Posts Tagged ‘ Sax ’

Jarez – In Too Deep

jarez18Saxophonist Jarez (born Jarel Posey) is inspired by John Coltrane, Miles Davis and Charlie Parker. In 2001 Jarez started touring around the world with Grammy Award winning rapper Coolio. While he still has a strong connection to this rapper, Jarez is now working on his own solo career.

His solo albums are To The Top (2007), Saxoholic (2009), and On Top Of The World (2013). Now he returns with his new album In Too Deep. Buy this album at CDBaby.

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Walter Beasley – Live – In the Groove

Walter Beasley found his roots in Grover Washington’s music. After more than 20 years at the forefront of smooth jazz he is established as one of the most prolific sax players of this genre. He put the base for his position by his work as teacher at Berklee College of Music.

“I was only planning on staying for a year or two, getting a record deal and then moving back to California,” comments Walter. “But once I saw musicians move an audience through the use of techniques that I showed them, I was a sucker for teaching. It was a joy. It moved me. At that point, I made a decision to learn as much about teaching as I could. It’s very important that I give something back and experience as many students as I can”.

“To know that I can play, sing, record, tour and teach – all on my own terms – is the greatest blessing one could ever ask for,” he says. “That’s where I am at this stage. It’s a great thing. There’s really nothing that I can say I want to do differently than what I’m doing right now.”

Graduated from Berklee College of Music in the early ‘80s, Walter took a teaching position on this college a year later. In 1987 he released his self-titled debut album on Polydor, followed by Just Kickin’ It (1989), Intimacy (1992) and Private Time (1995) on Mercury. After Walter Beasley Live and More (1996) on Affable Records and Life and More (1996) on Ignition he signed at Shanachie, where he released Tonight We Love (1997), For Your Pleasure (1998), Won’t You Let Me Love You (2000) and Rendezvous (2002). Go With The Flow (2003) was his interplay on N-Coded Music before he joined Heads Up International releasing For Her (2005), Ready For Love (2007) and in 2009 Free Your Mind. On his website he also offers Sax Meditations (2008) as downloadable music.

His newest album is entitled Live – In the Groove. This is Walter’s second live album since Live and More. It was recorded at Scullers Jazz Club in Boston. Walter comments: “It’s a great record, and I think you would agree it’s a reflection of who I am, and I’m loving it!” For more information about this album read this interview.

Live – In the Groove is now available at CDBaby.

Everette Harp – First Love

Do you remember when you first fell in love? The magic, rush of emotions, the euphoria and excitement of it all! People fall in and out of love everyday but there are some people and some things that remain true loves forever. For celebrated saxophonist Everette Harp, jazz is a first love and enduring love. “I remember when I first discovered John Coltrane’s Soul Trane and Dave Brubeck’s Time Out albums in my parents’ record collection. This was the music that made me first fall in love with jazz,” recalls Harp, whose own music has made millions of fans around the world fall in love with jazz.

Although Harp’s first love was ‘traditional’ jazz, he has made his mark as one of the best-selling and most sought after ambassador’s of contemporary jazz for close to two decades. His soulful and trademark blend of jazz, R&B, funk and pop have made him a favorite. With an illustrious career that has allowed him to collaborate with everyone from Aretha Franklin, Anita Baker, Luther Vandross and Patti Labelle to George Duke, Herbie Hancock, Billy Joel and Kenny Loggins, Harp has left an indelible imprint on the scene with his own unique, muscular and soulful approach.

His work on TV has brought his saxophone into the homes of millions who have heard him playing the theme songs for such popular TV shows as Entertainment Tonight and Soul Train. He also holds the distinction of being a former member of the posse on the Arsenio Hall Show. The eloquent saxman can be heard hosting his own weekly radio show, Smooth Jazz Odyssey with Everette Harp on WLOQ in Orlando, FL.

First Love, Harp’s new and third Shanachie Entertainment CD is truly a labor of love and was inspired by opportunities he has had over the past year and a half to play both contemporary jazz and mainstream jazz gigs in the US and abroad.

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Darren Rahn – Talk of the Town

Canadian born saxophonist Darren Rahn is in the music business since the mid-90’s. His breakthrough was his work with Wayman Tisdale in 2004 on the 1 single, Ain’t No Stopping Us Now. Since that time he heavily performed on stage with Brian Culbertson, Tim Bowman, Wayman Tisdale and a lot more of the smooth jazz scene.

His debut album was released in 2007 on nuGroove Records entitled Once In A Lifetime. “Music is not just for me. If a song was just for me, then I really don’t see the point of recording it on an album. The reason for my playing is to reach out and share with people. I want to take what is in my heart and really connect with the audience,” comments Darren.

Darren’s new album Talk of the Town (2009) features the industry’s top session players as Frank Selman (guitars), Mel Brown (bass), Michael White (drums), Jason Rahn (trumpet, flugelhorn), Nate Harasim (keyboards), Jason Atkins (vocals), Deborah Connors (vocals) and includes thoughtful collaborations with Bob James, Jeff Lorber, Wayman Tisdale, Tim Bowman and others.

The album starts with Tale Of Two Cities. Mel Brown and Michael White are participating in this tune, two very in demand sidemen, as I showcased in my previous reviews. Darren presents an energetic song with great overdub technique.

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Jessy J – True Love

What makes Jessy J so attractive? The fact that she graduated as the “Most Outstanding Jazz Student” of her class at the University of Southern California or that she already performed with Jessica Simpson, Michael Buble, Burt Bacharach, the Temptations, and that she is currently on tour with Michael Bolton? No, it’s the fantastic mix of female beauty and professional music presented by this high-talented sax player.

After the success of her debut album Tequila Moon charting at #1 for eight weeks and as featured artist in Jazziz Magazine, People Espanol, and Jazz Times Jessy generates great attention with her upcoming album True Love. Supported by Peak Records, a division of Concord Records, and with a prestigious tour schedule she’s born under a lucky star and promise to continue her previous success.

Like the predecessor True Love is produced by hit maker Paul Brown and furthermore accompanied by keyboardist Gregg Karukas, bassist Roberto Vally, drummer Sergio Gonzalez and percussionist Richie Gajate Garcia.

Jessy J likes it hot. So we start in the muddy atmosphere of the Tropical Rain. Jessy gives her sax a mellow blow while the band grooves in the Samba rhythm. The song captivates with soft sax tones and Garcia’s fantastic and authentic percussion. “El Pulpo” (which means the octopus in Spanish) is a sought after percussionist who has accompanied artists such as Phil Collins, Sting, Celia Cruz, Tito Puente, Diana Ross, Hiroshima, Patti Labelle, Amy Grant, Brooks and Dunn, Luis Miguel, John Denver, Art Garfunkel and many, many more.

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