Archive for February, 2018

Thumper & Generation One – The Valentine’s Collection

Thumper, Omaha Nebraskas one, and only 1 man band has been on the music scene for several years and has a very high following. He has developed his own website, where you can see and hear more of him, an Independent record label Thumpin’ Hard Records, Inc. 2 recording studios, and United 4 Love Entertainment, his own entertainment company. This monster musical genius blends Rock, Gospel, Funk, Jazz, Pop, R&B, and many other styles together and adds a little spice of his own to produce his sound the O-ZONE sound.

The Valentine’s Collection is a Smooth Jazz Collection of original and cover ballads that stretch through time to bring love and happiness to lovers young and old. Buy that musical flower bouquet on CDBaby.

Cody Carpenter – Cody Carpenter’s Interdependence

Cody Carpenter, the son of movie genius John Carpenter, steps out the huge shadow of his father. In addition to contributing music for two of his father’s films, Vampires (1998) and Ghosts of Mars (2001), Carpenter composed and performed the full-length score for “Cigarette Burns” and “Pro-Life” in Showtime’s Masters of Horror (2005) movie series.  Cody co-wrote, co-produced, and performed on the acclaimed Lost Themes (2015) and Lost Themes II (2016) with his father and Daniel Davies.

One can meet Cody under his alter ego “Ludrium”. Infiltrate The Mother Ship for example offers progressive rock, game music, fusion, and synth stylings. His newest solo project is Cody Carpenter’s Interdependence, released in 2018 on Blue Canon Records.

Cody planed to create this time music in the jazz rock realm. So he first contacted bass player Jimmy Haslip, with whom he already worked some years ago. Influenced by the early Genesis and keyboardist Keith Emmerson he wanted to try something in that direction. While on the albums by Ludrium are mostly vocal tracks, Cody decided to make a pure instrumental album this time.

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Andrea Joi – Undefined

Andrea Joi debuts her crossover album, Undefined, which is an eclectic project that pushes the boundaries of the flute in commercial music to new heights. Andrea Joi (AJ) performs an array of original compositions and re-vamped arrangements with her sultry flute sound that many describe as “the Sound of the Ocean.” The album takes listeners on a sonic journey around the world and collides musical traditions and currencies in an unorthodox fashion. Andrea Joi’s music will make you dance, cry, and smile from ear to ear.

Andrea Joi (AJ) is a powerful woman who is multi-ethnic, not only in her heritage but in her music as well, which allows her to touch the souls of audiences of all demographic backgrounds. Elements of African Dance, Jazz, Classical, EDM, Gospel, Native American, Latin, and Pop Music are all represented throughout this project in a way that is truly “Undefined”!

Undefined is on CDBaby.

Nils – Play

Nils’new album entitled Play is a perfect metaphor for his easy-going, effortless ability to produce, compose, perform and engineer a 12 track collection of amazing hits. The endless studio hours spent have resulted in a unique yet very commercial sound that crosses into multiple formats. From the opening track ‘Coast to Coast’ to the sure to be radio single ‘Straight Down the Line’ and the soulful remake of the George Michael classic hit, ‘Careless Whispers’, Nils has delivered a collection of evergreen hits to be added to his stellar song catalog.

Calling on his musician friends and others to lend an ear and help with the many elements of the production, Nils’ chosen lineup has created an album of excellent sound quality and first class musicianship featuring Steve Cole, lead sax and sax solo; Daryl Williams, bass; Oliver C. Brown, percussion; Johnny Britt, keys, trumpet swells and trumpet solo; Jay-Jam, horns; Dov and the Love Star Strings, string section; Gail Johnson, piano; Eddie Brown, vocals; Tony Moore, drums; Roberto Vally, bass; Phillippe Saisse, keyboards; Mike Parlett, saxes; Mitch Foreman, piano; Clydene Jackson, vocals, Rhodes keyboard; Nate Harrison, keys; Charley Langer, saxes; Eric Valentine, drums; Brandon Willis, sax; Simon Phillips, drums.

Pre-order Play at Amazon.com.

 

 

Chet Nichols – Desert Sunrise

Chet Nichols is an award-winning singer-songwriter, composer, producer, recordist and multi-instrumentalist from the United States. He has toured extensively all over the USA and has lived in numerous cites including: Chicago, Los Angeles, Boulder, San Francisco, Kansas City, Oklahoma City and more. He has written over 2,000 songs/compositions and has produced 30+ CDs of original material.

Desert Sunrise is a collection of original instrumentals versions of songs that have lyrics. The style of the songs are easy-listening with a mix of jazz, pop, folk and soft rock flavors. It is a perfect album to enjoy by yourself or with family and friends.

Get the album on CDBaby.

