Archive for August, 2018

Bob Baldwin – Bob Baldwin Presents Abbey Road and The Beatles

Across a career for which a two decade milestone was achieved in 2013 with his twentieth CD Twenty, Bob Baldwin has proven to be one of the most ubiquitous and ingenious chameleons of Contemporary Jazz – both in his own projects and those he has endeavored upon for others. Recently, he has twice honored the canons of giants: Never Can Say Goodbye: A Tribute to Michael Jackson (2010) and Betcha By Golly Wow / The Songs of Thom Bell (2012).

On September 21, 2018 Bob will release his newest project Bob Baldwin Presents Abbey Road and The Beatles, his 25th album. When you take the Beatles vibe and add some Baldwin-ism flava, you get a cool blend. The CD features Lori Williams, Ragan Whiteside, Dave Anderson, Tony Lewis (bass/drum) and more.

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

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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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