Denis Farfone – Forever Yours

Denis Farfone has long been regionally recognized a saxophone giant. Probably more than any saxophonist since Dexter Gordon, Charlie Parker and Sidney Bechet. Denis has been recognized as the Sultan of Soul. This album represents ten of his best soulful compositions. Farfone, made his reputation in the late-70’s with the explosive Sonido Ekos latin band and at Bear Mountain Inn with The Paul Pick Jazz Orchestra which lasted 10 years.

He performed in Nashville, New Orleans, Chicago and Cincinatti recording at The Ole Opryland Studio in Nashville before returning to New York. In the 80’s, no one was taking the time to really listen and give Denis his due. It was not until he began to record his own compositions under his Jazz Note label that he really began to be appreciated for his giant talent with CD sales.

Alto and Soprano saxophones try to soothe you with very soft Smooth Jazz that calms you as you listen from one song to the next. Some songs performed on alto saxophone and some on soprano saxophone depending on the nature of the song. Background instruments used to enhance the sound are two very different keyboards, percussion, fret-less bass, and strings.

Denis Farfone comments: “I hope you enjoy the sound I’ve created. This album will be performed live this summer in Stamford CT, Norwalk CT and Rye Playland, New York. It’s my gift to share for you to enjoy!”

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Patti Austin – Sound Advice

Grammy-winning chanteuse Patti Austin was born to sing and not just sing but to connect with millions worldwide through her undeniable gift of storytelling. Throughout her illustrious career, Austin has used her voice as a beacon of light in the music industry and beyond, creating timeless anthems and lending her voice to causes like her own Blue Movement (Austin’s inspiring campaign to end domestic violence), cancer awareness, children’s rights, mentoring and other issues important to her.

Patti Austin’s uniquely identifiable, crisp honey toned alto, along with her impeccable phrasing, sultry song styling and ability to take on any musical genre, has made her a treasure in American music. Topping charts as diverse as R&B, dance and jazz, Austin has collaborated with everyone from her godfather Quincy Jones (most recently on We Are the World 25 for Haiti), Michael Jackson (Off The Wall), James Ingram (Baby Come to Me) to Luther Vandross, Diana Ross, George Benson and Bette Middler, to name a few. On August 31, 2010 the awe-inspiring vocalist will release her Shanachie Entertainment debut, Sound Advice, a collection of powerful songs with potent messages that have personal meaning to the singer. Sound Advice follows Austin’s Grammy winning tribute to George Gerswhin, Avant Gershwin.

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Joyce Spencer – Sweet Dreams

A native of South Louisiana, Joyce Spencer’s musical influence came early and often because her grandfather (Freeman Fontenot) was a musician and one of the originators of zydeco music. Most of the family gatherings included music and song and the strong influence of blues, jazz, R&B, gospel, and the charismatic flavor of south Louisiana were all elements of her musical development. Also, her instrumental music eduction degree provided knowledge and training in other musical styles, including classical and jazz, which has allowed her to be more creative in writing and composing music.

Joyce grew up in a small town with limited resources to study music; however, it did not discourage her passion for music and playing in the Basile Middle/High School Band. She started playing clarinet in middle school, but grew very fond of the tenor saxophone in the 12th grade. Joyce later played the alto sax and flute in college, where she majored in instrumental music education and studied both classical and jazz at McNeese State University. She also sang in the McNeese Acapella and the Catholic Student Center church choir. Due to family responsibilities, she laid the instruments down for about 20 years; however, Joyce reignited her passion for music when she began singing and playing her alto and tenor saxophones and flute in churches, and eventually added the soprano sax. That led to other opportunities to play in solo acts, combos, and jazz/gospel bands that performed in several venues, and finally recording her first CD in 2010, with all of her original work.

The first CD consists of eight instrumental selections on soprano and alto sax, flute and three vocal selections. Even with limited resources and finances, Joyce’s faith in God to provide prevailed as she labored in writing and producing all of the music and lyrics. Her goal was the write in a smooth jazz/gospel style leaning toward more of a Praise and Worship gospel style of music to minister to your soul and help heal broken hearts.

Sweet Dreams is now arrived at CDBaby.

Travis Vega – U

All of his life Travis Vega has been fascinated with the timeless, all-encompassing qualities of without words.. Pure music. Travis feels words can sometimes take away from the true message… Travis music takes him beyond words, melding his passion and talent to create his rhythmic autobiography both in the studio and in live performances.

