Thanny and Tracyne – Back on the Map

Jethaniel Nixon and Tracyne Hines-Nixon wrote these original contemporary jazz compositions from their hearts. It has a refreshing natural vibe and the music is timeless. This project will take you for a ride. Great music to travel and listen to.

Back on the Map is for download only at CDBaby.

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Najee – Center Of The Heart

What makes a musician to a legend? Is it fame or notoriety? Legends are musicians who have set new standards in their genre, who have significantly influenced their musical style and in particular other musicians. If these standards are applied, Najee can rightly be called a legend.

Center Of The Heart (2019) is Najee’s sign of continuous creativity and productivity after fifteen studio albums, two live albums and three compilations. Najee performs on his new album flute, soprano, alto and tenor sax. He works with Grecco Buratto, Ken Turner, Kenny Lattimore (vocals), Demonte Posey (keyboards, strings, bass synth, drums), Rohan Reid (bass and acoustic guitar), Darren Rahn (sax and Rhodes, programming, synth and bass), Allen Hinds, Darrell Crooks (guitars), Mell Brown, Alex Al (bass), Tarell Martin, Eric Valentine (drums), Greg Manning (keyboards, programming, synth bass), Anthony Saunders (background vocals), Superb and Harmoni Clawson (spoken words), Rod Bonner (Vocoder, keyboards, key bass, drum programming), Blair Bryant (bass, drums, bass synth), and Donald Hayes (horn arrangement).

The album opens with the vibrant Bella Vista featuring Najee on flute. Brazilian-born Grecco Buratto’s lively singing creates a Latin ambiance. Najee is an admirer of Darren Rahn’s treatment of the saxophone. He had already worked with him on the albums The Smooth Side Of Soul and Mind Over MatterFace To Face offers a new opportunity for collaboration. While Darren plays the saxes and some additional instruments, Najee shines on flute sharing the melody in equal parts with plenty of room for own presentation.

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Dave Koz – Gifts Of The Season

Twenty-two years after releasing his first Christmas-themed set, GRAMMY®-nominated saxophonist Dave Koz takes a very different stylistic approach on his new holiday album, Gifts of the Season. The 11-track collection will be released on Friday, October 11, via Just Koz Entertainment, Inc. Produced by Darren Rahn (Wayman Tisdale, Toby Keith, Bob James), the album brings a buoyant, soul/funk/pop feel to Christmas classics across different eras, and sheds new light on their rich musicality and lyrical depth. Closing out the set is “A Prayer for Peace,” a new song penned by Koz.

Gifts of the Season is the ideal companion piece for the 22nd Annual Dave Koz & Friends Christmas Tour – a whirlwind of 22 shows in 25 days – with Jonathan Butler, Melissa Manchester, Michael Lington and special guest Chris Walker. All four of Koz’s tour mates appear on the new album. Butler and Lington are also releasing Christmas albums this fall so – in a first for the tour – the shows will feature material from three brand new holiday albums. The run kicks off on November 29 at the Van Wezel in Sarasota, FL and includes shows at Tilles Center for the Performing Arts in Brookville, NY (December 8), the Plaza Theatre in El Paso, TX (December 16) and Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts in Southern California (December 20 and 21). Tickets are available at http://www.davekoz.com. See below for itinerary.

“One of the reasons I continue to record this music and tour every year is that the holidays are a reminder for all of us about the things that matter. It’s a time when we seem more capable of living our best lives,” says Dave Koz. “It’s easy to get off course during the rest of the year, especially the way the world is these days with all of its antagonism and intolerance. The holidays help bring us back to center. That’s what ‘A Prayer for Peace’ is also – a way to express that music is perhaps our one last vestige of uniting people who may be at odds in other areas of life.” Continue reading

Randy Muller Boom Chang Bang – Groovin’ U

Randy Muller is a renowned publisher, songwriter, arranger, artist and producer. Randy Muller achieved multi-gold and platinum status and has worked with groups and artists including B.T. Express, Brass Construction, Instant Funk, Jazz great Charles Earland, Tamiko Jones, Shirley Caesar and Skyy, amongst others. He has produced and penned over 300 ASCAP and BMI titles that have graced the pop, jazz, dance and R&B charts and enjoys the distinction of writing, arranging or producing top charting hits in three consecutive decades.

Groovin’ U is a CD, which is still available on Amazon.com.

Konstantin Klashtorni – Best of Chill Jazz III

Multi-instrumentalist and producer Konstantin Klashtorni is one of the most popular musicians in the field of smooth jazz on CDBaby. Browsing the list of top sellers you will certainly find most of his albums there. He is known by his projects Kool&Klean, Chillaxing Jazz KollektionLove Suggestions, eJazz Artistry and Smooth Jazz. Now he has released two compilations packed with the best pieces in his opinion: Best Of Chill Jazz I and II (2019). His newest compilation is Best of Chill Jazz III.

This compilation album contains carefully selected tracks from different Chill Smooth Jazz albums produced by Konstantin Klashtorni. Only essential Chill Jazz sounding tunes were included in this 19 tracks long album.

Download your favorite tracks on CDBaby.

Dave Mascall – Acid Lounge Vol. 5

Dave Mascall was born in Southend and began playing guitar at the age of 14. He was fortunate to stand in for smooth jazz star Peter White for a brief period playing in the backing band together with top latin percussionist Snowboy for ex Matt Bianco singer, Basia. He then spent some time playing and touring  at home and abroad with Sister Sledge, George McCrae, Boney M, Odyssey, The Drifters and others. Dave formed a commercial rock duo, Skratch, with vocalist and frontman Pete Tobit  and this resulted in performing in two soul and Motown tribute shows – Reach Out and Sisters of Soul.

The last few years has seen some prolific musical output from Dave with his main interest being the Acid Lounge project. The Acid Lounge series of recordings is where Dave has been combining his jazz flavored guitar style with his love of upbeat and laidback dance orientated grooves.And so the musical journey continues with Acid Lounge Vol 5.

Get this album on Dave’s website.

Incognito – Tomorrow’s New Dream

British acid jazz band Incognito release their new album Tomorrow’s New Dream on November 8th 2019, and have announced a huge homecoming London show at Indigo at The O2 on December 4th 2019, marking an incredible 40 years since their formation.

An enduring relationship with music has seen Jean-Paul (Bluey) Maunick lead his band Incognito to their 40th Anniversary. To celebrate this milestone, Bluey has recorded a brand-new album of songs and instrumentals with the hallmark Incognito sounds both familiar and fresh, encompassing acid jazz, soul, funk, and neo-soul.

This album offers a rich sonic journey at every turn that features special guests Maysa, Phil Perry, Take 6, Mario Biondi and many others, collaborating with band members past and present, along with the talented new ’Cogs’. It’s a record of brand-new, original tracks that would feel right at home featuring on any of their most enduring, classic releases from the past. Continue reading

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