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Willie Jazzanova Davis – The Dulcet Experience

Willie Jazzanova Davis is straight out of Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He will blow your mind with his high energy, soulful style! At the age of 10 he started playing the saxophone and has never put it down. At the age of 23 he has set out on an exciting stage of his music career by releasing his R&B Jazz Album- Saxual Therapy! With this album he hopes to inspire young people to follow their dreams & provide listeners with music they can listen to over & over & feel good & blown away at the soulful musicality this album provides. Every year he grows & progresses higher in his career knowing that when he keeps God first, doors will begin to open.

His new album is The Dulcet Experience, a smooth, melodious blend of R&B & Jazz formulated to keep you relaxed with the smooth sounds of the sax!

Get the album on CDBaby.

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Rick Howard – Lil’ Noir

Rick Howard‘s fifty plus years of guitar playing and vocalizing have put him into every situation and every musical genre. By nineteen he was getting his Jazz legs playing nightclubs while teaching guitar in a Brooklyn music school. Rick attended college in his twenties. The local 802 program for professional musicians at Kingsborough College gave him a chance to hone his arranging, composing and orchestration skills. The late seventies saw Rick form a group called “Whapp.” This Zappa influenced ensemble mixed intricate music with a humorous theatrical approach.

In the Eighties, Rick applied his talents to doing session work, playing guitar on movie scores and jingles. He contributed to recordings by King Sunny Ade, Betty Wright, Bob Marley, and Shania Twain to name a few.

Rick toured extensively with many artists and he has shared the stage with Keith Emerson, Birelli Legrene, Chico Hamilton, John Entwhistle and others. Rick was heavily involved in the jazz and blues scene in New York City. Rick recorded two albums with his Latin Jazz group IGUAZU…the first self titled “Iguazu” in 1998, and the second, “All You Need” in 2003. “All You Need” featured guests Paquito D’Rivera, Slide Hampton and Antonio Hart. Iguazu played at many Jazz festivals sharing the bill with Acoustic Alchemy, Alex Bugnon and David Valentin, to name a few. Rick now resides in Southwest Florida. He considers his new album “Lil’ Noir” to be the culmination of his long musical career and looks forward to many years of creating great music.

For jazz aficionados and the more tending to smooth jazz give this album a listen on CDBaby.

Mattias Roos – It Goes On And On

Swedish musician, songwriter and producer Mattias Roos, a member of the band Soweco, that he formed with drummer Peter Gustavsson, started his solo career with the album My Story (2016). Soon followed his second project Movin’ Up (2017). Now he is back with his third project with the aptly title It Goes On And On (2019). Mattias builds on the proven cooperation with the label Skytown Records.

Mattias Roos has written, arranged and produced all songs. He performs piano, keyboards and also executes programming and editing. He is supported on selected tracks by Fran Merante, Wictor Persson (drums), Samuel Olofson, U-Nam (guitar), Greger Hillman, Mikael Emilsson, Andrey Chmut (sax), Marcus Asplund (trumpet), Jonathan Lundin, Samuel Lundell (bass).

I have to admit, I’m indulged by Keni Burke’s Rising to the Top. Mattias Roos doesn’t cover this ancient hit, but offers a modern musical concept which is been exceptionally engaged in keyboard magic. Bring It On shows more of Mattias’ elegant piano style that captures the essence of his sonic mastery.

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Earl Carter – Silky

Guitarist Earl Carter is well known in smooth jazz business. He already recorded with Marcus Johnson, Bobby Lyle, Jaared, Alyson Williams, Spike Lee, John Tillery and also performed with Nick Colionne, Bob Baldwin, Mike Phillips, Freddie Jackson, Michael Lington and a lot more.

He regularly release solo albums as No Frettin’ (2002), 495 (2005), My Paradise (2007), Project X (2009), Welcome Back Carter (2013), and Simplicity (2014). This year Earl Carter presents Silky.

This album is for download only at CDBaby.

