Posts Tagged ‘ Lounge ’

Nighthawks – 707

Smooth jazz with a difference. Nighthawks plays the European way. This German formation consists of Reiner Winterschladen (trumpet, flugelhorn), and Dal Martino (bass, guitar, keys, vocals), further musicians are Thomas Alkier (drums), Jürgen Dahmen (Rhodes, keys, percussion), and Markus Wienstroer (guitar).

Winterschladen and Martino debuted with the album Citizen Wayne in 1998, followed by Metro Bar (2001), As The Sun Sets (2004) featuring vocalist Pat Appleton of DePhazz, 4 (2007), Today (2010), Rio Bravo (2014) and 707 (2016).

Their newest album is a reminiscence to Boeing’s first jet airliner described by Dal Martino as “the first transporter of culture in a musical world that was becoming increasingly international”. The album is divided in seven songs and The 707 Suite with four movements.

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Christoph Spendel – Jazzmatics Vol.3

Jazz genius Christoph Spendel released the album Jazzmatics Vol. 3 at the same time as Jazzmatics Vol. 4. Christoph comments: “It is a kind of summary of my ambitions, knowledge and experiences”. As on the previous albums of this series all songs are composed and performed by Christoph Spendel.

All Lines Are Open comes rough and unadulterated in acid jazz style. Organ, clavinet and hard snare beats give the song a specific character to a great extent. A howling sax and hip bridges complete the picture.

Bay Of Rhythm is a pulsing festival of beats with an extended range of scratching, Tablas and scat song, ecstatic trumpet and flute and much piano. Dogs And Melons persists first in a hypnotic loop, wherein tonal sequences are used as a rhythm generator. On this tapestry Christoph celebrates the utmost pinnacle of piano and keyboard sound architecture.

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Christoph Spendel – Jazzmatics 4

Jazz professor, multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer Christoph Spendel has a great impact on the German jazz scene. With a plethora of released albums he showcases his multifaceted artistry in jazz, Latin jazz, smooth jazz, classic, lounge, chill out and many more genres.

In the chill out section he already released among other albums the series Jazzmatic Vol. 1 (2012), Jazzmatics – Upbeat (2012), Jazzmatics – Chill Out Vol. 1, Jazzmatics – Chill Out Vol. 2 (2012), Jazzmatics – Deep Down Ibiza (2012), Jazzmatics – City At Dark (2012) and this year Jazzmatics New York Sessions Vol.2, Jazzmatics Vol. 3 and Jazzmatics Vol. 4. All songs are composed and performed by Christoph Spendel and available as downloads only.

This volcanic outburst of creative energy demands more intensive consideration. The title of the starting tune Jamiro Jam is derived from the famous British funk and acid jazz band Jamiroquai. The powerful tune grasps playfully various elements of keyboard sounds like Rhodes, Hohner clavinet, synth strings and more in combination with drums and percussion driving the melody to the final summit.

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Bahama Soul Club – Havana ’58

Bahama Soul Club is a project by producer and percussionist Oliver Belz. Oliver lives in Braunschweig, the musical silicon valley of Germany. Groups like Dancing Fantasy, Blue Knights, Jazzkantine, D-Phunk, Bahama Soul Club and many more have their origin in this German city.

Oliver started the project in 2008 with the album Rhythm Is What Makes Jazz Jazz. He returned in 2010 with Bossa Nova Just Smells Funky, added in 2013 Bossa Nova Just Smells Funky Remixed and followed in 2013 with The Cuban Tapes.

November 2016 sees the new edition with Havana ’58. All tracks are written and performed by Oliver and keyboardist André Neundorf. Additional musicians on selected tracks are Ralli King (guitar), York (sax), Thomas Wolter (orchestra), Lars Lehmann and Helge Preuss (bass). The group describes their style as Afro-Cuban jazz, but with the original style of the fifties and sixties their music has at best in common just the inspiration. It is a groundbreaking conglomerate of Bossa nova, rumba, jazz and much, very much modern beat.

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Lenny Mac Dowell & Christoph Spendel Project – Landscapes

Jazz professor Christoph Spendel is known for his multifold collaborations with musicians of different genres. From straight ahead jazz to smooth jazz, from chill out to solo piano, the creativity of this keyboardist/pianist has no limits. With Lenny Mac Dowell Spendel already released the album Autumn Breath in 1987. Now they renew their common interest with Landscapes (2015).

Lenny Mac Dowell performs flutes, keyboards and programming, Christoph Spendel keyboards and programming. The duo starts the album with Landscapes. On a minimalist theme a cascade of flute tones are built up like a fountain to develop solos on flute and keyboard.

