Posts Tagged ‘ R&B ’

Ty Causey – Hypnotic

The music style of Ty Causey is a nice blend of soulful smooth R&b with a smooth jazz flow. The production of the music is creative and the lyrics are classy and very pleasant to listen to. His smooth lead vocal is the highlight of each song complimented by harmonic background vocal arrangements. Ty’s music has earned him the name “Mr. Consistent” in the music business. His music is best described as “Feel Good Music”.

Hypnotic is a nice blend of soulful R&b and smooth jazz with poetic lyrics that compliments the smooth vocal delivery! The songs can best be described as “Feel Good Music” from beginning to end. Just put it in and let if play!

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Rainforest Band – Peace To The Planet

Thirty years before the devastating Amazon rainforest fire and decades before the global climate crisis was one of the crucial issues facing the survival of life on earth, keyboardist Merl Saunders forecasted the future after witnessing the destruction occurring in the Amazon. Teaming with Grateful Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia, Saunders brought the need to preserve rainforests into pop consciousness by creating an album, “Blues From The Rainforest – A Musical Suite,” featuring Garcia that they described as “environmental earth music.” Merl’s son, bassist Tony Saunders, is continuing his late father’s mission with the October 25 release of “Peace To The Planet” by Rainforest Band, which drops on San Francisco Records with a portion of the proceeds going to The Jerry Garcia Foundation and Rainforest Action Network.

“The rainforests around the world are disappearing at an alarming rate. This band has three strong souls as leaders and our mission is to bring awareness with our music to a cause that needs vigilant attention – long before the Amazon fires put the issue back in the news. To honor the history of the music Jerry and Merl made and to do something to help save the planet is why we made this album now,” said Tony Saunders, who is based in the Bay Area along with his Rainforest Band mates, guitarist Vernon “Ice” Black and keyboardist Sylvester Burks.

“Peace To The Planet” was produced by Black and San Francisco Records chief Ron Umile with social activism at the fore. Umile said, “The band and I have been concerned about the rainforest, climate change and all the related issues. We are also concerned about senseless gun violence in America, the rise of bigotry in our country, the extinction of animals and plants, and the lack of acknowledgement and action from the present administration and general government to address these issues and seek real solutions. The music on ‘Peace To The Planet’ tries to instill calmness for a minute to allow reflection on how we can do our part to be part of the solution. If we can visualize a peaceful planet, we could possibly inspire our audience to take action to save the planet.” Continue reading

The Justus Brothers – Chinese Checkers

The roots of The Justus Brothers date back forty years, in the birthplace of soul, blues and rock ‘n’ roll: Memphis. The musicians who comprise the band dropping the eponymous debut album on October 11 on the iconic Memphis International Records/Select-O-Hits labels met long ago in the sweaty blues and smoky jazz clubs on Beale Street. Together, they electrified Memphis churches with rousing musical sermons and tracked in fabled Memphis recording studios alongside an incomparable list of hall of famers, Grammy winners and chart-topping legends. Before they backed a galaxy of stars in sold-out arenas, the members of The Justus Brothers paid dues playing long hours, night after night, sharpening their chops and earning virtuosity while forming a brotherhood built upon rhythm and groove.

Guitarist Niko Lyras and The Justus Brothers produced the ten songs on their self-titled set, a balance of original tunes and choice covers given the full Memphis makeover. Already garnering playlist adds is their soul-powered jam session workout “Chinese Checkers,” a revival originally recorded by Memphis’s Booker T. & the M.G.’s (https://youtu.be/ArzJIfJI8Zo). Several members of The Justus Brothers have ties to Booker T. & the M.G.’s, including drummer Steve Potts, who was a longtime member of the outfit.

The chemistry between the five “brothers” sizzles throughout the collection. Lyras, Potts and bassist Dave Smith have been playing together the longest. Thirty years ago, hornman Pat Register (tenor, alto and soprano sax and flute) and keyboardist Jason Clark completed the family. Continue reading

Roger Smith – Just Another Day

Most people interested in music will only know keyboardist Roger Smith as a member of the world-famous formation Tower Of Power. Thereby he can look back on a veritable discography of solo albums. My Colors (1996), Both Sides (1999), Consider This (2000), Just Enough (2004) and Sittin’ In (2008) are his smooth jazz albums, while his side projects Rosco’s Place I and II cultivate the field of jazz.

