Archive for the ‘ Gospel ’ Category

Ron McMillon – Press Toward The Mark

Colorado Native Ron McMillon has a style that is a mixture of Gospel and Smooth Jazz. Having studied music at the collegiate level, Ron’s creative versatility is on full display at his inspired performances at concert venues, churches, jazz festivals, and also while playing live with smooth jazz artist and producer Darren Rahn, world renowned pianist Adlan Cruz, gospel artists Kim Stratton, Phillip “Doc” Martin, and many other notable performers.

Mr. McMillon released his first gospel jazz single entitled “It Is Me” in the Spring of 2013. With his debut single going to smooth jazz radio in 2015, saxophonist Ron McMillon presents “Consuming Fire,” from his current album, Talkin’ About Jesus, which was produced by acclaimed format veteran Darren Rahn. This chart topping single has taken the world by storm on smooth jazz and Gospel stations worldwide, including play on SiriusXM “Watercolors”! In the Summer of 2016 Ron McMillon released his 2nd hit single “In The Flow”, which reigned on the very prestigious Top 30 Billboard Chart for 8 consecutive weeks! Ron’s sincere passion for music ministry and his love for God is the foundation of ALL of his new found success in the music industry. McMillon is quoted saying, “My desire has always been to touch the hearts of people all over the world with my musical gifting. This is just the beginning!”

Ron has just released his new album Press Toward The Mark October 2018. Many Smooth Jazz and Gospel Jazz lovers have been anxiously awaiting this new release! A signed copy of the album can be purchased at Mr McMillon’s website or buy the album on CDBaby.

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Marcus Miller – Laid Black

Bass icon Marcus Miller, one of the top five world bass players, enjoys high name recognition. He not only possesses a high reputation among critics but also among his professional colleagues. Ever since he took over the role of host at the smooth jazz cruises, he is well known far beyond the field of jazz.

His solo albums are not pure collections of songs but conceptually planned. On his previous album Afrodeezia he themed not only Africa, but sought a close alliance with numerous African musicians. Marcus comments: “With Laid Black, I decided to bring the music right up to the present – using elements from what’s happening in urban music today. So you’ll hear hip-hop, trap, soul, funk, R&B and jazz on this album”.

Marcus performs on the new album bass, keyboards, vocals, synths, Wurlitzer electric piano, clavinet, bass clarinet, drums, and rhythm programming. Further supporting musicians on selected tracks are Marquis Hill, Patches Stewart, Russell Gun (trumpet), Alex Han (alto sax), Brett Williams (keyboards, piano, Fender Rhodes), Alex Bailey (drums, percussion), Russell Gun with New Orleans horns, Selah Sue (vocals), Adam Agati (guitar), Trombone Shorty (trombone), Jonathan Butler (vocals, guitar), Louis Cato (drums), Kirk Whalum (flute, tenor sax), Caleb McCampell (vocoder), Cliff Barnes (piano), Julian Miller (vocals), Richie Cajate-Garcia (percussion), and Take 6 (vocals).

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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.

George Granville – A Sweet Sound

On his 1st EP album, George Granville brings a contemporary and rhythmic vibe to traditional gospel songs. This album boasts tunes that successfully fuse the styles of jazz and gospel in his covers of time-honored songs. With piano-driven melodies to smooth vocal serenades, these tracks take listeners on a magnetic, sweet-sounding ride.

This album presents a tasteful blend of contemporary jazz and traditional gospel featuring breathtaking piano expressions and magnetic vocals. A Sweet Sound is listenable on CDBaby.

Andre Cavor – Road Trip

Cleveland based saxophonist Andre Cavor follows with Road Trip (2017) his idols Kirk Whalum and Jonathan Butler on their path to the ideal blend of smooth jazz and gospel music.

Andre started his journey performing sax in church and then founded The Cavor Project, an 11 piece ensemble spreading a good reputation around the area. This album mirrors his biographical development shifting Cavor’s artistic life to a new level.

In the implementation of the project Andre is perfectly supported by the producer Darren Rahn. Darren contributes his high level of artistry, experience and the certain refinement of a genius as composer, arranger, producer and musician.

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Michael G. Hawkins – Joyful Meditations

Michael G. Hawkins, a Virginia native, performs a combination of soul-stirring gospel and jazz music on the flute. He has had a wide range of experiences during his musical career. Joyful Meditations is his personal invitation.

You can join this invitation at CDBaby.

Motoaki Yasutake – Great Love

great-loveJapanese saxophonist Motoaki Yasutake has released his new album Great Love. This album is a mix of 12 smooth jazz and gospel tracks. It is 6 years since he recorded his debut album with his mellow sound that continues to evolve.

This album is available at Amazon.com.

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