Archive for May, 2021

Nathan Mitchell – Love Languages

LoveLanguagesThe passion and essence of Nathan Mitchell’s music has penned his name in the hearts of musical innovators, listeners, and lovers all over the world. He has crisscrossed the globe, touring with luminaries of the smooth jazz/ RnB industry like Nick Colionne, Lin Rountree, Paul Brown, Jackiem Joyner, Elan Trotman, Dawn Robinson (En Vogue/ Lucy Pearl), Irene Cara, Stokley (Mint Condition), and many more premier industry artists.

His 2012 release of “For All Eternity” accompanied by the heartfelt tribute to his wife, who passed away of cancer in 2010, “My Angel” has noted the true passion of what music lovers crave in what they coin as – Music From The Heart. In 2014, he collaborated with James Lloyd (Pieces of a Dream) on to release his first billboard song “Play It Forward”. With his album Soulmate (2019) he delivers a passionate, soulful, funky, and energetic approach to Soul Music and Smooth Jazz. His newest project is Love Languages released in May 18, 2021.

You can stream Love Languages on all major digital platforms.

Michael Mayo – Bones

BonesThe singer Michael Mayo has an interesting vita. Michael’s dad Scott Mayo was a saxophonist for Earth, Wind & Fire, his mother Valerie Pinkston, now a back-up vocalist for Diana Ross, also sang with Beyoncé, Luther Vandross, Ray Charles, and Whitney Houston. Among his teachers at the Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz was Herbie himself.

Michael considers his voice to be a musical instrument like Bobby McFerrin, whom Michael counts among his influences. Stylistically, his music is difficult to classify. This is primarily because Michael doesn’t want to be tied down to a particular genre. His range is between R&B, soul and jazz, although the term soul jazz does him the most justice.

Michael performs on his debut album Bones (2021) everything his body can give. Vocals, handclaps, beatboxing, vocal percussion and whistle. He is backed up by the musicians Andrew Freedman (keyboards, synthesizers, piano, electric guitar, handclaps), Nick Campbell (electric bass, synth bass, electric guitar, handclaps), Robin Baytas (drums, handclaps), Eli Wolf (programming) and his parents Scott Mayo and Valerie Pinkston (vocals).

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William Green – The Power In You

The-Power-In-YouInternational Recording Artist & Keyboardist Extraordinaire William Green has released his fifth album, The Power In You, on Tuesday, May 18, 2021.

A full-time musician, composer, songwriter, producer, Green is passionate about his music, and he puts his heart and soul into his performances. He delivers funky, upbeat, soulful, and contemporary jazz sounds.

“I created/wrote the song, The Power In You before this racial pandemic showed its ugly head in 2020. It became clear to me as I observed Colin Kaepernick use his identity and social media platforms to bring attention to what we as a country are now challenged with. I felt that there needed to be a piece of musical art that would also illuminate the real and true virus that has killed way more than 500,000 people,” says Green. “This song was written to empower all people of all races, religion, political affiliation, and sexual gender to be mindful that change for the good of mankind can and should be attainable with the power that we as human beings have.” Continue reading

Derrick ‘Doc’ Pearson – A Family Man: Instrumental music to inspire, motivate and relax a family man

A-Family-ManIAM Music Company releases a stunning new instrumental music collection into the contemporary jazz instrumental music genre. The project, from award winning producer, songwriter and musician, Derrick ‘Doc’ Pearson, is entitled ‘A Family Man: Instrumental music to inspire, motivate and relax a family man’.

On the heels of his last three consecutive Billboard Top 10 Gospel album projects, Doc Pearson turns his attention to inspiring through impactful instrumental music. With the help of his friends (Earth Wind & Fire legendary horn arranger, Thomas ‘Tom Tom’ Washington and Motown legendary orchestration arranger Paul Riser, along with a group of renown musicians and artists), Derrick ‘Doc’ Pearson offers the world an instrumental music collection that blurs the lines between Inspirational, Funk, R&B and Contemporary Jazz music.

The first single, “A Family Man”, is a funky foot stomping instrumental musical romp featuring Doc Pearson’s classic base and keyboard stylings. “A Family Man’ is complimented by an entertaining animated music video, ‘A Family Man’ (The Family Version), which is wrapping up production and soon to be released for viewing and streaming on YouTube, Vevo and other TV and video platforms.

‘A Family Man: Instrumental music to inspire, motivate and relax a family man’ features 18 Digital tracks (15 CD tracks), of musical magic that will inspire and motivate any listener. From motivation, to relaxation, to inspiration, this instrumental music project, with its unique blend of musical genres, has it all.

Get the music on Amazon.com.

James Bowman III – A Brighter Day

a0062055703_16Inspirational, uplifting, and old school are a few of the words that describe the music of James Bowman III. Bowman, originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania has survived a tumultuous childhood and gone from being homeless to acquiring a Master’s Degree.

His EP A Brighter Day is on sale at bandcamp.

Chuck Loeb – Life Colors

lifecolorsIt’s been five years since I wrote the review of Chuck Loeb‘s album Unspoken (2016). Even though Chuck was marked by his illness, we all still had hope that he could continue his life’s work. It was to be his last solo album.

