Butch and Rhonda Coleman – Moment of Your Time

Hailing from Baltimore, MD, contemporary/smooth jazz artists Butch and Rhonda Coleman are soulful songwriters whose coolly creative musicianship has created an atmosphere of positive energy and harmony. Both studied at Morgan State University. Butch and Rhonda played bass and keyboards respectively on the song, “Break Free” recorded by Committed (winners of NBC’s music competition show, “The Sing Off”.) Butch also played bass on recording artist Jessie J’s singles, “Price Tag” (which reached #1 on the UK, Ireland, and New Zealand charts) and “Abracadabra”. Rhonda has opened for artists such as Al Jarreau, the late Phyllis Hyman, and The Blackbirds.

Her original compositions have been included in film documentaries on WJZ-TV in Baltimore, MD. The Coleman’s rich musical heritage continues with their sons, Joshua (Ammo) and Jeremy (Jmike), both Grammy nominees, who are music producers for a variety of top recording artists. More than two decades of performances in the DC Metro area have included opening for smooth jazz artist Maysa, appearances at venues such as the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall (Baltimore, MD) and Blues Alley (Washington, DC), and headlining the African American Festival in Franklin, Virginia.In 2002, Butch and Rhonda released “My Heart Is For You” and several years prior, “Sing Praises.” Citing the impact that music had on their lives as young adults, Butch and Rhonda started a program called, “Heart for Music”. This program focuses on providing musical instruments and lessons to inner city youth who cannot afford them.

Order the new album Moment of Your Time on iTunes.

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Lowell Hopper – Magic In The Air

Hailing from Panama City guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Lowell Hopper has started his solo career in 1995 with the album Invisible Touch. Since several years he nearly release every year a new album. His newest project is Magic In The Air (2019).

Lowell plays on this album guitars, basses, keyboards and drum programming. He is supported on selected tracks by Chris Godber (tenor sax), Derek Burrell (electric bass) and G. Vernon Burrell Jr. (additional keyboards). Lowell has composed all tracks with the exception of Tropical Feeling which he has written together with G. Vernon Burrell Jr., who also plays keyboards on this tune.

Lowell Hopper introduces into his new project with Magic In The Air featuring popular riffs and hooks perfectly embedded in a sophisticated instrumental environment. Just Like That compels the listener to finger snipping with his gentle guitar performance.

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Sam Dieago – Northern Lights

Northern Lights is music that goes with a sunset, a rainy day or that drive to and from work. It’s rhythmic mood music with attitude. The album contains some of Sam’s early music from 1990’s such as Man In Blue, written after the passing of his Grandfather to current creations such as Chelsea’s Garden. He even picked up his tenor saxophone to add some parts. Just Pick It Up was titled to reflect this. He had’t touched it in 15 years.

Velvet Williams is singing the “vocal motifs” on South Beach and Chelsea’s Garden, Dale Horton “Dashin’ Dale Day” is playing bass on Mr. Tombs and Ant Knees. Fred Watson is adding congas and percussion on South Beach, Man In Blue and Latin Storm.

Northern Lights is for download only at CDBaby.

Jimmie Highsmith Jr. – Indigo Chronicles: Chocolate Brown Eyes

Jimmie Highsmith Jr., or as friends call him Tjari, was born September 18, 1967 in “Flower City” Rochester NY. Critically acclaimed, Grammy nominated and award winning Saxophonist Jimmie Highsmith Jr., has shared the stage with and opened for multiple Grammy Award winners, including Najee, Alicia Keys, Víctor and Joseph Wooten, Chris Botti, Grover Washington Jr., and Wynton Marsalis just to name a few. In the last ten years he has recorded 10 top selling smooth jazz CD’s that have sold thousands worldwide with his 6th CD “The Anthology of Sound” receiving a Grammy Nomination..

Jimmie has also been honored to record with several other musicians, singers and rappers on their projects. Jimmie Highsmith Jr’s sax work represents some of the best in the Smooth Jazz Genre.

Indigo Chronicles: Chocolate Brown Eyes was released in 2017 and is still available on CDBaby.

Lukas Leuthold – Dancing On Golden Streets

Bands such as Yellow Jackets, Rippingtons, Level42, Mezzoforte and Jeff Lorber were for Suisse based Lukas Leuthold a real salvation as a piano student who had to practice during the instrumental lessons in school always only classical. The joy in gospel, fusion, funk and in pop music inspires him again and again and influences him as a keyboardist and bassist. For 20 years, he has been collecting his best inspirations and developing them now, on his40th birthday, to his first album.

The result is 10 songs (including three ballads), with the contribution of more than 20 regional musicians as well as the orchestra from South Africa, the winds from Mexico and two Indians. If that does not become a merger! With this record no effort was spared beside the typical band instruments like drums, bass & guitar, also the sounds of strings and brass, percussion, flutes, sitar and tabla, our village brook, to capture with microphones in order to make music. Music that breathes and is full of joy, where musicians let each other out and definitely not mainstream!

Dancing On Golden Streets is available on Lukas’ website.

Monkey House – Friday

Monkey House is a band consisting of the core members singer, songwriter, keyboardist Don Breithaupt, drummer Mark Kelso, bassist Pat Kilbride, and guitarist Justin Abedin.

On their new album Friday (2019) the band is supported by the elite Toronto horn section of William Sperandei, Vern Dorge, John Johnson, William Carn and Tony Carlucci, as well as percussionist Art Avalos.

The new album is written by Breithaupt with the exception of one cover. Those who are not familiar with the music of this formation, will quickly remark by listening to 10,000 Hours that this music is neither jazz nor smooth jazz. According to my own musical experience the group is comparable to 10CC, Godley & Creme or Steely Dan.

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Felipe Grodillo – En Vuelo

En Vuelo features Mexican jazz music for piano by composer and pianist Felipe Grodillo. Gordillo’s musical history begins in his childhood. He grew up listening to marimba on his fathers records from Chiapas, his older brothers rock, and classical music. His mother enrolled him in the National School of Music after noticing his early talent- he was able to improvise piano chords without having had any previous training. He began by studying the Russian piano method, and fell in love with the instrument. Today, he performs all over the world as a soloist and as a part of jazz ensembles. He is also an avid teacher, and presents masterclasses for young musicians across the globe.

En Vuelo is a sonic solo piano album on sale at Amazon.com.

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