Atlantico – Always

The beautiful arrangements, piano and voice of Edu and the guitars of Ivo make a very powerful combination..

Edu Helou:

Born in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Edu is a Composer, producer, arranger, piano and keyboard player. He has been composing and performing for numerous projects from broadcast to dance, film and multimedia for names as: Kodak, Coke, SAP, IBM, Adidas, Banco Itau, Pao de Acucar among others.

In USA has been working for HBO, Cinemax, Disney doing music and Sound Design. Edu has played with many bands and singers in Brazil, such as Jussara Silveira, DuoFel, Guilherme Vergueiro, Patricia Marx, Claudio Celso, Raul de Souza among others. A recording artist himself, Edu’s first CD, “Sentido das Águas” (The Meaning of the Waters), was given great reviews in Keyboard Magazine. He has since released his second CD, entitled “Ser” (Being), which is distributed throughout Brazil and had been nominated for the Sharp Music Award.

Now in Florida, he is composing and producing soundtracks for Music Libraries such as Boosey & Hawkes, ABACO, and 5 Alarm Music among others, and forming the band Atlantico with Ivo de Carvalho, a original smooth pop bossa project.

http://www.eduhelou.com

Ivo de Carvalho:

A native of Brazil, Ivo has had a remarkable career as a renowned Guitarist performing with such recognized artists as Roberto Carlos, Guilherme Arantes, Marina Lima, Fernanda Porto, and Nestor Torres just to name a few.

Participating in the Pixinguinha Project and Globo Television Network music festivals of Brazil, he performed live with Cesar Camargo Mariano’s group as well as arranging for singers Leila Pinheiro, Emilio Santiago and Tete Spindola. Working along side respected maestro, Claire Fischer in LA’s Mad Hatter Studios, he recorded and mixed for famous recording artist João Gilberto.

Ivo’s soulfully warm execution of his instrument and his arranging abilities were made clear in his acoustic remix of the hit song “Butterfly” for Sony’s recording diva, Mariah Carey and the remix project for Earth, Wind and Fire.

Now in Florida, he is forming the band Atlantico with Edu Helou, a original smooth pop bossa project.

Always is available at CDBaby.

Cal Harris Jr. – Inside Out

More than a decade in the making, Contemporary Jazz composer Cal Harris Jr. is finally set to paint the world in vibrant colors with the release of his debut album Inside Out. Inside Out illustrates the story of Harris’s own unique background with an eclectic marriage of R&B, jazz, funk, soul, blues, and world music. His story, his gift, and his brand are poised to take the world by surprise with an extraordinary approach to Contemporary Jazz.

Cal Harris Jr.’s upbringing in Los Angeles was not a typical one. His earliest exposure to music took place literally in the company of legends. As the son of Grammy-nominated sound engineer Calvin Harris, Cal Harris Jr. grew up wandering the halls of the renowned Motown Studios in Los Angeles. In fact, one of his fondest childhood memories was a trip to the candy store with Melvin Franklin of the Temptations—a treat he would appreciate even more as an adult. It was within this environment that Harris. would develop a love affair with music…and a well-groomed talent.

“I fell in love with arranging music after attending a Commodores session with my dad. It was a great track and I fell asleep as they began working on the orchestration. I woke up a few hours later in a wonder land of music. Soaring strings and horns, and sizzling cymbal swells. It was amazing to hear the transformation, an experience I’ll never forget.”

Continue reading

Artur Bayramgalin – Electric Breezz

Ufa, Russia, born Artur Bayramgalin is an in-demand guitarist on the Russian music scene and performed with many top-notch Russian musicians such as Fidan Gafarov, Aidar Galimov, Fadis Ganeev, Radik Dinahmetov, and Azamat Gafarov.

Last year he started his solo career with the debut album Interro Island receiving rave reviews and high acclaims by some of the major Smooth Jazz Internet sites. The combination of local music with the smooth jazz style makes Artur Bayramgalin’s debut album Interro Island unique and unforgettable.

With the sophomore album Electric Breezz Artur makes the second step to the American market. Artur categorizes his new album: ”Funk, Nu Jazz, Smooth Jazz and Fusion are the unique flavors that mix into the upbeat and catchy tunes.”

Read more …

David Hughes – Cruising Along

A composer since he was old enough to reach the piano keys, the release of Hughes debut CD Swoosh united his greatest passions – composing and performing. With the release of Foreign Shores he achieved a new musical level, with more complex compositions and live, interactive performances.