This month Roger releases his new album Just Another Day, again a successful blend of R&B and smooth jazz. Roger plays on the album on different tracks among others piano, bass, drums, organ, Fender Rhodes, synth bass and keyboards. He receives musical backing from singers Rachel Santos, Julie “Julu” Morris, Tony Lindsay, Kumandae Miller, Jazz Rosco, Terrell Carter, Mark D. Scott and the instrumentalists Derek “DOA” Allen (bass, keyboards, guitar, string arrangement, Moog), Jeff Tamelier, Andrew Fowler, Michael “Big Mike” Hart Jr. (guitar), Tito Abraham (congas), Darius “DaBaBa” Babazadeh (alto saxophone), Robbie Kwock (trumpet), Jim Morris (bass, guitar, lead vocals), Kyron Kerby, David Garibaldi (drums), Mic Gillette (trombone and trumpet), Tom E. Politzer (alto, tenor and baritone saxophones), and Bill Ortiz (flugelhorn).

The group is waiting in the wings with the title song. A jazzy ballad, which not only gives the enchanting singer Rachel Santos the opportunity to reveal the innermost part of her soul, but also to intonate jazzy tones with the finest instrumental accompaniment.

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Urban Jazz Coalition – Covers

Columbus, Ohio very finest contemporary jazz band Urban Jazz Coalition has now released Covers (2019), their 23rd album. The group consists of bassist and founder Phil Raney, percussionist Hector Maldonado, keyboardist Brendon Howard, saxophonist Richard Randolph, drummer Rich “Rico” Adams and guitarist Duane Tribune.

The group is accompanied on selected tracks by their friends Joe Gothard (guitar and vocals), Lee Savory (trumpet and flugelhorn), Keith Newton (saxophone and flute), Ben Sherburne (sax), Brian Skeel (keyboards), Jim Bridges (drums), and special guests lead vocalists Jamar Ward, Quan Howell, Janeen Holmes and background vocalists Andrea Jackson, Nikia Humphrey, Brian McKnee & Electa Dawn Lee.

Motto of this album is “Learning From The Greats”. Some of the cover songs were already recorded by the group over the years, others are part of their live repertoire or the band just like them to do.

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Marcus Anderson – My Inspiration Vol. 2

Marcus Anderson‘s peak musical collaboration was certainly his time with the legend Prince. Even today, Marcus presents on many of his performances preciosity from his repertoire. In the meantime he has already released eleven studio albums, which have settled in the area of gospel and smooth jazz.

Marcus has like Kirk Whalum a gospel side. My Inspiration Vol. 1 was released in 2016. Now Marcus returns with the second edition aptly titled My Inspiration Vol. 2 (2019). Marcus’ aim is to make gospel music even more popular by incorporating elements of jazz, soul, pop and urban adult contemporary.

In addition to saxophonist Marcus, the following musicians are involved in this worship project Demetrice Everette, AJ Gamble (drums), Antwon Timmons, AJ Brown (bass), Jordan Love, Damell Taylor, Nemo Miller (guitar), Ashley Mimieweather, Josh Cisell, Tamala Hairston, Marcus Cole, Diamond Smith, Cheylaine Perkins (vocals), Lio Saiz (trumpet), Jonathan Butler (acoustic guitar and vocals), Chris Adams, Bertron Curtis (organ), Derrick Adams (Rhodes), Nicholas Cole, Aarik Duncan (keyboards). Marcus performs alto, tenor, baritone sax and flute, Nile Hargrove keys, organ, guitar and programming.

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Eugen Botos Finally – Final Definition

Slovakia based jazz funk trio Finally was founded by Eugen Botos (piano) – leader and composer of the band, Robert Vizvari (bass guitar), Martin Koleda (guitar). In 2008 the trio became the touring band of Eric Marienthal in Europe which gave them some contact with the American contemporary jazz scene. In 2010 they released their debut album My Space.

Final Definition is their sophomore album, which was released in Japan in 2016 and this year in the rest of the world. The album features an incredible variety of top musicians. Among them are famous singers like Brian McKnight, Maysa Leak, Dionne Warwick, Angela Johnson, Sheldon Reynolds, sax player Eric Marienthal, drummers Dave Weckl, Eric Valentine, Oscar Seaton and Ronald Brunner Jr., bass players Marcus Miller and Victor Wooten, keyboardist Jeff Lorber and many more.

Marcus Miller introduces into the theme of Love For Real with his sonorous sounding bass. Featured singer is Sheldon Reynolds, the former singer and guitarist of the groups Sun, The Commodores and Earth, Wind and Fire. The song also offers prominent solos by Marcus Miller and Jeff Lorber on Rhodes.

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