Archive for November, 2018

Slim Man – Young at Heart

Slim Man is singer, songwriter, bassist and a man, who isn’t in the constant pursuit of perhaps unattainable material goals, but takes life as it is and receives solely from the existing beautiful things personal satisfaction. Reading his diaries, enjoying his receipts of belle cuisine and listening to his beautiful music is like Yin and Yang. Before I fall into raptures here some facts of his musical career. Songwriter for Angela Bofill, Brian Jack, the Temptations, Carl Anderson and finally creator of his debut album End of The Rainbow (1995). He really found the golden pot and continued with Closer To Paradise (1996), Secret Rendezvous (1997), Jazzified (1999), All I Want For Christmas (2000), For Now And Forever (2003), Bella Mia (2004), Solstice (2006), Christmas Eve (2008), and Thousand Miles Away (2010).

Also to mention is his side project Bona Fide. In 1998 Carl Griffin needed a funky jazz group for his new label. So Slim Man gathered some of his buddies to record the first album Royal Function (1999), followed by The Poe House (2001) and Soul Lounge (2005).

Slim Man has just released his 12th CD, a stellar collection of swinging standards titled Young at Heart. Mixed by chart-topper Marc Antoine, this CD is a finger-snappin’, toe-tappin’, Rat Packin’ compilation of feel-good songs that takes you back to the Sands in Vegas in the 1960s.

Get this album here.

Doug Jones – Crossing Lines

You’ve had some opportunities to familiarize yourself with Doug Jones’ music. Heart and Soul (1994), Shades Of Gray (2002), Top Down (2013) and Secrets (2016) are his assets. Crossing Lines (2018) makes it even easier for you.

Doug performs on the new album alto and tenor saxophones, flute, keys, and programming. Rick Handville plays electric guitar on the title song, Troy Slocum Hammond organ on Hand Clappin’ and keyboards on Zen Garden. Two friends with whom he has already worked successfully on his earlier productions. Doug has written, arranged, and produced all songs.

It is the special moments in life that makes it worth living. For Doug, that includes Watching the Sunrise and this instant he lives out musically with great emotions.

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Jimmy B – I’m Still Standing

They say that music is the language of the soul, and nothing could be truer for this Jazz Musician. An inspirational artist, Jimmy B has earned a reputation as a talented musician and skillful performer. From sold out concerts to collaborations with other renown jazz artists, Jimmy B. continues to touch fans around the world with his distinct and enjoyable musical style. Canton Ohio native, Jimmy B has been described as a strong, “funky” guitar player, and an accomplished composer and arranger. Baber’s solo offering, I’m Still Standing – truly reaffirms his talent as a jazz guitarist and moves him to the forefront of the industry. The CD reflects the eloquence and smooth persona of smooth jazz while weaving in elements of old school funk and R & B.

Jimmy’s prior projects have included feature collaborations with two time Grammy Award winner and founder of Smooth Jazz, Najee and Emmy nominated Bobby Lyles who’s noted for his melodic compositions and dazzling piano techniques. He has also appeared with a bevy of name artists including Gerald Albright, Glenn Jones, Phil Perry and Eddie LaVert of the O’Jays and many more. Jimmy B and his jazz all-stars have been together since the early 90’s and have gained a reputation as an outstanding group of musicians. Jimmy B, and accomplished artists in his own right, is now one of the busiest and most in demand jazz guitarists.

The album is available on Amazon.com.

Solex – Voices

Originally trained to be a graphic designer at the Atlanta College of Art, a near-death experience took this artist back to his first love, music. Diagnosed with the potentially life threatening disease, Sarcoidosis of the lungs, the graphic design student was forced to drop out of school and convalesce at his parents for several years. What first looked like a wasted opportunity and a big set back turned out to be a lifetime calling. Solomon grew up with music at the heart of the family’s Gospel ministry, in his native Bridgeport, Connecticut. This early exposure to music led this eldest son of a preacher to begin playing the bass guitar at age 15 with his family’s gospel quartet, The Edmond Family.

His passion for playing the keyboard ultimately led him to a career as a Minister of Music for over 25 years as well as a Music Director for stage plays. Solomon’s official musical career started with the release of his album Together Again (2007), a soulful compilation of jazz, rooted in gospel with a mild mix of Latin and R&B beats. The CD is a tribute to fellow musician and his cousin, Jonathan Dubose. The recording artist is prolific in writing, arranging, producing and has released 2 singles and 6 albums since 2007 including his 2016 LP entitled Your Face. Hard work has certainly paid off as Solomon has had a couple of number 1 hits in the UK, “If I Fall” and “It Ain’t in Me”.

