Jun Tomoda – Daybreak

DaybreakJapanese jazz fusion keyboardist Jun Tomoda was born in November 10, 1994, in Amakusa, Kumamoto Prefecture. He started playing the piano at the age of 3 and the electone at the age of 5. In addition to Japanese Pop and rock, he has been familiar with jazz and fusion since he was a child under the influence of his father. He studied piano under Makoto Kuriya while attending a music vocational school. He received the Naruyoshi Kikuchi Award at the 2nd Makoto Kuriya Ad-lib Contest in 2014.

In 2014, a new generation fusion band Dezolve was formed. In February 2018, he made a major debut on King Records with the 3rd album “Portray” released by the same group . So far, a total of 5 albums have been released. In March 2021, he released his first solo album “Daybreak”  on Steelpan Records.

The album is available on all Japanese stores.

Threestyle – Perfect Combination

perfectcombinationMunich based formation Threestyle is one of the admirable formations that have improved from one album to the next, ultimately reaching world level. Perfect Combination is the absolutely fitting title for their latest work, which will be released at the end of April 2021.

Saxophonist Magdalena Chovancova, guitarist Robert Fertl and drummer Gabriela Chovancova are Threestyle and invite brilliant singer Damon Dae, the amazing singer Latonya Black, the wonderful vocal trio DW3 and the great singer Tim Owens, who we already had the pleasure to  present in connection to many albums of guitarist U-Nam.

The album opens with Steppin’ Up with which our protagonists Magdalena and Robert rise to true greatness. A song always lives from the timbre of its performer. On Keep It Simple vocalist Damon Dae showcases his impressive voice in a beautiful setting.

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Bobby Lyle – Ivory Flow

IvoryFlowLegendary pianist/organist Bobby Lyle was deemed a musical wonder when he released his first album, The Genie, which exploded onto the Billboard charts and blew the minds of jazz enthusiasts everywhere. Since that debut, Lyle has kept a high standard for 30-plus years, and has successfully maintain a flourishing, always evolving career. As a pianist, composer, recording artist (with product on Capitol Jazz, Atlantic Jazz, Three Keys, Heads Up, and now New Warrior Music), musical director, music publisher, and music educator, Bobby Lyle’s presence, whether on stage or on his recordings, has always been bigger than life.

Lyle’s unrivaled high standard of excellence entitles him to a place on the throne alongside other musical royalty, making him a permanent fixture in the prodigious society of jazz. With Lyle’s forthcoming CD Ivory Flow (2021), he has released the single, “Living in the Flow,” which has already received massive of airplay and a ton of attention with a cast of iconic musicians, including Stanley Clarke, Gerald Albright, Kirk Whalum, and more!

As a youngster, Bobby Lyle was a prodigy whose gift became apparent when he was only 9 years old. He was a professional “paid” pianist at 16, performing regularly at local clubs in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota. After high
school, Lyle studied advanced piano at Macalester College in St. Paul, MN. He left after two years to become a full-time touring musician on the national jazz circuit with ex-Ramsey Lewis sidemen who formed their own band called Young-Holt Unlimited with whom he also recorded on Atlantic-Cotillion. This ultimately inspired him to move from Minneapolis to Los Angeles to pursue a music career in earnest. Once there, after a brief tour with Sly and the Family
Stone, he met Jazz Crusader co-founder Wayne Henderson who became his mentor; and, after securing his first recording deal (at Capitol Jazz), Henderson became his record producer. Subsequent deals with Atlantic Jazz, Three Keys, and Heads Up allowed Lyle to amass a prolific discography of jazz music—all of it self produced. Continue reading

Rick Habana – The Collective II

81bl2urBb-L._SS500_Rick Habana is a talented producer, songwriter, engineer and composer with a passion for blending music genres together to create his original sound. In Los Angeles, Ca, were he was born and raised, he succeeded in creating his really unique sound that has landed him numerous music placements with many of the top television station not just In the US but around the world.

