Archive for February, 2019

Brian Culbertson – Colors Of Love – Live In Las Vegas

Fans have been asking multi-instrumentalist hitmaker Brian Culbertson for years, “When are you going to put out a concert video?” As the dynamic performer rolled out his elaborate Colors of Love Tour on a 77-show, 14-week journey last year, he knew he had to capture the magic. Filmed during his stop in the neon city, “Colors of Love Tour – Live in Las Vegas” was released by BCM Entertainment on Valentine’s Day as a Blu-ray disc and two-disc CD through Culbertson’s site (www.BrianCulbertson.com). Amazon also has the CD set available now and will soon list the Blu-ray. Digital fans can obtain the audio version now from all major digital retail outlets.

“I’ve been aspiring to finally film a concert and for this tour, I knew we had an impressive-looking show and a great-sounding band. It’s the most visual show I’ve ever created in terms of the lighting, video elements and wardrobe. It’s stunning. Once the tour started, I knew we had to film it somehow,” said Culbertson about his first live concert video.

The 2018 spring/summer trek was mounted in support of the “Colors of Love” album, a romantic release that dropped last Valentine’s Day and was inspired by Culbertson’s 20th wedding anniversary. In addition to showcasing the bouquet of love songs from the intimate collection, Culbertson constructed a generous three-act set list comprised of more than two hours of music culled from his extensive catalogue of Billboard No. 1 hits and fan favorites. With the first and third acts centered on the amorous material from “Colors of Love” along with similarly-themed library cuts, the second act is a high-energy, get-down-tonight funk set. Culbertson holds down the keyboards, grand piano, trombone and vocals, sharing the stage and spotlight with his five-piece band – Marqueal Jordan (saxophone, vocals and percussion), Eddie Miller (keyboards, organ and vocals), Tyrone Chase (guitar), Joewaun Scott (bass) and Chris Miskel (drums). They are joined by special guest vocalist Noel Gourdin along with comedic bits from Sinbad that separate each act. Continue reading

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Phillip Doc Martin – Colors

Quite rightly Philipp Martin is nicknamed Doc. He works in his day job as dentist in the Washington DC area. His second passion is music and as saxophonist he has already released several solo albums.

All started with his album Saxappeal in 2003. 2007 followed Pride and Joy, then Realization (2009), and  Good Day at Work (2013). Pocket Love (2016) was his fifth album and was released on the label Innervision Records. Now he is back with Colors (2019). Phillip comments: “I must say, it has been so wonderful to make albums over the past 20 years. What has also been amazing is that I have been able to do this while pursuing a dental career. The only adjective to sum it up to me is Colorful. This is why this album is named as such. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did creating it!”

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Norman Brown – The Highest Act of Love

“I see life as a spiritual experience and life expressed through music adds a dynamic quality,” says Grammy winning guitarist, singer and producer Norman Brown. With an enviable career that has spanned close to three decades, the consummate hit-maker has masterfully created the soundtrack for many of our lives with his irresistible mélange of Jazz, R&B, Pop, Blues and beyond. Brown’s philosophy is simple when it comes to categorizing music. He explains, “There are only two types; good and bad.” JazzTimes Magazine touts that the guitarist is “a culmination of Jimi Hendrix and George Benson with some of Wes Montgomery thrown in,” while AllMusic raves that Brown is one of “contemporary jazz’s brightest lights…as master player and improviser.” Norman Brown’s charisma and versatility has afforded him the opportunity to collaborate with a cross-section of Jazz and R&B stars including Brian McKnight, Kirk Whalum, Miki Howard, Gerald Albright, Rick Braun, Dave Koz, Everette Harp and Chanté Moore, to name a few. On February 22, 2019, Shanachie Entertainment will release Brown’s eleventh recording as a leader, The Highest Act Of Love. The Atlanta based musicians’s most inspired CD yet, features special guest R&B legend Deniece Williams, as well as fellow guitarist Paul Brown. When it comes to personal aspirations, the multi-platinum selling guitarist shares, “This is my gift and offering to my fans and my bid is that the music will be impactful, joyous and entertaining, and bring a sense of peace and understanding.”

The Highest Act of Love features eleven soul-stirring and thought provoking tracks of mostly originals that celebrate the spiritual and personal journey within each of us. Norman explains that there is a theme that unites all of the tracks. “Everything I choose has content and elements that reveal a message of love,” states the guitarist. At the core of Brown’s work is his grounding in his faith and the principals of Maat, the ancient Egyptian concept of truth, balance, order, harmony, morality and justice. These tenants of wisdom and knowledge inform Brown’s own life and music. With the release of Brown’s new CD he is fulfilling a mission as the title The Highest Act Of Love suggests. He explains the ancient Egyptian wisdom taught to him by his Sage, Ra Un Nefer Amen, the high Priest and Founder of the Ausar/Auset Society.

