Archive for March, 2019

Leonard Rogowski – Listen Feel Imagine

Film and TV Composer Leonard Rogowski was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music from UCLA and continued his music studies completing The CAP Program (Composing and Arranging Program) at The Dick Grove School of Music. Leonard Rogowski has composed music for various production music companies in Hollywood including MX47 Production Music, Music Licensing of Hollywood, and the Hollywood Jukebox record label. He has had multiple music placements into Film, TV, Commercials, and Interactive Media.

As a recording artist, Leonard Rogowski has been a member of the world-class music team Cinematone. He contributed to music tracks for the albums “Martini Heaven” and “Mondo Condo” by Cinematone released on the boutique record label Hollywood Jukebox. Leonard Rogowski’s music has been influenced by Smooth Jazz, Chillout, Ultra-Lounge, Synth-Pop, and New Age. He has just released his first solo album on CDBaby titled Listen Feel Imagine.

Available for download only at CDBaby.

Will P Lyte – Smooth Jazz EFX (Remix)

Willie Polite aka Will P Lyte is a passionate musician performing music since his youth, during his military service and later in the creative arts ministry at Right Direction Church. Lyte EFX is his debut album offering a variety of grooves and rhythms (smooth jazz, latin groove, West Indies rhythm, Funk and Go Go) from the heart of a percussionist. His sophomore album Smooth Jazz EFX is featuring Nigel Blanding, Darius Starks, Avery Brown, Timeka Smalls Tucker, Darin C. Ginyard, and more. His third album I Hear Music Everywhere is still on sale.

Now he returns with Smooth Jazz EFX (Remix), available on CDBaby.

Bill Cornish – Waking Dreams

Bill Cornish was from the early 80s through the mid-90s, keyboardist for Crystal, a band with whom he spent twelve years touring throughout the western United States, Alaska and Japan. During that time he opened for artists such as Kansas, Steelheart, Joan Jett, Steppenwolf, Firehouse, The Romantics, Pat Travers, and many others. The Crystal album Collection was among the top ten selling melodic rock CDs for German distributor AOR Heaven in the year 2000.

The fourth album from the Odd Get Even was released last year and Bill’s latest solo CD was released in January, 2019 entitled Waking Dreams. A second album from his rock project Reason’s Edge is also coming this year. An eclectic instrumental mix of jazz, world fusion, new age – for fans of Windham Hill, Private Music label artists.

Available on CDBaby.

Marcus Mitchell – In My Own Lane

Marcus H. Mitchell founded in young years the label 24th Music, a division of MHM Entertainment Group. In 2005 he released on this label his debut album Jumpin’. His second album R&R – Rest & Relaxation followed in 2007. His album All About You (2015) was his fifteenth. His new album is titled In My Own Lane (2019).

It is a phenomenon of the times that many musicians write all songs themselves and record them as multi-instrumentalists. Marcus goes a few steps further. He produces and mixes the songs and markets them on his own label. He even has made under his own name some of the musical instruments he plays on.

But let us turn our attention to the present album. In My Own Lane Talk is, so to speak, the greeting from the kitchen, a sound painting as a small prelude followed by the Intro itself. Starting with a hard beat Marcus develops a captivating melody on sax accompanied by two minimalistic chords. That way the focus stays on the theme.

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The Rippingtons – Open Road

The Rippingtons featuring Russ Freeman are back with a new album: Open Road. The Rippingtons and Russ Freeman have been at the forefront of the contemporary jazz, smooth jazz, and instrumental pop music genres! They have sold over 3.5 Million albums to date. Every new Rippingtons album has debuted in the Top 5 of the Billboard Jazz Chart including 4 number 1 debuts! With every album a new chapter has been written with their innovative song writing, in-studio production and inventive instrumentation, and Open Road is no exception.

Order your album at Amazon.com.

Phil Madeira – Crickets

A Nashville mainstay, Phil Madeira was Americana before it was a thing. His venerable pedigree as a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer and arranger is assured, backed by Grammy-winning credits and a lengthy discography boasting collaborations with Garth Brooks, Emmylou Harris, The Civil Wars, Elvis Costello, Alison Krauss, Toby Keith, Amy Grant, Mavis Staples, Keb Mo’, Bruce Hornsby and Vanessa Williams. Yet when this musician’s musician sits at the piano backstage or at home, it’s jazz-blues riffs that he noodles. On April 26, Mercyland Records will release Madeira’s first instrumental album, “Crickets,” comprised of ten new songs that he wrote and produced for a jazz quintet.

The straight-ahead jazz rhythms and bluesy harmonies Madeira scripted for “Crickets” harken back to another jazz era.

“It’s slightly sophisticated blues, right out of the 50s and 60s playbook. I can hear bits and pieces of what turned me on as a kid – Ramsey Lewis and Herbie Hancock, and of course, Monk, whom I later discovered. I composed the music that became ‘Crickets’ thinking I would pitch it to a music licensing company for use in film. But then I realized that I had created something far more personal,” said Madeira, who recorded all ten songs in one day accompanied by Aaron Smith (drums), James Hollihan (guitar), Rahsaan Barber (saxophone) and Chris Donohue (bass). Continue reading

Lebron – Undeniable

Saxophonist Lebron was influenced by his father who played the identical instrument professionally. Later Hugh Lovelady, the lead alto player for Frank Sinatra’s band, was his teacher. He started his solo career with the album Shades (2013) on CutMore Records. His sophomore album New Era was released in 2015 on Trippin ‘N’ Rhythm Records. Now he returns with his third project Undeniable (2019) on the same label.

Most tunes are written by Michael Broening, who also produced great parts of the album and plays keyboards, piano, drum programming and bass. Some of the tunes are produced by Matt Godina who performs keyboards, bass & drum programming and guitars. Additional musicians on selected tracks are Freddie Fox (rhythm guitars), Mel Brown (bass), Lin Rountree and Cindy Bradley (trumpet), Kendall Lee Gilder (guitar), and Anthony Saunders (vocals). Lebron performs soprano, alto and tenor saxophones.

The album starts with the grooving Issa Party that combines the stomping rhythm guitar sound of Freddie Fox with the tight horns of saxophonist Lebron and trumpet player Lin Rountree. On Feels like ’84 Lebron performs in lead position on his alto saxophone adding some horns in overdubbing mode, while Kendall Lee Gilder lets his guitar sing.

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