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David Garfield – Jammin’ – Outside The Box

Every musician strives for immortal fame. This can hardly be achieved with public appearances, as the moments are too short. An album is more suitable as a building block. But keyboard player David Garfield thinks ahead. He has already recorded music for four albums for his Outside The Box Project and they will all be released.

We are currently in a phase of transition to the tetralogy of his creative urge. After the release of his first album Jazz – Outside The Box, David Garfield’s vision of straight-ahead jazz, now follows Jammin’ – Outside The Box, a collection of popular songs performed by an army of noteworthy soloists including George Benson, Ray Parker Jr., Kirk Whalum, Rick Braun, Marcus Miller, Paul Jackson Jr., Eric Marienthal, Tom Scott, Vinnie Colaiuta, Greg Phillinganes, Smokey Robinson, Greg Adams, David Sanborn, Bill Champlin, Phil Perry, Oleta Adams, John Klemmer, Michael McDonald, Kenya Hathaway, Steve Jordan, Freddie Washington, Will Lee, Tony Maiden, Rickey Minor and Lenny Castro. Everyone will know one or the other, but rarely do you experience such a number of exceptional artists on a single album.

The horn powered Go Home, a cover of Stevie Wonder’s hit single from his album Square Circle (1985), is dedicated to late drummer Ricky Lawson. Nick Lane has created the superb horn arrangement staring featured soloist Kirk Whalum on tenor sax. Chasing Pavements is a single by Adele from her debut album Hometown Glory. The vocal part of the cover is substituted by Rick Braun on flugelhorn and John Klemmer on sax.

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Denny Jiosa – Mueve Tu Cuerpo

Four-time Grammy nominee Denny Jiosa sees parallels between the curvaceous body of the guitar and the human body. Indulging his passion for “sexy” Latin music, the jazz guitar slinger uses his electric and nylon-string guitar bodies to get people to move their body as well as expressively stir emotions on his eighth album, “Mueve Tu Cuerpo,” which drops July 27 on the Sonic Canvas Records/BFD imprint. Radio is already getting a taste with the evocative first single, “Missing You,” one of eleven songs Jiosa penned and produced for the collection.

Jiosa endeavored to craft an upbeat Latin-influenced, jazz-rooted album that would get people to move and grab attention via an exciting blend of musical styles. But he also wanted to go deeper, “shy away from the norm” and touch people emotionally. Beneath the energizing layers of exotic Latin percussion that create lusty rhythms and sensual grooves emerge moving harmonies and rousing melodies that resonate. Whether he’s furiously strumming impassioned nylon-string guitar rhythms, precisely picking lyrical phrases and bending extended notes, or intensely issuing scorched earth electric guitar pyrotechnics, Jiosa’s deft fretwork establishes and maintains a commanding presence throughout the recording.

Mueve Tu Cuerpo is about what music does to get people to move. I wanted this to be an exciting, compelling and expressive blend, tapping into my huge passion for Latin music. I love the sounds, rhythms and sexiness of Latin music, which I blended with jazz rhythms, lines and harmonies. My intention from the outset was to reach a broad scope of listeners with this album. Guitar is one of the most expressive and sexy instruments. Whether I’m playing nylon string to electric guitar with an edge, it’s about moving people emotionally. If you can move people emotionally with an instrumental, then you’ve accomplished something,” said the Nashville-based Jiosa. Continue reading

Rebecca Angel – What We Had

NYC based jazz vocalist Rebecca Angel releases the EP What We Had in June 2018, her debut album. The album is produced and arranged by Jason Miles, who also performs keyboards, Fender Rhodes, Moog bass, percussion and pads.

Stand By Me is arranged by Jason with Rebecca and What We Had by Jason, Gottfried Stoger and Rebecca. Further artists on this album are Dennis Angel (flugelhorn), Gottfried Stoger (flute), Hailey Niswanger (soprano sax), Sebastian Stoger (cello), Jonah Miles Prendergast, Christian Ver Halen (guitar), Ricardo Silviera (acoustic rhythm guitar), James Genus (acoustic bass), Reggie Washington, Adam Dorn (bass), Mino Cinelu, Cyro Baptista (percussion) and Brian Dunne (drums).

The album starts with Winter Moon, a song by Hoagy Carmichael, he recorded for his album Hoagy Sings Carmichael (1956). Rebecca’s interpretation shares lyrics and melody but delivers a completely redesigned version of a dark, mysterious atmosphere.

