Archive for the ‘ Smooth Jazz ’ Category

Ronny Smith – Raise The Roof

Baltimore based jazz guitarist Ronny Smith has chosen the 20th century as his field of activity. His discography includes the albums Long Time Comin (2001), Laid Back (2002), Got Groove (2006), Simply Stated (2007), Just Groovin (2009), Can’t Stop Now (2013), and Shake It Up (2017). His new album Raise The Roof is scheduled for release on January 27, 2020. The releasing label is Skytown Records.

Ronny has written, arranged, mixed and produced all songs. Two songs are covers. Ronny performs on this album guitar, keys, bass and programming. On track 5 he is supported by Vincent James (drums) and on track 7 by Scott Martin (sax).  In the past Ronny assimilated the music of his idols George Benson, Wes Montgomery or Joe Pass. Now he creates his own style. He opens with Breaded Funk Well Done. Ronny presents the finest ingredients of funk like the ducky rhythm guitar, vintage organ chords and his shining guitar.

A Brighter Day is a title that is often used in the smooth jazz world. Ronny’s composition showcases his virtuosity with a lot of guitar running the scales up and down. On Me Time Ronny sketches unerringly with precise chords the appealing theme. At this point it should be noted that Ronny is a proven expert of drum programming, who brings the rhythm authentically across.

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Eddie Bullen – Kaleidoscope

Pianist, composer, arranger and producer Eddie Bullen is in every way, a standout among his generation of multi-talented artists. Eddie’s lengthy career has yielded an abundance of awards and recognition for his outstanding talents. From his first album, ‘Nocturnal Affair’ to his most recent ‘Spice Island’, Eddie gives his audience a taste of contemporary jazz, flavored with Caribbean rhythms. Since his move to Toronto in 1980 from Grenada, Eddie has worked with Caribbean, Canadian and American artists like Melba Moore, Anslem Douglas, Byron Lee, Maestro, David Rudder, Liberty Silver, Deborah Cox and Dee Dee Bridgewater. He is also a composer and arranger for TV, Radio and Films. His work has been heard on City TV, YTV, Love & Hip Hop (American Television Series) and Wine TV Australia.

To date Eddie Bullen has produced over 150 albums and is currently working on several new ventures through his record company Thunder Dome Sounds and publishing company QDB music. Eddie is always on the lookout for cutting edge new innovative artists. Through his production company Thunder Dome Sounds, Eddie is fulfilling his passion for nurturing youth talent through a high school co-op program he launched in 1986. Challenges like this keep Eddie Bullen growing artistically and personally.

Buy his newest album Kaleidoscope on Amazon.com.

Quintin Gerard W. – Cleared For Takeoff

Cleared+For+Takeoff_Cover_HiRez+SquareQuintin Gerard W. grew up in Norco, Louisiana and attended Destrehan High School where he was a consistent member of the District VI Honor Jazz and Concert Bands of New Orleans where he performed with, the now local legend, Harry Connick Jr. Quintin Gerard W. was also a member of the Louisiana All-State Band in 1983. Quintin Gerard W. was awarded a scholarship in music from Loyola University in New Orleans where he majored in Jazz studies and was astounded at the opportunity to study under noted Jazz master – Ellis Marsalis. Quintin Gerard W.  entire life has been dedicated to music and playing the saxophone. In 1989 Quintin Gerard W. moved to Los Angeles, California where he met and played with many of the top names in “Smooth Jazz.” “I just always wanted to be around and among the best musicians possible so that I could really learn how to play this music.”

With his debut CD entitled “Fnkysax,” Quintin Gerard W. was finding out very quickly that his trademarked “Fonk™” style of playing has a very strong appeal to Jazz, Urban, and R&B listeners who have been seeking out this style of music without being able to find it. Now he returns with his new album Cleared For Takeoff, scheduled for release February 17, 2020 in all stores.

Quintin Gerard W.’s “Cleared for Takeoff” cruises down the runway, takes flight with vibrant melodies and vocals, soars with high altitude solos, and enters orbit around our hearts. A terrific thematic production that brings the worlds of aviation and music together seamlessly (Kabir Segal).

Daniel Chia – Smooth Saxophone Covers III

Singapore based saxophonist Daniel Chia is boarding the smooth jazz scene with a stroke of genius. He has hired the best crew that can be found for the production of his first work In The Moment (2017). Years later he offers his series Smooth Saxophone Covers.

His newest album is Smooth Saxophone Covers III, which is available as download on Amazon.com.

Lou Guldemond – That’s It!

Dutch jazz guitarist Lou Guldemond already performed with various groups such as Pasadena Dreamband, Top Secret, Batida, Big Black & Beautiful, and Sister Sledge. He also produced the debut album It’s Happening by jazz guitarist Martijn van Itserson. Currently he plays with the jazz big band Licks & Brains.

On his album That’s It! (2020) he is joined by Karel Boehlee (piano), Arjen Mooijer (keyboards), Michel van Schie, Boudewijn Lucas, Paddy van Rijswijk, Lene teVoortwis  (bass), Danny Sahupala (drums), Martin Verdonk, Sandra Sahupala (percussion), Tom Beek (sax), Ruud Breuls (trumpet), Peter Tiedhuis (guitar) Gregor Hamilton (keyboards), Tollak Ollestad (harmonica), Lo van Gorp and Diana Rosendal (vocals).

The album opens with Boom!, the affirmative expression of a loud, deep and resonant sound. Lou on the other hand takes it nice and easy in a wonderful flow. Son Carrio starts with an outburst of Samba and this rhythmic form is lived out to the full in this piece. The rest is pure ecstasy in virtuoso musicality.

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Mike Phillips – Pulling Off The Covers

Mount Vernon native Mike Phillips was over several years an integral part of the label Hidden Beach Recordings. Phillips’ debut album, You Have Reached Mike Phillips, was released by Hidden Beach in May 2002. In 2005 followed his sophomore album Uncommon Denominator. You can also listen to his signature sax on Hidden Beach’s serial Unwrapped Vol. 1, 2, 4, 5 and 7. But Mike is far more creative. He performed on Experience: Jill Scott 826+ (2001), Stevie Wonder’s A Time To Love (2005), or Tom Braxton’s Bounce (2005), to name a few. His next project was MP3, which has been released July 27th, 2010.

Ten years later he returns with his new album Pulling Off The Covers. This album is a collection of favorites re-imagined by Mike Phillips as only he can. Including features from: Stevie Wonder, Brian McKnight, PJ Morton, Trombone Shorty, & Raheem DeVaughn. The CD is soon available in all stores. Now you can pre-order it on Mike’s website.

Drew Davidsen – It’s Time

International singer, songwriter, guitarist, Drew Davidsen, is releasing new music, “It’s Time.” Drew is no stranger to radio airwaves having previously released 7 albums while charting an the Billboard Chart 5 time as an independent recording artist. Guitarist Drew Davidsen started in 2007 his solo career with This Journey. Soon followed Around (Again) (2009), We 3 Stringz (2010), Spin Cycle (2011), True Drew (2013), and A Good Life (2017). With InnerSpace (2018) Drew returned to the smooth jazz genre.

Drew’s newest offering, It’s Time, (2019) is a refreshing blend of what’s possible when you take the elements of Pop, Rock, Blues, and Jazz, then intertwine these styles with his signature. guitar playing and unique vocals.