Posts Tagged ‘ Gospel ’

Keith Mason – I Surrender All

What can be said of the very few artists who innovate without intent or pre-meditated recognition? Keith Mason also known as “Top Hat” to his peers has finally figured it out. He knows his only validation comes from Christ Jesus and his talents blessed each time he lifts His name in song. Keith and “Top Hat” exist in the same musical realm and are humbled by the Holy Spirit where all inspiration is received.

Ronald Jackson comments about Keith’s new album I Surrender All: Each track here is a feel-good one. Whether up-tempo or mid-tempo, they all light a fire within you and call on you to acknowledge and appreciate the funk-laced groove.

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TransJazz – Joy For The Journey

Joy For The Journey, the TransJazz band’s third CD album, brings together the talents of a very diverse group of musicians. When their first CD, Transitions, was released in 2004, the band was made up of five members. Since that time, TransJazz has expanded to ten members at the time of this CD release – male and female, from diverse churches and backgrounds, and of different generations. The members are also spread out widely over the metro-New York City area.

More than a band, TransJazz is a community of people who enjoy coming together, performing, recording, and contributing to original music compositions and arrangements. The results are unique words that speak to people at different places in their spiritual journey. The message of the album is that real joy is offered everyone by a God who is really there.

You can download the songs on CDBaby.

Kirk Whalum – HumanitĂ©

Sax legend Kirk Whalum is as I already stated in another review a wanderer between the two worlds of smooth jazz and Gospel music. With his new album Humanité he breaks through this scheme.

Humanité is an album, whose music is formed in mosaic shape by the musicians and their involved personalities they have brought in to the recording process. Among many others the following musicians are participating: Japanese jazz pianist Keiko Matsui, the young bass phenomenon Barry Likumahuwa, gifted singer/songwriter Grace Sahertian and global pop star Indonesian singer/actor Afgansyah Reza, known to many as Afgan, vocalist/guitarist Zahara, one of South Africa’s biggest stars, Kasiva Mutwa of Nairobi, and the veteran UK jazz vocalist Liane Carroll.

Curtis Mayfield’s song Move On Up has lost none of its radiance since its inception in the ’70s. Especially in the last months you can meet his song in ever new variations. Kirk Whalum goes his own way with his interpretation which is settled near a jazzy attitude in a Weather Report way. Singer Brendan Reilly is sensationally excellent.

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Ransom “Rambo” Moreland Jr. – Peace

Ransom “Rambo” Moreland Jr. is a Minstrel with an Evangelistic anointing through preaching the Gospel and playing musical instruments. He began learning to play bass guitar at the tender age of 4 yrs. old and guitar since age 14. Licensed as a minister in 1982 and ordained in 2002. Qualified in Bass, Guitar, drum programming and percussion. Recording on studio software (Cakewalk), Roland GR-20 for all keyboard sounds (Midi Guitar), digital recording, editing, mixing and mastering, Cd duplication, and CD Design. As a professional musician has backed and performed with many outstanding gospel artist and religious organizations.

Bishop Ransom Moreland Jr. is also owner of Morelite Records in Ozark, AL. He has produced 8 CD’s beginning in 2002 with “The Last Ministrel”, 2003 release “Caught Up In Glory”, 2005 “My Life Resume, 2007 “All Of My Days”, 2009 “Fruit of Praise”, and his 2011 release, “Chronicles Of Life”. Peace is his newest one, released in August 2019.

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Marcus Anderson – My Inspiration Vol. 2

Marcus Anderson‘s peak musical collaboration was certainly his time with the legend Prince. Even today, Marcus presents on many of his performances preciosity from his repertoire. In the meantime he has already released eleven studio albums, which have settled in the area of gospel and smooth jazz.

Marcus has like Kirk Whalum a gospel side. My Inspiration Vol. 1 was released in 2016. Now Marcus returns with the second edition aptly titled My Inspiration Vol. 2 (2019). Marcus’ aim is to make gospel music even more popular by incorporating elements of jazz, soul, pop and urban adult contemporary.

In addition to saxophonist Marcus, the following musicians are involved in this worship project Demetrice Everette, AJ Gamble (drums), Antwon Timmons, AJ Brown (bass), Jordan Love, Damell Taylor, Nemo Miller (guitar), Ashley Mimieweather, Josh Cisell, Tamala Hairston, Marcus Cole, Diamond Smith, Cheylaine Perkins (vocals), Lio Saiz (trumpet), Jonathan Butler (acoustic guitar and vocals), Chris Adams, Bertron Curtis (organ), Derrick Adams (Rhodes), Nicholas Cole, Aarik Duncan (keyboards). Marcus performs alto, tenor, baritone sax and flute, Nile Hargrove keys, organ, guitar and programming.

