Brian Dring – Subliminal Criminal

Moving to Connecticut USA at 23, Montreal native Brian Dring played with a variety of bands and studied with smooth jazz pianist Chris Geith who was living in CT at that time. “Studying with Chris inspired me to write songs in the jazz vein, but adding my own experience of playing not only with jazz groups but also R&B, salsa, and reggae bands.”

Subliminal Criminal is his new album featuring touches of Latin jazz, smooth jazz, reggae and acid jazz. “I always keep Montreal in my heart me because I was exposed to a lot of different styles there,” he says. It was at this time that he met the vocalists who would contribute their considerable talents to the vocal tracks on this album.

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CGN Smooth – Diversity

CGN Smooth is the smooth jazz project by Cologne, Germany based guitarist Gerd Doppstadt. Gerd got a Gibson L5 from famous L.A. based guitarist and producer Paul Brown and was infected by the smooth jazz virus. After studying some Jazz Standards at the Jazzhausschule Cologne he started to write his own songs. Guitarists like Paul inspired him in producing a smooth jazz album.

Diversity is the name of the album, which is now available on CDBaby.

Bill Sharpe – Famous People Live

Keyboard virtuoso and composer Bill Sharpe is together with drummer Roger Odell, guitarist Keith Winter and producer Nigel Wright founding member of the famous British group Shakatak. With Roger Odell, singer Jill Saward and bassist George Anderson he is one of the core members of the group.

He is the composer of hits like “Night Birds”, “Invitations”, “Dark is the Night”, “Down on the Street” and “Mr. Manic and Sister Cool”, which define the style of this popular formation.

His solo career is marked by numerous releases such as Famous People (1980), State Of The Heart (1989),Close To My Heart (2006) and successful collaborations with Gary Numan under the name “Sharpe and Gary” (Automatic), Don Grusin (GeographyTransatlantica) and bass player Jah Wobble (Kingdom of Fitzrovia).

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Florin Clonta – Saxoflone

Florin Clonta is a Romanian-Canadian alto saxophonist. He was born and raised in Romania, where he finished also his musical studies, earning a Bachelor of Music degree in music pedagogy from one of the most reputable Romanian conservatories, ”Gheorghe Dima” Music Academy. In 2008, at age 26, Florin moved to Canada where he is performing as a solo artist in diverse areas of Southern Ontario, having also successful collaborations with other musicians on various projects. In March 2018 Florin released Saxoflone, his debut solo album, a perfect balance of laid-back and uplifting tunes, creativity and influences, past and present.

In a career that spans two decades, Florin Clonta has delighted audiences with his performances and dynamic style, but the next chapter of his story is yet to be written… Get his album at CDBaby.

Danny Kusz – Pink!

Minneapolis based saxophonist Danny Kusz was named the hippest jazz cat by Minneapolis/St.Paul Magazine back in 2007 for a reason. His energetic and passionate performances, innovative blend of genres, explosive sound, one-of-a-kind pink inspired brand/style and zest for life truly earns him this title. Danny has carefully crafted and mastered a combination of Prince, The Minneapolis sound and David Sanborn into a truly unique sound that is instantly recognizable. His truly remarkable career has has earned him 2 Los Angeles music awards, multiple Minnesota Music Award nominations, a cover story on The Jazz In M.E.E. January 2016 issue, 3 solo albums and multiple top 10 charting songs.

After being a side man for many years, Danny decided to step front and center in 2014 launching his second solo album SEXY.FUNK VELVET.JAZZ. In 2016, he released Eruption which earned him 3 radio singles and a Top 10 hit song entitled Reanimation. This album featured jazz legends such as Jeff Lorber, Will Donato and Nils. In the fall of 2016, Danny signed with California based record label Innervision Records and released his first single off the label “Can’t Stop the Groove,” which was a top 10 GrooveJazz chart single and was also picked up by Sirius XM and MusicChoice radio. The song was produced and co-written by Grammy® nominated producer and saxophonist Darren Rahn.

His impressive resume has put him on stage with some of the biggest names in Jazz and beyond: Robert Randolph & The Family Band, Joey DeFrancesco, Althea Renee, Adam Hawley, Eric Leeds, Will Donato, N’Dambi, Anthony David, Phil Denny, DW3, Selina Albright, Nils, Lindsey Webster and Bobbly Lyle. Danny has also opened for Morris Day & The Time, Stanley Jordan, Harvey Mason and has headlined multiple festivals and clubs such as The Dakota Jazz Club, The Soiled Dove, Bethesda Jazz Club, Gallery Suite Jazz Series, Catalina Jazz Club, Spaghettini’s, The Jazz Legacy Foundation, The Twin Cities Jazz Festival, Burnsville Jazz Festival, Selby Jazz Festival, Jazz 88.5 Winter Jazz Festival and The Little Apple Jazz Festival. Continue reading

Marcus Slim Shaw – Choice

Marcus “Slim” Shaw, from North Carolina, is one of the funkiest players around. He was the bassist for famous R&B singer Mel Waiters and Blues artist Theodis Ealey. He also sings, plays guitar and drums. Marcus’s plays all styles of music but has a love for R&B, smooth jazz and old school funk.

His debut album is Choice, which offers a distinctive mixture of all above mentioned styles. The album is available on CDBaby.

Vincent Ingala – Personal Touch

Connecticut-born saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist Vincent Ingala did everything right. Still in his twenties he has already released four albums: North End Soul (2010), Can’t Stop Now (2012), Coast To Coast (2015) and Christmas (2016). His new album Personal Touch will be released in April 2018 on the prestigious label Shanachie Entertainment.

He has already performed on a large number of albums of other smooth jazz artists like Peter White (Groovin’), Jay Rowe (Smooth Ride), Chris Geith (Well Tempered Love), Roman Street (Bohemia), Marion Meadows (Soul Traveler), Gregg Karukas (Soul Secrets), Gregg Manning (Dance With You), Nicholas Cole (Endless Possibilities), and Jonathan Fritzen (Magical).

But when it comes to his own album, he likes to keep full control. With the exception of two covers Vincent has written all songs. All instruments, vocals and programming are by Vincent Ingala. Personal Touch surprises with an excellent and innovative keyboard theme, used as platform for Ingala’s tenor saxophone profound performance in a question and answer style.

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