This 2-Disc CD was recorded live at the famed Yoshi’s jazz club in Oakland, CA September 11-14, 2014. This first ever live concert CD released by Brian and his band, the CD features Marqueal Jordan (vocals, sax & percussion), Adam Hawley (guitar & vocals), Eddie Miller (keyboards & vocals), Michael Stever (trumpet & keys), Rodney Jones Jr. (bass) & Chris Miskel (drums).
Soft, atmospheric songs about love and romance, sung in a style that is reminiscent of the legendary Chet Baker. “It’s Always You” is the title cut from June Bisantz sings Chet Baker vol. 2″.
The CD features Alex Nakhiovsky – piano, Norman Johnson – guitar, Gabor Viragh – trumpet & flugelhorn, Matt Dwonsyk – bass, Ben Belillo – drums, Jaroslaw Lis – violin & viola, Katalin Viragh – violin and Eric Dahlin – cello.
All songs have been recorded at Manor Recording in Middletown, CT, engineered and mastered by Norman Johnson.
The video was shot at the Litchfield Jazz Festival… Continue reading
A proven hit maker, Brian’s previous release garnered top 10 singles, including two number one hits.
Both as a solo performer and as the featured keyboardist and music director of the Dave Koz Band, Brian performs in front of an incredibly large number of Smooth Jazz fans on a non stop basis. And as winner of the American Smooth Jazz Keyboardist of the Year Award, frequent guest on nationally syndicated radio shows and music director of The Smooth Jazz cruise, his visibility is tremendous.
Highlights include the hit single Skywatcher , the sensuous ballad Just One Wish featuring Norman Brown,… Continue reading
The Krian Music Group has released bassist/composer Nilson Matta’s new recording titled EastSideRioDrive which features such accomplished musicians as Cyro Baptista on percussion and vocals; Romero Lubambo on guitar; Craig Handy on tenor sax, bass clarinet and flutes, Edsel Gomez on piano, Anne Drummond on flutes and Vince Cherico on drums. This excellent recording contains 10 great compositions including “Blue In Green” by Miles Davis, “Boogie Stop Shuffle” by Charlie Mingus and two songs by the Brazilian master Antonio Carlos Jobim.
The program is ripe with Brazilian jazz rhythms and is well performed by musicians from both North and South… Continue reading
Guitarist and composer Lawson Rollins takes the listener on a global musical journey on ‘Traveler’. Bridging countries, continents and cultures, the music features Lawson’s distinctive guitar work backed by an eclectic,all-star ensemble. The expansive arc of the album reaches from the traditions of the Old World to the pulse of the modern metropolis with a boldly diverse,genre defying mix of melody, rhythm and improvisation.
Featuring 2-time Grammy Award winner Mads Tolling (Turtle Island Quartet), Big Bad Voodoo Daddy’s Scotty Morris, Joshus Levy, Karl Hunter, Grammy Award winner Charlie Bisharat (Shadowfax), percussionist Dave Bryant (Ottmar Liebert + Luna Negra Band), platinum-selling… Continue reading
Legendary bassist Stanley Clarke considers his upcoming Mack Avenue Records release, The Stanley Clarke Band’s UP, to be the most energetic, rhythmic and upbeat album that he has ever done—and with more than 40 solo albums under his belt, that’s saying quite a lot. Clarke’s signature bass virtuosity and technical acumen is present throughout, but the enjoyment he had in making this album is also apparent. Unlike his predominantly acoustic bass work on the last few albums, UP is almost equal parts electric and acoustic bass.
“My aim here was to make a record with my friends. Every… Continue reading
On September 9, 2014, Stretch Records/Concord Jazz will release Trilogy a recording to rank with the landmarks of Corea’s career. Trilogy is a triple-CD set recorded live around the world with his spectacularly virtuosic trio featuring bassist Christian McBride and drummer Brian Blade, both star leaders in their own right (and previously the rhythmic backbone in Corea’s Five Piece Band).
A marvel of live recorded sound, particularly for having been captured in multiple stops on the road, Trilogy sees the trio reinvent classic Corea compositions (such as ‘Spain’), as well as previously unreleased originals (‘Piano Sonata: The Moon’). The group… Continue reading
Eric’s new radio single “Happy” has been selected as the Smooth Jazz Top 20 Countdown Feedback Track of the week! We need YOU the fans to visit www.smoothjazztop20.com/feedbacktrack and vote “LOVE IT” today and help get his song played on the airwaves!! Please tell your friends and family to vote, and let’s all help spread the word! “I want my music to be a vehicle for change and to transcend boundaries from age to race. I believe my music can make a difference in the world,” states the commanding and strikingly handsome 20-something musician, composer, and performer, known for his… Continue reading
Behind every musical overnight sensation are years of toiling away in rehearsal halls, recording studios and sweaty nightclubs meticulously honing one’s craft. In trumpeter Joey Sommerville’s case, it’s more than two decades of writing, recording and touring to cultivate his following and establish his presence on the national scene. More than 20 years in the making, Overnight Sensation features Earl Klugh, Jeff Lorber, Jeff Bradshaw, Elan Trotman and Eric Essix.
Sommerville’s forte is serving as an impresario of fun and funky frolics and pretty harmonies that touch the heart. He wrote or co-wrote nine of the disc’s ten tracks… Continue reading
Multiple Grammy Nominee and Guggenheim and MacArthur Fellow Miguel Zenónrepresents a select group of musicians who have masterfully balanced and blended the often-contradictory poles of innovation and tradition. Widely considered as one of the most groundbreaking and influential saxophonists of his generation, he has also developed a unique voice as a composer and as a conceptualist, concentrating his efforts on perfecting a fine mix between Latin American Folkloric Music and Jazz.
Born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Zenón studied classical saxophone at theEscuela Libre de Música in Puerto Rico before receiving a bachelor’s degree in Jazz Studies from… Continue reading