Archive for the ‘ Smooth Jazz ’ Category

Joshua David – Joshua David

joshuadavid1Joshua David is a dynamic,16-year-old pianist and composer whose love for jazz and intensive training in classical piano, jazz piano and percussion shines through in his music. From his fan-favorite opener, Sunset, to the smooth, living-the-good-life vibe of Midnight Groove, this album will take you on a laid-back joy ride that culminates in a contemporary gospel-flavored jazz composition entitled The Well. When you listen to this album, you will find that Joshua David is a serious musician whose rich, soulful musical expression and interpretation is far beyond his years.

This debut album by a dynamic, young pianist and composer, a fully original work of contemporary smooth jazz with a rich, soulful, inspiring musical expression and interpretation beyond his years is now on sale at CDBaby.

Kool & Klean – Volume VI

Shuffle the music of Paul Hardcastle’s The Jazzmasters and Kim Waters’ Streetwize series and you get the sound of Kool&Klean. Creator of these popular series is saxophonist Konstantin Klashtorni. Born in the small town of Korosten in Ukraine he graduated at the R. Glier Kiev Institute of Music. On the search after the perfect sound he traveled the world. Venezuela, South America, the Netherlands and finally Germany were on his agenda.

He counts Eric Marienthal, David Sanborn, Kirk Whalum, Gerald Albright, Kenny Garrett, Brian Culbertson and Paul Hardcastle to his influences. Under his own name he released the albums Downtown (2004), Led By You (2006), Smoothing (2009), Smooth Jazz I (2010) and Smooth Jazz II (2011). Like Kim Waters he releases the series Kool&Klean and the chillaxing jazz collection Groove Jazz N Chill furthermore Piano Night (2013) and Guitar Night (2014). He also performed with the formation Camiel (Sunset and On A Day Like This).

His newest project of Kool&Klean is Volume VI (2016). Attracting the audience one finds on all covers gorgeous models as a visual link and trademarks. Konstantin has written, performed and produced all tracks.

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Stuart Redd – Dreams to Reality

Dreams to RealityDreams To Reality is the first album released from guitarist and composer Stuart Redd. This album has a very live feel greatly enhanced by the remarkable rhythm section performances of drummer Dave Weckl, bassists Ric Fierabracci, Tom Kennedy and Kim Stone with added spice and liveliness from percussionist Ramon Yslas. You will also hear outstanding keyboard performances from Jeff Lorber and Dave Weckl’s long-time studio partner Jay Oliver. On top of that, add in truly phenomenal solo performances from trumpeter Randy Brecker, and saxophonists Eric Marienthal and Gary Meek. Dave also co-produced and mixed all the songs on the project except “Crystal Shores”.

Composing the songs for this CD while having his favorite players in mind, Stuart could not have imagined the day would come when he would actually meet these great players and have them play on his CD. The real magic began, when after composing the songs, Stuart ran across Dave Weckl’s website and read the words “Have Dave play on your next project.” Stuart sent an email to the contact address and that day everything changed. Instant encouragement came when Dave personally replied from Europe. Dave dug the drum grooves, especially since they were created with his style in mind. The project was off and running making an unknown guitarist’s wildest dreams become a reality; hence the title of the CD, Dreams To Reality.

Now listen to this album at CDBaby.

Jarez – In Too Deep

jarez18Saxophonist Jarez (born Jarel Posey) is inspired by John Coltrane, Miles Davis and Charlie Parker. In 2001 Jarez started touring around the world with Grammy Award winning rapper Coolio. While he still has a strong connection to this rapper, Jarez is now working on his own solo career.

His solo albums are To The Top (2007), Saxoholic (2009), and On Top Of The World (2013). Now he returns with his new album In Too Deep. Buy this album at CDBaby.

Lincoln Park – The Best Of Freeze Frame

Born in Hamburg, studio musician Ray Bach began his musical creative period in the advertising industry. Working as an Art Director he also composed jingles and sound dips, but soon developed a deeper aspiration. In 1989. the beginning of his solo career saw the album The Book Of Movie Scores, released in 1991 on the label IC / Digit (Independent Composers I Innovative Communication) by Mark Sakautzky and Michael Weisser. This label, which supported the particular music genre of New Age and New Instrumental, described the music as “Light Jazz Urban Grooves″ better known in America as smooth jazz. At that time, as the music lovers understand the value of music, especially in the aspect of the CD the music business and the labels had no effort to spread the music.

Ray Bach released his music under the moniker Freeze Frame. While he produced his debut album in a short time, his second album The Crossover (1992) breathed jazz and featured the singer Gabi P. affording Bach to spend more time in the studio.

Early 1994 Bach released Loving Life which radiated pure joy of living with a natural beauty on the cover. These positive vibrations that reflect holiday memories are found in the music throughout the entire album.

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Getty Goodwin – Beauty for Ashes

Beauty for AshesBeauty for Ashes is the debut CD from pianist/keyboardist Getty Goodwin with original compositions and classic Gospel in a unique blend of contemporary jazz, smooth jazz, gospel jazz and Afro Caribbean jazz to uplift your spirit.

This album has some very special smooth jazz moments and is available at CDBaby.

Brian Bromberg – Full Circle

bbfullcircleWorld-renowned acoustic and electric bassist Brian Bromberg hasn’t released an album in the U.S. since 2012, a fact that might not have been cause for concern if you know that at one point he released three albums in one year. Every man deserves a break. However, once you realize that this chameleon with over 20 projects in his catalog recently had reason to believe that he might never play music again, you understand the gravity of his latest acoustic jazz project, Full Circle – one he says may well be “the most important record of my career.”

Like all of his work, Bromberg’s latest features a stellar cast that includes trumpeter Arturo Sandoval, saxophonists Bob Sheppard, Kirk Whalum and Doug Webb, pianists Randy Waldman, Mitch Forman and Otmaro Ruiz, and percussionist Alex Acuña. The project also finds ‘the man that refuses to sit still’ mixing styles from New Orleans funk and a legit jazz cover of Michael Jackson’s “Don’t Stop `Til You Get Enough” to Cubop – with a sizzling relentless swing throughout. But the aspects that make this project resonate deeper than anything Bromberg’s done prior boils down to a series of life changing events, career firsts and the magic of today’s technology meeting mediums of old.

A freak accident that Bromberg had at his home a couple years ago resulted in him breaking his back in two places with severe trauma. The fall nearly debilitated him requiring extensive rehabilitation to stand and walk, let alone cradle an upright bass properly or strap an electric bass on his back. Through sheer intestinal fortitude, exhaustive work, and the love and support of the woman in his life, Bromberg made an amazing recovery. When he did, a familial spirit guided him to make an album that returned him to his roots in acoustic jazz. That spirit is that of his father, Howard Bromberg, a once-busy drummer in Tucson, Arizona (where Bromberg was born) who inspired both his sons to play drums as well. Continue reading

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