On Cruising Along Hughes straddles the pop and jazz genres and focuses on melodic tunes, using improvisation as a flavor rather than as main ingredient. The goal was to write melodies that will stick in the listeners head and with improvisation as a flavor rather than main ingredient. The album title reflects that the CDs is intended as a sonic backdrop for the open road.

Special guests are Jamey Tate on drums, who along with Hughes tour with pianist David Benoit. College classmate Magnus Fritz recorded his drums in Stockholm, Sweden. Nate Tschetter delivered piano tracks from Nashville and pianist Rique Pantoja performs on a tune dedicated to himself. Hughes recorded former Benoit sax man Andy Suzuki before he left LA for Berlin. Longtime friend and collaborator John DePatie contributed the guitars, with help on one tune from David Archuleta guitarist Pathik Desai.

Cruising Along is available at CDBaby.

Warren Henry – Signs

Drummer, composer, producer, JPT Records founder Warren Henry was introduced to music at a young age by piano and vocal teacher Parthenia Turner. He later studied with drum instructors Charles Davidman & Wayne Wright landing his first professional job at age 18 playing for Broadway’s Gospel Lady Carolyn Byrd. With Byrd and the Canaan Baptist Mass Choir Warren would play Halls such as Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully.

Equal to his love for Gospel was Jazz and during those years he would Jam in Harlem Jazz clubs with artists such as Jazz legend, Blue Note organist Reuben Wilson. He was both performer and producer of Barry D’s 2005 Dove Nominated Release Handprint and has also performed, recorded or toured with Ted Lange, All-For-7, Gerald Trottman, Charles Mack, Loni Clark, Chapter 2, Jeanne Ricks, Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Daryl Coley, Rubin Singleton, Deloris Bowman, Eric and Sandra Huff, Kabala, The Inspirations of Joy, Eugene Cooper.

He is cousin to multiplatinum Grammy producer and label head Damon Dash.  His debut album is entitled Signs. This seven cut CD features guests Michael C. Lewis on trumpet, Bassist Bryant Wilder and Saxophonist Tyrone Birkett. Contemporary Jazz in the style of Drummers Jack Dejohnette, Billy Kilson, Brian Blade, Tony Williams.

Now available at CDBaby.

Tom Grant – Delicioso

Tom Grant‘s Firefly from the collection Midnight Groove – The Art of Smooth Jazz was the first song, which draw my attention to Smooth Jazz in 1998. 12 years later I look at Tom’s fantastic discography and his creativity makes me speechless. Meanwhile my national anthem is Angels Crossing from his album Edge Of The World, but who knows what kind of magic he creates next.

Now I have the answer. His new album is entitled Delicioso and as the title signals, we can await some really delicious treats. To support his mission Tom assembled a power team with Marion McClain, Dan Faehnle (guitars) and several more musicians. Let’s taste it!

Luxurium can be described as luxury at a premium level. The starting song has that quantum of elegance and high definition we enjoy with great pleasure. Paul Mazzio’s muted trumpet and Tom Grant’s glittering piano line set the perfect mood.

Read more …

Dave Koz – Hello Tomorrow

In a career that spans 20 years and a dozen albums, saxophonist Dave Koz has established himself as one of the most prominent figures in contemporary jazz. Yet, as noteworthy as his body of recorded work, entertaining live performances and other past accomplishments might be, Koz finds himself in an era of dramatic and sweeping change where everything once taken for granted is suddenly up for grabs. For Koz – and for all of us in this first decade of the new century – it’s a new day, full of new challenges and opportunities, and new rules that are still being written.

Koz embraces this era of change – and even the uncertainty that comes with it – on Hello Tomorrow, his debut on Concord Records. Produced by Grammy-winners John Burk and Marcus Miller (who also appears on several tracks), the album features a diverse army of high-profile guests: Herb Alpert, Jonathan Butler, Brian Culbertson, Sheila E., Boney James, Jeff Lorber, Keb’ Mo’, Ray Parker, Jr., Lee Ritenour, Christian Scott and others. Each of the thirteen tracks – most of then written by Koz and his collaborators, others penned by friends and legends – focuses on being open to new beginnings, and trusting that the future is unfolding in all the right ways for all the right reasons.

“I’m excited to be with a new record label, Concord Records, after nearly 20 years,” says Koz, “but it’s been a big change for me personally, and there’s always some apprehension that comes with big changes. The more people I talk to, the more I realize that there are millions of people with a similar story. Circumstances have forced them to take a step in a different direction or reinvent themselves in some way. They’re reaching a certain point where they see a life ahead of them that they never expected. Many of us are at the beginning of a new era, and we’d be wise to embrace it.

Continue reading