Wednesday, January 18, 2017

NEW MUSIC: Kirk Fischer - Dis 'Sup

Rolling piano notes add a larger than life sound to the latest track from Kirk Fischer called "Dis 'Sup". Listening to this track you get all the elements of good and funky contemporary jazz which along the way the big band orchestration gives off a film-score feel. The track is taken from Kirk's debut CD entitled "Friends." Kirk is the protege of East Bay Soul's own Greg Adams and Greg has also been named the producer of Kirk's latest compilation.#kirkfischer #dissup #contemporaryjazz2017

New Music: Justin Klunk - Changing Tides

Los Angeles based saxophonist Justin Klunk has just released the single "Changing Tides" from his Cd "Clarity" and we have added this single to our playlist on #jazzmoodsradio
"Changing Tides", embraces smooth jazz but there is a significant amount of old school soul that is unmistakable. It's the kind of song that would make you want to "doo-wop" along with the melodies but the soulful sax brings it back to where smooth jazz stays.
Justin is a graduate of the University of Southern California where he received his BM in Popular Music Performance. After graduating, he toured with pop artist Ariana Grande and subsequently released his debut eponymous CD.
On the new compilation, you would find everything from Pop and Rock influences on smooth jazz tracks both on original and cover singles. #justinklunk #smoothjazzsax #jazzreleases2017

Friday, January 13, 2017

NEW MUSIC: Chase Huna - Pure

Tune in to #jazmoodsradio and hear the debut single from saxophonist Chase Huna. His first single "Pure" which is on his CD "On the Chase", is high on funk with well-textured melodies that is the perfect indication that Chase's career is off to a good start. With producer and jazz guitarist Steve Oliver in his corner as producer, engineer and arranger, the two were able to sit and put together 10 songs for the debut CD. #chasehuna #steveoliver #debutjazzcd2017 #2017jazz

NEW MUSIC: Mark Etheredge - Roger That

Stay a while on #jazzmoodsradio just long enough to hear the latest single from keyboardist Mark Etheredge. From his latest CD called "Connected" we give you "Roger That".
Joining Mark on this single include fine musicians such as bass player Roberto Valley, percussionist Richie Garcia, drummer Gordon Campbell and his fellow East Bay Soul bandmate Greg Vail. The track is indeed in a class by itself as it progresses as elegantly as a model sashaying on a catwalk. 
Mark is based in Los Angeles who has been on own as a solo artist since his debut CD "As Dawn" back in 1990.

NEW MUSIC: Walter Beasley - Don't Say A Word

It's 2017 and new jazz music abounds on #jazzmoodsradio We've untied the bow on the box of new music for the year and pulled out the latest single from Walter Beasley entitled "Don't Say A Word."
Taken from his upcoming CD "Blackstreams" under the Affable Records label, "Don't Say A Word" brings together instruments such as a slamming bassline, sassy sax and a drizzle of flute notes making for a very hypnotic affair
Far from his singles last year, this new-age and very European-sounding approach is indeed a good fit on Beasley in terms of his playing style and improvs. It's the kind of grooves you can get giddy with, one that has an acid-jazz feel that can transport you to a jazz cafe on a rainy night. #walterbeasley #newjazz2017 #acidjazz #smoothjazz #contemporaryjazz

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

NEW MUSIC: Threestyle featuring Magdalena Chovancova - The Road to Monterey

#whatsnewwednesdays European duo Threestyle featuring Magdalena Chovancova has been consistently releasing new tracks that sit in winners' row and their latest track "The Road to Monterey" is also a strong contender for success.
"The Road to Monterey" is indeed paved with good intentions. The musical relay that goes on between the sax and the guitar is graceful against a very cool and breezy melody that can optimize any scenic driving experience.
Tune in to #jazzmoodsradio 24/7. We're portable!!

Friday, November 11, 2016

New Music: Jan Daley - When Sunny Gets Blue

From time to time, we often glance back to straight-ahead jazz and add it to our #jazzmoodsradio playlist just as we have done with Jan Daley's latest single, a reworking of the classic "When Sunny Gets Blue." This classy music affair commences with a romantic sax, the perfect lead-in to Jan's sultry and pristine vocals. A former Miss California, Daley follows in the Great American Songbook tradition of many of the legends she's opened shows for, including Louis Armstrong. This single will come in handy for those chilled, winter nights when romance is at its peak. Indulge. #jandaley #smoothjazz2016 #straightaheadjazz