Marion Meadows – Soul City

Marion Meadows understands it perfectly to put himself in the limelight. So that the light does not blind him, you can see him on many of his covers with sunglasses. This underlines the aura of mystery, created and wisely cultivated by him. Musician friends and fans know him however as a sociable person who likes to have a small talk.

Keeping soul in mind his new album is titled Soul City (2018). Marion performs on this album mostly soprano sax, on several tracks tenor sax. He reached out to two familiar producers and keyboardists, who designed the album with him. We talk about Chris Big Dog Davis and Rahni Song.

Marion also invited prolific guest musicians such as Will Gaines, Julio Hernandez (bass), Norman Brown, Peter White, Rohn Lawrence, Wayne Gerard, Kaimi Hananoeau (guitar), Joey Sommerville (trumpet), Maysa, Peabo Bryson, Kim Fleming, Will Downing, Dana Lauren (vocals), Maria Meadows, The Super Choir of Atlanta, Timmy Maia (bg. vocals), Roberto Vazquez (piano), Orlando Hernandez (drums, percussion), Jeff Bradshaw (trombone), Jorel “Jfly” Flynn (drums), Justin Gilbert (keyboards), Nicole Neely String Chicks Music LLC (strings), Bob Baldwin (string edits), Niger Troutman (Timpani).

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D Rolark – Soulidify

Multi-Instrumentalist D Rolark releases his most soulful album to date, Soulidify. A sophisticated blend of Smooth Jazz, Soul, R&B, Funk, and Inspirational, Soulidify encompasses D Rolark on keys, Piccolo Bass, 5-String Bass, Rhythm Guitar, Drums, and his debut on vocals, also featuring smooth & soulful inspirational vocalist Tamirah Leigh Terry. Soulidify presents the opening Minneapolis funk/Marcus Miller-inspired track, “Get On Up”, the smooth/soulful dance title track, the socially conscious anthem “Let Love Arise” which features D Rolark’s debut on vocals along with Tamirah Leigh Terry, the impressing track “Giving My All 2 U”, the Isley Brothers/Wayman Tisdale-inspired “Peace of Mind”, the Gregg Karukas-influenced “Lake View”, and the smoothness of “Positive Perspective”. Be prepared to be soulidified from a smooth soulful spiritual perspective.

This album is available on CDBaby.

George Granville – A Sweet Sound

On his 1st EP album, George Granville brings a contemporary and rhythmic vibe to traditional gospel songs. This album boasts tunes that successfully fuse the styles of jazz and gospel in his covers of time-honored songs. With piano-driven melodies to smooth vocal serenades, these tracks take listeners on a magnetic, sweet-sounding ride.

This album presents a tasteful blend of contemporary jazz and traditional gospel featuring breathtaking piano expressions and magnetic vocals. A Sweet Sound is listenable on CDBaby.

Dean Krippaehne – Smooth Jazz (Vol 1)

Jazz artist Dean Krippaehne is a veteran songwriter, musician, author, visual artist and Film and TV music producer. His music has been heard on hundreds of TV shows, Film and New Media around the world including: Oprah, Late Night with Seth Meyers, Scorpion, Duck Dynasty, Parenthood, The Today Show, Vampire Diaries, House of Lies, One life to live, T-Mobile and Amazon Connect to name a few. He has also earned gold and platinum records as a songwriter and has decades of experience in the music industry founding both Seattle’s Tri-West Recording Studios and All Screen Music as well as co-founding the advertising company Spektrum and partnering in the Tech company NXT CHNL.

Dean’s first smooth jazz release (The Ph7 Project), a collaboration with producer Erik Hall, received rave reviews back in the late 1990’s and was the springboard for him to write and produce over 100 smooth jazz instrumentals for Mood Media’s (Muzak/DMX) environmental channel – thirty of which continue in worldwide rotation today. Dean Krippaehne Smooth Jazz (Vol 1) is the first official release of these works.

This album is now on sale at CDBaby.

Lin Rountree – Stronger Still

Chicago based trumpet player Lin Rountree returns to the charts with his sixth album Stronger Still (2018) on Trippin ‘N’ Rhythm Records. Against many obstacles and challenges Lin has the power to spread his musical wings.
The list of musicians participating in his project is impressively extensive. Lin himself performs on his new album trumpet and on selected tracks keys, pads and programming. Lin has written all tracks, in part with other artists. Michael Broening has written one song and two together with Lin.

In the center of Lin’s music is the groove. He addresses this on all albums or I better say he celebrates the groove. The starting tune Pass the Groove is a fine prototype to set the audience into move. Even the romance is not left short. On My Time with You Darryl Dixon serves the right flavor with his acoustic guitar. Peter White couldn’t do it better.

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