Archive for January, 2018

Sheldon Ferguson – Soul Searching

Sheldon Ferguson is a guitarist originally from Columbia, South Carolina, currently living in Atlanta, GA. He earned his Bachelors in professional music with emphasis in performance and production at Berklee College of Music. In 2011 Sheldon released a smooth jazz album titled The Brighter Side, at the age of 17. Sheldon performed all over the east coast with his band The Sheldon Ferguson Collective and made several television and radio appearances; including the international radio broadcast, “Talking Smooth Jazz” who considers him a part of the new generation of smooth jazz. Sheldon also performs frequently with other artists, sharing the stage with Ledisi, Aloe Blacc, Bilal, Angie Stone, Kim Burrell and many more.

Sheldon has just released his second solo album titled Soul Searching. Get the new album on CDBaby.

Brian Lenair – Underground Vol 3 : “The Cover Story”

Although Brian Lenair began his studies at the University of Maryland as an architect/interior designer, his love for music could not be contained. It wasn’t long before Brian formed his first band called 41/2 Hours. He remained with the group for four years as they established a name in the DC area. Brian eventually left and in 1990 joined a new group called Spur of the Moment. As the front man for the Washington DC-based band, they astounded audiences with their mixture of jazz and R&B sounds for over 15 years. During that time, Spur of the Moment recorded two CDs entitled Spuraddict and Out of the Shadows, which greatly features Brian’s talent as a saxophonist and composer.

For the past 25 years, Brian has built a reputation and following in the Washington DC vicinity and across the country. He has a total of six independently produced CDs to his credit. It was back in 2006 that his solo project Inspirations Volume 1 hit the streets to show off a decidedly spiritual side of his musical persona and although a seasonal offering, A Saxy Christmas, followed in 2008 with a holiday flavor that is simply Brian! Brian stepped center stage and took the jazz world storm, literally with Eye Of The Storm that unlocked his undoubted flair for R & B tinged contemporary jazz. With the success of Inspirations Volume 1 and the many fans who constantly want more, Brian has been in the studio working on Inspirations Volume 2: “Oh What a Blessing that was released in late 2013/early 2014.

His new album is Underground Vol 3 : “The Cover Story”.  This CD again focuses on the supreme talent, his spiritual gift and what he can do when he places that saxophone in his hand! CDBaby has the album on sale!

Dirk K – Blue Sky

Two souls alas! are dwelling in my breast.

This cite from Goethe’s Faust describes excellent Dirk K’s split love of Flamenco jazz and smooth jazz. His current work comprises fifteen CD’s as a solo artist, eight CD’s with band projects and further 30 CD’s for other artists such as Randy Brecker, Peter Erskine, Toots Thielemans, Dave Weckl, Brandon Fields, Alan Pasqua, Marc Johnson, Terri Lyne Carrington, Gary Meek, Rick Braun and many more.

His newest album is Blue Sky, which is just now only available as a download on Dirk’s website.

WaKaNa – Saxess Story

Chiba, Japan born saxophonist WaKaNa is member of the upcoming band LUCA and in Korea and China of the band IN YA MELLOW TONE. Her first solo project is Saxcess Story (2018). The album was produced by keyboardist Greg Manning, who also performs on six of the eight tracks.

WaKaNa seamlessly joins the smooth jazz sax community with the fresh and modern I Told You So. Adam Hawley adds a funky rhythm guitar beat and Greg Manning delivers a fashionable environment on keyboards and programming. WaKaNa’s intonation on alto sax is strong, unadulterated and superb.

With elegant beauty WaKaNa absolves the Saxcess Story in organic conversations of melody and counterpoint. Her lively music is up to date and will certainly reach the attention of the smooth jazz audience. Greg peps up the song with furious solo interludes. Pillow Talk is a central theme in the smooth jazz genre. WaKaNa shows up with a very emotional interpretation perfectly supported by Adam Hawley on his intuitive guitar.

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Daryl Beebe – The Daryl Beebe Project: Seasons Change

The soul-stirring sound of saxophonist, Daryl Beebe, has electrified audiences all over the country. He’s back to do it again with his brand new project, Seasons Change. For over 25 years Daryl has stirred the mind, body, and soul using the entire saxophone to express the emotion and message behind his music. This project, Seasons Change is an inspirational, intriguing, soothing, and uplifting collection of music that encourages listeners to look to the Son of Man to see the brighter side of life. Ecclesiastes says “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the the heaven.” Produced by the great Mark “Polo” Dixon, this project is sure to relax as well as inspire you no matter what season in life you are in.