Rick has also started breaking new barriers on a project called “The Collective” where he works on mostly live music with international musicians and singers from all over the world. “The Collective” project consist of live drums, sax, trumpets, trombone, guitars, bass, piano and vocalists. Connecting with musicians based in Finland, Italy, Netherlands, London, Canada, Venezuela, South Africa, Spain and Sweden to create this project has been a dream come true for Rick. “The Collective” Volume 1 also has Smooth Jazz legend Paul Brown featured on the project.

Now Rick returns with The Collective II (2021). The new album features Will Donato and Jackiem Joyner. Buy the album at Amazon.com.

David P. Stevens – Evolution

EvolutionQuickly becoming a recognized name in songwriting, production and performance, is LA based, multi-talented, David P. Stevens. Reminiscent of one of his biggest influences Babyface, David shows us the full range of his musical prowess and passion in more ways than one. Equipped with the precision and the skills needed to stand out from the crowd, Stevens has shared the stage and studio with prominent artists, such as: Gerald Albright, Nick Colionne, Najee, Jaguar Wright, Frank McComb, LaToya London, Lisa McClendon, and many more. As a top-notch performer, Stevens has graced the stage during a variety of popular music festivals, such as: Berks Jazz Fest, Rehoboth Jazz Fest, Queen City Summer Fest, Capital Jazz Cruise, Lake Arbor Jazz Fest and more. David is confidently solidifying his place as a funky, dynamic and exceptionally creative artist with a unique sound of his own. He continues to garner the positive attention of music aficionados from all over the world!

Known for his electrifying, high-energy performances, we now find David P. Stevens touring the world and captivating crowds, as he showcases original songs from his 7 explosive albums. Each album features a set of top musicians and artists in the genre. As a result of these efforts, Stevens has propelled himself further with every spin. David’s previous offering, “Love City” was released on July 9th, 2016, and was hailed by many as one of David’s best works. This album featured Najee, Lin Rountree, Pamela Williams, Jackiem Joyner, Frank McComb, Selina Albright, Vandell Andrew and more! Rogue, his 6th release, followed the same dynamic genre-bending style that Stevens has become known for, but also showcased a new, polished and focused direction. This album featured Mark Kibble of Take 6, Marcus Anderson and more! There is a seasoned sophistication David brings to each of his projects, and Rogue is no exception.

His newest project is entitled Evolution, scheduled for release April 30, 2021. Pre-save your album here.

Brian Bromberg – A Little Driving Music

A-little-driving-musicAfter nearly a year of being cooped up within the same four walls, it’s only natural that one’s thoughts might turn to the freedom of the open road. That’s certainly true of virtuoso jazz bassist and world-renowned producer Brian Bromberg, whose third pandemic-era release shrugs off the prevailing mood of COVID-era claustrophobia and political strife for A Little Driving Music, a fun, funky paean to cruising with the top down and leaving your troubles behind.

While countless musicians have spent the quarantine months in a state of limbo, the always-prolific Bromberg quickly figured out a way to continue making music while remaining socially distanced. Due out May 21, 2021 via Artistry Music/Mack Avenue Music Group, A Little Driving Music follows the bassist’s wide-ranging holiday album, Celebrate Me Home, and the remixed and remastered digital release of his stunning tribute album Bromberg Plays Hendrix.

“In one aspect it’s been a weird, heartbreaking time to be a musician who just wants to play music with human beings, for human beings,” Bromberg laments. “On the flip side, I’ve been really fortunate. It’s been a really positive, productive period because I’ve had nothing but time to sit in front of a computer or pluck my strings.” Continue reading

Under The Lake – Old Friends, New Grooves

173001432_135169451947488_3670372575155240217_nCan you imagine that Old Friends, New Grooves (2021) is already the sixth album of the formation Under The Lake? The release that started it all was Dive In (1993), soon followed by Up For Air (1995). After a long hiatus the group re-established again to People Together (2017), Jazz, Groove & Attitude (2018), and Your Horizon Too (2020).

