Archive for February, 2021

Chase Huna – Life Of The Party Vol. II

Chase Huna always had a love for jazz and a love for the saxophone.  He began playing at age 10 and by age 14 was already on stage at Spaghettini Seal Beach. From La Quinta, CA and recently out of high school,  his newest single is co-written and produced by Grammy winning guitarist/producer Paul Brown. His first CD “On the Chase” with 10 upbeat and moving songs co-written and produced by music great and hit maker Steve Oliver, has quickly made its way up the charts.  After turning 19 in June, Chase is ready and looking forward to a career in composing, recording and touring.  Along with the many jazz festivals lined up for this year, he can still be found making special appearance performances in the Palm Springs/Palm Desert area.

His new album Life Of The Party Vol. II is coming February 26th, 2021.

Sonny Fairley – Like Sonny

Sacramento based saxophonist Sonny Fairley has a standard and contemporary sound with upbeat tempos and smooth mellow saxophone as well as flute. For over 20 years Sonny is a versatile and multi-talented professional musician. He has released four CDs, Mello Madness, Raising Standards, Son of Jazz, and After the Storm. See him Live at Zinfandel Grille!

His newest album is Like Sonny (2019). This CD is available on Amazon.

Rod Tate – Healing

As an artist, performer, songwriter and musician Rod Tate‘s goals are to continue to learn, grow, and to touch lives positively through his musical expressions. As a songwriter, Rod’s motto is: ” This music is intended to soothe your soul and speak love to your spirit “. Rod also aspires to have his music in movies, commercials, and television programming.

“Healing” features 14 new original songs. “Healing” is his 37th album and was released on February 12, 2021, and will be available on Amazon, iTunes and rodtate.com.

Carlos Camilo – On My Way

Carlos Camilo is a pianist, singer, composer and producer hailing from Cuba and currently based in Miami. At just 3 years old, Carlos Camilo began playing the piano. By the time he was 11, he was composing his own music. Today, he composes anything from smooth jazz to R&B and pop. In 2012, he released his first album titled Dim the Lights, which was a smooth jazz instrumental piano album and one he says has been his most influential.  “I like to give a positive vibe with my music, making the world a better place one song at a time,” Camilo said.

Growing up in Cuba, his music is inspired by traditional Cuban flavor mixed with American music. From an early age, Carlos Camilo knew he wanted to pursue music seriously, and has since been influenced by artists such as Alejandro Sanz, Earth Wind and Fire, Brian Culbertson, Brian McKnight, Michael Jackson, Hans Zimmer and countless others. Carlos Camilo cites his main musical influences as the people around him and his daily experiences. Most of all, though? Love.  “Love is a key player in my songs,” he said. “I’m forever intrigued and passionate about its power and how influential it is to all of us. Without love, we’re simply mechanical beings.”

Today, Carlos Camilo mainly creates Smooth Jazz, R&B, and POP. He’s released 8 albums, and multiple singles independently and had played his music all over the globe with other artists, including Spanish Latin superstar, David Bisbal, and International Salsa Singer “India”. Currently, he’s working on his own band called Carlos Camilo and the Live Dimension. All in all, Carlos Camilo hopes to make a living doing what he loves with creating music, and completely immerse himself in it. His newest project is On My Way (2021).

You can pre-order a physical CD here.

Groove Frequencies – Grooves To Go

Groove Frequencies is a project by bassist, keyboardist and writer Johnny E. Stewart. After In The Groove (2017), Groove Frequencies (2018), Back To The Groove (2019), the fourth project is Grooves To Go (2021).

Johnny E. Stewart (bass, tenor bass, synth bass, keyboards), Jimmy Reid (sax), Eddie Baccus Jr. (sax), Clay Benjamin (guitar), Parris Spivey (guitar), Vince Wiley (keyboards), Jay Williams, David Haynes, Jason Meekins (drums), Dawoud Said (acoustic piano), and Shirley Dirden, J. Stewart (vocals) are the lineup of the new album.

Johnny E. Stewart has written all thirteen songs. With more than 56 minutes playtime enough for a great listening. He will be releasing the album on April 20, 2021. So tighten your seat belt for a groovy ride.

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Michal Urbaniak – Sax Love (Vol.1)

Valentine’s Day is coming up. An excellent gift will be an album with beautiful music. Michal Urbaniak – Sax Love (Volume 1) – this is a set of lyrical love recordings. This time Michal returned to his favorite tenor saxophone, making the compositions very moody, perfect for lovers. In 2006, CD ′′ Sax Love ′′ was released for the first time – then in a million-dollar effort, together with Gazeta Wyborcza. Urbaniak’s music fans wrote emails and letters. They thanked for the record, told how their feeling blossomed with this music. They asked when the record will be available at the store. Michal fulfilled their wish and offers since 2020 the album Sax Love (Vol.1) at his shop.

