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The Baylor Project – The Journey

From a guest appearance on Kenny Garrett’s Happy People to fulltime member of the Yellowjackets and guest vocalist, the journey of husband-wife duo Marcus and Jean Baylor is one of unity, togetherness and partnership. Thus The Journey (Be a Light, 2017) by The Baylor Project is aptly titled.

Personnel are Jean Baylor, all vocals, handclaps; Marcus Baylor, all drums, handclaps; Shedrick Mitchell, piano and organ; Allyn Johnson, piano; David “DJ” Ginyard, electric bass; Chris Smith, upright bass; Dezron Douglas, upright bass; Corcoran Holt, upright bass; Marvin Sewell, guitar; Rayfield “Ray Ray” Holloman, pedal steel guitar and electric guitar; Bob Mintzer, tenor sax on “Summertime”; Keith Loftis, tenor sax; Freddie Hendrix, trumpet and flugelhorn; Keyon Harrold, trumpet on “Again”; Stafford Hunter, trombone on “Again”; Aaron Draper, percussion and handclaps on “Block Party”; Pablo Batista, percussion and handclaps; Nicole Neely, live strings and arrangement on “Again”; and Brandee Younger, harp on “Summertime.”

“Block Party” is a straight jam. It opens with sermony vibe, but quickly warms into a celebration, punctuated by handclaps, Jean’s wordless chants and Hendrix. Marcus holds back until a spot about two minutes from the end. Accompanied only by the organ, he gives the kit a workout. The interlude sets up the listener for the joyous, all-in climax.

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Nick Colionne – The Journey

Chicago’s best dressed jazz guitarist Nick Colionne released his first albums It’s My Turn (1994), Arrival (1996) and The Seduction (1999) on the Lake Shore Jazz label followed by Just Come On In (2003), Keepin’ It Cool (2006), and No Limits (2008). Feel The Heat (2011) and Influences (2014) are released on Trippin & Rhythm. Now he is back with The Journey (2016) on the same label.

Among the big names on this album are saxophonists Najee and Darren Rahn, keyboardist/producer Chris “Big Dog” Davis, keyboardists Nicholas Cole and James Lloyd.

The album starts in full swing with the title song. Nick brings his Epiphone The Broadway in the forefront and raises a cool melody even with some improvisation on top. Buckle Up shines with a great horn section and outstanding sax and the rhythm is a funky addition. Nick gets from the horn players the tendency to tell a story like a vocalist and that makes his songs so full of tension.

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Nick Colionne – The Journey

Nick Colionne The Journey

Chicago is a fountain for smooth jazz artists with big talent. Among those talents one can find a bird of paradise. Renowned jazz guitarist Nick Colionne is the best-dressed musician always clad in colorful suits. But these garments aren’t satisfying no other purpose than the enjoyment of doing it, they are Nick’s trademark signaling his musical stardom.

His first albums It’s My Turn, Arrival and The Seduction were released on the Lake Shore Jazz label followed by Just Come On In (2003), Keepin’ It Cool (2006), and No Limits (2008). His album Feel The Heat (2011) and Influences (2014) were released on Trippin & Rhythm.

The Journey is scheduled for release April 1, 2016 on the same label. You can pre-order the album at

Rob Arthur – The Journey

The JourneyThe Journey is a collection of compositions that Rob Arthur has written over the past few years. You’ll find that each tune has a different stylistic vibe to it. Each was written during important parts of his life when he experienced joy, excitement, hardship, sadness, etc. These important times from his life have helped him understand the meaning of love more and more.

The Journey is his debut album and now on sale at CDBaby.

Jim Adkins – The Journey

The JourneyThe Journey is the sixth solo release for the award winning songwriter and guitarist Jim Adkins. In this CD Jim continues to share his ability to hit the smooth jazz mark with songs like Time With You and The Secret Place but also stretches out to include the rock ballad A New Horizon and the fun style of blues with Highway 12. His latest offering includes all the catchy hooks, warm melodies and groove that we have come to expect from this Virginia artist.

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Charles McPherson – The Journey

Straight, no chaser. Charles McPherson goes old school with The Journey (Capri Records, 2015). Recognized as one of the last authentic practitioners of bebop sax, McPherson would make some of his pioneering brethren proud.

