Posts Tagged ‘ Pop ’

Kere Buchanan – If You Need Somebody

This album along with the previous one called Starting Over features many artists both from Australia and international guests like Bill Champlin, (ex-Chicago), Louie Shelton, (Seals & Crofts/Lionel Richie/Boz Scaggs) & Robbie Buchanan, (Whitney Houston/George Benson/Sergio Mendes).

A mixture of West Coast Jazz/Pop/RnB like artists Al Jarreau/ George Benson/ Randy Crawford/ Anita baker/ Toto/ James Ingram/ Steely Dan/ Rufus etc.

If You Need Somebody is the vocal alternative available on CDBaby.

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Appleton – Appleton’s Choice

The band Appleton was founded in 1967 by brothers John (piano, keyboards), Chris (bass), and Stephen Brenninkmeijer (drums). They performed as cover band in the local area of Frankfurt. After a long hiatus the group restarted in 1998 joined by Chris Perschke (trombone), Karen Schäfer (sax), Thomas Siffling (trumpet) and Barbara Drennan (vocals). Andreas Pompe replaced Karen Schäfer in 2010 on sax. Belgian jazz singer Carol Vanwelden succeeded the English singer Barbara Drennan in 2015. Further member is Harry Terkowsky (guitars).

The formation released 40 (2007), Friesian Chair (2010), The White Christmas Album (2012), Here, There And Everywhere in 2015 and this year Appleton’s Choice. The album is the substrate of the personal musical preferences of the respective band members.

The album starts with a rendition of Lisa Stansfield’s song The Real Thing from her eponymous album (1997). Caroll Vanwelden has that certain timbre that puts her in dangerous proximity to Stansfield. Abracadabra is a song by American rock group Steve Miller Band from the same named album (1982). Appleton takes a more leisurely approach to their interpretation and brings it into the realm of cabaret.

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Urs Wiesendanger – Breakfast In Paris

Urs Wiesendanger developed in young years his passion for drums. At the age of 12, he toured with the DRS Big Band of Swiss national television and was soon regarded as one of the greatest young Swiss talents in the music scene.

Since then, Urs has worked for renowned Swiss artists such as DJ Bobo, Nubya or Carmen Fenk. Urs is considered one of the most gifted arrangers and producers in Europe and does not need to shy away from comparison with the US industry. He has worked extensively in Los Angeles with highly gifted musicians such as keyboardist Jeff Lorber, saxophonists Dave Koz and Warren Hill, producer Mickey Petralia, drummer John Robinson, guitarists Chris Camozzi, Michael Landau and Dean Parks, singer Warren Wiebe and many more.

On his new album Breakfast In Paris (2018) Urs performs keyboards, bass, percussion, drum-programming, vocals, grand piano and strings. He is joined on selected tracks by Bruno Amatruda, Dominic Ruegg, Claudio Servino, Michael Thompson (guitars), Thierry Condor, Dhenibe Romea, Sabina Stokes (background vocals), John Robinson, Jay Graydon (drums), Bernhard Schoch (trumpet, trombone), Daniel Küffer, Tom Beek (sax), and Ramon Stagnaro (acoustic guitar).

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Rob Tardik – Synergy

SynergyToronto based guitar virtuoso Rob Tardik is a regular contributor to the smooth jazz world. Without Words (2006), followed by The Right Time (2009), Balance.Energy.Laughter.Love (B.E.L.L) in 2011, Limitless (2013), and Moments (2015) are landmarks in music history. The new album Synergy (2017) exploits Tardik’s full potential, who focuses this time on teamwork and diversity.

Synergy starts with Rob’s powerful and funky guitar chords in remarkable mastery and conviction. Carson Freeman adds his colorful signature tenor sax sound. Vincent Ingala does not appear as a well-known saxophonist but shows his talents as bassist, pianist and drum programmer.

Once in a Lifetime turns the pointer on soft rock music featuring Mark Masri as lead vocalist in the style of Bon Jovi or Bruce Springsteen. The uplifting Hope is an entertaining mood-setter with the flair of Rocco Granata’s huge hit Marina.

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Michael J Thomas – Driven

Saxophonist Michael J. Thomas earned his first merits as a member of the Jive Rockets. In 2010 he debuted his solo career with the album City Beat. The song Amante Del Vino taken from this album is weaved into the plot of the movie Contagion, starring Matt Damon, Gweneth Paltrow, and Kate Winslet.

Driven is his sophomore album and was just released on Harbor Breeze Records. Michael has written all the tracks, in part with other musicians. “I decided that this would be a passion project for me more than trying to write music that fits the traditional model,” explains Destin, Florida-based Thomas.

Michael performs on this album soprano, alto and tenor saxophones, and vocals. Additional supporting musicians are Shannon Wallace (guitar, percussion, horn arrangement), Oli Silk (keys/synths, strings, percussion, bass programming), Eric Lampley (bass, horn arrangements), Omari Williams and Frank “Third” Richardson (drums), Trammel Starks (keys/synths, strings, percussion), Gino Rosaria (keys/synths), Andre Forbes (keys/synths, strings, horn arrangements), Paul Scurto (trumpet), Mark James and Chris Blackwell (guitar) and Joseph Patrick Moore (bass).

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Peet Project – The Bad Boys of Budapest

Hungary has a lot to offer, its specialties, its nature, the beautiful capital. However its famous export is music. In the smooth jazz genre a new Hungarian group has established, Peet Project. The group comprised currently of violinist, composer, producer Peter “Peet” Ferencz, saxophonist Attila Závodi, keyboardist Olivér Magán, bassist Martin Gudics, and drummer Marcell Gudics.

Everything started with their debut Pink Spirit, released in 2010. Their sophomore album Turn You On already followed in 2011, then Overseas (2013) and Love (2015). Their newest endeavor is entitled The Bad Boys Of Budapest (2017) and offers guest appearances by keyboardist Jonathan Fritzén, saxophonist Dave Koz, bassist and singer Gáspár Laci and singer James Copley from the band Electro Deluxe.

Downtown Therapy is the music the community need, crisp like a freshly laid egg, with the dynamic of the youth and the violin in the lead, a rare sound in the world of smooth jazz. The group has no reservations to pop music as it provides with Don’t Wanna Know, which could easily make the jump into the charts with intelligent instrumentation and astounding energy.

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Organissimo – B3tles: A Soulful Tribute to the Fab Four

It’s difficult to imagine any mainstream pop or rock band covered more than The Beatles. And jazz musicians are like pirates finding buried treasure as they peruse the Lennon/McCartney/Harrison/Star songbook. Organissimo takes the music to a different arena with B3tles: A Soulful Tribute to the Fab Four (Big O Records, 2017).

Alfredson plays the Hammond B3 organ, Wurlitzer electric piano and synthesizers. His accompanists are Lawrence Barris, guitar; and Randy Marsh, drums. Percussionist Bill Vits joins for a few tracks, and Mike List plays tabla on “Within You Without You.”

“Taxman” enters a new world at the fingers of Alfredson. The beat starts with a funky groove. The verses and choruses are relatively straightforward. Then the organ goes on an excursion, making good on the 19-to-1 offer, stated in George Harrison’s lyrics. After the middle solo, the call-and-response interlude repeats, leading to a phrase where the base rhythm continues, with Barris stretching out. The song closes with the main theme.

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