Al/Capone – Mr. Smooth

The Al/Capone Band released in 2009 their jazz CD entitled, Mr. Smooth. The CD is a mix of smooth jazz, fusion, R&B, funk and Latin music and can be sampled and purchased on the band’s new website, CaponeLive.com. The CC Entertainment label presents eleven new songs performed by a renowned group of musical all stars including Alex Ligertwood on vocals, Allen Young, as songwriter and horn player, all backed by the sophisticated drumming of Jeep Capone.

“We’re going back to our musical roots with Mr. Smooth,” says, Gennaro, “Jeep”, Capone, band founder and leader. “I’m thrilled to be playing the music I love with such great musicians. Our band members have performed with the likes of Santana, Average White Band, Lena Horn, Sting, David Sanborn and Miles Davis, so you just can’t deny the magic,” he declares.

The CaponeLive website is an interactive resource to help visitors get to know the band and their music. Sample tunes from Mr. Smooth are available for easy listening. The Mr. Smooth CD is available under the smooth jazz genre on Amazon.com, iTunes and at Best Buy stores.

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Various Artists – United We Cure

Music for hope and towards finding a cure. United We Cure is a musical compilation featuring different artists paying homage to those who have had breast cancer or have been touched by it. As one artist puts it, “This cause is about a larger sense…of bringing hope and a cure to thousands of women. Believe. Belong. Be beautiful.”

Artists like Mindi Abair, Brian Culbertson,  Eric Darius, Paul Taylor, Norman Brown, Will Downing, Euge Groove, Gail Jhonson, Hil St. Soul, Leigh Jones, Kindred the Family Soul,  Hathway and Rahsaan Patterson have contributed to this project. According to Smooth Jazz Network the CD also offers a never-released song from the late Wayman Tisdale titled “Tulsa Chillin.” The compilation is available at Privacy’s website.

Jim Carr – The Acoustic Legacy Sessions

The Acoustic Legacy Sessions is a collection of laid back, guitar-oriented instrumentals in the new age and smooth jazz genres. Jim Carr is an instrumental recording artist who resides in Auburn, Alabama. He records guitar-oriented new age, smooth jazz, and newgrass music. Foremost Jim is known by his performance with Jam-Lab. This is a jam-based, jazz-fusion electric trio out of southwest Michigan. The band features John Austin (6-string electric bass), Jim Carr (electric guitar), and Mike Curtis (drums and percussion).

This album reveals Jim’s acoustic legacy and is presented at CDBaby.

Tyndra – Not Too Late

An album that lovers of good music derived from jazz will love certainly. Soft, romantic and poetic. High quality composition for songs composed by Italian guitarist Francesco La Barbera and performed by the Tyndra trio, a CD not to be missed. The CD is soft, dreamy and ethereal, with streaks jazz and, in some places, even a little rock.

Tyndra is an Italian group specialized on Jazz Fusion, Funk and Jazz. Nevertheless the melody is the most important feature of the group. For more information about the band visit their websiteNot Too Late is now available at CDBaby.

Tim Hillwood – Venture Out

After playing with various bands from rock to jazz and other types of music, Tim Hillwood left the domain of other song-writers and instrumental composers to write the music that seemed to flow to him naturally. Though always experimenting with original material, it became his main focus after an accident caused serious injury to his left hand, threatening his ability to play guitar again. These selections stem from the joy of a gift regained, with intention to uplift and inspire the listener.

With the exception of “The Wonder of It All” which includes vocals by Tim, Venture Out is a work of instrumental guitar crafting that goes beyond the norm. The melodic content is sometimes both complex and simple in expression. Complex in the counterpoint and finger-style, almost classical approach at times, yet simple in delivery of melody which may be written, and in other cases spontaneously improvised. The moods evoked can sometimes come from a feel that comes from a melodic jazz, and touches at times to what could almost be described as earthy and new-age.

It’s unique, and whatever you call it, may your soul smile and your day become lighter and brighter for the experience, because this music has a way of becoming friends with the listener. For the more electric side of Tim Hillwood’s original guitar music, visit www.ethospire.com. These unique and original acoustic guitar based selections are intended to lighten your day and inspire you. Some are solo-guitar compositions. Others include bass, keyboard, drums and more to create an uplifting melodic “space” that enhances your spirit now at CDBaby.

The Fonkmasters – Confunkshunal Chill Out

With this new project entitled Confunkshunal Chill Out, the Fonkmasters takes on a new brand called “smooth electronica” to help bolster their addictive arsenal of ambient/chillout soundscapes and funky smooth jazz laced grooves. Confunkshunal Chill Out is getting rave reviews from the preliminary feedback of industry insiders. This new brand of music can also be heard on the soundtrack of the highly anticipated film, ‘Cain and Abel’ of Mercury Rising Films, distributed by Maverick Entertainment.

Taste the new sound of Confunkshunal Chill Out at CDBaby.

Yukiko Matsuyama – Crème Brulée

Yukiko Matsuyama’s new release, Crème Brulée, is a joyful blend of Smooth Jazz and World music that will excite & delight! Japanese Koto with traditional western instruments, the Koto Yuki Band beautifully executes 10 original compositions by Matsuyama. Greg Vail’s soulful sax blends joyously with Yukiko’s Koto. Note: this is not your traditional “relaxation / meditation” Koto CD. You’ll find yourself taking this with you in the car, on bike rides, and wherever you want to feel the positive vibrations of happy music.

The band features Diana Dentino – piano & keyboards, Greg Vail – sax & flute, Vince VanTrigt – bass, Mike Bennett – drums & percussion, with help from Daniel Mulliken – cello, David Brock – violin & viola, Chris Darrow – guitar, Dave Wood – guitar, & Michael Kotzen – cajon. Crème Brulée is now on sale at CDBaby.

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