Lety – The Wallflower

Vocalist Eva Leticia Padilla aka Lety is haling from New York, where she received the degree “Bachelor of Fine Arts” at the New School of Jazz and Contemporary Music. Now she lives in Stuttgart, Germany, while her artistic activities expand worldwide.

The Wallflower (2017) is her debut album. All songs are her creations with the support of Nikolai Banke, Tino Derado, and Dany Labana. Personnel are William Lecomte (piano), Leonie Hefele, Jens Loh ( bass), Jo Ambros, Christoph Neuhaus (guitar), Antoine Fillion and Fulgencio Medina (drums).

Her songs tell of personal experiences, love, family, friendship, lying, fighting in life and dealing with it. And with every song she reveals a part of her strong personality.

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Goodfellas – Joined the Hip

Goodfellas is a Birmingham based jazz duo featuring the talents of Jeff Lopez on sax and Ken Talley on keyboards. They are specialized in contemporary Jazz & R&B with a touch of Pop. These phenomenal musicians have performed together for over 30 years creating a unique sound infused with soul.

Joined the Hip is their new album which is now on sale at CDBaby.

Ron Otis – Stay in Your Lane

Drummer Ron Otis is one of those sidemen, who unpretentiously stay in the background. He performed and recorded with Bob James (Urban Flamingo), Lin Roundtree (Sumthin’ Good), Earl Klugh ( Spice of Life, Journey), Al Turner (Movin’), Brian O’Neal (Daisy), Justin Young (On The Way), Dave McMurray (My Brother and Me, Soul Searching, Nu Life Stories), Alexander Zonjic (Reach For The Sky) and a lot more.

Although his beat might be familiar to us, one has to work hard to find any biographical details about this gifted and modest musician. So let his music speak for him. Every album is a piece of personality and Ron Otis’ debut album Up Front (2009) is no exception. Now he is back with the album Stay in Your Lane (2017).

Highly recommendable you can find this gem at CDBaby.

Sylvia Brooks – The Arrangement

With music, sometimes it’s the songwriting that makes a difference. Other times, the voices and instruments and how they execute are key. But then there’s that time when a reworking of what’s written is the focal point. That’s where vocalist Sylvia Brooks comes in, hiring several Los Angeles-based arrangers for her third album, The Arrangement (2017).

The lineup varies from song to song. Collectively, the players are: Otmaro Ruiz, piano; Sezin Ahmet Turkmenoglu, bass; Aaron Serfaty, drums and percussion; Kim Richmond, alto sax; Bob Sheppard, tenor sax; Francisco Torres, trombone; Juliane Gralle, bass trombone; Brian Swartz, trumpet; Ron Stout, flugelhorn; Will Brahm, guitar; Quinn Johnson, piano; Trey Henry, bass; Tom Brechtlein, drums; Michael Stever, trumpet; Jeff Driskill, sax; Jeff Colella, piano; Kendall Kay, drums; Chris Colangelo, bass; Bruce Babad, flutes; Larry Koonse, guitar; Christian Jacob, piano and Fender Rhodes; Will Brahm, guitar; David Hughes, bass; Jamey Tate, drums.

Brooks brings warmth and a bit of joy to Hank Williams’ “Cold Cold Heart.” Rather than wallow in the misery of being mistreated by a loved one, Brooks sings it with vigor, as a wronged person turning the situation into a positive, by taking charge. Her scat enhances Driskell’s tenor solo. The horn section gives a swing feel to the song.

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Tim Bowman – Into The Blue

Detroit based jazz guitarist Tim Bowman always followed his own way to musically express his feelings and ideas. Since his debut album Love, Joy, Peace in 1995 he constantly makes his contribution to the smooth jazz world. With his albums Paradise (1998), Smile (2000), This Is What I Hear (2004), Tim Bowman (2008) and The Collection (2010) he delivered gratefully accepted gifts to his fan community.

After a longer hiatus he returns this year with Into The Blue on I.M. Records / Purpose Jazz. The album is brimming with greater and catchier songs as if Tim would compensate his fans for the long absence. The Darren Rahn produced City Lights is the first single of the album presenting Tim on guitar in an exhilarated mood. His passion for melody finds its aptly expression in Benson-esque guitar chords.

The awesome song All I Need Is Love features vocalist Stokley Williams, best known as the lead singer and studio drummer of the band Mint Condition. He already graced with his vocal appearances Boney James’ Either Way (Futuresoul) and U-Nam’s Nature Boy (Weekend in L.A.). On Into The Blue Tim Bowman enunciates each note with absolute perfection. A third force to Peter White and Marc Antoine.

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Dexter Moore – Keys to Life

A South Philadelphia native, you could say music is in Dexter Moore‘s genes. Like many talented musicians, Dexter’s initial exposure began in the church. A product of both ministers and musicians, his dad (a deacon) is a keyboardist/organist, his two brothers are drummers, and his sister sings actively in church. His late mother (an evangelist) also played both the piano and the drums in church.

Dexter, with the encouragement of family and friends, decided to release his own album when the timing was right…and the timing couldn’t have been any better than today. With song ideas created on his DAW over the years, Dexter chose the best ideas to begin constructing full-fledged tunes. Additional writing came by way of his wife and legal coach Toni Moore, Esquire (Everything Will Be Alright), and his business partner and friend Michael Upshaw (The Pace and Early Morning Rise.)

Dexter then brought in musicians to give the album that live and organic feel. The only thing missing was an album title, which was initially called “Keys of Life” from the suggestion of Toni. After thinking about it, Dexter did use it but made a small change and entitled it Keys To Life. Get it at CDBaby.

The Marc VW Allstars – Raise the Marc

On January 12th 2017, Tower of Power s bassist, Marc VanWageningen was struck by an Amtrak train while walking across the street on his way to their last performance at Yoshi’s Night Club in Jack London square. Miraculously, Marc survived. An outpouring of musicians came forward to support, contribute, and spread love through their gift of music as financial support was needed for Marc VW. One week after the accident, a benefit was held at Yoshi’s. The next morning, countless musicians filled the 25th St recording studio in Oakland CA, and in one day this CD was recorded.

Raise the Marc features Ray Obiedo, Peter Horvath, Marc Russo, Phil Hawkins, Larry Braggs and many more. The album is available at Amazon.com.