Archive for the ‘ Smooth Jazz ’ Category

David McLorren – Life Happens

Life HappensLife Happens with or without you. So get involved, that’s the overall theme of this project. Jazz, Funk, Latin rhythms, R&B and a whole lot more helps paint the canvas for Life Happens. It is a soundtrack, a journey and an evolution of musical consciousness. With the help of Joyce Spencer (Sax & Flute), Sam Hankins (Trumpet), Gary Fuston (Guitar) and Rod Williams (Sax), a timeless collection of music is produced.

It captivates, motivates, soothes and encourages the soul of the listener who will be hooked. Inspired by life, love and other life changing events, this album captures the spectrum of life in 11 tracks and a bonus 12th, which is only available on the hard copy CD. In this crazy climate, isn’t it nice to know that Life still Happens and you are a part of it. Life Happens, become a part of our lives and enjoy this musical experience.

Life Happens is a recommendation at CDBaby.

Freeman L. Semons, Jr – Free

freeFreeman L. Semons, Jr is a published fiction author, a songwriter, a smooth jazz keyboardist, a graphic artist/designer and a book publisher. He started drawing things around age 5. He studied Commercial Art in high school at Milwaukee Tech and Graphic Design at MATC. He graduated from MATC in May 2013. earning an Associate’s Degree in Graphic Design. He has been writing fiction since age 10. He released his first novel The Oracle Book through Stonegarden.net Publishing (an independent book publisher) in 2008. His current novel Archangel (as well as the re-release of Oracle Book) were self-published under his own Morning Breeze Publications imprint August 2015 via Amazon.

In 2011, Christopher’s Project (a renowned jazz group in the greater Milwaukee area) covered four of Freeman’s songs for their CD release entitled “Givin’ It To You”. Freeman has been writing and composing music under his own Morning Breeze Music imprint since age 20. To date, he has produced over 30 CD albums ranging from R&B and Gospel to Smooth Jazz and New Age Soundscapes. His current album is entitled Free. Free is a new collection of sophisticated smooth jazz grooves and up-tempo vibes highlighting Freeman’s unique songwriting style.

Get Free at CDBaby.

Jazmin Ghent – Chocolate Sunshine

jazmin_ghent_chocolate_sunshineJazmin Deborah Ghent is a new contemporary jazz artist with a passion for music. Born in Heidelberg, Germany and raised in Huntsville, Alabama, she became interested in music at age 5 when she began taking piano lessons. She became the Sunday School pianist at the age of 8 and often practiced with the adult musicians and church choir members. After being introduced to the saxophone in Middle School, she progressed to becoming the church pianist and saxophonist. She is a recent graduate from Florida State University (bachelors) and Tennessee State University (masters). Jazmin majored in music education and is an accomplished musician in contemporary jazz, standard jazz and gospel.

Her album Boss combines smooth, soulful jazz saxophone stylings reflecting a wide range of eclectic jazz phrases that makes the head bob and the body move. Now she returns with her album Chocolate Sunshine.

Get the album at CDBaby.

Kim Scott – Southern Heat

Birmingham, Alabama based flutist Kim Scott has already released the albums Crossing Over (2011) and Rite of Passage (2013). Her third album Southern Heat (2016) does not only show the flutist but increasingly more the vocalist.

Kim performs on the new album with James “PJ” Spraggins, Ron Otis (drums), Sean Michael Ray (bass), Eric Essix, Michael “Big Mike” Hart (guitar), Kelvin Wooten (rhythm guitar, keyboards, synth bass, programming), Lin Rountree (trumpet), Jim Lowe III (programming, horn arrangement), Darryl Tibbs (percussion) and more.

The starter Billie Jean is best known as one of the musical diamonds by the late king of Pop Michael Jackson. Kim Scott serves a pristine rendition of this popular song with a tasty flute. Fantastic Voyage surprises with heavy funk, a genre already adapted to smooth jazz namely by Brian Culbertson, Candy Dulfer and Wayman Tisdale.

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Jessy J – California Christmas

ccWith her sizzling mix of hot beats, Latin and samba rhythms and sensuous, captivating melodies, Mexican American saxophonist and singer Jessy J shares the joys of the season “California”style, spending Christmas at the beach, enjoying the unique opportunity for some fun in the sun that many folks only dream about. This is her first holiday Album with classics like Little Drummer Boy, Feliz Navidad, Silent Night, The First Noel and more! Guest artist include Jeff Lorber, Paul Brown, Maurice Smith, and Steve Oliver.

Jessy, who has performed on “American Idol” “The Voice” “Dancing With the Stars.” and invited by Steven Tyler to play on Aerosmith’s 2012 album Music From Another Dimension has put together some great limited merchandise and experiences in the store below. Additionally, a percentage of the proceeds will benefit the Union Rescue Mission in Los Angeles, CA.

You can order your personal copy here.

 

Peter White – Groovin’

groovinLike so many millions of us, guitarist Peter White still feels closest to the music he absorbed while growing up. As a British teen in the ’60s, he kept his ears glued to the radio—soaking up the exciting new sounds of rock bands like the Beatles and soul giants like Stevie Wonder—and tried to learn how to play those songs on the acoustic guitar his dad had given him. It didn’t take him long to get the hang of it, and now, after more than four decades as both a leader and sideman, he’s returning to those tunes that impacted him so forcefully in his youth.

Groovin’, set for release on October 28, 2016 via Heads Up, a division of Concord Music Group, is White’s third collection of guitar-centric interpretations of timeless compositions from those halcyon years of the 1950s to the ’80s. Taking up where his previous all-covers albums Reflections (1994) and Playin’ Favorites (2006) left off, Groovin’ finds White not only nostalgic but adventurous and playful, injecting vocal shadings and bold horn charts into the mix, and even some tougher guitar sounds than he’s generally known for.

“I always gravitate toward this era,” says White about the songs he chooses to cover. “At that time the music meant more to me than at any other time in my life.” Continue reading

Jay Nya Sol – Dancing In The Moonlight

Dancing in the MoonlightJay-Nya Sol or Jay Nya Sol is a project by Ohio based producer, songwriter and multiinstrumentalist T. Burns. He started his solo debut CD A Jazzical Journey in 2010.

Now he returns with the new album Dancing in the Moonlight (2016) featuring among others Gerald Albright (bass, sax) and Cal Bennett (sax), Anthony Crawford, Takahito Mori, Freddy Jenkins, Matt Yeakley, and Sheldon Reynolds (guitar), Keith McKelly (keyboards, sax), Isha Love (keyboards, piano), Vanessa Bryan (vocals), Rahmlee Michael Davis (trumpet) and of course T. Burns (percussion, vocals, keyboards).

The album takes off with Midnight, a sonic tune with a romantic touch. Infectious flute and acoustic guitar are spreading a cozy atmosphere of wellbeing. No Ordinary Love, is a song by singer Sade from their fourth studio album Love Deluxe (1992). The rendition replaces the silky original by a guitar driven piece with melancholy-tinged thoughtfulness featuring Vanessa Bryan as interpret of the main theme.

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