Archive for October, 2018

Acoustic Alchemy – Thirty Three And A Third

For over three decades the Acoustic Alchemy have been at the forefront of contemporary jazz, even if the band’s signature eclectic mix of styles has meant they have never comfortably fit snugly into any one genre; “We’ve had a lot of labels over the years, at the start there were all these names flying around like New Adult Contemporary, New Age music, and then it became Smooth Jazz, but we’ve never really thought about ourselves as being in any one particular genre. We just make music we like.” Says Greg, “At the core it’s always been about one simple concept: the sound of the nylon and steel guitars working together, but that leaves a lot of scope for exploring all sorts of musical ideas.”

Their new album is entitled Thirty Three And A Third and will be released on November 16, 2018 (Onside Records). You can order it now on

Grace Brancale – Vacations Vol. 1

Come join international artist, Grace Brancale, on another musical journey in her latest release called, Vacations Vol. 1. Inside this treasure, you will find an audio, anytime vacation full of passionate, musical paintings depicting the atmosphere, ambiance, or the memory of a vacation activity. Whether enjoying the day by the shore, on the beach, on a cruise, on an exotic trek through the rain forest, at a festival, relaxing under a big, open, sparkling, starry sky, staying at your own villa at a tropical paradise, or savoring an unrushed, easy morning or even your kind of stay cation, Grace Brancale’s album will take you on an audio journey any time you play these singles. There’s even a composition in her album about escaping via plane high above the clouds to your vacation destination.

With singles featured on local and global smooth jazz radio stations like, Grace Brancale has been described as an internationally acclaimed artist that emerges with a soulful, dreamy sound, surrounding her lyrical, rhythmic ivory melodies with seductive grooves and sensual, soaring ambiances. Her musical roots as a composer, multi-instrumentalist, and classically trained pianist are her tools to create the perfect smooth jazz atmosphere for chilling and rejuvenating. Listeners across 216 countries have been enjoying her music since it first debuted August 2017 and many across the US and around the world have reached out to her to let her know they are a fan of her music because of its universal appeal and their personal connection with it. Sound cloud features have described her work as passionate, original smooth jazz featuring musical paintings. Be sure to add Grace Brancale’s Vacations Vol. 1 album to your collection today to start enjoying your own “anytime vacations”.

Get the album at CDBaby.

Ron McMillon – Press Toward The Mark

Colorado Native Ron McMillon has a style that is a mixture of Gospel and Smooth Jazz. Having studied music at the collegiate level, Ron’s creative versatility is on full display at his inspired performances at concert venues, churches, jazz festivals, and also while playing live with smooth jazz artist and producer Darren Rahn, world renowned pianist Adlan Cruz, gospel artists Kim Stratton, Phillip “Doc” Martin, and many other notable performers.

Mr. McMillon released his first gospel jazz single entitled “It Is Me” in the Spring of 2013. With his debut single going to smooth jazz radio in 2015, saxophonist Ron McMillon presents “Consuming Fire,” from his current album, Talkin’ About Jesus, which was produced by acclaimed format veteran Darren Rahn. This chart topping single has taken the world by storm on smooth jazz and Gospel stations worldwide, including play on SiriusXM “Watercolors”! In the Summer of 2016 Ron McMillon released his 2nd hit single “In The Flow”, which reigned on the very prestigious Top 30 Billboard Chart for 8 consecutive weeks! Ron’s sincere passion for music ministry and his love for God is the foundation of ALL of his new found success in the music industry. McMillon is quoted saying, “My desire has always been to touch the hearts of people all over the world with my musical gifting. This is just the beginning!”

Ron has just released his new album Press Toward The Mark October 2018. Many Smooth Jazz and Gospel Jazz lovers have been anxiously awaiting this new release! A signed copy of the album can be purchased at Mr McMillon’s website or buy the album on CDBaby.

Kayla Waters – Coevolve

With Apogee pianist and composer Kayla Waters, introduced by her famous dad saxophonist Kim Waters, had her first surprise success. This year we can admire her following album Coevolve.

As on the previous album Kayla was supported by her father. Further artists on the new album are guitarists Freddie Fox and Nick Colionne, bassist Mel Brown, and vocalist Shacara Rogers.

Kayla’s perfectly developed sense for fine harmonies finds its expression in the starting tune Zephyr. It’s the name of the Greek god of the west winds. The lightness of the wind can be discovered in Kayla’s emotional keystrokes.

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Bobby Broom – Soul Fingers

Heralded as “one of the most musical guitarists of our times,” by author and jazz critic Ted Gioia, Bobby Broom has spent the new millennium focusing on his musical output as a leader. He has recorded with both his Bobby Broom Trio and the disbanded, Deep Blue Organ Trio for the Premonition, Delmark and Origin labels. His Plays for Monk was released in spring 2009, The Way I Play in April 2008, and Deep Blue’s Wonderfu1! in 2011 and Folk Music in 2007. Bobby was recognized as one of the top guitarists in Down Beat magazine’s annual Critics Poll for 3 years, from 2012–2014. His Deep Blue CD, Wonderfu1!, reached number one on both US national jazz radio charts.

His latest BBT release, My Shining Hour (Origin, 2014), received a New York Times review and placed at number three on the US national jazz radio chart. Throughout his career, Broom has continued to garner praise and encouragement from his peers and elders. Sonny Rollins has said, “Bobby is the reason I like the guitar.” Fellow guitarists also laud Broom, including those that he admires such as John Scofield, George Benson and Pat Metheny, who cited Broom’s 2007 Song and Dance recording as “one of the best (jazz) guitar trio records ever!”

