Eric Bolvin – No Boundaries

Award-winning composer & arranger, Eric Bolvin serves up some very tasty trumpet on his newest release Late Night Call from his forthcoming album, No Boundaries. This romantic and sexy track has everything solid urban jazz needs these days to race to the top of the charts: an easy flowing, bubbling bassline, a thoughtful and graceful melody, soaring horn textures behind the lead melody line and sweet synth atmospheres. The gently charming Late Night Call is smack dab in the middle of a unique palette of musical pleasures that will challenge fans of this vibe to explore new musical territory with Bolvin.

With this new release, Eric artfully demonstrates his versatility and perfectly embodies a spirit most independent artists wish they could access. That is, instead of trying to tailor all their tracks to be as accessible and radio friendly as possible, he finds a unique way to mix the mainstream with the adventurous, creating a listening experience completely connected to the unexpected. Eric’s lush, soulful horn playing is sure to keep audiences engaged from start to finish.

No Boundaries is something to explore at CDBaby.

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U S Smooth Jazz Compilation – Jazz Infusion – Session 1

The very first compilation CD put together by U S Smooth Jazz has arrived! There are 10 new and extremely talented musicians that make up this wonderful CD. The style of each track is slightly different as you will see as you progress through the album. This is a collection that moves from funky to traditional, from eclectic to pure poetry.

The U S Smooth Jazz website, www.ussmoothjazz.com, has grown to include many new artists and their great music. A play-list is available with the click of a mouse that does not require anything to be downloaded. Each musician gets their own page and the opportunity to promote and play 3 of their tracks at no charge for the first few months. After that, many are choosing to continue on the site and post more music for their fans to enjoy.

Out of this website, the CD “Jazz Infusion” has come to realization. What is the goal of this new venture? “To promote quality music outside the limited scope of popular culture.” Or basically, to make great music a reality again. Participating artists on the new CD include James Colah, Marcus Anderson, Everett B. Walters, ZOE, Vision Jazz, After 5 Jazz Ensemble, the Uptown Band, GTF, Deon Yates & Elizabeth Geyer.

Mike Phillips – MP3

Jazz Saxophonist Mike Phillips takes a trip to another dimension with his 3rd recording from Hidden Beach Records – the title of the album is most fitting, MP3. And if you want a quick taste of the album before it takes off, visit the Hidden Beach Records website and download a free sampler!! That’s right! Click here to gain immediate access.

Pre-Order the CD today & Mike will have an autographed copy waiting for you. This offer is also available on the website.

The CD showcases the complete talent, flavor & relentless energy Mike Phillips brings to the jazz format. He is joined at the hip with special guests Norman Brown, Andre “Choirboy” Allen, JaMal, Natalie Stewart, Lauren Evans & much more.

Source: The Urban Music Scene News

Kenny G – Heart And Soul

Kenneth Bruce Gorelick better known as Kenny G is certainly the most successful smooth jazz musician in music history. The Grammy awarded musician sold more than 50 millions albums only in the USA. Originally a member of The Jeff Lorber Fusion he started his solo career in 1982. His album Breathless (1992) sold over 15 millions copies, his album Miracles (1994) 13 million copies. For a complete summary of his discography visit Wikipedia.

What made Kenny G so phenomenally successful? At that time the smooth jazz format was very popular and Kenny G was the icon, pillar and sign of nearly every smooth jazz radio station. Time has changed. Some of the largest broadcast groups, especially Clear Channel and Arbitron, made the decision to dump smooth jazz in all markets. The audience has aged and younger people prefer other formats.

The term smooth jazz was always besieged by jazz purists like a barricade of wagons and Kenny G was entitled as regent of the smoothiverse. But Kenny G is still the most popular artist, the smooth jazz genre has ever seen. The release of a new Kenny G album is a highlight of the year and generates greatest attention.

Kenny’s 13th studio album Heart And Soul is scheduled for release on June 29th at Concord Records. The album is produced by Walter Afanasieff, who counts Whitney Houston, Celine Dion, and Mariah Carey to his clients, and by Kenny G himself. So await smooth jazz with an Urban/AC twist. Further artists on this album are Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds (No Place Like Home) and Robin Thicke (Fall Again).

