Archive for March, 2022

Madalena – Briza

brizaItalian singer Madalena is in her fifties, and chose to go back to singing. She is (like me) fascinated by Brazilian music, because the language sounds so seductive and lyrics are so poetic, while the rhythm and melody are enchanting.

In addition, since childhood on the Amalfi Coast, she has also been passionate about traditional Neapolitan songs, as well as American jazz standards.

Her new CD is called ‘Briza’, which is a small cluster of vegetal hearts attached along the stem, eager to surrender to the wind. At the same time, subtle music is playing and Madalena hears those notes coming from afar.

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Slim Gambill – LCD

A1H5h7qUuhL._SS500_Slim Gambill‘s latest album titled, “LCD” is a stunning display of master guitar musicianship. This eleven song album features a dynamite cast of incredible artists and musicians and is a follow up to Slim’s 2019 debut album titled, “Fake Jazz & Theme Songs“.

He followed with LCD during the fall of 2020 (featuring guests Coffin, Mindi Abair, Pierce the Veil’s Vic Fuentes, Rival Songs’ Michael Miley, put together “24 on 6,” a guitar summit to benefit MusiCares Covid-19 relief efforts on which Gambill, 17 other guitarists and several vocalists mashed up Wes Montgomery’s “Four on Six” with “Stevie Wonder’s “I Wish.”

All Music by Jason “Slim” Gambill except “Cop Flick” (Jason “Slim” Gambill & Joshua Jones) and 24 on 6 (Stevie Wonder & John L. “Wes” Montgomery – arranged by Slim Gambill).

Buy the album here.

Giorgio Ferrera Trio – When A New Day Comes

whenanewdaycomesThe Italian Giorgio Ferrera is a classically trained pianist, who has played both solo and in various chamber orchestras. In addition to his classical studies, he was part of various music projects, ranging from contemporary music through pop to even baroque music.

But he also recorded several times as a jazz pianist. Giorgio has performed on stages at various jazz festivals and jazz clubs, both at home and abroad.

For this new CD he formed a trio, of which Alessandro Del Signore on double bass and Pierluigi Tomassetti on drums join next to him.

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Hervé HB KING Bissereth – God’s Art

Gods-Plan-website-visuals_4-600x600HB King, stylized HB KING, whose real name is Hervé Bissereth, born March 14, 1996 in Cayenne (French Guiana) is an artist, musician, composer, producer, art teacher and Franco-Haitian entrepreneur. In his church, from the age of 7, he developed a passion for music by discovering percussion. Under the impulse of a saxophonist cousin, at the age of 12, he decided to devote a large part of his time to the saxophone, which would become his main instrument.

In March 2018, HB KING created Bertha Entertainment, a music company working in music education, stage performance and studio production. Under this structure, on October 05, 2018, he released his first studio project as an artist-producer, this project is a five-track EP and is called “Life”. “Life” is the collection of milestone events of the artist that he shares with the public using various musical styles that allowed him to grow musically and create his own trademark.

With great joy Hervé HB KING Bissereth presents to you his album God’s Art after three long years of work and research! . This concept album expresses concern, tension, exaltation and appeasement. It is also a spiritual turning point with its deep serenity, like an ode to his faith and to God.

Buy the album here.

Antonguilio Foti – Hold Fast

holdfastAt the age of five, the Italian Antongiulio Foti started playing the piano. Besides classical, jazz and improvisations were his preference. Five years later, he was among the winners of a national competition with an original composition.

At fourteen, he received a scholarship to the famous Berklee College in Boston, and four years later he moved to NYC to continue his studies at the Manhattan School of Music.

At twenty-one he now releases his debut album, with original compositions. He then plays with Jacopo Ferrazza (double bass), Ettore Fioravanti (drums) and guest artists Rosario Giullani (alto sax) and Daniela Spalletta (vocals).