Steve Cole – Gratitude

Gratitude, due out July 26 via Mack Avenue Music Group’s Artistry Music, arrives on the heels of a health scare in Steve Cole’s family. The successful battle left the saxophonist feeling rejuvenated, with a renewed sense of hope and faith in his fellow humans. That depth of feeling shines through on the album’s ten tracks, which joyously spotlight Cole’s gift for infectious grooves, soulful melodies, and vibrant pop hooks. “Going through something like this,” Cole says of the recent health scare, “and seeing all these marvelous people who care so much about others has really imbued my music with optimism and gratitude.”

Co-produced with longtime collaborator and fellow saxophonist David Mann, Gratitude in no way reinvents the trademark sound that has seen Cole consistently top the contemporary jazz charts, both solo and with the much-loved sax trio The Sax Pack, over the last two decades. But it does find an artist with a love of life and an overflowing passion for self-expression, the formula for an invigorating and moving set of music. “Joy is baked into this record, and hopefully it means as much to the listeners as it does to me.”

The ensemble on Gratitude includes his regular rhythm section, bassist Lamar Jones and drummer Khari Parker, along with guitarist Bernd Schoenhart, organist Ricky Peterson and horn players Trevor Neumann and Dan Levine. As he has been since Cole’s second album, David Mann was a crucial partner: producing, playing multiple instruments, and even providing the album’s heartfelt title track. Continue reading

Stephanie Urquhart Quartet – Concealment

Known for her imaginative and genuine writing, Stephanie Urquhart is an Edmonton-based jazz pianist and composer quickly gaining an international presence and recognition having been featured at numerous venues and festivals such as the Earshot Jazz Festival, Yardbird Festival of Canadian Jazz, and the TD Edmonton International Jazz Festival. She was selected to present her works at the 2019 International Jazz Composers’ Symposium (IJCS) at the University of Northern Colorado, as well as the 2017 IJCS at the University of South Florida. Her works were also performed by the Seattle Women’s Jazz Orchestra in Seattle, Washington in 2017 as the Honourable Mention of the 5th Annual Jazz Composition Contest for Women Composers.

Stephanie is also making way with Big Bands in North America both as a performer and a composer. She has worked and performed with Edmonton groups River City Big Band, Yardbird Suite Jazz Orchestra, Don Berner Big Band and MacEwan University Alumni Big Band. Beyond the borders, Seattle Women’s Jazz Orchestra and Montclair Women’s Big Band in San Francisco are also performing her originals.

Concealment is the debut release from Edmonton-based pianist and composer Stephanie Urquhart. The album features Stephanie Urquhart on piano, Peter Zawalski on guitar, Josh McHan on bass, Joel Jeschke on drums, and Mallory Chipman on vocals. Concealment is alternative smooth jazz migrated from the contemporary jazz genre, now on CDBaby.

Konstantin Klashtorni – Best of Chill Jazz II

Multi-instrumentalist and producer Konstantin Klashtorni is one of the most popular musicians in the field of smooth jazz on CDBaby. Browsing the list of top sellers you will certainly find most of his albums there. He is known by his projects Kool&Klean,Chillaxing Jazz KollektionLove Suggestions, eJazz Artistry and Smooth Jazz. Now he has released two compilations packed with the best pieces in his opinion: Best Of Chill Jazz I and II (2019).

The collection is for download only. This has the advantage that you can pick the best raisins. This review will serve as a small guide. Blue Water (Chillaxing Jazz Kollektion) greets to Paul Hardcastle with a musical twinkle. Heaven must be in Konstantin’s mind, when he composed Angel (eJazz Artistry). In the land of rhythm and groove Konstantin has found his own sound garden to care.

Beautiful Surprise is the last song of the album Kool&Klean Vol. 4 with the same intoxicating and bouncy melody as its predecessors. How Will I Know (eJazz Artistry) comes with a relaxed swing full of warm rich tones.

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