Take one of the hottest composers and keyboard players in instrumental pop, add in featured performances from the likes of Gerald Albright, Paul Taylor and Nils Landgren, hook them up with ten wonderful new tunes and what do you have? The answer is ‘Fritzenized’, the latest album from the Billboard chart-topping, artist Jonathan Fritzén.
It is the Swedish American’s fifth solo CD and follows the critically acclaimed ‘Magical’ from which the title cut blasted a path to #1 on every smooth jazz airplay chart on the planet.
The fact that even before it’s release… Continue reading
Nelson Rangell has been a favorite, well known artist in commercial and smooth jazz circles for almost three decades. He has a long discography and has played with many of the industry’s most famous musicians. His two new recordings “Red,” featuring his high octane and soulful saxophone, and “Blue,” a contemporary jazz collection of beautiful, virtuosic flute works are, separately and together, the most enjoyable, compelling and unique efforts of his career. Nelson Rangell’s sparkling new CD “Red” is an ambitious and spirited collection of 9 new original compositions along with a deeply felt rendition of Bill Wither’s classic ballad,… Continue reading
Diana Krall’s new album is a collection of songs she first heard on vinyl, from The Mamas & the Papas to Elton John to the Eagles — the album’s title cut is a lesser-known song by Bob Dylan, “Wallflower.”
“I heard it on a bootleg series. I was driving around in British Columbia on a beautiful summer afternoon and I was listening to it with my children in the back, and I thought, ‘Well, this is a song we should all be singing together in the car.’ I loved it. There’s so much truth and beauty in it. Simple, but… Continue reading
By the time an artist discovers their own voice, they’ve inevitably been shaped by countless influences. On her debut album, Ode To Heroes, vocalist Thana Alexa pays tribute to the personalities both personal and musical who have impacted her on the path to forging her own distinctively individual voice. It’s a telling list that encompasses her own family; jazz giants like Wayne Shorter, Charles Mingus, and Paul Desmond; and the stellar musicians who collaborate with her on the album, including drummer and co-producer Antonio Sanchez, saxophonists Donny McCaslin and Lenart Krecic, bassists Jorge Roeder and Scott Colley… Continue reading
From Paul Bocuse to Julia Child, France has been known to spawn many of the world’s culinary greats over the years. However, Parisian guitarist Michael Valeanu gives new meaning to the word gourmet with Hard To Cook, his sophomore effort as composer and bandleader. A wordplay on French expression Dur á Cuire, meaning tough cookie, Hard To Cook is meant to please the most demanding musical tastemakers. The ingredients of the feast come from everywhere: a pinch of folk, a sprinkle of impressionism, a generous spoonful of groove, and a minute knowledge of jazz guitar tradition. Following in the footsteps… Continue reading
Honduran singer and composer Eva Cortés possesses one of today’s most compelling new voices in jazz. In Bloom is her reminder of the beauty, compatibility and connectivity of the intertwined cultures we live among. The lovely Ms. Cortés looks to the future with her New York based jazz quintet while maintaining her Honduran/Spanish roots. Eva’s dreams of growing her audiences across the seas came to life with this project, along with her wish to record with some of her favorite musicians in New York City.
From the electronic rock style of the Radio Head cover “Glory Box” to Latin American-influenced… Continue reading
Phil Perry needs no introduction; famous for his #1 R&B hit Call Me , his lead vocals with Foreplay and Najee and Phil s legendary group the Montclairs, his distinctive background vocals with the likes of Anita Baker, Barbra Streisand, Patti LaBelle, Quincy Jones, and others and his electrifying live performances, Phil Perry is without equal.
A Better Man is loaded with highlights:
- Stand Up , an inspiring duet featuring the great Howard Hewett. This topical, meaningful song sends a strong message about becoming a better man .
- I m So Proud featuring Kim Waters. This inspiring version of the… Continue reading
Eliane Elias’ Made in Brazil marks a musical homecoming for the Grammy-nominated pianist/keyboardist/singer/composer. In her three-decade long career as a solo artist, Made in Brazil results from the first time she’s recorded a disc in her native Brazil since moving to the United States in 1981.
Elias wears many hats on this project as producer, composer, lyricist, arranger, pianist and vocalist. “I am completely immersed and involved in every single detail of the music and the recording process, from the birth of an idea until its completion through every aspect of the production until it reaches… Continue reading
Kenny G has had one of the most eclectic and dominant careers the music business has ever seen. He’s maintained a high level of creative excellence through decades of unprecedented commercial success by never allowing himself to stay in one place too long. That reputation for musical curiosity stays well intact on his fourteenth studio album Brazilian Nights.
“I’ve been in love with bossa nova my whole life,” says the saxophonist in the album’s liner notes. “I think the first song that ‘won me over’ was Cannonball Adderley’s version of “Quiet Nights.” And more recently I’ve been listening (non-stop!)… Continue reading
The trio of Andrew Bishop, Gerald Cleaver and Tim Flood have been creating a unique improvisational language for the better part of two decades. Ostensibly helmed by tenor saxophonist/clarinetist Bishop, the trio made their recording debut with 2005’s Time and Imaginary Time and in the intervening ten years, their group sound has continued to develop, resulting in their sophomore record De Profundis.
The album features 11 original compositions and improvisations bound into two alternating extended works. The first, “De Profundis”, re-imagines the music of renaissance composer Josquin Des Prez (c. 1440-1521)… Continue reading