Posts Tagged ‘ Piano ’

Mark Adams – Conversations

Baltimore, Maryland born jazz pianist Mark Adams is currently a published author and professor at York College (CUNY), where he teaches music theory as well as beginning and advanced piano techniques. As composer and musician he has already released five albums: Asceticism, Feel The Groove, Something’s Going On, Embellishments and Conversations (2012).

On his newest project he is accompanied by Donald Nicks (bass), Dennis Davis and Stephen Roberson (drums), Casey Benjamin (EWI, sax), Dave Ernst (additional keys), Dominic James (guitar), Ashley Horn, Larissa Blitz, Stan Hunte (violins), and some more.

New Beginnings nicely introduces into Mark Adams’ piano mastery. Adam Says reveals his influences like Herbie Hancock or Joe Sample. An attentive listener recognizes a variety of quotations from famous artists.

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Renato Falaschi – Summer Rain

Born in Bari, Italy, pianist and composer Renato Falaschi was culturally influenced by his parents, his father was a pianist, his mother an opera singer. His brother Leonardo even a brilliant organist and pianist gave him the first piano lessons. With such a family springboard it was a logical step to start a musical career.

Renato embarked on a partnership with Italian television channel RAI Uno participating in many shows. Nevertheless he completed his studies at the conservatory S. Enrico Duni in Materna and at the Jazz University of Terni. Currently Renato is living in Paris and works with local and Italian artists.

Renato performed on Rocco Ventrella’s album Give Me The Groove (2006), which received a rave review by our website. In January 2009 Renato released his debut project, the EP Summer Rain. Smooth Jazz friends in London had already the opportunity to admire his skills during his show at Pizza Express, Soho. Videos of this show are published at YouTube.

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Monika Herzig – Come with Me

Pianist Monika Herzig Invites You on a Journey with New CD/DVD Release Come with Me.

February 1, 2011 / Indianapolis, IN

Pianist Monika Herzig will present her second Owl Studios release entitled Come with Me in March 2011. The CD/DVD combo reflects a unique partnership between musicians, the Owl Studios label and award-winning documentary filmmaker Susanne Schwibs. The journey comes to life with a 30-minute documentary that includes a variety of visuals, concert footage, and interviews, as well as special features of live performances. In addition the package includes a full-length CD with originals as well as unique arrangements of standards.

“I have the mud of Germany on my shoes”, bassist/ guitarist Peter Kienle proclaimed at the Arts Center in Jasper, IN as he was getting ready to perform a concert with wife/ pianist Monika Herzig and Indiana poet laureate Norbert Krapf. The couple had just returned from a concert tour of Italy and Germany and Peter’s shoes were still caked with mud after he got lost during a walk in the woods.

Being that nearly everyone from Jasper, Indiana (a town rich in culture from the early days of German immigration) probably at some point had mud from Germany on their shoes, the audience was delighted with the invitation for a journey through poetry and music. Continue reading

Elliot Levine – Smash

Elliot Levine has toured with Wilson Pickett and Heatwave (Always & Forever/Boogie Nights) and has opened for Brian McKnight, Freddie Jackson, and McCoy Tyner. He has had the #1 song on mp3.com, the world’s largest Internet music site with over 1,000,000 downloads. This amazing feat was mentioned in the Wall Street Journal.

Elliot has several internationally released Cd’s which have received extensive airplay and distribution. He has headlined at Blues Alley and the Kennedy Center. His playing has been described by Jazz Times as “showing remarkable talent.” In 2003, he scored the music to an Emmy nominated documentary, “Teens in Between”, which was featured in Film Festivals. His music was also used on “Inside the NBA” on TBS (2001), as well as an independent college movie, “Friends With Benefits” (2003). He has also featured on the Karvavena release “The Abduction of the Art of Noise”.

A jewel in his works is the album Smash, which is now on sale at CDBaby.

Kenny Banks – Truly Free

Kenny Banks, composer, arranger and performer who slip’s effortlessly among musical styles while retaining his own distinct sound. Kenny has appeared on BET, the Image Awards, and performed in such notable places as Carnegie Hall in New York City and the Philharmonie in Berlin.

Among his many high profile performing credits are appearances with Earl Klugh, Kenny Garrett, Wess Anderson, Russell Gunn, Lizz Wright, Rene Marie, Kevin Mahogany, Albertina Walker, Dorothy Norwood, Aretha Franklin and the Philadelphia Orchestra. Kenny currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia, where he plays an integral part in church and continues to record and travel abroad performing with national recording artists.

Truly Free is smooth jazz piano that’s sexy with a taste of elegance. Delivered by CDBaby.

Cal Harris Jr. – Inside Out

Cal Harris Jr. is a well-respected recording engineer, programmer, and keyboard player, who worked for music giants like Earth Wind and Fire, Lenny Kravitz, Prince, Whitney Houston, and Beyonce.

