Mike Murray – Sax Man

Smooth jazz, chill composer, musician and producer Mike Murray, has been creating musically aural delights since 2007 that will satisfy anyone who loves musicians like Bob James, FourPlay, Jazzmasters, Hiroshima and Ryan Farish. While the musical comparisons to these artists are to establish the genre, Mike Murray is in a league by himself and clearly has re-defined the musical genres known as “Chill-Out” and “Smooth Jazz” by blending them masterfully. Mike has managed to artfully bridge the gap between the two musical genres by writing strong melodies and utilizing electronic instrumentation with organic sensibilities, world influences and luxurious grooves.

Sax Man is jazzy smooth, chilled to taste and prime time ready – Mike Murray cranks it up with Sax Man Daniel Chia and KCentric in this uniquely refined, and unforgettable groove zone. Get it now at CDBaby.

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The New Orleans Swamp Donkeys Traditional Jass Band – Slightly Concussed – Live at De Melkbus

The name alone is enough to get your attention: The New Orleans Swamp Donkeys Traditional Jass Band. And they’re out in full force with the two-disc Slightly Concussed – Live at De Melkbus (2017).

This versatile group of musicians play traditional jazz, blues and New Orleans style, or Dixieland. Formed in 2012, they began touring nationally in 2013 and sold out the Blue Note in New York City in February of 2014. Word got around after the group performed their version of the “Game of Thrones” theme at B.B. King’s in New York City. A video of the performance went viral, scoring more than a million views.

Personnel are James Williams, vocals and trumpet; Sam Friend, banjo and vocals; Miles Lyons, sousaphone; Nick Garrison, trombone; Josh Marotta, percussion; and Connor Stewart, clarinet and saxophone.

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U-Nam – The Essential Collection

Paris born guitarist U-Nam makes his fans a generous gift. His very personal Best Of-album comprises a total of 16 selected pieces from his current career path, there of two brand-new releases.

The starting track Street Life, taken from the album Back from the 80’s was a huge hit of Randy Crawford and the Crusaders. “Some covers were better suited to the album since I wanted to shine the melody on guitar,” U-Nam says. “I’ve been a fan of ‘Street Life’ for many years and the keyboard solo by Joe Sample.” If you are familiar with the original you certainly remarks the identity with the original. But U-Nam’s version excels with Jeff Lorber’s fine keyboard art and U-Nam’s superior guitar performance serving the instrumental substitute of the vocals. A landmark of smooth jazz.

Going For Miles from the album Surface Level spreads fun with a Nile Rodgers (Chic) inspired tune. Rhythm, guitar riffs and even the electric drums are in full effect. Groove Paradise from the same album copies dangerously well the spirit of the 80’s with flutes, strings and much percussion and detached from all U-Nam’s performing a Benson like guitar.

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Reggie Codrington – Against The Odds

Like a lot of veteran artists who have taken many recordings to break through, Codrington has survived his share of disappointments in the music industry, even as he’s made a living performing for many years. That commitment to overcoming obstacles stems from the difficulties in his childhood dealing with Ataxic Cerebral Palsy (ACP), a chronic condition that affects muscle coordination and depth perception. Receiving a curved soprano sax on his 18th birthday led to a major transformation, offering a comfortable way to play that he had not previously experienced. “Something magical happened, and I knew I had found my niche,” he says. “I fell in love.”

His newest album is aptly titled Against The Odds and available at Amazon.com.

Ian Jacinto – Ian Jacinto

Ian Jacinto, the Philippines’ Prince of Saxophone, launches his debut self-titled album on a high note. From chill to groovy to sentimental, the album takes the listener on a vast musical journey through some of Ian’s personally-crafted melodies.

Showing off his chops not just as a pop jazz saxophonist but as a composer as well, the “Ian Jacinto” album consists of many original compositions written by Ian himself. The album contains songs of all moods and textures. From the fanfare-like intro of “A New Beginning” all the way to the funky bassline on “Let Me Show You A Good Time,” this album is sure to fulfill your quench of venturing off on a relaxing, ethereal journey of music.

Ian Jacinto is a pleasant surprise at CDBaby.

Berta Moreno – Little Steps

A debut album with all-original music. Add a couple of Grammy winners and nominees to the mix, and you have the stunning introduction to saxophonist Berta Moreno, Little Steps.

Moreno plays tenor sax and composed all eight songs. Her accompanists are Steve Wilson, alto and soprano sax; Troy Roberts, tenor and soprano sax; Manuel Valera, piano; Maksim Perepelica, double bass; and David Hardy, drums.

The set opens with the cool “J.G. Power.” The blended saxes carry the melody after the finger-snapping pace is set by the rhythm section. Moreno then goes on an extended jaunt, delivering with a happy-go-lucky attitude. The sax trio engages in a brief, but tightly syncopated series of rolls before the next soloist. The cool mood continues until the next round, when the sax cranks up the intensity. After another rolls in which the saxes call, with a response first by the drums and then by the bass, the song reverts to the main theme.

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Patrick Bradley – Intangible

Patrick Bradley‘s new album is entitled Intangible. According to conventional definition that means not made of physical substance or not able to be touched. An adjective that applies to all forms of music. Patrick Bradley addressed with this adjective on one hand his musical influences, on the other hand all kinds of friendship.

If we put aside the spiritual superstructure, we recognize a new project where Patrick once again is working with keyboard legend Jeff Lorber. Further musicians on this recordings are Paul Jackson Jr., Adam Hawley and Michael Thompson (guitar), Jimmy Haslip (bass), Andrew Carney (trumpet), Gary Novak (drums) and David Mann (horns). All songs were composed by Patrick and Jeff Lorber.

With the striving forward piece Dear Friend Patrick honors all late artists, who have influenced his musical development like Keith Emerson (ELP), George Duke, Joe Sample and more. On this fast paced introduction Patrick and Jeff share their sparkling keys ideas. Funky Green was influenced by a trip to the miraculous island of Kauai. The performance of both musicians on organ, keyboards, piano is simply spectacular.

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