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Tim Cunningham – Reflection

ReflectionVeteran saxophonist Tim Cunningham keeps getting better and better! For proof, take a few spins with REFLECTION, a 12-song journey to musical heaven that will remind you why you love Smooth Jazz so much. Cunningham, who practically defines “smooth,” “sultry” and “funky,” was once a college football star who passed up the gridiron for music. We’re glad he did! After having performed with stars such as Brian Culbertson, Dave Koz, Norman Brown and George Benson, as well as scoring a Top 20 Smooth Jazz hit on his 1996 Atlantic Records release RIGHT TURN ONLY, Cunningham has now rightfully joined the ranks of today’s top groovin’ instrumental musicians.

There are no misfires here, and its thick beats and swaying sounds are on par with familiar favorites: “Surrendered Soul” sounds like another hit with its robust sax lines and a sway reminiscent of the best Boney James. And “Big Jess & Sweet Lee,” with its layered sax sounds, will remind you of the best of Steve Cole. If you love Smooth Jazz saxophone, you’ll be glad to discover REFLECTION! Look for Tim on the Smooth Jazz Cruise West Coast Edition in October 2013!

~BRIAN SOERGEL

Reflection is now available at CDBaby.

Sean O’Bryan Smith – Reflection

Sean O’Bryan Smith is one of the rare bassists, who can live as a professional session musician. Those, which are not familiar with his name, I can inform about his collaboration with Darius Rucker, Billy Currington, Lady Antebellum, Rascal Flatts, Kenny Rogers, Wynonna, and more. Friends of jazz will know him by his performance with Michael Brecker, Roy Haynes, Kevin Mahogany, Eddie Palmieri, Fattburger, and Jamie Cullum.

He started his solo career with the album Tapestry (2011). His sophomore album Reflection was released July 17th on Groove Therapy Records. Among the team of musical supporters we find guitarist Chuck Loeb, saxophonist Tommy Ogle and pianist-songwriter Jeff Franzel.

When evaluating the selection of his songs for Sean, the first song speaks a lot for a religious background. How Great Thou Art is a Christian hymn based on a Swedish poem written by Carl Gustav Boberg. The melody is a Swedish folk song. On the other hand Sean approaches the song from a popular side with a jazzy bridge, which has in the overall context more the character of an intruder.

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Sean O’Bryan Smith – Reflection

A beatific album of hymns and inspired originals shepherded by bassist Sean O’Bryan Smith and anointed by an accomplished minion of 23 musicians, Reflection will be released July 17th on Groove Therapy Records.  Smith produced and arranged the offering of soul, contemporary jazz and gospel selections that comprise the second solo album from the in-demand bass player.  Previewing the 12-song disc, the rousing rocker “Blessed Be Your Name” featuring guitarist Chuck Loeb, saxophonist Tommy Ogle and pianist-songwriter Jeff Franzel (Taylor Swift, *NSYNC, Clay Aiken) goes for radio adds June 11th.

Three years in the making, Reflection was conceived as Smith listened to hymnals and spirituals at church while on break from touring.  After creating fresh arrangements for classics such as opener “How Great Thou Art,” “Blessed Assurance,” “Will The Circle Be Unbroken” and “Battle Hymn Of The Republic” and celestial covers “Blessed Be Your Name,” “Give Me Jesus,” “The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power” and “Yes You Have,” he composed two originals.  “Called” is an infectious soul-jazz groove graced by Gerald Albright’s soaring sax while the record’s title track is a thought-provoking spoken word sermon delivered faithfully by Malcolm Jamal-Warner.  Franzel contributed a third original, “Me Without You,” an aching torch song blessed with Lisa Hearns’ yearning voice.

Throughout “Reflection,” Smith coaxes robust rhythms and divine melodies from his four- and five-string basses, six-string fretless bass, upright bass and piccolo bass.  Other prominent soloists on the album are Randy Brecker’s prayerful trumpet on “Give Me Jesus” and Frank Catalano’s saxophone on the New Orleans-flavored march “Will The Circle Be Unbroken” and the soul-stirring “The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power.” Continue reading

Tim Cunningham – Reflection

Smooth & sultry, cool, yet definitely funky. These words best describe the sound of R&B saxophonist, Tim Cunningham.

