Archive for the ‘ Smooth Jazz ’ Category

Derek Ryan Edwards – 10 West

10-west10 WEST is the debut solo release from smooth jazz saxophonist, Derek Ryan Edwards. This album features ten tracks of all original music with soprano, alto, and tenor saxophones. 10 WEST is inspired by a decade of making music. Based in the Los Angeles area, Derek has performed as a soloist and with various jazz ensembles. He has collaborated with local talent and well as musicians from around the world.

Recommended by Ronald Jackson you can buy this album at CDBaby.

Kirk Fischer – Friends

Life treats keyboardist Kirk Fischer well. During the 70’s he was touring and recording in various bands for almost 10 years. Later he took a job in a piano and organ store, where he met his wife Carol. He put music on hold and pursued education, business, and family. Playing music was not a job anymore and just for fun. Today he works as Associate Professor of Accounting at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor.

During the late 90’s he started performing on weekends and recording in his own home studio. Over the past twenty years he produced some projects and performs today in the locally popular band Touch of Class. Through a kickstarter support for East Bay Soul 2.0 he came in contact with Greg and Andrea Adams.

Greg returned the favor and produced and arranged Kirk’s debut album Friends, which is scheduled for release in February. While Kirk plays the keys, he is surrounded by the following musicians: Herman Matthews (drums), Kay-Ta Matsuno (guitar), Dwayne “Smitty” Smith (bass), Johnny Sandoval (percussion), Greg Adams (trumpet, flugelhorn), Lee Thornburg (trumpet, flugelhorn, trombone), Greg Vail (sax) and the ROQ Goddess String Quartet.

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Chase Huna – On the Chase

onthechaseSaxophone sensation Chase Huna‘s debut album On the Chase was recorded while Chase is still in his teens. It features top billboard artist and producer Steve Oliver. The album features 10 tracks. Pure is the first radio single with a great groove and memorable hooks. Into the Sun features sonic audio soundscapes taking you on a journey.

The album features multi instrumentalist/vocalist Steve Oliver, bassist Eddie Reddick, keyboardist Tateng Kinidig, drummer Eric Valentine and also features a song written around a drum groove that famed drummer Ricky Lawson played, Time Keeper (which was Ricky’s nickname). With well written songs and amazing playing by this young saxophonist this is a wonderful debut album that you can’t stop listening to. A must have!

On the Chase is available at Amazon.com.

Robert Damper – “D“ Tales

Seattle based keyboardist Robert Damper works for Kenny G as musical director and musician since more than 25 years. He performed with Stevie Wonder & Patti LaBelle and jazz greats like Roy Haynes, Jack DeJohnette and Branford Marsalis. Also to mention are his longtime collaborations with Najee, Tony Gable, Acousticsol and the Fatback Band.

“D” Tales is his debut album. Robert comments: “The music is finally at a place that I feel it is done. It’s time to get it out.” The album contains three covers, the rest are self-composed originals. It’s also a tribute to his dear friend and former Kenny G drummer, Bruce Carter, who passed away in 2006. “Bruce played such a vital role on so many of these tracks and he was an incredibly important influence on me and my music,” Damper says, remembering his friend fondly.

Guest musicians on this album are Kenny G, Najee and singer Skyler Jett. The album kicks off with a Spontaneous Epiphany. Enlightened and spiritually Robert builds a theme refining notes into emotional waves. The Oldskool Jam was released as first single in May, 2016. Robert excels on piano with expanding improvisations extensively supported by sax, horns and bass.

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Kenny Wellington – Free Spirit

free-spiritTrumpet player Kenny Wellington was an original founder member of the groups Light Of The World and Beggar & Co and continues to write, arrange, produce and perform. As well as performing and recording with those groups he has recorded, arranged and played live dates with many artists from the different genres of soul, jazz funk, rock and pop. These artists include fine artists such as Tina Turner, Spandau Ballet, Paul Weller, and many others.

The inspiration for this album was to really tip the hat to all those great horn players over the years that have entranced us with the beauty of their music, Donald Byrd, Jimmy Owens, Chuck Mangione, Eddie Henderson, Freddie Hubbard, Miles of course and so many others, the sound of the tenor voices, the flute, trumpet, flugelhorn, vibraphone a touch of strings all in the mix. Kenny has tried to find the balance within, to be able to listen and enjoy, to dance and to chill, to enjoy.

Free Spirit is available at Amazon.com.

Osaru – Stepping Up (The B-Side)

steppingupStepping Up (The B-side) is the alternate version of Osaru‘s latest release, Stepping Up. it features alternate mixes of all 10 songs in a more mellow format. He loses all the backing vocals and replaces them with a variety of mellow instruments. This creates a setting where the listener can interpret the songs in anyway they like. He continues to maintain the groove, with solid, punchy drum and bass lines accompanied by catchy melodic saxophone and keyboard phrasing. All songs are originals, written, arranged, performed, recorded and produced by the Artist. He does most of the mastering on this album.

Be it one of the slower songs like ‘Remember’, the mid-tempo Funk of ‘The Music Train’, or even the contemporary ‘What a Great Day!’, the groove and flow of the album will keep you bobbing your head and tapping your foot. Smooth Jazz featuring saxophone and keyboards. Melodic tenor and soprano saxophone phrasing is complemented by a backdrop of laid back grooves.

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Oli Silk – Where I Left Off

It’s a long way to make a name for itself, when you are a keyboardist from UK. Oli Silk has made the impossible possible and achieved a great reputation as one of the hottest acts in USA.

Although an integral member of the band in Pizza Express, London, he often takes the transatlantic leap to be visible at numerous events in the States.

He has come forward in the smooth jazz scene and the supporting musicians on his new album Where I Left Off (2016) are reading like a Who-is-Who of this genre. Rick Braun, Ryan Jacob (trumpet), Omari Williams, Oscar Seaton Jr., Gordon Cambell and Andrew Small (drums), Dwayne ‘Smitty’ Smith, Orefo Orakwue (bass), Mark Jaimes, Peter White and Nick Colionne (guitar), Joe Becket, Karl Vanden Bossche (percussion), Steve Cole (sax), Athea Rene (flute) and Katie Leone (vocals) are on the guest list.

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