Archive for September, 2018

Fabio Mignola – Encantado

A Swiss guitarist with Italian heritage that sounds promising. Fabio Mignola studied his instrument with professor Dante Brenna and with further virtuosos like Alberto Ponce, Alexander Rodrigues and Ralph Towner. His solo albums mirror his diverse styles and influences. In 1999 he released Chitarra Ticinese, solo guitar arrangements of folk songs, followed by Flor de Luna (2000), a collection of auxiliary solo recordings. His first step into the contemporary jazz genre was the album Flyin’ Away (2003), which was compared with the music of Peter White and Acoustic Alchemy. Neapolitan jazz is to hear on his album Luna Rossa (2005). His next album Take Me Higher (2008) received high acclaims by many Internet critics of the smooth jazz realm.

His new album Encantado (2018) is a unique blend of Smooth Jazz with Brazilian flavors and rhythms with lush harmonies performed by a impassioned guitarist.

Buy the album on CDBaby.

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Jake Shimabukuro – The Greatest Day

It is a unique characteristic to play an instrument that is rare in the smooth jazz field. Hawaiian Jake Shimabukuro‘s favorite instrument is the Ukulele. With his Ukulele, he has already achieved a degree of popularity that has enabled him to collaborate with such well-known artists as Yo-Yo Ma, Jimmy Buffett, Bette Midler, Cyndi Lauper, Jack Johnson, Ziggy Marley, Dave Koz, Michael McDonald, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Tommy Emmanuel, and Marty Friedman.

His new album The Greatest Day (2018) is a colorful bouquet of familiar melodies, which get their own tinge from Jake’s instrument. The album also contains original compositions, of course, in which Jake also proves his creativity as a songwriter. Besides the producer R.S. Field, bassist Nolan Verner and drummer Evan Hutchings, he also invited guitarist Dave Preston for his new project.

The actual album contains twelve tracks, but these have been expanded to 17 tracks in the ’18 Live version. Time of the Season is a song by the British rock band the Zombies, featured on their 1968 album Odessey and Oracle. Jake’s cover conveys the soft rock character of the original in an unadulterated way.

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Yellowjackets – Raising Our Voice

While the Los Angeles-based Yellowjackets have been a creative force on the jazz scene since 1981 when they recorded their eponymous debut, their fourth Mack Avenue Records album, Raising Our Voice, once again ups the ante with bold new strides by inviting vocalist extraordinaire Luciana Souza to collaborate with the group for seven of its thirteen tunes as well as subtly taking a resistant stand against the status quo of the cultural and political undercurrent of our times.

The Jackets are comprised of pianist/keyboardist/co-founder Russell Ferrante, bassist Dane Alderson in his second recording with the group and drummer Will Kennedy, who joined the band in 1987 and then in 2000 took a 10-year hiatus before returning to the drum chair. As a relative outsider, Souza contributes wordless vocals as well as songs sung in Portuguese and English. She was quickly won over by the band.

“They’re killers,” she says. “They’re so serious yet also so much fun. We laughed a lot during the sessions. Their curiosity is alive, and their joy is to make great music. I was originally going to just do three songs, but it ended up that I’m on over half the record.”

The collection features three old Yellowjackets tunes arranged for a fresh ride with Souza’s contributions, two co-writes with Ferrante and Souza, three new originals each for Ferrante and Mintzer, and Alderson’s first original piece for the band along with two short electronics interludes.

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

Fabian Lance – Reminisce

Fabian Lance is no newcomer to the music industry and the two songs included here prove that beyond a doubt. Born in Washington, DC., Fabian Lance studied music at Virginia Union University in Richmond, VA, the Alma Mater of Will Downing. Where Fabian was a musical protégé of Tyrone Corbett, Weldon Hill and James Saxsmo Gates just to name a few. As a pianist he has worked as an Music Director for many talented artist and musicians, has toured Europe several times with Broadway Productions, including Sister ACT I & II, The Wiz, and Eubie. Fabian has served as pianist for the late, great Ronnie Jordan, Plunky and Oneness, and the James Cleveland Music Workshop. He has also produced outstanding smooth jazz releases by Anthony Ingram and Neo-Soul by Joye B. Moore. A founding member of the Super Contemporary Jazz Group – FRENS with Carl Lester-El Jr. (Ramsey Lewis) and vocalist Rudy Faulkner, Fabian Lance has done it all.

Trying not to make comparisons is very difficult when your sound and technique is classic; as is the case with Fabian Lance. Joe Sample, Jeff Lorber, Bob James, Paul Hardcastle, Brian Culbertson all come to mind when you listen to the entire scope of his songs. So much so, Sunset in Venice, Reminisce, Afterthought, Round Midnight and the ultimately smooth groove “B” Side , superbly produced by Veteran Producer, Singer, Engineer, Tyrone Corbett and his multi-talented partner Robert Donzella, will take you to that place where the first thing you will ask is “Who is that?” Especially as Sunset has vocal stylings reminiscent of early Earth, Wind and Fire, performed superbly by St. Thomas, native, Rudy Faulkner. Crazy Love will also turn heads as Chyp bring this funky vocal track as close to jazzy-funky-cool as you can get.

Sunset in Venice, the Lead Single from the hit CD “Reminisce”, is a picturesque landscape of the Venetian Sunset revealed in song. Inspired by the actual experience of watching the Sunset over Venice, Italy, where Fabian Lance was recently on tour. Sunset in Venice is a wonderful and timely spring release that creates the mood of beautiful evenings together with family and friends, sipping on your favorite beverage listening to the smooth contemporary sounds of Fabian Lance.

The CD “Reminisce” tells a story of versatility, musicianship, great production, and style. As the long awaited debut Solo CD for this veteran of many stages all over the world, this CD is the just the beginning of a great career as a recording artist for Fabian Lance. Get it now as download only on CDBaby.

Noah Peterson – One Man Jams

Loop station artist and saxophonist Noah Peterson releases a collection of One Man Jams. Ever on his quest for funkiness, Noah has taken his loop station shows from the Solo Sax Sessions into the land of the groove. This transition has taken place mostly on tours and at his live shows deep in the heart of Texas. This release showcases a combination of some old favorites and open frameworks that take you on the musical journey that is more representative at what you experience at a live show today.

Test this experiment on CDBaby.

Steve Campbell – Morning Dew

Steve Campbell furthered his music career when he co-founded a group called Universe, which was a seven-member R&B group that he wrote and produced music for as well as for other groups and recording artists. Steve’s first Cd, Ocean Blue was released in 2016. Morning Dew is a musical journey of nearly 4 decades that span Steve’s passion for music.

Morning Dew is on sale on CDBaby.

Mark Mitchell – Get Movin

Despite writing and collaborating on other artist’s projects, this is Mark’s debut CD of original works. His musical influences while rooted in Jazz include; R&B, Soul, Funk, Gospel, Pop, and Blues. While growing up in Philadelphia during the 70s, he grew up with and was exposed to a number Philly’s treasured musicians. His influences range from saxophonists: Cannonball Adderly to Grover Washington, Jr. to Kirk Whalum and everyone in between.

Get Movin is a unique collection of original music ranging from urban grooves to inspired ballads. You find this treasury on CDBaby.

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