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Bobby Wells – Back in the Day

Back in the DaySmooth, like a great cup of Java, yet exhilarating, foot tapping, neck will remain in a groove-lockdown-motion. Bobby’s best CD ever and it features Grammy Nominated artist you’ll know. An instrumental record with vocals makes it a superb blend. Enjoy. Bobby comments:”I’m accompanied by some of the most amazing National/International Grammy Nominated artist and musicians. Feel free to visit their Homepage’s for a lot more information. The “Back In The Day” recording project is smooth, yet exhilarating, foot tapping, neck will remain in a groove-lockdown-motion whether your coming or going.

I’m a “giggler” so allow me to define in my own way: Whenever someone plays an instrument and kills it…I giggle. And I can assure you that there was a lot of giggling going on while producing this project. My man guitarist/composer Michael O’Neill, most of you have heard him with George Benson, the (late) Natalie Cole and countless others. Michael is an amazing artist/writer and producer himself, do check out his music. He always knows just what a song needs. He played on my “Bayside” CD and I couldn’t imagine doing another project without him. Incomparable in his guitar stylings and imagination, he drops a pocket of bass & solo guitar as he turns up the heat on “She’s Playful, Bella’s Pier and My Sweet Butterfly.” Well done Mike.

Gerald Albright (I call him G.)…doesn’t just play sax, he knows his way around a bass. He’s playing lead bass on “Bella’s Pier” and bottom on “Tee It Up” (yep, we love golf). G. is Internationally renowned, he has numerous #1 Hits, TV appearances and is a Grammy Nominated Artist many times for his great music and sax playing. His credits go way beyond what I could list here. Thanks G. for kickin the bass man…awesome! Continue reading

Ken Navarro – Bonfire

Bonfire Over the past 25 years, Ken Navarro has performed in every major US city and had numerous Top 5 hits at national radio. His music is distributed throughout the world from Japan to Singapore, Hong Kong, Thailand, Britain, Australia, Chile, Brazil, Italy, Spain, France, Germany, the Netherlands and even in China. Navarro’s 2010 release Dreaming of Trains was pre-nominated for the 2011 Grammy awards in 2 categories and his 2014 album Ruby Lane spent 4 months in the Top 10 at contemporary/smooth jazz radio, iTunes and Amazon. His impressive discography of 22 top charting albums showcase his appeal to a wide range of listeners with inspiring compositions and superb guitar performances.

“I believe that if you dedicate your life’s work to something you love, you can accomplish what you once thought was impossible. My 23rd album is finally finished and it’s called “Bonfire“. I think it is my greatest accomplishment so far.” Ken Navarro offers his new album at his website for pre-order.

Patrick Yandall – Ethos

EthosSmooth jazz with contemporary elements featuring the guitar of international recording artist Patrick Yandall. R&B, blues, Latin, soul, gospel, all pepper this fantastic project. Produced, written, arranged and all instruments performed by Patrick Yandall. Even the graphic design by him! Rhapsody calls him “a middle of the road guitar god”! And it shows on this collection of 15 original compositions! Award winning prolific guitarist (19 releases worldwide) with music in feature film “Fruitvale Station” “War, Inc.” and more. TV shows like “New Girl” “Girls’ Industrial Channel and many more shows. TV radio such as Music Choice, and heard worldwide on SmoothJazz.com,, Sonic Smooth Jazz on Dish, The Weather Channel.

Has performed live or in studio with top world class musicians such as Randy Brecker, Will Lee, Joel Rosenblatt, who appear on Patrick’s CD “From the Ashes”. Michael Paulo, Greg Vail, Kevin Flournoy, Nathan Brown, and many more! Endorsed by worldwide guitar companies such as Seymour Duncan, Elixir Strings, Levy’s Leathers Ltd., Custom Tones Inc., and more. Headliner for jazz festivals and concert venues. Featured in Jazz Times, Jazziz, Smooth Jazz Magazine, San Diego Reader, Bay City Times, 92131 and many online features. Jazz, rock, blues, Latin, gospel, with smooth and fusion flavors! Nominated Jazz artist of the year by Lifeswork Entertainment.

