Austin Paul, Jr. – Soul Enhancer

Austin Paul, Jr. is a fourteen year old native of Pensacola, FL, where he attends school. The son of Mr. and Mrs. Austin Paul Conner Sr., Austin Paul Jr. began his career in music with the third grade band. His first performance was at New Dimensions Christian Center. This experience stimulated his interest for music. Austin Paul Jr. listened to the music of other saxophonists who have excelled in all areas. He went on to perform for local churches, fraternal organizations, and public services agencies. Austin Paul’s interest in music has not only inspired his own development, it has motivated his younger twin brothers and older sister to get involved in music.

With the support of his parents and family members, Austin Paul has been able to demonstrate his musical talent and his love for the saxophone. His inspirational music soothes the heart and touches the soul. It makes the listener want to sit back, relax, and let it seep deep with in. Austin Paul Jr. is looking forward to the opportunity to share his musical talent with the world and be a 100% Soul Enhancer. His debut album is now on sale at CDBaby.

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Fabio Mignola – Take Me Higher

Born in Locarno, Switzerland, an eclectic cultural environment with a strong Italian heritage, Fabio Mignola was fascinated by the intricate harmonies and rhythms of the various forms of folk and classical music that surrounded him. The simplistic beauty of the acoustic guitar quickly became the voice of this passionate musician.

After studying for several years with professor Dante Brenna, he graduated from Conservatory Donizetti in Bergamo in 1991. Mignola immersed himself in guitar studies and master classes with virtuosos like Alberto Ponce, Alexandre Rodrigues and Ralph Towner. Later on he was inspired by the spontaneity of jazz and the visual complexities of impressionism.This pursuit of music without boundaries led to solo recordings and many productive partnerships.

As a highly respected freelance musician, Mignola has also worked extensively on radio, television, soundtracks. With Take Me Higher Fabio offers mediterranean guitar  smooth jazz with Brazilian, Caribbean and funky influences. The album is available at CDBaby.

Henry B. Kativu – I’m Dancing

Henry B. Kativu was born in Harare, Zimbabwe to a musical family. He learned how to play guitars, piano, organ and drums while serving in his home church. At an early age of about 12 he was already creating bands and traveling with Gospel teams in and around Zimbabwe and neighboring countries. In 1985, He was part of a team sent to UK to plant a church which has since grown and spread throughout Europe. After moving to Canada in 1987, Henry established himself as a Gospel musician and traveled extensively in USA and Canada.

He has since produced 4 Gospel albums including the latest inspirational CD entitled I’m Dancing. Henry continues to produce music and share his passion and love of Christ as he travels in North America and abroad. The CD offers dynamic smooth jazz tunes, easy listening, with love ballads and a touch of Gospel with an Afro American flavor. If you ever enjoyed Koinonia Instrumental Music, then this instrumental CD will take you on a great musical journey you will never forget. Begin your voyage at CDBaby.

Ronnie Laws – Voices in the Water

YouTube, Google, MySpace. Enter “Ronnie Laws” in any search engine, and you’ll find worldwide die-hard admirers of his unique and compelling musical voice. They describe his work as outstanding, timeless, funky, bad-ass, high-quality, and real music to make you MOVE! People continue to sample his grooves, and admire his style. For more than 35 years, this musical legend has used his saxophone and his voice to satisfy his audience.

Ronnie’s most recent album, Voices in the Water, is his 26th solo release. It blends R&B with Jazz Fusion, and a surprising drop of rock and blues. This new album follows the success of his albums Dream a Little in 2000 (which yielded the Urban Adult and Smooth Jazz smash hit, Old Days/Old Ways, an Everlasting in 2004.

Voices in the Water is co-produced by Laws and veteran producer John Barnes (producer for Michael Jackson, Herb Alpert, and Betty Wright). The project, which was finalized and fine-tuned at Long Beach’s Century 22 Productions, is full of texture and imagination. An impressive list of musicians and vocalists add their own flavors to the album: Vocalists Louis Price, Martinette Jenkins, Joey Diggs and Bridgette Bryant, guitarists Rob Bacon and Freddie Fox, organist Tim Carmon, bassists Sekou Bunche and Alex Al, and legendary drummer James Gadson.

