Archive for February, 2020

Jake Shimabukuro – Trio

It is a unique characteristic to play an instrument that is rare in the smooth jazz field. Hawaiian Jake Shimabukuro‘s favorite instrument is the Ukulele. With his Ukulele, he has already achieved a degree of popularity that has enabled him to collaborate with such well-known artists as Yo-Yo Ma, Jimmy Buffett, Bette Midler, Cyndi Lauper, Jack Johnson, Ziggy Marley, Dave Koz, Michael McDonald, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Tommy Emmanuel, and Marty Friedman.

His new album Trio was released on February 14, 2020. Get it here.

Warren Wolf – Reincarnation

Since graduating from Berklee, Warren Wolf has taken the jazz world by storm, first as a sideman in Christian McBride’s Inside Straight quintet, then with his self-titled Mack Avenue debut in 2011 and Wolfgang in 2013. Now the vibraphonist-composer and multi-instrumentalist takes things up another notch on his excellent all-star outing, Convergence.

On his latest album, Warren Wolf reveals an entirely different side to his multi-faceted talents. As the title implies, Reincarnation (2020) represents a rebirth of sorts for the Baltimore vibesman. In part, it frees Wolf to indulge his love for the R&B and soul hits that served as the soundtrack to his formative years in the 1990s. It’s also a celebration of a new lease on life, a happiness and contentment that he’s discovered through a new marriage and his five beloved children.

Pre-order the album here.

Christian de Mesones – They Call Me Big New York

Virginia based bass player Christian de Mesones is since more than 40 years in music business. With his debut album They Call Me Big New York he lays the foundation for his own solo career.

He is supported by a large group of musicians recruited from his circle of friends and band. Among them are Nia Simmons, Carol Albert, Alfreda Gerald, Debora Galan (vocals), Eddie Baccus Jr., Rob Maletick (sax), Elliot Levine, Christopher Valentine (keyboards), Mike Gamble, Drew Davidsen (guitar), Jay Jones, Carl Anderson, Christopher Valentine (drums), Keith L. Anderson (EWI), Curtis McCain, Jesus Gonzales, Tom Teasley (percussion), Greg Boyer (trombone), Maurice Chevalier (trumpet, strings, drums), and Chao Tian (Yang Quin – Chinese Dulcimer).

The opening track Big Tall Wish is also the first single of the album, broadcasted by radio stations since January. The funky mid-tempo tune features lovely singer Nia Simmons backed by Christian’s bass and Elliot Levine’s keyboards.

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Konstantin Klashtorni – 2nd Facet

Ukraine-born multi-instrumentalist Konstantin Klashtorni has released his album 1st Facet under the project name Chillaxonic. It is probably due to the effervescent creativity of this gifted artist that he publishes his works under more and more new names. On the other hand, this name also results from a combination of the music styles Jazz, Chill Out and Electronica, which can be found on the new album.

We are already used to it from Konstantin that he utilizes the advantages of his own studio and records the album quasi all by himself. However this album features Michael Simon (trumpet) and Alex Yarosh (guitar) as guest musicians on selected tracks. Konstantin has written, mixed and recorded all tracks.

As always he creates a continuation and in this case it’s called 2nd Facet. Get this album as download on Amazon.com.

Allan Knighton – Where I Come From

Heavily influenced by world renown artist Kirk Whalum, Allan Knighton carries the torch in delivering an undoubtedly great artistry. Born in Detroit, Michigan, currently residing in Los Angeles, CA. Currently working independently as an international touring artist. His music brings a combination of sounds and genres to the listener. A limitless boundary of Country, Second-line, Jazz, Gospel, fusion, soul, R&B, Blues, and contemporary. His debut album Where I Come From, to be released February 2019, is a great example of the potential Allan Knighton has to offer.

This album is available for download on CDBaby.

Clarence T Kyle – The 2ND Coming

Trumpeter, keyboardist, vocalist and composer Clarence Theodore Kyle is CTK.  CTK joined as young man the first band “7th Wonder”. While 16, he did jam sessions with a group called “Power“, which included future members of Fattburger Carl Evans Jr (piano) and Hollis Gentry (sax) and Fourplay founder Nathan East (bassist). CTK performed with Ike Turner, Al McKay and in several cover bands from EWF, Sade to Chicago. He has been in a number of top 40s bands who played jazz, soul, R&B, funk, rock, gospel and classical.

His new album The 2ND Coming is a musical gumbo for the soul, with Smooth Jazz, R&B, Hip Hop & Funk.  Get the new album on CDBaby.

Bob Baldwin – Henna

In a promotional video Bob Baldwin reflects on the fact that Henna is already his 31st album. Contemporary jazz pianist Bob Baldwin started his career in 1983 and his debut album was A Long Way To Go (1988).

The title of the debut borders on clairvoyant abilities, which are confirmed by his new album. Henna is a reddish-brown dye made from the powdered leaves of a tropical shrub, used to color the hair and decorate the body. Basically, it is a symbol of transience, of which Bob is also aware.

The musicians of this album are a mirror of an in a long time grown friendship with a variety of his musical companions. Dave Anderson (bass), Tony Lewis (drums), Café Da Silva (percussion), Ragan Whiteside (flute), Lori Williams (vocals), Rohn Lawrence (guitar), Tom Browne, Barry Danielian, Joey Sommerville (trumpet), Marion Meadows, Walter Beasley, Marcus Anderson (sax), Brooke Alford (violin), Oli Silk (keyboards), and the guitarists Nils and U-Nam.

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