Archive for the ‘ Holiday Jazz ’ Category

Till Brönner – Christmas

ChistmasWith his new album “Christmas” trumpeter Till Brönner in trio with pianist Frank Chastenier and bassist Christian von Kaphengst creates a puristic album full of chamber music intensity and refreshing breadth. Songs from different decades and genres like “Jesus to Child”, “Ich steh an deiner Krippe hier” or “Jingle Bells” combine them to an intimate listening experience. Relevant art is always a mirror of its time and the circumstances under which it is created.

On “Christmas”, Till Brönner succeeds in creating a unique melange of topicality and timelessness. “The past few months have made us all realize,” explains Brönner, “what is really important in life. We wanted to implement this realization within the music as well. So slowly, life is returning to a certain normality, where small celebrations in the closest circle are finally possible again. After this special year, we have deliberately decided against an album with bombastic-overloaded cover versions for lavish celebrations, but instead try to create a special, an almost intimate Christmas mood with a small ensemble. “Christmas” features Till Brönners stylistic range from German Christmas classics like “Ich steh an deiner Krippen hier” to thoughtful pop moments like the touching cover of George Michaels “Jesus To A Child” to elegant, laid-back late-night remakes of American evergreens like “Jingle Bells” or “Christmas Time Is Here”.

The latter is given a very special melancholic touch by none other than Max Mutzke with his soulful vocals. “In the mid-1960s, the Vietnam War was in full swing. At the time of the civil rights movement, this piece was created, in which, despite its brittleness, there is a certain melancholy. I had a long talk with Max about the track. He, too, is an intuitive guy who is comfortable in different genres. He immediately hit the right note,” sums up Till Brönner.

“Christmas” is released in the Studio Edition on Pure Audio Blu-ray. In addition to a Hi-Res Stereo and Surround Sound, the Pure Audio Blu-ray also includes an immersive mix in AURO-3D and Dolby Atmos.

Buy the album and its audio alternatives here.

Ronny Smith – The Holidays Are Here

71uHsjgUPBL._SL1200_Baltimore based jazz guitarist Ronny Smith has chosen the 20th century as his field of activity. His discography includes the albums Long Time Comin (2001), Laid Back (2002), Got Groove (2006), Simply Stated (2007), Just Groovin (2009), Can’t Stop Now (2013), Shake It Up (2017), Raise The Roof (2020), and Coastal Sunset (2021).

Now he turns his interest to Holiday Jazz. His newest project is the album The Holidays Are Here (2021).

Buy this album at Amazon.com.

Kirk Whalum – How Does Christmas Sound?

How Does Christmas SoundWith his second holiday-themed album, GRAMMY® Award-winning saxophonist Kirk Whalum asks How Does Christmas Sound? by finding a more spiritual and introspective sound for Christmas that immediately brings the listener to peace and ready to celebrate the season. More than just another merry round of caroling, the album offers a moment of soul-searching for Christmas revelers and a balm for those whose holidays don’t shine as brightly.

The new album will be released by Artistry Music on October 9, 2021 and will be available in all stores.

Ramsey Lewis – Bright Lights

Ramsey Lewis is a jazz pianist and multi-instrumentalist, and composer who has released approximately 80 albums over a 50-year career. After several years of live performances and over a dozen albums which only caught the attention of jazz fans, the Ramsey Lewis Trio made a huge impression on mainstream audiences with the 1965 album The In Crowd. The title-track was a No.5 pop hit, and the album reached No.2. Moving further towards a pop version of Jazz, Wade In The Water and Hang On Sloppy the following year were also commercial successes.

His most successful album of the 70s was Sun Goddess, which was performed with the backing of members of Earth, Wind & Fire. It was his fourth album to be certified gold, and is still popular today with funk DJs and hip-hop samplers. The three time Grammy® winner who rose to prominence in the early 1970’s released his 80th collection on September 20, 2011 entitled Ramsey, Taking Another Look. On the ten song CD Lewis and his Electric Band breathe new life into many of Lewis’ favorite tunes including a new rendition of the Stevie Wonder penned “Living for the City” and a new edit of the original “Sun Goddess” recording featuring Earth, Wind & Fire. To the great surprise of many of his music fans, Ramsey Lewis released Urban Knights VII in September 2019 before finally withdrawing from the music scene. In this late work are involved his longtime companions guitarist Henry Johnson, drummer Charles Heath, bassist Joshua Ramos and keyboardist Tim Gant.

His newest album so far is Bright Lights, a Christmas album presenting known Holiday standards. Get the album here.

