Archive for October, 2019

Jarez – The Singles

Saxophonist Jarez (born Jarel Posey) is inspired by John Coltrane, Miles Davis and Charlie Parker. In 2001 Jarez started touring around the world with Grammy Award winning rapper Coolio. While he still has a strong connection to this rapper, Jarez is now working on his own solo career.

His solo albums are To The Top (2007), Saxoholic (2009), and in 2013 On Top Of The World. Now you can buy all his singles as a complete package for just $ 12.99.

Get the singles at CDBaby.

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Snake Davis Trio – Snake Davis Trio

Snake Davis is joined by long time friends John Thirkell  and Mark Creswell. John Thirkell is one of Britain’s top trumpet and flugelhorn players. Since the 1980s, he has played on hundreds of pop, rock, and jazz recordings appearing on 22 No.1 records; on at least one album in the UK charts continuously for more than 13 years – in 2009 he had two consecutive UK No.1 singles with Pixie Lott. Bruno Mars ‘Uptown Funk’ was his 22nd UK no.1 His tours include Swing Out Sister, Lisa Stansfield, Jamiroqui & Buddy Rich.

The 3 met at Music College & have been friends ever since.  Mark Creswell, virtuoso guitarist makes a welcome return to the Snake family for this trio. Together they play beautiful tunes,  jazzy, emotional, moving,  The choice of material reflects a collective love of strong and moving melodies. The first album from the Snake Davis Trio, the boys bring you some of the most popular tunes from their live show. A mixture of Latin, Jazz, Pop and Soul music all presented in their trademark gentle, laid back style. Music to luxuriate in, with vocal as well as instrumental showings from Snake and Johnny – all gorgeously held together by Mark with impeccable taste.

Get the album here.

Jonathan Butler – Christmas Together

“This is my second Christmas album, but in many ways, I kind of feel like it’s my first,” says guitarist/vocalist Jonathan Butler, as he talks about his new album, Christmas Together, a collaboration with all-star friends, recorded and mixed in the studio he built in his home in Southern California.

“Christmas is family and friends,” he continues. “It’s about being all together. So, I called my friends – all these amazing players – Sheléa, Dave Koz, Keiko Matsui, Kirk Whalum and so many others – and every one of them simply said, ‘Just say when you want me and where you want me and I’ll be there!’ They brought their love and their spirit into my home and I was honored.” We associate Christmas music with love and family, happiness and togetherness and Jonathan had that to spare.

Get the album here.

Thanny and Tracyne – Back on the Map

Jethaniel Nixon and Tracyne Hines-Nixon wrote these original contemporary jazz compositions from their hearts. It has a refreshing natural vibe and the music is timeless. This project will take you for a ride. Great music to travel and listen to.

Back on the Map is for download only at CDBaby.

Najee – Center Of The Heart

What makes a musician to a legend? Is it fame or notoriety? Legends are musicians who have set new standards in their genre, who have significantly influenced their musical style and in particular other musicians. If these standards are applied, Najee can rightly be called a legend.

Center Of The Heart (2019) is Najee’s sign of continuous creativity and productivity after fifteen studio albums, two live albums and three compilations. Najee performs on his new album flute, soprano, alto and tenor sax. He works with Grecco Buratto, Ken Turner, Kenny Lattimore (vocals), Demonte Posey (keyboards, strings, bass synth, drums), Rohan Reid (bass and acoustic guitar), Darren Rahn (sax and Rhodes, programming, synth and bass), Allen Hinds, Darrell Crooks (guitars), Mell Brown, Alex Al (bass), Tarell Martin, Eric Valentine (drums), Greg Manning (keyboards, programming, synth bass), Anthony Saunders (background vocals), Superb and Harmoni Clawson (spoken words), Rod Bonner (Vocoder, keyboards, key bass, drum programming), Blair Bryant (bass, drums, bass synth), and Donald Hayes (horn arrangement).

The album opens with the vibrant Bella Vista featuring Najee on flute. Brazilian-born Grecco Buratto’s lively singing creates a Latin ambiance. Najee is an admirer of Darren Rahn’s treatment of the saxophone. He had already worked with him on the albums The Smooth Side Of Soul and Mind Over MatterFace To Face offers a new opportunity for collaboration. While Darren plays the saxes and some additional instruments, Najee shines on flute sharing the melody in equal parts with plenty of room for own presentation.

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Dave Koz – Gifts Of The Season

Twenty-two years after releasing his first Christmas-themed set, GRAMMY®-nominated saxophonist Dave Koz takes a very different stylistic approach on his new holiday album, Gifts of the Season. The 11-track collection will be released on Friday, October 11, via Just Koz Entertainment, Inc. Produced by Darren Rahn (Wayman Tisdale, Toby Keith, Bob James), the album brings a buoyant, soul/funk/pop feel to Christmas classics across different eras, and sheds new light on their rich musicality and lyrical depth. Closing out the set is “A Prayer for Peace,” a new song penned by Koz.

Gifts of the Season is the ideal companion piece for the 22nd Annual Dave Koz & Friends Christmas Tour – a whirlwind of 22 shows in 25 days – with Jonathan Butler, Melissa Manchester, Michael Lington and special guest Chris Walker. All four of Koz’s tour mates appear on the new album. Butler and Lington are also releasing Christmas albums this fall so – in a first for the tour – the shows will feature material from three brand new holiday albums. The run kicks off on November 29 at the Van Wezel in Sarasota, FL and includes shows at Tilles Center for the Performing Arts in Brookville, NY (December 8), the Plaza Theatre in El Paso, TX (December 16) and Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts in Southern California (December 20 and 21). Tickets are available at http://www.davekoz.com. See below for itinerary.

“One of the reasons I continue to record this music and tour every year is that the holidays are a reminder for all of us about the things that matter. It’s a time when we seem more capable of living our best lives,” says Dave Koz. “It’s easy to get off course during the rest of the year, especially the way the world is these days with all of its antagonism and intolerance. The holidays help bring us back to center. That’s what ‘A Prayer for Peace’ is also – a way to express that music is perhaps our one last vestige of uniting people who may be at odds in other areas of life.” Continue reading

Randy Muller Boom Chang Bang – Groovin’ U

Randy Muller is a renowned publisher, songwriter, arranger, artist and producer. Randy Muller achieved multi-gold and platinum status and has worked with groups and artists including B.T. Express, Brass Construction, Instant Funk, Jazz great Charles Earland, Tamiko Jones, Shirley Caesar and Skyy, amongst others. He has produced and penned over 300 ASCAP and BMI titles that have graced the pop, jazz, dance and R&B charts and enjoys the distinction of writing, arranging or producing top charting hits in three consecutive decades.

Groovin’ U is a CD, which is still available on Amazon.com.

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