Take Five, a jazz piece composed by Paul Desmond and performed by The Dave Brubeck Quartet, is transformed to a laid-back groove in a moderate tempo. This theme flows through the smooth jazz genre performed by Dancing Fantasy, Grover Washington Jr., Dirk K or Phil Upchurch. From known terrain to Unknown Events, a mysterious atmospheric tune with a dark twist and a percussive background. Dowell sends his flute through overdubs, halls and modulations. Spendel follows the given path on piano and sets own highlights.

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Four80East – Positraction

Toronto based musicians Rob DeBoer and Tony Grace are Four80East. They started with The Album in 1997, followed by Nocturnal (2001), Round Three (2002), En Route (2007), Roll On (2009), Off Duty (2012) and Biblotheca (2013). Their newest album Positraction will be released July 17th, 2015.

From the musical style the formation offers many possibilities of assignment. Soul music, acid jazz, smooth jazz, electro-jazz. There are diverse elements of style in a large mixer. Originally a studio project the band already presents since some years a high-energy live show with supporting stage musicians.

On the new album both musicians are joined by Jon Stewart (sax), Bill McBirnie (flute), Alexis Baro (trumpet) and a horn section with Bob Rice (trumpet), Gene Hardy (tenor sax) and Gord Myers (trombone). All songs are written, recorded and produced by Rob DeBoer and Tony Grace.

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Global Noize – A Prayer For The Planet

We are at what is clearly a line of demarcation in our society, where the only thing that can be said with much clarity is that things going forward will be very different than they have been in the past. While that future is uncertain, one of the things that we know is a fact is that our lives, more than at any other time in the past, will be more inter dependent on factors that are global in nature than ever before. Clearly this planet is in need of at least a prayer.

Enter the musical collective Global Noize and their second album, A Prayer for the Planet. Under the collaborative leadership of jazz/pop/r&b veteran, Jason Miles and world class turntabalist DJ Logic, the first Global Noize album was nothing short of a huge exclamation point that very clearly fuzed together the best of the musical styles that we call jazz, funk, rock and hip hop. This was done with an all-star cast of musicians who were contemporary stars of those styles, combined with an all-star cast of musicians from outside of the United States.

Keyboardist extraordinaire Jason Miles has worked with everyone from Miles Davis and Luther Vandross to Ivan Lins, and turntable guru DJ Logic has collaborated with such diverse artists as Phish, Vernon Reid, ?uestlove and Don Byron. The timeless innovators join forces with sensuous Indian vocalist Falu as GLOBAL NOIZE, and release their sophomore album, A Prayer for the Planet  on August 23, 2011 via Lightyear/EMI. The album will release June 11, 2011 in Europe on Art of Groove Records/MIG.

A Prayer for the Planet is Global Noize’s declaration on the state of our world in the 21st century. Featuring appearances by Karl Denson, Mocean Worker, Jeff Coffin, Oz Noy, Jay Rodriguez, Mailka Zarra, Lica Cecata and more, Jason Miles, DJ Logic & Faliu have crafted a truly imaginative and compelling album without sacrificing the global groove, melody and innovation that made up the first Global Noize CD.

Bombay, singer Falu (aka Falguni Shah) is widely recognized for a rare ability to seamlessly blend a signature modern inventive rock style with a formidable Indian classically-shaped vocal talent.

In her early years she was trained rigorously in the Jaipur musical tradition, honing her talent for up to 16 hours a day at times. She has performed as a soloist with Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Project and onstage at prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and the White House.

GLOBAL NOIZE, which DJ Logic describes as “a hip and eclectic musical journey crossing all boundaries,” is an organic, free-spirited sonic brew of some of the best elements of jazz, funk, electronica and world fusion – it is music without borders.

Many great world-class musicians and artists have performed with Global Noize: Fred Wesley, Eric Krasno, Billy Martin, Cyro Baptista, Jeff Coffin, Ian Neville, Bernie Worrell, Me’shell Ndgeocello, Oteil Burbridge, Karl Denson, John Popper, Adam Deitch, George Porter Jr., and Christian Scott to name a few.

The group has performed at a number of festivals from Aspen Jazz and Monterey Jazz Festival to Berks Jazz Festival and New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Global Noize performed an exemplary set at the Jacksonville Jazz Festival last week and will be at the Belleayre Music Festival on July 30 in Highmount, NY and The Falcon in Marlboro on July 31. More tour dates will be added along with a full tour in the late summer through the fall.

Global Noize makes it easy for artists and musicians from wherever they perform to participate in their performance. The group plans to perform in countries all over the world and have local and national artists perform with them as special guests.

Ringmasters Jason Miles and DJ Logic have evolved their collective of some of the best instrumental players and vocalists in the world into an aggregation that provides clarity in direction not only for the music but perhaps for our society as well.

You might be tempted to try and categorize the music of Global Noize on A Prayer for the Planet … take a listen, go ahead and try, because you can’t do it. It doesn’t fit into any of the categories that you already know about.