Archive for August, 2018

Bob Baldwin – Bob Baldwin Presents Abbey Road and The Beatles

Bob Baldwin was a kid listening to pop radio in the outskirts of New York City when he fell in love with the melodies of the Beatles. For his 25th album, the pianist-keyboardist embarks upon a magical mystery tour through the hit-filled pages of the legendary group’s storied songbook, plying his trademark urban-jazz sheen to the iconic harmonies. The Red River Entertainment release that dropped last Friday (November 30), Bob Baldwin presents Abbey Road and the Beatles was produced and arranged by Baldwin who wrote an original song in tribute to the band, “Abbey Road,” along with composing new passages that add unique elements to the eleven reimagined Beatles classics.

Having issued albums that honor the landmark works of Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson and Thom Bell, Baldwin set his sights on the Fab Four’s influential catalogue that first captured his interest decades ago.

“My childhood listening tendencies before I was ten-years-old were quite broad, including Oscar Peterson, Miles Davis, the music of Motown and Aretha Franklin. On the pop side, the catchy hooks of the Beatles crept into my ear from days of listening to pop radio. For this project, I wanted to interject my own reharmonized view of the Beatles music while keeping the original melodies pure. Doing the Beatles was a different twist for me,” said Baldwin, who plays piano, keyboards, bass, drums, melodica, vocoder and plies his soothing tenor voice to the session. “It would be cool to know if Sir Paul McCartney could hear it, and more importantly, if he digs the attempt.” Continue reading

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Jason D. Jordan – Introducing Me

A Smooth Jazz project designed to set the atmosphere for any moment, With guest artist such as Al Turner, Charlie Jordan, and Sam Williams on bass, Dana Davis, Jason Meekins on drums, Ras Abijah, Carter Arrington, Todd Pritchard on guitar and Jason D. Jordan on keys.

Introducing Me is a unique Smooth/Contemporary Jazz EP filled with infectious grooves and tantalizing melodies.

This album is available on CDBaby.

Jonathan Butler – Close To You

South African guitarist, singer and songwriter Jonathan Butler dedicates himself to Burt Bacharach’s music with invigorating and unique interpretations on Close To You.

“This record was inspired by my fiancé Nadira Kimberly. At home one night, we played and sang together as we listened to “Close To You” by the amazing Burt Bacharach. This really opened the door for me to do this amazing man’s music. In 1975 I was 13 years old when my first single was released, “Please Stay” by none other than Burt Bacharach. It’s like I’ve come full circle.”

Get the album on Amazon.com.

Kool&Klean – Best of so Far

Lovers of the music of Paul Hardcastle’s The Jazzmasters and Kim Waters’ Streetwize series will be captured by the magic of Kool&Klean. Creator of these popular series is saxophonist Konstantin Klashtorni, who lives since several years in Germany, where his activity rises to unimagined heights.

As a result of many years of successful producing of Kool&Klean series this album is a compilation of the best tracks so far from 6 previous albums.

Best of so Far is now on sale at CDBaby.

Skinny Hightower – Retrospect

American jazz pianist, drummer, bass player, and producer Skinny Hightower is a smooth jazz powerhouse. After his debut album Cloud Nine (2016) and his label debut Emotions on Trippin ‘N’ Rhythm Records (2017) his new album Retrospect (2018) is the logical step towards his declared goal to achieve his greatness in the smooth jazz genre.

The credits of this album are briefly summarized: Skinny is the multi-instrumental genius with the focus on his Yamaha MX and P115 keyboards with organ, Fender Rhodes, explosive horn and string arrangements, flute, bass and deep percussion textures. Guest musicians are saxophonist Konstantin Klashtorni, guitarist Almon Johnson, drummer Nate Smith and vocalist Bebe Merrills.

Skinny Hightower reveals with pointed, powerful keystrokes on Sample That the music he stands for and which influenced him. Joe Sample, Bill Evans and Quincy Jones are his personal idols.

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Player A – Devices, Techniques, & Mechanisms

The future evolution of Player A, with remixes and revisits of songs from “Our Own Devices” as well as two new songs.

Player A is

Told You So! (feat. Jeff Kashiwa)
Drums: John Hammond
Bass: Gary Lunn
Guitars: Mark Baldwin
Saxes: Jeff Kashiwa
Keys and Programming: Eric Copeland
Additional Loops and Programming: Jeff Savage

Deep Pockets
Drums: Scott WIlliamson
Bass: Danny O’Lannerghty
Guitars: Mark Baldwin
Keyboards and Programming: Eric Copeland
Additional Loops and Programming: Jeff Savage

Yin & Yang
Drums: Scott WIlliamson
Bass: Gary Lunn
Guitars: Tom Hemby
Keyboards, Vocals, and Programming: Eric Copeland

Chillest (Savage Remix)
Drums: Dan Needham
Bass: Gary Lunn
Guitars: Mark Baldwin
Keys and Programming: Eric Copeland
Remix by Jeff Savage

Coming On Smooth
Drums: Dan Needham
Bass: Gary Lunn
Guitars: Mark Baldwin
Saxes: Sam Levine
Keys and Programming: Eric Copeland
Additional Loops and Programming: Jeff Savage

Sleekness Revisited (feat. Marcus Anderson)
Drums: John Hammond
Bass: Gary Lunn
Guitars: Mark Baldwin
Saxes: Marcus Anderson
Keys and Programming: Eric Copeland
Additional Loops and Programming: Jeff Savage

Devices, Techniques, & Mechanisms is available on CDBaby.

David P. Stevens – Rogue

David P. Stevens has released his 6th studio album, Rogue! Why Rogue? In every artist’s career, they must ignore what is expected of them from others, ignore the chatter and the direction others believe they should go in, lock themselves in the studio, and let their hearts and inner musicality lead them. David has done just this! Though known for his exciting, genre bending smooth jazz, we now find David branching out into many contemporary jazz directions, and done so, seamlessly. Journey with David as he goes Rogue!

David P. Stevens releases an artist masterpiece! A new must listen album, from beginning to end! Now get your personal impression on CDBaby.

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