Posts Tagged ‘ Electric Guitar ’

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.

Chris Standring – Electric Wonderland

British guitarist Chris Standring is well acquainted with the habits of the music industry. To stay in the public interest of music fans, it is essential to draw their attention with regular publications.

This experience internalized Chris pleased the community with his albums Velvet (1998), Hip Sway (2000), Groovalicious (2003), Soul Express (2006), Love and Paragraphs (2008), Blue Bolero (2010), and Send Me Some Snow (2011), a collaboration with singer Kathrin Shorr.

The year 2012 welcomes him back with his new album Electric Wonderland. There is less orchestration like on Blue Bolero. Chris returned to a personal style playing a Fender Stratocaster instead his archtop jazz guitar and that without a pick. He comments: “When I put it down and played with my fingers and listened back to it, it felt more musical, much more intimate. I found myself gravitating more to that sound. It’s also how I’m playing live now.”


Todd Ashley – Funky Nylon

Southern California born guitarist Todd Ashley graduated at the Guitar Institute of Technology, where he developed his unique “ruff jazz nylon-string style”. Inspired by Steve Oliver, Ken Navarro and Earl Klugh he made his debut with the album Sedona (2003).

Opening for Mindi Abair, George Benson, and Dave Koz you find Todd Ashley at venues like La Quinta, Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert, Malibu or Santa Barbara. His second album Funky Nylon was released in October, 2010 featuring some of the top artists including Will Donato, Bert Vela, Baba Elefante, Jason Weber, Rod Kokolj, Craig Chesnut, Steve Madaio, and Jeff Stover.

With the exception of Black Orpheus Todd has written all the songs. Todd plays keyboard, bass, guitar and sequences the drums on a handful of tracks. First song of the album The Coug is also the single, which climbed to #18 on the Groove Jazz Charts. While Todd plays smooth guitar riffs, sax player Will Donato and trumpeter Steve Madio supports with an excellent horn arrangement. Also superb Johnny Meza on piano.


A Conversation With Paul Brown

PH:  Hi, my name is Peter Höld and I’m from the Webradiostation GrooveFM. I have a few questions for you. Is this your first time in Germany?

PB:  Yes, it’s my first time in Germany.

PH:  Yes, indeed? And you like it here?

PB:  I love it. So far it’s great. I love this venue, it’s beautiful and everybody is very nice.

PH:  And we have nice Californian weather (laughs) today.

PB:  (laughs) Yes, I brought the sunshine.

PH:  One important question for me, because I’m a guitar player. You are playing a Gibson L-5?

PB:  Yes, on my recordings I use a Gibson L-5. Live I have this Nelson Palen Archtop, that’s what I’m playing tonight.


Mike Sedmak – Sentimental Favorites

Mike Sedmak was influenced by the early days of Rock music in the late 60’s and 70’s which is now fondly referred to as Classic Rock. While living in a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio in the 1990’s, he was introduced to the Smooth Jazz genre and was immediately captivated by the instrumental melody and improvisation.

After his children were grown and his career established, he found more time to devote to music. He now enjoys playing the Classic Rock songs he grew up listening to and performing in his youth, as well as many of the Smooth Jazz songs that have been recorded over the past decades.

If you share Mike’s devotion,  listen to Sentimental Favorites  at CDBaby.

Michael Rosati / Jason Weber – Bringin’ It

Saxophonist Jason Weber is known by his albums 1st Avenue (1997), Snow (1998), Leap of Faith (1999), Something Blue (2002), Can U Feel Me Now? (2005) and Five (2009).

As in-demand musician he often performs in the San Diego area. If you want to attend his show, I recommend you the Falkner Winery in Temecula, CA, where Jason is performing on most Sundays. Jason’s lively, contemporary jazz saxophone performances have been enjoyed by aficionados throughout Riverside, San Diego, and Orange Counties for years.

Los Angeles-based guitarist Michael Rosati started his solo career with the album Pure Love (2005). Jason soloed on the song Shooting Star.

Now both re-union on their second project Bringin’ It (2011). They are supported by keyboardist Brad Cole, who also co-produced Michael’s debut album. Further musicians on this album are drummer Steve Ferrone and the bassists Nathan Brown, Darryl Williams and Chris Kringel.


