Archive for February, 2017

Marcus Anderson – Limited Edition

ma-limited-edition-862x863One of the premiere saxophonists in the world, Marcus Anderson is not only a sought after solo artist, with eight albums to date. He also performs to audiences all over the world, and accompanies other great artists such as CeeLo Green and Judith Hill. He is also known as being a featured saxophonist with the late Prince and The New Power Generation. In addition to playing sax and flute, Marcus plays piano, bass, is a singer, a writer, a choreographer, a producer and horn arranger. His talent is undeniable to most audiences and to his peers.

His new album is entitled Limited Edition and available at his website. From contemporary jazz tinged with R&B, to inspirational and gospel jazz, Marcus has shown he’s uniquely adept to representing feelings in music we can all gravitate to and appreciate. His latest release, Limited Edition, gives us more of this incredible instrumentalist, vocalist, as he teams up with some of the best talents in contemporary jazz such as pianists and keyboardists Brian Culbertson and Nicholas Cole, bass guitarist Ashley A Luv Doe, and guitarists Adam Hawley and Darnell Showcase Taylor.

Gifted and talented, Marcus music promises to always be listenable, danceable, and fun! And he delivers in true Marcus Anderson style with songs such as Backseat Drivers. Keeping the romantic moods are tracks titled Can You Come Over, Lets Not Wait, and That Feelin . In tribute and inspiring hope, Marcus beautifully offers Give Love featuring Anthony Saunders. The album doesn’t stop there with hits like Understanding, Don’t Stray, The Art of Gold, Stalker, Mellow Mood. The title track Limited Edition is also joined by the first scheduled single release Will Power.

Burt Brion – The Secret’s Out

thesecretsoutIf you enjoy smooth jazz in the San Diego area, chances are good that you have had a chance to hear keyboardist/pianist Burt Brion. Rising from the struggles of battling a long-term auto immune disorder that cost him his eyesight for 2 years, and hair permanently, Burt’s debut CD, Say the Word, made a big splash on the national charts.

Burt has recorded his sophomore CD titled The Secret’s Out. Listen and by this music at iTunes.

Thomas Motter – Somewhere Out There

German keyboard genius Thomas Motter has always followed his own path in creating music of the finest vibrant quality. His albums No Return (2005), Nite Angel (2006), High (2012) and Lost & Loved (2013) are spectacular occasions of sounds. Somewhere Out There (2016) is the next level of musical evolution.

The album is enriched by an elite group of musicians. Ralf Gustke, Rodney Holmes and Camille Gainer Jones (drums), Larry Kimpel, Nathan East, Victor Bailey, Francis Hylton, Alvin Mills and Dany Martinez (bass), Bill Evans, Keith Anderson, Nathan Crosse (saxophones), Kalle Knecht (loops), Nene Vasquez, Dalma Lima (percussion), Greg Pena (trombone), Ebo Shakoor (flute), Kirt Dallaway (trumpet) are listed in the liner notes. In addition a large gathering of singers decorates the album.

While Bill Evans hits on his own albums the rock vibe, he lives on Your Smile the contemporary jazz dream. The impressive tune offers space for two guitar solos by Jimi Wilkes and Danny Martinez. With an deceptively subtle artistic sense of harmonic movement vocalists Angie Brown and Eric Conley make Call & Response 1 to a bluesy event.

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Charles Greene – 10 Easy Pieces

charlesgreene10 Easy Pieces by Charles Greene is a smooth mix of Jazz, Blues, Reggae, Funk, and Latin grooves, with soulful improvisation throughout. All songs composed and produced by Charles Greene.

10 Easy Pieces is on sale at CDBaby, where you can listen to the complete album.

Roberto Vally – Pure Lines

16711947_10154923596250502_3380077226784049774_nRoberto Vally has recorded and toured with some of the biggest names in entertainment. You hear him on records with George Benson, Al Jarreau, Jeffrey Osborne, Patti Austin, Bob James, Jenny Rivera, Joan Sebastian, Diane Schuur, Christopher Cross, Randy Crawford, Boney James, and countless others. For twenty years he has been the bassist for and currently on tour with Bobby Caldwell. In 2013 Roberto was stepping out with his first solo cd, Boom Boom Boom.