“My body is the vessel of God on earth. Fulfilling God’s need is the highest act of love,” notes Brown. “The process of loving God first, then yourself allows you to then love everyone else.” It is only fitting that the serenity and beauty of “Inside The Garden Of Peace and Love” open The Highest Act of Love.” The tender ballad unites Brown with fellow guitarist Paul Brown. “Paul started the magic,” shares Brown. “We composed this song together and our chemistry was firing on all cylinders and the groove was smooth.” The ebullient “The King Is Here” is a song that dates back to 2002 that Norman finally brings to life on The Highest Act Of Love. Brown’s original “Words Of Wisdom” reminds us all to listen to your intuition from inside as your guide and to be open to receiving messages as revelations for “divine wisdom” to resolve setbacks/conflicts/problems in order to bring peace and balance in your life.” The song takes on another special meaning for Norman as it features the vocals of a dear friend, Baby Lee. “She never had the opportunity to be featured on a major recording. Shortly after recording her feature performance, she became ill and passed away. Thankfully, her husband was able to play her the song while she was in the hospital. She passed away two days later.” Continue reading

Keiko Matsui – Echo

Keiko Matsui personifies an enchanting mixture of Asian charm with distinct virtuosity. Her outward appearance harmonizes ideally with her spiritual music full of emotional power. With more than 35 solo albums she is an integral part of contemporary jazz with a melodious character.

Her new album Echo will be released on Shanachie Entertainment on February 22, 2019. This masterpiece belongs to the most rare albums with an unbelievable star cast of illustrious musicians.

The credits list Jimmy Johnson, Marcus Miller, Rico Belled (bass), Vinnie Colaiuta, Jimmy Branly (drums), Paul Jackson Jr., Tim Pierce, Robben Ford (guitar), Louis Conte (percussion), Randy Waldman (keyboards, programming), Brandon Fields, Kirk Whalum (sax), Nick Lane (trombone), Walt Fowler, Wayne Bergeron (trumpet), Ramon Stagnaro, JP Murao (acoustic guitar), Bud Harner (vocals), and Kyle Eastwood (acoustic bass).

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Shapiro Project – Planet X

Shapiro Project‘s third album features nine original Jazz compositions by guitarist Eugene Shapiro, recipient of two Nevada Arts Council Fellowships in Jazz Compositions, and one original Jazz composition by his brother and drummer Boris Shapiro, recipient of Nevada Arts Council Honorable Mention in Jazz Performance.

Together with keyboardist Brian Triola, who also plays with a Rock Funk group Moksha, and saxophonist Marc Solis, the original band member/musician for Cirque Du Soleil Mystere, the longest running show in Las Vegas, this powerful quartet brings you groovy, soulful, hip Contemporary Jazz Fusion, Smooth Jazz, and Funk tunes that you will want to hear again and again! Recorded in Las Vegas, NV at SchuBox Studio by Tom Schuman of Spyro Gyra who also contributed his keyboard skills to the track “Endearment,” the “Planet X” album is an oasis in the Las Vegas desert.

Relax, sit back, or lay back, and let the Shapiro Project entertain you with their catchy melodies, beautiful, harmonies, smooth grooves, and soulful performance. Get it right from CDBaby.

Jarez – SEXY SAXY Vol. 3

L.A. based saxophonist Jarez has been a non-stop hit machine. He’s been at forefront of an exciting revitalization on the contemporary jazz scene with his explosive blend of soulful jazz and hip-hop. The innovative saxman, who has recorded and toured with music icon Coolio for years, fashions his cool, fashionable and relaxed new EP SEXY SAXY Vol. 3. Jarez sets the funk aside for a set of silky and sensual romantic mood setting originals.

Jarez goal is to create the finest quality entertainment possible that reflects musical integrity and expands musical awareness. Jarez creates entertainment that is uplifting and enlightening, by satisfying the needs and interests of music lovers.

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U-Nam – Future Love

Sometimes the making of music can be uplifting. At other times it can simply be entertaining. Yet in the case of Future Love, the brand new release from writer, producer and guitarist extraordinaire Emmanuel “U-Nam” Abiteboul the activity has been nothing short of cathartic.

From the debris of a complicated divorce that occurred in Autumn of 2018, this musical trendsetter with nine Top30 Billboard hits to his name has used the creative process to purge the emotions and relieve the tensions that for a while hung heavily upon him. Not only that, with the title Future Love he is making a bold statement as to what might come next, a message that particularly resonates through the zesty title cut which also happens to be the first single serviced to radio.

Indeed with eleven of his own compositions plus two sublimely selected covers “Future Love” shines with an optimism for the future that U-Nam clearly has. That said, far from being guilty of self-indulgence, he remains totally focused on the detail that invariably makes U-Nam’s music special. This extends to the way he deploys live drums throughout and real strings for songs such as “Changes” and the dazzling “Good Old Days” that come courtesy of Maria Grig on violin and viola. Continue reading

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