Doug Markley – 90 Degrees

Doug Markley started playing lap steel guitar at the age of 7. He recorded 4 spiritual albums with the Joe Clemmer Band, a local music store owner in the Philadelphia suburbs. He formed the band “Elysian Fields” in high school. Then joined the rock band “Cagney” from Blackwood, New Jersey. He went to the University of Miami School of Music for 4 years. Doug took sight reading lessons from Pat Metheney there. Other students at the time included Bruce Hornsby, Jaco Pastorius, and Steve Morse.

Doug’s father died and he moved back to Philadelphia where he started the Markley Band, an original jazz fusion band. All the tunes played by the band were written by Doug. At that time, the late seventies, jazz fusion was a new music form in the area. The band knocked down a lot of doors to play in rock and disco clubs.

The Markley Band has performed thousands of shows and concerts and has performed with Robert Cray, Rick Derringer, Spyra Gyra, Stanley Jordan, Larry Coryell, and Jeff Lorber, to name a few.

Doug’s melodic tunes have been used for numerous radio and television shows across the country and continue to be sought after for commercial use. If you listen to the radio or watch television you have undoubtedly heard his music.Doug continues to play and record music for his fans all over the world. He lives with his family outside of Philadelphia.

90 Degrees is Doug newest album and now on sale at CDBaby.

Take 6 – The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

It might be the parties. Or maybe it’s the roasting of chestnuts. Or the caroling out in the snow. Whatever the reason, most people consider the holiday season to be the most wonderful time of the year. That’s certainly the case among the members of Take 6, the a Capella group that has been mixing elements of jazz, gospel, R&B and vintage doo-wop for nearly 25 years. Winners of 10 GRAMMY® Awards, 10 Dove Awards, one Soul Train Award and two NAACP Image Awards, the group has made an indelible musical and cultural mark in the past quarter century – whatever the season.

Every member of this brilliant vocal team – Claude McKnight III, Mark Kibble, Joel Kibble, David Thomas, Dr. Cedric Dent and Alvin Chea – has held onto fond childhood memories of the holidays and made them a part of their adult lives. The timeless magic is very much a part of the their new holiday CD, The Most Wonderful Time of the Year, a collection of seasonal favorites that are as heartwarming as a crackling fire and a festooned evergreen.

The primary objective in the making of the album was to create a sense of familiarity, says McKnight, who founded Take 6 in the ‘80s with some classmates from Oakwood College in Huntsville, Alabama. “We wanted all the songs on this album to be the kind that people would hear and say, ‘Oh, yeah, I sing that at Christmas time,’” he says. “We each picked songs that we sing with our families every year at the holidays… We just wanted to make a record that would, for most people, just put out a really cool, all-around Christmas vibe.”

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Kirk Whalum – Everything Is Everything

Legendary saxophonist Kirk Whalum enjoys with albums like For You (1998), Unconditional (2000), Kirk Whalum Performs the Babyface Songbook (2005), and Roundtrip (2007) the Smooth Jazz community.

His new praline is entitled Everything Is Everything and released on Mack Avenue Records August 31, 2010. Kirk has dedicated this album to Danny Hathaway, who would be 65 years old on October 1, 2010. John Stoddart on Fender Rhodes, Shedrick Mitchell on organ, guitarists Jef Lee Johnson and Larry Campbell, bassist Christian McBride, percussionist Bashiri Johnson, and drummer John Robert support Kirk’s new project.

Kirk introduces into his new album with Giving Up. An intimate melody conjuring the nostalgic atmosphere of Donny’s time. Those, who are familiar with his music will love the wonderful arrangements of Gil Goldstein and John Stoddart. The rising horns in combination with Kirk’s leading sax is symptomatic for the style of that decade.

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Paul Russo – Paul Russo

Paul Russo a tenor, alto and soprano saxophonist with four CD’s under his belt. Three within the top 10 Billboard list. In 1971 at the age of 12 years old he began playing the flute, tenor and alto saxophone. Grow up listening to John Coltrane, Grove Washington and Cannonball Adderly. Paul Russo is an internationally acclaimed artist who has performed all over the world.

