Posts Tagged ‘ Acoustic Guitar ’

Juan Carlos Mendoza – Mediterranova

Spanish bassist Juan Carlos Mendoza gained my attention through his CD Thanks To Life, an album with many musical surprises. His debut album from 2005 is entitled Mediterranova and shows the origins of this remarkable artist.

Originally from Chile he continued his musical life in Barcelona (Spain) and further on the Canary Islands, where he played with various jazz-rock groups. Then he arrived at Majorca and joined countless bands with local musicians. Further he traveled to Madrid and participated as a member of several groups. After 10 years both in the studio and live with the band Hevia he recorded his first album.

The recordings are supported by guitarists Juan Calleja, Nando Concalez, Jayme Marquez, Toni Jimeno, keyboardists Gherardo Catanzaro, Marco Rasa, Alexis Hernandez, drummers Minin Figuerola, Christian Costantini, David Hyam and many more. Although no artists from the known orbit of smooth jazz are involved, this is however an interesting work.

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New Latitude – Convergence

ConvergenceGuitarists and composers Dave Erickson and Jim Carr started New Latitude to play original music and share their passion for instrumental acoustic guitar music. Their CD Convergence is 100% original music with great synergy and acoustic guitar interplay on every song.

You find this album under Crossover Jazz at CDBaby.

Peter White – Smile

When distinct modesty couples with excellent artistry, this applies absolutely to the guitarist Peter White. The uncrowned leader of the smooth jazz genre has already released his fourteenth studio album, his third for the label Heads Up International.

White is joined by vocalists Mindi Abair and Stevo Theard, trumpeter Rick Braun, saxophonist Euge Groove, keyboardist Philippe Saisse, bassist Nate Phillips, percussionist Ramon Yslas and his daughter Charlotte White on violin.

Stylistically White remains faithful to himself. Also on this album the acoustic guitar is his favorite instrument. All tracks are written by Peter White and DC with the exception of Don Quixote’s Final Quest, which Peter composed with Freddie Ravel.

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Steffen Goeres – A Dozen One Afternoon

DozenIt is a tribute to Steffen´s high quality education and musicianship that these twelve songs were recorded on the nylon string guitar in just one afternoon – a “live” recording somewhat rare in studios these days, where multiple takes, overdubbing and digital remastering are commonplace. Hence the title A Dozen One Afternoon.

This purity and simplicity in the production fits well with Steffen´s style of composition. The tunes might best be described as smooth jazz, with each one arranged to combine strong melodies, beautiful harmonies and impeccable timing – all played with the warm rich tones that only the perfected classical technique produce.

The twelve songs on this album were recorded on the Nylon String Guitar – a “live” recording, somewhat rare in studios these days. The tunes might best be described as soft jazz – intelligent and sophisticated, yet entirely listenable to any audience now at CDBaby.

Ken Navarro – Ruby Lane

Guitarist Ken Navarro celebrates the release of his 21st album Ruby Lane with a glass of delicious red wine. Meanwhile, Ken has disconnected from the chains of the Smooth Jazz format and focuses on pure guitar music.

The difference is audible on the interpretation of Boz Scaggs Can I Make It Last (Or Will It Just Be Over). The primeval sound of abundance of pure acoustic guitar testifies sophisticated recording technology.

Running Toward the Sun is propelled by the rhythm arrangement. The guitar is self-perpetuating the rhythmic guidelines. Kings and Queens is dedicated to Coretta Scott King and Ethel Kennedy, an interlaced piece with its own dynamics.

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Earl Klugh – HandPicked

Guitar virtuoso Earl Klugh performs as professional musician since more than four decades. Starting as a 17 years old guitarist on George Benson’s album White Rabbit he wrote music history with numerous contributions.

His newest album HandPicked was released July 30, 2013 on the Heads Up label and already hits at #1 on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Album chart. HandPicked is a solo guitar album with no additional instruments. The more amazed the enormous economic success of the album. This is due to Klugh’s outstanding expressiveness on acoustic guitar.

Klugh has made himself a personal birthday present with 12 covers of popular pieces and four originals. The album starts with Alfie written by Burt Bacharach in 1966. Burt wrote the song for the movie after he had seen some of the scenes. The melody is appealing and found Klugh’s interest and wish to include the song in premier place.

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Patrick Yandall – Acoustic Dreamscape

Guitarist Patrick Yandall is a musical powerhouse. With boosting creativity he mesmerizes in Rock (Going For One), Blues (One Hour Blues) and Smooth Jazz (The Window). Three albums just in 2010! His newest project is entitled Acoustic Dreamscape (2011) and Yandall’s welcome return to Smooth Jazz.

Patrick has written all songs with the exception of two well-chosen covers. He performed all instruments, recorded and mixed the complete album. A real one-man-show! Unfortunately he provided no information about the new album on his website, which will be hopefully corrected soon.

When you are in the right mood to relax, then abandon yourself to the Yandall’s acoustic guitar music. Acoustic Dreamscape is the perfect wave to reverie and easing. Full Moon is another nuance, more strangeness and secret venues. Remarkable is the fact is, that Patrick even plays the keyboard parts on his guitar with the help of the Roland guitar synth.

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