Archive for December, 2019

Gabriel Bello – Happy Holiday

Happy Holiday is a new classic Christmas album you’ll play every winter, a combination of Smooth Jazz, R&B & Soul from #1 Billboard Artist Gabriel Bello, featuring his hit saxophone playing & soulful vocals. This album has everything including the kitchen the sink:” Saxophone, Singing, Flute, Guitar, Vocoder, Talkbox & plenty other surprises! From the hit feature song, “Happy Holiday” to the groovy “Don’t Shoot Your Eye Out”, the Rap Testimony of “Carol of The Bello” and the musical montage of “12 Days of Christmas in Church” you’ll keep jamming to this album all year long!

This is our final Christmas album suggestion this year, now on sale at CDBaby.

Antonio Jackson – Simplicity

Are you ready for your “Date Night”? What about sitting at home with a nice glass of your favorite while the fireplace simmers and the rain trickles down your window pane. No matter if you are alone or with someone, This is the album you want to have playing in your background. Saxophonist Antonio Jackson is not only a remarkable instrumentalist, but also a remarkable producer, composer and arranger. His music plays more like a Soundtrack to a movie rather than just a collection of songs. One in which YOU, the listener becomes the star. Create what ever screenplay you want, because it’s your movie and this album SIMPLICITY (SIM-PLIC-I-TY) is the soundtrack.

The album starts off with “Is Where I Am”, a driving serenade to kick off the pace. Then the album moves to R&B with Tyrone Winn’s vocals displaying a throwback to that “Minneapolis Sound” from the late 80’s and early 90’s on the songs “I Belong to U” and “Dear Momma”. Two songs which are bound to become anthems in many peoples lives. The album then moves and grooves into various soundscapes and moods, taking the listener to places very few instrumentalists are able to do. This is Antonio Jackson’s latest album in five years and marks his Ninth Studio Album Release. This is by far Antonio Jackson’s best album to date! Don’t just take our word for it… just have a listen.

Get the album on CDBaby.

Elan Trotman – Christmas In Rio

Hailing from Barbados now living in Boston saxophonist Elan Trotman is an integral part of the smooth jazz scene today. His work consisting of Memories – The Debut (2001), influenced by Caribbean music, Let’s Have A Good Old Time (2005), a gospel jazz album, A Reggae Christmas (2007), popular Christmas carols in a jammin’ reggae style, This Time Around (2009) and Love and Sax (2011 ) is multifaceted. Further albums are Tropicality (2013), LiveandUncut (2015), Double Take (2016) and Dear Marvin (2019).

His newest album is Christmas In Rio (2019), which you can download here.

Brian Simpson & Steve Oliver – Unified

Two celebrities of the music business are joining forces for a common project. Keyboardist Brian Simpson and guitarist Steve Oliver bundle their talents for Unified, scheduled for release January 17, 2020 on Shanachie Entertainment.

On the new album Brian performs piano and keyboards, Steve Oliver guitars, vocals and sound design. They are supported by Alex Al (bass), Eric Valentine (drums) and Ramon Yslas (percussion). Guest musicians are bassist Larry Antonino and trumpet player Rick Braun on Fired Up, guitarist Darrel Crooks on Celestial Body and Café du Monde.

The album opens with the title song. Our main matadors have brought their sound to absolute perfection. Everything interlocks and flows smoothly. The Road Never Ends presents fresh vibes of both musicians on a high professional base. Finally, the song leads into an excellent call and response exchange between guitar and piano.

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Jonathan C. Sargent – Morning Devotion

Jonathan C. Sargent is a songwriter, producer, and keyboardist from Dallas Texas that comes from a family of talented singers and musicians. He’s written, produced, and self-published over 100 songs and music compositions in his catalog. Jonathan blends his songwriting and music production experience to create a body of work to be used for new recording artists as well as commercial use in TV and film. His musical style is contemporary gospel and smooth/gospel jazz. His life’s scripture is Jeremiah 1:5 and he believes that his life’s potential is only defined by God’s truth.

Morning Devotion
is his new smooth jazz instrumental album available on CDBaby.

Asaxjo – A New Day

As a native of Georgia, Asaxjo (Anthony “Sax” Johnson) grew up in Lincolnton, a small town nestled on the Savannah River, north of Augusta and 60 miles from the University of Georgia. Anthony attended the Lincoln County School system. He began playing Alto saxophone in the 5th grade, later switching to the Tenor saxophone in high school. Dr. John Bradley, Anthony’s high school band director, had a large impact in his life, using music to guide and mentor him into manhood.

During his teen years, Anthony was only into the popular music of the day, R&B and the early stages of hip hop. Dr. Bradley introduced him to other styles of music, including jazz and classical music. Only wanting to play the popular music, neither spiked an interest in Anthony. However, after playing in the Jazz Band, Dr. Bradley introduced him to Grover Washington Jr., “Mister Magic” himself. Anthony was intrigued by this new sound of jazz called “Fusion,” known as “Smooth Jazz” today. Already familiar with gospel, blues and R&B, this new sound sparked his interest in such a way that made him want more. Being introduced to other saxophonists of the eighty’s including David Sanborn, Gerald Albright and Najee, Anthony knew he had found his niche.

A New Day is his new album now on sale at CDBaby.

Doug Jones – Home for Christmas

Saxophonist Doug Jones releases his first smooth jazz Christmas CD. The first single, “Feliz Navidad”, which features Alto Saxophone and Acoustic Guitar in a Latin setting, has been on Billboards most added list for several weeks. The CD contains eight Christmas Classics performed with fresh arrangements in a Smooth / Contemporary Jazz Instrumental setting.The one vocal song,” The Christmas Song”, features vocalist Joel Kibble from the group Take 6.

You can buy this Holiday Jazz album on CDBaby.