Posts Tagged ‘ Smooth Jazz ’

Stephanie Urquhart Quartet – Concealment

Known for her imaginative and genuine writing, Stephanie Urquhart is an Edmonton-based jazz pianist and composer quickly gaining an international presence and recognition having been featured at numerous venues and festivals such as the Earshot Jazz Festival, Yardbird Festival of Canadian Jazz, and the TD Edmonton International Jazz Festival. She was selected to present her works at the 2019 International Jazz Composers’ Symposium (IJCS) at the University of Northern Colorado, as well as the 2017 IJCS at the University of South Florida. Her works were also performed by the Seattle Women’s Jazz Orchestra in Seattle, Washington in 2017 as the Honourable Mention of the 5th Annual Jazz Composition Contest for Women Composers.

Stephanie is also making way with Big Bands in North America both as a performer and a composer. She has worked and performed with Edmonton groups River City Big Band, Yardbird Suite Jazz Orchestra, Don Berner Big Band and MacEwan University Alumni Big Band. Beyond the borders, Seattle Women’s Jazz Orchestra and Montclair Women’s Big Band in San Francisco are also performing her originals.

Concealment is the debut release from Edmonton-based pianist and composer Stephanie Urquhart. The album features Stephanie Urquhart on piano, Peter Zawalski on guitar, Josh McHan on bass, Joel Jeschke on drums, and Mallory Chipman on vocals. Concealment is alternative smooth jazz migrated from the contemporary jazz genre, now on CDBaby.

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Konstantin Klashtorni – Best of Chill Jazz II

Multi-instrumentalist and producer Konstantin Klashtorni is one of the most popular musicians in the field of smooth jazz on CDBaby. Browsing the list of top sellers you will certainly find most of his albums there. He is known by his projects Kool&Klean,Chillaxing Jazz KollektionLove Suggestions, eJazz Artistry and Smooth Jazz. Now he has released two compilations packed with the best pieces in his opinion: Best Of Chill Jazz I and II (2019).

The collection is for download only. This has the advantage that you can pick the best raisins. This review will serve as a small guide. Blue Water (Chillaxing Jazz Kollektion) greets to Paul Hardcastle with a musical twinkle. Heaven must be in Konstantin’s mind, when he composed Angel (eJazz Artistry). In the land of rhythm and groove Konstantin has found his own sound garden to care.

Beautiful Surprise is the last song of the album Kool&Klean Vol. 4 with the same intoxicating and bouncy melody as its predecessors. How Will I Know (eJazz Artistry) comes with a relaxed swing full of warm rich tones.

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Monty Q Pollard – All in My Head

Monty Q Pollard is a keyboardist who experienced his early life in a musical environment. His late father, Monti was a gifted master percussionist who provided the foundation for Q to explore later on in developing the ear to continue playing and learning mostly on his own, various styles of music. Q, who originates from Washington, DC, has strong Afro-Cuban, Latin and Brazilian flavor in his music as well as a feel for contemporary jazz and gospel. Q has played with with several bands beginning with High School and into the military where he helped formed a band with several soldiers from all over the country. He has played in the church for several years and is currently playing with the Aniya Jazz Band and Spirit for Jazz, both out of Wilmington Delaware.

All in My Head (2018) is his album recommended by Ronald Jackson (The Smooth Jazz Ride) as “One classy piece of art for your musical library”.

Buy this album at CDBaby.

Kim Scott – Free To Be

Kim Scott is one of the most sought-after classical and jazz flutists in the United States. Born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama, she burst onto the jazz scene in 2011 with her debut CD Crossing Over. Her next albums are Rite of Passage (2013) and Southern Heat (2016). Now she returns with her fourth album Free To Be (Innervision Records), scheduled for release July 19, 2019. James “PJ” Spraggins (drums), Sean Michael Ray (bass), Eric Essix (guitar) and many more are supporting Kim in recording the album.

On the new album you find a sensitive cover of The Look of Love, a popular song composed by Burt Bacharach and Hal David.  Kim Scott teams up with smooth jazz hit maker, Jonathan Fritzen on her new single, Emerge, her co-writer who creates beautiful harmonies and a stunning piano solo. This song captured the Number 1 place on the Smooth Jazz National Airplay Billboard Charts. Further songs are Best Part, Free To Be, J’s Groove (named after Kim’s son), The Prayer, No Worries and more.

Soon available on Amazon.com.

Mattias Roos – It Goes On and On

Swedish musician, songwriter and producer Mattias Roos is a founding member of the band Soweco that he formed with drummer Peter Gustavsson in 2011. He started his solo career with the album My Story (2016). His second project Movin’ Up (2017) made his breakthrough on the American music market.

Now he returns with his third album It Goes On and On, scheduled for release June 24, 2019 on Skytown Records. “It Goes On and On” is the title and “It Goes On and On” is certainly the sentiment as Swedish keyboard player Mattias Roos comes roaring back with this stunning ten track collection that once again finds him at the top of his creative game.

Written, arranged and produced by Roos throughout, “It Goes On And On” is released on the Skytown Records label and follows his 2017 project “Movin’ Up”.
In common with this earlier effort it demonstrates to perfection the penchant he undoubtedly has for sublimely fusing smooth jazz grooves with an authentic old school vibe.

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Philippe Saisse Trio – The Body And Soul Sessions (Remastered)

Philippe Saisse took Steely Dan’s invitation Do It Again at his word when he had remastered the album The Body And Soul Sessions by Colin Leonard. The album was originally released in 2006, but thirteen years later Saisse is re-releasing it under his own label, because good things should be brought back to light.

The Philippe Saisse Trio consists of Philippe Saisse (piano, keyboards, vibraphone, marimba), Skoota Warner (drums), and David Finck (acoustic bass).

Do It Again was Steely Dan’s breakthrough hit presenting a phenomenal contrast between sinister lyrics and high melodic popular in the true sense music. Perfect to the core, this song became an instant classic. As a master of the keys Philippe uses the main melody to give this song a noble finish.

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Konstantin Klashtorni – Best of Chill Jazz I + II

Multi-instrumentalist Konstantin Klashtorni is certainly the most productive artist of the smooth jazz genre. Beside his solo projects he released series like Kool & Klean, Chillaxing Jazz Kollektion, Love Suggestions and Smooth Jazz.

With Best of Chill Jazz I and II he offers two compilation albums containing carefully selected tracks from different Chill Smooth Jazz albums produced by himself. Only essential Chill Jazz sounding tunes were included in these 19 tracks long albums.

These collections are for download only on CDBaby.

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