Keiko Matsui – Echo

Keiko Matsui personifies an enchanting mixture of Asian charm with distinct virtuosity. Her outward appearance harmonizes ideally with her spiritual music full of emotional power. With more than 35 solo albums she is an integral part of contemporary jazz with a melodious character.

Her new album Echo will be released on Shanachie Entertainment on February 22, 2019. This masterpiece belongs to the most rare albums with an unbelievable star cast of illustrious musicians.

The credits list Jimmy Johnson, Marcus Miller, Rico Belled (bass), Vinnie Colaiuta, Jimmy Branly (drums), Paul Jackson Jr., Tim Pierce, Robben Ford (guitar), Louis Conte (percussion), Randy Waldman (keyboards, programming), Brandon Fields, Kirk Whalum (sax), Nick Lane (trombone), Walt Fowler, Wayne Bergeron (trumpet), Ramon Stagnaro, JP Murao (acoustic guitar), Bud Harner (vocals), and Kyle Eastwood (acoustic bass).

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Shapiro Project – Planet X

Shapiro Project‘s third album features nine original Jazz compositions by guitarist Eugene Shapiro, recipient of two Nevada Arts Council Fellowships in Jazz Compositions, and one original Jazz composition by his brother and drummer Boris Shapiro, recipient of Nevada Arts Council Honorable Mention in Jazz Performance.

Together with keyboardist Brian Triola, who also plays with a Rock Funk group Moksha, and saxophonist Marc Solis, the original band member/musician for Cirque Du Soleil Mystere, the longest running show in Las Vegas, this powerful quartet brings you groovy, soulful, hip Contemporary Jazz Fusion, Smooth Jazz, and Funk tunes that you will want to hear again and again! Recorded in Las Vegas, NV at SchuBox Studio by Tom Schuman of Spyro Gyra who also contributed his keyboard skills to the track “Endearment,” the “Planet X” album is an oasis in the Las Vegas desert.

Relax, sit back, or lay back, and let the Shapiro Project entertain you with their catchy melodies, beautiful, harmonies, smooth grooves, and soulful performance. Get it right from CDBaby.

Jarez – SEXY SAXY Vol. 3

L.A. based saxophonist Jarez has been a non-stop hit machine. He’s been at forefront of an exciting revitalization on the contemporary jazz scene with his explosive blend of soulful jazz and hip-hop. The innovative saxman, who has recorded and toured with music icon Coolio for years, fashions his cool, fashionable and relaxed new EP SEXY SAXY Vol. 3. Jarez sets the funk aside for a set of silky and sensual romantic mood setting originals.

Jarez goal is to create the finest quality entertainment possible that reflects musical integrity and expands musical awareness. Jarez creates entertainment that is uplifting and enlightening, by satisfying the needs and interests of music lovers.

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U-Nam – Future Love

Sometimes the making of music can be uplifting. At other times it can simply be entertaining. Yet in the case of Future Love, the brand new release from writer, producer and guitarist extraordinaire Emmanuel “U-Nam” Abiteboul the activity has been nothing short of cathartic.

From the debris of a complicated divorce that occurred in Autumn of 2018, this musical trendsetter with nine Top30 Billboard hits to his name has used the creative process to purge the emotions and relieve the tensions that for a while hung heavily upon him. Not only that, with the title Future Love he is making a bold statement as to what might come next, a message that particularly resonates through the zesty title cut which also happens to be the first single serviced to radio.

Indeed with eleven of his own compositions plus two sublimely selected covers “Future Love” shines with an optimism for the future that U-Nam clearly has. That said, far from being guilty of self-indulgence, he remains totally focused on the detail that invariably makes U-Nam’s music special. This extends to the way he deploys live drums throughout and real strings for songs such as “Changes” and the dazzling “Good Old Days” that come courtesy of Maria Grig on violin and viola. Continue reading

Norman Johnson – The Art Of Life

Kingston, Jamaica born guitarist Norman Johnson was inspired by guitar players like George Benson, Wes Montgomery, and Earl Klugh to learn this instrument. If Time Stood Still was his solo debut on the label Pacific Coast Jazz in 2010. Soon followed Get It While You Can (2013) and this year The Art Of Life.

On his new album he plays guitar, bass, piano, vocals, programming and is accompanied by Alex Nakhimovsky, Mitch Chakour (piano), Grayson Hugh, June Bisantz (vocals), Atla DeChamplain, Lisa Marien, Polly Messer (background vocals), Bill Holloman (horns), Chris Herbert, John Mastroianni (sax), Steve Davis (trombone), Jeffrey Holmes (trumpet), Matt Dwonszyk (bass), and Ed Fast (drums).

The album begins with Slide. This is a particular technique for playing the guitar that is often used in blues-style music. In this case the title is simply describing the dance moves as often mentioned by other critics.

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Ivan Litvinov – Fine Living

Fine Living is original instrumental music in the Lounge and Smooth jazz styles by Russian composer Ivan Litvinov. It’s easy listening music tracks that sounds optimistic, gently, sexy and makes you enjoy, dream and relax. This album features the best 9 lounge music tracks of Russian composer Ivan Litvinov.  Most of them are played live. Beautiful electric guitar playing and warm relaxing sounding are common for all tracks. There are different instruments used – electric guitar, piano, flute, drums, and percussion – to make different sounding and mood – urban, big city’s atmosphere.

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Monzell Dunlap – Turquoise and Blue

Born in Wadesboro, North Carolina on May 26, 1969, Monzell Dunlap first started playing saxophone at age 11 and from there developed his skills on the drums. Although musically inclined at an early age, Monzell explored visual art, creative writing and mass technology at Appalachian State University earning a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology.

Monzell has completed various independent jazz fusion projects and numerous creative writing ventures including 2bfilms screenplay projects (www.2bfilms.com). Monzell is now a published author, “Poetessential: Thoughts of a Man” and is involved in community and youth advancement projects across the Southeastern United States through Direct Action Media Academy, Inc., a grassroots non-profit organization formed in 2008 for the education and development of individuals, businesses and communities.

His new project is Turquoise and Blue and available as download on CDBaby.

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