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Charles Moorer & The Faithful Few – Keeper Of My Soul

On their new album Keeper of My Soul, Charles Moorer & The Faithful Few continue their smooth, silky and infectious fusion of gospel and contemporary urban jazz, appealing equally to people of faith and secular audiences like very few religious based artists have ever done. Smooth jazz programmers will light up the minute they hear the lush instrumental version of “Think of Your Soul,” which begins with a colorful exotic twist, with African tinged vocals, before powering into a funky, freewheeling dance between Chuck’s hard slapping bass and Grammy nominated sax superstar Najee’s dreamy, sensual soprano. The mightily grooving track backs its snappy, hypnotic bass melody with soaring atmospheres shaded with lush sax harmony before getting into another snazzy bass/horn conversation that includes a few bars where the instruments play together. As the tune reaches its crescendo, the African chanting returns and Chuck lets loose even more.

“Adonai” opens with a blend of Mitchel Forman’s elegant jazzy piano, Nils’ jangling guitar and Michael Parlett’s whimsical flute before we’re graced with Chuck’s soothing inspirational lead vocal. Artfully fusing jazz, pop, soul and gospel, “Adonai’s” empowering message is that while we want to be in full control, we will find greater joys, soul power and peace of mind by surrendering our will to God and letting God be our guiding light. Wordless backing vocals by Clydene Jackson and Johnny Britt add elegance and texture to this stirring expression of faith.

The hypnotic opening bars of “Keeper of My Soul” remind us that while Chuck’s hypnotic soul vocals are always the focus of his gospel music, he’s a funky genius on bass, too. After the breezy intro continues with dreamy atmospheres inflected with Johnny Britt’s inimitable flugelhorn, Chuck as lead vocalist steps forward to deliver a tender musical love letter to God – reflecting on “every little thing you do for me,” God’s perfect timing and the divine’s role as his strength and refuge. Continue reading

Bobby Wells – Made To Overcome

Bobby Wells is since more than twenty years in the recording industry. Wait A Minute (1994) was his debut album in the Blues genre. In 2005 he released the smooth jazz album Bayside with an array of top notch musicians. With Here with You Lord (2010) he praised his Savior Jesus Christ. With the album Back In The Day (2016) he returned to the smooth jazz genre.

His newest project is Made To Overcome, which will be available October 1, 2020. This album will merge Christian music with smooth jazz, a follow up to Here With You Lord and can be ordered on Bobby’s newly created Christian music website.

TransJazz – Joy For The Journey

Joy For The Journey, the TransJazz band’s third CD album, brings together the talents of a very diverse group of musicians. When their first CD, Transitions, was released in 2004, the band was made up of five members. Since that time, TransJazz has expanded to ten members at the time of this CD release – male and female, from diverse churches and backgrounds, and of different generations. The members are also spread out widely over the metro-New York City area.

More than a band, TransJazz is a community of people who enjoy coming together, performing, recording, and contributing to original music compositions and arrangements. The results are unique words that speak to people at different places in their spiritual journey. The message of the album is that real joy is offered everyone by a God who is really there.

You can download the songs on CDBaby.

Urs Wiesendanger – Breakfast In Paris

Urs Wiesendanger developed in young years his passion for drums. At the age of 12, he toured with the DRS Big Band of Swiss national television and was soon regarded as one of the greatest young Swiss talents in the music scene.

Since then, Urs has worked for renowned Swiss artists such as DJ Bobo, Nubya or Carmen Fenk. Urs is considered one of the most gifted arrangers and producers in Europe and does not need to shy away from comparison with the US industry. He has worked extensively in Los Angeles with highly gifted musicians such as keyboardist Jeff Lorber, saxophonists Dave Koz and Warren Hill, producer Mickey Petralia, drummer John Robinson, guitarists Chris Camozzi, Michael Landau and Dean Parks, singer Warren Wiebe and many more.

