Archive for the ‘ R&B ’ Category

The Classics, Smooth And Sexy: Smooth Jazz Plays The Great Love Songs

The ultimate collection of the great R&B love songs performed by the top stars in Smooth Jazz!

Sensuous interpretations of songs originally made famous by Marvin Gaye, Lauryn Hill, The Isley Brothers, Roberta Flack, Robin Thicke, The Stylistics and others, lovingly performed by Smooth Jazz greats Will Downing, Euge Groove, Norman Brown, Kim Waters, Maysa, Chuck Loeb and more!

Available on Amazon.com.

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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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David Garfield – Jammin’ Outside the Box

Indulging his passion for R&B-pop on the second volume of his five-part, multi-genre “Outside the Box” series, keyboardist David Garfield will release “Jammin’ Outside the Box” on July 20 on Creatchy Records. Like the first disc, the straight-ahead jazz exploration “Jazz Outside the Box,” Garfield produced, arranged and played piano, Fender Rhodes, Wurlitzer electric piano and synthesizers on a carefully-selected set list with purposefully-chosen collaborators that spotlights sessions with seminal icons, Grammy winners, chart-toppers and prominent players. Garfield has a personal connection and meaningful history with every song and each musician he selected for the groove rich, soul-jazz album, crucial elements that position the ambitious “Outside the Box” anthology towards becoming an enduring, career-capping collection.

Two of the singles that prefaced “Jammin’ Outside the Box,” “Go Home” and “Jamming,” peaked in the Billboard Top 10 and the recently-released third single, “Stay” featuring George Benson, David Sanborn and singer-songwriter Moon Calhoun, aims to follow suit. In addition to the three original Garfield tunes, including “One Like You,” which he wrote with Smokey Robinson, who plies his trademark falsetto complimented by Michael McDonald on background vocals, Garfield redesigned R&B, funk and pop classics made famous by Stevie Wonder, Bob Marley, Adele, Sting, Aretha Franklin, Toto, Isley Brothers, Rufus, Minnie Riperton, Bobby Caldwell and one of his keyboard mentors, Joe Sample. To do so, Garfield gathered members of the Zac Brown Band, Steely Dan, Tom Petty’s Heartbreakers, Chicago, Toto and Tower of Power along with an army of noteworthy soloists including Ray Parker Jr., Kirk Whalum, Rick Braun, Marcus Miller, Paul Jackson Jr., Eric Marienthal, Tom Scott, Vinnie Colaiuta, Greg Phillinganes, Steve Jordan, Freddie Washington, Will Lee, Tony Maiden, Rickey Minor and Lenny Castro.

“One of the things I have always loved to do is keep the spirit of old-school R&B fresh and alive for new generations of listeners. This explains my longstanding tradition of creating interesting and sometimes stylistically off-the-beaten path re-imaginings of songs by legendary soul artists. It was a thrill doing these songs, adding a jazz touch with improvisation that take the songs ‘outside the box.’ What was also special for me is that this album features a lot of people I work with or have worked for, from Smokey and George to David Sanborn and Natalie Cole, but now I got to have them as guests on my thing,” said Garfield, a Los Angeles-based musician’s musician who grew up in St Louis on a steady diet of R&B and jazz. Continue reading

Tower of Power – Soul Side of Town

Tower of Power – the most dynamic and distinctive band among Soul survivors music – is experiencing its unprecedented 50th anniversary with a dynamic album consisting of new material. A passionate endeavor, definitely soul side of town. A package of 14 guaranteed filler-free songs. As always, the songs were mainly from the founding members Emilio Castillo and Stephen “Doc” Kupka who also composed the world famous 5-man Keep Tower of Power Horns at bay.

On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Tower of Power, Leader Emilio Castillo brought together both mastering engineer Bernie Grundman and Joe Vannelli as co-producers. In addition to the legendary rhythm section Drums and Bass Lock by David Garibaldi and Francis Rocco Prestia TOP consists of guitarist Jerry Cortez, Hammond B3 Organizer / keyboardist Roger Smith, the 1st tenor saxophonist Tom Politzer and the trumpeters Adolfo Acosta and Sal Cracchiolo.

Soul Side of Town is also blessed with two lead singers: outgoing Ray Greene and the new Marcus Scott (bravely featured on several pieces, including ‘Hangin’ With My Baby “). The 10-headed band Tower of Power is ready to go on a solemn tour (fall). Sweet-spots around the globe will involve losing the ground under your feet. This album was released in April, 2018 on Mack Avenue, available in all stores.

The Jamal Thomas Band – Funk Don’t Move

Jamal Thomas is an excellent drummer with more than 30 years performance experience. He played with Maceo Parker, the SOS Band and the producer duo Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis.

His solo debut was Family, a vocal album. His newest project is the Jamal Thomas Band, a loose formation with changing members. This band was founded in 2009. The first album was Future in 2013. Funk Don’t Move (2017) is the sophomore album.

The band consists of Jamal Thomas (drums & lead vocals), Maya Lisa (lead & backing vocals), Alex Bernath (drums & rap), Daniel Lottersberger (bass), Coen Molenaar (keys & synth bass), Frank Deruytter ( sax & backing vocals) and Guy Nikkels (guitar). Guest musicians on selected tracks are Chuck Leavell ( piano, Hammond) and Rodney “Skeet” Curtis (bass).

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D Rolark – Soulidify

Multi-Instrumentalist D Rolark releases his most soulful album to date, Soulidify. A sophisticated blend of Smooth Jazz, Soul, R&B, Funk, and Inspirational, Soulidify encompasses D Rolark on keys, Piccolo Bass, 5-String Bass, Rhythm Guitar, Drums, and his debut on vocals, also featuring smooth & soulful inspirational vocalist Tamirah Leigh Terry. Soulidify presents the opening Minneapolis funk/Marcus Miller-inspired track, “Get On Up”, the smooth/soulful dance title track, the socially conscious anthem “Let Love Arise” which features D Rolark’s debut on vocals along with Tamirah Leigh Terry, the impressing track “Giving My All 2 U”, the Isley Brothers/Wayman Tisdale-inspired “Peace of Mind”, the Gregg Karukas-influenced “Lake View”, and the smoothness of “Positive Perspective”. Be prepared to be soulidified from a smooth soulful spiritual perspective.

This album is available on CDBaby.

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.

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