Broom’s latest recording is with his new organ group, the Bobby Broom Organi-Sation, which was the opening act for Steely Dan’s fifty-city, North American tour in 2014. The new recording, Soul Fingers, is arguably Bobby’s most ambitious to date. Produced by the legendary drummer/producer Steve Jordan, Bobby once again revisits the music of his youth, this time employing a wide range of instrumental palates, in addition to palpable group interplay and his own, always soulful and singularly personal sound and style.

The album is available on

Grace Kelly – Go Time Brooklyn 2

“I’m so excited to release GO TiME: Brooklyn 2 in time for my Korean debut at Jarasum Jazz Festival especially, because I am Korean-American. It features the latter half of the GO TiME: Brooklyn recording at the Systems 2 recording studio. Fans on our tour and online loved the dynamism and audio quality of the music in the first CD, plus the ability to watch the professionally filmed video footage online whenever they want,” Kelly says. “This second album keeps those same core elements while pushing the envelope musically to explore the sonic world where jazz meets electronic, contemporary, and pop influences.”

Songs from GO TiME: Brooklyn 2, which include “Gracified” covers of classic Rolling Stones and Ray Charles hits, have already been seeing significant traction online. BuzzFeed Video’s Facebook clip of Fish and Chips a dancing saxophone duet with Leo P of Too Many Zooz, has reached over 400,000 views. The soulful fan favorite Feels Like Home has garnered a Grand Prize in 2018 John Lennon Songwriting Contest.

“These days, it feels like creating music is this complex, mysterious thing that’s locked up in a recording studio and out of reach for almost everyone. I don’t want my music to be like that, because music is meant to be about community and interaction and love,” Kelly explained. “That’s why I’m using technology to reach out to people around the world and make them feel like they’re right there with me when I’m creating and performing. There’s this amazing joy that happens, and it really just makes the music light up.”

For further information about Grace Kelly, visit her website at

This album is released under Jazz Pop on CDBaby.

Yiorgos Zikoyiannis – Atmospheres

Bass player, composer, arranger Yiorgos Zikoyiannis is mainly a session bass player and takes part in thousands of recordings and concerts in Greece and all around the world, since 1980. He recorded a double CD and tours in Spain with famous Leo Brower. He formed a jazz-trio with German guitarist Toto Blanke and drummer G.Trandalidis. He recorded 3 records with the famous singer “Fairuz”. He performed in concerts with singer Shirley Bassey. For 2 years he recorded and performed with the famous rock group “Socrates drunk the conium”. He performed in concerts with B.Bands of William (Bill) Russo and Dan Owens and also in B.Band performed with the famous trumpet player Rex Richardson.

Atmospheres is a perfect anti-stress album featuring beautiful melodies and sounds. Basses in all roles, playing melodies, bass lines and even chords. Fender Rhodes and acoustic pianos along with magical pads, that sound like they came down from heaven.

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Rocco Ventrella – Keep In Touch

Bari, Italy born saxophonist Rocco Ventrella has meanwhile conquered a firm place in the smooth jazz scene, which he has achieved with skill and perseverance. He found his entrance with the homage Tribute To Grover Washington, Jr. (2005), followed by Give Me The Groove (2007), Sweet Temptation (2013) and Another Time (2015). With Keep In Touch (2018) he sets a new musical sign of life.

With the exception of two covers Rocco has written all tracks. While Rocco performs most of the instruments, he had a great support by Michele Violante, who performed on nearly all tracks electric guitar and drums, and produced and mixed the album together with Rocco. Guest musicians are Dennis Rollins (trombone), André Berry (bass), Mark Stephens (Rhodes), Sergio Bellotti (drums), Adam Hawley (electric guitar), and Jim Scimonetti (sax).

Anyone who knows Rocco personally is aware of his affinity for interpersonal relationship that he seeks with particular cordiality. Love therefore comes in an authentic and surprisingly in a very modern version. Rapper Slim Spitta serves a rap insert which gives the piece buoyancy.

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Ricky Peterson – Drop Shot

61ToZO0qt9L._SL1200_Ricky Peterson is a musician’s musician. Although he has had a handful of recordings under his own name (on Warner Brothers and Ben Sidran’s Go Jazz label), he is mostly known as the soulful and groovy organ player from David Sanborn’s band. He is also known as a successful producer (Prince, Paula Abdul etc.). This record continues the Peterson sound, organic, groove-based soulful songs, with understated arrangements.

Peterson is a good keyboard player from a musical family. His technique merges blues, rock, and traditional jazz sounds, somewhat in the vein of George Benson but not as pop-oriented. In 1991, he issued a recording on Mesa/Bluemoon titled Smile Blue, with brothers Billy and Paul as part of the ensemble. Subsequent albums in the ’90s included 1995’s Tear Can Tell and 1999’s Souvenir. During the 2000s he has appeared on numerous CDs by both jazz and pop artists, including Stevie Nicks, John Mayer, David Sanborn, Jessy J, Kirk Whalum, Al Jarreau, Patti Austin, and Larry Carlton.

Drop Shot is featuring Bob Mintzer and the WDR Big Band Cologne. Get the album on iTunes.

Eric Essix – More

For Eric Essix, the year 2018 marks two inspiring milestones in his multi-faceted career. The Birmingham, Alabama based contemporary jazz guitarist is releasing his latest work entitled, More, which will be his 25th full length recording since launching his recording career in 1988 (30 years ago) with the debut record, First Impressions.

That album was the start of a creative journey that has made him a genre icon – not only for his keen ability to fashion a continuous flow of infectious melodies and funky grooves, but also because while delving into several sub-genres (pop, R&B and Gospel among them), he has artfully dismantled past ideas of what jazz is and reinvented them.

Buy More at CDBaby.