Archive for October, 2016

Cornell Thigpen – See The Song

SeeTheSongKeyboard player, organ player, music producer and music director Cornell Thigpen‘s credits include working with legendary artists such as Mary J. Blige, Chaka Khan, Kenneth (BabyFace) Edmonds, Stevie Nicks, Patti Labelle, BeBe and CeCe Winans and many others. Cornell’s extensive music career includes tours worldwide, as well as appearances on shows and events such as The Oprah Winfrey Show, Good Morning America, The View, PBS, and The Chicago Bulls Championship parade.

Besides accompanying an array of music legends, Cornell Thigpen is a musical genius in his own right. In 2013, Cornell produced his debut project, Brothers and Songs, in which he brought together some of the industry’s most talented musicians such as Teddy Campbell, Bobby Sparks, Calvin Rodgers, Sharay Reed, Jonathan DuBose Jr., Eric Ingram, Carlton Whitfield, Daniel Weatherspoon, Michael Manson, Lil Tony, Phillip Feaster, Rex Hardy Jr., Rick Watford, Rodney East, Tim Stewart and Wendell Lowe.

Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, Cornell grew up in a community of great singers and musicians. At the age of 8, he became determined to pursue a career as a professional musician, after he was invited to be the featured musician for his school’s program. He later progressed to becoming the musical director and composer for his church band, and then to producing, composing, and arranging music for many artists abroad. From that time forward, Cornell has been busy playing live concerts, as well as recordings with top artists and musicians. He has gained a well-earned reputation for excellence, as well as the respect of the music industry for being one of the most creative musicians in the world.

His new album See The Song is available at

Justin Klunk – Clarity

clarityHailing from Torrance, Ca young saxophonist Justin Klunk already performed for Ariana Grande and Tony Ferrari. He also performed with Melissa Manchester and Michael Paulo. His debut EP was the same-titled album Justin Klunk (2013). Now he returns with his sophomore project Clarity. You can still support Justin through his indigogo-platform.

The EP is also now on sale at iTunes.

Richard Elliot – Summer Madness

Scottish-born Saxophonist Richard Elliot reflects with Summer Madness (2016) on his musical roots. “When I was growing up in the ’70s and first learning to play the saxophone,” he comments, “I was mostly attracted to instrumentally based R&B and to jazz that had R&B roots. This record definitely goes down that path, leaning more on the funk side.”

Beside Rick Braun, who also produced the album, Richard is joined by baritone saxophonist Curt Waylee, Ron Reinhardt on keys, Randy Jacobs on guitar, Nate Phillips on bass, Third Richardson on drums, and Lenny Castro on percussion.

Cachaça is a distilled spirit made from sugarcane juice. The fiery Latin-American force inspired the interplay of these top notch musicians. With a minimal concept Richard let the participating artists create the powerful excellency in all levels.

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Alvin Mills Project – Looking Past Forward

Bassist Alvin Mills looks back on a moving life. Born in Fort Knox/Kentucky he came quickly in contact with music. During the first Gulf War in Iraq playing his acoustic guitar was the only reliable resting pole. Although performing with many International musicians like Ronan Keating, Mary J. Blige, Roy Hargrove, Ricky Lawson, Nile Rodgers & CHIC and many more, he decided to go to Germany, where he already spent two years of his army time.

He started his solo career with the album Keep Your Head To The Sky (2010). His second album Looking Past Forward will be released November 23, 2016 on mochermusic. Alvin performs on this album basses, drums, percussion, Rhodes, and synths. Further members of his project are saxophonist Arno Haas, Rainer Scheithauer (Rhodes, synths, piano, moog, organ) and Stephan Schuchardt (drums). Guest musicians on various tracks are Uwe Metzler (acoustic guitar), Sevan Gökoglu (piano, organ) and Charles Simmons, Alisia Harris and Ellliot (lead and background vocals).

Run And Tell That is the first message of the album. The syncopated approach of the tune reminds of Jeff Lorber’s Fusion. Lakewood delivers a textural balance of harmonic synergy between the two lead instruments on the borderline of saxy smooth jazz and funky bass. The bass line of Come With It conjures some Brothers Johnson feeling. Alvin lets the beast of the chain.

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Sam “Bassman” Jenkins – Journey

14502888_1021519731280407_8899630010599665828_nA very smooth player who builds off the groove of what he is playing and very soulful. You can feel where he is going with his 6 string kensmith custom. Now lets get funky. Influenced by Victor Wooten and Marcus Miller he is often performing with Kenny G.

