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Paul Jackson Jr. – Stories From Stompin’ Willie

13501843_943163785782669_6474450941656913255_nThis contemporary jazz project grew out of the many musical relationships Paul Jackson Jr. has been blessed to have over many years, specifically, his great friendship with the one and only George Duke. George gave him the nickname “Stompin’ Willie”.

This project features many old friends like Jeff Lorber, Jimmy Haslip, Karen Briggs, Michael Lington, Tom Schott, Ndugu Chancelor, Byron Miller, and John Beasley. Not to forget his longtime “boss” Patrice Rushen, and the entire Rickey Minor Band of American Idol and Tonight Show fame. Also helping on the project are new friends like violin sensation Nicole Neely and recoding engineers, Erik Zobler, who has worked with George Duke for over two decades and Craig Burbidge, who mixed his first #1 radio single “It’s a Shame”. Paul comments: “I hope you enjoy listening to this music as much I enjoyed making it. Lord Bless You Real Good!”

Stories From Stompin’ Willie is available at CDBaby.

Bruce McKenzie – After Dark Part II

Bruce McKenzie began playing the guitar in 1976 and quickly blossomed into a rhythm and lead guitarist for a southern gospel quartet. During his travels with the quartet, Bruce honed his talent and began songwriting and composing. His skill on the guitar, to include the bass guitar, took on a new level as he developed the core music foundation for the group. After graduating from high school, Bruce went on to college and continued developing his artistic skill. Bruce subsequently joined the military and put the guitar on hold, but eventually came back to his love for playing and started gigging with a group of talented guys in Dayton, Ohio. This was the beginning of Bruce’s calling to jazz!

Bruce finally shifted his musical interest to smooth jazz in 2002 while living in England. He subsequently moved to Germany and released his first major jazz project entitled, Special Moments. This CD sold out at a local CD store in Germany in an amazing 6 days! His release received major reviews from jazz portals around the world and was also reviewed by vh1.com! Bruce then released a second project entitled Aesthetic Melodology and caught the ear of hundreds of listeners around the globe! Bruce then moved to S. Korea during the beginnings of his third and eventually released Destinations upon his return to Germany! Destinations reached many smooth jazz lovers and became Bruce’s signature release! His next release entitled, After Dark is a rich blend of smooth jazz and promises to deliver smooth guitar riffs accompanied by a sensuous and emotionally-charged background of calming tracks!

Bruce has performed in many venues to include a solo concert for a Hurricane Katrina fundraiser in Brunnsum, Netherlands and has opened for major acts to include comedian, Rich Little! Bruce is a solo artist who performs all of his music! His inspiration comes from God and feels blessed to be able to perform! His favorite guitar icons are Norman Brown, Paul Jackson Jr , the late Wayman Tisdale, Marcus Miller and Fourplay!

Now he released his new album After Dark Part II. This release is his 5th release and contains a variety of smooth melodies to relax your mind, body and soul. Whether you are on the expressway coming home or relaxing in your favorite jazz bar, After Dark Part II is a must-have for your collection. After Dark Part II is an expressive reflection of different emotions that he has released through his music specifically for the taste of any jazz connoisseur! This work is a continuum of more releases to come and Bruce hopes that you take a ride and feel the “After Dark” in this project!

After Dark Part II especially for you at CDBaby.

Paul Jackson Jr. – Lay It Back

Paul Jackson Jr. is worldwide the first-call and most wanted session guitarist. His performance is recorded on more than 1.000 albums, among those Michael Jackson’s Thriller and Bad. Further artists he played with are Luther Vandross, Quincy Jones, Steely Dan, Elton John, Whitney Houston, Celine Dion, Madonna, Rod Stewart, Barbara Streisand and some hundreds more.

His solo albums are I Came To Play (1988), Out of The Shadows (1990), River in The Desert (1993), Never Alone: Duets (1996), Power Of The String (2001) and Still Small Voice (2003). After a long hiatus Paul Jackson, Jr. presents his new album Lay It Back on his new label Branch Records.

Patrice Rushen (piano), keyboardist Bobby Lyle, bassist Alex Al, vocalist James Reese, Ray Brown (Earth, Wind & Fire horns), The Rickey Minor Band, Rex Rideout, Jeff Lorber, the list of contributing artists is long. Most of them already performed with Paul on stage or in the studios.

The album starts with the funky The Workout. The intro reminds of Pick Up The Pieces signalizing the direction of the tune. Jeff Lorber penned the song while the horns were arranged by Ray Brown. Trumpet player Ray was the section leader of The Earth, Wind & Fire Horns.

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