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Ricardo Bacelar – Sebastiana

Brazilian composer and pianist Ricardo Bacelar entered the music world with his debut album In Natura (2001), an album with classical impression and manifestation. The second one, Concerto para Moviola (Concerto for Moviola), is a live album, recorded in 2015 during the Guaramiranga Jazz and Blues Festival at the Via Sul Theater, Fortalezea, Ceara, Brazil, with an eight-member band, presenting jazz fusion and Brazilian music. Sebastiana (2018) is Ricardo’s third and most ambitious project.

With Sebastiana pianist Ricardo Bacelar pursues a completely new concept. For his Brazilian reinterpretations and originals he assembled an International crew of musicians from Cuba, Argentina, Venezuela, Colombia, Peru and the United States. From Brazil Cesar Lemos (bass, guitar), Maria and Sara Queiroz Bacelar (percussion), vocalists Rose Max, and Ramatis Moraes, from USA vocalist Maye Osorio and guitarist Steve Hinson, from Venezuela Anderson Quintero (drums, percussion) and vocalist Andrea Mangiamarchi, from Cuba Yoel Del Sol (percussion), from Colombia Channo Tierra (accordion) and Jose Sibaja (trumpet, flugelhorn), from Peru Jesus Rodriguez (percussion and Charango), from Argentina Gabriel Fernandez (Bandoneón).

A Volta da Asa Branca (The White Wing Tour) immediately takes us into the colorful world of folk music of which we have so many borrowings and which fills our hearts with innocent joy. Suco Verde (Green Juice) is a mixture of ingredients which is found in the food culture of many peoples with different components. Musically, the taste of fusion jazz clearly sets in here.

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Lawson Rollins – Airwaves: The Greatest Hits

As acoustic guitarist Lawson Rollins has a special affinity for Latin jazz. He has already acted this passion on his solo albums Infinita (2008), Espirito (2010), Elevation (2011) and his fourth album Full Circle (2013). With Airwaves: The Greatest Hits (2018) he gives lovers of Latin Jazz the opportunity to discover his music.

Airwaves: The Greatest Hits – featuring all of Lawson Rollins’ radio chart hits taken from his seven solo albums, including the Billboard Top 30 contemporary jazz radio charting songs Island Time, Moonlight Samba, Infinita, Flight, and Daybreak. Two brand new bonus tracks were recorded exclusively for this album: the contemporary jazz track World of Wonder (featuring the Billboard #1 group 3rd Force) and the classically-inspired, world-music composition Prado (featuring 2-time Grammy Award winning violinist Mads Tolling). Other guests include iconic Brazilian singer Flora Purim. 11 of the 18 tracks are never-before-released radio edit versions that feature different performances and guests artists not heard on the album versions, like In Motion (radio edit) which features an exclusive appearance by Billboard #1 soprano saxophonist Praful, not heard on the original album version.

You can pre-order the album on Amazon.com.

Philippe Saisse Trio – On The Level!

It was back in 2007, with his tight cover of the Steely Dan hit ‘Do It Again’, that the multi-talented Philippe Saisse had the surprise radio hit of the year. It was taken from the album The Body And Soul Sessions, a collection that was replete with shimmering examples of familiar, yet delightfully re-imagined, favorites. Two years later he followed up with the immaculate At Worlds Edge and since then, aided somewhat by relocation from New York to LA, he has become a ‘go to’ producer and performer with work for artists such as Peter White, Paul Brown and Rick Braun.

His latest collection is titled On The Level with the same-titled single, a wonderful example of contemporary jazz piano that features percussionist Gumbi Ortiz and guitarist Marc Antoine. The band consists of keyboardist Saisse, drummer Skoota Warner, bassist David Finck, and vocalist/percussionist Gumbi Ortiz.

The new album is available at Amazon.com.

Steve Sandberg Quartet – Alaya

Pianist Steve Sandberg taps into music history, spirituality and a slight touch of Brazil. The Steve Sandberg Quartet presents Alaya (2017).

Sandberg’s accompanists are Zach Brock, violin; Michael O’Brien, bass; and Mauricio Zottarelli, drums.

“Maurice” is a nod to classical composer Maurice Ravel’s “Prelude to Le Tombeau de Couperin.” It’s a tranquil, easygoing piece that largely features the violin out front, with the piano painting a haunting background scene.

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