Like his role model, Travis has broken down barriers by crossing his music over into mainstream circles through an ethnic funk jazz-fusion. This combination entices bodies young and old to sway with the wholesome beat of pure passion. Through his talent, Travis has created a smooth laid-back melodic feel, earning him the “Rising Star” award in a Northern California. As an artist Travis is a bridge to deliver a positive musical message to an audience willing to journey with him. Travis…tunes are their escape and his expression of gratitude for all that music has blessed him with.

After Just Let It Flow (2007) and Smooth Urban Night (2008) Travis now releases his third album U (2010). Anew Travis allures the audience with appealing melodies and his amazing performance. His new album is now available at CDBaby.

Alan Adams – Testament

Alan Adams grew up in a classical music home, having his first piano lesson at the age of five. Throughout his childhood, he and his family traveled all across the big state of Texas competing in piano competitions and recitals. Living in a musical mecca like Texas that has produced artist such as ZZ Top, Stevie Ray Vaughn, The One O Clock Lab Band, Bugs Henderson, and Pantera to name a few, as well as living near the host town of the most prestigious piano competition in the world, (The Van Cliburn) Alan had a wide range of influences to draw from the past twenty-plus years of composing that would eventually serve him to create a music style all his own. Playing with bands and orchestra’s mostly as a drummer and percussionist in his young adult years, onstage and in studios was exciting, but it was composing and recording music where Alan’s passion grew.

Using only digital keyboard technology, and drawing from his love of Fusion and Jazz artist like Jeff Lorber, Chic Corea, and Herbie Hancock, Classical composers like Beethoven, Scarlatti, and Grieg, and Rock bands like Robin Trower, Grand Funk, Emerson Lake and Palmer, and even Ted Nugent, Alan has put all of those influences into a style of music that makes you forget that you are not listening to a room full of musicians. Living in Texas all his life, Alan has hung his hat now in the Pacific Northwest for the past five years.

For Testament, his third album, Alan Adams used his experiences in becoming born again to create a soulful set of smooth jazz instrumental melodies. You’ll be whistling these songs to yourself well after you turn the music off. As with his first two CD’s, My Notes and Fuel, Alan composed, recorded, and performed all the music that you hear, showing his wide range of talent and exceptional innovative use of digital keyboard technology. A must have in your collection.  Testament is now on sale at CDBaby.

Sound Of Vision – …Better Off Live

In 2009, Valerio Cantori and Orlando Machado set the first milestone of their ambitious project, to create a fusion band that could capture the multi-cultural sound of South-Florida. Recorded at the end of Sound Of Vision’s first national tour. For more information visit the website of the group.

Better Off Live is a synthesis of different music languages, performed by a multi-ethnical group that shares a common passion for the groove. A blend of contemporary jazz with multi-cultural urban funk and latin rhythms. A unique sound that crosses many stylistics borders. Enjoy it at CDBaby.

Bob Baldwin – Never Can Say Goodbye

June 25th, the day that rocked the music world with the tragic death of the King Of Pop, will mark a day of celebration of the life of Michael Jackson with the release of Never Can Say Goodbye, a fitting title of this thoughtful collection of past to present Jackson hits from contemporary jazz pioneer, Pianist/Arranger Bob Baldwin and speaks of the sentiment felt by millions of fans worldwide. A special radio tribute and promotion will be made available for broadcast, June 25th across the terrestrial, satellite, internet jazz radio spectrum, including his own “NewUrbanJazz Lounge” program.

Having received the blessing of the Jackson estate, and as a followup to previous Jackson hits on previous discs, “Goodbye” is the first jazz record to pay homage to MJ and boasts a sterling handpicked collection of Jackson classics served up Baldwin style. This stirring and feel good tribute to all the man was and the influence he had across the musical spectrum, features original Baldwin reads on the early Jackson 5 hits, the organic “I’ll Be There”, Jackson/McCartney hit “This Girl Is Mine” with a lovely Steve Oliver guitar/scat solo (the first on record) as well as the laid back and soul drenched Temperton classic, “Lady In My Life” (from the “Thriller” vaults) to the funky side with unique touches on “Bad” and the Gamble and Huff classic “Let Me Show You The Way Go”, as well as the highly infectious title track, featuring a cameo appearance from new Fourplay guitarist Chuck Loeb.

“She’s Out of My Life” gets the Nashville treatment, with the soulful guitar riffs ushered in by Special Efx staple Chieli Minucci. The personal Baldwin tribute “Prodigious” is soulful and sensitive, much like his approach to the entire project, while “Don’t Say Goodbye” is haunting and reflective.

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