Archive for the ‘ Smooth Jazz ’ Category

Kayla Waters – Apogee

Contemporary jazz pianist, composer and writer Kayla Waters, the daughter of famous saxophonist Kim Waters, debuts with her first work Apogee (2017) on Trippin N’ Rhythm Records.

Along side of Kayla, Kim was also executive producer for her album. Apogee is another word for the highest point in the development of something, a climax or culmination. For Kayla this album is the first highlight of her musical career. She has written all songs of the CD.

The album was recorded in six days straight. The album has biographical references. So for example Earth Arrival tells the story how Kayla arrives on earth, the point when everything started. The song grows with a constant flow, a springy rhythm and vibrant keyboard works.

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ThaSaint – Touch

touchTouch is all about feeling and getting back in tune musically after losing a lot of music icons in 2016. ThaSaint music is Smooth Jazz with elements of jazz soul, adult contemporary and r&b into a pleasing instrumental sounds that really has no label but to make you feel.

Ronald Jackson from Smooth Jazz Ride describes Touch as an encompassing album of funky up-tempo grooves, soft and soulful caresses, and reflective, unspoken messages — all but one solely performed, recorded, and produced by the keyboardist. It’s a project inspired by the loss of personal and public influences, and it does often have that respectful and deep feel. Get the album here.

Althea René – Unstoppable

Althea René an impassioned flautist from Detroit, Michigan, has been known to mesmerize her audiences with her vivacious captivating performances. This unparalleled artist, born December 25, began her musical career at age four as a classical flautist. She was influenced by the rich talent in her family, among them her father Dezie McCullers, Sr., who performed with many Motown stars.

Smooth jazz flutist Althea Rene made history by becoming the first flute player in the history of Billboard Chart to reach the number one rank with her 2013 hit single “In the Flow”. In collaboration with award winning producer Lew Laing, Althea Rene delivers another solid tour de force. “Gypsy Soul” is the first single release from her powerful, scorching hot CD Unstoppable. The CD will be available at CDBaby in some weeks. Watch out!

Sean U – Electrify

electrifyContemporary jazz pianist and producer Sean Uliasz has performed with his band at numerous venues throughout Connecticut and Massachusetts. Now he reaches out to a wider public with his debut album Electrify (2016).

On his album perform besides Sean (piano, keyboards, synths), Rohn Lawrence (guitar), Steve Clarke (bass), Trever Somerville (drums) and Idalberto Perdomo (percussion). All songs are composed by Sean and produced together with Warren Amerman.

Sean counts Brian Culbertson, Jeff Lorber and David Benoit to his influences. Listening to 60 Miles these idols are evident and striking. Is stylistic proximity a problem now? By no means! The aesthetic brilliance and emotional impact of his work is no less memorable than the music he looks up to.

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Cindy Bradley – Natural

As a female trumpeter Cindy Bradley takes an exceptional position in the smooth jazz genre. With a Bachelor degree in jazz studies and a Master degree in jazz performance she has a solid foundation. While influenced by jazz greats like Freddie Hubbard, Lee Morgan and Blue Mitchell she never stepped into the jazz realm. Smooth jazz is her favorite.

After her self-produced debut album Just A Little Bit (2007) she found connection with the label Trippin’n’Rhythm. Bloom (2009), Unscripted (2011) and Bliss (2014) are the results of a fruitful collaboration. This year follows Natural, available for pre-order at Amazon.com.

Norman Brown – Let It Go

One can feel his vibrant energy, when Norman Brown fiercely performs onstage. Assembling a huge fan community he is one of the shining stars of this genre. All started with his debut Just Between Us (1992), followed by the albums After The Storm (1994),  Better Days Ahead (1996), Celebration (2000),  Just Chillin’ (2002), West Coast Coolin’ (2004),  Stay With Me (2007) and Sending My Love, (2010).

Let It Go, Norman’s inspired debut album for Shanachie Records, has something for everyone, whether an R&B fan or a jazz aficionado. From “Holding You,” his sensuous collaboration with R&B great Chanté Moore and Norman’s re-imagining of the Five Stairsteps classic “Ooh Child” to the smoothly grooving “Remember Who You Are” and the serenely inspired “Let It Go,” Let It Go is Norman Brown at his best.

You can pre-order this album at Amazon.com.

George Anderson – Body And Soul

Celebrated British bassist George Anderson leads an unusual dual musical life. He is, of course, best known for his work with smooth jazz icons Shakatak. He’s a key member of the band – on the road and in the studio. George was also instrumental in co-writing many of Shakatak’s best tunes ….most famously ‘Day by Day’ featuring Grammy award winner Al Jarreau. George was responsible too for co-writing the song ‘Perfect Smile’ which was a smooth-jazz radio play hit in the US for Shakatak in the 90’s.

George, though, also fronts his own band and under his own name he’s released three solo albums… Positivity, Expressions and George Anderson Band… From Cape Town To London. On that latter, our man was brave enough to tackle George Duke’s ‘Brazilian Love Affair’ and Luther Vandross’ ‘Never Too Much’ while his own ‘Back In the Day’ (from ‘Expressions’ and featuring vocals from Debby Bracknell) won George loadsa friends in the modern soul community.

George Anderson is now all set to release a fourth solo set… Body and Soul. The lead single pairs a smooth but tough in places ‘Don’t Waste’ with a grittier ‘Gfunk’. The title of that kinda says it all! Both feature a feisty femme vocal (Mary Pearce) and blistering bass lines. Both auger well for the long player! George Anderson’s ‘Body and Soul’ is out in March 2017 on Secret Records. There’s also a London CD launch gig on March 31st at the capital’s prestigious Hideaway Jazz Club.