Archive for the ‘ Contemporary Instrumental ’ Category

Kenny Carr – Distance

Kenny Carr CD CoverDistance is Kenny Carr’s ninth album. Continuing his propensity for funk-based jazz and explorative melodic melodies, Carr has once again put together a listenable yet gritty album that goes the distance. The name Distance came from the fact that 6 of the songs on the album were written over 25 years ago, with lots of youthful exuberance. Kenny Carr is a classically trained guitar player/composer and owner of Zoozazz Music™ who lives in New York City. Kenny performs his original jazz, blues, funk, and fusion instrumental music with a trio, quartet, and other ensembles. Kenny has published nine albums recorded with NY, LA, and other musicians, including Donny McCaslin, Kenny Wollesen, Hans Glawischnig, George Laks, Andy Hess, Tony Mason, Richie Morales, Lincoln Goines, Tom Baldwin, Frank Russo, and Nashville drummer Brian Fullen.

Kenny began playing violin at age nine but by 11 realized his true passion was the guitar. Growing up in Santa Cruz, CA, with its inspiring natural beauty set the stage for Kenny’s musical career. By his early teens, he was studying jazz theory with vibraphonist Rob Lautz and renowned trumpeter Ray Brown.

Kenny was surrounded by talented aspiring musicians who became close friends. By 16, he was performing at local venues where he met drummers Kenny Wollesen, Jeff Ballard, bassist Anders Swanson, and saxophonist Donny McCaslin. In 1981, Kenny and his fellow Santa Cruz musicians were invited to open for Carmen McRae and Freddie Hubbard at the Mount Tamalpais jazz festival, a catapult inspirationally and musically. Continue reading

Greg Manning – Between The Sun and The Moon

Swiss-American keyboardist Greg Manning is perfectly at home in the Smooth Jazz scene. He worked as musical director with Jonathan Butler and also performed with Brian McKnight, Kirk Whalum, Will Downing, Richard Elliot, Gerald Albright, Chante Moore, Mindi Abair and many more.

His debut album Soulciety was released in 1999, followed by his sophomore album The Calling in 2010 and Dance With You on Kalimba Music in 2014. His next album was entitled Sugar & Spice (2016). His newest album will be released in January 2021 and takes the orchestral approach. It’s entitled Between The Sun and The Moon.

This album will be available on all major platforms.

Bill DiCosimo and Edgar Pagán – Con Moto

Bill DiCosimo and Edgar Pagán have been performing music together for over 20 years, including backing GRAMMY-winning jazz flutist Dave Valentin. They have shared the stage with varied world-class artists Spyro Gyra, Xtreme, Ismael Miranda, Andy Montanez, Lou Gramm, Bela Fleck, Bernie Williams, Wayne Newton, The Average White Band, Tom Scott, Ambrosia, Earl Slick, Joey Molland, Mary Fahl, Bernard Fowler, Stanley Turrentine, and Charo to name a few.

As founding members of central New York SAMMY winners and standouts ‘Grupo Pagán’, Bill and Edgar felt it was time to record a solo project.

To capture the feeling of DiCosimo and Pagán’s music, an All-Star lineup was enlisted featuring Jimmy Haslip (additional bass, keys, cuatro, ancillary percussion, and background vocals), Jeff Lorber (keyboards), Karma Auger (drums, percussion), Gary Novak (drums), Jimmy Branly (percussion), Jeff Richman (guitar), Paulie Cerra (horns), Nick Kellie (guitar) and Jose Varona (percussion). All world-renowned artists in their own right. The bonus track “Show the World” featuring ‘Ceili Rain’ frontman Bob Halligan Jr. is inspired and dedicated to Peace, Love, and Unity in the world. Bob has written hit songs for Cher, Judas Priest, Michael Bolton, Kiss, and Blue Oyster Cult.

The album is produced and titled by 3-time GRAMMY winner Jimmy Haslip. He felt ‘CON MOTO,’ a classical term describing forward movement, was a fitting description of the music. Haslip is no stranger in the producer role. He has worked with Jeff Lorber, Bruce Hornsby, Yellowjackets, Gino Vannelli, Kiss, Tommy Bolin, Allan Holdsworth, Marilyn Scott, Chaka Khan, Al Jarreau, Donald Fagen, Anita Baker, Robben Ford, Mike Stern, Selena, Diana Ross, Elemental and more. Haslip found the music to be positive, uplifting and inspiring. As a producer, he is a perfect fit. We found him to be very connected with our diverse music style and desire to meld world sounds and rhythms to create something fresh.

The recording contains 5 originals that take you on a journey encompassing Funk, Blues, Jazz, and Timba flavored Latin rhythms, plus two clever arrangements of “Magic Carpet Ride” and “Cisco Kid.” The album will be released January 8, 2020.

