Archive for the ‘ Smooth Jazz ’ Category

Jeff Kashiwa – Fly Away

Saxophonist Jeff Kashiwa will be always connected with the Rippingtons, although he already left the group in 1999 to concentrate on a solo career. This decision bore plenty of fruit with nine albums before he reunited with the Rippingtons in 2006 again. In 2004 he founded together with Steve Cole and Kim Waters The Sax Pack, a trio of saxophone headliners.

This month his tenth album Fly Away has been released. Jeff describes the new album as “a collection of songs that express the bittersweet awareness of how quickly time passes and in the same breath the excitement of what is to come as we travel the long road ahead.”

The project features the Coastal Access Band; Melvin Davis (bass), Allen Hinds (guitar), Dave Hooper (drums) and Mark Ellis Stephens and Dave Kochanski (keyboards). Furthermore friends/musicians are Marc Antoine (guitar), Tom Schuman (keys), Ricky Peterson on Hammond B3 Organ, guitarist Miles Gilderdale, Steve Reid, Ronnie Gutierrez, Ray Ysles and Brad Dutz (percussion) along with the late great Ricky Lawson on drums and many others. Jeff performs alto and tenor sax, flute, alto flute, clarinet and EWI.

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Chris Standring – Live In London

Hot on the heels of his smash hit album Ten, Chris Standring presents Live In London featuring special guest star Mica Paris. Recorded live at Cadogan Hall in Chelsea on March 5th 2017, this 14 track album (+ bonus track) beautifully captures the energy, edge and finesse from that one night in London.

“What a fantastic night this was. We had soul superstar Mica Paris guest with us, along with an eight piece string orchestra and a world class London rhythm section. We did it right. I was quite nervous about the idea of recording a live album in one sitting. After all, most artists usually record over several nights and pick the best tracks. We didn’t have that luxury but we did make this concert the last night of the tour so the band were ON! We also had four amazing dancers which put the icing on the cake. So here is the good stuff….

The official release is September 15th, but the album is now available to pre order. You can pre order it from fine retailers now, however, if you order if from me, I can personally sign it for you. But also, I promise to ship the album to you one week ahead of street date, so you will be sure to get it before any other store, if you want the CD. On street date you can also order a digital download.
I’m very proud of this album, it came out just great and everyone really stepped up to the plate and delivered above and beyond.
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Marvin Thompson Jr. – Kind Words

Keyboardist, songwriter and producer Marvin Thompson Jr. has been creating music for the better part of his lifetime. His release, In Focus on the December Sky music label, featured his brand of jazz-infused instrumental music. His catalog also includes his EP Piano Reflective, highlighting Marvin’s ability to convey messages of love and life through simple piano melodies. Marvin’s work includes scoring for the independent film, Guilty Innocence for Swift Winds Media. He is the recipient of the Billboard Songwriting Award, and the John Lennon Songwriting Award.

Kind Words is produced by Marvin Thompson Jr. All songs by Marvin Thompson Jr. except Just The Two Of Us.  Kind Words is available at CDBaby.

Nighthawks – 707

Smooth jazz with a difference. Nighthawks plays the European way. This German formation consists of Reiner Winterschladen (trumpet, flugelhorn), and Dal Martino (bass, guitar, keys, vocals), further musicians are Thomas Alkier (drums), Jürgen Dahmen (Rhodes, keys, percussion), and Markus Wienstroer (guitar).

Winterschladen and Martino debuted with the album Citizen Wayne in 1998, followed by Metro Bar (2001), As The Sun Sets (2004) featuring vocalist Pat Appleton of DePhazz, 4 (2007), Today (2010), Rio Bravo (2014) and 707 (2016).

Their newest album is a reminiscence to Boeing’s first jet airliner described by Dal Martino as “the first transporter of culture in a musical world that was becoming increasingly international”. The album is divided in seven songs and The 707 Suite with four movements.

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Michael J. Thomas – Driven

No sophomore slump for contemporary jazz-pop artist Michael J. Thomas, who released his second album, Driven, on Friday on the Harbor Breeze Records imprint. The ten-song set burst out of the gate jolted by a wave of national airplay for the first single, “Baby Coffee,” earning Billboard most-added honors in its debut week followed by an add at SiriusXM’s Watercolors, leading the saxophonist-vocalist to sign a distribution deal for the project with Perry Music Group/Sony Music.

It’s been seven years since Thomas issued his instrumental debut album, “City Beat,” and six years since he made his vocal debut with the infectious standalone single “I Think About Amy,” which peaked at No. 16 on the Billboard chart after a remix by two-time Grammy winner Paul Brown. “Driven” is his first collection to combine sax-led soul-jazz instrumentals and R&B-pop vocal tunes that showcase a voice that programmers and reviewers have compared to Michael Jackson and George Michael. It’s a varied, exhilarating session written and produced by Thomas and longtime collaborator Shannon Wallace with additional tracks produced by Oli Silk, Trammell Starks and Music Man Dre Forbes.

“I got the bug to record a new album in 2014. I hadn’t written anything new in a while and all of these melodies and lyrics were hitting me. However, the songs didn’t all fit into one genre, but I recorded them anyway. I decided that this would be a passion project for me more than trying to write music that fits the traditional model,” said the Destin, Florida-based Thomas, who is submitting “Driven” for Grammy nomination consideration. “I titled the album after one of the pop-oriented songs I wrote that has to do with staying driven and motivated to compete.” Continue reading

Dimitri K – Slim Profile

Dimitri Kovachev a.k.a. Dimitri K is haling from Sofia, Bulgaria, where he was very active in the 80’s. Now he works as a music composer, producer and publisher, with a recording production studio in Orlando, Central Florida.

He has already released several smooth jazz albums, among them So Intensified (2016), Silence (2017) and Slim Profile (2017). The latter is dedicated to late jazz musician Harry Hall, who played on his compositions soprano, alto and tenor sax, clarinet and flute.

You have to bring some time, if you listen to Slim Profile. Because this album does not deal with smooth jazz in the traditional sense. The title song starts like a score of a film noir with the atmosphere of a Parisian café featuring an electric guitar in the lead performing careful chords accompanied by a saxophone underlining the melancholy.

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Abraham Day – The Purpose

Based in Delaware, Abraham Day began playing music at a young age, perfecting his technical abilities and unique sound. Following years of experience performing on stages and at events, as well as making different recordings, Abraham Day has been making a name for himself on the music scene. His comment: “The music on this CD supports my effort to create and inspire a narrative that articulates the qualities necessary to achieve our purpose in life. I hope my music will allow me to engage my audience and together we improve our lives and the lives of others…”

Listen to his new album The Purpose exclusively at his website or at CDBaby.