Archive for the ‘ R&B ’ Category

Wade C. Long – Nostalgia

It is amazing how many great singers come out of the quiet city of Cleveland, Ohio. The town on the North Coast has been the home of many memorable vocalists. Add to that list singer-keyboardist Wade C. Long, who grew up in Believeland and is now based in L.A. The former church musician has made a career as a producer for several artists and groups over the years, and in 2014 years ago he released is debut EP, Love Is. After releasing the soulful Rise in 2018, Wade had the pleasure of co-writing and co-producing the new single “When I Think of You” for his cousin and Grammy Award winner Joe Little III, of The Rude Boys.

Wade is now coming back in early 2020 with 3 brand new singles of his own. “Bulljivin'” is a throwback to early 80s Funk and Soul, reminiscent of bands like Cameo and Con Funk Shun. “Norm’s Place” is a sensational Smooth Jazz track, perfectly fit for your Sunday afternoon drive. The lone new vocal piece is “Since I’ve Found You”, a ballad that celebrates falling and staying in love. Now he tops the whole with his new album Nostalgia (2020).

Buy the new album (mp3) on Amazon.com.

Wednesday Ball – Breakaway

Wednesday Ball is a consummate professional. A dynamic vocalist comfortable in many styles including R&B, dance, and smooth jazz, she has contributed vocals to a GRAMMY award-winning recording and has shared the stage with many national acts. Born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, where she continues to teach, Ms. Ball received a Music Education degree from St. Mary’s University before embarking on her career as a recording artist.

In recent years Wednesday has performed in and around the San Antonio area at various clubs and music festivals either as a solo headliner or with her band “Wednesday Ball &The Show”. She is also an in-demand vocalist for national touring acts and has shared the stage with some of the industry’s most accomplished talent, including: GRAMMY winners Joe Posada and Roger Velasquez, Billboard R&B #1 hit trumpeter Tom Browne, and blues saxophonist Mindi Abair. Additionally, she has recorded or performed with contemporary jazz stars Steve Oliver, Slim Man, Marion Meadows, Marc Antoine, Will Donato, Kyle Turner and BillyRay Sheppard. This past July, Wednesday opened the 26th Annual Balcones Heights Jazz Festival.

Wednesday’s debut album “Breakaway”, released in 2018, was co-written and produced with Billboard hit smooth jazz guitarist Steve Oliver and features notable musicians in the format including saxophonists Will Donato and Chase Huna along with vocalist Shon “Demo” Reddick. The album has been recognized as a crossover R&B / smooth jazz release and has received airplay on many stations around the country, including by San Antonio’s own, smooth jazz radio host David Munoz.

Her album is available on Apple Music.

Tracey Eileen – It’s Time

Chicago born R&B/jazz singer Tracey Eileen is since eleven years in the music business and developed from a local player to an internationally known soul/R&B artist. Starting with her debut album Love’s Journey in 2012 she arrived to her second album Why Did I Say Yes (2018). Her third project is the EP It’s Time, which appears delayed by the pandemic in June 12, 2020.

Opener of the album is the single Somehow Someway, which like most of her songs deals with interpersonal relationships and also contains biographical elements. The song was produced by Kendall Duffie (Cloud 9), who also performs synthesizer, drum programming and synth bass on it.

Now That We’re Here is also a commitment to togetherness. Donald Hayes underlines the tenderness in Tracey’s voice on saxophone. Sweeter With Time is a love ballad which focuses on the growth of love in a community. The special feature of Tracey’s performance is not only her voice but also the ingenious use of her vocals in the arrangement, for which she constantly finds new approaches.

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Marcus Anderson – Hero

Marcus Anderson stands for variety, inventiveness and creativity. Be it smooth jazz, funk or gospel music, the combination of coffee and music or the connection of music with comic characters, he always delivers new surprises.

His new album Hero takes borrowings from the popular world of comic heroes as well as urban R&B. Due to the network he has built up in the meantime, Marcus can fall back on a large number of musical collages for the recording of his album. First to mention is keyboardist Nicholas Cole, with whom he has already worked on the albums “TLC” Tender Loving ChristmasNow, And Coffee, Limited Edition, and My Inspiration Vol.2. A further producer/programmer is keyboardist Derrick Adams, who also worked with Marcus on various projects. Furthermore involved are Doc Jr., Michael Fields and Demetrice Everett. Now to name the other musicians in detail would go beyond the scope of this review.

The album opens with the title song, that starts where New Edition or Johnny Gill left off. At this point Marcus Anderson steps in as one of the coolest saxmen with that extra punch that makes him so popular.

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Brian Culbertson – XX

Jazz/R&B keyboardist Brian Culbertson is not only successful in the area of smooth jazz. But he unfolds his primordial power when he pushes into the fields of Funk. With Bringing Back The Funk, released in 2008 on GRP Records, and Funk! on his own label in 2016 he has already set two milestones. His new album XX, so named because it’s his twentieth album, extends the spectrum in the spirit of his diversity.

