Posts Tagged ‘ Saxophone ’

Konstantin Klashtorni – Led By You

Saxophonist Konstantin Klashtorni continued his solo career with his sophomore album Led By You in 2006. It’s different to most of his other projects, because he invited several other artists to join his recordings.

Udo Demandt (drums and percussion), Yerman Aponte (bass), Roy Lewis (guitar), Michael Simon (trumpet), Santiago Cananda Valvere (trombone), Ibernice McBean as backing vocalist and Mitchel Brunings as lead vocalist are sharing his compositions on selected tracks.

The album begins with Back It Up. A stirring tune with Konstantin’s vibrant sax in progression. So Lovely inspires with sax, flute and natural sounds. Nice warmth and accessibility captures the audience. It Dews is the redeeming call after a long and severe winter period. Konstantin tracks musically the way of every single drop. An emotive flow pushing the music over the sonic edge.

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Zolbert – One

Smooth Jazz is spreading worldwide, including in Europe. Coming from Hungary young saxophonist Zolbert presents his debut album One (2015). He calls as his idols and inspirations Grover Washington, Jr., David Sanborn, Everette Harp, Dave Koz, Gerald Albright and Brian Culbertson.

With the Grover Washington, Jr. Memorial Band he is playing regularly in Budapest and also in Switzerland. Supported by 90.9 Jazzy, Budapest’s leading jazz station he soon earned a contract with Tom-Tom Records, one of Hungary’s best-known independent labels.

Zolbert is joined on the recordings by a major league of Hungarian musicians listed below. With Smile Zolbert launches his charm offensive. Melody, rhythm and arrangement are oriented to the fashionable conventions of the genre. Frappé is French and comes from the verb frapper which means to hit. The shaking and mixing is presented by keyboard sound and forms the basis for a refreshing music.

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Dave Panico – Tasty Treat

Tasty TreatThe album Tasty Treat is produced by Eric Copeland out of Nashville, TN. I met Eric at a music conference several years ago and found out he was a Christian Jazz producer so I ventured with him on this CD Tasty Treat. Tasty Treat Opens up with a song I wrote called “Break’N Free”. This is an upbeat/happy song performed on alto sax. Sometime life and circumstances bring hard attacks and I feel like I’m trapped and can’t get out. This song is about being able to break free and overcome these hardships. The next song is the Title track called “Tasty Treat” . This song is written by Eric Copeland. He provided the track and then I added the melody to it. This is a very nice cool smooth jazz song. It’s one to lay back on and enjoy. I perform soprano and tenor sax on this.

The 3rd song is a blues song called Soaring Sax Blues performed on alto sax. I tend to go by the name “the Soaring Saxman” so the title fits. This is a compilation between myself and eric Copeland. I wanted a blues tune on the album. I tend to hang out at the open jam blues clubs here in KC and I’ve had several compliments that I play some mean kick ass blues. So why not. This is a good ole fashioned blues tune. The 4th song is entitled “Pump’N” performed on alto sax. This is one I wrote and I ventured out on this one. I wanted a dance tune that people will get up and move to. The song Pump’N is a great tune for workouts and getting out on that dance floor. Eric did a nice job on the track.

The 5th song came from a guitar lick I sent Eric. I don’t play guitar but I was fooling around on it and came up with a lick. The song is called “Just Like That”. This is a compilation with Eric Copeland. This is a bit funky and has a cool vibe to it. When I think about how God created the world or how he moves amazingly in someone’s life, he can make it happen , Just Like That. This is performed on alto sax.
“The Search” is the 6th song on the Cd and is the first song I wrote for this CD. During the time I was writing this song, I felt like doors were closing on me on where I could perform/minister. Give this album a listen at CDBaby.

Neil Edwards – Gotta Get My Groove On

Gotta Get My Groove OnAs a musician, composer, and arranger, Neil Edwards has more than 30 years in the music industry. Influenced by Funk and R&B bands such as B.T. Express and Earth, Wind & Fire, Neil developed a unique style and feel, which grew as his exposure to contemporary jazz artists like Grover Washington Jr. rounded out his sound. This album fuses inspiration from rock, soul, Latin, jazz, and rhythm & blues to create an interesting journey through the genres, all brought into cohesion by a smooth saxophone melody. There is something for everyone on this album!

After many years of playing multiple genres of music, all those emotions have been combined into one masterful work of contemporary jazz, making this project a wonderful musical experience. Get this album at CDBaby.

Jakob Elvstrøm – SaxClub vol. 2

Saxophone players from Europe often develop a different style than American musicians. This can be seen also in the Danish saxophonist Jakob Elvstrøm, who has remained unlike Michael Lington in his homeland.

This was already visible on his debut album SaxClub vol. 1 (2009) and continues on his second album SaxClub vol. 2 (2013). Jakob has written and arranged fourteen new originals. The album starts with the funky U.F.O. in the tradition of Pick Up The Pieces. Elvstrøm on sax meets Steen N. Hansen on trombone to a fat brass mix propelled by Henrik Møller on bass.

Lonely People offers a heavy techno groove featuring Jamaica born singer Roy Richards on a stomping beat. Long Lost Love served as the title suggests the romantic side of the listener. St. Tropez Off-season is a relaxed ode to the glamorous southern French city. The song is decorated by a French speaking woman with some funny comments about the city.

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Marcus Anderson – Style Meets Substance

Style Meets Substance is a demanding title full of promise. Can Marcus Anderson fulfill this aroused expectations? The necessary personal and musical requirements he certainly brings along. As one of the saxophonist in Prince’s band the New Power Generation he convinced the audience with his performance.

With five albums under his belt he also has the experience of a lengthy solo career. All started with his debut album My Turn in 2005, soon followed by From the Heart (2009), NOW (2011), and “TLC” Tender Loving Christmas (2011).

Anderson has written, performed, arranged and produced all songs of the new album. He is joined by Bertron Curtis and Nicholas Cole (keys), Kenny Leonhard (organ), Demetrice Everett and Calvin Napper (drums), Fitzgerald McGill (guitar), Chris Ellis and AJ Brown (bass), Morris Hayes (synth solo) on selected tracks.

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Euge Groove – Got 2 Be Groovin

For the log꞉ Euge Groove has just released a total of nine albums and his fourth for Shanachie Entertainment. The amount of publications is of course not a crucial factor for the quality of a musician. However, it casts a revealing light on his popularity.

The list of accompanying musicians is overwhelming long, the core musicians are Tracy Carter (Rhodes, piano), Cornelius Mims (bass), John “Jubu” Smith (guitar), Trevor Lawrence (drums), Lenny Castro (percussion). In addition, Euge adorns himself with Peter White, Althea Rene, Paul Brown, Elliot Yamin and Chanel Haynes, notably mentioned as featured artists.

Forever And A Day can be summed up under the heading of “sweet romance″. With the duet of Euge’s soprano saxophone and Althea Rene’s flute loveliness has already done enough.

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