Archive for the ‘ Smooth Jazz ’ Category

David Benoit – David Benoit And Friends

Pianist and composer David Benoit has dedicated his new album David Benoit and Friends(2019) to his fellow musicians. Collaborations with other musicians are nothing new for David. Legendary is his partnership with Russ Freeman, which includes the albums The Benoit/Freeman Project (1994) and The Benoit/Freeman Project 2 (2004). David Benoit and Jane Monheit teamed up for 2 in Love (2015). Guitarist Marc Antoine and pianist David Benoit were the surprise packet of the year 2017 with So Nice!

On his new album David Benoit invites Peter White, Marc Antoine (acoustic guitar), Tim Weisberg (flute), Lindsey Webster (vocals), Dave Koz (alto sax), Rick Braun (trumpet), Vincent Ingala (soprano sax), Justin Cheung (cello). The rhythm section encompasses David Benoit (piano, Fender Rhodes, Hammond B3), JR Robinson (drums), Ken Wild (electric and acoustic bass), Luis Conte (percussion), Pat Kelly (guitar), the horn section Mike Cottone and Jamey Havorka (trumpet), Erm Navarro (trombone).

Jane Hawk is a novel character by the American author Dean Koontz, which he has portrayed in a series of 5 books. With a cinematic orchestration David sketches on Ballad of Jane Hawk his imagination supported by Peter White on the acoustic guitar and Tim Weisberg on the flute.

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The Bryan Anderson Project – Soul Food

Bryan is a bassist, songwriter, and producer with eight solo projects to his credit. His unique sound of what he calls “groove music” blends smooth jazz, old school funk, Latin rhythms and a taste of island vibes. The bass lines of James Jamerson, Larry Graham, Gary King, and countless others influenced Bryan’s desire to play the bass. A natural entertainer, Bryan pulls you into his live performances. He takes you on a musical journey from high energy funk to laid back grooves and soothing ballads. Bryan surrounds himself with first rate, established musicians. His shows leave you wanting more.

Born and raised on the west side of Baltimore, MD, Bryan currently resides in Charlotte, NC. He performs at various music venues, local benefits, and national conferences. If you gravitate towards the music of Grover Washington, Jr., Spyro Gyra, Wayman Tisdale, and Jeff Lorber, you are sure to appreciate Bryan Anderson.

Soul Food is available for download only at CDBaby.

Roger Smith – Just Another Day

In a world of targeted music and sanitized sound, songwriter producer and Tower of Power keyboardist Roger Smith continues to crash through categories with his unique musical talent, as illustrated by his #1 contemporary jazz hit, Off-The Hook. His latest solo effort, Just Another Day, provides us with a welcome embrace of diverse music styles. From R&B ballads (Just Another Day), to up-tempo funk infusions (Party UpSecond Wind), to Motown inspired (There is No LoveSouth Side of Heavy), Roger again demonstrates his love of the groove with this collection of inspired creations.

Roger offers eight views of his unique style, which also includes collaborations with the vocal talents of multiple Grammy winner Tony Lindsay and TOPs lead singer & solo recording artist, Marcus Scott. Like a great bottle of wine on that sun dappled, wave sculpted beach, this collection is meant to be savored, shared, experienced and enjoyed. This isn’t just another CD, this isn’t just another collection. This is Roger Smith and this is Just Another Day.

Get it now on Amazon.com.

JWhite – Fearless

Every artist ever to hit the Billboard chart has stories of struggle, heartbreak, challenges, frustration, doubt and thoughts of giving up on a career as a recording artist. Soul-jazz saxophonist JWhite, a newcomer to the Billboard Top 20 with the summer single, “Driven,” is no different. After some reflection, he decided to pursue his dreams fearlessly, inspiring the title to his third collection, “Fearless,” which drops September 13.

“I have overcome so many obstacles and setbacks. I’ve thought about giving up many times. I’ve come across many other artists who have the same challenges and discouraging moments. However, I decided that I was going to ignore it all and choose to be fearless in my pursuit. No excuses. No public complaining. Just play hard, play with passion every single time and let God do the rest,” said JWhite, a Detroit native who resides in Phoenix.

JWhite had a hand in writing and producing all eight songs that comprise the “Fearless” EP. He previewed the forthcoming set with “Driven,” a midtempo urban contemporary groove that he wrote and produced with drummer Jeff Canady on which the hornman plays his alto sax fervently. Continue reading

Euge Groove – Slow Jams

The well known and popular saxophonist Euge Goove has released this year a collection of slow ballads under the title Slow Jams on the label Shanachie Entertainment. Unlike previous releases, this collection, which is only available for download, mp3-album or streaming, is not documented or promoted.

It is a collection of already released recordings, so that it is most notably of interest to listeners who are not yet in possession of his albums. First track of this compilation is Slow Jam taken from the album Born 2 Groove (2007). The eponym of the set indicates the direction, sensitive, tender, harmonious.

On Rain Down On Me from Got 2 Be Groovin’ (2014) Euge takes a different approach. Already the piano intro of almost two minutes promises meaningfulness. With Peter White on acoustic guitar and Euge on sax we hear some high-caliber.

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Pani – Alone Set

Hailing from Argentina guitarist Pani converge diverse musical styles, unified by hip hop and groove. The recording of Pani, who performed the complete album alone, needed over a month.

Alone Set is available for download only at CDBaby.

Ķiss Attila Band – Straight On

The Ķiss Attila Band was founded by Attila Kiss composer-guitar player in 2008. They play jazz, smooth jazz, soul funk and Latino style music. Their new album Straight On is colorful and energetic music played with the elements of jazz, soul, funk groove and Latin rhythms as they blends into exciting tunes under the creative hands of the band leader.

Straight On is available for download only on CDBaby.

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