Craig T. Cooper – Nasty Man

My first contact to Craig T. Cooper‘s music was his song Coast to Coast from his album Got That Thang (1990). One of my top-five songs of a huge smooth jazz collection. Infected by his music I became an avid collector of his compositions on his albums Craig T. Copper Project (1989), Darkm’n (1993), Touch Tone (1995), A Romantic Letter (1996), Caught Up In A Moment (1999), Hour Glas (2006) and his side project with Denise Stewart Decide On Me (2001). She took part in his musical success as the female singer on many of his albums.

As a sideman he worked with a legion of musicians. I recommend to read the credits on his website. After a long hiatus Craig is back with a new album entitled Nasty Man (2011). The album is a ballanced piece of music with some covers but much more self-composed and arranged songs.

Craig got some support by musicians like Jaman Laws (tenor sax), the son of legendary saxophonist Ronnie Laws, Deborah Rivers and Denise Stewart (background vocals), veteran bassist Sekou Bunch, who played with the who-is-who of pop and jazz, world-class drummer Ndugu Chancler, “the virtuous man” Kevin Toney on piano and organ, Mr. “Basic Instinct” Del Atkins on upright bass, percussion player Victor Orlando (GAP Band, Billy Preston, Chaka Khan) and rap singer Bojangles.


Rob Tardik – Balance, Energy, Laughter, Love (B.E.L.L.)

In a career spanning nearly two decades, Rob Tardik has established himself as an award winning guitarist and a rising instrumental music artist! He has performed for 5 consecutive years, and running, at the coveted Canadian Smooth Jazz Awards, held annually in Mississauga’s Living Arts Center. Rob has shared the stage with the likes of legendary producer Phil Ramone, Tower of Power founding member Greg Adams, two Grammy winner Paul Brown, guitarist Peter White, and 4-time Grammy award winning saxophonist David Sanborn. Rob has also opened for legendary guitarist/singer Jose Feliciano.

An industry veteran, and highly respected guitarist, Rob’s work can be heard on his prior successful debut CD Without Words and 2nd release The Right Time which have both been met with great enthusiasm and radio play world wide from the U.S and Canada to the U.|K and many other European countries.

With diverse musical influences such as Larry Carlton, Al Di Meola, Paco De Lucia, George Benson, Lee Ritenour, Carlos Jobim, Sting to Eddie Van Halen, Rob’s highly anticipated 3rd CD Balance, Energy, Laughter, Love (B.E.L.L.) are an amalgamation of these inspirations which have helped shape his musical voice on the guitar and are moving him forward as an artist! Rob’s new Contemporary Jazz CD is now pre-released!

Listen to track samples and order now here!

Drew Davidsen – Spin Cycle

Towson, Maryland born Drew Davidsen was over 12 years lead guitarist of Baltimore’s Richard Walton Group. After leaving the band he released his debut solo album This Journey (2007). On his sophomore album Around (Again) (2009) he followed his idol George Benson performing on his own Ibanez guitar.

With his next album We 3 Stringz (2010) he featured smooth jazz stars like Chuck Loeb and Paul Jackson, Jr. Now is the time for Spin Cycle (2011). His latest three albums were produced by Creative Soul Jazz’s Eric Copeland.

Davidsen is joined on this album by Nashville Session Player Jazz Super Group called Player A, who recently released their album Our Own Devices (2011). The group consists of Eric Copeland, John Hammond, Gary Lunn, and Brian Fullen. Guest musician on this project is keyboardist Jay Rowe, known as member of Chieli Minucci’s band Special EFX.


David P. Stevens – Uptown

Currently, David P. Stevens co-writes, produces, and engineers at Morning Star Studios and has garnered endorsements from ESP and Fred Rock Guitars.

The CEO of Sanctifly Music Group’s musicianship began recording at age 14 with Divine Praise. He played at the National Inspirational Youth Convention with Marvin Sapp and Ben Tankard, and also recorded with Kim Sledge. As a member of the Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) band, Stevens ministered music with Alvin Slaughter, Dottie Rambo, Gary Oliver and Clifton Davis, among many others.

On his new album Uptown (2011) he features artists like Shamika Phoenix, Steve Cole, Gerald Veasley, Carol Riddick and Dionne.  This perfect mix of smooth jazz and R&B is available at CDBaby.