Kwame Prince Kese – Rainy Day

Kwame Prince Kese has already released two albums Moving Forward in 2013 and Lady Marva in 2014. His new album is called Rainy Day. Kame comments: “This is an album i want to uplift people who are down so i way lift their heads up and say there is hope.”

Rainy Day has arrived on CDBaby.

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E-von – E-von

E-von is the pseudonym for Ivan Rafowitz a multi-keyboardist and composer of contemporary music. He began his career in music in the early 70’s and gained notoriety with his work as keyboardist and musical director for the group Lipps Inc. who had the multi-platinum selling song Funkytown. He has shared the stage with many legendary artists such as Bonnie Raitt, Taj Mahal, Eric Gravatt, Cornell Dupree, as well as leading his own successful bands. His son, Adam Rafowitz, a graduate of the Berklee College of Music and an amazing guitarist is featured on this album along with the incredible Kenni Holmen on Sax. Kenni is a first call studio musician, worked for many years with Prince, and is a member of the infamous Horn Heads.

The self-titled album is a melodic keyboard journey woven with guitar and sax into the world of funk, fusion, and smooth jazz. Get this album on CDBaby.

Ilya Netkach – I Am

Kharkov, Ukraine born violinist Ilya Netkach’s love is music. More likely love at second sight, because of the decision to follow the call of music, matured only after he had studied in other subjects. His first project Page Not Found arrived in stores in 2015. During his period in Qatar and Bahrain he composed new songs, which he has released under the title I AM in October 2017.

Ilya performs violin, piano, and keyboards and is accompanied on his new project by Alina Kharchenko on piano (tracks 1, 2 and 4). Not the numerous attempts during the long period of creation of this album are of interest, but the result. On Burned Bridges Ilya performs the violin with burning fervor. Every chord contributes to the emotional character of the piece, whose soul finds itself on string and body with each vibrating tone. Alina Kharchenko leaves it at an indication of the melody frame without interfering Ilya’s inspired play.

Fiasco is usually the most unsuitable title for a piece of music unless you’re talking about Stockhausen’s 12-tone music. On the other hand, the violin virtuoso himself is in search of the overall-looking melody between structure and improvisation. Infamy may be influenced by Alan Parson’s Project in terms of the configuration of the synth music, that serves as a base. The treat of the violin frees from the anarchic character by following chromatic structures.

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Brian Culbertson – Colors of Love

Brian Culbertson to celebrate love with a colorful bouquet of romantic music on Valentine’s Day. The jazz-R&B keyboardist will release the intimate Colors of Love single and album that will be supported by an extensive spring concert tour. They met for the first time when they were music majors at DePaul University. Flash forward, Michelle and Brian Culbertson celebrated their twentieth wedding anniversary last month. With love, romance and his wife serving as his motivation, the soulful contemporary jazz hit-maker started writing material earlier this year inspired by the occasion, crafting thirteen new songs that will be released as Colors of Love, his eighteenth album, on Valentine’s Day on the BCM Entertainment label. The seduction begins early next month when the amorous title track, a sensual R&B groove illuminated by Culbertson’s lyrical acoustic piano melodies typical of the collection’s contents, ships to radio. A nearly three-month-long U.S. concert tour will bring “Colors of Love” to life in a vivid theatrical production with the itinerary being revealed December 1.

Culbertson is thriving creatively on this, his third independent album funded by an Indiegogo campaign (http://bit.ly/2wr3kt9), which closes this Thursday and offers unique opportunities and exclusive perks including a bonus track. Having spent the majority of his career on a major label, the freedom to follow his creative muse is readily apparent on “Colors of Love,” a complete contrast to last year’s “Funk!” set, which was a lively, full-band funk/R&B workout that features a number of vocal cuts. He describes “Colors of Love” as “purposely electronic, using very modern sounds and production” with his acoustic piano serving as the singular lead voice throughout the intimate date. The quiet and contemplative tracks are textured atmospherics and gentle R&B grooves – soothing beds for Culbertson’s melodic piano expressions of ardor.

Sharing the recording process via Facebook live, Culbertson polled his audience and they voted that “Colors of Love” be instrumental only. He took it a step further and for the first time in his career that to date has racked up 30 No. 1 Billboard singles as an artist, producer and/or songwriter, he refrained from using saxophone or guitar as lead instruments – only his poetic piano. Continue reading

Lock Reese Quintet – Bass Sax Boogaloo

The Lock Reese Quintet offers High Energy Contemporary Jazz. Bass Sax Boogaloo, the title track says it all. Hard grooving music by an exciting L.A based All-Star Band with special guests. Led by Lock Reese on bass sax, tenor, soprano saxes/flute with Todd Colburn on guitar, Larry Steen on bass, Calixto Oviedo on congas, David Derge on drums and Hans Zermuehlen on the organ.

We would like to thank the father of the saxophone Adolphe Sax for inventing this great instrument. The first saxophone ever made was the bass saxophone. It was made in the 1840’s! This album is a tribute to the man, the maker, and the innovator.

Bass Sax Boogaloo is available on CDBaby.

Willie Bradley – Going With the Flow

He may have made his name playing as part of the James Brown band, but trumpeter Willie Bradley has become a go-to musician for many of soul music’s greats over the years.

Willie has just released his new CD, Going With the Flow, and it promises to be a smooth winner. To put a sharper point on that, the first single from the album is out, and it is terrific. Featuring Manhattans lead singer and longtime SoulTracks fave Gerald Alston, “In the Meantime” is a cool midtempo number that borders soul and jazz and that has a positive message of living in harmony at a time of an awful lot of confusion in the world.

Get the album at Amazon.com.

Philippe Saisse Trio – On The Level!

Several years ago I was attracted by excellent music in a hi-fi demonstration room of a large specialist chain. My question about the title of the reference CD the seller answered with the words: “That is The Body and Soul Sessions by the Philippe Saisse Trio”.

Since this magic moment, I am avidly following Philippe’s musical activities with great interest. The mention of his numerous releases as a soloist and a sideman would be beyond the scope of this review. Predecessor of the Philippe Saisse Trio was the Philippe Saisse Acoustique Trio. First releases of this formation were the albums My Favorite Songs: Contemporary Mood and My Favorite Songs: Classic Mood (2000 in Japan and 2003 in USA), and Ready to Go feat. Kelly Sae (2003). The Philippe Saisse Trio followed with The Body and Soul Sessions (2006) and this year with On The Level!

The Philippe Saisse Trio consists of Philippe Saisse (piano, keyboards, vibraphone, marimba), Skoota Warner (drums), David Finck (acoustic bass) and Gumbi Ortiz (percussion and vocals). Guest musicians are guitarist Marc Antoine, vocalists Vanessa Falabella, Rhett George, Kelli Sae, Larry Braggs, keyboardist Tim Akers and his band the Smoking Section.

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