LaVelle – Soul Piano Vol. 3

Welcome to the long awaited return of the “Soul Pianist” LaVelle in his triumphant third installment to the Soul Piano Collection. Volume 3 is much edgier than it’s predecessors, but delivers in setting the variety of moods that the Soul Piano series has gained popularity for. If you wanna dance, we have that record for you. If you wanna drink wine after a long day at work, we have that record for you. If you wanna enjoy an intimate evening with that special someone, we have that record for you. Soul Piano – Vol. 3 is what you need from Jazz. Thank you LaVelle for taking us along for this musical journey!

An accomplished musician and producer LaVelle has been playing acoustic piano since the age of 6. His long-standing love for Jazz and some of its ambassadors like Herbie Hancock, Bob James, Chick Corea and Joe Sample eventually lead him to pursue his own dreams. For more information about the artist visit his MySpace
Soul Piano – Vol. 3
just arrived at CDBaby.

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Andrew Neu – Try Something Neu

Philadelphia based Andrew Neu is as sax player, composer and arranger a constant factor in the local music scene. He performed with Elton John, Patti LaBelle, Mellissa Manchester, Mel Torme, Malcom-Jamal Warner, The Four Tops, The Temptations, Bobby Caldwell, Gerald Veasley among others. He has also recorded with Sister Sledge, Manhattan Transfer and jazz legend Buddy DeFranco.

He started his solo career with the album Inspire (2000), produced by Brian Bromberg, followed by In Clear View (2007) and this year Try Something Neu. Andrew’s third album is co-produced by Brian Bromberg, Chuck Loeb and Gerald Veasley and features guest-musicians Brian Bromberg, Chuck Loeb, Bobby Caldwell, Dan Siegel, Gerald Veasley, Dave Kochanski and more.

Neu is the German word for new and also the name of this gifted sax player. For the starting song Chez Cool Andrew Neu invited famous guitarist Chuck Loeb. A great flowing interplay lets both shine.

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Kirk Whalum – The Christmas Message

When you still search a good Christmas album, then visit Kirk Whalum’s blog. Although his The Christmas Message was already released in 2001, it’s still of timeless beauty.  Attending one of his concerts one immediately remarks his spiritual influences. He is true to the sound of his work and to his religious heritage. When Kirk plays a Christmas hymn,  you feel the spirit of Christmas.

I suggest to visit Kirk’s blog and follow one of the links to Amazon.com, iTunes or wherever you want to buy this fabulous album. And don’t forget to look after his new album The Gospel According to Jazz Chapter III coming next year!

Kevin Peter Jones – Magnetic Journey

One of Washington, D.C.’s most refreshing new talents, Kevin Peter Jones,  released his long awaited debut-album, Magnetic Journey on Tuesday September 29, 2009 on Sakestyle Entertainment. It is with good reason that Kevin has been on the rise since the journey to complete this project started in 2005. Known for his ability to blend a variety of musical genres and styles, he has produced an eclectic yet cohesive sonic experience, Kevin Peter Jones meticulously hand selected each song for this album project.

Exclusively produced by Kevin Peter Jones Magnetic Journey includes an all star cast of songwriters including Dave Grusin, Russell Ferrante, St. Louis Jimmy Oden, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Mike Miller, Michel Camilo and Dave Weckl to create a truly inspiring album. Musicians featured on the album include Eddie Baccus, Jr. (Pieces of a Dream), Grammy Award winners Russell Ferrante, Jimmy Haslip (The Yellowjackets), and Eric Marienthal, as well as Grammy nominated musicians Scott Ambush (Spyro Gyra), and Mike Miller (Chick Corea, Bette Midler, and Queen Latifah).

The first single off the album, “Piece of Cake” has a bright up-tempo Latin vibe written by Michel Camilo. Kevin Peter Jones truly makes this song his own providing a modern spin on a smooth latin-jazz classic. Give this album a try at CDBaby. You won’t regret!

J Sylvester – Inside Out

J Sylvester explores the Contemporary Jazz field in his first ever debut CD Inside Out under PobamMusic LLC, one of the most soul-filled, upcoming neo-jazz saxophonists. He was inspired by such saxophonists like Johnny Griffin, Dexter Gordon, Stanley Turrentine, Hank Crawford, Grover Washington Jr., David Sanborn, Kirk Whalum, Gerald Albright, and Everett Harp. J Sylvester’s has worked hard to establish a style of his own. His CD Inside Out exudes his passion from the first track to the last. Audiences are going to be easily seduced by the tone of his instrument.

He learned from such saxophonists as the legendary Fred Ford (Founder of PobamMusic), Dr. Bill Heard, Donald Hayes,  Pat Register, Rock Williams and Rod Allen. He would later go on to learn from local jazz guitarist Marlon Branch and keyboardist Tony Black.

J Sylvester moved from Memphis, Tennessee to Houston, Texas to further advance his career as a professional saxophonist.  Since his arrival to Houston, J. Sylvester has the honor of performing on stages of Scott Gertner’s Skybar, The Red Cat Jazz Café, 57 West and Grooves Restaurant and Lounge and performing with local musicians such as the incomparable Kyle Turner, Dean James, and The Joe Carmouche Band. Signed to PobamMusic, his eponymous debut album Inside Out was released July 2009 and is on sale at CDBaby.

Klay D-C – Ritmo

A member of Roy Ayers’ Ubiquity from 1999 – 2004, Klay Dumas-Copas has been composing since he was 16 years old. His band The Jazz Steppers won the Best Jazz Act MOBO in 1998. He released the solo album On Reflection through indy UK label Timewarp in 2000. In 2001 he was asked by Sony Jazz UK to put together a band for Guitarist Martin Taylor’s UK tour to promote Martin’s new album Nitelife produced by Kirk Whalum.

Ritmo is his second solo release presenting dynamic, lyrical latin jazz fusion from the creator of the MOBO winning Jazz Steppers. Your choice at CDBaby.

Sade – Soldier of Love

The wait is now over. Epic Records is pleased to announce the release of Soldier of Love, the highly anticipated new body of work from Sade. Soldier of Love — which will be released worldwide  on February 8, 2010 — is Sade’s first official studio album since the multi-platinum release of Lovers Rock in 2000.

Known for their one of a kind timeless sound, Sade has enjoyed phenomenal success both internationally and stateside throughout the span of their twenty-five year career. Since the release of their debut album, Diamond Life in 1984, the band has seen all five of their studio albums land in the Top 10 on Billboard’s Top 200 Album Chart selling a total of more than 50 million albums worldwide to date. They’ve been nominated for American Music Awards, MTV Video Music Awards and have won three Grammy Awards — first in 1986 for Best New Artist, then in 1994 for Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group for No Ordinary Love, and again in 2002 for Best Pop Vocal Album with Lovers Rock.

Soldier of Love was recorded in England and produced by the band and their longtime collaborator Mike Pela. For more information visit the websites www.sade.com or  www.sadeusa.com. According to Billboard.com, Sony label mate Maxwell (who has also collaborated with Sade bandmate Stuart Matthewman in the past) has heard a taste of the new project, to which he responded on his Facebook page: “Trust me, it’s so monolithic it’ll shake you in your shoes!”

Source: Epic Records/PRNewswire/Billboard