Sam Levine – Sax In The City

Nashville studio musicians know Sam Levine as one of the busiest woodwind players in town. In one day he might play saxophone for a country artist, flute or penny whistle for a gospel artist and clarinet in a traditional jazz band. His playing has given color and expression to a wide variety of artists’ tracks, including Amy Grant, the Neville Brothers, Vince Gill and Michael McDonald. He is known for his reliable ensemble skills and his melodic, expressive solos.

Sam has more than 10 artist Cd’s in the smooth jazz and contemporary Christian genres. He has been nominated three times for a Dove Award and played on at least two Grammy Award winning recordings.

Sax In The City is an unabashedly commercial smooth jazz project. As such, it’s something of a musical time machine as Levine reprises big-time radio hits from the ’70s and ’80s, including two (!) from Ambrosia, The Biggest Part Of Me and How Much I Feel, as well as Hall & Oates’s Sara Smile, George Michaels’ Careless Whispers,  Little River Band’s Reminiscing, Earth, Wind & Fire’s After The Love Has Gone.

Levine gives it to the listener straight in an equally straightfoward Nashville studio production. And one can imagine the music working its magic in any number of upscale, equally retro singles bars, the requisite soundtrack to good cognac and the hoped-for seduction that follows. This album is available now at CDBaby.


Mark Adams – Something’s Going On

Mark Adams is a worldly jazz & soul jazz seasoned artist. This prominent jazz pianist’s third release, Something’s Going On, produced with Roy Ayers is a gumbo of R&B, soul and the purest jazz for the soul (Soul Jazz). Mark has worked with some of the finest artist in the industry such as the wonderful jazz icon Roy Ayers, Ronnie Laws, Wayne Henderson, Jean Carne, Lonnie Liston Smith, Bobbi Humphrey, Jon Lucien, Tom Brown, Angela Bofil, Zachary Breaux, Mikki Howard, Lela Hathaway, Ron Carter, Hugh Masekela, Chico Freeman, Eddie Henderson, The Brooklyn Funk Essentials, Savion Glover, Dave Valentine, Noel Pointer and Tito Puente.

The Soul Jazz Experience is a precious collection of America’s rawest art form that has expanded to create new horizons in this beautiful, note genre of self-expression while preserving the seeds and roots of improvisation. This is Mark’s homage to those incredibly talented and courageous pioneers who made the blueprints for all music labeled as jazz. Add Jazz with a dash of hip-hop, a pinch of R&B and a whole lot of soul to create a sound to caress the senses and tantalize the soul….while keeping the true essence of Jazz in tact.  Taste Something’s Going On at CDBaby.

Jesse Cook – The Rumba Foundation

E1 Music released the new album by world music guitarist extraordinaire Jesse Cook. The Rumba Foundation was released on September 29th, 2009. The Rumba Foundation brings Cook on a journey across time, space and sound. In the 1800s sailors travelled to Spain carrying a hot new rhythm from Cuba: Rumba. Gypsies took this dance rhythm and created their own hybrid: “Rumba Flamenco.” 150 years later, Jesse makes it a round trip by bringing Rumba Flamenco back to its roots, but modernized in what might be his strongest work yet.

With this new release, Jesse melds his trademark Rumba Flamenco style with the music of Cuba, Haiti and Colombia, among others. With all of the instrumental pyrotechnics he employs, Jesse”s emphasis is always on the melody and the infectious rhythms that make him an airplay favorite. Amidst all of his dazzling, soulful original compositions, Jesse adds a special highlight — a spectacular arrangement of Paul Simon”s classic “Cecilia,” an adaptation that is as creative and catchy as anything he”s ever recorded.

Jesse Cook has sold over 1 million albums world wide, and over 400,000 in the U.S. alone. In 2008, he achieved something no one before him ever has. He dominated both the smooth jazz radio charts with his Top 3 single, “Café Mocha,” and the Billboard New Age chart with his #1 album “Frontiers,” which to date has spent over 70 weeks in the Top 10. Jesse Cook is a 2009 Acoustic Guitar magazine Player”s Choice Silver Award winner, finishing second only to the legendary Paco De Lucia. At the same time, he continues to play sold-out concerts all over North America and indeed the world, electrifying audiences everywhere with energetic, virtuosic, and melodic concerts.