Having played the sax for over half of his life, Tim has headlined in nightclubs, Las Vegas Casinos and festivals spanning the U.S. and the Caribbean. His new album Reflection is available at CDBaby.

Michael C. Lewis – Reflection

Michael C. Lewis comments his new album: “This music is a Reflection of the many wonderful influences that have had an impact in my life and development as a man and as an artist. First and foremost I desire it to be a Reflection of Yahweh (God) and all of his love, beauty, and creativity as it also reflects my love for him and his son Yeshua (Jesus). It is a Reflection of my wonderful family. I love you all.

It is also a Reflection of some great artists who have had a profound impact on my musical expression, Miles Davis, Freddie Hubbard, Lee Morgan, Donald Byrd, Marvin Gaye, Michael Henderson, Ronnie Laws, The Crusaders, and many other masters in the world of jazz and 70’s soul and funk. It is also a Reflection of the incredible musical vibration that emanates from my hometown of Houston Texas. Much love to all the incredible musicians there who helped me in my development through the Summer Jazz Workshop and hanging out on the scene.

And last but not least I want it to be a Reflection of my sincere desire to communicate to you, my audience in an intimate and powerful way that touches something in the depths of your very soul. One thing I learned throughout this whole process is that no one can do what we are called to do by ourselves. I want to thank in addition to all those mentioned 2009 Grammy Award winner Jeff Jones “ The Jedi Master” and Wendell Brooks for their incredible work in helping me produce this project. I also want to thank Billy Patterson, Alva Nelson, William Heagy, Jeanne Ricks, and Gerald Trottman, for their invaluable contributions as well. I want to thank my church family at Faith Exchange Fellowship and my Pastors Dan and Ann Stratton for their spiritual support and love. I want to thank all my friends in the Provision Network and the New York Passport Agency for their support, as well as many others that are too numerous to mention. Be abundantly blessed and enjoy the music.”

Reflection is available at CDBaby.

Carl Black Project – Reflection

Carl Black offers a collection of melodic, reflective instrumentals in a range of styles featuring the guitar and trumpet. There are many styles to find from rock to smooth jazz.

Carl comments: “Thanks for checking out my music. The music is a collection of moods. The past few years have been challenging for many of us. The music has come out of the struggles. I don’t think it is sad. It is hopeful in an understated way. Ever the optimist, I believe the struggles are great teachers. Please listen to the tunes. I hope you catch the feeling in them.”

Reflection is now on sale at CDBaby.

Michael C. Lewis – Reflection

Known for creating music from a personal expression of his spirit as a Trumpet Stylist, Michael has released his first CD called Reflection. This CD features his trumpet, flugal horn, and vocals over a variety of cool, smooth, hip-hop, and funk grooves. This long awaited collection is now available to Michael C. Lewis fans.

Well entrenched in the Jazz Music World, Michael has extensive credits having worked with, Hank Crawford, Jimmy Heath, Wilson Pickett, Patti Labelle, Pharoah Sanders, De La Soul, Alex Bugnon, Frank Lacy, Kirk Whalum, Lenny Pickett, Wayne Krantz, and most recently Bill Cosby’s Cosnarati Videos. He also has performed many shows with his band, The Michael C. Lewis Jazz Experience.

Born and raised in Houston Texas, Michael began playing the horn at 12 years of age. Michael now makes his home in Harlem, New York. He graduated from Berklee College of Music in Boston and also studied at Texas Southern University. He is currently pursuing his Master’s Degree at New York University. His influences include Freddie Hubbard, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Herbie Hancock, and The Crusaders.

In his new CD, Lewis worked with Grammy Winning Engineer Jeff Jones ( best contemporary blues record) and Wendell Brooks. He has created an intimate and intense experience where the listener can hear the spirituality and sensuality of the Michael C. Lewis expression, with an intellectual edge to it that makes it “Cool like smoke on ice.” Michael says ” I am excited to step out as a solo artist and to meet people who enjoy my music.”

Reflection just arrived at CDBaby.