New Music ; Herb Alpert - Human Nature

Michael Jackson's "Human Nature" has been covered by many musicians of every genre over the years, but none has been able to take originality up a notch the way Herb Alpert has. Taken from his latest CD "Doodles", the legendary trumpeter's interpretation has a cosmic and very futuristic effect to it. Beats and notes that you would never think would work together to fall in place actually do, and it's the element of surprise with this track that makes it what it is...pure genius. On this single, Herb maintains his signature Latin pastiche; the use of the electronic bassline gives it a nice, vintage touch. We are feeling this track strong; tune in often to hear new music like this and more on #jazzmoodsradio #herbalpert #humannature #doodles #newjazz2016

NEW MUSIC: Derek Ryan Edwards - Heads Up

Somewhere between the avenues of straight-ahead and bossa jazz lie the robust "Heads Up", the latest track from saxophonist Derek Ryan Edwards. 
Currently streaming on #jazzmoodsradio, "Heads Up", is also cool and tempered with a somewhat electric jazz element that is outstanding as it is unique. 
After playing several live circuits at the Montreux Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival and touring with the Ball State University jazz lab ensemble, this single is from Derek's debut solo release entitled "10 WEST."
The compilation is expected to feature Currently streaming on #jazzmoodsradio, "Head's Up" the single is taken from Derek's debut solo release album entitled "10 WEST". 
One can expect to hear ten original songs on the debut CD which will feature Derek on soprano, alto, and tenor saxophones. #derekryanedwards #smoothjazz2016

Thursday, November 10, 2016

NEW MUSIC: Doc Powell - So Cool and Tyler Reese - Moving On

The coolest spot you would want to be is riding on the contagious rhythms of the track "So Cool" from guitarist Doc Powell.
Taken from his latest CD "This is Soul", "So Cool" harbors a funky urban-jazz melody that contains funky notes from the trumpet and upright bass which, together with Doc's smooth guitar strokes, gives this track a very futuristic touch.

Gearing down, but still keeping the chill factor on point, we are also streaming Tyler Reese's new single "Moving On". Referred as a "spirit-lifting, sweetly melodic acoustic guitar sojourn", "Moving On" definitely hits the sweet spot.Drop in often and check us out on Streaming 24/7 with a better variety of jazz...the way you like it!! #tylerreese #docpowell #jazzmoodsradioplaylist#newjazz2016 #smoothjazz2016

Grady Nichols releases holiday CD with classics and original music

Acclaimed saxophonist Grady Nichols has release his first-ever holiday project Falling in Love with Christmas via RED/Sony Music and New Day Christian Distributors. The seventh career album to date for the Emmy nominated artist features Nichols’ signature sounds in a vibrant blend of seasonal classics mixed with new, original tunes. In addition, Falling in Love with Christmas is currently available for pre-order on iTunes.

“This project is the culmination of years of musical experimentation as well as a lifetime’s worth of holiday experiences,” says Nichols. “I’ve always appreciated the integral part music plays in our Christmas celebration and it’s always been a dream of mine to be able to do a record like this… to create a celebration of the most precious season of all!”

Drawing on Nichols personal influence with masters of the genre such as Henry Mancini, Eddy Arnold and the Carpenters, Falling in Love with Christmas features instrumental renditions of Christmas favorites such as “Winter Wonderland,” “Little Drummer Boy,” “O Come All Ye Faithful” and “O Holy Night.” The holiday album also offers original tunes through the upbeat anthem “One More Christmas Song” (vocal guest performance by 4Him’s Andy Chrisman) and title track, “Falling in Love with Christmas.”

“I really wanted to capture that traditional Christmas that I listened to and grew up with through the years,” says Nichols. “But, at the same time, try and do something different with it to own those songs and create something musically modern and fresh that has a timeless quality to it.”

One of the most poignant moments on the album is “The Message of Christmas,” a spoken word track featuring Nichols, his wife, Lisa, and their three sons. “Being able to have my family as a part of this record and share the story of Christmas with all the other families that pick this up at Christmastime is pretty special,” Nichols says. “My hope is that this project will become part of everyone’s family traditions for decades to come.”

Falling in Love with Christmas presents a cast of world renown musicians and longtime friends that collaborated alongside Nichols, including Grammy Award-winning producer Michael Omartian (Billy Joel, Steely Dan), Dove Award-winning producer Chris Rodriguez (Keith Urban, Faith Hill), David John, Matt Pierson, Steve Brewster and Dove Award winning orchestral arranger/pianist David Hamilton (Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith) who also arranged and conducted The Nashville String Machine, a 30-piece orchestra that is featured on the project.

