Baron, drums; and Bill Zavatsky, poem.

“Sunset at the Zenith” is a haunting, ethereal piece. A brooding, ominous bass line augments the opening melody, a duet by piano and trumpet. After an initial swell, the mood softens. Copland, Alessi and Gress, in turn, offer musical interpretations of monitoring the sun from different perspectives. It would be an ideal soundtrack to a space exploration film.

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BWBBWB is named after the musicians Rick Braun, Kirk Whalum and Norman Brown. Their first co-operation Groovin’ was released in 2002 on Warner Brothers. With their sophomore effort Human Nature (2013) they reunited on Heads Up Music to do a Michael Jackson songbook. Their third strike is aptly entitled BWB and released in 2016 on Mack Avenue Records.

The formation is joined on selected tracks by Hamilton Hardin and Herman Jackson (keyboards), Braylon Lacey and Nathaniel Kearney Jr. (bass), Third Richardson and Gordon Campbell (drums), Lenny Castro (percussion), Demille Cole-Heard (vocals) and Ralph Lofton (Hammond B3). The new album is the result of exercises in Braun’s suburban Los Angeles-area home studio where the band moved in with their families and lived together for an entire week.

The recorded songs are without any exception own creations, masterly produced by Rick Braun. Triple Dare starts the album with an horn arrangement inspired by The Crusader’s Streetlife. Bust A Move brings the funky vibe into the session. Instead of covers like on the trio’s debut album, they showcase their personal prowess on this party burner.

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Daryl King – Transition

TransitionSaxophonist Daryl King is based in Virginia. He is specialized in Christian music. His new album is entitled Transition.

Listen to this album at CDBaby.

Joel Del Rosario – Past Present Future

PastPresentFutureHolding on to the sacred elements of straight ahead jazz, but fusing them with r&b, classical, and hip-hop, guitarist/producer Joel Del Rosario‘s music exudes the diversity of San Francisco’s cosmopolitan culture. This uniqueness has the world listening to this young jazz guitarist, and won him the title of Coffee Talk Jazz Radio’s “Guitarist of the Year”. Often likened to the playing styles of George Benson and Norman Brown, Joel gives tribute to the greats while adding an updated youthful sound of today, turning it into a passionate and engaging experience. Nominated for “Best Jazz Duet” (with keyboardist Surewill) at the 2012 Los Angeles Music Awards, jDR has traveled nationwide from Coast to Coast, performing at various well known jazz venues while producing music for, and alongside his jazz contemporaries.

His passion for the guitar however was born from tragedy. At the age of eleven, Joel’s mother succumbed to a long fight with breast cancer, and it was there that Joel sought solace through music and his guitar. During many quiet moments: contemplating, practicing, and developing a bond with his instrument, Joel became fused with his guitar, thus forming his distinct guitar playing.

Currently jDR, as he is often called, has released several top ranking projects: “Coast to Coast” which was included in the list of “Top 10 Jazz Albums of 2010” at Talking Smooth Jazz Radio, and “Side by Side” released 2013 (still strongly present on the play lists of both terrestrial and Internet radio). He has been featured various projects including Billboard charting single “By the Bay” by Cal Harris Jr. and is currently producing music for saxophonist, Dee Lucas, along with his next project titled “From Cali to Miami”. Changing the face of jazz and paving the future.

His new album Past Present Future is now on sale at CDBaby.

Darren Rahn – Sonic Boom

Canadian born and Denver resident smooth jazz saxophonist and producer Darren Rahn started his solo career with Soulful (2004), followed by Once In A Lifetime (2007), Talk of the Town (2009), Speechless (2012) and this year Sonic Boom.

On his new album he assembled premium musicians like Mel Brown and Julian Vaughn (bass), Tarell Martin, Anthony Jones and Anthony Steele (drums), Jason Rahn (trumpet, flugelhorn), Allen Hinds, Frank Selman and Matt Godina (guitar), Rick Braun (trumpet), Robin Eubanks (trombone), Jonathan Fritzén (piano), Rico Wint (vocals), Priscilla Rahn (flute), Michael Williams (Hammond organ), Morris Alan, Ronda Wilson, Yvonne Brown, Ian Pitter, Cha’Rel Ji’Cole (vocals).

The album starts with the stunning D-Luxe, which mirrors in several respects the multi-talent of this saxophonist. A perfect arrangement pairs with the mastery of several instruments. Not to forget the meticulous tuning while recording.

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Love Suggestions – Piano Night

Konstantin Klashtorni created this series for lovers to spend nice evenings together. Sax Night is the next to come out, probably this year. This collection is more R&B orientated. The first album of this series Piano Night was released in 2013.

Konstantin comments꞉ “I had in mind just a simple instrumental R&B style with nice melodies on it instead of repetitive, closer to rap melodies, R&B artists use to lay down. Smooth Jazz by itself is an instrumental R&B, but with much more elements of Funk, unlike straight SJ. I eliminate that “Funk” element, and instead I incorporate a nice romantic, melodious approach.″

Keeping that in mind the introducing Hey Girl enjoys with a mellifluous and fluid sound pitching the rhythm through a suburban undertone. Treasure comes with a whirring hum preparing the magic of the song marching to your ears.

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Carl Borden – Urban Soundscapes

Urban SoundscapesAfter writing and producing for such artist as the platinum recording duo Men At Large, award – winning record producer, songwriter, and engineer Carl Borden is releasing his debut album, Urban Soundscapes. As a producer and engineer, Carl’s most recent success includes winning a Global Music Award for his producer/production work on “Home” (Dave Tolliver/Spectra Music Group), as well as being nominated for a Hollywood Music In Media Award (Best R&B/Soul Song nomination for “Home”).

This EP is now on sale at CDBaby.

Euge Groove – Still Euge

12961415_1110562275630992_2817828028280523934_o“Fear and creativity can not live in the same room,” declares free-spirited and consummate chart-topping saxophonist, composer, producer and radio host Euge Groove. “You can’t bring fear into the creative process. It took me a while to get that.” Euge Groove’s Ying and Yang and ebb and flow approach to his artistry and life have allowed him to enjoy a career longevity that is atypical. The highly sought after musical chameleon has been called upon for his musical prowess by everyone from Rock `N’ Roll Hall of Famer Tina Turner and balladeer Luther Vandross to UK Blues Rocker Joe Cocker, Richard Marx, Tower of Power and Huey Lewis and the News, among countless others.

Here come good news from the sax man: “It’s raining in SoCal. What a perfect day to be locked in the Groove House finishing up the new album Still Euge. 10 original songs featuring vocal collaborations with Rahsaan Patterson and Oleta Adams, as well as some burning guitar from Chuck Loeb and Peter White. First single ships to radio in a few weeks with the album to follow in June. One year and 140K airlines miles after I started this one (#10, but who’s counting?).”

Still Euge will be soon on sale in all stores.

The JT Project – Moments of Change

Jacob Webb (keyboards/bass) and Todd Schefflin (saxophone) are The JT Project. Coming from Kansas keyboardist Webb now lives in New York, where he joined Philadelphia native saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist Todd Schefflin.

Both have previously performed with an array of known artists. The JT Project has already released the four albums Love Passion Correspondence Vol. 1 (2009), Love Passion Correspondence Vol. 2 (2012), Love Passion Correspondence Vol. 3 (2013), and Under The Covers (2014).

For their fifth album Moments Of Change (2016) the group has partnered with record label Trippin N’ Rhythm. The duo is supported on selected tracks by guitarist Sony Dumarsais, drummer Nathan Webb and Kevin Bowden, bassist Mo “The Show” and flugelhorn player/vocalist S.O.A.R..

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