Archive for the ‘ Smooth Jazz ’ Category

Grace Kelly – Go Time Brooklyn

Not to be confused with the famous Philadelphia-born actress who became Princess Grace of Monaco and died in 1982, the Grace Kelly profiled in this bio is a straight-ahead jazz saxophonist/singer who had several albums in her catalog before she was 17. The precocious New England native has made the alto sax her primarily instrument, but she also plays the tenor and soprano saxes — and Kelly can play clarinet, flute, acoustic piano, and drums, as well. At times, Kelly will put down her saxophone and sing, although she is an instrumentalist first and foremost.

Her new album Go Time Brooklyn is just released under Jazz Pop (What?) on CDBaby.

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Rick Parma – Chocolate Cake

From Dance, RnB, Funk, Rock, Pop, Trap and more this album has it all. Rick Parma uses the amazing talents of his closest friends to create the most dynamic Instrumental album ever. The diverse style choices are unbelievable. Rick called on his long time friend Matthew Kerr to produce tracks that Rick then morphed into a polished music experience that you’ve never hear before. There are so many great artists that contributed to this album starting with the few featured artists Dean Grech, Ginetta’s Vendetta, Willie Bradley, and of course Matthew Kerr. Contributing artists Taiki Tsuyama, Gail Jhonson, Tj Fisher, Hans Zermuehlen, and more.

Chocolate Cake is a delicious offer on CDBaby.

Michael Franks – The Music In My Head

The common denominator of singer/songwriter Michael Franks is not a style but his characteristic voice. He has always been a wanderer between the worlds of Pop, Jazz, Brazilian, New Age and film music.

His multitude of albums have given him a wide following, even among numerous musicians such as Ringo Starr, Natalie Cole, The Carpenters, Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee, Diana Krall, Lyle Lovett, Al Jarreau, Carmen McRae, The Manhattan Transfer and Patti LaBelle.

The Music In My Head (2018) is Michael’s 18th album and his first after a hiatus of seven years. His previous album was Time Together on Shanachie Entertainment. Joining Michael on his new project are producers/arrangers Gil Goldstein, Scott Petito, Charles Blenzig and former Yellowjackets bassist Jimmy Haslip, along with stellar guest musicians such as guitarist David Spinozza, saxophonists Bob Mintzer, Eric Marienthal and Gary Meek, late guitarist Chuck Loeb (Fourplay), and for the first-time pianist Rachel Z.

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Ron Garnett – Soul to Soul: A Gospel Jazz Collaboration

Ron Garnett played with small bands while he was in the Air Force and when he was discharged, he headed up his own trio for a while. It wasn’t until nine years ago that he picked his guitar up again and began to play with the church band. The musicians were excellent and it’s helped him get his chops back. He is presently still playing with the church band.

Though he has performed on several albums as a vocalist, he has never done any recordings with his guitar. It’s always been his dream to record an instrumental CD and it is now released in June, 2018. Since his background is in jazz and his experience in the church has been gospel music, it seemed to make sense to produce a gospel jazz CD. The title is Soul To Soul, A Gospel Jazz Collaboration. This album has a smooth jazz flavor and should make for easy listening while on the road, doing busy work or while relaxing.

Get the album on CDBaby.

Denis Farfone – Timeless

‘It’s a passion. If I don’t do it, it’s like not breathing,’ he says. ‘I was blessed with a very different type of sound,’ he says. ‘I can play soft and sweet and driving and dirty on the same song.’ ‘I take my music very seriously. I nurture it, respect it,’ says Denis Farfone. ‘I,m not a moonlighter, I’m very professional, and I think people appreciate that.’ ‘I am so passionate, so blessed, so lucky,’ Farfone says. ‘I had gotten back to writing and maybe playing a gig,’ Farfone says of his start in 2005. ‘I started to write all of these songs and was having so much fun I just decided I would keep doing it. So playing all original songs just made sense.’ And play all original songs he does – his current catalog includes more than 300 songs from his more than 25 solo albums, like ‘Celebration Of Life’ and ‘Dream Catcher’ to lesser-known gems.

Timeless is his newest project. A smooth silky yet vibrant soprano saxophone will take you to the moon and back! The album is available on CDBaby.

Greg Chambers – A New Day

Saxophonist Greg Chambers has five trumps in his hand. City Lights (2006), Greg Chambers (2011), After Hours (2013), Can’t Help Myself (2014) and A New Day (2018).

The new album will be released June 21, 2018. For the purpose of quality assurance, Greg has brought in the best producers and musicians the smooth jazz market has to offer. The liner notes mention Matt Godina (keyboards, bass, & drum programming), Nate Harasim (guitar, keyboards, drum programming, synths), Paul Brown (guitars), Lew Laing (keyboards, bass & drum programming), who also have written the tracks in cooperation with Greg.

The project is also joined by David P. Stevens (lead & rhythm guitars), Roberto Vally (bass), Kenji Matsui and Adam Hawley (guitars), Rodney Franklin (keyboards), Preston Smith, Lin Rountree (flugelhorn) and Nils (guitar).

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Nellrock Jazz – Finally

The album Finally features 9 original songs plus 3 covers, entirely performed and recorded by Darnell Robinson. The 3 covers include “All Blues,” “Friends and Strangers,” and “Black Frost.”

Nellrock Jazz presents Finally on CDBaby.

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