Archive for the ‘ Pop ’ Category

Tristan – The Spice Of Five

The Dutch formation Tristan consists of the band members Evelyn Kallansee (vocals), Guy Nikkels (guitars), Coen Molenaar (keyboards), Sebastian Cornelissen (drums) and Frans Vollink (bass). Their debut album Full Power (2014) features US soul singer Heston, UK saxophone maestro Nigel Hitchcock and legendary American trumpeter Randy Brecker.

Their sophomore album 2nd Phase followed in 2015. Further albums are Lifestyle (2016) and a Live in Concert album (2017). Their new album The Spice Of Five will be released on April 5, 2019. This time the band didn’t invite other musicians but relied on their own values. The result was a studio album that is quite close to their live music and fully reflects the character of the band.

Hands Up is the ultimate request to the audience to surrender their sympathy for the inviting sonic sound of the group. Stylistically the band stays closely to formations like Incognito, Brand New Heavies or Shakatak whereby the group seeks its own European approach.

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Neamen – Moment Of Truth

Arizona native sax performer Neamen Lyles aka Neamen began his solo career striving to be a smooth jazz star. In this rare case, claim and reality coincide. Recordings and performances with the likes of Jeff Lorber, Rick Braun, Mel Brown, Mindi Abair and sharing events with Dave Koz, Jay Soto, Greg Karrukas and others speak a clear language.

He dispelled all doubts with his debut work So Free (2011), which was highly praised by critics. Now he continues his earlier success and has released his second album Moment Of Truth together with Jay Soto, with whom he also produced his debut album.

Neamen performs on the new album tenor, alto and soprano saxophones, Jay Soto guitars and keyboards. Jay also made mixing and engineering. Additional musicians are Austin Carthell, Rachelle Youngberg, Eric Loveres,  Erika Schiff, Steve Lane and Crystal Stark (lead vocals), Jodi Light (background vocals), Tom Gioia, Marlon McClain (guitars), Mikey B (B3), Mel Brown, Mario Mendivil (bass), Tony Mora, Yon Yokobian (drums and percussion), Rick Peron, Carlos Chavez (trumpet), Bobby Hastings, Bradon Larson (tenor sax) and Hiram Perez (baritone sax).

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Bob Baldwin – Presents Abbey Road And The Beatles

Calling keyboardist Bob Baldwin an active musician borders on simple understatement. He celebrated his twentieth album in 2013 and this year he has already released two albums.

At regular intervals he releases albums in which he thematises certain musicians or groups. On his Tribute to Michael Jackson “Never Can Say Goodbye” (2010) he performed popular songs of the king of Pop. On Betcha By Golly Wow – The Songs By Thom Bell (2012) he encompasses the Philly Sound. On Mellowonder – Songs in The Key Of Stevie (2015) he interpreted songs by Motown hero Stevie Wonder.

This year Bob Baldwin focuses with Bob Baldwin Presents Abbey Road And The Beatles on songs of the Fab Four. By the way his 25th album. Bob plays on this album piano, keyboards, vocals, Vocoder, bass, drums, melodica. On selected tracks he is joined by Dennis Johnson (percussion/atmosphere), Tony Lewis (drums), Dave Anderson (bass), Café’ Da Silva (percussion), CeCe Peniston, Lori Williams (lead vocals), Euge Groove (sax), and Ragan Whiteside (flute).

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Dave Sereny – Talk to Me

Sometimes your talent hides from you, but shines for everyone else. This was just the case for smooth jazz artist, Dave Sereny. Producers who have worked with legends such as R&B superstars Aaliyah and R. Kelly took notice to Dave’s talent, telling him you are going to do a record with me. Recently, one of such notable producers realized Dave’s affinity for singing, encouraging him to take vocal lessons. Six short months later, Dave found his vocal register and mastered it, producing Talk To Me, his first track as both instrumentalist and singer.

“Sereny does the genre great justice here, and it’s a real pleasure to hear quality that is the obvious result of massaging and nurturing each track to perfection. The result is a whole and satisfying package.” (Ronald Jackson, The Smooth Jazz Ride)

Talk To Me is available on Amazon.com.

Kere Buchanan – If You Need Somebody

This album along with the previous one called Starting Over features many artists both from Australia and international guests like Bill Champlin, (ex-Chicago), Louie Shelton, (Seals & Crofts/Lionel Richie/Boz Scaggs) & Robbie Buchanan, (Whitney Houston/George Benson/Sergio Mendes).

A mixture of West Coast Jazz/Pop/RnB like artists Al Jarreau/ George Benson/ Randy Crawford/ Anita baker/ Toto/ James Ingram/ Steely Dan/ Rufus etc.

If You Need Somebody is the vocal alternative available on CDBaby.

Appleton – Appleton’s Choice

The band Appleton was founded in 1967 by brothers John (piano, keyboards), Chris (bass), and Stephen Brenninkmeijer (drums). They performed as cover band in the local area of Frankfurt. After a long hiatus the group restarted in 1998 joined by Chris Perschke (trombone), Karen Schäfer (sax), Thomas Siffling (trumpet) and Barbara Drennan (vocals). Andreas Pompe replaced Karen Schäfer in 2010 on sax. Belgian jazz singer Carol Vanwelden succeeded the English singer Barbara Drennan in 2015. Further member is Harry Terkowsky (guitars).

The formation released 40 (2007), Friesian Chair (2010), The White Christmas Album (2012), Here, There And Everywhere in 2015 and this year Appleton’s Choice. The album is the substrate of the personal musical preferences of the respective band members.

The album starts with a rendition of Lisa Stansfield’s song The Real Thing from her eponymous album (1997). Caroll Vanwelden has that certain timbre that puts her in dangerous proximity to Stansfield. Abracadabra is a song by American rock group Steve Miller Band from the same named album (1982). Appleton takes a more leisurely approach to their interpretation and brings it into the realm of cabaret.

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Beverley Beirne – JJWTHF

Hailing from Yorkshire jazz singer Beverley Beirne started her solo career with the debut album Seasons Of Love in 2012. Her greatest passion is to take songs from other genres and put her own spin on them. This is the main principle of her sophomore album JJWTHF (2018).

Instead of interpreting jazz standards Beverley chose from a fundus of 90 songs her ultimate mixture of 70’s and 80’s pop songs to give them her very own jazzy varnish.

Her recording team consists of pianist and co-arranger Sam Watts, bassist Flo Moore, drummer/percussionist Ben Brown, saxophonist/flautist Rob Hughes, guest guitarists Romero Lubambo and Dean Brown. Keyboardist Jason Miles produced the album and gave his grace to Waiting for a Man Like You and Deeply Dippy.

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