In 2002, Daryl along with his good friend Harry Patton released their debut album, The Covenant Project. The energetic gospel jazz group, Partners in Christ. The project is an exciting mix of jazz, Latin, gospel, and other influences. The group followed up with their 2010 CD entitled Called. Now Beebe is following up with the full CD, The Daryl Beebe Project – Seasons Change. His new release is an eclectic work filled with soul storing selections that will soothe the soul. Daryl is endorsed with Sax Dakota Saxophones and looks forward to a productive future the company.​

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Greg Spero & Spirit Fingers – Spirit Fingers

“I feel I have a mission and something to say,” confides pianist Greg Spero and leader of SPIRIT FINGERS. “It requires a lot of digging and a lot of agony to get to the point where it can be said truly and honestly.” The forward-thinking and introspective pianist has been in the woodshed with his electrifying quartet SPIRIT FINGERS, who will make their Shanachie Entertainment debut on March 16, 2018 with their explosive eponymously titled CD. “We’ve been working on this for a year and a half, and have finally captured where we are on this new recording. We’ve only scratched the surface.” The new CD promises to be one of the highlights in jazz in 2018. A riveting collection of originals, SPIRIT FINGERS takes us on a glorious genre-bending excursion of free-wheeling groove, unbridled swing, and rhythmic fancy.

Spero and company lock-in creating a thrilling soundscape and moments of beautiful telepathic interplay that make the journey more than worth- while. SPIRIT FINGERS, formerly known as Polyrhythmic, has steadily been building a fan base and has amassed (under their original name) more than 250,000 views on YouTube. SPIRIT FINGERS is pianist Greg Spero, Parisian bassist Hadrien Feraud (John McLaughlin, Kamasi Washington, Chick Corea), Dallas drum prodigy drummer Mike Mitchell (Stanley Clark, Christian McBride, Chrisette Michelle) and Italian guitarist Dario Chiazzolino (Dave Liebman, Buika, Taylor Eigsti).

Shanachie VP of Jazz A&R Danny Weiss, who signed Greg Spero, is a veteran jazz producer who has recorded some of the biggest names in jazz. Weiss produced guitarist Larry Coryell’s landmark album Spaces, featuring John McLaughlin, Chick Corea, Miroslav Vitous and Billy Cobham. “When I started out making jazz records in the late 60s and early 70s, there was a great sense of adventure, innovation and excitement in the music. Since then, some great music has been created, but that vitality and innovation has become scarce,” states Weiss. “When I heard Greg Spero and his band I felt an excitement that I had not experienced in a long time. Not only is his virtuosity on the highest level, but the passion, the sense of adventure and innovation, and flat out groove are off the charts. Greg’s music has reminded me why I’m in this business!” Continue reading

Lowell Hopper – Forward Motion

Panama City, Florida based – guitarist Lowell Hopper – soulful guitar, haunting melodies, funky bass, and beats; his music creates an audio tapestry that the listener can’t help but be drawn into.  From original compositions to marvelous renditions of classics, he is a world apart. For over 30 years, Lowell has been charming audiences around the world with tender ballads, transcendent instrumentals, and hard-hitting renditions of R & B and jazz classics. Lowell does what he does because he loves doing it.  It is the adoration of fans and his desire to share his love of music with them that has motivated Lowell to keep performing and producing high-quality music.

His new project Forward Motion is a colorful blend of crisp electric guitar, jubilant bass, haunting melodies, and fresh beats! Forward Motion is guitarist/multi-instrumentalist Lowell Hopper’s 14th album and it is packed with a rich selection of funky grooves and soulful jazz tracks.

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Dan Siegel – Origins

According to his official biography keyboardist Dan Siegel has already released twenty solo albums. With Origins he has just launched his newest project. Anew a collaboration with bassist Brian Bromberg.

Beside Dan and Brian are performing Allen Hinds (electric guitar), Ramon Stagnaro (acoustic guitar), Craig Fundyga (vibraphone), Rogerio Jardim (voice), Vinnie Colaiuta (drums) and Lenny Castro (percussion). All compositions and arrangements are by Dan.

The term Rite of Passage envelops the visitor in an aura of the mysterious and mystical. Siegel, however relies on the familiar environment, proven chords and harmonies. There is nothing wrong with that, because he perfected them. Alexander Graham Bell made the famous announcement “When one door closes another opens”. When One Door Closes musically distributes the optimism that underlies this statement.

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Isamu McGregor – Resonance

For something a little different, give a listen to pianist Isamu McGregor’s Resonance (Ghost Note Records, 2017). The music moves from breathtaking to symphonic to placid to hard-charging.

The players are Evan Marlen, bass; Gene Coye, drums; Bennie Maupin, bass clarinet on “The Drifter”; Seamus Blake, tenor sax on “Relentless”; and Dean Anbar, guitar on “Thor vs. James Brown.”

“Relentless” begins softly as if a sun slowly rising. Blake opens, with McGregor slowly building until the music warms up and the others join in. Coye injects some broken-time strikes. For the opening and much of the melody, the piano remains rooted in a static beat, changing up every so often. The music rises and softens, suggesting it may be over. But as the name suggests, the respite is temporary. On the next pass, things become intense with Blake out front, the leader doing his thing and Coye augmenting it all.

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Demetrius Houser – Power of Love

Hailing from San Bernadino now Riverside, California resident gifted keyboardist Demetrius Houser creates Power of Love. Peaceful and smooth love music. Easy listening. A project for music lovers all over the world. Demetrius Houser makes sure your ears are satisfied and that you vibe to the groove.

Power of Love is now your favorite choice at CDBaby.