But like many other musicians he has the insatiable desire to create his own project to show the world his talent as composer of solid, seductive, and infectious melodies through impeccable production. So he has released his debut album Inside Out. He has written, produced and arranged all songs, partly with the help of his music friends.

Cal comments: “To me a great song is one that when you hear it years later, you can remember what was going on in your life at the time because it touched you then and maybe even helped you get through. Songs like that have been a gift to me and I feel a responsibility to give that gift to others.”

Darrell Crooks (guitars), Yogi Lonich (guitar), Shem von Schroeck (bass), Harold Todd (sax, flute), Freddie Washington (bass) and Michael White (drums) are among the numerous musicians supporting this great project.

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Antonio Hodges – A Blue Christmas

As an independent music producer and musician, Jazz is a great influence in all of Antonio’s music. Playing piano from childhood, Antonio Hodges is a very seasoned musician, as you can tell from the lush orchestrations, or simple piano etudes. Playing by ear as well as being classically trained, Antonio pulls from all genres, regions, and styles of music. Antonio says’ “Music is a universal language. No matter who or where you are, music is understood. It’s just that simple.” After hearing his music, you can definitely hear the influences of many of the greats such as, Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Bill Evans, and Quincy Jones. His is music is truly a gift, for all to experience.

A new, smooth feel to holiday music. Jazzy, urban, and classic all in one now at CDBaby.

Quincy Bullen – On Q

On Q is Quincy Bullen‘s first solo album. Produced by his juno award winning father, Eddie Bullen, the album is a collection of original songs highlighting Quincy’s composing and piano skills. There is a funky and cool vibe to this album. Following on the heals of Quincy’s successful album with the Quintessential Boys, he has finally come into his own to display the talent that is part of his family legacy. The album also features Quincy’s funky take on the John Coltrane classic, Giant Steps.

Quincy (on piano and keys) is joined by a great group of musicians on his first solo album, On Q. On drums: Larnell Lewis, Bass, Andrew Stewart, Etric Lyons and Alex Toth, Guitar: Lucian Gray, Sax: Rob Christian, Flute: Rob Christian, Trumpet: Bryden Baird.

On Q is now on the turntable of CDBaby.

Jim Brickman – Home

As the best selling solo pianist of our time, Jim Brickman’s music has given us “Faith,” “Hope,” “Joy” and created a “Beautiful World.” With his new CD, released exclusively for Target Stores nationwide through Somerset Entertainment the week of October 11, America’s piano sensation takes us Home, with a breathtaking collection of 18 original country-flavored songs, including four bonus tracks.

“Thank You,” (featuring American Idol’s 8th season fifth place finalist Matt Giraud’s soulful vocal), is the first single release and follows Jim’s previous two consecutive #1 singles, “Beautiful World,” with Adam Crossley and “Never Alone” featuring Lady Antebellum. A song inspired by Jim’s fans, “Thank You” shares a universal message that’s memorable. Jim states: “All these years, the fans applause has meant thank you to me! When they listen to the words, I hope each one knows this song was written especially for them.”

Jim Brickman’s signature style of playing and songwriting has earned him six Gold and Platinum selling albums, 29 charted adult radio hits, Grammy® nods in 2003 and 2009, two SESAC “Songwriter of the Year” awards, a Canadian Country Music Award and a Dove Award, presented by the Gospel Music Association. He has established a reputation for hit collaborations with many gifted musical artists crossing all genres, including: Martina McBride, Gerald Levert, Kenny Loggins, Carly Simon, Herb Alpert, Collin Raye, Pam Tillis, Michael Bolton, Sara Evans, Donny Osmond and Olivia Newton-John. For HOME, in addition to Matt Giraud, Jim features HLN anchor Robin Meade appropriately on the track “Welcome Home,” which was written for our troops returning from deployment. Continue reading

Tom Grant – Delicioso

Tom Grant‘s Firefly from the collection Midnight Groove – The Art of Smooth Jazz was the first song, which draw my attention to Smooth Jazz in 1998. 12 years later I look at Tom’s fantastic discography and his creativity makes me speechless. Meanwhile my national anthem is Angels Crossing from his album Edge Of The World, but who knows what kind of magic he creates next.

Now I have the answer. His new album is entitled Delicioso and as the title signals, we can await some really delicious treats. To support his mission Tom assembled a power team with Marion McClain, Dan Faehnle (guitars) and several more musicians. Let’s taste it!

Luxurium can be described as luxury at a premium level. The starting song has that quantum of elegance and high definition we enjoy with great pleasure. Paul Mazzio’s muted trumpet and Tom Grant’s glittering piano line set the perfect mood.

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