A large number of musicians have participated in this very elaborate production. Bootsy Collins, Ray Parker Jr., Avery* Sunshine, Maze’s Jubu Smith, Everette Harp, Marcus Anderson, DW3, Byron “Mr. Talkbox” Chambers, Noel Gourdin, Patches Stewart, Paul Jackson Jr., Nicholas Cole, Eric Marienthal, Ricky Peterson, Alex Al, Michael Thompson, Khari Parker, Lenny Castro, Gerey Johnson, Chance Howard, Ouiwey Collins, Candice Cheatham and Derek “D.O.A.” Allen. Furthermore singer Micaela Haley (aka Michelle Culbertson, Brian’s wife) and a gospel choir.

The opener Get Up! is the right advice in our crisis-ridden time, an energy booster with strong horn insert (Michael Stever (trumpet), Marqueal Jordan (saxes), Brian Culbertson (trombone), Marcus Anderson (saxes)) is the best rocket fuel for Brian’s funk explosion.

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Brian Culbertson – XX

Instead of being on stage in Pittsburgh Friday night, one week into a planned 70+-date coast-to-coast concert tour set up to launch his milestone twentieth album release, the aptly titled “XX” (Roman numerals for twenty), R&B/jazz/funk multi-instrumentalist Brian Culbertson will be home, marking the occasion by hanging out with a glass of wine and entertaining fans via his popular Facebook Live broadcast “Friday Night Studio Hang” (8pm ET/5pm PT).

While The XX Tour that was to start April 1 with shows booked through June had to be pushed to 2021 because of the corona virus pandemic, the new album’s retro-charged first single, “Get Up!” is already at No. 6 on the Billboard chart, easily within striking distance of becoming the hitmaker’s 33rd No. 1 single. Culbertson went all in on the 1980s vibes, even creating a “Get Up!” ringtone that is available for iPhones.

Issued on the BCM Entertainment label, Culbertson wrote and produced “XX,” taking a fresh approach by incorporating a bit of everything he has done throughout his versatile career.

“This album was about creating lots of different moods, which is a little different for me in terms of what I’ve done over the last several albums that were more conceptual and consistent from beginning to end – either the romantic side of things, a funk album, straight-ahead jazz trio or what not. I deliberately set out to have no one genre or one style in mind; just give people a total mix of everything that I do – funky instrumentals, jazz, R&B slow jams, gospel, pop and straight-up funk” said Culbertson, who hopes the collection will uplift listeners during this unprecedented time of social distancing and economic uncertainty. Continue reading

Warren Wolf – Reincarnation

Since graduating from Berklee, Warren Wolf has taken the jazz world by storm, first as a sideman in Christian McBride’s Inside Straight quintet, then with his self-titled Mack Avenue debut in 2011 and Wolfgang in 2013. Now the vibraphonist-composer and multi-instrumentalist takes things up another notch on his excellent all-star outing, Convergence.

On his latest album, Warren Wolf reveals an entirely different side to his multi-faceted talents. As the title implies, Reincarnation (2020) represents a rebirth of sorts for the Baltimore vibesman. In part, it frees Wolf to indulge his love for the R&B and soul hits that served as the soundtrack to his formative years in the 1990s. It’s also a celebration of a new lease on life, a happiness and contentment that he’s discovered through a new marriage and his five beloved children.

Pre-order the album here.

Clarence T Kyle – The 2ND Coming

Trumpeter, keyboardist, vocalist and composer Clarence Theodore Kyle is CTK.  CTK joined as young man the first band “7th Wonder”. While 16, he did jam sessions with a group called “Power“, which included future members of Fattburger Carl Evans Jr (piano) and Hollis Gentry (sax) and Fourplay founder Nathan East (bassist). CTK performed with Ike Turner, Al McKay and in several cover bands from EWF, Sade to Chicago. He has been in a number of top 40s bands who played jazz, soul, R&B, funk, rock, gospel and classical.

His new album The 2ND Coming is a musical gumbo for the soul, with Smooth Jazz, R&B, Hip Hop & Funk.  Get the new album on CDBaby.

Simply United – Love Will Make a Way

A stylistically unique band from day one, the members of Simply United have been singing, performing, and playing in sync as if they’d been together their entire musical careers. Throughout the course of the band’s union, they have won over the hearts of music lovers from all walks of life; performing at a variety of venues, making loads of public appearances, all the while recording new music. Learn more by exploring the site, and feel free to get in touch with any of your comments and questions. Visit their website to find out more about members of the band.

The up and coming group, Simply United, is back with their sophomore album Love Will Make A Way. This collection of all original smooth jazz and funky rhythmic vibes will take you from the party floor to the wedding chapel, and beyond.

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Ty Causey – Hypnotic

The music style of Ty Causey is a nice blend of soulful smooth R&b with a smooth jazz flow. The production of the music is creative and the lyrics are classy and very pleasant to listen to. His smooth lead vocal is the highlight of each song complimented by harmonic background vocal arrangements. Ty’s music has earned him the name “Mr. Consistent” in the music business. His music is best described as “Feel Good Music”.

Hypnotic is a nice blend of soulful R&b and smooth jazz with poetic lyrics that compliments the smooth vocal delivery! The songs can best be described as “Feel Good Music” from beginning to end. Just put it in and let if play!

Get the album on CDBaby.