On his new album Breakfast In Paris (2018) Urs performs keyboards, bass, percussion, drum-programming, vocals, grand piano and strings. He is joined on selected tracks by Bruno Amatruda, Dominic Ruegg, Claudio Servino, Michael Thompson (guitars), Thierry Condor, Dhenibe Romea, Sabina Stokes (background vocals), John Robinson, Jay Graydon (drums), Bernhard Schoch (trumpet, trombone), Daniel Küffer, Tom Beek (sax), and Ramon Stagnaro (acoustic guitar).

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Darren Rahn – Hymns From The Heart

Saxophonist Darren Rahn is so excited to announce the special Easter release of his brand new inspirational album Hymns From The Heart. This project is very near and dear to his heart and he hopes you’ll enjoy it as much as he enjoyed recording it. Pre-Orders for hand-signed copies are now available at his website – www.darrenrahn.com . Hymns From The Heart features 10 of his favorite inspirational gospel hymns performed on saxophone with piano accompaniment. Songs include How Great Thou Art, Blessed Assurance, I Surrender All, Jesus Loves Me, Softly And Tenderly, Amazing Grace Interlude, There’s Just Something About That Name, It Is Well With My Soul, The Old Rugged Cross, and Jesus Paid It All.

Pre-Orders for a signed CD are $20, will ship the first week of April, and include free shipping (in the continental United States and to APO Addresses). Retail copies of Hymns From The Heart (Physical CD’s and Downloads) will be available on Easter for purchase via Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, CD Baby, and other music retailers worldwide. Pre-Orders are available only in the Continental United States.

David T. Shamley – The Transition

Detroit born, Tulsa resident David T. Shamley has worked with HB Barnum, music director of Aretha Franklin. he performed with Lou Rawls, Stevie Wonder, and Al Green and recorded with the group Third World on their album Logos Jump.

After serving in the United States Army and performing with the Army Soldier Show he now concentrates his musical activity on his solo career. His new album The Transition is just released.

A specialty of this album is the fact that David T. Shamley has written and arranged most of the tracks of this album. However David Keys has performed most of the instruments. Further musicians mentioned in the liner notes are on selected tracks Alphaeus Washington (guitar) and Allen Brown (bass).

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Ray Lyon – Trinity One

In the genre of Christian music Ray Lyon has found a safe harbor. He has released on his own label Burning Blue Records three albums, Farewell To Shadowlands (1993), Figures Of The True (2000) and in 2007 Beginning To See. His newest project is entitled Trinity One (2016).

The new album is composed, arranged and produced by Ray Lyon except for Solar (Flare), which is by Miles Davis. Keyboardist Ray Lyon is supported by drummer Bill Berg and bassist Jimmy Haslip. Ray describes his new music: “This music represents a diverse melodic approach to modern jazz … highly listenable yet complex in beauty, depth and execution these are storytelling tunes that inspire and expand the contemporary jazz genre”.

If you know the passion with which Ray has internalized the music of Pat Metheny and Lyle Mays, his music style is easily comprehensible. For many, who miss this music, Ray provides replacement in abundance. Trinity One embodies this transcendent, astral atmosphere and Bill Berg and Jimmy Haslip perfectly fit into Ray’s musical concept.

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Jay Soto – Veritas

All started in 2005 with Long Time Coming. With nuGroove Records Jay Soto had his second start with his promising album Stay Awhile followed by Mesmerized in 2009. After a long hiatus he is back with Veritas (2015). The title is the Latin word for truth and reveals Jay’s affinity for the Catholic religion.

Soto is accompanied on the new album by bassist Mario Mendevil, drummers Goran Rista and Phil Robertson. Not to compare with his previous albums, which were packed with musicians of the Smooth Jazz scene. Jay comments꞉ “It’s very different from previous releases. It’s me in the most honest light.″

The album starts with Voice Of The Archangel. Embedded in an epic orchestral environment Jay jubilates on his guitar in Spanish style. King Of Glory celebrates the greatness of God in his omnipotence with a grandiloquent string orchestra and Jay’s brilliant acoustic guitar performance.

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