Archive for the ‘ Pop ’ Category

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.

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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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Urs Wiesendanger – Breakfast In Paris

Urs Wiesendanger developed in young years his passion for drums. At the age of 12, he toured with the DRS Big Band of Swiss national television and was soon regarded as one of the greatest young Swiss talents in the music scene.

Since then, Urs has worked for renowned Swiss artists such as DJ Bobo, Nubya or Carmen Fenk. Urs is considered one of the most gifted arrangers and producers in Europe and does not need to shy away from comparison with the US industry. He has worked extensively in Los Angeles with highly gifted musicians such as keyboardist Jeff Lorber, saxophonists Dave Koz and Warren Hill, producer Mickey Petralia, drummer John Robinson, guitarists Chris Camozzi, Michael Landau and Dean Parks, singer Warren Wiebe and many more.

On his new album Breakfast In Paris (2018) Urs performs keyboards, bass, percussion, drum-programming, vocals, grand piano and strings. He is joined on selected tracks by Bruno Amatruda, Dominic Ruegg, Claudio Servino, Michael Thompson (guitars), Thierry Condor, Dhenibe Romea, Sabina Stokes (background vocals), John Robinson, Jay Graydon (drums), Bernhard Schoch (trumpet, trombone), Daniel Küffer, Tom Beek (sax), and Ramon Stagnaro (acoustic guitar).

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Waldino – Pulse Of Music

Modern day Renaissance Man, Waldino (Walter Liskiewicz) is a prolific songwriter and composer who regular teams with a variety of artists all over the world to accent his unique brand of soulful, chillout music that rubs up against industrial, minimalist and progressive. Waldino began pursuing his passion for music when he retired early from the field of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. This doctor is now practicing rhythms and grooves and prescribing a wide range of musical ideas and fresh sonic notions with contagious powerful hooks. The only cure is to crank up the volume.

Recommended by Sandy Shore (smoothjazz.com) his new album Pulse Of Music is on sale at Amazon.com.

Rob Tardik – Synergy

SynergyToronto based guitar virtuoso Rob Tardik is a regular contributor to the smooth jazz world. Without Words (2006), followed by The Right Time (2009), Balance.Energy.Laughter.Love (B.E.L.L) in 2011, Limitless (2013), and Moments (2015) are landmarks in music history. The new album Synergy (2017) exploits Tardik’s full potential, who focuses this time on teamwork and diversity.

Synergy starts with Rob’s powerful and funky guitar chords in remarkable mastery and conviction. Carson Freeman adds his colorful signature tenor sax sound. Vincent Ingala does not appear as a well-known saxophonist but shows his talents as bassist, pianist and drum programmer.

Once in a Lifetime turns the pointer on soft rock music featuring Mark Masri as lead vocalist in the style of Bon Jovi or Bruce Springsteen. The uplifting Hope is an entertaining mood-setter with the flair of Rocco Granata’s huge hit Marina.

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