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Ronny Smith – Coastal Sunset

71+AdFroeaS._SX522_Baltimore based jazz guitarist Ronny Smith has chosen the 20th century as his field of activity. His discography includes the albums Long Time Comin (2001), Laid Back (2002), Got Groove (2006), Simply Stated (2007), Just Groovin (2009), Can’t Stop Now (2013), and Shake It Up (2017). His next album Raise The Roof was released on January 27, 2020.

Now he returns with his new album Coastal Sunset (2021). Ronny performs on his new album Coastal Sunset guitar, bass guitar and keys programming. He has written all tracks, which gives a clear hint about his subtle creativity. Whether you like it trendy and modern, funkalicious, Latin tinged, or the mellifluous, Ronny revels an array of colors, moods and textures that builds an appealing makeup of attractive instrumentation. Ronny’s tracks almost seem like they give listeners a beach-front view of calmly rolling azure-hued riffs clinging loosely to the shoreline while caressed by the leisurely movements of the wind.

Coastal Sunset, the title cut features John Rekevics on sax and flutes, String Of Hearts, horn players Richard Sherrington (Trombone), Justin Powell (Trumpet), Umcolisi Terrel (Sax ) provide the sinuous riffs while Smith’s leisurely strolls veer them in the listener’s direction and For You, a song written for his parents, featuring Joseph Patrick Moore (Fretless Bass). Coastal Sunset is the perfect way to become acquainted with Ronny Smith’s special vibe. It is due out on June 18th and comes highly recommended.

Get the album on Amazon.com.

Ronny Smith – Raise The Roof

Baltimore based jazz guitarist Ronny Smith has chosen the 20th century as his field of activity. His discography includes the albums Long Time Comin (2001), Laid Back (2002), Got Groove (2006), Simply Stated (2007), Just Groovin (2009), Can’t Stop Now (2013), and Shake It Up (2017). His new album Raise The Roof is scheduled for release on January 27, 2020. The releasing label is Skytown Records.

Ronny has written, arranged, mixed and produced all songs. Two songs are covers. Ronny performs on this album guitar, keys, bass and programming. On track 5 he is supported by Vincent James (drums) and on track 7 by Scott Martin (sax).  In the past Ronny assimilated the music of his idols George Benson, Wes Montgomery or Joe Pass. Now he creates his own style. He opens with Breaded Funk Well Done. Ronny presents the finest ingredients of funk like the ducky rhythm guitar, vintage organ chords and his shining guitar.

A Brighter Day is a title that is often used in the smooth jazz world. Ronny’s composition showcases his virtuosity with a lot of guitar running the scales up and down. On Me Time Ronny sketches unerringly with precise chords the appealing theme. At this point it should be noted that Ronny is a proven expert of drum programming, who brings the rhythm authentically across.

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Ronny Smith – Raise The Roof

Baltimore based jazz guitarist Ronny Smith is certainly one of the most underrated guitarist in music history. Often compared with George Benson, Wes Montgomery and Joe Pass he has since long time developed his own significant style.

That this unique style appeals the audience, shows the huge amount of releases like Long Time Comin (2001), Laid Back (2002), Got Groove (2006), Simply Stated (2007), Just Groovin (2009) and Can’t Stop Now (2013). Shake It Up (2017) is his essential return with a special twist.

Ronny is now on the Skytown Records label and his first album is Raise The Roof. You can pre-order this album on Amazon.com.

Ronny Smith – Shake It Up

Baltimore based jazz guitarist Ronny Smith is certainly one of the most underrated guitarist in music history. Often compared with George Benson, Wes Montgomery and Joe Pass he has since long time developed his own significant style.

That this unique style appeals the audience, shows the huge amount of releases like Long Time Comin (2001), Laid Back (2002), Got Groove (2006), Simply Stated (2007), Just Groovin (2009) and Can’t Stop Now (2013). Shake It Up (2017) is his essential return with a special twist.