Now is his return with the new cd Pure Lines. This album is already available at his website.

The Pan – Peligro Andante

Calgary, Canada based bass guitarist Pan Sciore is The Pan. Pan plays all sorts of bass (electric 4, 5, 6 string, fretted, fretless, and upright acoustic), along with a little guitar, accordion, piano, and a variety of percussion instruments. A classical multi-instrumentalist.

His new album is entitled Peligro Andante (2016). The Pan explains: “The meaning behind is more that the danger (‘peligro’) you will encounter is yours, you have nothing to fear, so keep on going along (‘andante’).”

Pan describes his music as an inter-mix of instrumental world, flamenco, light jazz, easy listening and a bit of funk. Pan recorded this album with Miles Jackson as recording engineer, who also contributed keyboards and percussion on selected tracks.

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Paolo Manzini – Alone Together

alone-togetherOld-time jazz and blues standards, played with good taste and refined elegance, highlighted by soft and intense tones, always emotionally related to the classic recordings and respecting the originals. Performing musicians are Paolo Manzini: acoustic and electric guitars – Daniele Tione: piano and rhodes – Piero Marianetti: electric bass – Roberto Testa: drums and percussion. The album was recorded between April and December 2016.

Intense and smooth instrumental interpretation of old jazz standards, played with guitar, piano, bass and drums. Alone Together is available at CDBaby.

Herman Jackson – The Cool Side

16602956_1147084418723937_7842837594340698380_nHerman Jackson is a well-known pianist, composer and producer, as witness his numerous works with stars of the stature of Whitney Houston, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Quincy Jones, Gladys Knight, Roger Daltrey, Jeffrey Osborne, Joe Cocker, The Temptations or Patti Austin, plus great Smooth Jazz musicians such as George Benson, Boney James, Dave Koz, Euge Groove, The Crusaders, Bob James, Phil Upchurch, Brian Culbertson, Peter White, Jeff Golub and Paul Jackson Jr.

A long-awaited album that Herman Jackson had already presented in small circles a couple of years ago but is now editing worldwide. In it they emphasize the collaborations of outstanding musicians like the guitarist Norman Brown, the saxophonist Everette Harp or the trumpeter and singer Johnny Britt. This album will be manufactured on demand by

Jacam Manricks – Chamber Jazz

Classical music composed for a small ensemble, mixed with the improvisation of jazz might sound something like Chamber Jazz (2016) by saxophonist Jacam Manricks.

Manricks plays alto, soprano and tenor saxophones, flute, alto flute and clarinet. His accompanists are Kevin Hays, piano and Fender Rhodes; Gianluca Renzi, acoustic bass; and Ari Hoenig, drums.

Manricks unloads his arsenal on the haunting “Ecmish.” He uses the soprano for the lead, but later adds the tenor in a counter-melody, and layers the alto sax and the flute for harmony. Hays sets the tone with an ascending, four-note piano phrase that’s repeated throughout the main theme. He switches to the Rhodes for a middle solo, which is accented strongly by Renzi and Hoenig. After the trio builds to a stunning crescendo, the song downshifts to tranquility. Manricks then takes the soprano on an easygoing jaunt.

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Threestyle – Smooth Ride

Magdalena Chovancova (sax. flute), Robert Fertl (guitar, bass, drum programming, keyboards), and Gabriela Chovancova (drums and vibraphone) are the Munich based group Threestyle. Their breeding ground for artistic production is the label Welovemusic Records. In the smooth jazz section the group already released Feel The Vibe (2012), Get It (2014) and Road To Montery (2016).

On their newest project Smooth Ride (2017) they are joined by a stellar compilation of top notch musicians. Among them are Lew Laing, Paul Brown, Nils, Jeff Carruthers, Robert Vally and many more.

The album starts with A Little Longer, which the same time also represents their first single. Cuddly and lithe is the sound of Magdalena’s saxophone embedded in Paul Brown’s smooth arrangement of the highest level. broadcasts live from Monterey, California. The broadcasting studio is just a few hundred meters from the beach. Road to Monterey is Threestyle’s tribute to this great institution featuring Nils on guitar.

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