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Matt Marshak – Family Funktion

Long Island born guitarist Matt Marshak gave us already the albums Preservation (2001), This Time Around (2004),  Groovosphere (2006) and On The Rocks (2008). Now he is back with his brand-new album Family Funktion (2009). Guest musicians on his new album are Shilts (Down To The Bone), David Mann, Stix Bones, Benjie Porecki, Kevin Flournoy, Carl Carter, Chris Marshak, Hans Z, Carl Burnett, Deadra Aziza and more. Matt comments his new album: “To me, it’s just not all about me. It’s about the whole unit and the people I work with.”

How Ya Like Me Now is the question and starting theme of Matt’s new album. Matt takes the direct way to you heart playing his guitar in a straight way without any decoration. I Will Be With You features Shilts, who is widely known as sax player and front man of the project Down To The Bone. The track has some acid jazz flavor injected with a hard snare beat and Shilt’s signature sound. At the second part of the song Matt, Shilts and keyboardist Kevin Flournoy walk into a heavy acceleration of the theme.

On the slow-tempo Uptown Mario Cruz flourishes on flute and sax. Mario performed and toured with the legendary rock-fusion group Blood, Sweat and Tears, Bruce Springsteen, Dave Edmunds, Natalie Cole and blues artist Willie Deville. Mario’s sax and Matt’s guitar push the tune to the final summit.

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Paul Gadbois – Natures Groove

This collection of original compositions is a musical reflection of the majesty of nature and of the one who created it. Nature and the laws that govern over it in some way inspire each song on this CD. Cut by a River, reflects on the natural forces that create wonderful places like the Grand Canyon.

Dawn is inspired by the natural cycle of a dark night turning into a brand new day. Natures Groove is a simple commentary about the rhythms and melodies of nature that surround us everywhere we go. Time Changes is a confirmation of the fact that time is a perception that brings with it the change that happens before our very eyes. Lest we forget that everything changes except the law of change, which states that all things change. Breath of an Angel is a gentle composition that was inspired by a cool summer breeze that refreshes you from the warmth of the Sun.

Mr. Sky was an awe inspired expression of the sky, the planets and the intelligent order of the universe. Sangria on the Waves is a smooth jazz representation of the calm feeling that you get when sitting at the beach watching the waves roll in while drinking a cold beverage. So Sweet! Kalypso is just a party song that embodies the spirit of the islands and those who live on them. All About Now represents that moment in time when time itself stands still and for the one who is in the moment, it’s All About Now.

Natures Groove was created to relax the listener, relieve stress and promote overall well being. Now released at CDBaby.

Frank Gambale – Best of the Smooth Jazz Side

Gambale is a guitar virtuoso. This wonderful collection spans some 20 years of his finest contemporary jazz music. It’s funky, it’s melodic and it’s burnin’. If you have never heard Gambale before this is a good place to start. You’ll soon look for more.

This is the first time a “Best Of” collection of all his smoother jazz music has been assembled. All these songs feature Gambale blazing on his archtop jazz guitars. You can buy this album for the first time at CDBaby, where you can listen to soundclips of this album. If you want the album for a lower prize, visit Frank’s website.

Brian Bromberg – It Is What It Is

Following his Grammy nominated Downright Upright and backed by a killer horn section, Brian Bromberg gets loose and funky throughout the 13 tracks on It Is What It Is, including his unique spin on the B52’s dance classic Love Shack.

The album features George Duke, Patrice Rushen, Jeff Lorber, Dave Weckl, Dan Siegel, Randy Brecker, Eric Marienthal, Richard Elliot, Gerald Albright, Rick Braun and more! Brian Bromberg has garnered a hard-earned reputation as one of the most versatile and respected players in music, amassing an enviable catalog of straight ahead and contemporary jazz showcasing both upright and electric basses. Confounding the music industry with a string of innovative, eclectic releases since 1985, Bromberg has spent the last decade recording projects driven by very specific sounds and themes – from Wood (acoustic bass) and Metal (electric bass) to other diverse projects celebrating the artistry of fretless bass pioneer Jaco Pastorius (Jaco) and his Grammy®-nominated smooth grooves of Downright Upright.

On his fourth project for the Mack Avenue label imprint Artistry Music, It Is What It Is, Brian unleashes another wide palette of styles letting the chips fall where they may. It’s a decidedly funky 13-track set that features a killer horn section and includes not only evocative original compositions but also two cover songs that are sure to raise some eyebrows: The B-52s’ new wave dance classic “Love Shack” and Quincy Jones’ instantly recognizable TV-Land nugget “Sanford & Son (The Streetbeater)”.