Archive for the ‘ Lounge ’ Category

Four80East – Mixed Up

To kick things off on an upbeat, Four80East are announcing the release of a collection of remixed tracks from their catalogue, entitled “Mixed Up”. You may have recently heard these mixes on Soundcloud, as they were posting one mix per week there throughout November and December. As of today, the whole collection is available for purchase exclusively from Bandcamp. And here’s the best part: in addition to streaming and multiple download formats, they are offering a limited 12″ vinyl edition!

Due to the increased interest in vinyl nowadays, turnaround times for manufacturing are very long! They anticipate that this album will be ready to ship sometime in May; but if you order now, you can stream or download the digital edition right away, and they’ll ship your record as soon as it’s ready.

Get the album now on bandcamp.

Romano Zuffi & Stefano Cocco Cantini – Stress Da Brass

Hailing from Follonica, Italy Stefano Cocco Cantini is a saxophonist, who has collaborated with jazz musicians including Michel Petrucciani, Chet Baker, Dave Holland, Enrico Rava, Billy Cobham, Kenny Wheeler, Dave Liebman, Ares Tavolazzi, Stefano Bollani and Paolo Fresu. As a soloist he has released the albums Niccolina al mare (2001), The circus (2003), L’amico del vento (2005), Errante (2010) and Living Coltrane (2011).

Romano Zuffi is an Italian pianist and keyboardist. Together they already have released on AlfaMusic three albums, Attuttogass (2015), Attuttallaria (2017) and Stress da Brass (2018). The album appears as an elaborately designed booklet, with lyrics and many graphics. The album is dedicated to the great late painter Giampaolo Talani, creator of all the paintings that characterize the covers of the record series.

Contributors to the album include Stefano Cantini (sax, piano, electric piano), Alfredo Golino (drums), Ares Tavalozzi (contrabass), Giulio Stracciati (electric guitar), Francesco Marcucci (bass, electric guitar, acoustic guitar), Andrea Lagi (trumpet, flugelhorn), Giulia Bernardini (viola), Valentina Garofoli (violin, violincello), and Romano Zuffi (keyboards, piano, electric piano, synth). Vocalists on selected tracks are Alex Ligertwood, Giulia Fasolino, Jole Canelli, background singers are Alice Bertoncini, Valentina Toni, and Gianni Nepi.

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Artur Bayramgalin – Jazz Hop 2

Russian guitarist Artur Bayramgalin has already created some gems of smooth jazz. To mention are Interro Island (2009), Electric Breezz (2010), Perfect Day (2014), and My Seasons (2015). His album Let’s Talk (2017) was released on the German Lemongrassmusic sub-label Lemon Jazz Records. On this label he has also released his albums Jazz Hop and Jazz Hop2.

These albums are on sale at Amazon.com.

Sonar Kollektiv – Key Elements

Sonar Kollektiv has been waiting for it anxiously: Key Elements‘ debut album leads Jazz music into the new decade down-the-line. The music Key Elements create is fresh, merciless and ruthless and has always the finger on the pulse of the time. The album‘s eight tracks are all far away from Broken Beat nostalgia or Beat-making nerdism, they breathe inspiration from the young, thriving British jazz scene. Key Element‘s initiator, DJ and producer Marian Tone, built up a reputation in the Berlin hip hop, soul and jazz scene over the years (also as a co-founder of Beatkollektiv). With all of his compositions you always feel this heritage and his love and passion for hiphop. But the other two allys within «Key Elements», drummer Waldi and the keyboard or bass player Jim Dunloop made their contribution with compositions and ideas as well. An album which was initially designed to be a mere solo project became an effort of a trio over the years being inherently consistent.

Already the opening track «Mike Needs Sugar» shows the direction this album will take us: To the land of the good groove. It‘s here where the three thoroughbred musicians feel on top of the world obviously and deliver one luscious track after the other. From the cheerful «Morning Boom» to the kinda furtively laid back «Impossible» and the final «Funky Dave», which could be on an Italian soundtrack from the 70‘s every single tone and note from «Key Elements» is great fun. Especially because even when you listen to it a second, third or fourth time you will discover new nuances and niceties again and again. As is right and proper for really good jazz album.

Berlin based DJ and producer Marian Tone came up with the name «Key Elements» long before forming the trio that now puts forward a promising album on Sonar Kollektiv. After the release of two EPs («EP One» and «Beats vs. Bad Karma» both on Dooinit Music) the expertly and sought-after DJ with a background in Hiphop, Soul and Jazz consequently ventured to record his debut album. Marian’s idea was to produce music that sounds organically abandoning the use of samples completely but only focusing on own compositions. But things didn’t turn out as planned at all. Continue reading

Club des Belugas – Strange Things Beyond the Sunny Side

Club des Belugas is one of the leading lounge & nujazz projects in Germany, perhaps in Europe. They combine Contemporary European Lounge & Nujazz Styles with Brazilian Beats and American Black Soul of the fifties, sixties and seventies, using their unique creativity and intensity. Since 2002 they released 11 studio albums, a 2CD live album, a live DVD, 12 singles and 1 EP.

The new album Strange Things Beyond the Sunny Side presents vocals by Maya Fadeeva, Anna-Luca, Antoine Villoutreix, Ashley Slater and Iain Mackenzie.

