Down To The Bone – Funkin’ Around (A Collection of Remixes and Reworks)

FunkinAroundDown To The Bone is a project by producer and writer Stuart Wade. The project is named after the former London jazz club “To The Bone”. Although Stuart is the mastermind of the project, he never performed an instrument on the recordings or the live events. Nevertheless his ideas are so flashing, that the project has a tremendous success especially in the States.

All started with the first album From Manhattan To Staten in 1996 on the UK label Internal Bass Records. The Urban Grooves (1999) and Spread The Word (2000) followed on this label. Crazy Vibes and Things (2002) was released on GRP, Cellar Funk (2004), Spread Love Like Wildfire (2005), and Supercharged (2007) on Narada, Future Boogie (2009) on Shanachie, The Main Ingredients (2011) and Dig It (2014) on Trippin ‘N’ Rhythm Records, the UK­-version on Dôme Records.

Funkin’ Around (2019) is a collection of remixes and reworks. Electric VibesThe FlowRight On Baby YeahFunk’ AroundAngel BabyWildfire WomanBlack ChoiceWatch Me Fly and Brooklyn Heights are the basis of the remixes. Acid Jazz is anyway a format that is less suitable for listening than for dancing. For this reason the rhythm plays a superior role and takes the same rank as the melody.

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Maurizio Grondona Group – Looking at the Sea – EP

The latest soulful album three years after All In Me, is featuring Dave Browning on keys and piccolo bass. The Maurizio Grondona Group are Maurizio Grondona guitars, Nicky Belviso bass, and Giuseppe Grondona drums.

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Ty Causey – Hypnotic

The music style of Ty Causey is a nice blend of soulful smooth R&b with a smooth jazz flow. The production of the music is creative and the lyrics are classy and very pleasant to listen to. His smooth lead vocal is the highlight of each song complimented by harmonic background vocal arrangements. Ty’s music has earned him the name “Mr. Consistent” in the music business. His music is best described as “Feel Good Music”.

Hypnotic is a nice blend of soulful R&b and smooth jazz with poetic lyrics that compliments the smooth vocal delivery! The songs can best be described as “Feel Good Music” from beginning to end. Just put it in and let if play!

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Lisa Addeo – Listen To This

The title of keyboardist Lisa Addeo‘s new CD Listen To This says it all about where her musical heart is today. It’s a soulful, heartfelt invitation to attune your ears and set your sonic expectations on a fresh new vibe for the smooth jazz genre. Driven by bright infectious melodies, dynamic improvisations and an aesthetic based on relentless and intoxicating grooves, the collection finds Lisa setting the standard for all that’s hip and innovative in the format for years to come. Produced by chart topping Smooth Jazz guitarist Nils, the album also includes exciting contributions by Adam Hawley, Jeff Ryan, Steve Cole & Johnny Britt.

Four-time Grammy winning producer and President of Blue Note Records Don Was says, “Lisa did a great job on her new album. It fits in really well with the most successful albums in the Smooth Jazz field. My compliments.”

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U-Nam – The Love Vault (Future Love Part 2)

When it comes to his musical career, Paris born guitar virtuoso Emmanuel “U-Nam” Abiteboul has done everything right. Not only does he look back on a veritable number of his own productions, but he has recently helped a larger amount of musicians to their starting lords.

The Love Vault (Future Love Part 2) is the continuation of his 2019 release Future Love a review of his personal development over the last few months. Some react to personal problems with passivity, while others, such as U-nam, plunge into exuberant activity.

U-Nam performs on the new album guitars, Talk Box, Vocoder, bass, synth bass, keyboards, programming and editing. Additional musicians on selected tracks are Denis Benarrosh (percussion), Michael White, Fran Merante (drums), Bill Steinway (Fender Rhodes), Christian Martinez (trumpet & flugelhorn), Gennine Francis-Jackson (background vocals),  Mattias Roos  (Rhodes, piano), Darko Vlahovic (bass) and Magdalena Chovancova (sax, flute).

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Urban Knights – VII

The Ramsey Lewis Trio, with bassist Eldee Young and percussionist Redd Holt, became a fixture on the Chicago jazz scene, releasing their debut album, Ramsey Lewis & His Gentlemen of Jazz, back in 1956.

Lewis earned his first gold record, as well as a Grammy award for Best Jazz Performance, for their swinging version of Dobie Gray’s hit “The In Crowd.” He returned to the pop charts in 1966 with versions of “Hang On Sloopy” and “Wade In The Water.” Throughout the years, Lewis’ trio has undergone membership changes, all the while staying true to Lewis’ high musical standards.

After Young and Holt left Lewis’ trio to form their own group, the pianist hired a new rhythm section with Cleveland Eaton on bass and Maurice White on drums. When White left the band to form Earth, Wind & Fire, Morris Jennings signed on as the trio’s new percussionist. White returned to produce Lewis’ 1974 smash album entitled Sun Goddess, in which Lewis first experimented with electronic keyboards and featured Earth, Wind & Fire on the album. In 1983, Lewis returned to the studio with Young and Holt for the album Reunion.

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Konstantin Klashtorni – Chillaxing Jazz KolleKtion # 7

The mastermind of Kool&Klean series, producer and contemporary saxophonist Konstantin Klashtorni keeps producing smooth tracks for Chillaxing Jazz KolleKtion. His newest album is a special blend of chill out, electro jazz, relaxing grooves and sweet melodies, – relaxing and soothing to your heart and mind.

Chillaxing Jazz KolleKtion # 7 is available now for download only at CDBaby.