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dee Brown – A Little Elbowroom

Detroit born dee Brown is known by his collaboration with sax player Gentry Shelby (“Shelby Brown”) on the album Miracle. He started his solo career with the debut album No Time To Waste (2006). His sophomore album A Little Elbowroom was released in 2009 on the respected label NuGroove Music, which prospers under the guidance of David Chackler.

Dee dedicated the entire project to his father. “If it wasn’t for him introducing me to jazz, I would have never found my true love and passion.” Featured instrument on this album is the guitar inspired by George Benson and Wes Montgomery.

Further musicians on the album are saxophonists Dezie McCullers Jr., Darren Rahn, Trumpeter Frank McCullers, producer, writer Valdez Brantley, Chip Dixson, Nate Harasim, bassist Dave Henderson, Kern Brantley, vocalists Gerard Brooks and Dee D’mitri.

We are often confronted with the True Reality. In dee’s case the reality is mellow and appealing. Dee is supported by keyboardist Nate Harasim, who also co-wrote the song and Darren Rahn on sax.

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Kyle Wolverton – Soul Groove

Kyle was born in Seattle, Washington to Lee and Cherry Wolverton, an extremely musical family. Kyle’s Father, Lee as well as Kyle’s younger brother Joel, are also sax players. With Mom acting as the family manager and booking agent, the “Wolverton Family Sax Trio” was a very hot ticket throughout the greater Northwest. Much of their repertoire consisted of traditional gospel selections.

Growing up in the cozy, damp, environment of Seattle, Kyle had many hours to listen, learn, and play while watching the rain fall. With his early musical taste firmly rooted in gospel, Kyle found himself drawn toward influences such as Grover Washington Jr., Maceo Parker and David Sanborn. His love of fusion jazz combined with R&B influences such as Marvin Gaye, Luther Vandross, and Keith Sweat soon melded together to create a very unique sound.

Kyle studied music at Pacific Union College. While in school, Kyle founded the Smooth Jazz -Fusion band “Similar Differences”, who featured members of Taj Mahal. Similar Differences played throughout the Napa Valley and San Francisco Area. After college, Kyle traveled throughout the South Pacific playing with many native acts which broadened his musical horizons even further. Upon returning to the states, Kyle joined forces with Northern California’s premier blues band, “Marshall Law”.

In 2001, Kyle relocated to Los Angeles and has since performed with a countless list of fantastic recording artists of all styles. It is with much excitement and anticipation that Kyle Wolverton‘s debut solo project, Soul Groove is being released on CDBaby.

Hiromi – Place To Be

If all the world is indeed a stage, pianist-composer Hiromi Uehara has played on just about every corner of it. Since the beginning of the decade, she has supported her impressive body of studio work with an ambitious tour schedule that has electrified audiences throughout the U.S. , Europe, Asia and elsewhere with performances that have pushed the limits of piano jazz to new frontiers of compositional and technical skills.

Each stop on her journey – be it the world-class metropolis, the quiet college town or something in between – has introduced her to a new and singular vibe that has left an indelible impression on her creative sensibilities. Indeed, she has come away from every new place with just as much as she has brought to it, and perhaps even more.

Hiromi chronicles just a few of the many places and moments where she has experienced the almost mystical exchange between performer and audience on Place To Be, her new CD on Telarc International, a division of Concord Music Group. The album, her first solo piano recording, is set for release on September 2, 2009, in Japan, and January 26, 2010, in the U.S..

“I really wanted the record to be a kind of travel journal,” she says. “I’ve traveled so much in the last few years that I’ve started to wonder exactly where is the place that I’m supposed to be. Traveling takes so much out of you. It can be exhausting. But as soon as I go on the stage and I see people who are very happy because of what I’m doing, it just erases all of the struggles and the craziness that can come with all the traveling, and it really fulfills me.”

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