At the age of 61, just one year later, guitarist Chuck Loeb succumbed to cancer. We have lost a great guitarist and a truly exceptional human being. The way to review a new album by Chuck is denied us for the future.

That’s why I’m looking back, because he left us an extensive body of work. So it was very convenient for me that the German company in-akustik has reissued an album of Chuck’s from his glorious DMP period as an Ultimate High Quality CD. His album Life Colors was released in 1990.

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Jeff Lorber Fusion – Space-Time

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“I’m incredibly lucky to spend my time doing something that I love. When you are doing things that you enjoy, it is easy to spread those good vibes around,” shares Jeff Lorber. The down to earth and humble trailblazing Grammy-winning pianist, composer and producer has built an impressive four-decade career, transcending musical boundaries and honing his own uniquely identifiable sound.

A groundbreaking Fender Rhodes pioneer along with Herbie Hancock, Joe Sample and Bob James, Lorber is also one of the most in-demand producers in Contemporary Jazz. Maintaining a busy schedule during the pandemic this past year, Lorber worked on projects with Herb Alpert, Richard Elliot, Norman Brown and Alexander Zonjic, just to name a few.

“While working on all of these projects,” explains Jeff, “I was sending my manager Bud Harner stuff that I was writing and he was particularly enthusiastic when I sent him my now new single “Back Room” in demo form. His reaction really inspired me to want to focus on making my own record.” Continue reading

The Sax Therapist – Sax Therapy For Your Mind, Body & Soul

sax_therapist_smooth_jazzTraysee J Leonard known as the “The Sax Therapist” is a self-taught saxophonist from the far Southside of Chicago. Traysee became involved in music at an early age, singing and playing saxophone at church and in school. The moment he picked up the sax, the two were inseparable! “Melodies, I always enjoyed the melodies….there’s nothing like a beautiful melody!” he goes on to say. Traysee played at church from the very beginning and never gave up his love for inspirational and gospel music.

Early in his life Traysee became involved with cocaine and for over thirty years suffered with a serious addiction. Today he has been cocaine & crack free for over many years. Traysee says, “My ambition is to encourage individuals and families struggling with addiction and sharing God’s gift of music all around the world!”

Traysee’s had the honor of playing and recording with Dottie Peoples for 5 years and served as her road manager. He’s also played with Jeanne Carne, Pharis Evans Jr. & Saints with a Vision, Bryant Jones & Chosen, Gerald Thompson and a host of others. He’s been on stage with Kirk Franklin, Fred Hammond, Shirley Caesar, Donald Lawrence and John P. Key to name a few. He particularly loves playing gospel, smooth jazz and oldies like Natalie Cole, Chaka Kahn, Chi-lites, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson and Elvis! 

In 2010 Traysee started his own radio show on WYCA Rejoice 102.3 in Chicago “Sax Therapy for your Mind, Body & Soul!” He has been performing as a street performer, solo artist and sideman around Chicago and nationally for many years. Traysee can be heard on the streets, in the subway and airports of Chicago. “Sax Therapy for Your Mind, Body & Soul” is a way of life and can be heard by connecting to the link on the homepage. The show features original smooth jazz and inspiration from “The Sax Therapist” and other up and coming artists. Traysee says” More than anything I want to be the man that GOD would have me to be and to help our world be a better place!’ Traysee is known as “The Sax Therapist” because his music soothes your mind, body and soul! 

Sax Therapy for your Mind, Body & Soul is on stream at Spotify.

Bernie Haithcock – Coming Out

ComingOutBernie Haithcock grew up in New Jersey. He started playing the guitar at the age of 14. He added the keyboards in his early twenties, regularly playing at his Grandmother’s church and performing with local bands at musical engagements along the East coast. Renowned artists Al Di Meola, George Duke, Dexter Wansel, and Kool & The Gang were big inspirations.

After his service in the US Airforce he put together a few bands, KarmaKarma Zone and Nujackcity, and enjoyed great success. He started playing again with a vengeance, this time experimenting with his own music. The move to Colorado gave him the vision to become Q-Factor and to put together Q-Factor Entertainment.

His newest project is Coming Out (2021). Ask Bernie for your special copy here.

U-Nam – Love In Motion (Future Love Part 3)

51a+q0Nn61S._SX522_Paris born guitar virtuoso Emmanuel “U-Nam” Abiteboul has not remained passive during the Corona pandemic. He used the time off to get creative again and produced a new album.

The Love Vault (Future Love Part 2) was the continuation of his 2019 release Future Love. His new album Love In Motion (2021) is the third part of his trilogy Future Love. U-Nam has written all tracks with the exception of track 7, which was written by Stephen Stills.

U-Nam performs on the new album lead and rhythm guitars, synth bass, bass, keyboards, programming and editing. Additional musicians on selected tracks are Denis Benarrosh (percussion), Michael White (live drums), Bill Steinway (B3 Organ, Fender Rhodes), Christian Martinez (trumpet & flugelhorn), Alex Al (bass), Maria Grig (violin and viola), Lyudmila Kadyrbaewa (cello), Tim “TiO” Owens (vocals), Joabe Reis (trombone), Franck Sitborn (piano) and Ronny Jordan (lead guitar).

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