Posts Tagged ‘ Pop ’

Bruce Blackman – Is That Your Yacht?

Bruce Blackman aims to please. He rarely, if ever, misses his mark. And he scores again with Is That Your Yacht? (Starbuck Music, 2017).

The musicians are Blackman, lead vocals, keyboards, percussion and bass; other vocals: Jerome Olds, Jim Tice, Lina Kawar-Machaelides, Sarah Blackman, Meeko, and Cheryl Wilson; Randy Hoexter, keyboards and strings; Bo Wagner, percussion and vibes; Larry Cianelli, percussion and bass; James Cobb, bass; Atlanta Symphony, strings; Robert Taylor, guitar and violin; and the Bentley Brass, horns.

A coastal location in Spain, the Caribbean or South America may be the setting for the opening track, “Luz De Luna,” or “light of the moon.” It’s a tropical ballad that’s accented by Taylor’s guitar. Blackman sings of a midnight rendezvous with his lover – sneaking away while everyone else is asleep.

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The James Kōb Experience – So Right

American composer, lyricist, arranger and producer James Kōb introduces himself to the smooth jazz genre with a personal mixture of Pop, Jazz, Bossa Nova and a little cinematic music. It’s the James Kōb experience and the musical brain wave is entitled So Right.

His paradigm is, smooth jazz has to break out of a special instrumental formula. Mix-up the jazz genres a little bit to stay relevant in both instrumental, vocal and style to avoid to get homogenized. One can add to this, you should also go out of your own warm nest cave.

The participants James involved in his music are Maria Schafer, Danielle Field (vocals), Bobby Cruz (piano, strings), Tripp Sprague, Adam Schroeder and Alex Budman (sax), Ian Francisco (piano, strings), Dan Hall, John Leftwich (bass), Mark Haley (drums, bongos), Michael Smith (percussion), Eric Hughes, Steve Hughes (trombone), Jamie Hovorka, Kyle Palmer (trumpet), Rick Schimdt (guitar), and Lara Wickes (oboe).

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Sam Curo – Every Day

Multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, that are the professions of South Los Angeles native Sam Curo. His seasoned baritone voice recalls the singer and front man Mark King from the group Level 42.

In 2014 he released his album Everyday. All songs are written and produced by Sam Curo and Albert Lucero. Guest musicians are Danny Clay Williams on bass and George Quirin on guitar.

The title songs offers a wide harmonic approach. A fundamental basic for Sam Curo to express his vocal virtuosity and intensity. The muted trumpet underlines this melancholic impression. Fundamental topic of his songs like Then There Was You is the dual relationship with all its implications and conflicts. Vocal intonation, resonance and phrasings are amazingly versatile and adapted to the mood.

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Shakatak – Times and Places

In the long lasting time of their band history they were welcomed worldwide at countless festivals. This year for example they traveled to Germany, The Netherlands, Japan, Mexico, Serbia, Bulgaria and Lithuania. They have released numerous albums in a period of nearly four decades. We talk about UK’s first ambassadors of Brit Funk, the legendary group Shakatak.

Their new album Times and Places was released in Europe and US in September, 2016 and in Japan already in July. Shakatak are vocalist Jill Seward, keyboardist Bill Sharpe, drummer Roger Odell and bassist George Anderson. Guest musicians on this album are Alan Wormald (guitars), Jacqui Hicks and Debby Bracknell (background vocals), Derek Nash (saxes) and Ron Burgundy (flute).

I Will Be There singer Jill Seward promises in a skillful way of melodic bliss. Bill Sharpe shares the melody with flavored key strokes. On Time And Place Jill spreads her optimistic view of our own fate and personal relationship. Check In displays joy and lightness of heart in Bill’s effortlessness and fluffiness playing the piano in a wonderful flow with some brush pats of Derek Nash on soprano sax.

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Saxing Up – Bee Gees Love Songs

Saxophonist Konstantin Klashtorni is best known for his unbelievable creativity transformed in a plethora of smooth jazz albums. Compared to his other projects Saxing Up is unique.

On this album from 2007 which is currently not available, he covered famous Love Songs of the Bee Gees. Recorded in the KVK Music studio in Rotterdam, Netherland this musical gem has stood the test of time.

The album starts with How Deep Is Your Love, a pop ballad written and recorded by the Bee Gees in 1977. Although the tune lives from the falsetto lead vocal of Robin Gibb, is Konstantin on sax a gorgeous replacement.

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Joseph Patrick Moore – Decade II

Bass player, producer, dreamer Joseph Patrick Moore has performed with: Stewart Copeland (The Police), Earl Klugh, Bob James, Buddy Miles, Celtic Women and many more. He formed in 2003 the Blue Canoe Label and Blue Canoe Digital.

He started his solo career with the album Never Never Land, followed by Soul Cloud (2000), Alone Together (2002), Drum n Bass Society (2004), Live in 05 (2005), the compilation Decade I (2006), Pause (2007), To Africa With Love (2010), the EP XYZ Factor (2011) and his second compilation Decade II (2016).

His new album encompasses the period from 2006 to 2016 with remastered compositions. Date of release is June 24th, 2016 as download only. Beside bassist JPM are performing on these tracks Yonrico Scott, Wayne Viar (drums, percussion), Tyrone Jackson, Nick Rosen, Buzz Amato, John Carrozza (keys), Brian Carl, Chris Blackwell, Dan Baraszu (guitar), Charlie Wood, Seth Condrey, Chinua Hawk, Chantae Cann, Jarrett Johnson, Abbes Bouzefrane (vocals) and DJ KiddStar, Rick Hinkle, Rat Bastardz (DJ).

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Steve Oliver – Pictures and Frames

13071748_949881478414240_753086479226416341_oPerfectly capturing the soul-searching music of our times and the universal sense of wonder human beings have been contemplating since the beginning of time, Steve Oliver (www.steveolivermusic.com) follows a dynamic decade and a half of #1 instrumental Billboard Jazz hit making and global touring by asking the simple but resonant question “Why?”

The soulful, thought-provoking track, the lead single from the multi-talented singer, songwriter and guitarist’s first ever all-vocal album, Pictures and Frames, is currently shipping to Pop Contemporary stations nationwide. It’s Oliver’s first official venture into the pop format after nine albums and over 15 years of dominance on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz chart. Oliver has always sprinkled a few pop/R&B vocals into his instrumental albums — but “Why” and many of the other tracks on the album mark a deeper emergences as an observational, socially conscious songwriter.

Recorded at the legendary Capitol Studios in Hollywood, the John Mayer, Sting and Steely Dan influenced Pictures and Frames features the exotic soundscaping of Steve Reid (former percussionist of contemporary jazz powerhouse The Rippingtons) and the all star rhythm section of bassist Lee Sklar (whose 2,000 studio sessions include multiple albums with James Taylor, Phil Collins and Linda Ronstadt) and legendary jazz/rock drummer Vinnie Colaiuta, known for his work with Sting, Frank Zappa, Eric Clapton and Herbie Hancock, among hundreds of others. Continue reading