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Lee Ritenour – 6 String Theory

The gear includes Gibson L5, Fender Stratocaster, Gibson Lucille and a Greenfield G4.2. The music is jazz, rock, blues, folk, classical and a few blends. The final ingredient to this party is a guest list that includes George Benson, Robert Cray, Vince Gill, B.B. King, Steve Lukather and many others. The host is “Captain Fingers,” Lee Ritenour.

On Concord records is Lee Ritenour’s 6 String Theory, a collection of 15 songs that celebrate the world’s most popular instrument: the guitar. Produced by Ritenour with John Burk, the set is performed by an all-star cast of renowned guitarists and future stars.

“Am I Wrong” features Keb’ Mo’ and Taj Mahal. Aided by Harvey Mason on drums, Nathan East on bass and Larry Goldings on Rhodes and Clavinet, the duo share guitar leads and vocals. Mahal also plays harmonica.

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Kenny Wright Experience – My Roots

Bass player Kenny Wright is since a long time an in-demand musician in the music business. His solo albums are Fresh Focus (1993), Comin’ at Ya (1995), Bottle of Wine (1998), Herbie, Miles and me (2006) and My Roots (2010).

He has performed with such legends as Stevie Wonder, The Whispers, Michael White, The Temptation’s Review, Supremes, Bobbi Humphey and others. Kenny and his backup band, Fresh Groove, have been busy opening for such acts as Gladys Knight, Kim Waters, Walter Beasley, and others.

He recently explained in an interview his motifs, his biography and influences quite openly. Characteristic for this independent artist are these sentences: “If You have money, you can buy a producer, hire excellent sidemen and pay for promotion. I have never had any of those luxuries. But I am confident that I have created some things musically that will outlive me, and for me that’s what I set out to do.”

Here you have the seldom opportunity to meet a truthful musician, who stands by his restricted opportunities and still releases his music against all odds. Kenny recorded his new album with fellow musicians like Charlie Etzel (keyboards), Wendall Shepherd (trumpet), Maynard Parker (guitar), Eric Kennedy (drums), Debbie Poole (vocals), Robert Rucks (strings), Jacob Yoffe (sax), and Kevin Porter (guitar). Kenny plays on this album six string bass, guitar, percussion and programming.

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Stanley Clarke – The Stanley Clarke Band

A new Stanley Clarke album is an event for me and his legions of fans. On this, his 3rd album for Heads Up International, he has surrounded himself with – and given great credit to – some of the world’s top young players in the jazz-rock arena. He’s also got drummer Lenny White in to share production duties.

And what a joy: even from the first bar of Ruslan Sirota’s ‘Soldier’ you know it’s a Stanley Clarke album. That distinctive bass sound cuts like a knife and always has something to say! This song alternates between melancholy and rockin’ out and comes to us at an appropriate time when the leaders of the UK and USA are discussing how and when to end at least one senseless conflict. Of course, it continues the theme of his previous solo release ‘The Toys of Men’. ‘Fulani’ was penned by long-time Clarke collaborator Armand Sabal-Lecco and is a fascinating mix of groove and drama, pulled off in a way that Clarke has made his trademark.

I also enjoy Clarke’s forays into ballad territory. I loved ‘What if I Forget the Champagne?’ from ‘East River Drive’ and I love ‘Here’s Why Tears Dry’ which showcases the searing guitar of Charles Altura, sounding like Jorge Strunz on Caldera’s ‘Sky Islands’ album. But funk is what I live for and in the updated version of an old song, ‘I Wanna Play for You Too’, I get plenty! Dirty, low bass with voice box and a chugging groove that doesn’t stop!

‘Bass Folk Song # 10’ is a funky solo piece from a series that began on an earlier album, sandwiched between a very blue, minor-key intro and fade. Which of Stanley Clarke’s fans doesn’t know the blissful ‘No Mystery’ from his RTF days? This time the staccato piano figure is provided by Hiromi, who really makes this song her own with a beautiful solo amid the rocky flavour that the song has in this version. The band rock it up, funk it up and even skank it up but it remains the Chick Corea masterpiece we know and love. Live, this must be knockout!

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