Posts Tagged ‘ Swing ’

SWR Big Band – A Cool Breeze

Led by Sammy Nestico, the SWR Big Band delivers big time with A Cool Breeze (SWR Music, 2017). Nestico brings elements of fusion, swing and orchestral sounds with a mix of original songs and classics.

The saxophones: Klaus Graf, Matthias Erlewein, Axel Kuhn, Andreas Maile and Pierre Paquette; trumpets: Nemanja Jovanovic, Felice Civitaraele, Karl Farrent, Claus Reichstaller and Rudolf Reindl; trombones: music director Marc Godfroid, Ernst Hutter, Ian Cumming and Georg Maus; Klaus Wagenleiter, piano and keys; Klaus-Peter Schopfer, guitar; Decebal Badila, bass; and Guido Joris, drums, percussion, mallets and Celtic dulcimer.

“Along Came Betty” is given a pop slash groove treatment, noted especially by the rhythm guitar, drums and laid-back mood of the entire piece. Soloists are Wagenleiter (keyboard), Godfroid and Maile (tenor). The beauty of big band music comes through on this and other tracks, and that’s when different sections of instruments carry the melody at one point with others as background or counter-melody, and then another family steps up. Here, all three groups – trumpets, trombones and saxophones – take a turn.

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Nathan East – Reverence

A musician’s musician, platinum awarded bassist Nathan East has performed with Barry White, Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Michael Jackson, Phil Collins, Whitney Houston, Beyoncé, Barbra Streisand and Stevie Wonder. Just the most known stars of music entertainment are mentioned.

The smooth jazz genre loves his activity as a founding member of the super group Fourplay. He started his solo career with his self-titled debut album in 2014. Reverence is his sophomore project released this year on Yamaha Entertainment Group.

East invited on his new album such top players like Eric Clapton, Phil Collins, Philip Bailey and Yolanda Adams to name a few. The voice of Earth, Wind and Fire Philip Bailey gives Love’s Holiday an unmistakable and exciting profile. Originally the song was composed by late Maurice White for EWF’s Grammy awarded album All ‘N All (1977). East brings on his rendition the glamour back to shine.

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Dave Koz – Collaborations

Dave Koz is one of the most popular smooth jazz artists worldwide. His cruises Dave Koz and Friends at Sea 2016 are already sold out. On September 22, 2009, Koz received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In December 2014, he opened Spaghettini & the Dave Koz Lounge.

His solo projects can be divided into four areas. His original composed albums, his Christmas albums, his cover albums and his collaborations. His new album Collaborations (2015) is a hybrid from the latter two. At the same time it’s a thanks to a large number of partners who have made Dave to what he is today.

The 25th Anniversary Collection starts with Good Foot featuring Jeff Lorber. Jeff took Dave in his band, when he had just left college and encouraged him to his solo career. Dave and Jeff wrote the song some years ago and polished it up for the new album.

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Paris Combo – 5

5Love is a universal language and Paris Combo confirms that music is as well. The five-piece French band that has garnered global acclaim and an immense following for its unique mélange of colorful cabaret, elegant jazz, multicultural world music and sassy alterna-pop will release their fifth studio album, the appropriately titled “5,” on March 12th on DRG Records. To support the diverse dozen songs in every shade of love written by the band and produced by Bénédicte Schmitt and Dominique Blanc-Francard, Paris Combo will embark on a 12-city U.S. concert trek launching April 19th in Cleveland, OH.

It has been since 2004 that Paris Combo released a new album, “Motifs,” which was supported with a concert tour that visited the iconic Hollywood Bowl where they were accompanied by the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. The troupe consisting of chanteuse Belle du Berry, Potzi (guitar), François Jeannin (drums, percussion, vocals), and David Lewis (trumpet, flugelhorn, piano) reunited in 2010 after a four-year hiatus and spent a year writing, rehearsing and rediscovering their hallmark sound. After adding new bassist Emmanuel Chabbey to the lineup at the end of 2011, they returned to extensive touring where they performed new material that evolved into “5” and delivered another memorable show at Hollywood Bowl.

“In 2006, we gave ourselves the luxury of taking a break from touring and recording so each of us could return to his or her individual musical sources – a breathing space to allow inspiration to happen. Four years later, we reunited in a rehearsal studio – in Paris of course – and without even playing our previous repertoire, together we started composing new songs. The group’s chemistry was magic straightaway. Right from the first notes, the chords, the melodies, and the grooves sounded spontaneous and naturally like ‘Paris Combo.’ It was like a reunion with an old friend. The tone was set and we knew we would have fun co-writing our new material and exploring all the different aspects of the group’s identity – the ‘Paris Combo style,’” said du Berry, whose lyrical muse remains love. Continue reading

Rick Braun – Swingin’ In The Snow

Trumpet magician Rick Braun is widely known by his solo projects Intimate Secrets (1993), followed by Night Walk and Christmas Present (1994). His popularity grew with Beat Street (1995), Body And Soul (1996), Full Stride (1998), Kisses In The Rain (2001), Esperanto (2003), Yours Truly (2005), Sessions Vol.1 (2006), RnR (2007) and in 2009 All It Takes.

He changed the lead instrument from trumpet and flugelhorn to his voice with Sings With Strings (Artistry Music, 2011). His vocal approach in the spirit of Frank Sinatra, Chet Baker and Nelson Riddle underlayed with a superb orchestration reminds at the swing time. The echo of the audience was mainly positive. That might be the reason that he continues this year with the album Swingin’ In The Snow.

He introduces into his Christmas album with Irving Berlin’s I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm. This is a Holiday song in full swing with an authentic big band sound arranged by Braun and Philippe Saisse and set in scene by Braun on trumpet, Brandon Fields on saxes and Nick Lane on trombone.

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