Posts Tagged ‘ Vocal Pop ’

Tristan – The Spice Of Five

The Dutch formation Tristan consists of the band members Evelyn Kallansee (vocals), Guy Nikkels (guitars), Coen Molenaar (keyboards), Sebastian Cornelissen (drums) and Frans Vollink (bass). Their debut album Full Power (2014) features US soul singer Heston, UK saxophone maestro Nigel Hitchcock and legendary American trumpeter Randy Brecker.

Their sophomore album 2nd Phase followed in 2015. Further albums are Lifestyle (2016) and a Live in Concert album (2017). Their new album The Spice Of Five will be released on April 5, 2019. This time the band didn’t invite other musicians but relied on their own values. The result was a studio album that is quite close to their live music and fully reflects the character of the band.

Hands Up is the ultimate request to the audience to surrender their sympathy for the inviting sonic sound of the group. Stylistically the band stays closely to formations like Incognito, Brand New Heavies or Shakatak whereby the group seeks its own European approach.

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Dave Sereny – Talk to Me

Sometimes your talent hides from you, but shines for everyone else. This was just the case for smooth jazz artist, Dave Sereny. Producers who have worked with legends such as R&B superstars Aaliyah and R. Kelly took notice to Dave’s talent, telling him you are going to do a record with me. Recently, one of such notable producers realized Dave’s affinity for singing, encouraging him to take vocal lessons. Six short months later, Dave found his vocal register and mastered it, producing Talk To Me, his first track as both instrumentalist and singer.

“Sereny does the genre great justice here, and it’s a real pleasure to hear quality that is the obvious result of massaging and nurturing each track to perfection. The result is a whole and satisfying package.” (Ronald Jackson, The Smooth Jazz Ride)

Talk To Me is available on Amazon.com.

Oleg Frish – Duets with My American Idols

One way to stand out when doing vocal renditions of songs that have been sung six ways ’til Sunday is to add another voice. Or in the case of Oleg Frish, several voices. Duets with My American Idols (Time Out Media, 2015) features Frish with 10 crooners.

Each song is accompanied by a variable lineup of musicians. Frish sings a few tracks without a partner, but the duets make his renditions of these classics unique.

After an introduction by Connie Francis, Frish begins the set, joined by Gary U.S. Bonds for “You’re Nobody Till Somebody Loves You.” The pair are a throwback to the Rat Pack duets of Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr., or Bing Crosby and Bob Hope. The band is solid behind the two leads.

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