Posts Tagged ‘ Smooth Jazz ’

Peter White – Music For Starlux Airlines

Guitar hero Peter White is the uncrowned king of smooth jazz. He enriches a myriad of events every year and can already look back on a veritable number of solo albums. He is breaking new ground with his new album Music For STARLUX AIRLINES (2019).

STARLUX AIRLINES is a luxury airline based in Taiwan which will start operation in January 2020. Peter was commissioned by this aviation company to produce his own music for the future board program. This album contains six tunes all over seven minutes long for a runtime of 44 minutes.

Peter performs on this album guitar, keyboards, harmonica, accordion, programming, D.C. additional programming, Peter’s daughter Charlotte viola on Homeward Bound. Peter has written, produced and mixed all songs.

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Todd Mosby – Open Waters

Produced by Windham Hill Records founder Will Ackerman, and with a sound described as “an album to daydream to”, Open Waters finds Todd Mosby once again embarking on a creative journey navigating through elements of Jazz, New Age, Folk and Indian music. “Open Waters is one of the best project I have been involved with…Todd Mosby is the most unique sounding guitarist I have ever worked with, nobody does what he does…” – Will Ackerman

“This album crosses the full spectrum of the music I have performed and know intimately…from Indian Rag to traditional Jazz to the The Police.  It’s a concept album based upon the story of Atlantis (Plato’s story about the destruction of the ancient civilization), and what survivors may have felt as they escaped from the deluge in ships heading westward.” – Todd Mosby

Coming from a family of inventors (he is the co-inventor of the Imrat guitar along with Kim Schwartz and Imrat Khan), Mosby’s early musical DNA was formed from his love of Bluegrass and Folk music, which eventually expanded into Fusion and Jazz.  While a college student, Mosby began studying Indian music (namely classical North Indian music), which led to the genre’s incorporation into his music, and sparked the creation of the Imrat guitar [a 20 stringed hybrid sitar guitar musical bridge instrument that allows Western musicians to access Eastern melodies and Eastern musicians to access Western harmonies for the first time]. After 13 years of study with Imrat Khan, Mosby became the only guitarist ever admitted into the Imdhad Khani Gharana, India’s most prestigious family of musicians.  “This instrument [Imrat guitar] sounds better than a guitar and sounds better than a sitar…it is an instrument for the 21st century.” – Imrat Khan Continue reading

Carol Albert – Stronger Now

Jazz pianist and vocalist Carol Albert has always Georgia in her mind, when she tours numerous countries worldwide. Her albums Love In Your Eyes (1992), Tides Of Change (1993), Christmas Impressions for the Piano (1995), Night Music (2006), Morning Music (2006), Christmas Mystique (2015), Fly Away Butterfly (2017) cover a broad spectrum ranging from easy listening, New Age, world music to smooth Jazz.

With her upcoming album Stronger Now (2020) she consolidates her position in the field of smooth jazz. Carol plays on this album piano, synth, keys, programming, bass, strings and more. She has written and arranged all songs. The well known guitarist and producer Paul Brown has made a significant contribution to this album as producer, arranger and mixer. He also performs guitar and percussion.

The following prolific musicians have added their personal accents: Lew Laing (drum programming, additional synths), Ben Babylon (strings and French horn arrangements), Sam Sims, Joseph Patrick Moore, Nathaniel Kearney, Roberto Vally (bass), Lil John Roberts (drums, percussion), Lee Thornberg (horn arrangement, flugel and valve trombone), Jay Williams, Gordon Campbell (drums), Curtis McCain (percussion), Ragan Whiteside (flute), Magdalena Chovancova (sax),  Dennis Johnson (drum programming), Daniel Baraszu (acoustic guitar), Raheem Amlani (electric guitar).

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Ken Navarro – Into The Light

Pre-Order Ken Navarro’s brand new album for 2020 and receive it in early January 2020, weeks before it’s official February 21, 2020 release date! 11 new songs featuring over 20 musicians contributing to Ken”s new music including Gary Grainger on bass, Greg Grainger on drums, Tony Craddock Jr. on saxophone and Jay Rowe on keyboards to name just a few. (and of course, Ken will sign it to you!).

Get Into The Light on Ken’s website.

Yohei Nakamura – Shine

Yohei Nakamura was born and raised in Kanagawa, Japan. He studied violin from age 6 then started playing guitar when he was 15. After he finished high school, Yohei has studied and graduated from Los Angeles Music Academy (LAMA) and Berklee Collage of Music. Yohei has been playing and recording as a lead / rhythm guitarist with various artists such as Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, Sheila E., and Brian McKnight to name just a few.

For the friends of smooth jazz he now offers his new EP Shine. The album contains wonderful instrumental ballads by the Los Angeles based guitarist.

Available for download only on CDBaby.

Marcus Johnson – Ballads: In My Voice

Marcus Johnson is an independent Billboard-ranked musician, NAACP Image Award nominee, owner of FLO Brands and FLO Wine, JD and MBA, philanthropist, father, friend… and so much more!

What is FLO (For the Love Of)? It represents the journey through which we discover those things in life that fulfill us and make each experience a little better. For the love of life, self, happiness, passion, joy…love itself. Ballads: In My Voice is the latest incarnation of the growth and development of Marcus Johnson. It is the manifestation of a journey over the last few years and the fact that he is able to find his voice in his favorite ballads from different parts of his life.

Explore the vocal side of Marcus Johnson on CDBaby.

Lisa Addeo – Listen To This

Miami Beach, Florida based jazz pianist, vocalist and composer Lisa Addeo has earned her own place in the smooth jazz genre with verve. Her debut album In A Heartbeat (1997) was a tribute to Frank Sinatra. Her next album Hotel California (2000) presented mostly own compositions. Further albums are Grand Piano (2006), Musical Inspirations (2006), Spirit of the Holidays (2006), Live at the Kerr (2006), I Just Can’t Stop Loving You (2010), Whispering Souls (2012), and this year Listen To This.

Lisa feels at home in different genres like jazz pop, New Age, and the Great American Songbook. Smooth Jazz is her newest field of activity. Lisa Addeo performs on her new album piano, Rhodes, and Synths. She is also lead vocalist on various songs.

She is supported by Nils (guitars, synths, pads, Rhodes, drum programming), who also co-wrote with Lisa most of the tunes and was also involved in the mixing and producing process. Adam Hawley (guitars, programming, aux keys, percussion) participated in the same way in the production of the second piece. Further musicians are Darryl Williams, Mel Brown, Tony Saunders (bass), Tony Moore, Eric Valentine, Gorden Campbell, Derrick “Dmar” Martin (drums), Oliver C. Brown (percussion), Jeff Ryan, Steve Cole (sax), Johnny Britt and the JB Horns (horns), Dov and The Lovestar Strings (strings).

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