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Eldredge Jackson – Listening Pleasure

New Orleans born saxophonist Eldredge Jackson simmers like a pot of hot, spicy gumbo when performing on stage. This multitalented musician is bringing new flavor to the music scene with his blend of traditional and smooth jazz peppered with a dash of gospel.

One of the highlights of his career was collaborating with the late great Wayman Tisdale on his debut album. The duo had been friends since middle school and watched each other develop musically over the years. One summer when Tisdale was between seasons in the NBA, he sat in with Jackson’s band at the local Greenwood Jazz Festival, and by 2008 their friendship had come full circle with the release of Listening Pleasure.

Listening Pleasure marked Jackson’s emergence onto the national scene. Among the collection’s 13 powerhouse tracks are soulful, passionate covers of two iconic R&B songs, Lionel Richie’s “Hello” and Michael Jackson’s Rock With You, produced by Brian Jones and famed R&B/urban jazz producer Preston Glass whose superstar resume includes Aretha Franklin, Kenny G, Kirk Whalum, George Benson and Earth, Wind & Fire.

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Wayman Tisdale – The Fonk Record

Wayman Tisdale was the gentle giant. Known as an American professional basketball player in the NBA, his popularity grew even more during his time as smooth jazz bass player. He launched his music career with the album Power Forward (1995), followed by In The Zone (1996), Decisions (1998), Face to Face (2001), Presents 21 Days (2003), Hang Time (2004), Way Up! (2006), and Rebound (2008).

I shared some of his worthy time during Warren Hill’s Smooth Jazz Cruise 2005, where he offered his fans the opportunity to drop some sinkers with him. His part of the show was a special highlight. He exploded on his funky bass solo. While he was releasing smooth jazz albums, everybody knew his real passion. Wayman’s funky party.

After the diagnosis of cancer in 2007 Wayman continued his life hosting jazz cruises, headlining tours, and being an active and loving husband and father. Nothing gonna stop us now was his motto. But only Wayman knew, when no one else did, that God was going to call him home.

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Wayman Tisdale – The Fonk Record

After a stellar career that produced eight top-selling jazz CDs and one gospel project, prepare yourself for a different side of Wayman Tisdale—one that was 12 years in the making!

It’s The Fonk Record featuring 11 original songs, Tisdale’s own funky vocals and a crew of down-and-dirty musicians, The Fonk Record also boasts three guest stars with extensive funk résumés—George Clinton, George Duke and Ali Woodson.

To those who knew him best, it seemed only natural that Tisdale would craft a funk project. “He always wanted to make funk music,” says Derek (DOA) Allen, who produced The Fonk Record and was one of Tisdale’s closest friends. “People are going to see a whole ‘nother side of Wayman on this record—he was on a mission to play as hard and funky as he could.”

Tisdale confided in Allen that a funk project was something he always wanted to do. At first it was a playful joke with a few demos here and there. Inspired by great funk artists like Bootsy Collins and Robert Wilson of the Gap Band, Tisdale created his own funky moniker: Tiz and named his band The Fonkie Planetarians. His power source came from Stinky the Sock! Those who were lucky enough to catch Tisdale in concert got a glimpse of his alter ego when he’d perform 20 to 30-minute funk-filled interludes during his jazz shows. “If you saw it, you knew it was the most explosive part of his show,” Allen says. “That’s when the party got started!” Continue reading

Bruce McKenzie – After Dark Part II

Bruce McKenzie began playing the guitar in 1976 and quickly blossomed into a rhythm and lead guitarist for a southern gospel quartet. During his travels with the quartet, Bruce honed his talent and began songwriting and composing. His skill on the guitar, to include the bass guitar, took on a new level as he developed the core music foundation for the group. After graduating from high school, Bruce went on to college and continued developing his artistic skill. Bruce subsequently joined the military and put the guitar on hold, but eventually came back to his love for playing and started gigging with a group of talented guys in Dayton, Ohio. This was the beginning of Bruce’s calling to jazz!

Bruce finally shifted his musical interest to smooth jazz in 2002 while living in England. He subsequently moved to Germany and released his first major jazz project entitled, Special Moments. This CD sold out at a local CD store in Germany in an amazing 6 days! His release received major reviews from jazz portals around the world and was also reviewed by vh1.com! Bruce then released a second project entitled Aesthetic Melodology and caught the ear of hundreds of listeners around the globe! Bruce then moved to S. Korea during the beginnings of his third and eventually released Destinations upon his return to Germany! Destinations reached many smooth jazz lovers and became Bruce’s signature release! His next release entitled, After Dark is a rich blend of smooth jazz and promises to deliver smooth guitar riffs accompanied by a sensuous and emotionally-charged background of calming tracks!

Bruce has performed in many venues to include a solo concert for a Hurricane Katrina fundraiser in Brunnsum, Netherlands and has opened for major acts to include comedian, Rich Little! Bruce is a solo artist who performs all of his music! His inspiration comes from God and feels blessed to be able to perform! His favorite guitar icons are Norman Brown, Paul Jackson Jr , the late Wayman Tisdale, Marcus Miller and Fourplay!

Now he released his new album After Dark Part II. This release is his 5th release and contains a variety of smooth melodies to relax your mind, body and soul. Whether you are on the expressway coming home or relaxing in your favorite jazz bar, After Dark Part II is a must-have for your collection. After Dark Part II is an expressive reflection of different emotions that he has released through his music specifically for the taste of any jazz connoisseur! This work is a continuum of more releases to come and Bruce hopes that you take a ride and feel the “After Dark” in this project!

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Tom Braxton – Endless Highway

After Imagine This Tom Braxton returns with his second album for Pacific Coast Jazz entitled Endless Highway. Tom Braxton regards his own life as highway with many obstacles and odds.

Tom comments: “We are all on this road of life, moving at our own pace, experiencing the smooth places where you can relax and the rough roads that can challenge and discourage you. But we must never forget how important it is to enjoy the ride!”

In this spirit starts the title song Endless Highway. All is in the groove and Tom Braxton blows the sax with a dynamic range and perfectly timed. Outstanding are the horn arrangement and Tom’s fellow musicians Larry Spencer (trumpet), Pete Branham (alto sax), and Don Bozman (trombone). I also like the keyboard chords which remind of George Benson’s Give Me The Night.

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