Archive for the ‘ Rock ’ Category

Felipe Barragan – Electric Acoustic

Guitarist and composer Felipe Barragan has just released his debut album Electric Acoustic with elements of Rock music and smooth jazz. He plays in local bands since the 80’s as professional guitarist. La Mafia, Sheriff, Bubble, Versus, Fantasia, Ciclopea, Antara are the names of these formations. Currently he is musical director in the band Grupo Matiz.

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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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Patrick Yandall – When Its Hip

To classify Patrick Yandall as a smooth jazz guitarist would not do justice to his stylistic spectrum. Smooth jazz, contemporary jazz, blues, rock, every genre is a facet of his musical personality. Patrick’s new album When Its Hip has exactly these edges that make up the whole Yandall package.

Patrick performs all instruments on the new album. With the exception of three covers he has written all songs. The album is launched with the title song. While the lead guitar is focused on chords offers the main part variations of trumpet, bass and guitar underlined by synth strings. King James is somewhat harder due to the use of distortion effects. Even a short piano solo is included.

B Boy is called a break-dancer, who follows the athletic path of street dancing. Piano and guitar alternate in the presentation of the main motif. Most friends of smooth jazz will know Who’s That Lady through guitarist Peter White, who helped the 1973 Isley Bothers song to new fame. Unlike Peter White, Patrick lets the wildness of the guitar shine in its untamed form.

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Jay Soto – On The Verge

All started in 2005 with Long Time Coming. With nuGroove Records Jay Soto had his second start with his promising album Stay Awhile followed by Mesmerized in 2009. After a long hiatus he came back with Veritas (2015). The title is the Latin word for truth and reveals Jay’s affinity for the Catholic religion.

Jay Soto’s On The Verge, is an exciting new album release filled with all new original songs in the style of the cherished 70’s and 80’s Soft Rock era. The album marks Jay’s first vocal release, giving his fans something exceptionally new while still dishing out a couple of notable Smooth Jazz guitar instrumentals, including his new hit, Got Groove. Fans of Smooth Jazz and Soft Rock icons such as Kenny Loggins, Michael McDonald and Ambrosia will surely love this album.

You can pre-order this album on Amazon.com.

Mindi Abair and The Boneshakers – The EastWest Sessions

I saw it coming. Smooth jazz saxophonist Mindi Abair joined Aerosmith for their 2012 Summer Tour and Bruce Springsteen and Max Weinberg for a night at the Beacon Theater. Infected by the Rock music virus her music became edgier. Mindi comments: “From touring with Aerosmith to getting to sit in with Bruce Springsteen for a song, those experiences gave me the permission to go a little more rootsy, and I’m going to run with it!″

The EastWest Sessions is her second album with the group The Boneshakers. The first one was Live In Seattle (2015). Mindi already worked with Boneshakers’ founder Randy Jacobs on his albums From Me To You (2005) and Rhythm And The Beat (2013). The Boneshakers are Randy Jacobs (guitar, vocals), Sweet Pea Atkinson (vocals), Rodney Lee (keys), Derek Frank (bass, vocals), and Third Richardson (drums, vocals). Featured guest musicians on the new album are iconic Blues guitarist Joe Bonamassa and Grammy awarded singer Xavier Amin Dphrepaulezz better known under his stage name Fantastic Negrito.

The album starts with Vinyl, a powerful rock-fueled song showcasing Mindi in the double feature as singer and saxophonist. Forgotten is the sweetness of former records. This Mindi is sharp like a steel needle. Not That Kind of Girl is not just a title, it’s a statement. Third Richardson treats his drums with mighty beats and guitar and sax crank up the volume to the max. With a lot of party noise, Mindi pushes her rock heart to the limit.

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Patrick Yandall – A Journey Home

He is at home in many genres. He lives his love of music in blues, rock, smooth jazz, contemporary jazz and more. You never know in advance what direction his next album goes. A Journey Home (2017) is Patrick Yandall‘s return to his roots.

Patrick has written and produced all songs of the new project. The uplifting A Journey Home has the flavor of a sunny summer day. A hip melody with various instruments involved from guitar, horns to vintage organ. You never get a Second Chance for a first impression, but a musician always get the chance by writing new music. This song offers soul music with a retro savor.

Route 56, also known as Kuhio Highway, is the main highway on the north and east shore of Kauai island. Cruising Kuhio Hwy is the aptly hymn for your next drive on this beautiful island. Intimate Request holds your attention for longer with alluring sounds. My Ride has a subtle blues infusion with the ideal connection of horns and guitar.

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Mindi Abair and The Boneshakers – The EastWest Sessions

Mindi Abair and The Boneshakers will release their first studio album September 15th on Pretty Good For A Girl Records. Recorded over five days at EastWest Studios in Hollywood with legendary blues rock producer Kevin “Caveman” Shirley (Led Zepplin, Joe Bonamassa, The Black Crowes, Aerosmith), the LP is a compilation of 11 gritty blues and rock tracks about adversity, triumph and life lessons. Two-time GRAMMY® nominee Mindi Abair enlisted master blues guitarist Joe Bonamassa and 2017 Contemporary Blues GRAMMY® winner Fantastic Negrito to infuse their signature sound and style. The first single “Vinyl” is being sourced to AAA, Blues and Americana radio. Since her debut in 2000, Mindi has released seven solo albums, and most recently, a live album with The Boneshakers. She’s collaborated on stage and in the studio with a wide cross-section of legendary peers, all helping to solidify her status as one of the most recognized and in-demand saxophonists.

During her career, she has garnered ten #1 radio hits, six Top 5 solo records and two #1 spots on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz album chart. Following a two season run as the featured saxophonist on American Idol, resulting in her touring with Aerosmith, Abair released her solo album Wild Heart in 2014. The album, which included collaborations with the late Gregg Allman, Joe Perry and Trombone Shorty, showcased an edgier side to the saxophonist/vocalist and earned her a GRAMMY® nomination for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album. When it came time to tour the album, she recruited longtime friend and The Boneshakers founder Randy Jacobs (Bonnie Raitt, Was Not Was, Willie Nelson) to inject his brand of Detroit Blues Rock to the live shows. She and the band had an irrefutable chemistry that quickly lead to a permanent creative collaboration. Their first record, Mindi Abair and The Boneshakers LIVE in Seattle was recorded during their first official show together and released September 2015.

After touring non-stop for two years, Mindi and the band headed into the studio earlier this year to record their sophomore album. Five days at EastWest Studios resulted in an 11-song compilation that showcases her prowess, artistic versatility and wide-ranging musical influences. Bandmate Randy Jacobs commented “No one since Junior Walker has brought saxophone and vocals in one package to the forefront of modern music, with a raucous tone and abandon.” Written in less than two hours with Nashville-based writer Jerry Flowers, the single “Vinyl” is a pulse thumping, rock fueled soul track that lyrically likens a needle fitting into the groove of a vinyl record with falling in love…“I’m in your groove like a needle on vinyl”. “Play To Win” written with Rob Kleiner (Sia, ZZ Ward, Cee Lo Green) and Patrick Windsor is an anthemic track featuring heavy-hitting, meaty guitar riffs and driving drums fit for an arena. Continue reading