Archive for the ‘ R&B ’ Category

Nathan East – Reverence

A musician’s musician, platinum awarded bassist Nathan East has performed with Barry White, Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Michael Jackson, Phil Collins, Whitney Houston, Beyoncé, Barbra Streisand and Stevie Wonder. Just the most known stars of music entertainment are mentioned.

The smooth jazz genre loves his activity as a founding member of the super group Fourplay. He started his solo career with his self-titled debut album in 2014. Reverence is his sophomore project released this year on Yamaha Entertainment Group.

East invited on his new album such top players like Eric Clapton, Phil Collins, Philip Bailey and Yolanda Adams to name a few. The voice of Earth, Wind and Fire Philip Bailey gives Love’s Holiday an unmistakable and exciting profile. Originally the song was composed by late Maurice White for EWF’s Grammy awarded album All ‘N All (1977). East brings on his rendition the glamour back to shine.

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Phil Perry – Breathless

R&B icon Phil Perry is the featured vocalist on countless jazz and smooth jazz albums by George Benson, Fourplay, Najee, Bill Withers and many more. He is connected with Shanachie Entertainment since 2006. After Love Songs (2006), followed on this label Mighty Love (2007), Ready For Love (2010), Say Yes (2013) and A Better Man (2015). This year he returns with Breathless.

Phil works on the new album together again with longtime collaborator, producer and keyboardist Chris “Big Dog” Davis. Both have the same ideal chemistry and are a well-established team. Further joining musicians are Asa Livingston (bass), Robbie Day, Tony DePaolo (guitar), Dawn Tall, Donnelly Smallwood, Rashan Langley, Kevin And Devotion, James (Bro) Minnis, Timmy Maia (background vocals), and Joe Cunningham (sax).

The album starts with the love ballad Breathless. Phil muses about the effects of love and excels in the well-known depth of expression, whereby he partly also reveals his scat-singing prowess. With the song Never Can Say Goodbye written by Fred Sawyers Phil moves deeper into one of the most emotional compositions.

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Robert Damper – “D“ Tales

Seattle based keyboardist Robert Damper works for Kenny G as musical director and musician since more than 25 years. He performed with Stevie Wonder & Patti LaBelle and jazz greats like Roy Haynes, Jack DeJohnette and Branford Marsalis. Also to mention are his longtime collaborations with Najee, Tony Gable, Acousticsol and the Fatback Band.

“D” Tales is his debut album. Robert comments: “The music is finally at a place that I feel it is done. It’s time to get it out.” The album contains three covers, the rest are self-composed originals. It’s also a tribute to his dear friend and former Kenny G drummer, Bruce Carter, who passed away in 2006. “Bruce played such a vital role on so many of these tracks and he was an incredibly important influence on me and my music,” Damper says, remembering his friend fondly.

Guest musicians on this album are Kenny G, Najee and singer Skyler Jett. The album kicks off with a Spontaneous Epiphany. Enlightened and spiritually Robert builds a theme refining notes into emotional waves. The Oldskool Jam was released as first single in May, 2016. Robert excels on piano with expanding improvisations extensively supported by sax, horns and bass.

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Kim Scott – Southern Heat

Birmingham, Alabama based flutist Kim Scott has already released the albums Crossing Over (2011) and Rite of Passage (2013). Her third album Southern Heat (2016) does not only show the flutist but increasingly more the vocalist.

Kim performs on the new album with James “PJ” Spraggins, Ron Otis (drums), Sean Michael Ray (bass), Eric Essix, Michael “Big Mike” Hart (guitar), Kelvin Wooten (rhythm guitar, keyboards, synth bass, programming), Lin Rountree (trumpet), Jim Lowe III (programming, horn arrangement), Darryl Tibbs (percussion) and more.

The starter Billie Jean is best known as one of the musical diamonds by the late king of Pop Michael Jackson. Kim Scott serves a pristine rendition of this popular song with a tasty flute. Fantastic Voyage surprises with heavy funk, a genre already adapted to smooth jazz namely by Brian Culbertson, Candy Dulfer and Wayman Tisdale.

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Jay Nya Sol – Dancing In The Moonlight

Dancing in the MoonlightJay-Nya Sol or Jay Nya Sol is a project by Ohio based producer, songwriter and multiinstrumentalist T. Burns. He started his solo debut CD A Jazzical Journey in 2010.

Now he returns with the new album Dancing in the Moonlight (2016) featuring among others Gerald Albright (bass, sax) and Cal Bennett (sax), Anthony Crawford, Takahito Mori, Freddy Jenkins, Matt Yeakley, and Sheldon Reynolds (guitar), Keith McKelly (keyboards, sax), Isha Love (keyboards, piano), Vanessa Bryan (vocals), Rahmlee Michael Davis (trumpet) and of course T. Burns (percussion, vocals, keyboards).

The album takes off with Midnight, a sonic tune with a romantic touch. Infectious flute and acoustic guitar are spreading a cozy atmosphere of wellbeing. No Ordinary Love, is a song by singer Sade from their fourth studio album Love Deluxe (1992). The rendition replaces the silky original by a guitar driven piece with melancholy-tinged thoughtfulness featuring Vanessa Bryan as interpret of the main theme.

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Bobby Wells – Back In The Day

Bobby Wells is since more than twenty years in the recording industry. Wait A Minute (1994) was his debut album in the Blues genre. In 2005 he released the smooth jazz album Bayside with an array of top notch musicians. With Here with You Lord (2010) he praised his Savior Jesus Christ.

Now he returns with the album Back In The Day (2016). While most of the instruments are played by Bobby, he invited again his friends Gerald Albright and Darren Rahn (sax), Bob Rebholz (flute, sax), Michel O’Neill, Freddie Fox, Dr. Isidro Aybar Jr. (guitar), and as vocalists his sister Yvonne Brown and his daughter Brandy.

The album begins with She’s Playful. Bobby manages to cram in this vivid piece a great array of stunning instrumental performance. But it’s Michel O’Neill, George Benson’s longtime guitarist, who elevates the magic flow with his arsenal of guitar and bass.

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Will Downing – Black Pearls

Soul and R&B legend Will Downing can look back on 19 albums and 28 years of recording. During his severe life period. while he was suffering under Polymyositis, he learned to appreciate his life. Since 2009 after complete recovery he released several further albums to satisfy his fan community.

Black Pearls (2016) is a new interpretation of chart-topping hits of female voices of the R&B genre. The immaculate sound is produced by the musicians Mike Logan II (drums), Dwayne “Smitty” Smith, Al Turner, Kenny Davis, Gerald Veasley and Melvin Davis (bass), Randy Bowland (guitar), Pablo Batista (percussion), Mike Logan Sr. (keyboards), Najee (sax), Kirk Whalum (flute), and many more.

Everything I Miss At Home opens the bouquet. The song was originally created by the famous Jimmy Jam/Terry Lewis team and released by Cherelle in 1988. Downing shows in which direction his voice is heading.

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