Archive for October, 2019

Marion Meadows – Christmas With You

Marion Meadows understands it perfectly to put himself in the limelight. So that the light does not blind him, you can see him on many of his covers with sunglasses. This underlines the aura of mystery, created and wisely cultivated by him. Musician friends and fans know him however as a sociable person who likes to have a small talk. Marion Meadows occupies a special position in smooth jazz due to his exquisite and atmospheric compositions.

Now he presents his first Christmas album Christmas With You, which is exclusively available on his website.

Quinn Sternberg – Mind Beach

Mind Beach is New Orleans bassist Quinn Sternberg‘s second album. The songs combine folk-inspired melodies, hard-hitting grooves, and modern harmonies into a unique Contemporary Jazz sound. All of the music is originally composed by Quinn with the exception of his new take on the Simon and Garfunkel classic “Scarborough Fair.” The music was recorded in New Orleans at The Parlor Studio, and is brought to life by some of the city’s most creative young players.

This album offers contemporary Jazz from New Orleans inspired by Folk melodies, deep grooves, and modern harmony. Get it for download only at CDBaby.

Kirk Whalum – Humanité

Sax legend Kirk Whalum is as I already stated in another review a wanderer between the two worlds of smooth jazz and Gospel music. With his new album Humanité he breaks through this scheme.

Humanité is an album, whose music is formed in mosaic shape by the musicians and their involved personalities they have brought in to the recording process. Among many others the following musicians are participating: Japanese jazz pianist Keiko Matsui, the young bass phenomenon Barry Likumahuwa, gifted singer/songwriter Grace Sahertian and global pop star Indonesian singer/actor Afgansyah Reza, known to many as Afgan, vocalist/guitarist Zahara, one of South Africa’s biggest stars, Kasiva Mutwa of Nairobi, and the veteran UK jazz vocalist Liane Carroll.

Curtis Mayfield’s song Move On Up has lost none of its radiance since its inception in the ’70s. Especially in the last months you can meet his song in ever new variations. Kirk Whalum goes his own way with his interpretation which is settled near a jazzy attitude in a Weather Report way. Singer Brendan Reilly is sensationally excellent.

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Frank Mckinney – It’s All About You

Bassist Frank Mckinney has written several CDs to his credit; they include his self named CD Frank, his sophomore CD entitled, Get ’em Up!, his project called, A Musical Journey and Gotta Get My Groove on Tonight. Further adds to his collection of music are I Can Make You Feel GoodThe Bass Effect, and Essence of the Bass. All are available at CDBaby.

His newest album It’s All About You (2019) is guaranteed to keep your grooving, dancing and smiling. Get it on CDBaby.

Various Artists & Jose’ Luis Santacruz – Transcontinental

Los Angeles studio owner and musician Michael Ferenci has earned a solid reputation as one of the leading Production Music Composers in the industry today. His composition credits are extensive and include placements in major motion pictures, television, cartoons, and radio. On the album Transcontinental he works with Jose’ Luis Santacruz, who is living in Guardamar del Segura, Spain. Together they have created exciting smooth jazz.

Get the album for download on CDBaby.

Jon Lawson – Cruisin’

Jon Lawson is a tenor, soprano, and alto saxophonist as well as an avid composer and arranger. He has performed in the United States, Europe, Asia, and South and Central America and the Caribbean. Jon has prides himself and focuses on the styles of Smooth Jazz, R&B, Funk, Gospel, and Praise music. For the past several years, he has been leading the band Jon Lawson and The Groove. Jon regularly performs with Boston-based band Gimme 5 throughout the New England Region. Prior to JL & The Groove, Jon led the group 3 AM Groove. Jon also regularly composes, arranges, records, and produces music.

In 2017, Jon graduated from Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA with a Bachelor of Music degree. He was a Professional Music major with specialized focuses in composition, performance, and music business. Jon is also an experienced composer, publishing many songs across a vast realm of genres and styles. His styles include Smooth Jazz, R&B, Funk, and Orchestral music. In 2017, Jon finished composing his first full orchestral symphony. Currently, he is in the process of publishing his symphony.

As a recording artist, Jon has produced two full length albums, one with Shine Gospel and one with 3 AM Groove. He has currently produced his first solo smooth jazz album. Cruisin’ is a funky and smooth blend with soulful saxophone perfect for Cruisin’.

Get the album on CDBaby.

Kirk Whalum – Humanité

Grammy® Award Winner and Global Recording Artist Kirk Whalum is ruminating on exactly when his eyes were opened to the big, beautiful world beyond his cloistered boyhood in Memphis, Tennessee. There, the minister’s son spent most of his time surrounded by family and friends, soaking up the soulful spirituality he found in gospel music in church. But inside, he knew he had the heart of a wanderer.

“I was 19 and I got a scholarship to study in Paris. I lived with a French family for three months,” he says. “It changed my life – my world was essentially blown open. I told my girlfriend Ruby (now his wife), “Baby, we are so gonna live in this place someday.”

It took Kirk a while to make good on that promise. In the early 1980s, he headed to Houston, Texas, where the gifted saxophonist quickly made his mark in the burgeoning nightclub scene. Fusing together elements of gospel, blues and jazz, he developed his distinctive tenor sound – soul-drenched, emotional and always highly melodic.

Kirk made the leap from sideman to bandleader, eventually joining forces with legendary jazz keyboardist Bob James, a touring and recording collaboration that led to five albums, including his first #1 record and a GRAMMY® nomination. From there, it was off to Los Angeles, where he became an in-demand session player for top artists including Barbra Streisand, Al Jarreau, Luther Vandross, Quincy Jones and most notably, Whitney Houston.
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