And the best one at last, he returns February 2021 with his new album Sax Love (Vol. 2). His shop will be hopefully updated soon.

You get the CD here.

John E. Lawrence – Masterpiece Vol. 1

John E. Lawrence, a lifelong resident of Ypsilanti, is one of Michigan’s most talented and respected guitarists. John is gained national recognition as a guitar instructor with his contract with Mel Bay Publications, Inc., one of the country’s largest publishers of instructional materials; writing a celebrated series of guitar instruction books.John became an instructor at Washtenaw Community College where he taught for 27 years and was the Director of the Music Performance Program. John also developed the “Living Legends Series.” The series provided a stage for famous recording artists to be interviewed and share their life stories in front of an audience.

Some of John’s sound recordings include “The Supreme Dream,” “Old Smooth,” “Summer Nights,” “All By Myself,” “Merry Christmas from John E. Lawrence,” “Winter Wonder Land,” and “A Solo Guitar Christmas.” His new collection is Masterpiece Vol. 1 (2021).

Get your CD here.

Vincent Ioia – No Time Like Now

Vincent Ioia’s emergence onto the urban jazz scene with his explosive and infectious track “First Time” – the lead single from the New York based saxophonist’s album No Time Like Now – is testament to the healing power of music and a reminder that, once an artist’s passion takes root, his dreams can only be set aside for so long. For many musicians as talented and versatile as Vincent, finally finding time to devote to launching a career not only as a professional musician but a bonafide artist after a 30 year career as an Information Technology professional and C-level executive on Wall Street would be the compelling story all by itself – especially considering the contemporary jazz powerhouses he’s now working with.  Ioia, who began playing guitar and sax in his mid-teens, is collaborating on No Time Like Now with Ricky Peterson, Gerey Johnson and, Bill Heller.

Now, almost 8 years after much troubles and 6 years after his first album No Time Like Now, Vincent is back writing, playing and in the studio again.  “COVID has afforded me an opportunity to focus on my music once again and you will be seeing some great music coming out soon including my newest release, A Self Portrait.

Get his album on Amazon.com.

Lincoln Adler – Tabula Rasa

Since my review about Lincoln Adler’s album Grateful ten years have passed. A period that changes people and sometimes also their music. Of course, one cannot shed one’s past like a cloak. Experiences, abilities, influences, origins continue to shape you. But one can try to renew oneself. In case of saxophonist Lincoln Adler, this attempt is called Tabula Rasa.

The Latin expression tabula rasa (tabula “board” and rasa “scraped”, radere “scraped”) originally referred to a wax-covered writing board that was smoothed by scraping off the writing and can be rewritten like a blank sheet of paper. Figuratively, it means clearing the air and starting from scratch.

Lincoln Adler ventures a new beginning with a fresh band consisting of Erik Jekabson (trumpet, flugelhorn), Mike Blankenship (keyboards), Scott Thompson (bass) and Aaron Green (drums). Tabula Rasa is a digital EP with five tracks, all written and arranged by Lincoln with the except of the cover Red Clay.

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Michael Lington – Alone Together

When 2020 began, Michael Lington was eagerly looking forward to many wonderful events – the impending birth of his son Landon, touring again with his fellow saxophone stars Vincent Ingala and Paul Taylor as Sax to the Max, and numerous European solo dates. Then COVID-19 hit, and the resulting lockdown scrambled everything. Prevented from hitting the road, Lington quickly turned his home studio into one of contemporary jazz’s premiere virtual performance destinations, with a popular ongoing series of weekly shows on the StageIt platform.

In a year like no other, the pandemic has wreaked havoc with our health, the economy and our day to day lives – but with the release of his latest recording Alone Together (Peak Records) the innovative artist and his array of musical friends remind us it can’t stop the flow of creativity and determination to bring fans together to experience a collective joy like no other.

“Alone Together is a unique project that presented itself in many shapes and forms,” Lington says. “When the pandemic started and all my touring was postponed indefinitely, I knew I needed to continue creating music for my own well-being. It was more a matter of my mental health than financial survival. I didn’t want to sit around feeling stagnant and unproductive.

In addition to the opportunity for fans to once again experience favorite warm-hearted and transcendent moments of the StageIt shows, the tracks on Alone Together allow everyone to revisit some of the most compelling original and cover songs from Lington’s multi-faceted 20-plus year solo discography. Opening with a rousing version of the first radio single “Baker Street” featuring Javier Colon, the set includes “Everything Must Change” feat. Chris Walker , “Gonna Love You Tonight” feat. Kenny Lattimore, “My Love” feat. Dave Koz , “Some Kinda Way feat. Sy Smith, and “Slick” feat. Brian Culbertson. Lington also fires up a dynamic horn conversation with superstar saxman Boney James on Boney’s #1 hit “Up All Night.”

Alone Together is scheduled for release March 26, 2021.