Martin Taylor – Love Songs

GRAMMY nominated musician Dr. Martin Taylor, MBE, is a virtuoso guitarist, composer, educator and musical innovator whom Acoustic Guitar magazine calls ‘THE Acoustic Guitarist of his Generation’. Widely considered to be the world’s foremost exponent of solo jazz and finger-style guitar playing, Martin possesses an inimitable style that has earned him global acclaim from fellow musicians, fans and critics alike. He dazzles audiences with a signature style that artfully combines his virtuosity, emotion and humor with a strong, engaging stage presence.

Taylor has enjoyed a remarkable musical career spanning across five decades, with more than 100 recordings to his credit. Completely self-taught beginning at the early age of 4, he has invented and developed a unique way of playing the guitar that is greatly admired, and often emulated, by guitarists all over the world. In addition to his solo concerts and recordings, he has also collaborated with musicians from many different musical genres, including: Jeff Beck, Tommy Emmanuel, Bill Wyman, Chet Atkins, Stephane Grappelli, David Grisman, George Harrison, Jamie Cullum, Bryn Terfel, Dianne Schuur and Gary Burton.

Taylor brings a rich and varied musical heritage to his play, to the extent that Tommy Emmanuel remarked that [Taylor] is “a portal into all that came before.” Over his stellar career, Taylor has amassed a record 14 British Jazz Awards as a guitarist. Several of his albums have been in the Top 10 in the USA and Europe.

Love Songs is an solo acoustic guitar album to buy on Amazon.com.

Dan Siegel – Origins

According to his official biography keyboardist Dan Siegel has already released twenty solo albums. With Origins he has just launched his newest project. Anew a collaboration with bassist Brian Bromberg.

Beside Dan and Brian are performing Allen Hinds (electric guitar), Ramon Stagnaro (acoustic guitar), Craig Fundyga (vibraphone), Rogerio Jardim (voice), Vinnie Colaiuta (drums) and Lenny Castro (percussion). All compositions and arrangements are by Dan.

The term Rite of Passage envelops the visitor in an aura of the mysterious and mystical. Siegel, however relies on the familiar environment, proven chords and harmonies. There is nothing wrong with that, because he perfected them. Alexander Graham Bell made the famous announcement “When one door closes another opens”. When One Door Closes musically distributes the optimism that underlies this statement.

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Ilya Netkach – I Am

Kharkov, Ukraine born violinist Ilya Netkach’s love is music. More likely love at second sight, because of the decision to follow the call of music, matured only after he had studied in other subjects. His first project Page Not Found arrived in stores in 2015. During his period in Qatar and Bahrain he composed new songs, which he has released under the title I AM in October 2017.

Ilya performs violin, piano, and keyboards and is accompanied on his new project by Alina Kharchenko on piano (tracks 1, 2 and 4). Not the numerous attempts during the long period of creation of this album are of interest, but the result. On Burned Bridges Ilya performs the violin with burning fervor. Every chord contributes to the emotional character of the piece, whose soul finds itself on string and body with each vibrating tone. Alina Kharchenko leaves it at an indication of the melody frame without interfering Ilya’s inspired play.

Fiasco is usually the most unsuitable title for a piece of music unless you’re talking about Stockhausen’s 12-tone music. On the other hand, the violin virtuoso himself is in search of the overall-looking melody between structure and improvisation. Infamy may be influenced by Alan Parson’s Project in terms of the configuration of the synth music, that serves as a base. The treat of the violin frees from the anarchic character by following chromatic structures.

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Jentsch Group Quartet – Fractured Pop

What happens when you do a lot of things well but don’t want to focus on just one or two? One possible result is a sample of each, mixed, matched, melded and blended with various combinations of the others. In other words, Fractured Pop (2017) by the Jentsch Group Quartet.

The band features Chris Jentsch, guitars; Matt Renzi, tenor saxophone, clarinet and alto flute; Jim Whitney, double bass; and John Mettam, drums.

The music moves from jazz fusion to rock instrumental, from ambient jazz to something bordering on electronica, from structured to free-form. Each musician is solid in his performance. Jentsch spices things up by playing more than one guitar on some tracks and adding some distortion effects here and there. Highlights include “Fractured Pop,” “Route 666” and “Meeting at Surratt’s.”

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New Latitude – Vantage Point

Founder of the formation New Latitude are guitarists and composers Dave Erickson and Jim Carr. Their collective debut album is entitled Convergence (2014). Their sophomore project Vantage Point (2017) is now released.

The guitar duo is joined on the new album by Deon Kuhl (drums & percussion) and Robert Strickland (bass). New Latitude is comparing themselves with the music of Acoustic Alchemy, California Guitar Trio and Dominic Miller.

The opener Springtime offers an undercurrent of joy in abundance. Two guitars in perfect pitch and harmony allow to fly your dream. The Journey shows more of the acoustic consonance of both instruments finding ways into the sonic unison with wonderfully gentle phrases.

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