Archive for the ‘ Smooth Jazz ’ Category

Darryl Anders Agapesoul – Conversations

This is soul music for grownups. Great grooves, strong melodies and relatable stories about life, love and survival. Featuring guest performances by Tommy Sims, Geoffrey Williams, Eric Gales, Paul Jackson Jr. and members of Snarky Puppy.

“The group strikes a great balance here with its eclectic feel and the way in which it integrates the chief genres presented here. The album stands on very firm ground and is definitely one worthy of your ear time. It has all of the ingredients you’d expect to be in that special soul/jazz “stew.” (Ronald Jackson, The Smooth Jazz Ride).  A sizzling, eclectic mix of funk anthems, seductive old school ballads and jamming fusion with a rockin’ edge (SmoothJazz.com Global).

Get this album on CDBaby.

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Kim Waters – What I Like

What I Like is Kim Waters’ 23rd recording as a leader and thirteenth CD for Shanachie. You have to let that melt on your tongue. A tremendous creative act. No licked split. Art lived piece by piece.

With the exception of three covers Kim has written all tracks. He produced and performed all instruments on the new album showing his quality as da Vinci of music.

The Touch of Love delivers a bouncy start of the album with warmth and sensitive approach. That’s What I Like is a song by singer Bruno Mars, released on his album 24k Magic (2016). A hip hop soul, new jack swing, the song became popular and the 4th best selling single of 2017. Water accomplishes the interpretation with great skill.

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Martel – Smooth Jazz Express

Florida based keyboardist Dan Bury has his own vision of smooth jazz, which he has released under the artist name Martel. Smooth Jazz Express is a compilation of his current work for download only.

This album is available in Toto or single-wise on CDBaby.

Tony Exum Jr. – My Name Is Tony

In 2008, Tony Exum Jr. took a leap of faith, began his solo career, traveled extensively with local backing bands he performed with and managed, and became a fixture in Denver’s famed jazz venue, Jazz@ Jacks where he continues to perform regularly. In 2010, he released his first album, Finally. Tony marks this release as one that catapulted him into the National scene. In 2012, Tony released his sophomore album, The One. He co-wrote 11 of the 14 tracks, and it was this release that further developed him as a musician and writer.

Exum’s long awaited new EP My Name’s is Tony shows collaborations with guitarists David P Stevens, Joel Del Rosario, and sax man Marcus Anderson (formerly of Prince’s NPG horns).

This album is available on CDBaby.

Doug Jones – Crossing Lines

Connecticut based saxophonist Doug Jones has already released the albums Heart and Soul (1994), Shades Of Gray (2002), and Top Down (2013). In 2016 followed Secrets.

The new CD, Crossing Lines (2018), is a melodic, Contemporary / Smooth Jazz CD in the style of Dave Koz, Michael Lington and David Sanborn. The first single from the CD to go to National and International Smooth Jazz Radio stations is “Watching The Sunrise”. All songs feature Doug Jones on Alto and Tenor Saxophones. The track “One Flight South” also features Doug Jones on Flute.

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The Braxton Brothers – Higher

Originally from San Francisco now based in San Diego The Braxton Brothers are the twins Nelson (bass) and Wayne Braxton (sax). They started their career with the debut album Steppin’ Out in 1996. Now and Forever followed in 1999, then Both Sides (2002), Rollin’ (2004) and True Love (2013).

Their new album Higher (2018) is exclusively their joint work. They wrote, produced and played all pieces themselves. Nelson performs bass (rhythm and lead), keyboards, percussion, drum programming, electric and acoustic guitar. Wayne handles saxophones, drum programming and background vocals. Chris Camozzi, Errol Cooney, Kay-Ta Matsuno, Ryan Parrino and Andy Quinn perform guitars on selected tracks.

Their impetus is to create music that make people feel good. The first tune of the album The Only Woman in the World was written by Nelson after a concert with Michael Bolten sitting in the touring bus during a Minnesota blizzard before he could return to his family and is a tribute to his beloved wife.

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Appleton – Appleton´s Choice

The current CD Appleton´s Choice of the band Appleton reflects exactly what is expected in the title of the CD. A very personal song selection of the individual band members selected from the band’s more than 50 years of history. The result is a colorful mixture of well-known pop songs from various decades and original compositions. Everything bundled in the unmistakable Appleton sound which is sometimes groovy, sometimes funky and sometimes pop.

Songs like Lisa Stansfield “The Real Thing” and Van Morrison’s “Moon Dance” meet the Beatles classics like “Day Tripper und Let it be ” Then a little more Sting with “Roxanne” and it’s done. Let yourself be surprised. The band Appleton is grouped around the Belgian jazz singer Caroll Vanwelden, who succeeded the English singer Barbara Drennan in 2015. Appleton is known for his own interpretations of songs by the Beatles, Van Morrison, Steve Miller, Sting, etc.

The band was founded in 1967 by the brothers John, Chris and Stephen Brenninkmeyer and was known in the Frankfurt area as a cover band. In 1969 an advertising single for C&A Mode was recorded, at that time with guitarist and jazz musician Werner G. Seifert. Harald Terkowsky soon took over his position as rock guitarist. In 1972 the band took a break to dedicate themselves to their family, studies and professional careers. Continue reading

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