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Eric Marienthal & Chuck Loeb – Bridges

BridgesBridges is the sublime collaboration of 2 of the most renowned instrumentalists in Jazz! Between them, saxophonist Eric Marienthal and guitarist Chuck Loeb have either written, produced, or performed on more than 50 Top 10 Smooth Jazz radio singles. Both have thrilled audiences around the world for more than 20 years as solo artists and featured artists in various groups: Marienthal with the likes of Chick Corea, The Rippingtons, Keiko Matsui, and Jeff Lorber and Loeb as co-leader of Fourplay and Jazz Funk Soul.

Bridges represents these Smooth Jazz icons at their best, but it is more than just a Smooth Jazz album. As the title suggests, these Soundscapes bridge the gap between the commercial world of Smooth Jazz, the tranquility of New Age music, and the more artistic explorations that are at the heart of the true Jazz experience! Highlights of the 10 Marienthal/Loeb originals include “Crossings”, the haunting ballad and first single, the soulful and bluesy “Duality”, the romantic “Noir” and much more!

Pre-order this album now at Amazon.com.

Oscar Walker – Music in the Key of O

Music in the Key of OOscar “Big O” Walker is a studio owner/engineer, producer, song writer and professional bassist who loves music. So check out what he does best. Music in the Key of O is a complete mix of Smooth Jazz, Gospel, R&B, Neo Soul, and Rap all in one package.

This album is on sale at CDBaby.

Kenyon Carter – Game On

Saxophonist Kenyon Carter is influenced by Grover Washington Jr., Gerald Albright, Charlie Parker, John Coltrane and Cannonball Adderley. He released his debut album Right By My Side in 2011, followed by Songs for My Father (2014) and in August, 2015 by his third album Game On.

Kenyon is joined on his new project by Billy Wilkie (guitar), Tyrone Jackson (keyboards), Tim Aucoin (bass), John David (drums), Brent Whiten (trumpet) and Richard Sherrington (trombone).

The album begins with the title song quasi as evidence of perfect mastery on the instrument. With Chuck Loeb on guitar as accompaniment he attains a powerful, precise, faster, more varied and at the same time considerably more relaxed way of playing.

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Lebron – New Era

New EraThe genre of contemporary jazz has taken many forms over the years, but its loyal fans have always stayed true to its roots. Lebron is one of those fans. It’s only appropriate then that his style as an artist showcases the facets of smooth jazz that listeners love. Lebron was born into a family of musical talent, including his father who played the saxophone professionally as a way to pay for college. In other words, it’s in his blood. Not to mention his saxophone influences, including Gerald Albright, Kirk Whalum, Everette Harp, Grover Washington Jr, and Nelson Rangell. To date, he has shared the stage with many of musics modern icons, including Kirk Whalum, George Benson, and Grammy winning bass player Mel Brown.

Lebron’s debut record, Shades” certainly took the world by storm. In a sea of sax players, it stood out as one of the top releases of the year, yielding 3 top 10 Billboard radio singles. “Groove City” peaked in the top 3, and was named in the top 20 Contemporary Jazz songs of the year by Billboard Magazine. But Lebron is not content to stop there. On the contrary, he’s just getting started. His much anticipated sophomore album, New Era, is sure to highlight his growth as an artist and as a player. “I wanted this record to really showcase my sound, my vibe”, he explains. “I think this one just sounds more like ME, and MY voice.” It features 10 all original tracks, from sultry ballads to infectious body moving grooves. Be sure to get your copy, because Contemporary Jazz isn’t going anywhere. And neither is Lebron. Buy the new album at Amazon.com.

Robert Christa – Nightflight To Rio

German pianist Robert Christa has several irons in the fire. Jazz, smooth jazz, fusion, classic. Nothing is unknown to him, everything familiar. In the smooth jazz genre he worked with musicians such as Wolfgang Lackerschmid, Ronnel Bey, Tom Bradley, George Ballis and many others.

His debut album in this genre Nightflight To Rio is available since June 9, 2015. Robert plays on this album Rhodes, synth and programming. He is supported by vocalists Racquel Roberts, Ralph Damrath, Lipa Majstrovic, Nadine Krämer, Rainer Braun, Susan Stolle, Carreaux, guitarist Tom Reif, saxophonist Robert Friedl, cellist Lioba Bruns, bassist Bernd Everding and further musicians.

With Praise Robert delivers his first masterpiece introducing the impressing vocalist Racquel Roberts, who enchants with her wonderful timbre. Originally a musical singer she is currently residing in Los Angeles. Morning Sun features a relaxed mood with Robert Friedl on saxophone taking the lead.

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Undercover Jazz – Stating the Obvious

Stating the ObviousUndercover Jazz is a contemporary smooth jazz collective featuring Tony Testa (drums), Erik Mowery (keyboards) and Scott Marvill (guitar and bass). In a recent interview they stated that “it’s all about the music and allowing it to follow it’s natural course”. Mixing jazz with soul, funk and fusion, the North Carolina based trio of studio musicians create a unique but ear-friendly sound that is joined by some of the best contemporary jazz musicians of the day.

Although the “band” was born as a studio project, the trio is very comfortable on stage with the help of dynamic contemporary jazz players who are world class session musicians and performers in their own right. Jeff Lorber, Andy Snitzer and Chuck Loeb are supporting this project.

Marvill, a multi-instrumentalist who plays keyboards, guitar and bass, fronts the band on their live performances. Marvill states “there are no self-imposed limits within the band. Our arrangements and performances are impacted by dynamic changes and influences from all styles of jazz. In fact, what we hear most is the enjoyment of these influences we apply in our songs. Our music has been labeled “Smoozion” . Get the EP at CDBaby.

Clay Benjamin – Just for You

Just for YouClay Benjamin spent most of his childhood listening solely to the sounds of gospel quartets – framed by the talents of Gospel Keynotes, Mighty Clouds of Joy, and his own father. But it was at age 16 that a clear-cassette-tape-wielding friend from Memphis “blew his mind”. The band was The Yellow Jackets, and their effect on the young musician was undeniable. His sound, driven by a contemporary rhythmic funk, still carries flavors of his Memphis roots and gospel upbringing.

Benjamin’s first solo jazz instrumental project is his 2011 album Intervention, available on iTunes, Amazon and most music web stores. You can buy his new album Just For You at Amazon.com.

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