McPherson plays the alto sax. With him are Keith Oxman, tenor sax; Chip Stephens, piano; Ken Walker, bass; and Todd Reid, drums.

The sassy opener, “The Decathexis from Youth (for Cole),” features the duet of McPherson and Oxman in harmonious lead. The song begins in moderate, swing. Then it shifts into high gear as the leader takes off on a spirited jaunt. Composer Stephens stretches out in blues style.

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Sir Gant And The Invisible Force – The Journey

Dean Gant, known professionally as “Sir Gant,” has been recognized for decades as a top industry Producer, Arranger, Keyboardist, and Composer.

Now, with expanded horizons, it’s a new dawn for Sir Gant, the solo artist. With the release of his debut project on his own label, ELEGANT MEDIAWORKS; 2011 will see him emerge as a consummate artist in his own right. Gant’s project, “The Journey” is a musical anthology that celebrates the genius he has lent to many top artists over the span of his career.

Sir Gant’s solo effort is as much a reflection of the journey of his life path as of his professional career path. He is well aware of the wide range of diverse styles on his CD and explains that it represents the breadth of his musical, personal and spiritual growth. It is a musical charting of his Journey in real life and real time. Innately, Gant is guided and influenced by a deep spiritual allegiance, hence his deference to “the Invisible Force” from which his musical inspiration comes. Along this path, Gant has crafted a signature style in his compositions and on keyboards. His melodic and harmonic structures are underscored by driving rhythms that assimilate and stimulate a wide range of emotions. He continually challenges himself, “To reach greater musical expressiveness, created by layering simple and & soulful elements.”

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Brian Lenair – The Journey

For the past years, Brian Lenair the former front man for Washington-DC based Jazz/R&B band, Spur of the Moment, whose previous CDs entitled, Spuraddict and Out of the Shadows, prevalently features Brian’s talents. This experience has taught him how to combine lush Jazz arrangements with silky R&B inspired tracks as to create a rich collection of sultry ballads and funky smooth Jazz songs.

He does this while still managing to mesmerize audiences as a true showman with his smooth, sultry sound during live performances. He has toured and played with many legendary Jazz and R&B recording artists including George Benson, Grover Washington, Jr., Al Jarreau, Peabo Bryson, Will Downing and Jean Carne, to name a few. Brian’s musical journey has also afforded him the opportunity to showcase his talents with the Westminster Choir College Jubilee Singers and as a featured soloist with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra.

His debut album is called The Journey and is now available at CDBaby.

Rod Williams – The Journey

Rod Williams is here to change the smooth jazz world. Saxophonist Williams offers his new CD The Journey. He called it The Journey as his musical experience. A couple of local friend support Williams on his new CD. Even a German guitarist participated on this project.

Rod started his musical education with a violin, but he soon changed his preferred instrument. Rod produced the whole CD.  Sweet and Spicy shows some diverse directions of Rod’s music. Rod also transfers some of his live empirical knowledge into his album after recovering from cancer. The music helped him to survey this medical problems. Rod is full of new ideas, but he concentrates on the first one. To put out something to make the people happy, was his goal.

Give The Journey a listen at CDBaby.

The 3rd Sun – The Journey

It’s time to face the sun. The 3rd Sun! It’s a project of Rob Young and Steve Dixon. Both performed together since their youth. The Journey is their debut album and their social contribution. A portion of the proceeds from The Journey will go to the “William B. Smith Transplant Fund” and “The Know Your Worth Foundation, Inc”.

Musicians on this album are Emanuel Burgess ( keyboards), Reggie Calhoun (guitar), Darryl Dixon (alto sax), Steve Dixon (drums), Deniz Felder (tenor sax), Peter Graham (guitar), Natasha “Nahjai Soul” Johnson (vocals), Noni Keyton (vocals), Demetre Simmons (keyboards), Rev. Victor Tate (inspirational word), Mike Waddell (guitar), Dave Watson (tenor sax, flute) and Rob Young (bass, keyboards, guitar & programming).

All songs were composed and produced by Rob and Steve. Got To Get Away from here, is their advice. Relax with some wine. The song features the young singer Nahjai Soul, who impresses with her vocal style and is just on the start of a great career.

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