Archive for October, 2018

Rocco Ventrella – Keep in Touch

Bari resident Rocco Ventrella developed his affinity for smooth jazz in 1998. However it last to 2005, when he released his Tribute To Grover Washington, Jr. in memory of the late, great saxophone player. With his sophomore album Give Me The Groove (2007) he garnered a Grammy Awards Pre-Nomination for Contemporary Jazz Best Album. His third album Sweet Temptation followed in 2013. With Another Time (2015) followed the next album. His new album Keep in Touch (2018) is just released.

The album is on sale at CDBaby.

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Misz The Groove Producer – Time to Groove

Now as a mature producer, composer and arranger, she is very happy to bring an updated style and sound to the world of contemporary jazz. This is what you will hear in the latest recordings from Misz. A blend of the past mixed with contemporary to represent the present. As she blends jazz improvisations with the many musical genres, you can hear the modern day sounds influenced by the past. Those musical genres such as Soul, R&B, Pop, Country, Gospel, Hip Hop and Reggae mixed with jazz improvisations, creates music that is refreshing and the sounds are a welcomed pleasure for the listeners.

The time is now for fresh, innovative contemporary jazz. Misz will give you that. Just give a listen. Check her out. She’s called the Groove Producer for a reason. Find out why.Time to Groove is the latest music release from producer, drummer, percussionist and keyboard player, Misz The Groove Producer, aka The Jazzbian. This musical outing features songs that groove from start to finish. The album includes a very funky arrangement by Misz of the Patrice Rushen classic, Forget Me Nots. Adding to this album is a very special guest performance by the jazz legend, Jeff Lorber, on the song It’s All In The Groove. The ten uptempo songs on the album consist of fresh melodic jazz improvisations featuring performances on piano, saxophone, guitar and trumpet.

Find this album on CDBaby.

Darryl Anders Agapesoul – Conversations

This is soul music for grownups. Great grooves, strong melodies and relatable stories about life, love and survival. Featuring guest performances by Tommy Sims, Geoffrey Williams, Eric Gales, Paul Jackson Jr. and members of Snarky Puppy.

“The group strikes a great balance here with its eclectic feel and the way in which it integrates the chief genres presented here. The album stands on very firm ground and is definitely one worthy of your ear time. It has all of the ingredients you’d expect to be in that special soul/jazz “stew.” (Ronald Jackson, The Smooth Jazz Ride).  A sizzling, eclectic mix of funk anthems, seductive old school ballads and jamming fusion with a rockin’ edge (SmoothJazz.com Global).

Get this album on CDBaby.

Kim Waters – What I Like

What I Like is Kim Waters’ 23rd recording as a leader and thirteenth CD for Shanachie. You have to let that melt on your tongue. A tremendous creative act. No licked split. Art lived piece by piece.

With the exception of three covers Kim has written all tracks. He produced and performed all instruments on the new album showing his quality as da Vinci of music.

The Touch of Love delivers a bouncy start of the album with warmth and sensitive approach. That’s What I Like is a song by singer Bruno Mars, released on his album 24k Magic (2016). A hip hop soul, new jack swing, the song became popular and the 4th best selling single of 2017. Waters accomplishes the interpretation with great skill.

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Martel – Smooth Jazz Express

Florida based keyboardist Dan Bury has his own vision of smooth jazz, which he has released under the artist name Martel. Smooth Jazz Express is a compilation of his current work for download only.

This album is available in Toto or single-wise on CDBaby.

Tony Exum Jr. – My Name Is Tony

In 2008, Tony Exum Jr. took a leap of faith, began his solo career, traveled extensively with local backing bands he performed with and managed, and became a fixture in Denver’s famed jazz venue, Jazz@ Jacks where he continues to perform regularly. In 2010, he released his first album, Finally. Tony marks this release as one that catapulted him into the National scene. In 2012, Tony released his sophomore album, The One. He co-wrote 11 of the 14 tracks, and it was this release that further developed him as a musician and writer.

Exum’s long awaited new EP My Name’s is Tony shows collaborations with guitarists David P Stevens, Joel Del Rosario, and sax man Marcus Anderson (formerly of Prince’s NPG horns).

This album is available on CDBaby.

Doug Jones – Crossing Lines

Connecticut based saxophonist Doug Jones has already released the albums Heart and Soul (1994), Shades Of Gray (2002), and Top Down (2013). In 2016 followed Secrets.

The new CD, Crossing Lines (2018), is a melodic, Contemporary / Smooth Jazz CD in the style of Dave Koz, Michael Lington and David Sanborn. The first single from the CD to go to National and International Smooth Jazz Radio stations is “Watching The Sunrise”. All songs feature Doug Jones on Alto and Tenor Saxophones. The track “One Flight South” also features Doug Jones on Flute.

Get your copy on CDBaby.

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