Archive for January, 2018

Marion Meadows – Soul City

Smooth Jazz Superstar Marion Meadows is without question one of the most popular and unique talents on the jazz scene today.  Blessed with movie star looks and the smoothest saxophone tone on the planet, Marion has sold close to one million albums in his brilliant career. His constant string of radio hits and relentless touring have garnered legions of fans, and his appearances with such varied artists as The Temptations, Michael Bolton and Will Downing are a testament to his broad audience appeal.

His new album is titled Soul City. Further information about this album, which will be released February 9, 2018 on Shanachie Entertainment, will follow.

You can pre-order Soul City on Amazon.com.

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Cashmere Williams – Uptown

Cashmere Williams is a seasoned professional with over seventeen years professional experience in the music business. In 1999, Williams stepped out as a full-time musician entertaining at corporate events, private parties and the occasional jazz festival, he knew then that’s what he wanted to do for a living. 2003, he got the call to back American Idol winner Ruben Studdard appearing on shows like The David Letterman Show, The Ellen Degeneres Show, The View, The Jay Leno Show and many more. After three years on the road, Cashmere recorded “New Birth”, a dedication to his daughter Harmonie which debuted on the Smooth Jazz Charts for several months. Coming full circle, Cashmere has blended his two favorite types of music – Gospel & Jazz, with a new release titled Step.

His sophomore album Uptown will be released February 2018. The album offers fresh guitar tunes with an ultimate smooth sound. You can support Cashmere by obtaining his new album via his gofundme campaign.

Stephen Pender – Out of My Element

Stephen Pender, a native of Wilson, NC, is a multi-instrumentalist, artist, clinician, and producer. His attention to detail, eagerness to perfection and heart for God has allowed him to take his gift nationally as an accompanist as well as an artist. While he began playing gospel music, he has expanded his musical genre to jazz, rhythm and blues, classical, etcetera. He has been the musician for Stellar Award-winning artists and national competitive choirs.

Pender released his first extended play, The Art of Expression, Vol. 1, which includes a combination of hymns and original compositions, in July 2014. In December 2014, he presented the first annual A SAPhisticated Christmas Concert and released his first Christmas album, which includes Christmas music from the concert. Pender is looking forward to presenting shows and events to give back to his community and assist in giving those who are less fortunate life-changing opportunities.  His new album Out of My Element is a fresh, new sound from an artist who will captivate the heart and soul of the listener.

Right now arrived on CDBaby.

Demetrice Everett – Life

Versatile drummer Demetrice Everett is known by his stage name “Meatdadrummer”, which is also the name of his website. He is influenced by dynamic drummers such as Buddy Rich, Dennis Chambers, Dave Weckl, Calvin Rodgers, Will Kennedy, John Robert, Vinnie Colaiuta, Calvin “Coon” Napper, George “Spanky” McCurdy, Chris Coleman and his mentor Jeremy Haynes.

He already performed on albums by Paul Whitley (Come Groove With Me), Sam Hankins (Do That Thang), Marcus Anderson (Style Meets Substance) and David McLorren (Reesonz). His debut solo album is Life (2017).

Featured artists on his first project are saxophonist Marcus Anderson, guitarists Dan Jost, Darnell Taylor, Jonathan DuBose, Kevin Wilson, Rob Barcarrosa, bassists Reginald Jessup, Ashley Doe, Bernard Harris, keyboardists Bertron Curtis, Nile Hargrove, vocalists Marcus Cole, Tyra Scott and rap singer Aniya Williams among others.

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Alex Hahn – Emerging

It’s fresh. It’s invigorating and at the same time calming. It’s Alex Hahn’s sophomore release, Emerging (2017). The title could be a testimony of the recording artist’s status. The sound culls elements of jazz, symphony, cinema and instrumental soul.

Hahn plays alto and soprano saxophones. Other musicians are Ramsey Castaneda, tenor saxophone; Jon Hatamiya, trombone; Simon Moullier, vibraphone and synth; Paul Cornish, piano; Logan Kane, acoustic bass; Colin McDaniel, drums; Connor Kent, percussion; and The Andrew Tholl Strings.

“Long Ago” opens softly with a moderate piano. The soprano comes, soon after joined by other instruments. With the trombone and sax blending, the mood quickly warms up, enhanced by the thunderous play of McDaniels. Things then settle down for a lively, yet tranquil theme. With Hahn out front on the alto, piano, bass and drum fill between phrases, resembling a call and response but with other voices whispering across the room. Hahn really stretches out on this piece, and as his mood becomes more intense, the supporting players become more of soundscape. Mouller then takes point on the vibes. The horns come back during the climax, setting up a return to the main theme and the fade.

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Lin Rountree – Stronger Still

Chicago based trumpet player Lin Rountree started his solo career in 2006 with the album Groovetree, followed by Sumthin’ Good (2008), Soul-Tree (2011) and Serendipitous (2013). Soulfunky (2015) is his fifth album and the second for CutMore Records.

Stronger Still the new CD from Trippin N’ Rhythm recording artist Lin Rountree features some of the Industry’s hottest artists and producers and is set to release February 9, 2018. The first single “Pass The Groove” produced by Michael Broening is currently one of the hottest songs in Contemporary Jazz and is flying up the National Billboard Charts.

You can pre-order the album on Amazon.com.

Chris Godber – Momentum

momentumHailing from Panama City, Florida saxophonist Chris Godber has already four solo albums to his discography. He started his career with Will You Be Mine? (2007) followed by One Breath At A Time (2009), My Offering (2011) and in 2013 Where Are You CHRISTmas.

On his albums he performs soprano, alto and tenor saxophones in addition to the piano, keyboards, and acoustic guitar, drum programming and what you heard toting up. His newest album Momentum was released January 15, 2018.  You can order the album at CDBaby.