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Jonathan Fritzen – Fritzenized

With an apparent target audience of pop-oriented fans, Swedish-American keyboardist Jonathan Fritzen releases Fritzenized (Nordic Night Records, 2015).

Fritzen adopted part of the smooth jazz radio formula. The selections are catchy and, with little exception, fit neatly into the approximate four-minute window intended for radio singles. Still, it’s a nice selection. Fritzen is accompanied by a variable lineup of guest musicians and vocalists.

“Fingers on Fire” is a happy-go-lucky groove. With Randy Jacobs on guitars, Alex Al on bass, Andreas Ekstedt on percussion and Fredo Osterlund on drums, Fritzen handles piano, keys and synth programming. One programming effect is of a violin that complements the piano during a phrase in the chorus. Jacobs throws in a little wah-wah effect here and there. No one element stands out. Instead, the joy of this song is the attitude projected by the musicians, as if they’re saying, “Let’s just have some fun.”

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Jonathan Fritzén – Fritzenized

The level of awareness of pianist and keyboard player Jonathan Fritzén has increased rapidly in recent years. This is not only caused by his numerous spectacular performances but also by his albums Love Birds (2008), VIP (2009), Diamonds (2010) and Magical (2012).

With his new album Fritzenized (2015) Jonathan continues to his earlier successes. In addition to guest stars like Gerald Albright and Paul Taylor (sax), Nils Landgren (trombone) and singer Laila Adele, international top musicians participate in the recording such as Alex Al and Mel Brown (bass), Randy Jacobs (guitar), and others.

On the trace after the popular song Jonathan can cook it with Fingers on Fire. When the song picks up speed, he falls into staccato. It gets interesting. Euphoria is an excited state of joy, a good feeling, a state of intense happiness. The aptly title for this joyful melody featuring Paul Taylor on sax.

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Jonathan Fritzén – Fritzenized

FritzenizedTake one of the hottest composers and keyboard players in contemporary jazz, add in featured performances from the likes of Gerald Albright, Paul Taylor and Nils Landgren, hook them up with ten wonderful new tunes and what do you have? The answer is Fritzenized, the latest album from the incredible Jonathan Fritzén.

It is Fritzén’s fifth solo CD and follows the critically acclaimed ‘Magical’ from which the title cut blasted a path to #1 on every smooth jazz airplay chart on the planet.

Now, ahead of the February 2015 release of ‘Fritzenized’, comes the highly anticipated first single, ‘A New Beginning’. This masterpiece of rhythm and melody finds Fritzén at his excellent best and seems all set to accelerate his already meteoric assent to the very top of the smooth jazz tree.

Fritzenized is now on sale at CDBaby.

Various Artists – 9 Mile Road

9MileRoad9 Mile Road is a great compilation album which features an array of successful singles from current Woodward Avenue Records recording artists as well as our new recording artists on the label. This album is truly a multi-genre treat that reflects the way most people like to listen to music. Different artists and different sounds, but all great music. Artists featured on the album are Paul Brown, Jonathan Fritzen, Andre Delano, Joey Navarro, Tierra, Grace Kelly, Nate Najar, Michael J. Thomas, Melba Moore, Orrick Ewing, Sara Wasserman and “313 The D.”

Track Listing
1. Help Yourself (vocal) – Andre Delano
2. The Funky Joint – Paul Brown
3. Sweet Sweet Baby – Grace Kelly
4. “313 The D” – Detroit 141
5. Strawberry Moon – Joey Navarro
6. On My Own – David Lukens
7. Midnight Groove – Nate Najar
8. Groove Me – Nate Najar feat. Melba Moore
9. SWAG – Orrick Ewing
10. I Think About Amy – Michael J. Thomas
11. Friday Night – Jonathan Fritzen
12. Love Sneakin’ Up On You – Nate Najar feat. Sara Wasserman
13. Take You There – Tierra
14. Help Yourself (instrumental) – Andre Delano

Jonathan Fritzén – Magical

No gimmicks. No cookie-cutter formatted templates. Just good sound. That’s what pianist Jonathan Fritzen brings with Magical (Nordic Night Records, 2012). The Swedish-American artist showcases his skills as musician, composer and producer.

Born in Stockholm to a Swedish mother and American father, Fritzen started playing drums as a child, and later added piano, bass, guitar, flute and vocals. His release Diamonds reached Number 1 on both the Billboard airplay charts and Amazon.com sales charts.

A variable lineup of supporting musicians aids Fritzen in this effort. Special guests include saxophonist Boney James on the title track, guitarist Paul Brown on “Sweet Spot” and vocalist Malene Mortensen on “Can’t Get You Out of My Mind.”

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Jonathan Fritzén – Magical

Jonathan Fritzén is Sweden’s premium export in Smooth Jazz. He is known by his albums Love Birds (2008), VIP (2009) and Diamonds (2010). He supported the release of his albums with numerous live performances in USA.

His newest project is entitled Magical and already in the top ten of the Billboard charts. As on his previous albums Fritzén is supported by famous artists like Boney James, Paul Brown, Jackiem Joyner, Darren Rahn, Malene Mortensen and Vincent Ingala.

The first track is the title song and also the first single frequently played on the remaining smooth jazz radio stations. It is debatable whether the composition talent or musical virtuosity of this artist is greater. Magical meets all the requirements of a capturing song and with Boney James on sax he has a suitable figurehead.

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Jonathan Fritzén – Magical

Recently named by legendary broadcaster Art Good as his debut artist of the year, Swedish composer and keyboard player Jonathan Fritzén is back, and then some, with his latest CD, the appropriately titled Magical. With featured performances from Boney James, Paul Brown, Jackiem Joyner, Darren Rahn and Vincent Ingala.

Magical is Fritzen’s fourth solo release and follows the highly acclaimed Diamonds which enabled him to reach #1 on both the Billboard airplay charts and the Amazon.com sales charts. Now Magical seems certain to cement his position as the master of delightfully accessible contemporary jazz.

Tracks include: Magical feat. Boney James, Love Will Overcome feat. Jackiem Joyner, Sweet Spot feat. Paul Brown, Electric, Nostalgia, To The Top feat. Vincent Ingala, Can’t Get You Out Of My Mind feat. Malene Mortensen, Turn Back Time, Nordic Light, Lullaby feat. Darren Rahn, and Angels.

Scheduled for release: August 21, 2012.