Archive for December, 2018

Mike Levine – Thinking Of You

Miami based composer and pianist Mike Levine never understood music as art for art’s sake, but as an interpersonal link and communicative element. Unlike many other musicians who spend their time as multi-instrumentalists in their own studios, Mike seeks contact with his fellow musicians.

So his second album Thinking Of You (2011) also features many musical companions. To mention are Will Lee, Julio Hernandez, Rafael Valencia, Nick Orta (bass), Ed Calle, Ed Maina (sax), Billy Ross (flute), Lee Levin, Sam Levine (drums), Dan Warner, Lindsey Blair, Aaron Lebos (guitar), Richard Bravo, Carlomagno Araya, Nelson “Flaco” Padron (percussion), Wendy Pedersen (vocals), Dana Teboe (trombone), Jeff Kievet (trumpet), Tony Concepcion (fluegel horn), Gary Lindsey (strings arrangement), and Miami Symphonic – Strings Concert Master – Alfredo Oliva.

With the exception of two covers Mike has written all songs. Gettin Ready opens the album with astonishing freshness. Top-notch musicians let the song groove. Walking Tall is an energetic piece with a lot of horn power in the style of Tom Scott or Greg Adams.

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Neamen Lyles – Moment of Truth

Every now and then, we’re given another opportunity to get to know a musical artist at a deeper level – to get a clearer glimpse of the creative force within, and the ways in which it’s manifested in the aural world. Such is the case today with Neamen Lyles, the young saxophonist whose second album now makes its way into the marketplace of musical idea. As you come to know this rising smooth jazz artist, and hear his latest recorded output, you genuinely, deeply appreciate where he came from and where he’s headed. And, if you’re looking for validation of that appreciation, a glance at his record of accomplishments and associations over the past half dozen years provides it in ample measure. Accomplishments and associations: Recordings and performances with the likes of Jeff Lorber, Rick Braun, Mel Brown, Mindi Abair. Shared concert billings with Dave Koz, Jay Soto, Greg Karrukas and others.

But, there’s more to know, more than meets the eye or the ear. Neamen is more than a sax performer, more than a musical artist of considerable achievement, more than a dynamic, at times inspiring, performer on stage. It’s a path that reveals some new twists and turns on Neamen’s latest CD, Moment of Truth. Hear it, and you’ll know a bit more about this talented, ambitious, forward-thinking sax master. You’ll know a bit more about his musical roots, his spiritual journey, and why those remarkable accomplishments and associations keep showing up in such abundance, such plentitude. Neamen Lyles: author of an ascending career, creator of a dynamic new CD, as well- conceived and produced as anything in the genre in a long while. This young man’s musical journey, along with the accomplishments and associations that comprise it, is just getting rolling. It’s worth a watch and a listen.

Get the album now on CDBaby.

Djembe Sol – Rhythm

West Coast recording artist Djembe Sol‘s musical mission is to entertain your mind and body with his eclectic fusion of Hip Hop, House, Jazz, and World beats.

His new album Rhythm contains highly recommendable tunes for download only at CDBaby.

Deshannon Higa – Words Cannot Express

This album is supremely unique in Hawaii. You will find the melodies on this album infectious and catchy, and find yourself humming them long after you’ve listened to it. Featuring an unparalleled assembly of local and legendary talent (20 artists) with a collective 500 plus years in the business, this record is sure to please the most discriminating of music enthusiasts. It’ll make you dance, sing, cry, ponder, and imagine. The improvisational prowess and acuity of skill demonstrated here is on par with anything coming out of New York. Prepare your ears, and listen with your soul. Let this album speak to you with “words that cannot express.”

Words Cannot Express is a masterpiece of original songs with catchy melodies and a reinvention of two beloved covers, one a classic hymn and the other a sacred Hawaiian theme. It features an unparalleled array of musical talent with mad skills.

This album is available on CDBaby.

Mike Levine – Star Gazing

Pianist Mike Levine gained excellent reputation in the international world of music. He took his first musical steps together with saxophonist Billy Ross, with whom he founded the Ross-Levine Band. The albums That Summer Something (1981) and Humidity (1981) originate from this time.

Numerous cooperation followed with the pianist, who is well networked in the music world. Not until 2006 Mike decided to release his first solo album From The Heart. 2011 followed Thinking Of You and 2017 Star Gazing.

On the latest album Mike is accompanied by a selected group of professional musicians as there are Will Lee (bass), Lee Levin, Sam Levine (drums), Richard Bravo (percussion), Dan Warner, Lindsey Blair (guitar), Ed Calle, Andy Snitzer, Ed Maina, Billy Ross, Tom McCormick, Mike Brignola (sax), Lenard Rutledge, Jackson King (vocals), Jeff Kievit (trumpet), Dante Luciani, Dana Teboe (trombone), and Camillo Valencia (horn arrangement).

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Michael C. Lewis – Intimate Journey

Known for creating music from a personal expression of his spirit as a Trumpet Stylist, Michael C. Lewis has released his first CD called Reflection. This CD features his trumpet, flugal horn, and vocals over a variety of cool, smooth, hip-hop, and funk grooves. Well entrenched in the Jazz Music World, Michael has extensive credits having worked with, Hank Crawford, Jimmy Heath, Wilson Pickett, Patti Labelle, Pharoah Sanders, De La Soul, Alex Bugnon, Frank Lacy, Kirk Whalum, Lenny Pickett, Wayne Krantz, and most recently Bill Cosby’s Cosnarati Videos.

He also has performed many shows with his band, The Michael C. Lewis Jazz Experience. Intimate Journey finds Trumpet/ Flugelhorn/Vocalist Michael C. Lewis expressing his music in a stimulating Soul Jazz style that is Cool, Like Smoke On Ice. His music is fresh yet familiar and will take you to the past and future simultaneously!

Get the album on CDBaby.

Mel Holder – Music Book Volume III – Magnificent

Grammy-nominated Producer/Artist/Author/Speaker Mel Holder spreads his ministry through a blend of jazz and gospel, fused with African and Caribbean rhythms. Mel has worked with and shared the stage with the likes of KC & the Sunshine Band, Kirk Franklin, Yolanda Adams and Stevie Wonder. Mel’s call to ministry has opened the door for him to perform at over 150 events every year, touching lives worldwide.

After his album Back to Basics: Music Book Volume 2 now follows his third installment Music Book Volume III – Magnificent.

You can get the new album at Amazon.com.

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