Ronny performs on his new album guitars and keys programming. Musical supporters are Conley Whitfield, Jr., Reggie Wilson (bass), Scott Martin (sax), Will Allen (drums), Stan Martin (trumpet), Andy Martin (trombone), Eddy Botts, Jeff Knoetter (keyboards), and Gerald Chavis (muted trumpet). Ronny has written all tracks, which gives a clear hint about his subtle creativity.

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Ronny Smith – Shake It Up

Guitarist Ronny Smith is back with Shake It Up. As writer, producer, arranger and programmer, with ten well-chosen original tracks, this is a superb example of the tight melodic style that categorizes Ronny’s playing. Mellow tones, subtle creativity, and his ability to groove over catchy rhythms leaves you breathless. Touches of each of his influences, Wes Montgomery, George Benson and Pat Martino, just to name a few.

Ronny grooves, caresses and works his way through a song with maturity. Take for instance the grooving, mellifluous “Coast To Coast”, featuring Scott Martin on sax, Tone Whitfield on bass and Will Allen on drums, that he uses to get the album started or the wonderfully easy grooving “Chasing Your Love” featuring Eddy Botts on keyboards. Both are fine examples of Ronny at his very best and much the same can be said of the foot tapping title cut, Shake It Up. Later, when Quincy Jones’ horn players, The Martin Brothers, joins the line-up he adds some spice to the decidedly funky “Bettin It All On Black” and although “Back It Up” starts out in tranquil fashion it quickly develops into a tune with attitude.

“Chasing Your Love” is one of several cuts where Reggie Wilson on bass and Will Allen on drums lay a rock solid foundation from which Smith’s playing really shines and despite “Feel For You” being another number that re-enforces the mid-tempo groove that permeates much of the collection, the Latin driven intensity of “When The Sun Goes Down”, featuring Jeff Knoettner on piano, proves to be a powerful way in which to bring the CD to a close.

The album will be released on August 4, 2017 (Pacific Coast Jazz) and is available for pre-order at Amazon.com.

Ronny Smith – Can’t Stop Now

Can't Stop NowRonny Smith combines mellow tones, subtle creativity, and his ability to groove over catchy rhythms that leaves you breathless. You hear touches of each of his influences, Wes Montgomery, George Benson and Pat Martino just to name a few. He grooves, caresses and works his way through a song with maturity. Take one listen and you’ll be hooked and will want to keep your eyes out for him on the rise.

Can’t Stop Now is available in many online stores around the world. Finally now at CDBaby.

Ronny Smith – Just Groovin

We need another hero. After Wes Montgomery and George Benson Ronny Smith epitomizes the culture of jazz guitar music. After his albums Long Time Comin (2001), Laid Back (2002), Got Groove (2006) and Simply Stated (2007) he honored us with his new album Just Groovin (2009),  released on May 19, 2009.

“As a guitarist. I’ve learned that bands can do with you or without you regardless of your abilities.” Ronny describes his solo career, “Your job is a filler, so I started thinking more independently outside the band box. Thus, this project was developed. I wanted to know first if I was capable of doing this. That is not only the guitar parts, but if I could put my hearing to test to see if I could bring out what I have learned and heard over the years into a composition. I have to say Long Time Comin’ was an effort, but I knew I’ve got a harder road ahead than I thought.”

On his new project Ronny is joined by Vernell Mincey (drums), Tony Whitfield (bass), Alan Alexander (keys), Scott Martin (sax), Stan Martin (trumpet), Andy Martin (trombone), and Karl McNeil (bass). With the exception of two covers Rony has composed all tracks on his new album.

Ronny shows sign of life with Here We Go Again. The essence of smooth jazz is smelling to my nose. Ronny’s signature guitar sound and his terrific keyboards skills brighten our mood. Appealing guitar chords are Ronny’s trademark. The next title Smooth suggested something mellow to me. Multi-instrumentalist Ronny Smith arranges keyboards, guitars, bass, flutes and string to a brilliant package supporting his captivating guitar line.

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