Archive for the ‘ Smooth Jazz ’ Category

Threestyle – Smooth Ride

Magdalena Chovancova (sax. flute), Robert Fertl (guitar, bass, drum programming, keyboards), and Gabriela Chovancova (drums and vibraphone) are the Munich based group Threestyle. Their breeding ground for artistic production is the label Welovemusic Records. In the smooth jazz section the group already released Feel The Vibe (2012), Get It (2014) and Road To Montery (2016).

On their newest project Smooth Ride (2017) they are joined by a stellar compilation of top notch musicians. Among them are Lew Laing, Paul Brown, Nils, Jeff Carruthers, Robert Vally and many more.

The album starts with A Little Longer, which the same time also represents their first single. Cuddly and lithe is the sound of Magdalena’s saxophone embedded in Paul Brown’s smooth arrangement of the highest level. Smoothjazz.com broadcasts live from Monterey, California. The broadcasting studio is just a few hundred meters from the beach. Road to Monterey is Threestyle’s tribute to this great institution featuring Nils on guitar.

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Charley Langer – Happy Hour

happy-hourA classically-trained saxophonist, Charley Langer developed his technique under such masters of the instrument as Vincent Gnojek, Douglas Masek, and Laura Hunter. His experience includes numerous live venues, television, and radio; as well as performances with notables Morton Gould, John Adams, Zita Carno, the Pacific Symphony Orchestra, and others. After having been a contributing performer on numerous independent recordings, Charley has released his debut solo CD, Never the Same (2009).

His new album Happy Hour (2017) was produced by Nils, who also performs on all tracks. Further known artists of the smooth jazz genre on this album are Nate Harasim, Johnny Britt, Reggie McBride, Alex Al, Darryl Williams and more. The album is available at CDBaby.

Dar’rell Green – After Party

16473890_1176295199106199_733791880768972484_nWriter. Performer. Producer. Entertainer. Saxman. From putting down his own words and sounds to developing other artists, Dar’rell Green represents the best of what is music and the music business. The smooth, strong sounds of his art embody not only his presence in this business but also in life. Dar’rell B Green brings his style of “New Jack Jazz” to main stream, so,so,so, funky and a true entertainer, Darrell B is bringing it to you like you know he would. 2017 is my year says D Green this New CD is blazing , and when he comes to your city believe me you will know that Darrell B Green is leaving his footprint on the Groove.

The new album After Party is available at CDBaby.

Rick Braun – Around The Horn

Trumpet player Rick Braun is one of the most popular musicians of the smooth jazz genre. After his previous escapades to Holiday Jazz (Swingin’ In The Snow) and Swing (Sings With Strings) he returned to smooth jazz with Can You Feel It. Around The Horn (2017) holds the horns tighter than tight.

Guest musicians on the new album are John Stoddart (keys, vocals, synth bass), Gerey Johnson, Peter White (guitar), Third Richardson (drums), Lindsey Webster (vocals), Til Brönner (trumpet), Ron Reinhardt (keys, bass), and Kenny Wild (bass). Rick performs trumpet, flugelhorn, valve trombone, keys and synth bass.

The album starts with the bright and breezy So Strong. A Latin flow with some Jobim/Mendes and Herb Alpert feeling and a flavored turn around some Tower Of Power harmonies.

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PXXL – A Fine Blue Line

a-fine-blue-lineWelcome to the PXXL playground! Like any good playground, there are a variety of ways to have fun and take risks. Come joins us during our favorite time of the day — a recess where we can take risks, play, and grow. PXXL are Myrick Crampton (composer, tenor sax, alto sax, bari sax, alto flute, bass flute, and clarinet), Jacob Ungerleider (keyboards), Nate Bernard (bass) and C.J. Wolfe (percussion).

On their second CD, PXXL doubles down with still more original Jazz. Plenty of blues interspersed with dreamy ballads and post-impressionistic bebop. A Fine Blue Line is available on USA’s finest platform for independent artists and progressive labels, CDBaby.

Daniel Chia – In The Moment

Singapore based saxophonist Daniel Chia is boarding the smooth jazz scene with a stroke of genius. He has hired the best crew that can be found for the production of his first work In The Moment (2017).

With Paul Brown as the producer and co-writer on his side the list of participating musicians is reading like a Who-is-who of the branch. The album has a sonic jump start with Cali Style. The casual lounge style shows us the impeccable handwriting of guitarist Paul Brown. Daniel’s sax performance seamlessly integrates in the overall high-level interpretation.

The second track is aptly titled Retro, a reference to the Motown sound underlined by the rhythm and the instrumental environment of Carl Burnett, who knows the roots from his personal experience.

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Myron Phausterchyld Foster – The Way I Hear It

the-way-i-hear-itAs a musician, christian preacher, and producer Myron “Phauster-Chyld” Foster hopes that when you hear his music first you enjoy it, then be encouraged by it, and ultimately become inspired to press forward in your life and enjoy everyday you are given! He comments:”After 20 years of playing bass as a sideman (which I still love to do) its time for me to step out front and share with the world “The Way I Hear it!” This album is going to have a little something for everyone and I’m so very glad to share this music with my Smooth/Gospel Jazz family. Great grooves, heartfelt solos, awesome guest appearances, and so much more!”

The Way I Hear It awaits you at CDBaby.