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Bryan Anderson – Groove Café

GrooveCaféBryan Anderson is a bassist, songwriter, and producer with nine solo projects to his credit. His unique sound of what he calls “groove music” blends smooth jazz, old school funk, Latin rhythms and a taste of island vibes. The bass lines of James Jamerson, Larry Graham, Gary King, and countless others influenced Bryan’s desire to play the bass. A natural entertainer, Bryan pulls you into his live performances. He takes you on a musical journey from high energy funk to laid back grooves and soothing ballads. Bryan surrounds himself with first rate, established musicians. His shows leave you wanting more.

Born and raised on the west side of Baltimore, MD, Bryan currently resides in Charlotte, NC. He performs at various music venues, local benefits, and national conferences. If you gravitate towards the music of Grover Washington, Jr., Spyro Gyra, Wayman Tisdale, and Jeff Lorber, you are sure to appreciate Bryan Anderson.

His new album is Groove Café (2022). Download it here.

eJazz Artistry – Smooth Pack Volume 5

volume5Ukrainian multi-instrumentalist Konstantin Klashtorni returned to his homeland near Kiev last year, a decision has been brewing for many years. At that time there was a strict ban on artists performing, which made survival massively difficult. For Konstantin a trigger to make a final decision.

In light of the Russian invasion, which is quickly turning into a campaign of destruction and has brought the world to the brink of a new world war, this decision seems worth considering. The present album was released in January 2022 and may be judged as Konstantin’s very own sign of life. He has assured me that he wants to persevere.

The album opens with the aptly titled Letters From Home. The appealing melody is played with guitar and saxophone and surprises by its for Konstantin unusual structural nature.

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Bob Gross – Second Time Around

SecondTimeAroundKeyboardist/composer Bob Gross‘ debut album Bob Gross And Friends (2012) features an outstanding cast of players, including Andrew Neu on sax/flute (Andrew Neu band, Smokey Robinson, Bobby Caldwell), veteran bassist Gary Grainger (Acoustic Alchemy), Grammy-award winner David Cullen on guitar, and drummer Pat Petrillo (Chieli Minucci, Gloria Gaynor, Patti Labelle).

After a hiatus of ten years he returns with the new aptly titled album Second Time Around (2022). You can stream this album on all major platforms.

Paul Wertico Trio – Letter From Rome

letterfromromeOne day pianist Fabrizio Mocata, double bassist Gianmarco Scaglia and drummer Paul Wertico went into the studio to enjoy playing music. The intention was not really to record an album, but after a while they decided to put it on CD.

Paul Wertico was born on 5/1/1953 in Chicago and is regarded as one of the most versatile and musical drummers. Between 1983 and 2001 he played with the Pat Metheny Group and won seven Grammy Awards (for “Best Jazz Fusion Performance”, “Best Contemporary Jazz Performance” and “Best Rock Instrumental Performance”).

The three friends wrote all the tracks themselves, and added one cover. From the beginning of the opening track ‘Buongiorno Roma’ you can hear that improvisations set the tone here. And they clearly enjoy it.

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Xavier Gordon – Excellence

ExcellenceFor more than a decade, Xavier Gordon has been an all-around entertainer in the music industry. Pianist, songwriter, producer and jazz artist are just some of the musical titles he has developed since he started playing piano at the age of eight and his debut into the live music scene in Atlanta, GA in 2008. Born in Conyers, GA, he grew up in a musical family full of singers and musicians and quickly became immersed into the rhythmic sounds and powerful music found in church. This influence can be heard in his music even today.

After graduating, he pushed his musical skills to the next level by entering into the Los Angeles music scene. The city of dreams and stars propelled Xavier into dynamic music collaborations and opportunities to play with artists like Jennifer Hudson, Jamie Foxx, John Legend and many more.

He has produced music for artists like Angie Stone, Puff Daddy and Musiq Soulchild, for which he earned a Grammy nomination in 2018. And in 2019, he recorded a single where he plays alongside jazz greats Norman Brown and Kirk Whalum. These experiences led to an evolution in his own artistry, and now, he is prepared to unveil a musical project of a lifetime: Excellence. Excellence, Xavier Gordon’s innovative and feel-good jazz EP released July 2, 2021 and debuted #2 on the Itunes Charts.

Get the album here.