Ethos is his new album now on sale at CDBaby.

Robert Damper – “D” Tales

D TalesSeattle native Robert Damper is on his fifth passport. The other four are filled with the hundreds of stops he has made over the past thirty years as Kenny G’s
trusted keyboard player, musical director and co-collaborator. He’s played music on all of the biggest stages in the world, the most prestigious jazz festivals and the biggest television shows. Damper’s performed with some of the most important artists in the world, from R&B legends, Stevie Wonder & Patti LaBelle, to jazz greats, Roy Haynes, Jack DeJohnette and Branford Marsalis.

Robert has finally completed his album.  The new debut Album is called “D” Tales!  The good news is that during those two decades, whenever there was an opportunity to record music with musicians he loved such as Kenny G or Najee, he took full advantage of it.  The beautiful result is “D” Tales.  The first featured single from the CD, “OJ “(Oldskool Jam) was released May 21, 2016.

Proposed Release date: August 2016.

Kay-Ta – Arrival

Osaka, Japan born guitarist Kay-Ta graduated at Berklee College of Music before he became a session guitarist in Los Angeles. He performed with great artists of the international music scene. In the smooth jazz genre he performed with Jackiem Joyner, Elan Trotman, Keiko Matsui and many more.

Kay-Ta is also member of the group Quatrosound with Leah Zegar (violin), Giovanni Clayton (cello) and Jorge Villanueva (percussion). This band joined him on the recordings and in addition Greg Manning, Jonathan Fritzen and Nicholas Cole (keys), Darryl Williams (bass), Maurice Ellis (acoustic bass), Steven J. Robinson (drums), Ilya Serov (trumpet) and Jackiem Joyner (sax).

Kay-Ta first created the album as demo project to show the audience during the fund-raising process how the album would be develop with the invested money. With the exception of two covers he has written and arranged all songs. Apart other guitar players his intention was to capture the feelings and not just showcasing his skills.

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Frank Rawel – Walk 1.0.

Walk11Frank Rawel, born in 1957, is a self-taught amateur musician. At home in Wildenbruch near Potsdam (Germany) he plays saxophone(s), flugelhorn and keyboards and mix all together to jazzy pieces. His interpretation of smooth jazz differs a little from the mainstream. His musical roots reaches back to the time of swing.

His new album Walk 1.0. is available at Amazon.com.

Aston Grey Project – The Sensual Side

The Sensual SideIf you’re a lover of smooth jazz, then chances are you’re also a lover, period…and that’s two reasons to be excited about The Aston Grey Project’s new release, The Sensual Side. Inspired by the sensual, romantic connections that couples experience, The Sensual Side is the follow-up to the North Carolina group’s previous best-seller, Changing the Game. This latest release once again aptly showcases the talents of guitarist Reggie Graves and saxophonist Gabriel Bello, with singer Charmel Allen being joined by vocalists Nicci Canada, & Stephfon, to craft the ultimate lovers’ soundtrack.

The album primes your mind right from its opening song, “On my way home to you”: a sexy groove that immediately sets the mood. The Aston Grey Project’s artists harness a variety of styles to maintain that atmosphere, ranging from tracks like “We Were Made for Love,” reminiscent of Erykah Badu’s signature soulful sound, to the Marvin Gaye-inspired “I Want You.” Songs like “Touch It” and “Love On Replay” demonstrate the group’s ongoing development as they not only show confidence in their combined skills, but also a willingness to take risks as they experiment with different artistic styles in pursuit of a unique listening experience.

Overall, it’s a gamble that pays off handsomely: The Sensual Side succeeds in creating an album inspired by lovers, for lovers as well as a worthy addition to their growing body of work that all smooth-jazz fans will categorize as a “must-have” for their collection. Now on sale at CDBaby.

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