Archive for April, 2019

D Rolark – Make a Joyful Noise

Multi-Instrumentalist D Rolark releases his first original Inspirational Smooth Jazz album in six years. Make a Joyful Noise is an instrumental, inspiring album of faith, hope and positive perspectives from a Smooth Jazz Perspective. Featuring the title track, “Praising a Hallelujah”, “Melody of God’s Heart”, “Ever so Peaceful”, and “Celebrate Victory”, This album also features the debut of his wife, Dawn, on Electric Violin on the duet “Manifested Blessings”. In all, this album reaches the heart and soul of many while giving praises to the Lord.

Make a Joyful Noise is the invitation to buy this album on CDBaby.

Walter Beasley – Going Home

According to his website Walter Beasley was the highest selling full-time Professor/Recording Artist in modern history. He describes himself as musical “Renaissance Man” for the modern generation or the heir to Grover Washington Jr.’s throne. Now we should be impressed.

Behind these titles you find a man, who has devoted his life to music. A man, who walked through ups and downs and has found his inner peace. Beasley’s success as an educator is his seven-day a week work ethic. “I’m in love with my work and this wonderfully crazy work ethic.” No wonder, that he surprises us with a new album nearly every year.

This time it’s Going Home featuring artists like Phil Davis, Derek Scott, Derek Cannon, and Tres Gilbert.

The new album is available on iTunes.

Carl Harris – It’s Time to Let Go

Love, funk and Jazz radiate from the music of saxman and composer Carl Harris. In his compositions as well as his performances, Carl uses his life experiences to weave musical stories and melodies while engaging the music genres of R&B, pop and jazz as a means to produce powerful soul-searching contemporary jazz music. His playing style developed as a result of the combination of classical music training, gigging in R&B bands, and listening to Sax players greats such as Grover Washington Jr. Boney James, and Gerald Albright.

Carl loves music. It is the foundation that keeps him going strong. When life’s events throw him a curve ball he turns to his sax. When he writes music or plays the sax, his heart is filled with joy at the conversations that he feels are emitted from the lyrics and notes. Always driven by a seriousness of purpose and an innate ambition for success, Carl’s pursuit of music has been a life long journey. He began playing the piano when he was eight and quickly added the snare drums and the saxophone to the impressive list of instruments that he would come to master.

Carl Harris currently lives is the Washington D.C area, is a native of Newport News, Virginia. He spent 22 years as an Army officer. While music remained his first love, the demands of his career military career limited his performances to playing piano for gospel groups. This limitation however set the stage for the next phase of his music involvement and created a pathway to writing and performing gospel music. Following his retirement, from the Army, Carl earned an appointment as a minister of music for his church. While serving in this capacity, he was inspired to write 23 original gospel songs. But Carl’s love of the saxophone kept calling to him. So, after five years of playing the piano for the male chorus at his church, Carl decided to concentrate on playing the sax and to focus on his dream of producing contemporary Jazz.

The result is It’s Time to Let Go, on sale at CDBaby.

Phillip “Doc” Martin – Colors

Phillip “Doc” Martin has always divided his life between music and his profession as a dentist. He is successful in both areas, which gives him inner satisfaction and happiness. Saxappeal in 2003, Pride and Joy (2007), Realization (2009), Good Day at Work (2013), and Pocket Love (2016) are milestones of his solo career.

Colors is his newest project produced by Marvin “Tony” Hemmings. Beside saxophonist Martin are performing on selected tracks Aaron Bucky Buckingham (drums), Jamaal Andrews (bass), Daniel Kelley Howard and Kenny Kohlhaus (guitars).

Don’t expect any medical miracles when Phillip starts his album with Colors. Short and compact, he sums up his message in a nutshell to a catchy tune. Make You Feel presents his sax underlined with Julian Vaughn’s voluminous bass.

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The Hatchett-Morrisey Project – Serenity

Coming from Virginia The Hatchett-Morrisey Project offers their own style, a mixture of smooth jazz and R&B. Their debut album is Serenity.

Available for download only on CDBaby.

