Archive for the ‘ Smooth Jazz ’ Category

Carl Cox – Feelin’ Fine

Carl Cox is a freelance touring saxophonist/recording artist/educator from Southern Jersey. Carl is the full-time Music Director at Deptford High School. He continues to actively tour and perform around the country and locally. Carl is a founding member of Breckerville and has contributed compositions to the group’s repertoire.

His new album is entitled Feelin’ Fine and available at his website.

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David Davis – Dig It!

Raised and born in Connecticut saxophonist David Davis emphasizes the fact that the greatest work of his life are his two daughters, whom he lovingly addresses as a family man.

In second place his solo albums are to be mentioned, as there are his debut, the Christmas album The Reason For The Season (1998), Can’t Get Enough Of Your Love (2000), This Christmas, a Christmas album with Hartford’s vocalist, Charmagne (2001), Reparations, a compilation with various artists from Connecticut. Further albums are Smile (2006), Song Of David (2007), Pop Droppin It (2008), and An R&B Edge (2008).

His 9th full-length album Dig It! will be released January 18th, 2018, ten years after his previous projects. His new album features singer Elizabeth Dellinger, guitarist Rohn Lawrence, bassist Lawrence White and several guest musicians on selected tracks.

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Eban Brown – Summertime in Tokyo

Hailing from Newark, NJ, Harold Eban Brown is a world-renowned guitarist, composer and singer. Motivated by strong family support and a firm belief in God, Eban exhibited a gift for music at an exceptionally early age. Eban began playing guitar and singing with several gospel groups by age seven and as he became older his interest in studying jazz guitar was influenced by Wes Montgomery, George Benson, David T. Walker, Larry Carlton, Grant Geissman, George Duke, and Bobby Caldwell. It was during this time that Eban Brown, realized another gift, that of a songwriter. In 1991, Eban Brown became the lead vocalist for his idol artist group RAY, GOODMAN & BROWN (better known as The MOMENTS). Although Eban was originally chosen to sign on as the group’s guitarist, instead, he was instantly moved to the front line to sing with his idol group. The founding members thought his physical characteristics were too young at the time to take promotional photos for marketing, so he continued to perform with the group for two and a half years. Later Eban would become a member of the one-time Grammy-Award winning group; The MANHATTANS (featuring Gerald Alston and Blue Lovett) his stay was very short lived due to future accomplishments.

In 1993, Eban became the lead vocalist of the DELFONICS, and was the first lead vocalist of the DELFONICS to be inducted into the 98.7 KISS FM HALL OF FAME, in New York City, the NAACP HALL OF FAME, in Atlanta, GA and in 1996, received a NAACP award for his accomplishments as lead vocalist of The DELFONICS. The Delfonics, which featured Wilbert Hart, Major Harris and Eban Brown, has dazzled fans overseas, as well as the United States. In 1995, with the DELFONICS, Eban recorded a live album “Wil Hart and The DELFONICS live in Chattanooga, TN which was considered one of the group’s most treasured recordings. In April 2000, with great anticipation, Brown became the lead vocalist of the world-renowned STYLISTICS, following Mr. Russell Thompkins Jr., the original lead vocalist. As it stands, Eban is the youngest Classic Soul recording artist in the History of Classic Soul Music.

His solo projects are Master Suite (2002), Restless Soul (2004), Exit 15 (2006), Determinism (2009), and Summertime in Tokyo (2014). This album is on sale at Amazon.com.

FlunkOut – Good Sh*t Man

FlunkOut brings a groovy, laid-back yet spicy musical experience, with balanced elements of jazz, fusion, blues, funk, rock and ballads. Raised with and inspired by the likes of Jeff Lorber, Herbie Hancock, Spyro Gyra and Fourplay, the band brews its unique sound with a mix of old-fashioned craftsmanship, super-tight riffs and the ever-present groove.

Good Sh*t Man is their debut album, the first “shot” so to say and shows FlunkOut’s versatile and diverse dedication to the groove. It takes you from funky blues to symphonic jazz, from their earlier released singles (Flunk Out!, Coffee Break) to a flunky arrangement of Barry Gray’s “Thunderbirds Theme” (used by permission of Sony/ATV Music Publishing (UK) Limited. All rights reserved.)

They welcomed working with internationally acclaimed rhythm-ace Martin Verdonk to record the percussion part on all songs. Groovy fun, ready to share. May the Flunk be with you. Get it right on CDBaby.

JahVelle Rhone – From Dreams To Reality

JahVelle Rhone, a humble young man, gospel minstrel, songwriter, musician, producer, minister, and family man. A brand new artist is known for his contemporary style of music, who is becoming well known for his progressive smooth instrumental style.

His new album From Dreams To Reality is available on iTunes.

Robert Christa – City Lights

German pianist and composer Robert Christa debuted in the smooth jazz genre with his debut album Nightflight To Rio (2015). A highly recommendable masterpiece of instrumental and vocal music. Now he returns with his sophomore project City Lights in 2017.

The very positive impression of the first album is more than confirmed by the second one. Christa performs on the new album Rhodes, synth, bass, percussion, programming and drums. He is accompanied by saxophonist Robert Friedl, vocalists Racquel Roberts, Stephanie Forryan, Chris and Lyn Conary, guitarists Mathias Haase and Tom Reif, bass player Alex Malheiros, and flugelhorn player Simon Plötzeneder.

The album starts with the overwhelming sound collage Secret Places, that reminds me of George Dukes’ intro Genesis from the album IllusionsIllusory Chains elegantly blends Robert Friedl’s saxophone with the enchanting voice of Lyn Conary.

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Al Gomez – Catchin’ a Vibe

Guitarist Al Gomez is referred as one of the most versatile guitarists in Texas…Tejano, country, rock, r&b, jazz, and funk. As a freelance guitarist, Al stays busy working with various groups in Texas. Currently, Al is working in the West Texas area. Some of Al’s influences are Marcos Mendoza (childhood friend), Carlos Santana, Eric Clapton, Brent Mason, Buddy Guy, Robert Cray, Larry Carlton, Lee Ritenour, Pete Anderson, Babyface, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Bruce Conte and most of our current smooth jazz guitarists.

Al’s second studio solo CD Catchin’ a Vibe (Shade Records, released Summer 2016), oozes some of the funkiest grooves around! Catchin’ a Vibe is flowing with great smooth guitar playing and continues Al’s love of classic songs with great vocals and harmonies. Catchin’ a Vibe is still available on CDBaby.