Posts Tagged ‘ Guitar ’

Adam Hawley – Double Vision

Los Angeles based guitarist Adam Hawley has already worked as sideman for stars like Jennifer Lopez, Monica, Kenny Latimore, Rick Braun, Dave Koz, Richard Elliot, Michael McDonald, Brian Culbertson and many more.

More important is his solo career, which he started with his aptly titled album Just The Beginning in 2016. His friend and band mate Greg Manning helped him to get a contract with the label Kalimba music. Now Adam returns on the same label with his second album Double Vision in 2018.

He is joined on the new album by an incredible huge cast of musicians such as Dave Koz, Keith McKelley, Darren Rahn (saxophone), Carnell Harrell (organ), Nathaniel Kearney Jr. (key bass), Eric Valentine, Gary Novak (drums), Ramon Yslas (percussion), Jeff Lorber (Rhodes, piano, Clav), David Mann (horns and arrangement), Mel Brown, Julian Vaughn, Ian Martin (bass), Marcus Anderson (sax, flute), Demonte Posey (Rhodes), Carnell Harrell (synth), Greg Manning (keys), Kat Hawley (vocals) and Trevor Neumann (trumpet).

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Ronny Smith – Shake It Up

Baltimore based jazz guitarist Ronny Smith is certainly one of the most underrated guitarist in music history. Often compared with George Benson, Wes Montgomery and Joe Pass he has since long time developed his own significant style.

That this unique style appeals the audience, shows the huge amount of releases like Long Time Comin (2001), Laid Back (2002), Got Groove (2006), Simply Stated (2007), Just Groovin (2009) and Can’t Stop Now (2013). Shake It Up (2017) is his essential return with a special twist.

Ronny performs on his new album guitars and keys programming. Musical supporters are Conley Whitfield, Jr., Reggie Wilson (bass), Scott Martin (sax), Will Allen (drums), Stan Martin (trumpet), Andy Martin (trombone), Eddy Botts, Jeff Knoetter (keyboards), and Gerald Chavis (muted trumpet). Ronny has written all tracks, which gives a clear hint about his subtle creativity.

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Paul Brown – One Way Back

A smart buddy, a gifted musician, a radiant producer. Guitarist Paul Brown is, in the true sense of the word, an outstanding personality. Anyone who knows him personally will appreciate his deadpan sense of humor.

His newest project, One Way Back (2016), is staffed by a star-studded group of musicians. Peter White, Marc Antoine, Chris Standring, Chuck Loeb, Darren Rahn, Roberto Vally, Greg Vail and many more high-caliber artists are on the guest list.

Put It Where You Want It ensures a great party mood. The electrifying energy is especially fired up by famous organist Brother Paul Brown and trumpeter Lee Thornberg. On Sexy Thang Paul works together with Lew Laing, who is deeply involved in the independent music scene. The tune features Darren Rahn on sax and flute with resonate tones.

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Nils – Alley Cat

German born guitarist Nils has impressed the audience with smooth jazz albums like Pacific Coast Highway (2005), Ready To Play (2007), Up Close And Personal (2009) and City Groove (2012). After one year in the making he is now releasing his new project Alley Cat.

On his new CD he is joined by late Ricky Lawson (drums), Darryl Williams, Reggie McBride and Carsten Schmelzer (bass), Clydene Jackson and Nate Harasim (keys), Oliver Brown (percussion), Johnny Britt (keyboards, trumpet and flugelhorn), Eddie Brown and Kathryn Bostic (vocals), Reggie Codrington, Eric Marienthal (sax), DOV (strings, violas), Malcom Pearson (cello) and more. Many of his established companions.

With Two of a Kind Nils starts a fresh and uplifting guitar tune, a captivating burner with a straight melody. Alley Cat is a song like a full-bodied wine, topped off with strings and a horn arrangement. Don’t Hold Back shines with Nils’ typical hooking guitar play, one can hear on all of his previous albums. Johnny Britt and The JayBeez Hornz deliver some icing on the top with an easy going horn arrangement.

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Bennett B – Groove Time

Berklee graduated guitarist Bennett Brandeis has performed in the past with the Japanese group Shonentai, and the reunited Original 5th Dimension. He started his solo career with the album Jazz Guitar (1995), followed by The View From Above (2001), Storytelling (2006) and this year Groove Time.

The new album is produced by guitarist Paul Brown, who also performs on selected tracks. Bennett is joined in addition by Greg Adams, Elan Trotman, Ricky Lawson, Darren Rahn and many more. The mid tempo Tell Me About It opens up the dance. Bennett’s affinity for guitar chords reminds me of George Benson’s Ibanez style.

The guitar jam stretches out to Slipstream, where the guitar meets flute in a lovely musical surrounding. Sax and guitar is a popular combination. On Show Your Love Elan Trotman gives the right answers on tenor sax.

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Terry Wollman – Buddhas’s Ear

Raised in Miami, graduated in Boston and working in L.A. guitarist and producer Terry Wollman combines talent, desire and passion to create mesmerizing music for connoisseurs of fine art. With his Latin flavored debut album Bimini (1986) he received first acclaims. His second album Say Yes (1998) impressed with great music performed by top-notched musicians. Buddha’s Ear (2011) is Terry’s return to smooth jazz and beyond.

As on his previous releases he is joined by professional musicians like John (JR) Robinson, Abraham Laboriel, Luis Conte, Greg Manning, Gerald Albright, Mindi Abair, Keb’ Mo’, Melanie Taylor and Melissa Manchester. All music was composed, arranged and produced by Terry Wollman with the exception of Mandela and Right Where You Are, co-composed with other musicians.

Terry opens the door to his exotic music world with Mandela, a song committed to Carter Mandela Moore. A mélange of Kalimba, wood flute and sax crescendo introduces into the lead melody masterly interpreted by Terry on acoustic guitar. Mindi Abair directs to the world music bridge and intertwines with the guitars of Terry and Keb’ Mo’.

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Chad Volkers – Solar Maximum

Guitarist Chad Volkers is an East Tennessee native and an alumnus of the UT jazz studies department. Chad maintains a busy performance and teaching schedule around the Knoxville area. Chad Volkers has been performing and teaching professionally for 14 years. He is currently an instructor at Pellissippi State Community College.

His guitar album is entitled Solar Maximum and available at CDBaby.

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