Ronny Smith – Raise The Roof

Baltimore based jazz guitarist Ronny Smith is certainly one of the most underrated guitarist in music history. Often compared with George Benson, Wes Montgomery and Joe Pass he has since long time developed his own significant style.

That this unique style appeals the audience, shows the huge amount of releases like Long Time Comin (2001), Laid Back (2002), Got Groove (2006), Simply Stated (2007), Just Groovin (2009) and Can’t Stop Now (2013). Shake It Up (2017) is his essential return with a special twist.

Ronny is now on the Skytown Records label and his first album is Raise The Roof. You can pre-order this album on Amazon.com.

Chris Standring – Real Life

Jazz guitarist Chris Standring is one of the rare guitarists, which have been blessed with significant success. Toughly earned, this success rests on numerous pillars. Chris knows the music business and runs his own record label. He seeks collaboration with other artists. And remains on everyone’s lips through numerous appearances and record releases. In the end, however, it is his style with high recognition value that distinguishes him from other musicians.

His new album Real Life (2020) fits seamlessly into this chain of success. Chris performs on his new project guitars, keyboards and programming. He is accompanied on selected tracks by Andre Barry (bass), Chris Coleman, David Karasony (drums), Mitchel Forman (acoustic piano), Ronnie Gutierrez (percussion), Kevin Axt (upright bass), Hans Zermulen, Matt Rhode (Fender Rhodes), Iris Almario (handclaps), Vanessa Haynes (vocals), and Lauren Christy (background vocals).

Is There A Doctor In The House? With this provocative question, which today even implies political meaning, Chris titles his introductory song. What sounds like the harmonic intro chorus of Take 6 is based on a finely programmed vocal sample. In earlier time we called Chris’ guitar style acid jazz, meanwhile it’s the sonic highlight of every event.

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Chase Huna – Life Of The Party

Chase Huna always had a love for jazz and a love for the saxophone.  He began playing at age 10 and by age 14 was already on stage at Spaghettini Seal Beach. From La Quinta, CA and recently out of high school,  his newest single is co-written and produced by Grammy winning guitarist/producer Paul Brown. His first CD “On the Chase” with 10 upbeat and moving songs co-written and produced by music great and hit maker Steve Oliver, has quickly made its way up the charts.  After turning 19 in June, Chase is ready and looking forward to a career in composing, recording and touring.  Along with the many jazz festivals lined up for this year, he can still be found making special appearance performances in the Palm Springs/Palm Desert area.

His new album Life Of The Party is coming January 17, 2020.

Lou Guldemond – That’s It!

Lou Guldemond  is a self-taught guitarist from Netherlands with a wide track record. Lou’s great inspiration is Jan Akkerman, furthermore he is particularly influenced by the great fusion guitarists of the seventies such as Lee Ritenour, Larry Carlton and Eric Gale. In the Duin and Bollenstreek, Lou became famous in the late seventies with the bands “First Love” and “Bahama Bambu”. In the 80s and 90s he played, among other things, in fusion group Top Secret (ao Toon Roos) and Batida (ao Josée Koning). In the late 90s, his focus shifted more to soul and funk. At the time, he played with the world famous soul group Sister Sledge and in the following seasons he did three theater tours with Big, Black & Beautiful.

In 2012, Lou releases his highly anticipated solo album “That’s It!”, A funky fusion production with the crème de la crème of the Dutch studio scene. Since December 2012, Lou has been playing with the successful Nu-Jazz Big Band “Licks & Brains” based on saxophonist Rolf Delfos (ao Jazzinvaders).

This album is available for the first time on CDBaby.

Club des Belugas – Strange Things Beyond the Sunny Side

Club des Belugas is one of the leading lounge & nujazz projects in Germany, perhaps in Europe. They combine Contemporary European Lounge & Nujazz Styles with Brazilian Beats and American Black Soul of the fifties, sixties and seventies, using their unique creativity and intensity. Since 2002 they released 11 studio albums, a 2CD live album, a live DVD, 12 singles and 1 EP.

The new album Strange Things Beyond the Sunny Side presents vocals by Maya Fadeeva, Anna-Luca, Antoine Villoutreix, Ashley Slater and Iain Mackenzie.

Get the album on Amazon.com.

Chris Standring – Real Life

One of contemporary urban jazz s most prolific hitmakers since the late 90 s with 13 Billboard Top 10 singles and 6 #1 s, Chris Standring takes the opportunity on his 13th solo album to acknowledge the sometimes-harsh twists and turns of Real Life. Yet rather than give into circumstances beyond his control, the British born, L.A. based guitarist offers a truly uplifting way forward on this joyful soul-jazz infused retro-flavoured set.

This album will officially be released on March 30, 2020. You can however pre-order the album now on Amazon.com.

Randy Parsons – Maybe I’m Running Away

Randy Parsons was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee and spent his first two years on nearby Signal Mountain. Despite his southern origins, however, he grew up in New England and spent his adult life in and around New York City. He now lives in East Hampton, New York, among the farm fields, ocean beaches, working people and tourists of eastern Long Island. Randy has performed as a singer, on acoustic and electric guitar and electric bass, his focus now however is on writing and recording primarily for film and tv with his friends and collaborators: Marlon Saunders, Lorraine Ferro, John Margolis, Nancy Atlas, George Wurzbach, Mike Mandel, Lauren Coen, Tim Buppert, Johnny Blood, Richie Rosch, John Ludlow, Devon Leaver and Robert Stern.

Randy has five CD’s: City and the Sky (1977), Right from the Start (1999), Go Ahead and Love Someone (2002), Morning Sky (2009), and Maybe I’m Running Away (2019). Randy’s song “Sweet Motion” was given an Honorable Mention as one of 56 finalists out of 6000 entries in the 2003 CMT/NSAI song contest; “Morning Sky,” won first place in the Boston Folk Festival songwriting contest in 2005. His songs and acoustic guitar pieces support various film and tv productions: “Lucia Walk on The Beach” was used in the ABC Family hit series, Falcon Beach, and, his guitar instrumental “Sag Harbor Blues” was included in the Public Television series, Roadtrip Nation.

Maybe I’m Running Away offers smooth, warm, sexy, melodic, well crafted songs with female vocals, and two instrumentals, with alto sax solos, pop, Bossa nova and jazz influences. Available for download only at CDBaby.