Solomon treats each day as a gift with his mission to inspire and move others. He embraced a unique opportunity for rebirth, that led him to create an original blend of genres inspired by Gospel, Jazz, Neo-Soul, RnB, and Soft Rock. His emotional experiences add a personal and soulful touch to all of his music. Inspired by music giants Earth, Wind & Fire and George Duke, this solo artist seeks to create music that masterfully incorporates harmonies, speaks of various genres of life, cleverly chosen instrumentation, and beautifully harnessed chord progressions to move his audience like he first was hearing his idols. And although his long term goal is to write, arrange, and produce for up and coming artists, Solomon will keep creating and sharing his sound, speaking to the listener’s soul and dreams.

His newest project is Voices and available on CDBaby.

The David Ullmann Group – Sometime

Each step that guitarist and composer David Ullmann has taken along his musical path has been an unpredictable one. Reinvention has been the key to each new release; his music thrives on surprising combinations of electric and acoustic sounds as well as left-field additions like tabla and sitar. Such inventive thinking has led the New York Times to call Ullmann “a thoughtful guitarist and composer,” while All About Jazz has praised his ability to provide listeners with “a satisfying sense of taking a journey.”

On his 2005 debut, Hidden, the New York City native kept listeners off balance with an eclectic mix of influences from modern jazz and jam band rock to funk, soul and country balladry. His follow-up, Falling (2011), further pulled the rug out with a guitar/vibes/sax frontline that aimed for a free-fall feeling with dreamy atmospherics and gentle but off-kilter angularity. Ullmann’s next release, Corduroy (2014), expanded the band to an octet and drew inspiration from a wholly unexpected source: the brassy, memorable theme songs from Ullmann’s ‘70s childhood. The result was simultaneously fresh and nostalgic, with exhilarating playing as the ensemble navigated the music’s narrative twists and turns.

On his new album Sometime, Ullmann takes the concept of reinvention and applies it to his own catalogue. Using an unreleased organ trio date as a leaping-off point, Ullmann fleshed out the music with a larger ensemble of collaborators, taking what was a lively soul-jazz outing into strange and exciting new territory with the addition of synths, sitar, mandolin, vibes, horns and percussion.

Get the album on CDBaby.

Mark Adams – I Forgot to Remember to Forget

Baltimore born jazz pianist Mark Adams had the great fortune to grow up in a musical household. In earlier years he was taught by his mother, a former music instructor. A musical director, teacher, composer and foremost a musician of his own Mark debuted in 2001 with his groundbreaking album Asceticism, followed by Feel the Groove (2007), Something’s Going On (2009), Embellishments (2011), Conversations (2012) and Love and Dance (2016).

His newest project bears the strange title I Forgot to Remember to Forget (2018). Mark performs on the new album piano, keyboards, Rhodes piano and Mini Moog. Further musicians are Trevor P. Allen (bass, producer), Jason Patterson, JT Lewis, Gintas Tanusonis, Chris DeCarmine, Camile Gainer (drums), Bendji Allonce (percussion), Abdul Zuhri (guitar), Sophia Nicole, Jonathan Quash (vocals), Gerald Thomas (sax, flutes), Joe Porcelli (trumpet, flugelhorn), Andre Atkins (trombone), Ron Carter, Donald Nicks, Gerald Lindsey, Curtis Morrison, Dave Jones (bass), Waldron Ricks (trumpet), Bill White, Larry Tamanini (guitar), Robert Meeks (keys and programming), vibes & vocals Roy Ayers.

With Woke Mark builds the first musical circle of magic with a sophisticated horn arrangement and refined piano playing. Fight the Good Fight features rapper Leonard in a breathless, evocative song. I Forgot to Remember to Forget serves a sonic alternative with singer Sophia Nicole which, however, can shine more with the harmonious song structure than with detailed lyrics.

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Larry Carlton – The Jazz King: The Musical Compositions Of H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej

His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej is world renowned and has a distinction of being the youngest and first Asian to be named an Honorary Member of The Vienna Academy for Music And Performing Arts. The King was lauded for the quality of his musical compositions and especially for having helped build a bridge of music tradition between east and west. I was honored to create East and West as well as to create my interpretation of this most influential music.

His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the most wonderful King, has shown to the world that leadership is based on example. Most men follow the path of others, but the King took his machete and cut a path for others to follow him I am most honored and grateful to have been granted such an opportunity to be a small part of this historic event. Thanks to all of the STAR musicians and engineers that joined me in this endeavor. I so appreciate what each of you gave in spirit and in the music. I am honored to do this Unique, Once in a Lifetime Project. I felt a great responsibility to interpret these wonderful and diverse melodies in my own way. May all who listen Be Pleased. (Larry Carlton)

This album featuring Nathan East, Harvey Mason, Greg Mathieson, Abraham Laboriel Sr, Earl Klugh, Tom Scott and many more great musicians is available on Amazon.com.