Archive for the ‘ Chill Out ’ Category

Four80East – Straight Round

Toronto based musicians Rob DeBoer and Tony Grace are Four80East. They started with The Album in 1997, followed by Nocturnal (2001), Round Three (2002), En Route (2007), Roll On (2009), Off Duty (2012), Biblotheca (2013), Four80East LIVE (2014), Positraction (2015), Cherry-Picked (2016), a Vinyl-collection, and Four On The Floor (2018).

Their new album Straight Round is announced for March 20,2020. The promotion speaks about neo-jazz, soul, funk and jazz as stylistic classification. Opener of the album is Around The Corner which in its introduction is reminiscent of the style of The Art Of Noise. But then the tight groove kicks in and that is the trademark of the Toronto duo. The guitar motif is influenced by Hall and Oates.

All The Marbles is Brubeck’s Take 5 on ecstasy. A sonorous synth bass combined with a jazzy guitar, that is hip, that is hop. The percussion seduces me to activate my HandSonic. The absolute bang is however the infectious Ba Ba Brazil, which will certainly climb the charts of all radio stations.

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Chillaxonic – 2nd Facet

Multi-instrumentalist Konstantin Klashtorni produces new music faster than I can review it. Chillaxonic is an artificial word made up of Chill Out and Sonic. This label stands for a combination of the music styles jazz, chill out and electronica. This is the second album of a long lasting series.

Violet Twilight spreads a magic fluid of excellence combining piano and synth sounds for your personal dreams. As overlay he caresses the listener with soothing sax.

Soulful Awakenings acts as a tender wake-up call polished up with a wonderful mix of wavering sounds and flute. Together We Fly brings the ethereal to sonic perfection. Sax, synth and piano are found in seamless triad.

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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.

Club des Belugas – Strange Things Beyond the Sunny Side

Club des Belugas is one of the leading lounge & nujazz projects in Germany, perhaps in Europe. They combine Contemporary European Lounge & Nujazz Styles with Brazilian Beats and American Black Soul of the fifties, sixties and seventies, using their unique creativity and intensity. Since 2002 they released 11 studio albums, a 2CD live album, a live DVD, 12 singles and 1 EP.

The new album Strange Things Beyond the Sunny Side presents vocals by Maya Fadeeva, Anna-Luca, Antoine Villoutreix, Ashley Slater and Iain Mackenzie.

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Chillaxing Jazz Kollektion – Groove Jazz N Chill # 7

Multi-instrumentalist Konstantin Klashtorni, best known as the most active musician in the Smooth Jazz genre, hadn’t appeared in months. Not until September of this year did the relief news come, a new album is released. Considering his huge total works, the question arose, in which section will the album be released?

Chillaxing Jazz KolleKtion presents Groove Jazz N Chill #7. That’s called constancy.  Exclusively composed and recorded by Konstantin himself. He also manufactures and distributes his albums and thus demonstrates his economic independence as a creative artist.

Memories of Us opens the album with a soft breeze of melody and a nicely balance of keys and sax. The swelling and decaying wave-tone provides an atmospheric basis for the use of piano and saxophone. Changing Seasons emphasizes a harmonious sonic collage of different sounds, which is very close to the spherical sounds of New Age music.

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Chillaxonic – Ist Facet

Ukraine-born multi-instrumentalist Konstantin Klashtorni has released his newest creation 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.

The new project starts stylistically, where Konstantin’s previous albums left off. Ineffable elegantly mixes pleasurable sounds of guitar, synths and sax to the typical Klashtorni groove. Ethereal is the attribute for extremely light and delicate music, as if not of this world.

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Gentleman Professional – High Season

San Francisco based formation Gentleman Professional shines with High Season, tropical chill vibes from San Francisco, CA. Watch this video to get in the right mood. By the way you can book your club visit here.

The right sound is High Season and you get it on CDBaby.

Circles And Spirals – Gaia Vol. 2 Twilight

Born in France and living in Cologne, Germany saxophonist Ismael Diallo has a strong connection to smooth jazz. During the legendary wave music concert series featuring Rick Braun, Peter White, Slim Man, Richard Elliot and many more he belonged to the well-known backing group under the musical direction of keyboardist Lutz Deterra. Twenty years later he can already look back on a rich artistic life that has always brought him in contact with smooth jazz.

Since 2004 he is regularly releasing groove-oriented lounge music under the label Circles and Spirals. To mention are Colours (2007), and Space Grooves (2009). With Gaia Vol.1 – Sunlight (2011) he started a trilogy presenting soft down-tempo music and a pinch of world beat. Next album of this series is Gaia Vol. 2 Twilight, already available as download and scheduled for CD release August 20, 2018.

Ismael Diallo has written and produced all tracks. He performs saxophones, keyboards and Vocoder on track 10. He is accompanied by Juan Restrepo (guitars), Knuth Jerxsen (percussion), Christoph Titz (trumpet on #7) and Nini Rider (vocals on #1).

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Circles and Spirals – Gaia Vol.1 Sunlight

A native of France, Ismael Diallo, has established himself as a respectable Pop- and House-Music saxophonist on the European business-event and music circuit. To his credit are work with many soul/funk party-bands, big tours with one of Germany’s most successful singer Howard Carpendale, contrasting this by accompanying House-Music DJs in clubs with the live combo “Phonk”. His warm, energy loaded style and versatility have turned him into a much sought after soloist for groove-oriented music.

Ismael Diallo completes his live-trio with an acoustic/electric guitarist and a percussion player who bring this human and live atmosphere to the electronic sounds of the computer. Take grooving electronic music accompanied by saxophone, acoustic guitar and percussions and you have the sounds of „Circles and Spirals“. Perfect lounge music that is sure to make the sunsets more intensive,

Cocktail music with a special modern character for high class and trend oriented locations. Gaia Vol.1 – Sunlight is the first part of the trilogy, with soft down-tempo music and a pinch of world beat. 12 relaxed tracks to accompany you on sunny days. Get the album at Amazon.

Chillaxing Jazz KolleKtion – Groove Jazz N Chill # 6

The facts about the multi-instrumentalist Konstantin Klashtorni are quickly put together. Since this multi-talented Ukraine born artist lives in a small city nearby Düsseldorf and built up his own studio, his musical activities are literally exploded. Personally, I consider him to be the most active musician in the Smooth Jazz genre.

I admit that activity is not everything. But his creativity and diversity of ideas sets new standards. Equipped with intuitive intelligence and the nose of a truffle hunter his melodies inspire me again and again. Influenced by the musicians Paul Hardcastle and Brian Culbertson I see him today on the same level. Among his numerous series includes Chillaxing Jazz KolleKtion.

Just released in this series is his sixth album, that was exclusively composed and recorded by him again. When you play the first piece Dearest, you immediately notice a certain closeness to the genre, which has since been forgotten, but as New Age still adequately describes the sound. Starting with a trippy water effect Konstantin quickly dives into the portfolio of his sound equipment, where the crystal clear acoustic guitar ensures a melodic constancy.

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