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David Garfield – Jazz Outside the Box

Well known as musical director of George Benson keyboardist David Garfield pursues his own dream as a solo artist. His debut album was a homage to the late drummer Jeff Pocaro Tribute to Jeff (1997).

Next albums were I Am The Cat…Man (1997), Music From Riding Bean (2001), Giving Back (2003), Seasons Of Change, The State of Things, Tribute To Jeff Revisited (2005). His newest project is Jazz Outside The Box (2018).

Garfield performs on the new album piano, Fender Rhodes and synthesizers. Further players are trumpeter Wallace Roney, percussionist Poncho Sanchez and drummer Steve Jordan. Guest musicians are Randy Brecker, Michael McDonald, Tom Scott, Eric Marienthal, Pete Christlieb, Bennie Maupin, Brian Auger, Will Lee, Airto Moreira, the Charlie Bisharat String Quartet, an orchestra conducted by John Clayton, the late guitarists Chuck Loeb and Larry Coryell, and John Densmore, who plays drums and orates on a spoken word segment.

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Rob Zinn – Walk The Walk

Delaware based trumpeter and flugelhornist Rob Zinn focused for the first time on the smooth jazz genre with his album Yesterday Again (2016). With his sophomore album Walk The Walk (2018) he wants to do another step and take his music to the next level.

All ten tunes are originals, engineered, mixed and produced by Paul Brown at his very own studio, The Funky Joint. Rob performs on his album trumpet and flugelhorn. He is accompanied by Andrew Neu, Michael Paulo (sax), Paul Brown (guitar, percussion), Marco Basci (keyboards), Roberto Vally, Bryant Siono (bass), Gorden Campbell (drums), Andre Frappier (guitar), Dax Reynosa (vocals), Lew Laing (keyboards, programming), Jeff Carruthers (keyboards, strings, synth horns, drums and percussion programming), and Ritchie Garcia (congas).

The new project shows with the first tune the direction, the complete album is taking. Walk The Walk is built on a solid horn arrangement featuring Rob’s immense trumpet talent and one of the most underrated sax player in smooth jazz, Andrew Neu. Wherever You Are chooses a different approach. A romantic theme performed by Rob on flugelhorn subtly merging with Andrew’s tenor sax.

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Ricardo Bacelar – Sebastiana

Brazilian composer and pianist Ricardo Bacelar entered the music world with his debut album In Natura (2001), an album with classical impression and manifestation. The second one, Concerto para Moviola (Concerto for Moviola), is a live album, recorded in 2015 during the Guaramiranga Jazz and Blues Festival at the Via Sul Theater, Fortalezea, Ceara, Brazil, with an eight-member band, presenting jazz fusion and Brazilian music. Sebastiana (2018) is Ricardo’s third and most ambitious project.

With Sebastiana pianist Ricardo Bacelar pursues a completely new concept. For his Brazilian reinterpretations and originals he assembled an International crew of musicians from Cuba, Argentina, Venezuela, Colombia, Peru and the United States. From Brazil Cesar Lemos (bass, guitar), Maria and Sara Queiroz Bacelar (percussion), vocalists Rose Max, and Ramatis Moraes, from USA vocalist Maye Osorio and guitarist Steve Hinson, from Venezuela Anderson Quintero (drums, percussion) and vocalist Andrea Mangiamarchi, from Cuba Yoel Del Sol (percussion), from Colombia Channo Tierra (accordion) and Jose Sibaja (trumpet, flugelhorn), from Peru Jesus Rodriguez (percussion and Charango), from Argentina Gabriel Fernandez (Bandoneón).

A Volta da Asa Branca (The White Wing Tour) immediately takes us into the colorful world of folk music of which we have so many borrowings and which fills our hearts with innocent joy. Suco Verde (Green Juice) is a mixture of ingredients which is found in the food culture of many peoples with different components. Musically, the taste of fusion jazz clearly sets in here.

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Lindsey Webster – Love Inside

The smooth jazz scene experiences a Webster-mania. She appeared like out of nowhere and is now on top of the game. After her self-titled debut album (2013), followed You Change (2015) and Back To Your Heart(2016). Her new album Love Inside is just released on Shanachie Entertainment.