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Paul Charles – From Glory to Glory

Based in Montreal, Paul Charles has a highly established career as a bassist, music director, arranger, director and bass teacher. Paul Charles is a bassist, music director, arranger, director, bass teacher, speaker and seasoned businessman. He is a man of many talents; perseverance, experience and versatility have led to the success of countless musical projects.

From Glory to Glory is the musical journey on which Paul Charles is taking us on his first solo studio project. The meaning of the word gospel is good news. And this is exactly what Paul wants to bring to the listener through these jazz / soul creations with a Gospel DNA. Let the rhythms inspire you and each note bless your soul.

Celebrate this album on CDBaby.

Nathan Jacobs – Look Forward

Blending elements of gospel, soul and jazz, Nathan Jacobs‘ first full solo album Look Forward features new releases, powerful collaborations, new arrangements of previously released music and songs bound to encourage and bless the soul. The tunes are vocal and instrumental songs for download only.

Get the album on CDBaby.

Ron McMillon – Press Toward The Mark

Colorado Native Ron McMillon has a style that is a mixture of Gospel and Smooth Jazz. Having studied music at the collegiate level, Ron’s creative versatility is on full display at his inspired performances at concert venues, churches, jazz festivals, and also while playing live with smooth jazz artist and producer Darren Rahn, world renowned pianist Adlan Cruz, gospel artists Kim Stratton, Phillip “Doc” Martin, and many other notable performers.

Mr. McMillon released his first gospel jazz single entitled “It Is Me” in the Spring of 2013. With his debut single going to smooth jazz radio in 2015, saxophonist Ron McMillon presents “Consuming Fire,” from his current album, Talkin’ About Jesus, which was produced by acclaimed format veteran Darren Rahn. This chart topping single has taken the world by storm on smooth jazz and Gospel stations worldwide, including play on SiriusXM “Watercolors”! In the Summer of 2016 Ron McMillon released his 2nd hit single “In The Flow”, which reigned on the very prestigious Top 30 Billboard Chart for 8 consecutive weeks! Ron’s sincere passion for music ministry and his love for God is the foundation of ALL of his new found success in the music industry. McMillon is quoted saying, “My desire has always been to touch the hearts of people all over the world with my musical gifting. This is just the beginning!”

Ron has just released his new album Press Toward The Mark October 2018. Many Smooth Jazz and Gospel Jazz lovers have been anxiously awaiting this new release! A signed copy of the album can be purchased at Mr McMillon’s website or buy the album on CDBaby.

Marcus Miller – Laid Black

Bass icon Marcus Miller, one of the top five world bass players, enjoys high name recognition. He not only possesses a high reputation among critics but also among his professional colleagues. Ever since he took over the role of host at the smooth jazz cruises, he is well known far beyond the field of jazz.

His solo albums are not pure collections of songs but conceptually planned. On his previous album Afrodeezia he themed not only Africa, but sought a close alliance with numerous African musicians. Marcus comments: “With Laid Black, I decided to bring the music right up to the present – using elements from what’s happening in urban music today. So you’ll hear hip-hop, trap, soul, funk, R&B and jazz on this album”.

Marcus performs on the new album bass, keyboards, vocals, synths, Wurlitzer electric piano, clavinet, bass clarinet, drums, and rhythm programming. Further supporting musicians on selected tracks are Marquis Hill, Patches Stewart, Russell Gun (trumpet), Alex Han (alto sax), Brett Williams (keyboards, piano, Fender Rhodes), Alex Bailey (drums, percussion), Russell Gun with New Orleans horns, Selah Sue (vocals), Adam Agati (guitar), Trombone Shorty (trombone), Jonathan Butler (vocals, guitar), Louis Cato (drums), Kirk Whalum (flute, tenor sax), Caleb McCampell (vocoder), Cliff Barnes (piano), Julian Miller (vocals), Richie Cajate-Garcia (percussion), and Take 6 (vocals).

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Ron Garnett – Soul to Soul: A Gospel Jazz Collaboration

Ron Garnett played with small bands while he was in the Air Force and when he was discharged, he headed up his own trio for a while. It wasn’t until nine years ago that he picked his guitar up again and began to play with the church band. The musicians were excellent and it’s helped him get his chops back. He is presently still playing with the church band.

Though he has performed on several albums as a vocalist, he has never done any recordings with his guitar. It’s always been his dream to record an instrumental CD and it is now released in June, 2018. Since his background is in jazz and his experience in the church has been gospel music, it seemed to make sense to produce a gospel jazz CD. The title is Soul To Soul, A Gospel Jazz Collaboration. This album has a smooth jazz flavor and should make for easy listening while on the road, doing busy work or while relaxing.

Get the album on CDBaby.