Warren Wolf – Christmas Vibes

Is it too early for holiday jazz? There’s no shortage of Christmas music out there that can evoke the Holiday spirit. But it takes a master of groove and swing like Warren Wolf to conjure a true feeling of Christmas Vibes. On his new album, the vibraphone great and father of five offers an album of jazzy Yuletide cheer sure to provide the ideal soundtrack to the season for the hippest families on the block.

Get your album on Amazon.com.

David Garfield – Holidays Outside The Box

David Garfield’s Holidays Outside The Box, due out October 30, 2020 via Creatchy Records, is an ongoing international collaboration that merges the diverse cultures of our world into one celebratory musical experience. Produced and arranged by the multi-talented keyboardist, his latest Outside The Box project mixes contemporary seasonal favorites with traditional songs, including a fresh arrangement of “Chanukah, Oh Chanukah.”

Reimagined in five languages with an all-star cast, performers include members of Chicago, Pablo Cruise, Santana, Yellowjackets, War, Jimmy Buffet’s Coral Reefer Band, Tom Petty’s Heartbreakers and The Rippingtons.

“When I envisioned this holiday album I was thinking of how I could promote peace, spread love and bring the people of this world we’re all living in together,” says Garfield. “Having traveled the world from top to bottom, I was blessed with so many musical friends to collaborate with on this project of global unity.”

We know you’re making a list (and checking it twice), so be sure this album is at the top of yours. This album will be available on all digital streaming sites.

Brian Bromberg – Celebrate Me Home – The Holiday Sessions

With the top bassist Brian Bromberg you never know exactly in which direction his next work will tend. Whether smooth jazz, rock fusion, Bossa nova or contemporary jazz, one thing is certain in any case: Brian Bromberg stands for outstanding quality. His latest album Thicker Than Water (2018) makes it easy to love.

This new project of the extraordinary bassist Brian Bromberg will add wonderfully festive music to the Christmas holidays. Brian Bromberg has put together some of his favorite Christmas songs. With his first Christmas album, Brian Bromberg presents Christmas classics anew.

  • This Christmas feat. Everette Harp
  • Wonderful Christmastime
  • Let’s Go On A Sleigh Ride!
  • Let It Snow feat. Maysa and Chris Walker
  • The Christmas Song
  • Jingle Bells / Dreidel, Dreidel, Dreidel / St. Thomas feat. Elan Trotman
  • Celebrate Me Home feat. Chris Walker
  • Deck The Halls / God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
  • The Holidays Without You
  • The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year
  • You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch
  • Feliz Navidad feat. Najee

This album will be released on Mack Avenue on September 25, 2020 and is available in all stores.

Ryan La Valette – Acoustic Christmas

Ryan La Valette is a 23 year old musician from Auckland who at the age of 2 had a guitar in his hands. Ryan is a multi talented musician with a passion for playing the guitar and saxophone however, he also has the ability to play the bass guitar and piano/keys. Alongside this, Ryan has a distinct passion for straight ahead jazz/bebop, yet his capability to play a wide range of genres is unending. Ryan is a graduate from the School of Audio Engineering (SAE) with a Bachelor of Recording Arts Degree (BRA) and is primarily a session musician, yet he also has expertise in producing, arranging, composing, beat making and performing.

His newest album is Dimensions of Me (2020). Now he will release the latest project he will be chipping away in December this year. A new EP featuring some of his favorite Christmas songs, delivered to you on his nylon and steel string guitars, productions by Ryan and good friend Chris Davis. The album is titled Acoustic Christmas.

Bob Luna and Rick Latham – A Groovy Little Christmas

Fun, festive and funky arrangements of timeless Holiday favorites. These reharmonized and regrooved versions are perfect for any holiday gathering or just cruising around during this special time of year.

Get this album on Rick’s website.

Gabriel Bello – Happy Holiday

Happy Holiday is a new classic Christmas album you’ll play every winter, a combination of Smooth Jazz, R&B & Soul from #1 Billboard Artist Gabriel Bello, featuring his hit saxophone playing & soulful vocals. This album has everything including the kitchen the sink:” Saxophone, Singing, Flute, Guitar, Vocoder, Talkbox & plenty other surprises! From the hit feature song, “Happy Holiday” to the groovy “Don’t Shoot Your Eye Out”, the Rap Testimony of “Carol of The Bello” and the musical montage of “12 Days of Christmas in Church” you’ll keep jamming to this album all year long!

This is our final Christmas album suggestion this year, now on sale at CDBaby.