Posts Tagged ‘ Bossa Nova ’

Fabio Mignola – Encantado

Suisse based guitarist Fabio Mignola has released a lot of albums with diverse styles in his solo career. Chitarra Ticinese (1999), Flor de Luna (2000), Flyin’ Away (2003), Luna Rossa (2005), Take Me Higher (2008) are to mention. His new one, Encantado was released in September, 2018.

Fabio has composed all songs and performs guitars, keyboards, accordion, programming and vocals. Additional vocalists are Sofia Vassere and Laura Pura. Ezio Della Torre plays flute on selected tracks.

First warm up of the album is the uplifting Cheer Up. To put it bluntly, Fabio brings it directly to the point of happiness. Tucano is the Italian name of a bird family. Fabio transforms it into a lively festival of joy.

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Bahama Soul Club – Havana ’58

Bahama Soul Club is a project by producer and percussionist Oliver Belz. Oliver lives in Braunschweig, the musical silicon valley of Germany. Groups like Dancing Fantasy, Blue Knights, Jazzkantine, D-Phunk, Bahama Soul Club and many more have their origin in this German city.

Oliver started the project in 2008 with the album Rhythm Is What Makes Jazz Jazz. He returned in 2010 with Bossa Nova Just Smells Funky, added in 2013 Bossa Nova Just Smells Funky Remixed and followed in 2013 with The Cuban Tapes.

November 2016 sees the new edition with Havana ’58. All tracks are written and performed by Oliver and keyboardist André Neundorf. Additional musicians on selected tracks are Ralli King (guitar), York (sax), Thomas Wolter (orchestra), Lars Lehmann and Helge Preuss (bass). The group describes their style as Afro-Cuban jazz, but with the original style of the fifties and sixties their music has at best in common just the inspiration. It is a groundbreaking conglomerate of Bossa nova, rumba, jazz and much, very much modern beat.

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The James Kōb Experience – So Right

American composer, lyricist, arranger and producer James Kōb introduces himself to the smooth jazz genre with a personal mixture of Pop, Jazz, Bossa Nova and a little cinematic music. It’s the James Kōb experience and the musical brain wave is entitled So Right.

His paradigm is, smooth jazz has to break out of a special instrumental formula. Mix-up the jazz genres a little bit to stay relevant in both instrumental, vocal and style to avoid to get homogenized. One can add to this, you should also go out of your own warm nest cave.

The participants James involved in his music are Maria Schafer, Danielle Field (vocals), Bobby Cruz (piano, strings), Tripp Sprague, Adam Schroeder and Alex Budman (sax), Ian Francisco (piano, strings), Dan Hall, John Leftwich (bass), Mark Haley (drums, bongos), Michael Smith (percussion), Eric Hughes, Steve Hughes (trombone), Jamie Hovorka, Kyle Palmer (trumpet), Rick Schimdt (guitar), and Lara Wickes (oboe).

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Russ Hewitt – Cielo Nocturno

Guitar virtuoso Russ Hewitt describes his style as smooth jazz, Nuevo Flamenco and Latin World music. He counts the albums Bajo el Sol (2008) and Alma Vieja (2011) to his credits. His new album Cielo Nocturno (2016) already garnered rave reviews.

Guest musicians on this album are Larry Carlton, Ardeshir Farah and Alfredo Caceres (guitars), Bob Parr (bass, keyboards), Raphael Padilla (percussion), Walfredo Reyes Jr. (drums) and Wladimir Kaliazine (accordion).

A colorful bunch of musicians, a motley crew of styles. All songs are composed by Russ, no cover in sight. The album starts with Presidio, a Latin tinged song with a strong shot of joie de vivre. A catchy melody brilliantly presented.

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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.

Slowdown – Retrospectives

Slowdown is a project of the German musicians Constantin Gillies and Martin Suttrop. While Constantin performs piano, violin, keyboards, bass and acoustic guitar, Martin plays drums, keyboards and has also developed his technical skills during his studies of media engineering.

In the beginnings they started as a recording team and as a small music production business. Their first songs were more in the acid jazz genre, but with Bossa Nova: Music & Reminiscences, which was aired on ARTE-TV in 1994, they stepped into the territory of smoother sounds. Their song Dreamaway was released some years ago on the wave music compilation Volume 4.

Now they have released their debut album Retrospectives on nuGroove Records (2009). The album combines elements of Lounge, Smooth Jazz with Bossa Nova styles to a lively conglomerate of groove.

Starter of the album is Motif d’Azur, a swinging and swaying Bossa Nova with a great horn arrangement and intelligent sound experiments. No, your CD-player didn’t crash.

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