Posts Tagged ‘ Electric Guitar ’

Tim Bowman – Into The Blue

Detroit based jazz guitarist Tim Bowman always followed his own way to musically express his feelings and ideas. Since his debut album Love, Joy, Peace in 1995 he constantly makes his contribution to the smooth jazz world. With his albums Paradise (1998), Smile (2000), This Is What I Hear (2004), Tim Bowman (2008) and The Collection (2010) he delivered gratefully accepted gifts to his fan community.

After a longer hiatus he returns this year with Into The Blue on I.M. Records / Purpose Jazz. The album is brimming with greater and catchier songs as if Tim would compensate his fans for the long absence. The Darren Rahn produced City Lights is the first single of the album presenting Tim on guitar in an exhilarated mood. His passion for melody finds its aptly expression in Benson-esque guitar chords.

The awesome song All I Need Is Love features vocalist Stokley Williams, best known as the lead singer and studio drummer of the band Mint Condition. He already graced with his vocal appearances Boney James’ Either Way (Futuresoul) and U-Nam’s Nature Boy (Weekend in L.A.). On Into The Blue Tim Bowman enunciates each note with absolute perfection. A third force to Peter White and Marc Antoine.

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H Allan – Stiletto Heels

Like most guitar players who came of age in the 80s, H Allan was an Eddie Van Halen disciple and he loved to shred. The wannabe rocker never would have imagined that one day he would release a cover version of a tune by smooth jazz sax star Richard Elliot as his debut single, but that’s what will happen on Monday when his version of “Stiletto Heels” goes for radio adds.

Allan’s first job out of college was with the LA Sax Company, the maker of color-coated saxes used by an array of artists in all genres of music, including Elliot. His duties required that he attend shows whenever the musicians played Chicago thus Allan attended all of Elliot’s local gigs in the early 90s. A dynamic, high-energy performer, Elliot plays sax aggressively with power, passion and pyrotechnics much like the way Van Halen plays guitar, which quickly impressed Allan and won his respect and admiration. One song in Elliot’s set, the funky “Stiletto Heels” from the 1991 album “On The Town,” never fails to whip audiences into a boisterous frenzy. The tune and the way Elliot attacks it – well, simply put, it’s got balls – the kind that would make a lasting impression on Allan, who had the privilege of working with the saxman for nearly a decade.

A few years ago, long after he moved on from the LA Sax Company, Allan’s own dream of being a recording artist was rekindled. He recorded a few original demos and decided to convert “Stiletto Heels” from a powerhouse sax joint into a raucous guitar-led number. Continue reading

Roberto Restuccia – When The Smoke Clears

Inspired by great contemporary jazz guitarists like George Benson, Robben Ford, Larry Carlton, Chuck Loeb and the late Ronnie Jordan UK based guitarist Roberto Restuccia makes after his debut album Exposure (2016) with When The Smoke Clears (2017) the second step of his solo career.

On his sophomore project guitarist Roberto is performing a PRS Hollow Body 2 and a Fender Custom Shop Stratocaster. He is supported by Roger Inniss (bass), Russ Wilson (drums), James Johnson (keyboards), and Rock Hendricks (saxophone). All tracks are written and produced by Roberto.

After this compact package of facts let’s concentrate on the album, which starts with the song Mei. This is a tribute to a beloved person, a musical dialogue between guitar and piano. The guitar sound is inspired by Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits), coherent on many levels and a real soul filler.

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Dee Brown – Brown Sugar Honey-Coated Love

Which guitarist would like to be described as the best kept secret? Certainly not guitarist, songwriter, arranger, producer and vocalist dee Brown. After his debut album No Time To Waste (2006) and his sophomore album A Little Elbowroom (2009) this condition should change with his third album Brown Sugar Honey-Coated Love (2014).

With the change of the label to Innervision Records also the musicians involved are slightly different than in previous productions. Valdez Brantley (keys), Chip Dixon (keyboard programming and bass), Dave “The Painter” Henderson (bass), Kern Brantley (bass), Dezie McCullers Jr. (sax), Lin Rountree (trumpet, flugelhorn), and various singers are listed in the liner notes.

All songs with the exception of one track are composed by dee Brown and his fellow musicians Valdez Brantley, Chip Dixon, S. Edwards. My Love’s Forever is the first track after a short promotional intro. Dee Brown duets with saxophonist Dezie McCullers Jr. and the song tends more to contemporary jazz than smooth jazz. Dee adds some scat to his guitar play following his idol George Benson.

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Clifford Charles – Homeward Bound

Homeward BoundWhenever you ask what’s his passion Trinitarian jazz guitarist Clifford Charles with eyes glinting declares:” It’s music or nothing”. This definitely shows as scores of fans of his home grown brand of silky smooth jazz music is convinced that Clifford is set to take on the world.

He performed at some of the flagship music festival such as Jazz Artist on The Greens, We Beat Jazz, Jazz Point, Tobago Jazz Festival and St Lucia Jazz Festival.He has shared the stage with Randy Crawford,Joe Sample and the Drifters.Clifford is by no means resting on his laurels not by a long shot.

His new album is called Homeward Bound and now an interesting offer at CDBaby.

Matt Marshak – Lifestyle

Long Island native guitarist Matt Marshak has an incredibly likable charisma. Is that enough to succeed? Certainly not. But with eight CDs on his shoulders he is constantly building on his awareness and reputation.

He is currently touring in support of his new album Lifestyle, which he recorded in a two-day walkover with the support of Gerald Veasley (bass), Benjie Porecki (keyboards), Carl Anderson (drums), Mario Cruz (sax) and Barry Danielian (trumpet).

Tell me your companions and I’ll tell you in which direction you aspire. With experienced studio musicians, an album with musical depth is the result. The album features nine originals, whose duration promises plenty of enjoyment.

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Ed Taylor – It’s Complicated

ItsComplicatedFormer Motown session guitarist Ed Taylor performed his Wes Montgomery- and George Benson-inspired guitar licks for years at small clubs in the Pacific Northwest. Taylor began his playing at the young age of 13 – He grew up in Los Angeles and was heavily influenced by George Benson, the Rolling Stones and the Beatles.

After Songs From A Taylor (2007) and TaylorMade (2005) he has released his third album It’s Complicated in 2012. The album is still available in all stores.