Jim Richter – Breezy Day

Jim Richter comes from a musical family, so it was expected that he would study music beginning at a young age.  From 1970-1974 he was a member of Cradle, an originals band in New England. They wrote some good songs, but they never got the big break they hoped for, so they went their separate ways. Although he pursued a career outside of music, he never stopped making music. He continued to play piano and guitar, and he played in numerous bands over the years. In 2013, he decided to focus on music again on a full time basis. Since then, he has released three albums: “Summer’s Gone,” Metamorphosis,” and Breezy Day.” He hopes that you’ll check them out!

Breezy Day is after Jim’s own words a melodic album of jazzy instrumentals in the style of Steely Dan and Larry Carlton, featuring keyboard and guitar solos.

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The Sahnas Brothers – La Musica

Beautifully blending the sounds and rhythms of their native Greek culture with the warm, inviting romance of the classical Spanish guitar, brothers Thano and Demitri Sahnas have created a magical and intimate Mediterranean style that perfectly complements the powerful jazz-fusion of their popular Phoenix based band Turning Point. Sahnas—as the brothers are collectively known—has enthralled thousands of people at clubs and arts and crafts festivals throughout the Southwest with their unique hybrid sound.

When they’re not touring as two-fifths of Turning Point, the brothers are together, playing the music they love in the nylon string based style they first discovered at 11 years old. In 2005, Moondo Records released their first two independent albums, From Mykonos to Madrid (a mix of covers and originals that captured their sensual Mediterranean spirit) and Odyssey, which urged listeners to “explore their passion.” Romanza, their perfectly titled third release, takes this concept to even deeper places in the heart, finding the true emotional core of some of the world’s best loved pop songs.

La Musica is their new album and you can get it on CDBaby.

The Rippingtons – Open Road

For us continental Europeans it is a difficult undertaking to see The Rippingtons live in Europe. I had the pleasure to attend a concert of this group at the Apollo Theatre in London/Hammersmith several years ago. In the meantime a lot of water has flowed down the Rhine and the group around guitarist Russ Freeman is now forming up with drummer Dave Karasony, saxophonist Brandon Fields, bassist Rico Belled and keyboardist Bill Heller.

The new album Open Road (2018) is just taking the Billboard charts by storm. Bill Mayer has anew created the cover like he did on all previous albums, the common denominator since the beginning. Russ Freeman, founder and spiritual guide of the group, has composed, arranged, recorded and produced all tracks.

Russ performs keyboards, guitars, bass, percussion, rhythm programming. Dave Karasony plays drums, Brandon Fields saxophone on the tracks 3, 7 and 10. Remarkably, Russ does not go much into the cast in his interviews. After all, the tracks are played live by all members.

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Matthew A. Thomas – Melodensity

Idavon Music creates the musical soundtrack for artists, ideas, and organizations whose objective is to uplift, encourage, and inspire their listeners and viewers. Raised in gospel, trained in jazz, and cultured in hip-hop and r&b, music producer and accomplished pianist Matthew A. Thomas is the owner and founder.

Melodensity is a seven song journey of contemporary, smooth jazz filled with punchy synths and soulful grooves featuring dynamic jazz piano solos. Some songs invite dancing, others are more reflective. This is the coming sound of new school contemporary jazz.

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Wenso Ashby – Artistry II Reloaded

Wenso Ashby is an American contemporary jazz pianist and prolific composer creating music characterized as instrumental smooth jazz. His continued love affair with music and especially the piano inspires him to compose music that creates a relaxing mood.

He has performed on network television seen both nationally and internationally, as well as opened for national jazz recording artists including saxophonist Kim Waters and bassist Gerald Veasley.  Wenso Ashby’s music and performances have made him a favorite on the contemporary jazz scene.  Artistry, his previous album release, is an all instrumental tribute to the masters including Joe Sample and Duke Ellington.

This album was created as a follow up from Artistry to expand beyond the voices of the ebony & ivory of the piano. I wanted to utilize the talents and gifts of other musicians. I love the influences that each bass player brought to the game. From the funk to the blues and a little in between. Additionally, you have to pair the right feel of each song and I was very blessed to connect with Hugo who brought his skills and abilities along with the Latin flavor holding down the drums. To complete the deal I needed to showcase the soprano, alto and tenor with some vocals to spice it all up.
In conclusion, Artistry II Reloaded is for those who simply love music. This is the type of album you can let play over and over again.

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