Unwrapped Vol. 6 – Give The Drummer Some!

Hidden Beach Recordings has a golden hand in combining jazz with hip hop, rap and R&B. Their Unwrapped series has gained a solid place in the heart of many fans. Unwrapped Volume 6 – Give The Drummer Some! features drummer extraordinaire Tony Royster Jr., who is currently touring with Jay Z and has played with prestigious artists such as P. Diddy, T.I., Jay Holiday, and en Vogue. The album was produced by Tony and Brody Brown.

Tony Royster Jr. performed drums and drum programming, while Brody played keys and bass. Additional musicians are Kay-ta Matsuno (guitar), Jeff Lorber (keys), Dante Jackson (keys & programming), Cat Daddy (bass & bass programming), Johnny Britt (trumpet, flugelhorn), Tracy Carter (keys & programming) and Tommy Organ (guitar).

Unwrapped Vol. 6 covers 10 groundbreaking hits of the hip hop, rap and R&B scene with a smashing new approach. The album already received high acclaims at Amazon after the launch in November 2009. Unlike Vol. 1-4 Unwrapped Volume 6 and its predecessor Volume 5 don’t stretch out to contemporary jazz. Keep in mind that most of the songs have nothing in common with jazz but offer unusual instrumental renditions on a very high level.

Blame It, taken from Jamie Foxx’s third album Intuition (2009), finds a new grandiose installment on this album. The vocal part originally by singer T-Pain is replaced by a gorgeous distortion guitar. The bass is darker and Tony Royster Jr. bursts out with a superior drum beat.

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Sandro Camerin – Once In A While

A busy player, Canadian guitarist Sandro Camerin resides in Vancouver British Columbia where he performs as a soloist and as a part of various musical groups throughout the area. He also maintains a teaching studio (Camerin Guitar Studios) where he accepts a limited number of students on a private basis. Best known for his Jazz/Rock fusion album Real to Reel Sandro’s style has been described as a cross between John McLaughlin and Lee Ritenour.

With Once In A While he offers  an interesting blend of guitar oriented moods and ideas with a distinctly West Coast flavor. The new album is on sale at CDBaby, where you will find more details.

Gregorie Howard – Gregorie Howard

Gregorie Howard has just released his self-titled debut album. The album was produced by Paul Brown. Guest musicians on this album are Ricky Lawson (drums),  Robert Vally (bass), Philippe Saisse (keyboards), Paul Brown (guitar & percussion), Marc Antoine (keyboards, guitar),  Alex Al (bass),  Jessy J (flute),  Chuck Cymone (drums, keyboards, bass), Joe Wolff (drums, bass, keyboards). Gregorie performs trumpet and flugelhorn. For more information about Gregorie Howard and his new album visit his website.

Gregorie’s debut album is now available at CDBaby.

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.

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!