Archive for the ‘ Smooth Jazz ’ Category

Althea René – Live In Detroit

11157362_10206390852351036_372665359661949376_oAlthea René is the first performer in history to have their flute featured single reach the number one ranking on the Billboard Music Chart. The daughter of one of Motown’s original Funk Brothers, she began playing the flute at the tender age of four. She worked for 11 years as a Deputy Sheriff in Wayne County, Michigan (Detroit) before making the leap into a full-time music career.

Arguably the strongest performance ever displayed by a soul-jazz flutist in recent history. Her Detroit-based band delivered the unparalleled funk that made this concert a scorching hot tour de force. Get this remarkable album at CDBaby.

Rocco Ventrella – Another Time

Another TimeThe saxophone player Rocco Ventrella has enjoyed a Grammy Awards Pre-­‐Nomination for Contemporary Jazz Best Album for his 2007 CD Give Me The Groove produced by Bruce Nazarian. Actually Rocco continues to tour the world sharing stage with most respected artists.

His new album Another Time will be released May 13, 2015. Performing artists are Rocco Ventrella, Greg Manning, Darrell Crooks, Adam Hawley, Michele Violante, Terry Wollman, Hussain Jiffry, Andre Berry, Gorden Campbell, Eric Valentine. Lead vocalists are Ilaria De Robertis and Kenya Hathaway.

Mel Holder – Back to Basics: Music Book Volume 2

Back to BasicsGrammy-nominated Producer/Artist/Author/Speaker Mel Holder spreads his ministry through a blend of jazz and gospel, fused with African and Caribbean rhythms. Mel has worked with and shared the stage with the likes of KC & the Sunshine Band, Kirk Franklin, Yolanda Adams and Stevie Wonder. Mel’s call to ministry has opened the door for him to perform at over 150 events every year, touching lives worldwide.

This long-awaited follow-up to the Billboard Top Contemporary Christian Chart entry Now & Forever (Diamante) is an enhanced CD of thirteen songs and a music video from Psalmist Music Group, led by Mel Holder with long-time associate Tony Prendatt (Lauryn Hill, Carlos Santana), and combines dance grooves and gospel melodies with vibrant jazz harmonies. Back to Basics: Music Book Volume 2 is your call at CDBaby.

Thasaint – Tease

teaseThasaint is a producer/musician that has been self producing and honing his craft for more than 25 years. He is an award winning illustrative artist who not only creates by his hands but with his mind. Thasaint creates and produce music for just about any genre with more focus towards Smooth Jazz and Adult Contemporary R&B.

He released his first recording project to the public at the end of 2012 titled Love Confessions and have been putting out projects non stop since. His first album release of 2015 which is 6th project titled Tease. Check this album at CDBaby.

Greg Adams/East Bay Soul – That’s Life

Jazz trumpeter Greg Adams, known by his work for Tower of Power, is now building a new monument with the formation East Bay Soul. Adams has recorded six solo albums, three releases with East Bay Soul and fourteen recordings as a founding member of Tower of Power. That’s Life is his fourth album with the new band.

Greg is joined by Kay-Ta Matsuno, guitar, Joey Navarro, keys, Dwayne “Smitty” Smith, bass, Herman Matthews, drums and Johnny Sandoval, percussion. The horn section consist of Lee Thornburg, trumpet, flugelhorn, French horn and trombone, Johnnie Bamont, alto, tenor and bari sax. Greg Vail, alto and tenor sax.

If one frequently plays with a band, then the recording of a new CD is a flash. Greg say’s꞉ “It’s like looking bliss in the eye. Before you know it, we’ve made a record. It is amazing how it happens.” The album starts powerfully with Little Black Dress. Darryl Walker gives this song his voice and makes it to his own. With Hush Hush Greg Adams presents his muted trumpet in perfect harmony with the horn section. A self-perpetuating piece.

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Wain Jonze – The Associate-Chapter One

The Associate-Chapter OneThe first instrumental CD entitled The Associate/Chapter One by Wain Jonze has a few surprise guest performers such as saxophonists Walter Beasley, Elan Trotman and bassist David Dyson. The style of this project is a newer modern smooth jazz sound you have to hear. As a sideman, Jonze a.k.a. Wayne Richard Jones has been working with many artists and finally is pursuing his own artistic endeavors. Knowing well the role of being a team player has led to a good understanding of what it is to have musical family. Check out this album and be on the lookout for future efforts from this dynamic artist! Definitely more to come!

The new smooth jazz sound is here! Ranging from upbeat dance grooves, funky jams and sensual ballads, guitarist Wain Jonze has finally completed this long awaited effort. Often seen with the Walter Beasley band and many others, he finally steps out! Get it at CDBaby.

John Rafferty – Future More Vivid

FutureMoreVividJohn Rafferty hails from Rosemont, PA, a suburb of Philadelphia. As a youth, John’s interest and love for music grew and he realized quickly that he had a gift for songwriting. He started playing guitar at age sixteen. After learning the guitar, John studied and became accomplished on bass, piano, drums, and harmonica. John found that this knowledge and experience as a multi-faceted instrumentalist helped him explore the depths of his creativity, and freedom in composing songs. Although accepted to the renowned Berklee School of Music in Boston, MA, John chose a private study opportunity that allowed him the flexibility to study with several teachers on multiple instruments.

John Rafferty has collaborated with Atlantic Records and RCA bassist/composer/arranger/producer Dave T; the phenomenal guitarist, Adam Rose; keyboardist Peter Farrell; and a host of other great musicians. John Rafferty has also worked with the very talented vocalist/multi-instrumentalist, Monique Canniere. John’s musical influences are many artists in jazz, blues, funk, and rock, including Larry Carlton, Lee Ritenour, Chic Corea, Stanley Clarke, Marcus Miller, Victor Wooten, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Stevie Ray Vaughn, John Mayer, Jimi Hendrix, Frank Zappa, Steve Vai, John Frusciante and Vincent Gallo.

John Rafferty’s songwriting blends the best of jazz, funk, blues, R&B, and rock, into a sultry, exciting sound, making for a fresh and fun listening experience that he hopes everyone can enjoy. His album is called Futore More Vivid and available at i-Tunes.


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