“This album was such a joy to help create,” says Hamilton.  “The combination of the rhythm section and Grady's saxophones, with the power, beauty and majesty of a symphony orchestra captures the spirit of Christmas in a unique way.  The blending of classic orchestral traditions and jazz is a vibrant setting for Grady’s masterful and lyric playing.   You can sense the joy and feel the true meaning of the season in this music.”

“Grady sings through his saxophone and communicates the joy of Christmas with every fiber of his being,” adds Rodriguez. “It was such a pleasure to see his vision of a holiday (‘Holy Day’) record with orchestral sections come to fruition.”

Throughout his musical journey, Nichols has collaborated with some of the world’s leading talents. He has opened for Ray Charles, the Temptations, Al Green, and Luciano Pavarotti, making him the only artist allowed to open for Pavarotti on his North American farewell tour.  Nichols has performed with Peter Cetera, the Beach Boys, Kirk Whalum, and Roy Clark. In addition, his albums have featured acclaimed guest vocalists such as two time Grammy Award winner Bill Champlin of Chicago, Leigh Nash of Sixpence None the Richer and Zac Maloy, alumni of the Nixons who also penned the No. 1 hit “Temporary Home” for Carrie Underwood, Jeff Lorber, and Grammy Award winner Chris Botti who toured with Sting, among others.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Vocalist Allan Harris Set to Release Nobody's Gonna Love You Better (Black Bar Jukebox Redux) on September 16

The outstanding and internationally renowned vocalist, guitarist and composer Allan Harris sums up his personal perspective on music in clear and straightforward terms. "There is nothing that I have found that defines and gives credence to my place in this wild and mysterious universe than this thing called music." Harris exemplifies that statement perfectly with his stunning new album Nobody's Gonna Love You Better (Black Bar Jukebox Redux), his eleventh album following on the heels of his highly acclaimed 2015 release Black Bar Jukebox.

For this, Harris takes an even more eclectic approach, drawing upon the wide range of music that he heard growing up in Brooklyn, and feasting on the expansive palette of the Harlem cultural landscape. "My new album captures some of the varied sounds and feelings that have shaped my growth as an artist. I had not one style to heavily rely upon when putting these tunes together, but only my young memories of music, people and events."

Nobody's Gonna Love You Better is a bold statement that builds upon the entire breadth of Harris' already esteemed reputation, demonstrating his enormous versatility within the full scope of his highly creative musical vision. Swinging jazz, rich R&B, sumptuous balladry, wailing rock, rumbling blues and even a touch of playful Brazilian are all woven seamlessly into the tapestry of a musical odyssey that is all Allan Harris. With a deeply resonant baritone/tenor voice that is soulful, richly expressive and flawless in both intonation and phrasing, Harris displays a total command and fluency in every context.

Back from the previous album are the GRAMMY® Award-winning producer Brian Bacchus and Harris' longtime keyboard cohort Pascal Le Boeuf (on acoustic and electric pianos, and Hammond B3 organ), whose deep understanding and empathy for Harris' music creates a marvelous sense of intimacy and shared joy of expression. Pascal is also the primary instrumental soloist and delivers in an inspired fashion throughout. Joining Pascal in the exceptional rhythm section are Russell Hall on acoustic and electric bass, Shirazette Tinnin on drums and cajón, and Freddie Bryant on both electric and classical guitar. Together, with Harris also on acoustic, electric and resonator guitar, they provide impeccably flawless support, whether driving, embellishing, shaping or enhancing the settings as ideally suited to the intent of the music.

The delightful repertoire includes four Harris originals, a couple of American Songbook gems, a pair of jazz classics, and re-imaginations of hit songs from Jimi Hendrix, Steely Dan and Spiral Staircase. As he does with every lyric, Harris pays proper homage to those who have provided the inspiration for his own highly personal sound, specifically here to Ray Charles, Nat 'King' Cole and Eddie Jefferson on three individual items.

Photo Credit: Shervin Lainez
On "I Remember You," Harris channels Nat (a subject of an earlier Harris tribute project) in a beautifully touching rendition with brilliant piano support throughout, as well as a solo that glides in the territory where Red Garland and Erroll Garner meet. "Ruby"--from the Ruby Gentry film score, and a major hit for Ray Charles--is satin-smooth balladry over an old-school swing-jazz groove, complete with Bryant's Freddie Green-like guitar strumming. For the iconic "Moody's Mood For Love," Harris takes the concept of making an often-performed song one's own to an entirely new level, offering a totally fresh interpretation--in rhythm, phrasing and lyrical structure--to the Eddie Jefferson classic. The Stan Getz/João Gilberto hit "Doralice" is a deliciously infectious samba, sung by Harris in Portuguese, and featuring a fine acoustic solo by Bryant.

