Archive for the ‘ Smooth Jazz ’ Category

Bevin Turnbull – Clocktime

Bevin Turnbull is composer, educator, pianist at the Bronx Renaissance Community Theater. He works with musicians, actors and dancers of all ages. They do concerts, workshops and private lessons. Bevin’s principal instrument is piano, but he also plays trumpet, drums and violin. Among his plethora of releases are Invisible Man (2006), New Jazz City (2006), Songs for Singers (2006), SETLIST (2006), TARAH’S 1st Christmas (2006), Mmvii (2007), Begin The Beguine (2009), and Ost Soundtrack (2011).

His newest album is titled Clocktime (2018). This is Bevin’s 10th! The sound is progressive, mostly jazzy electronic colors combined w/ acoustic piano and live drums. The female vocalist sings with smooth control and sophistication. This album is timeless like a classic well-directed and performed film.

We discovered this gem on CDBaby.


Al Turner – This Is

“The Burner” Al Turner, bass player exceptional, has released after It’s Good To Have Friends (2005), Movin’ (2009), Sunny Days (2011) and Simply Amazing (2015) this year his fifth album This Is. The cover is taken from a photo captured on a concert in Wilmington.

Marlon McClain, Tom Braxton, Ron Otis, Dana Davis, Darryl Wakefield, Calvin Rodgers, Jeff Canady, Monty Q. Pollard, Mark Mitchell, Jordache Grant, Darryl Dixon, Rick Watford, Melvin Jones, Mike Burton, Shedly Abraham, Gino Castillo and Eric Willis are listed in the credits of the new album.

The album goes into position with the affirmative This Is. In a fast race of instruments the dynamic melody crystallizes. The bass also gives the fast beat of the following piece Sunrise. There is an infectious almost captivating funky spirit that inspires the instruments involved.

Read more …

William Green – Mind Rush

William Green is an extraordinary musical artist that captures and expresses the sentiments of a generation. He is continuously expanding his horizons to make an impact on society by creating a union between music and life. Through his music, he has allowed different genres of contemporary jazz, rhythm and blues, pop and gospel to integrate into a new and unique form.

A full-time musician, composer, songwriter and producer, Green is passionate about his piano, and he puts his heart and soul into his performances. He delivers funky, upbeat, soulful and contemporary jazz sounds, and exudes unforgettable stage appeal and showmanship. He possesses one of those rare, “instant classic” voices — forceful, yet gentle. Green’s music is beautiful, lyrically refreshing, vocally and melodically unique, timeless, rich and jazzy. His previous three albums, possessed an exceptionally well-composed body of original songs, written and produced by Green. “I pride myself on creating timeless music that can be shared with the world for a lifetime. It’s important to me to create timeless music because of recognizing the lack of musical integrity that now exists in the music industry,” says Green. He has written and produced for numerous artists.

Mind Rush  is a collection of musical pieces that provide music for the mind, body and soul. It is designed to make the listener take a moment to think about their lives, their accomplishments, as well as their goals.

Get this album on CDBaby.

James Dawkins – Phenomenon

James “JD” Dawkins Jr. is an accomplished musician, composer, songwriter, and producer. James was born and raised in Miami, Florida. James Dawkins plays several different instruments including bass guitar, drums, trumpet, lead guitar, and B3 organ. Dawkins developed his soulful rich sound from influences such as Herbie Hancock, Stevie Wonder, Chic Corea, and the Average White Band just to name a few. His unique sound is a combination of Jazz, Soul, R&B and Gospel genres.

In 2015 he released his debut Smooth Jazz album titled Smile For Me which is still in rotation on Smooth Jazz and Contemporary Jazz radio networks across the country/world. When the James Dawkins Band is not touring, he actively serves as the music director for various artists and organizations throughout Los Angeles. His sophomore album is entitled A Jazzy Christmas.

His eclectic soulful jazz can be heard in his latest single, Miami Bossa, as part of his album PhenomenonJames Dawkins’ third studio release. Early recordings began in early 2017 until June 2018 and released on August 3rd, 2018. There were many obstacles and alterations in between as well as last minute additions that brought this album to where it stands now. The fusion of jazz, funk and soul make the album a unique instrumental masterpiece. The album features vocals from Lady Blakkbyrd, David Olivieri and JeRonelle (who recently was a contestant on the show “The Four”). Many amazing musicians filled the feel good album with musical notes complimenting James’ keyboard playing. On drums we have Matias Menarguez & Nat Stokes, guitar with Hubie Wang, Tremaine Young & Andrew Paiva, and a special feature from saxophonist Donald Hayes. This album has been detailed from beginning to end where it takes you on a musical journey. We hope it finds your ears.​

This album is available on iTunes.

Nate West – Uninhibited

Who is Nate West? He is a worshipper, musician, songwriter, composer, Husband, father and devoted friend. Coming from a musical family, Nate West exemplifies the meaning of his name, gift of God. Nate’s Saxophone voice has developed over the years into a desirably rich, earthy and robust sound. His unique musical style and tone has evolved from listening to mentors such as that of Grover Washington Jr, David Sanborn, Gerald Albright, Kirk Whalum, Everette Harp, and many others. His Gospel roots is most likely why you will hear a lot of soulful expressions in his playing. He’s telling a story about how good God is.

Some would say his sax sounds as if he singing words as opposed to just playing notes and melodies. You won’t hear a lot of flashy, fast saxophone technique as you sometimes hear from some modern- day saxophonist. But, what you will hear are very selective, expressive notes that say something to your spirit, soul, & body. Nate says he wants his listeners to experience the emotions he’s feeling at any given moment. Nate showcases his God given talents on and off the stage, which he has auspiciously shared the stage with Najee, Fred Hammond and the Father of Gospel Jazz, Ben Tankard to name a few.

Uninhibited is an eclectic mix of Jazz, Gospel, funk, Reggae, Inspirational, R&B, and soul. On this project Nate solicited help from some notable artists such as World-renown, multi-instrumentalist Saxophonist Gerald Albright, who played bass on a funky track Nate wrote as a tribute to him as one of his main influences. That track is titled appropriately, ME & “G”. Other notables, are Walter Beasley, and Pieces of a Dreams Bassist Dave Dyson laying down a funky bass line on the title cut Uninhibited. Rounding out the notable guess artist is former Ledisi Musical Director keyboardist Anthony Walker, who is featured on several tracks.

You can find this gem on CDBaby.

Four80East – Four On The Floor

The Toronto-based electro-jazz duo Rob DeBoer and Tony Grace have bundled their creative activities in the formation Four80East. They started with The Album in 1997, followed by Nocturnal (2001), Round Three (2002), En Route (2007), Roll On (2009), Off Duty (2012), Biblotheca (2013), and Positraction (2015). In 2014 they released the album Four80East LIVE and in 2016 a limited vinyl collection Cherry Picked.

Their new EP Four On The Floor is a musical business card inspired by their early days as House producers. The duo is joined on two tracks by vocalists CeCe Peniston and Wade O. Brown.

The title track is a highly danceable rhythm enhanced groovy tune with a savory horn background. The rhythm guitar is inspired by Nile Rodgers (Chic) and together with the steady hook line Four80East presents an ultimate dance floor hit.

Read more …

Urban Groove Session – Urban Groove Session

Japanese smooth jazz unit Urban Groove Session have released their debut album Urban Groove Session featuring Miho Terachi (sax), and Taichi Minagawa (guitars). This group offers high quality sound from dance-able to smooth jazz music.

The album is on sale at