He has toured with many major artist Teena Marie, Wayne Henderson, O’jays, Temptations, Chaka Khan, Louis Bellson, Ronnie Laws just to name a few. Currently touring with Wayne Henderson’s Jazz Crusaders. Always a crowd-pleaser with his orgasmic harmonics and funky jazzy licks. When performing in London at Ronnie Scott’s one reviewer refer to him as Coltranesque multiphonics on the sax.

This 5th CD is a collection of music then and now. Enjoy! You won’t be disappointed. John Coltranesque multiphonics on the sax. Three top 10 CD’s on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Charts. Always a crowd-pleaser with his orgasmic harmonics style and funky jazzy licks. With songs like Mulatto and Butterfly New how can you lose.

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Dan Vogel – Transitions

Dan Vogel grew up in the mid-western United States, the son of a pastor and youngest of four siblings. Eventually leaving to pursue performing full time, he paid his dues on the club circuit before joining the Air Force Band in San Antonio, Texas. While there, he performed with jazz, country, rock and big band ensembles as well as copious off-duty “pay-gigs” in nearby Austin. Upon completing his enlistment, he moved to Austin and was soon in high demand, performing with Tommy Shane Steiner, Tammy Graham, Rayvon, and Major Lee Burkes as well as with his own projects. He resumed session work as well, with artists such as Andre’ Venson, Dr. James Polk, Dizzy Lizard, and many others.

In 2001, Dan once again put his engineering and production experience to work as he, along with keyboardist Howard LeNoble and bassist Alvin Dawkins, formed Jacob’s Ladder and released their CD “You’re The One” to regional acclaim. Dan has become increasingly sought after as an engineer and producer as well as a guitarist. Since 2001 he has produced, engineered, and played on numerous recordings for a wide range of artists as well as commercial and jingle work for corporate clients such as Dell Computers, Main Street Homes, and the Texas Department of Health. In addition, he has taught guitar and music theory, done clinics for church music teams, worked with various music programs for inner-city youth, and released an independent CD of original instrumental jazz compositions entitled September Serenade.

His newest album is entitled Transitions presenting original instrumental acoustic music with elements of finger-style, Latin jazz, and even funk. Now available at CDBaby.

David Becker Tribune – Batavia

Most artists put a lot of themselves into their work. Batavia (Acoustic Music Records, 2010), by the David Becker Tribune, is more deeply personal for the leader. The 13-song album chronicles the experiences of his mother’s family, Dutch nationals who endured captivity in Indonesia and Holland during World War II.

For most of the recording, Becker is accompanied by brother Bruce Becker on drums, and Bolle Diekmann on bass. An assortment of guests appears on selected tracks.

The title song’s haunting mood captivates from the opening phrases. Becker plays electric and acoustic guitars. Russell Ferrante of the Yellowjackets is on acoustic piano, and Aniela Perry sits in on cello. Bass and drums are effective with their subtle, yet engaging, touches. Inspired by the Dutch name given to the capital of Indonesia, “Batavia” was the first port of entry for his grandparents when they visited the nation. Becker’s lead is terrific, but the ensemble as a whole gives this an almost orchestral feel.

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Paul Brown – Love You Found Me

Tagged by critics as Babyface of smooth jazz, producer Paul Brown made superstars out of saxmen Boney James and Richard Elliot and gave guitarist Peter White a simmering irresistible groove. He performed with Al Jarreau, Boney James, Jeffery Osborne, Kirk Whalum, Larry Carlton, George Benson, Patti Austin, Marc Antoine and many more.

Paul’s solo projects are Up Front (2004), followed by The City (2005) and White Sand (2007). He also did a fantastic collaboration with Marc Antoine on the album ForeignXchange (2009). Marc commented: “We put our hearts and souls into the music and feel very strongly that our fans are going to be as excited about these songs as we are.”

Paul’s newest album is entitled Love You Found Me and is scheduled for release September 28th on Shanachie Entertainment. Paul invited a lot of great musicians to his new project like Jeff Carruthers, Dax Reynosa, Boney James, DeYon Dobson, Michael Ripoll and more. For further details about the musicians scroll down to the really big list.

The album starts with the bluesy Sugarfish. A relaxed finger snapping melody with a hooking aura Paul has co-written with Jeff Carruthers. Jeff already worked with Paul on his albums Up Front and White Sand.

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