The three popular song re-imaginations include a somewhat up-tempo blues shuffle take on Hendrix' "Up From The Skies," with Harris in a neatly syncopated groove over LeBoeuf's funky B3. Pascal's Hammond organ sets a bright tone for a bouncy swing version of Spiral Staircase's mega-hit "More Today Than Yesterday" and Steely Dan's "Any Major Dude Will Tell You" gets a transformation (and relocation) from Americana to Harlem, shifting smoothly between brisk syncopation and atmospheric rubato.

The four Harris originals aptly demonstrate that he is as skilled a composer as a vocalist--and his lyrics are moving, heartfelt and poetic. The album opener "Mother's Love (Nobody's Gonna Love You)" begins on a poignant, emotive and dramatic note before morphing into a vibrantly swinging excursion. Its bookend closer "Secret Moments" is a lovely, gentle and lushly evocative ballad, while "Swing" is a powerfully syncopated and punchy romp. Provocative, confrontational and rousing best describes "Blue Was Angry (from the Cross That River song-cycle). Hard-edged, fiery and with a message of barely-controlled ferocity, it flies over a rip-roaring rhythm section and Harris' raw electric guitar. It may be unexpected by Harris' large fan base, but it's deeply emotional and on point.

Over the past 20 years, Harris has steadily developed his reputation as one of the finest vocalists of his era. Brooklyn-born and Harlem-based, he has forged his sterling credentials through his ten previous albums, covering a broad range of contexts, all netted together within the rich territory of the jazz tradition. In addition to his recordings, he has performed on a worldwide stage that has taken him to prestigious international festivals and halls in Europe, the Middle East and Asia, as well as the 2012 Olympics in London. At home, he has toured nationally at festivals and top venues, including New York's Lincoln Center and D.C.'s Kennedy Center. He has received numerous awards, including the New York Nightlife Award for "Outstanding Jazz Vocalist" (which he won three times), the Backstage Bistro Award for "Ongoing Achievement in Jazz," the Harlem Speaks "Jazz Museum of Harlem Award," and the DownBeat Critic's Poll Award for "Rising Star Vocalist." Nobody's Gonna Love You Better (Black Bar Jukebox Redux) will continue to build his legacy as another milestone in the extraordinary artistic aesthetic of Allan Harris.

Upcoming Allan Harris Performances:

September 23 & 24 | Columbia Club | Indianapolis, IN
September 28 & 29 | Smoke Jazz & Supper Club | New York, NY
October 8 | McAnnich Arts Center | Glen Ellyn, IL
October 14 & 15 | South | Philadelphia, PA
October 18 | Jazz at Lincoln Center, Rose Hall | New York, NY
October 25 - November 20 | Australia/Europe Tour | Various Cities
December 21 & 22 | Dazzle Jazz Club | Denver, CO
December 28 - January 2 | Umbria Jazz Festival | Orvieto, Italy

Monday, September 12, 2016

Saxophonist Paul Taylor releases Countdown CD

In the first few bars of the title track to his new Peak Records/eOne album, Countdown, contemporary urban jazz’ hit saxman Paul Taylor, ever the engaging showman, invites his legion of fans into the experience by counting off 5…4…3…2…1. He launches into his incredible third decade as a solo artist with a set that’s fuses his trademark jazzy/ funk/soul vibe with prominent elements of synthy dance pop/EDM, trancelike neo-soul, electronica, folksy lite rock, reggaeton, even a touch of blues.
The album’s colorful fusion of grooves and styles was created by the saxophonist and his longtime collaborator, co-writer and producer Dino Esposito. The two share a dynamic several decade long history that began when they played in the same band while attending the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.  Esposito’s collaboration as a co-writer, producer and sonic co-architect began with Paul’s 1995 debut On the Horn and continued with Pleasure Seeker (1997), Undercover (2000), Hypnotic (2001), Nightlife (2005), Prime Time (2011) and Tenacity (2014).

