Archive for August, 2017

Dimitri K – Slim Profile

Dimitri Kovachev a.k.a. Dimitri K is haling from Sofia, Bulgaria, where he was very active in the 80’s. Now he works as a music composer, producer and publisher, with a recording production studio in Orlando, Central Florida.

He has already released several smooth jazz albums, among them So Intensified (2016), Silence (2017) and Slim Profile (2017). The latter is dedicated to late jazz musician Harry Hall, who played on his compositions soprano, alto and tenor sax, clarinet and flute.

You have to bring some time, if you listen to Slim Profile. Because this album does not deal with smooth jazz in the traditional sense. The title song starts like a score of a film noir with the atmosphere of a Parisian café featuring an electric guitar in the lead performing careful chords accompanied by a saxophone underlining the melancholy.

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Gerald Cannon – Combinations

Bassist Gerald Cannon released his first album as leader, Gerald Cannon, then took some time out of the studio. A long time. Combinations (Woodneck Records, 2017) comes 14 years after the first.

The players are Gary Bartz, alto sax; Sherman Irby, alto sax; Steve Slale, alto sax on “Prelude to a Kiss”; Jeremy Pelt, trumpet; Duane Eubanks, trumpet on “Combinations”; Rick Germanson, piano; Kenny Barron, piano; Russell Malone, guitar; Wille Jones III, drums; and Will Calhoun, drums on “Gary’s Tune.”

“A Thought” shows the soft side of Cannon. This mellow piece has a bossa nova vibe, reminiscent of a Getz/Gilberto collaboration. Irby, Barron and Pelt assist on this one, each contributing in his own way. Irby and Pelt are out front much of the way. But Cannon and Jones handle plenty in the background.

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Abraham Day – The Purpose

Based in Delaware, Abraham Day began playing music at a young age, perfecting his technical abilities and unique sound. Following years of experience performing on stages and at events, as well as making different recordings, Abraham Day has been making a name for himself on the music scene. His comment: “The music on this CD supports my effort to create and inspire a narrative that articulates the qualities necessary to achieve our purpose in life. I hope my music will allow me to engage my audience and together we improve our lives and the lives of others…”

Listen to his new album The Purpose exclusively at his website or at CDBaby.

Tim Bowman – Into The Blue

The Motor City is a perfect place for an aspiring musician to cultivate a sound different from any other. From his early days playing the guitar in church to formal training as a young adult, Tim Bowman pulled from a multitude of influences and created a sound that infuses gospel, blues, R&B and jazz. Since Bowman hit the jazz scene in 1996, he has been winning rave reviews and garnering ubiquitous smooth jazz radio airplay. His debut album, Love, Joy, Peace, album peaked at 19 on the Gavin Smooth Jazz Charts and 20 on Radio & Record Magazine’s album chart in the spring of 1997. Bowman’s follow-up projects Paradise and Smile both received widespread media attention and great reviews from industry insiders and music enthusiasts, alike. In 2004, Bowman released This is What I Hear. In his fourth collection, Bowman surpassed the success of all of his prior albums with his smash #1 single, Summer Groove.

The release of Bowman’s fifth album (2008) increased his momentum. The self-titled release featured hit songs Sweet Sundays (#1, Billboard Smooth Jazz Singles Chart), High Def, and Rapture featuring saxophonist Najee. In 2010, Bowman released The Collection, showcasing some of his finest work and highlighting the unique depth of his ability as a talented songwriter. The Collection features three new tracks, All My Life, his Jazz radio smash Let It Shine (#1, Billboard Smooth Jazz Singles Chart), as well as the uplifting Gospel offering My Prayer, My Praise.

City Lights is Bowman’s newest single and as he states “Detroit, MI is my hometown and it has undergone some hard times and its making a strong comeback! This song reminds me of the great part of downtown Detroit; its new stores, restaurants, high rises and life.” With City Lights being the hit single to his forthcoming album Into the Blue, it is no doubt that Tim is back with a force. You can pre-order his new album on iTunes.

Darryl Williams – Here To Stay

San Diego born bassist Darryl Williams released his first album That Was Then in 2008, which received high acclaims. Here To Stay (2017) is his sophomore project.

Like many other musicians Darryl is not confined to his principal instrument, but also performs on this album synths, strings, programming and Rhodes. The list of accompanying musicians includes illustrious names: Ronnie Foster, Marcus Coleman, Jeff Lorber (Rhodes), Tony Moore, Eric Valentine (drums), Michael Simms, Paul Brown, Adam Hawley, Ross Bolton, U-Nam, Ray Fuller, Nils Jiptner (guitars), Jonathan Fritzen, Greg Manning (piano), Michael Lington, Euge Groove, Marcus Anderson, Michael Paulo, Elan Trotman (sax), Kenneth Crouch (Rhodes, organ, synth), Allan Phillips, Jackie Bertone (percussion), Rymand Entezari (pads), Tony Guerrero (flugelhorn), Ashling Cole (vocals), Christopher Thomas (background vocals, synth) and Scott Wilkie (piano, Rhodes). Enough to fill a major festival.

Here To Stay is equally a promise and an attitude. Darryl Williams creates with this song a solid foundation with a vivid variation of basses and placing Euge Groove as second lead on soprano sax. Now or Never unites guitarist Paul Brown and pianist Jonathan Fritzen in the attempt to create an exciting melody which not only attracts the audience but stands the test of time.

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The New Triumph – Keep on Push’n

Funk, Afro-Latin and jazz come together with The New Triumph’s Keep on Push’n (2017).

The musicians are Camilo Estrada, bass; Marc Hager, keyboards; Arie Pytel, guitar; Adam Kessler, drums; Ahkeenu Musa, percussion; Robby Beasley, trumpet on five tracks; Scott Morning, trumpet on three songs; Ariel Chi-Linh Nguyen Loud, saxophones.

“Intro Cut” is a sensational opening track. Imagine you’re at a concert, and anxious for the show to begin. Then, when the curtain finally opens, a dramatic swell, not unlike the production company fanfare that introduces a movie. That formality aside, the band shifts into a free-for-all jam. The blended horns carry the lead. Or do they? There’s so much going on from the other instruments, the bass line, the wah-wah guitar, the keys, drums and percussion. Everybody gets in on it.

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Urra – Straight to the Chase

Straight to the Chase is bassist Frank “Urra” Johnson‘s debut album and it is packed with a rich selection of soulful jazz and funky grooves featuring the smooth guitar and keyboard work of Lowell Hopper.

In the vein of Wayman Tisdale, John Dillard, and Julian Vaughn, Urra is an accomplished bassist. If this is any indication, he should fare quite well. His smooth and funky bass is also adventurous suggesting such influences as Marcus Miller and Stanley Clarke but definitely making his own voice heard. Urra is funky and sensual and just plain fun and we look forward to hearing more from him.

Get the album at CDBaby.