Mark Harris II – Interstellar

Keyboardist Mark Harris II started his musical career with the debut EP Imagine in 2015. You can watch his performance here. Now he returns with his sophomore project Interstellar (2018). A powerful blend of Fusion, Jazz, and Funk elements to paint a futuristic view from one of contemporary jazz’s new up and coming artist.

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J. Henry – Evolutionary

J. Henry, hails from the Jazz Capital of the World, New Orleans. This Crescent City native has been dazzling audiences across the U.S. for the last 26 years. Being recognized to have a gift for music since he was 9, J. studied under the mentorship of New Orleans Jazz Great Pierre Poree and Brian Graber, formerly of the Russell Batiste Band.  J. Henry’s live performance is mesmerizingly interactive. The energy and emotion that he puts into every performance draws audiences into an incredible love story and a return to the original live music experience. The J. Henry Experience.  With the emergence of J. Henry Jazz, there has been a resurgence of the live music experience and a major shot in the arm for Smooth Jazz worldwide. J. Henry’s has been incredibly well received especially in the UK and Spain.

Hurricane Katrina brought J. to Atlanta, where he continued to expand and perfect his signature sound. In 2010 after almost 2 years of writing and production, J. Henry released his appropriately entitled debut album, Long Time Coming.  In 2014 J. Henry Jazz signed his first Major Record Deal with Spectra Music Group and immediately released his first single “Our Secret” for his sophomore album Phenomenon which J. Henry dubs the introduction to his alter ego “The Smooth Jazz Phenomenon”. Phenomenon was released worldwide June 9th 2015.  In 2017, J. took a step forward in creating his own production platform and evolving his own sound. J. Henry has just finished his 3rd studio album Evolutionary.

His new album is available on iTunes.

 

Acoustic Alchemy – Thirty Three and a Third

The group Acoustic Alchemy looks back on an ever-changing past. Originally founded by guitarists Nick Webb (steel string) and Simon James (nylon string) in the early 80s, guitarist Greg Carmichael soon replaced outgoing Simon James. When Webb died in 1998,  Greg Carmichael brought in Miles Gilderdale as his partner.

According to Wikipedia, Thirty Three and a Third is the twenty-second album of the group. The title of the album is explained by the age of the group. Beside the duo play Gary Grainger (bass), Tony Stipetic (fretless bass), John Goldsby (double bass), Anthony “Fred” White (keyboards), Greg Grainger, Bert Smaak (drums), Jeff Kashiwa (sax), Mike Herting (grand piano) Paul Stipetic (percussion), and Malcolm Strachan (trumpet, flugelhorn, valve trombone). The album is a tribute to late band manager Stewart Coxhead.

Acoustic Alchemy starts the album with East of Babylon. Uncompromising in virtuosity, this energetic piece is nothing for archaeologists. Carmen’s Man is a typical example of the interlaced, cascading playing style of the two guitarists building a sonic infectious synergy. The song is dedicated to late guitarist Chuck Loeb and his wife Carmen Cuesta.

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Four80East – Four On The Floor

Toronto based musicians Rob DeBoer and Tony Grace are Four80East. They started with The Album in 1997, followed by Nocturnal (2001), Round Three (2002), En Route (2007), Roll On (2009), Off Duty (2012), Biblotheca (2013), and  Positraction (2015). Their newest project is titled Four On The Floor (2018). It’s digitally available on all platforms. Physical EPs are distributed on their concerts and will be available according to Rob next year.

The EP features Cece Peniston, and Wade O. Brown. Get your copy here.

Michelle Danette – Melodicsphere

Michelle Danette is a worship minister, speaker, songwriter/producer, author, actress, film producer and entrepreneur. Michelle’s music can also be heard on the following films: Dimensions of Deceit (2010), Location, Location, Location a film by Charles Bailey (2009), Rotten Eggs a film by Ric Edevane (2008). Her debut album is Out of the Wilderness (2003), followed by Night Watch (2007), and Melodicsphere (2018).

Michelle Danette’s third CD release is a must have for smooth jazz and gospel music lovers. This CD project is Emmery Williams’ debut work as producer and arranger.

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Mindi Abair and The Boneshakers – All I Got For Christmas Is The Blues

2018 holiday release. Mindi Abair and The Boneshakers return with a powerhouse blues rock holiday album. Four original songs feature the hard driving, down and dirty “All I Got For Christmas Is The Blues”. And five holiday classics including “Merry Christmas Baby” and “The Christmas Song” are reimagined with a gritty, raucous spirit.

Mindi Abair is a two-time Grammy Award nominated saxophonist, vocalist, and author. Her solo career has produced ten #1 radio singles, two #1 Billboard Jazz CDs, and four more solo CDs that have landed #5 and above on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Charts. She was the featured saxophonist for the 2011 and 2012 seasons of American Idol.

Our third Christmas recommendation is available on Amazon.com.

Branly, Ruiz, Haslip – Elemental

Top musicians have a certain resemblance to star chefs. Their outstanding position is based on talent and a lot of passion. When three musical greats come together, then we experience an event of a special kind, fusion jazz in the truest sense of the word. Otmaro Ruiz, Jimmy Branly, and Jimmy Haslip form Elemental.

On the new album Otmaro Ruiz performs piano, Fender Rhodes and synths, Jimmy Branly drums, and Jimmy Haslip electric bass. Ruiz has written all tracks with the exception of Boomtown, which is from the Yellowjackets album Mint Jam (2001).

The aptly titled introduction A Good Start presents three of the most talented contemporary jazz players on the scene in a breathtaking action. Otmar Ruiz keeps the music flowing on synth and keys while Branly and Haslip provide the right rhythmic frame for it.

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