Countdown’s first single, “Arrival” is a spot on reflection of their multi-faceted freewheeling approach to stylistic fusion. The two also cite Paul’s soprano led track “Told Ya So” as another prime example. “It’s dancehall reggae the way artists like Drake and Rihanna do it,” Taylor says. “It’s cool to apply that contemporary pop current to my R&B/jazz sound.” Another track that Taylor feels steps away from the usual urban jazz hitting the charts these days is “Crossroads,” Complementing these tracks are two infectious, in the pocket tunes which reveal Taylor’s mastery of melody and easy flowing funk grooves – achieved here via seductive clapping percussion. The first is the opening track “Countdown,” which introduces the sizzling horn texture dynamic that drives many of the emotional high points throughout the set. Taylor says, “This one starts in a dreamy place, as if you’re anticipating something big, and then it breaks through with beats and ambience, creating emotional power but in a subdued mystical way.” The second is “Polaris,” one of the jazzier tunes on the album, a gentle soprano ballad featuring the subtle acoustic guitar graces of Peter White (providing harmonies and a transcendent solo).

Other key tracks include the EDM jam “Club 702,” a high energy tribute to the many successful DJs in Taylor’s adopted hometown of Las Vegas (whose area code is 702); the spirited midtempo electronic funk piece “Knocking At Your Door,” featuring Taylor’s backing vocals seductively repeating the title; and a whimsical “Roundup” of a lot of different styles, including the folksy, jangling guitar of Brian Monroney and touches of progressive EDM grooves and jazzy energy. One of the highlights of Taylor’s Tenacity album was his cover of The Weeknd’s “Wicked Games.” Setting a precedent by re-inventing a tune by the same artist on consecutive albums, Taylor extends his love for the Canadian alt-R&B singer to his fresh and atmospheric, deep soul-jazz take on the #1 pop hit “The Hills.”  

“Getting the go-ahead for a new album is always the greatest news because we can toss around ideas and come up with fresh new ways to color around the edges of my core melodic horn vibe, staying true to my stylistic integrity,” says Taylor. “Our goal is always to do something we haven’t tried before, and we have fun experimenting and being adventurous. On Countdown, we achieve that by trying new EDMish kind of mashups, trying to make two or three different styles mesh.”

Esposito agrees he and Taylor are so in tune and trust each other so implicitly that if the saxman shoots him an eight or 16 bar idea or vice versa, the other can pick it up and develop it exactly the way the other envisioned. “Paul has never been afraid to step out of the box of the sound urban jazz artists usually conform to, and I’m always pushing that envelope as well,” he says. “Paul’s always hearing amazing new sounds and he’s open to all the music I’ve been immersed in like chill, hip-hop, EDM, electric soul and pop alternative. We’re always thinking, what can we bring to the table,  what can we explore and how can we fuse different touches of all we love without going too far out of the genre’s mainstream.”

Though Taylor has been a groundbreaking force among the sax elite in the genre since his hit 1995 debut On The Horn, his 2014 #1 hit “Supernova” continued the exhilarating upswing he has been enjoying since he started his second decade as an artist with Ladies’ Choice (2007) – his first ever #1 on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Albums Chart. “Burnin’,” the title track from his 2009 album, hit #1 on the airplay charts, and “Push To Start” from Prime Time (2011), hit the pole position on the Smooth Jazz Songs chart. Prime Time further lived up to its colorful name by reaching the Top Ten on the Billboard Jazz Albums chart. 

The Denver native has been seducing thousands of female fans on the road for years, headlining hundreds of shows and being part of exciting all-star tours – most recently doing dates with Peter White and Euge Groove in a lineup affectionately dubbed “Peter, Paul and Euge.” Before that he was part of the blockbuster summer tours Gentlemen of the Night (with Marion Meadows and Warren Hill) and Sax and the City (with Meadows and Vincent Ingala). Over the years, he has also hit the road with The Rippingtons and the acclaimed “Groovin’ For Grover” tour.

In December 2012, the longtime basketball enthusiast achieved another longtime dream, performing the National Anthem in Madison Square Garden at a New York Knicks game; their coach Mike Woodson is a longtime fan. Taylor is now also an official endorsee of Vigilante mouthpieces and tenor and alto for Cannonball Musical Instruments.

After over ten albums of non-stop hit making, thousands of charismatic performances worldwide and years of setting new standards for the sonic possibilities of contemporary urban jazz, Paul Taylor’s still got his antenna up - ready to pounce on, absorb and be inspired by every vibe he hears that’s fresh, hip and edgy. Now, with Countdown, he’s blasting off into the next phase of his career, excited about the road ahead!