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Paul Hardcastle – Desire

The timing could not be more perfect for the release of Desire (Trippin’ & Rhythm) – in time for the Valentine’s holiday. Long considered the purveyor of sexy and sensual sides, Paul Hardcastle gathers many of his most intimate soundscapes from the past 20 years, complimented by three brand new tracks, ‘Valentines,’ featuring the vocals of daughter Maxine, ‘Ready or Not,’ and ‘Dont You Know (Ibiza Chill Mix),’ the sum of which is, as the title suggest, the ultimate album of seduction.

Named after one of the most popular hits, Desire seems the apt title for the assemblage of songs rife with feeling and emotion that will surely provide the perfect soundtrack for any holiday or occasion that speaks of feelings for a loved one. A must have for Hardcastle fans and lovers alike.


Paul Hardcastle – Jazzmasters VI

Paul Hardcastle started his breathtaking career with the dance hit Rainforest reaching #1 on the 12″ sales chart in the USA in 1984. His tremendous success was the song 19 in 1985, in many countries a further #1 hit. In 1991 Hardcastle began his Jazzmasters project fostering a smooth jazz community worldwide. The first album of this serial was released in Japan and The Japanese radio stations spread the word. Soon the sound arrived in USA and many listeners had to struggle for their album ’til it was finally released in USA in 1992.

This hybrid of dance music and smooth jazz quickly climbed the charts and received high acclaims by many fans finally crowned with Billboard Magazine’s 2008 Smooth Jazz Artist of the Year. Paul is just nominated again for Best International Artist and Best International Group for the up-coming American Smooth Jazz Awards in 2010.

Jazzmasters VI was released in July, 2010. Paul Hardcastle wrote, mixed and produced all tracks taking the lead on keyboards, guitar and percussion. Paul is joined on his newest project by Becki Biggins (vocals), Paul Hardcastle jr. (sax), Maxine Hardcastle (backing vocals), Chris ‘Snake’ Davis (sax, flute, Shakuhatchi) and Rock Hendrix (sax).

The relaxing character of the album, in Europe they call it chill-out, is announced with the spacey introduction Awakening Thoughts. The idea for Touch and Go was developed with a sax riff Paul Hardcastle jr. showed his dad. This tune is after The Circle Hardcastle jr.’s sophomore collaboration with his father sharing the merits with Chris Snake Davis, who performs a majestic flute.

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Paul Hardcastle – Jazzmasters VI

Billboard Magazine’s 2008 Smooth Jazz Artist of the Year, prolific producer/multi-instrumentalist Paul Hardcastle, releases the much anticipated volume VI in his immensely popular Jazzmasters series, a vehicle that helped him re-launch his career in the early ’90s, made him a household name and has garnered him legions of rabid fans worldwide.

It’s been 19 years since the release of Jazzmasters I, a pet project that became a format game changer in its initial release and one that has defined a music style that has yet to be copied. VI marks the entity’s ambitious return to the fold and continues to raise the bar with a grouping of highly charged melodic and memorable pieces that have become the Hardcastle/Jazzmasters signature over the last two decades.

Paul Hardcastle – Time Machine

Time Machine is a welcome reissue for the very first recordings by British jazz-funk pioneer Paul Hardcastle. The collection includes the complete recordings of his bands Direct Drive and First Light, issued on a string of rare 12” singles for Oval label. Oval was co-run by Charlie Gillett, the renowned radio broadcaster and writer who contributes sleeve-notes to the package.

Direct Drive consisted of singer Derek Green’s soulful vocals with Direct Drive (alongside Hardcastle, Mick Ward, Pete Quinton, Bob Williams and Bones). First Light consisted of Hardcastle on all instruments. Includes the in-demand Brit-Funk anthem ‘A.M.’. These early Recordings from the period 1981-1983 will be available in all stores June 01, 2010.

Paul Hardcastle – The Very Best of Christmas

UK-born keyboard player and producer Paul Hardcastle topped the UK charts in the mid-80s with an electro-pop tune about the Vietnam War and post-traumatic stress disorder entitled 19. Since several years he is recording with great success in the smooth jazz genre following his own music formula. He is artist on the label Trippin ‘n’ Rhythm, a new home for smooth jazz artists like Tim Bowman, Cindy Bradley, Oli Silk, U-Nam, Gregg Karukas, Jaared and Sekou Bunch.  Respectable owner of this label is Les Cutmore.

With his well-developed and distinctive sense for everything beautiful and economic trade he discovered the world of Holiday Jazz.  Featured artists on the album The Very Best of Christmas are, you guessed it already, the above mentioned artists, Paul Hardcastle and a combination of them called the Trippin’ Allstars. The album presents typical Christmas hymns like Santa Claus Is Coming To Town, Winter Wonderland and more.