Jim Carr – The Green Room

Jim Carr is an instrumental recording artist who resides in Auburn, Alabama. He records guitar-oriented new age, smooth jazz, and new-grass 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).

After The Acoustic Legacy Sessions Jim Carr offers his second album entitled The Green Room. A collection of laid back, guitar-oriented instrumentals in the new age and smooth jazz genres now on sale at CDBaby.


Guy “Pop Du” Johnson – Life Is Good

Guy “Pop Du” Johnson was born in Long Island, New York where his parents exposed him to the wide range of performing arts of New York City. This exposure is where he developed his interest in music. Opera did and still does remain to be a part of his listening preference, which in turn helped him develop his unique tone on the curved soprano saxophone. He is the former CEO of Southwind Records of Columbia South Carolina, where he undertook many community projects and educational services. The Jasmine Supper Club, in Myrtle Beach, SC still remains to be one of his greatest achievements, where fine dining and live jazz was presented at it’s best.

Guy and his wife Linda is the only reason Myrtle Beach hosted national acts such as Bob James, Jimmy Smith, Spyro Gyro, Gato Barbieri, Kim Waters, Yellowjackets and many more. Currently Guy has released his national smooth jazz project titled Life Is Good produced by smooth jazz great Kim Waters. His life’s motto is “I would rather go through life with God than without God”. On this album Guy PopDu Johnson respectfully express through the curved soprano saxophone the emotions of Gato Barbieri and the spirit of Groover Washington. Life Is Good at CDBaby.

Michael C. Lewis – Reflection

Known for creating music from a personal expression of his spirit as a Trumpet Stylist, Michael has released his first CD called Reflection. This CD features his trumpet, flugal horn, and vocals over a variety of cool, smooth, hip-hop, and funk grooves. This long awaited collection is now available to Michael C. Lewis fans.

Well entrenched in the Jazz Music World, Michael has extensive credits having worked with, Hank Crawford, Jimmy Heath, Wilson Pickett, Patti Labelle, Pharoah Sanders, De La Soul, Alex Bugnon, Frank Lacy, Kirk Whalum, Lenny Pickett, Wayne Krantz, and most recently Bill Cosby’s Cosnarati Videos. He also has performed many shows with his band, The Michael C. Lewis Jazz Experience.

Born and raised in Houston Texas, Michael began playing the horn at 12 years of age. Michael now makes his home in Harlem, New York. He graduated from Berklee College of Music in Boston and also studied at Texas Southern University. He is currently pursuing his Master’s Degree at New York University. His influences include Freddie Hubbard, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Herbie Hancock, and The Crusaders.

In his new CD, Lewis worked with Grammy Winning Engineer Jeff Jones ( best contemporary blues record) and Wendell Brooks. He has created an intimate and intense experience where the listener can hear the spirituality and sensuality of the Michael C. Lewis expression, with an intellectual edge to it that makes it “Cool like smoke on ice.” Michael says ” I am excited to step out as a solo artist and to meet people who enjoy my music.”

Reflection just arrived at CDBaby.

Saltman Knowles – Return of the Composer

Saltman Knowles, called “a fine example of all that is good in contemporary jazz,” once again stays true to melody and original composition in their latest release on the Pacific Coast Jazz label, Yesterday’s Man.

On the heels of their critically acclaimed fifth CD, Return of the Composer, bassist Mark Saltman and pianist William Knowles have produced a sophisticated yet rhythmically driven statement with a fresh point of view that illustrates the importance of combining intricate song craft with introspective emotion. Lori Williams-Chisholm returns to provide what JazzTimes calls “her exquisite wordless vocals” encased in a sultry, smooth sound.

Source: Pacific Coast Jazz

Richard Chadwick – Still Dreaming

Versatile guitarist Richard Chadwick was born in Montreal, Canada in 1956. He raised on 60’s and early 70’s Rock. Some of Richard’s early guitar influences were George Harrison, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page. In the early 70’s Richard worked in various clubs and dances in the Montreal Area developing his style. In 1975 he moved west and got caught up in booming Country and Western scene in Alberta. Road work, session work, T.V work followed further honing Richard’s skill’s. In 1981 the Guitarist moved to Los Angeles to study at G.I.T (Guitar Institute). Some of Richard”s teacher’s included Howard Roberts, Tommy Tedesco, and Jay Graydon!! Heavy duty for sure! Those years in L.A drew Richard closer to a jazz, Blues based style.

Through the years Richard’s style as a constant sideman from L.A to London to Vancouver has absorbed many different musical colors. Since moving to Vancouver, Richard continues to play in clubs and sessions and most recently of course working on his debut instrumental CD Still Dreaming with producer Ray Garand. The recording is now finished and  Still Dreaming now available at CDBaby.

Robert Sanae – The Crater Creek Project

Robert Sanae presents his new album The Crater Creek Project. Smooth Jazz, with influences from many genres, with classic jazz feel. Extremely contagious and timeless melodies and grooves. Ron Gable of the Jazz Advocate states, “Robert Sanae is a a credible player on all instruments, his forte is the composition and blending of sounds. What comes out is the real McCoy, a truly new version of an old art form”.

A native Daytonian, Robert Sanae is a product of a rich musical heritage with relatives that are accomplished musicians themselves, some being members of noted Dayton groups as ‘Sun’ and ‘Dayton’, and his father, Robert Jones Kuumba, an original member and a percussionist of the acclaimed Ohio Players. Robert was inspired groomed and nurtured by his grandmother, Ollie Tyler Brame, and her passion for music, as a pianist and organist for her church. He was also reared in a household where his parents unwittingly exposed he and his three sisters to a diverse range of music which indelibly has had its affect and influence on him to this very day.

Robert began his professional career as a member of the R&B Group ‘Zapp’ featuring Roger Troutman, where he was a trumpeter, keyboardist, vocalist and also learned numerous other skills, including audio engineering and editing. During his tenure with the Troutman organization, Roberts’ performance credits encompassed five albums out of the Troutman camp, which included ‘Zapp IV’ and its hit track “Computer Love”, Robert composed and arranged the horn parts for several tracks as well as singing background and some small lead vocals on that project; Roger Troutman’s solo project, The Human Body,  Shirley Murdock’s debut album As We Lay, Sugarfoot’s solo Project Kiss. While touring Robert was a valuable addition to the show and was featured throughout, creating choreographed routines and performing gymnastic stunts.

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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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