All albums are still available at bandcamp. Founder of the group is keyboard player Jayson Tipp. Further band members are like on the previous album Patrick Yandall (guitar), Quintin Gerard W (sax and flute), Nathan Brown (bass) and Richard Sellers (drums). Around the Block will be the first single of the album, which is coming in July.

If you’re a frequent flyer, what could be more obvious than to write a piece about it. 7AM Flight Home is a song whose basic melody was created during a flight and what can develop from it can now be heard. Peppered with solos from the players, the piece gains momentum.

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Kenny Carr – Distance

Kenny Carr CD CoverDistance is Kenny Carr’s ninth album. Continuing his propensity for funk-based jazz and explorative melodic melodies, Carr has once again put together a listenable yet gritty album that goes the distance. The name Distance came from the fact that 6 of the songs on the album were written over 25 years ago, with lots of youthful exuberance. Kenny Carr is a classically trained guitar player/composer and owner of Zoozazz Music™ who lives in New York City. Kenny performs his original jazz, blues, funk, and fusion instrumental music with a trio, quartet, and other ensembles. Kenny has published nine albums recorded with NY, LA, and other musicians, including Donny McCaslin, Kenny Wollesen, Hans Glawischnig, George Laks, Andy Hess, Tony Mason, Richie Morales, Lincoln Goines, Tom Baldwin, Frank Russo, and Nashville drummer Brian Fullen.

Kenny began playing violin at age nine but by 11 realized his true passion was the guitar. Growing up in Santa Cruz, CA, with its inspiring natural beauty set the stage for Kenny’s musical career. By his early teens, he was studying jazz theory with vibraphonist Rob Lautz and renowned trumpeter Ray Brown.

Kenny was surrounded by talented aspiring musicians who became close friends. By 16, he was performing at local venues where he met drummers Kenny Wollesen, Jeff Ballard, bassist Anders Swanson, and saxophonist Donny McCaslin. In 1981, Kenny and his fellow Santa Cruz musicians were invited to open for Carmen McRae and Freddie Hubbard at the Mount Tamalpais jazz festival, a catapult inspirationally and musically. Continue reading

Under The Lake – Old Friends, New Grooves

173001432_135169451947488_3670372575155240217_nUnder The Lake is a project by Jayson Tipp (keyboardist, songwriter and producer). The debut album was Dive In (1993), followed by Up For Air (1995), People Together (2007) and Jazz, Groove & Attitude (2018).

Hot off the success of their 2020 Smoothjazz.com Top 100 release “Your Horizon Too”, Under The Lake is releasing a collection of 11 all-new, original tracks entitled “Old Friends, New Grooves” dropping July 2 on the Mind In Overdrive label. Bassist Nathan Brown, drummer Richard Sellers, guitarist Patrick Yandall and sax player Quintin Gerard W. join keyboardist / composer Jayson Tipp again for this effort. Last March the funk-jazz crew released their 5th album and were readying for promotions and touring. Then the COVID 19 shutdown happened.

For bandleader Tipp, the shutdown began on March 12, 2020 after 9 months of flying across the country on a weekly basis with a “7 AM Flight Home” from Los Angeles to Portland: “As is the case is occasionally when I have time alone to think, I had a musical idea; a portion of a melody line that came to me on that flight. I sang the line into the voice recorder on my phone. That weekend I pulled up the recording, transcribed and then recorded a brief version of the melody. That melody later became the song named for the flight.”
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Markus Zahrl – A World Of Bliss

world_blissThe Austrian musician Markus Zahrl discovered his talent in the world of music from childhood on. To live his talent he studied at the Conservatory of Vienna (Jazz-Saxophone) in the 90s and at the Berklee College of Music Boston/USA. He studied with George Garzone and Willi Quarda and was a participant of Masterclasses with Dave Liebman and Bob Mintzer. His musical career was marked by a variety of concert activities all around the world and various musical activities as a live and studio musician, arranger, composer and music educator.

He has been studying the health effects of sound, frequencies on humans for many years and worked as a shiatsu practitioner. His debut album A World Of Bliss will be released April 30, 2021 on all platforms.