Posts Tagged ‘ Lounge ’

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.

Jens Haack – Smokers Lounge

Smoking cigars is sometimes isolating people. On the other hand Jens Haack‘s music is so irresistible that I couldn’t withstand to review this fashionable album. Jens is from Denmark, that Scandinavian region, where musicians like Soren Reiff, Jakob Elvstrom, Chris Minh Doky and Bobby Rickets are coming from. So trust me, when I recommend you this fine album.

Jens recorded Smokers Lounge with his old friends, guitarist Mikkel Nordsø, and pianist Ben Besiakow. The last-named facilitated the participation of The Danish Nation Chamber Orchestra.

Vernon Duke wrote the jazz standard Autumn In New York in 1934 for the Broadway musical Thumbs Up! often covered by the jazz world. Beauty meets tranquility. A contemplative piece with great elegance.

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Jens Haack – Smokers Lounge

Maybe it is a little risky in our environment conscious time to release a CD entitled Smokers Lounge. On the other hand is it a good description of this calm, relaxed music. It can easily be enjoyed in a quiet moment while smoking in a big leather easy-chair with a brandy in front of you and the small cracks from the fireplace in the background. Maybe it is no coincidence, that our main character here, the saxophonist Jens Haack earlier led a group named The Cigars.

Haack discovered the saxophone in 1968, 13 years old, by watching the great Coleman Hawkins on TV. The next year he was attending the summer jazz clinic at The Vallekilde Highschool. Here he met a group of young lions, who a few years later would be important musicians on the danish jazz and rock scene. Among them were guitarist Mikkel Nordsø, pianist Ben Besiakow, drummer Kasper Winding and flautist Aske Bentzon. In 1970 Jens was back at Vallekilde, where he met one of his big idols Jesper Thilo and followed him all over the place, so much that he was nicknamed The Shadow.

Two years later he moved from Jutland to Copenhagen and in the next couple of years established himself as versatile studio musician, very much in demand on both the fusion and pop-rock scene in the 1980’s. He was also a member of the popular Danish group Moonjam. In 1992 he was featured on Songs For Saxophone – the best selling danish instrumental release ever. And now, after 18 years later of waiting, we can again experience Jens Haack as the main soloist on Smokers Lounge. Consisting of mostly classic ballads from the American Songbook, great stories slowly unfolded on a beautiful magic carpet of strings, plus two original pieces inspired by the great bossa nova writing of Antonio Carlos Jobim.

Music to be enjoyed by both smokers or non –smokers, it does not matter if you prefer herbal tea, café latte or hot chocolate with whipped cream. Enjoy and relax. Welcome to the Smokers Lounge.

Ric Cunningham – Adventures in the Modern Lounge

Adventures in the Modern Lounge is a romp through the musical genre, Lounge Music, which is really a musical background soundscape. Whether we are referring to music played in saloons/ speakeasies/ cocktail lounges, or easy listening music from the 50’s and 60’s(the alternate choice over Rock & Roll) or todays Lounge Music or ”Chill” which is a sonic brake from the hard driving dance music in the clubs, it’s all Lounge Music.

This is music to join you during your “quiet time” at the end of the day or to be the sounds at your next cocktail party.
Dig the Latin beats and percussion instruments that pulsate throughout. Float amongst the B3 organ, vibraphone or Fender Rhodes chordal progressions that lay the foundation of each ditty. And of course, feel the love in the sax melodies.

This is your soundtrack for the modern retro lifestyle. “Welcome, you’ve found the spot”.
Give it a try at CDBaby.

Slowdown – Retrospectives

Slowdown is a project of the German musicians Constantin Gillies and Martin Suttrop. While Constantin performs piano, violin, keyboards, bass and acoustic guitar, Martin plays drums, keyboards and has also developed his technical skills during his studies of media engineering.

In the beginnings they started as a recording team and as a small music production business. Their first songs were more in the acid jazz genre, but with Bossa Nova: Music & Reminiscences, which was aired on ARTE-TV in 1994, they stepped into the territory of smoother sounds. Their song Dreamaway was released some years ago on the wave music compilation Volume 4.

Now they have released their debut album Retrospectives on nuGroove Records (2009). The album combines elements of Lounge, Smooth Jazz with Bossa Nova styles to a lively conglomerate of groove.

Starter of the album is Motif d’Azur, a swinging and swaying Bossa Nova with a great horn arrangement and intelligent sound experiments. No, your CD-player didn’t crash.

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Galaxy Lounge – Welcome To The Party

welcometothepartyWelcome To The Party is a whole album of original, satisfying and luscious jazz, smooth jazz and lounge tracks with strong melodic themes, relaxed grooves and solid roots in traditional jazz that will carry you off to your own personal paradise, but without harmful side effects.

A citizen of Pennsylvania Jon Grindstaff, mastermind of Galaxy Lounge, is now returned to music with this personal project of mostly traditional and smooth jazz-based tunes with a refreshing dose of lounge sensibility – and a dash of humor – from his own uniquely colored perspective, Galaxy Lounge. Welcome To The Party is available at CDBaby.