impulse! has announced an October 14 U.S. release date for The Art Of Conversation, a stunningly beautiful duo recording from pianist Kenny Barron and bassist Dave Holland. The album is available for pre-order today at iTunes in addition to the release of the single “In Walked Bud” across all digital retailers and streaming services.
These two titans began performing together as a duo throughout Europe and the U.S. in 2012. One such performance at Jazz à la Villette in Paris in September of that year caught the attention of Jean-Philippe Allard, producer and Managing Director of the newly… Continue reading
Two bona fide guitar heroes in their respective fields – Eric Johnson in the rock realm and Mike Stern in the jazz world – go toe-to-toe on Eclectic, a scintillating musical showcase that brings together their disparate influences in one potent package. Guitar aficionados of all stripes will stand slack-jawed hearing these formidable six-stringers exchanging high octane licks on Stern’s funky “Roll With It” and Johnson’s cruising pop anthem “Hullabaloo” (a kind of answer to his catchy GRAMMY®-winning rock instrumental “Cliffs of Dover” from the platinum-selling 1990 album Ah Via Musicom).
The two dip into a jazzy bag on Eric’s… Continue reading
Tammy McCann’s Love Stories is the result of her collaboration with Grammy © Award Winning pianist, composer and arranger, Laurence Hobgood. Love Stories, is a stirring collection of classic standards arranged with Hobgood’s creative flair that explore love, hurt, forgiveness and renewal.
“The privilege to experience jazz music and the people behind it is one I cherish. After listening to Tammy, I could not help but add her to my roster of accomplished artists. Tammy has just released a new CD entitled Love Stories, (JTMusic) produced, arranged and accompanied by Grammy-award©winning pianist Laurence Hobgood.”
In the era ruled by the electric guitar, British-born, LA-based Peter White reigns supreme as one the world’s greatest masters of the nylon-string acoustic guitar. From the time he burst on the scene with rock legend Al Stewart in the seventies and singer Basia in the eighties to his session work with Richard Elliot, Jeff Golub, Lee Ritenour, Kirk Whalum and Boney James, White’s fabulous fingers continue to showcase the timeless tones and timbres that come from wood, skin and an expansive musical imagination.
Smile, set for release on October 7th, is White’s fourteenth recording as a leader, and his… Continue reading
Dominique Toney is a Los Angeles native born to a musically accomplished father Kevin Toney, an award-winning Pianist, Recording Artist and Composer, and a mother Phyllis Toney who is renowned as a highly respected Costume Designer and Wardrobe Supervisor for rock-n-soul royalty such as Sir Paul McCartney, Diana Ross, Sting and Aerosmith. Together, they laid the foundation for Dominique’s thorough understanding of the performing arts in the spotlight and behind the scenes.
All naturally effervescent, Dominique started dance lessons at 4, began classical piano studies of Bach and Debussy at home at 6, and by junior high school was excelling… Continue reading
An acoustic guitar lovers dream! The urban jazz guitar master’s latest instrumental release features all original compositions and 1 arrangement presented in a program of beguiling solo and self-accompanied duets on six-string steel and classical guitars.
Mack Avenue Records has assembled a stellar family of artists over the last fifteen years, and what better time is there to gather the family together than the holidays? It’s Christmas on Mack Avenue (due out October 28, 2014) features some of the season’s best-loved songs reimagined in the inimitable style of the label’s unparalleled roster of artists, including Christian McBride, Cécile McLorin Salvant, Sean Jones, Aaron Diehl, Warren Wolf, Cyrille Aimée, Sachal Vasandani, Tia Fuller, and the Hot Club of Detroit.
“There’s a long tradition of jazz interpretations of holiday… Continue reading
With the release of A Michael Feinstein Christmas, Feinstein, accompanied by venerable GRAMMY® Award-winning jazz pianist Alan Broadbent (Charlie Haden, Diana Krall, Natalie Cole), puts his signature styling on a selection of holiday standards. Now available digitally and in retail stores nationwide, these sought-after recordings were previously part of a limited release and out of print for over ten years. No stranger to spreading holiday cheer, Feinstein’s popular annual holiday concert in New York City is touted by the New York Times to be “as much a Christmas season ritual as catching the Rockettes at Radio City Music… Continue reading
Two decades into a multi-faceted career marked by dynamic explorations of the possibilities of contemporary jazz and R&B, two-time Grammy Award winner Paul Brown keeps his grooving momentum going with an amped-up visit to The Funky Joint—his sixth solo album and Woodward Avenue Records debut.<iframe width=”480″ height=”300″ src=”//www.youtube.com/embed/K8eON_c4TuE” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>
The guitarist and composer’s eagerly anticipated new collection features performances by many of the artists that he has produced or played with over the years, including Boney James, Bob James, Euge Groove, Marc Antoine, Bob Baldwin and Darren Rahn; several tracks also feature Marco Basci, who plays keyboards with Brown… Continue reading
Euge Groove (the stage name for saxophonist and ex-Tower of Power member Steve Grove) is the closest contemporary soul-jazz has to a superstar, and his groove-driven smooth pop-soul has continually topped the genre charts since his debut with a self-titled album in 2000. This set is his ninth album overall, and the fourth for Shanachie Records, and it features a solid core session band of Tracy Carter (keyboards), Cornelius Mims (bass), John “Jubu” Smith (guitar), Trevor Lawrence (drums), and Lenny Castro (percussion), with guest spots from Peter White, Althea Rene, Paul Brown, Elliot Yamin, and Chanel Haynes, whose vocal on… Continue reading