Singer Lindsey Webster is accompanied by husband Keith Slattery (keyboards), Mike DeMicco (lead guitar, rhythm guitar), Fred Doumbe (bass), Foluso Mimy ( percussion), Marcus Finnie, Bud Harner, Lance Comer, Dan Hickey (drums), Ken Gioffre (soprano saxophone), Rick Braun (trumpet) and Norman Brown (guitar).

The album starts with the title song, a ballad of remarkable length. What is meant here is the playing time but not the entertainment value. The guitar riff performed by Mike DeMicco reminds me of the music by Jaffa (Elevator). However, the song’s inner value lies in its lyrical qualities. Lindsey pleases her fans on Facebook with the lyrics that are not found in the liner notes on the CD.

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Unit 3 Deep – Groove Theory

Unit 3 Deep are pianist and keyboardist Patrick Cooper, bass guitarist David Dyson and drummer Duane Thomas. The formation was founded in 2015. As professional sidemen they have played and still perform for a myriad of musicians such as Walter Beasley, Pieces of a Dream, Spur of the Moment, New Kids on the Block, Rahsaan Patterson, Marion Meadows and many more.

They currently perform at famous venues like Rams Head Tavern, The Birchmere, South, Blues Alley or the Southern Maryland Funk Festival. Groove Theory is their debut album, released on March 1, 2018. As special guests they invited vocalist Lori Williams, guitarist Alvin White, saxophonists Walter Beasley, Phillip “Doc” Martin, Craig Alston, trumpet player
Dreandre “Dre King” Schaifer and percussionist Alfredo Mojica. Most of the songs are written by the band with the exception of two songs.

Already after the first chords of Fridays, one realizes that this formation has an ambitious impetus. The bass is not subordinate but dominant, the arrangement more contemporary than smooth jazz. While bass and drums are fast to the stop, guitar and keys give melody a chance. Tension arises from the opposing tempos. On top Schaifer presents an exuberant trumpet solo.

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Paula Atherton – Shake It

Saxophonist Paula Atherton is one of those go-getters who have made it to the top in the music business. She started her solo projects with Let Me Inside Your Love (2001), followed by Groove with Me (2009), Enjoy The Ride (2012) and Ear Candy (2015). Her newest album is Shake It (2018).

Mentioned in the liner notes are Dave Delhome, Darin Brown, Jorgen Kjaer, Bill Heller (keyboards), Schuyler Deale, Ron Monroe, Roy DeJesus (bass), Emedin Rivera (percussion), Lou Gimenez, Nick Colionne (guitar), Lionell Cordew, Tony Lewis (drums), Cindy Bradley (trumpet, trombone), and Melissa Raye (background vocals). Paula performs on her album flute, alto sax, Bari sax and vocals.

Most of the songs are written by Paula Atherton, in parts with other musicians. Nick Colionne has written one song and the album has one cover.

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Threestyle – Reasons 2 Love

Magdalena Chovancova (sax. flute), and Robert Fertl (guitar, bass, drum programming, keyboards) are the Munich based group Threestyle. The group already released Feel The Vibe (2012), Get It (2014), Road To Montery (2016) and Smooth Ride (2017) on the label Welovemusic Records.

Their new album is entitled Reasons 2 Love (2018). Guest musicians on this project are James L. Manning, Bryant Siono, Sekou Bunch, Cecil Thomas (bass), Jeffrey Freeman, Lew Laing, Bill Meyers (keyboards), Christopher Troy (keyboards and vocals), Latonya Black, Tim Owens (vocals), Gabriela Chovancoa, Munyungo Jackson (percussion), Paul Brown (guitar), Michael Ripoll (bass, rhythm guitar), Frank Josephs, DeYou Dobsons (drums).

The constant collaboration with world-class artists shows beneficially in the playful progress of the group as already heard from Ready To Go. The musical idiom, the excellent arrangement and the playful ideas are of remarkable height. Good News spreads faster. So does this fine tune.

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