His new album Journey is available at

Fernando Petry – Free Loops

free-loopsFernando Petry is a multi-instrumentalist, teacher and producer. His music knowledge and skills made him the mentor of young students and professional musicians from different parts of the globe. Fernando´s career is marked by performances at major Festivals around Brazil and Europe, workshops and classes in renowned music schools and Universities in Brazil, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, France, Poland and USA. The respect and recognition Fernando has earned as an instrumentalist, teacher and producer often gives him the opportunity of working with worldwide names of the instrumental scene. As a composer Fernando has produced and released 9 instrumental records featuring great names of the Brazilian and European music scenes.

In addition to numberless records as a guest or as producer, Fernando Petry has produced over 100 soundtracks including tracks for radio and TV and sample libraries. With Free Loops he offers melodic and virtuoso Electric Bass music now at CDBaby.

The James Kōb Experience – So Right

American composer, lyricist, arranger and producer James Kōb introduces himself to the smooth jazz genre with a personal mixture of Pop, Jazz, Bossa Nova and a little cinematic music. It’s the James Kōb experience and the musical brain wave is entitled So Right.

His paradigm is, smooth jazz has to break out of a special instrumental formula. Mix-up the jazz genres a little bit to stay relevant in both instrumental, vocal and style to avoid to get homogenized. One can add to this, you should also go out of your own warm nest cave.

The participants James involved in his music are Maria Schafer, Danielle Field (vocals), Bobby Cruz (piano, strings), Tripp Sprague, Adam Schroeder and Alex Budman (sax), Ian Francisco (piano, strings), Dan Hall, John Leftwich (bass), Mark Haley (drums, bongos), Michael Smith (percussion), Eric Hughes, Steve Hughes (trombone), Jamie Hovorka, Kyle Palmer (trumpet), Rick Schimdt (guitar), and Lara Wickes (oboe).

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Marc Antoine – Laguna Beach

Born in Paris later resident in Madrid now living near L.A. guitarist Marc Antoine is a global citizen in the true sense of word. His object of desire is specifically his new hometown Laguna Beach (2016).

This place to live is now in the center of his interest and thematic core of his new project. To fulfill his musical dream he got help from Gorden Campbell (drums), Roberto Vally (upright bass), Marco Basci (keyboards), furthermore bassist Armand Sabal-Lecco, saxophonist Greg Vail, percussionists Gumbi Ortiz and Richie Gajate Garcia, and special guests Philippe Saisse (keyboards on “Why Not,” “Deixa” and “New Morning”), Paul Brown (electric guitar solo on “This and That”), Rick Braun (trumpet on “Minority”) and Dutch harmonica master Tim Welvaars (on “Deixa”).

The musical journey begins with Why Not, the fusion point of acoustic guitar of Spanish heritage and the bluesy jazz. That acoustic guitar fits to contemporary jazz horns and piano one can hear note for note.

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Osaru – Stepping Up

Stepping UpOsaru is a multi-talented musician, songwriter, and producer who lives and works in the heart of the Piedmont Triad in North Carolina, USA. His music which he describes as ‘Urban Smooth Jazz with a twist’ combines contemporary jazz themes with urban R&B rhythms marinated in subtle African percussive elements. He also works full time as a physician.

Osaru has released three self-produced albums since 2008. He writes all his material and plays all the instruments on all three albums. He also does all the background and lead vocals. His vocal style has been compared to Seal and John Legend and his saxophone phrasing and laid back keyboard grooves are reminiscent of Paul Hardcastle, Najee, Boney James, and Kenny G to name a few.

Stepping Up is Osaru’s fourth Album. He ups his groove, with punchier drum and bass lines accompanied by catchy melodic saxophone and keyboard phrasing. His ever present subtle background vocals complement his work. All songs are originals written, arranged, performed, recorded and produced by the Artist. Be it one of the slower songs like ‘Remember’ or mid-tempo Funk like ‘The Music Train’, the groove and flow of the album will keep you bobbing your head and tapping your foot.

Get the album at CDBaby.

Troy Dexter – Shoptalk

shoptalkTroy Dexter is a freelance guitarist/keyboardist/record producer based in Los Angeles. He graduated from the prestigious but grueling four-year program at Dick Grove school of music in Los Angeles in the 80’s. Since 2008, he is in the Wilson Phillips band and tours with them throughout the year. His style is comparable with Larry Carlton.

Shoptalk is his first smooth jazz/contemporary jazz project, which is now on sale at CDBaby.