Archive for the ‘ Smooth Jazz ’ Category

Frank Leister – Hourglass

frankleister7Some would call this “smooth jazz.” Others might think “instrumental pop” because, like the music of Earl Klugh, the melodies are memorable and sweet, played on a nylon string guitar. Guitarist Frank Leister has released his third album entitled Hourglass. He plays the melodies on a nylon string guitar. If you enjoy Earl Klugh, you’ll like this album too.

The album is on sale at CDBaby.

Eddie Garrido – In a Dream

in-a-dreamEddie Garrido is a multi genre singer/songwriter/lyricist/composer focusing mostly on Soft Rock, Pop, Latin Jazz, Smooth Jazz and Christian Rock. Sometimes with a bit of a Latin flair. He writes songs with a rich harmonic foundation supporting well constructed melodic lines and counterpoints. Lyrics depend on the concept of the album or the song, and his catalog also contains a vast amount of instrumentals and soundscapes ranging in styles.

His new album In a Dream is a collection of smooth jazz grooves merged with strong melodic themes. An eclectic collage of sounds reminiscing of what smooth jazz use to be, yet combining classic sounds with some more modern sonic textures.

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Jeanette Harris – Chocolate Vibez

14721675_1069527996449587_8387786646693121393_nA big thank you goes to Jeanette Harris’ supportive parents. On their J&M Record label (Jeanette & Michael’s initials, Mom and Dad’s funds) all her abums are released.

After her graduation in Berklee she started her debut album Here and There, followed by Jeanette Harris Live at Platinum Live (2003), Reflections (2007), Saxified (2010), Smooth Holiday Greetings (2010) and Summer Rain (2013). Now she is back with Chocolate Vibez (2016).

Multi-instrumentalist Harris performs most of the instruments on her new album. Guest musicians are pianist Tim Watson, music programmer Andrew Dorsette, guitarist Ceddrick Dennis, bassist Patrick Olvera and her brother Michael.

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Jay Rowe – Smooth Ride

14650704_1031266940305686_5567652845957776174_nSmooth Ride is finally finished. This is Jay’s sixth CD and features Marion Meadows, Marc Antoine, Vincent Ingala, Rohn Lawrence, Jay Gore , Andy Abel, Dave Anderson, Trever Somerville, Dave Livolsi, Bill Holloman, Steve Scales and Ellie Nolan and Rachael Polansky.

You can order this album at Amazon.com.

Brian Simpson – Persuasion

Hailing from Gurnee, Illinois keyboardist Brian Simpson took the smooth jazz scene by storm with his solo albums Closer Still (1995), It’s All Good (2005), Above The Clouds (2006), South Beach (2010), and Just What You Need (2013).

His new project Persuasion was released in November, 2016 on Shanachie Entertainment. Simpson is joined by a star-studded crew: Boney James, Steve Alaniz (sax), Peter White, Steve Oliver, Darrell Crooks, Kendall Gilder (guitar), Alex Al (bass), Ramon Yslas (percussion), and Omari Williams (drums).

The first track is entitled Persuasion and encompasses the critical power of Boney James, Alex Al and Ramon Yslas. Enough to convince every listener to buy this gorgeous piece of music. The first single of the album is however Wonderland, which Brian co-wrote with guitarist Steve Oliver. The song has a specific winter wonderland appeal with an expanding of sensitivity beyond the limits of audio perception.

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Angelo Luster – Face 2 Face

face-2-faceSaxophonist Angelo Luster is a well demanded sideman performing on Appaloosa and Romancing The Bass by Tony Saunders, Street Therapy by Clever Jeff, Our Love Will Never End by Mark Harris or Tonality by Tone 7.

On his own label Native Sound Records he has released Face 2 Face: The Vocal Sessions, Sunday Mornin’ and this year Face 2 Face.

This album is on sale at Amazon.com.

Richard Hernandez – Esperanza

esperanzaA tasteful blend of styles with soulful performances by guest artists. A beautiful ballad, a grooving samba and other contemporary jazzy type instrumentals that sound good by the pool or a road trip. Also, a little funk and vibey club influences sprinkled in. a nice addition to any instrumental collection. The tune Esperanza is also on the new album by Greg Manning Sugar & Spice.

This album is on sale at CDBaby.