Stephen Pender – Out of My Element

Stephen Pender, a native of Wilson, NC, is a multi-instrumentalist, artist, clinician, and producer. His attention to detail, eagerness to perfection and heart for God has allowed him to take his gift nationally as an accompanist as well as an artist. While he began playing gospel music, he has expanded his musical genre to jazz, rhythm and blues, classical, etcetera. He has been the musician for Stellar Award-winning artists and national competitive choirs.

Pender released his first extended play, The Art of Expression, Vol. 1, which includes a combination of hymns and original compositions, in July 2014. In December 2014, he presented the first annual A SAPhisticated Christmas Concert and released his first Christmas album, which includes Christmas music from the concert. Pender is looking forward to presenting shows and events to give back to his community and assist in giving those who are less fortunate life-changing opportunities.  His new album Out of My Element is a fresh, new sound from an artist who will captivate the heart and soul of the listener.

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Demetrice Everett – Life

Versatile drummer Demetrice Everett is known by his stage name “Meatdadrummer”, which is also the name of his website. He is influenced by dynamic drummers such as Buddy Rich, Dennis Chambers, Dave Weckl, Calvin Rodgers, Will Kennedy, John Robert, Vinnie Colaiuta, Calvin “Coon” Napper, George “Spanky” McCurdy, Chris Coleman and his mentor Jeremy Haynes.

He already performed on albums by Paul Whitley (Come Groove With Me), Sam Hankins (Do That Thang), Marcus Anderson (Style Meets Substance) and David McLorren (Reesonz). His debut solo album is Life (2017).

Featured artists on his first project are saxophonist Marcus Anderson, guitarists Dan Jost, Darnell Taylor, Jonathan DuBose, Kevin Wilson, Rob Barcarrosa, bassists Reginald Jessup, Ashley Doe, Bernard Harris, keyboardists Bertron Curtis, Nile Hargrove, vocalists Marcus Cole, Tyra Scott and rap singer Aniya Williams among others.

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Alex Hahn – Emerging

It’s fresh. It’s invigorating and at the same time calming. It’s Alex Hahn’s sophomore release, Emerging (2017). The title could be a testimony of the recording artist’s status. The sound culls elements of jazz, symphony, cinema and instrumental soul.

Hahn plays alto and soprano saxophones. Other musicians are Ramsey Castaneda, tenor saxophone; Jon Hatamiya, trombone; Simon Moullier, vibraphone and synth; Paul Cornish, piano; Logan Kane, acoustic bass; Colin McDaniel, drums; Connor Kent, percussion; and The Andrew Tholl Strings.

“Long Ago” opens softly with a moderate piano. The soprano comes, soon after joined by other instruments. With the trombone and sax blending, the mood quickly warms up, enhanced by the thunderous play of McDaniels. Things then settle down for a lively, yet tranquil theme. With Hahn out front on the alto, piano, bass and drum fill between phrases, resembling a call and response but with other voices whispering across the room. Hahn really stretches out on this piece, and as his mood becomes more intense, the supporting players become more of soundscape. Mouller then takes point on the vibes. The horns come back during the climax, setting up a return to the main theme and the fade.

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Lin Rountree – Stronger Still

Chicago based trumpet player Lin Rountree started his solo career in 2006 with the album Groovetree, followed by Sumthin’ Good (2008), Soul-Tree (2011) and Serendipitous (2013). Soulfunky (2015) is his fifth album and the second for CutMore Records.

Stronger Still the new CD from Trippin N’ Rhythm recording artist Lin Rountree features some of the Industry’s hottest artists and producers and is set to release February 9, 2018. The first single “Pass The Groove” produced by Michael Broening is currently one of the hottest songs in Contemporary Jazz and is flying up the National Billboard Charts.

You can pre-order the album on Amazon.com.

Chris Godber – Momentum

momentumHailing from Panama City, Florida saxophonist Chris Godber has already four solo albums to his discography. He started his career with Will You Be Mine? (2007) followed by One Breath At A Time (2009), My Offering (2011) and in 2013 Where Are You CHRISTmas.

On his albums he performs soprano, alto and tenor saxophones in addition to the piano, keyboards, and acoustic guitar, drum programming and what you heard toting up. His newest album Momentum was released January 15, 2018.  You can order the album at CDBaby.

Thumper & Generation One – On Top of The Covers

On Top of The Covers is the 10th CD from Thumper & Generation One. Craig Thumper Samuels, the multi-instrumental, award-winning, international recording artist from Omaha Nebraska’s one and only 1 man band is the mastermind behind the band. This monster musical genius and founder of JADA (Jazz Against Domestic Abuse) blends Rock, Gospel, Funk, Jazz, Pop, R&B, and many other styles together and adds a little spice of his own to produce his own sound, the O-ZONE sound.

Samuels comments: “This CD is a tribute to some of the artists who inspire me to do positive and inspiring things to help others who I can inspire in any positive way I can. 7 Tracks of Smooth Jazz covers. Plus, There are 3 original bonus tracks never before heard”. Get this album on CDBaby.

Langston Hughes – The Dream Keeper

Spoken word meets the ivory as Eric Mingus joins forces with David Amram, Larry Simon and an assortment of session musicians. Langston Hughes: The Dream Keeper (Mode Records, 2017) presents the American poet/novelist/activist/playwright’s words in musical form.

The players are Mingus, vocals; Amram, piano; and Simon, guitar and music director. Additional players on “The Dream Keeper” and “In Time of Silver Rain”: Don Davis, alto sax, contra-alto clarinet; Catherine Sikora, soprano sax; Cynthia Chatis, Native American flute; Scip Gallant, Hammond organ; Chris Stambaugh, bass; Mike Barron, drums; Shawn Russell and Frank Laurino, percussion. On “Daybreak in Alabama”: Sikora, soprano sax; Barron, drums; Russell and Laurino, percussion. Democracy has Davis again on contra-alto sax; Sikora on soprano; and Cynthia Chatis, flute. Simon’s only appearance is on “Border Line.” And Gallant comes back on Hammond organ for “Railroad Avenue.”

Mingus speaks briefly to start “The Dreamer.” The organ steps in, followed by other instruments, creating a haunting soundscape. After the instruments set the mood, Mingus recites again. “Bring me all your dreams,” he says. Davis’ contra-alto emerges for a meandering solo. Chatis follows and closes out the track.

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