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Gero & Forteba – Neon Flamingo

Born in 1977 (Vác, Hungary) Gero aka Nagy Gergely accomplished his studies at the local music school, where he had 6 years of study on piano. In spite of his young age he rose above his mates at the school concerts with his unique style and performing skills. He founded a band after finishing his musical studies. He gained fame at his audience with his unique blues compositions. Later he grew interested in Latin and jazz. First by himself, then by well known tutors, his knowledge and improvisative style was developed. He has been doing studio works frequently since the age 17. He founded the band called Made In with Pálinkás Gergely, Toldi Tamás and Kovács Péter in 2000. In the meantime he took part in the live performances of the band Le Garage. Dobrocsi Krisztián, a member of Le Garage sent in one of his slow, jazzy records to Juice Records. The label realized the artist’s talent and introduced his works abroad as well. His first music was “Costa del Sol”.

Together with Forteba aka Dobrocsi Krisztián Forteba, a DJ, producer and remixer, he created now Neon Flamingo.

This album is on sale at Amazon.com.

 

Circles And Spirals – Gaia Vol. 2 Twilight

Born in France and living in Cologne, Germany saxophonist Ismael Diallo has a strong connection to smooth jazz. During the legendary wave music concert series featuring Rick Braun, Peter White, Slim Man, Richard Elliot and many more he belonged to the well-known backing group under the musical direction of keyboardist Lutz Deterra. Twenty years later he can already look back on a rich artistic life that has always brought him in contact with smooth jazz.

Since 2004 he is regularly releasing groove-oriented lounge music under the label Circles and Spirals. To mention are Colours (2007), and Space Grooves (2009). With Gaia Vol.1 – Sunlight (2011) he started a trilogy presenting soft down-tempo music and a pinch of world beat. Next album of this series is Gaia Vol. 2 Twilight, already available as download and scheduled for CD release August 20, 2018.

Ismael Diallo has written and produced all tracks. He performs saxophones, keyboards and Vocoder on track 10. He is accompanied by Juan Restrepo (guitars), Knuth Jerxsen (percussion), Christoph Titz (trumpet on #7) and Nini Rider (vocals on #1).

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Nighthawks – 707

Smooth jazz with a difference. Nighthawks plays the European way. This German formation consists of Reiner Winterschladen (trumpet, flugelhorn), and Dal Martino (bass, guitar, keys, vocals), further musicians are Thomas Alkier (drums), Jürgen Dahmen (Rhodes, keys, percussion), and Markus Wienstroer (guitar).

Winterschladen and Martino debuted with the album Citizen Wayne in 1998, followed by Metro Bar (2001), As The Sun Sets (2004) featuring vocalist Pat Appleton of DePhazz, 4 (2007), Today (2010), Rio Bravo (2014) and 707 (2016).

Their newest album is a reminiscence to Boeing’s first jet airliner described by Dal Martino as “the first transporter of culture in a musical world that was becoming increasingly international”. The album is divided in seven songs and The 707 Suite with four movements.

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The Bahama Soul Club – The Havana Remixes

Hot on the heels of their critically praised album “Havana ’58” and with fans worldwide clamoring for more, The Bahama Soul Club has now called upon a brilliant range of producers, DJs and artists to put their own personal spin on Bahama’s latest release. Sifting through the album’s finest moments they worked their magic on selected tracks and rebooted them into pure rhythmic bliss: “The Havana Remixes” is a bright collection of Latin, House, Jazz, Funk, Soul & Disco with a thoroughly modern take on Dancefloor Jazz.

Opener “Muévelo Papi” is a stirring 60s Boogaloo-hip-twist by the mighty Club Des Belugas, while Geordie mate Smoove from Newcastle turns “No Words” into a fusion of Jazz-house and Breakbeat. Opolopo pulls “Dizzy’s Bounce” deeeep into jazzy House while Maestro&Vezzola and Chinchin’s Zouzoulectric vs. Gardener Of Delight both having a diverse view on “Tropicana Flight”, giving it a Disco-Latin-House-Funk treatment. Suonho from Italy jams a more modern Soul-Disco-Funk on “No Words” and amps up the funk quotient on “Muévelo Papi” with a touch of Jazz and a Latin Twist. Rounding off the release is an unexpected Nu-skool Brazilika-brukbeat from Positive Flow aka Jesse Reuben Wilson on “Elegguà” and some solid Latin funky breaks from Jack&Jointz on the rolling “Rumba Fugaz”.

All remixes are mastered by The Uncle and very special radio-edits were made exclusively for the beautiful 180g vinyl. Containing nine tracks, this 12″ looks like a neat introduction for newcomers and a nice round up for long-term Bahama Soul Club admirers. The full extended versions of all remixes will be released on CD and Digital formats.”

Christoph Spendel – Jazzmatics Vol.3

Jazz genius Christoph Spendel released the album Jazzmatics Vol. 3 at the same time as Jazzmatics Vol. 4. Christoph comments: “It is a kind of summary of my ambitions, knowledge and experiences”. As on the previous albums of this series all songs are composed and performed by Christoph Spendel.

All Lines Are Open comes rough and unadulterated in acid jazz style. Organ, clavinet and hard snare beats give the song a specific character to a great extent. A howling sax and hip bridges complete the picture.

Bay Of Rhythm is a pulsing festival of beats with an extended range of scratching, Tablas and scat song, ecstatic trumpet and flute and much piano. Dogs And Melons persists first in a hypnotic loop, wherein tonal sequences are used as a rhythm generator. On this tapestry Christoph celebrates the utmost pinnacle of piano and keyboard sound architecture.

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