Archive for October, 2017

Althea René – Unstoppable

Detroit, Michigan born flutist Althea René had to decide if she should stay as a Wayne County Deputy Sheriff or as a full-time performing/recording artist. Fortunately, she let her heart lead the way toward music as her ultimate passion.

She started her solo career with the debut album Flute Talk in 2000. Soon the albums Chocolate Rush (2003), In The Moment (2006), No Restrictions (2008), In The Flow (2013) and Live In Detroit (2015) followed.

With Unstoppable (2017) Althea sends a clear sign of continuity and confidence in her musical future. Althea is joined on this album by Lin Rountree (trumpet), Turhan VanDyke (keys, trombone and horn arrangement), Mike Harrington, Allen “Snoop” Evans, Robert Skinner, Jamaal Andrews, Chris Ellis, Darrell “Red” Campbell (bass), Roscoe Henton, Darrell Crooks, Chieli Minucci, Joe Foster, Kenneth Morris, Tim Bowman, Frank Selman, LaVon Rushing (guitars), Marcus Hunter (drums and programming), Eddie Garcia, Barry Fry Jr. (percussion), Lew Laing, Derrick Harvin, Nicholas Cole (keys and programming), Joe Otis (drums), Alex Goss (keys), Greg Manning (piano), Marvin Bernett (steel pan), James Carter (sax and horn arrangement).

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Carey Frank – Something to Remember Him By

LA-based musician (and current touring member of the Tedeschi Trucks Band) Carey Frank will be releasing his second album as a bandleader, Something to Remember Him By, on Tuesday, November 7. Self–produced by Carey Frank, Something to Remember Him By is a unique duo album consisting solely of Frank’s Hammond organ (substituted on two tracks by melodica) and guitar courtesy of veteran jazz player Bruce Forman. This format deviates from the standard organ trio instrumentation of Hammond, guitar, and drums.

Something To Remember Him By, which follows 2015’s Keep Smiling (a #1 bestseller in the ‘Cool Jazz’ category on Amazon Music), was inspired by Frank’s grandfather Don Cornell, who was a prominent big band crooner in the 1940s and 1950s and passed away in 2004. The album’s title is also a direct homage to Cornell’s 1996 album “Something to Remember Me By.”
Frank inherited Cornell’s rare 1938 Gibson L5 guitar, which is still in perfect working condition, and Forman used this guitar, along with a matching Gibson amplifier from the same year, for the Something To Remember Him By recording sessions. Something to Remember Him By features Frank’s original composition “Iris Iris” (a dedication to his grandmother and Don’s wife, Iris Cornell, who died in March of 2016) alongside songs that Don Cornell recorded and performed live, including the standards “You Don’t Know What Love Is,” “Love is a Many Splendored Thing,” Cole Porter’s “All of You” and Kurt Weill and Maxwell Anderson’s iconic “September Song.”

Something to Remember Him By was engineered by Sheldon Gomberg and Kevin Smith, mixed to analog tape by Gomberg and mastered by Joe Gastwirt.

Walter Beasley – Blackstreams

According to his website, Walter Beasley was the highest selling full-time Professor/Recording Artist in modern history. He describes himself as musical “Renaissance Man” for the modern generation or the heir to Grover Washington Jr.’s throne. Now we should be impressed.

Behind these titles, you find a man, who has devoted his life to music. A man, who walked through ups and downs and has found his inner peace. Beasley’s success as an educator is his seven-day a week work ethic. “I’m in love with my work and this wonderfully crazy work ethic.” No wonder, that he surprises us with a new album nearly every year. His new suggestion is entitled Blackstreams and an EP.

You find the album under the topic contemporary jazz at CDBaby.

J. Shane Matthews – Wanna See You Dance

J. Shane Matthews was born and raised on the North Coast, Cleveland, Ohio properly. He continues to play and perform exclusively as a Drummer/Percussionist for many years to come-mostly local. I hope you find something in this music to inspire you to your most awesome self!

His album is entitled Wanna See You Dance and it will surprise you with its strange approach.

Check it at CDBaby.

Ron Otis – Stay In Your Lane

A common denominator of Earl Klugh, Bob James or Al Turner is drummer Ron Otis. You find him in addition to on recordings of Kim Scott, Lin Rountree, Brian O’Neal, Justin Young, Dave McMurray, Alexander Zonjic, Al McKenzie, Charles Greene, Randy Scott and more.

After his debut album Upfront (2009), Stay In Your Lane (2017) is his sophomore album. The album comprises nine musical works, shaped by alternating teams of musicians, in which drummer Ron Otis is the common factor and style-forming element.

Low Beat is a creation by pianist Charles Scales, who together with Ron and bassist Al Turner forms a punchy trio. The ground patterns are layered by Charles with a signature clavinet part on which he expands his spacious piano excursion. The theme accelerates in a staccato tempo, a great basis for Ron, to elaborate a filigree structure on the various percussion ensembles.

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Rony “Mr. Smooth” Thomas – For the Love of Music

Rony “Mr. Smooth” Thomas offers a captivating jazz experience. This stems from his love for music since the tender age of 10. Thomas understands the importance of producing a quality sound for all listeners and is dedicated to spreading that quality around the world. Explore this unique and invigorating style of jazz, you won’t regret it!

His new album For the Love of Music offers a sound for all moments. With fun, exciting, songs filled with energy, or smooth and relaxing, a fusion of Latin, jazz, and neo-soul rhythms to this album.

Sit back relax and enjoy the sounds of smooth just arrived at CDBaby.

Mitchell Coleman Jr. – Gravity

Fans of slammin’ yet radio-ready, Jazz-Funk Fusion, will rejoice upon the discovery of bassist/composer Mitchell Coleman Jr.! Coleman, a disciple of the Stanley Clarke, Larry Graham, Louis Johnson and Marcus Miller schools of The Throwdown, is still in awe of the success of the 2016 release of his debut CD, Perception. Perception is described as Mitchell’s second musical journey of self-exploration – which fulfilled Mitchell’s lifelong dream of expressing the music that’s been in his heart since he began thumpin’ basses at the tender age of 10.

The new CD Gravity was independently released in August 2017 on Mitchell’s own Soul Revelations Records label. Once again partnering with veteran Motown producer Michael B. Sutton and the first lady of Smooth Jazz Gail Jhonson, Gravity displays Mitchell’s musical growth at a whole new level. His experimental sound genre-hops from Jazz to Hip Hop to R&B proving his versatility as an artist. The new album brings the listener closer into every unfolding genius mindset of Mitchell Coleman Jr. as displayed in the infectious track “Transcendence” and the ethereal title Track “Gravity”. “One of the hidden gems on the CD is the Michael Jackson track “I Can’t Help It” penned by the legendary Stevie Wonder and featuring Ralph Tresvant ( New Editon).

The new album is featured under the topic contemporary jazz/jazz fusion at CDBaby.