KAYA STEWART - 'IF THINGS GO SOUTH' – NEW ALBUM BY US-BASED SINGER-SONGWRITER OUT TODAY

KAYA STEWART photography by Tyler Lee Aubrey

KAYA STEWART
IF THINGS GO SOUTH

new album
out 30.09.22
(Bay Street Records)

digital services
orcd.co/ifthingsgosouth

 

Alt-pop songstress Kaya Stewart has today released ‘If Things Go South’, her second full-length album, via Bay Street Records. The ten song set chronicles her self-actualisation as an artist along with the aches and pains of growing up, doubt, heartbreak and mental health. Influenced by the likes of Alanis Morissette and Debbie Harry, she has uncorked a hypnotic and hard-hitting sound of her own with full creative control and complete independence. “This record is 100% who I am now,” she declares. “This is the Kaya I was working towards all along.”

American Songwriter have raved about the album’s lead single, ‘Honey’, stating that “it unleashes desires, vulnerabilities…and the palpable realities of finding yourself while with another,” while Teen Vogue declared “the in-your-face thumping anthem should be done justice by being blasted at full volume — that way, you're able to simultaneously headbang and take in all of Kaya's full-bodied vocals.”

Born in London but raised in Los Angeles, Kaya’s musical career began in her mid-teens with a self-titled debut album on Warners. Now 22, she arrives fully formed with a scorching signature style. ‘If Things Go South' is tied together with powerful vocals utilising pop-punk attitude, intimate Americana-tinged storytelling and infectious danceable grooves. Co-written and co-produced with her father, Dave Stewart, it is Kaya at her most authentic and expressive self. The album is also set to have a candid and self-narrated companion performance film detailing her most personal thoughts, further details of which will be announced shortly.

Prior to making the record, and in the middle of the 2020 pandemic, Kaya was diagnosed with obsessive compulsive disorder, which turned out to be the catalyst to write this collection of songs. “It was the weirdest time of my life, because I had this life-changing diagnosis that explained so much for me,” she admits. “I wasn’t planning on making a record and was actually thinking of taking a break for a little while. I called my dad, and he said, ‘Why don’t you just come to Nashville and write a couple of songs?’ By the time I left, we had ‘If Things Go South’. I was able to be myself in the studio. The album is the most honest thing I’ve ever done.”

‘If Things Go South’ arrives following the rapid fire release of the singles ‘Honey’, ’Til I Fixed It’ and ‘Hope You’re Happy’.

IF THINGS GO SOUTH 
TRACKLISTING
1  Getting Closer
2  If Things Go South
3  Young In New York
4  Til I Fixed It
5  Jealous
6  Honey
7  Independence
8  This Tattoo
9  3 Is Company
10  Hope You’re Happy

 

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GEOFF MULDAUR  'HIS LAST LETTER' – SUMPTUOUSLY PACKAGED AND GENRE-SPANNING NEW DOUBLE ALBUM BY AMERICANA LEGEND OUT NOW

GEOFF MULDAUR photographs by Sacha de Boer

GEOFF MULDAUR
HIS LAST LETTER

new album
2xLP box set / 2xCD book
out 30.09.22
[Moon River Music]

“A wonderful album crammed full of brilliantly arranged songs"
BLUES MATTERS
“Builds on the orchestration style of his Bix Beiderbecke tribute album and features sumptuous music, sound and packaging”
AMERICANA UK
“The arrangements are imaginative and subtly textured, the playing is impeccable and the music has a lovely, refreshing quality ****”
RNR
“A tour de force of musicianship and a superb eclectic snapshot of American culture. The book is worth the money alone, but the music it houses is priceless”
FOLKING

includes the AA sided single
LADY OF THE LAVENDER MIST
GEE BABY, AIN’T I GOOD TO YOU
SPOTIFY  |  APPLE MUSIC

‘His Last Letter’ is the most ambitious project ever undertaken by the Americana legend Geoff Muldaur; an 18 song tour de force in a long line of highly-acclaimed recordings by this venerable and highly respected musician. Recorded in the Netherlands, Muldaur takes us on a wide-ranging musical journey, collaborating with some of the finest classical and jazz musicians in that country to present stylish renderings of tunes from the American folk and jazz ‘songbag’, musical settings for the poems of Tennessee Williams, tributes to heroes such as Jelly Roll Morton and Duke Ellington, plus original compositions.

These recordings are available in high-end packages that include a 2xCD with book and a 2xLP box set with a 12”x12” book that includes photos, a foreword by composer David Amram, plus extensive track-by-track notes and personal stories by Muldaur. A true collector’s item, ‘His Last Letter’ will appeal in particular to listeners with an interest in American culture of the 1960s/70s, while its musical mix of classical, jazz, blues and Americana is the very epitome of ‘eclectic’. It also serves as an impressive retrospective of what has been a fulfilling career; a refreshing and vibrant modern classical/crossover mix that profiles Muldaur as an ever-creative artist who remains committed to developing his favourite music into the future.

Muldaur first had the idea of recording some chamber works he had been working on - pieces for violin, cello, clarinet, bassoon and French horn - in the late ‘00s, and for the next ten years found himself crossing the pond 2-3 times a year to rehearse and record in Amsterdam.
  
Producer Gert-Jan Blom soon came on board and utilized his address book to find the most skilled musicians, studios and engineers in the country, with Muldaur recalling that “as my arrangements and compositions evolved and different ensembles were needed, we found key players from the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Residence Orchestra of the Hague, the Asko | Schönberg Ensemble and Metropole Orkest. We also engaged freelancers on a variety of instruments, including our fine mezzo-soprano Claron McFadden.” McFadden shines on ‘My Little One’ (a musical setting for a Tennessee Williams poem) and especially on the album title track, which appears as the second movement of Muldaur’s own ‘Octet in Three Movements’ for soprano, string quartet and wind instruments.

The genesis of ‘The Last Letter’ dates back to 1977 when Muldaur found a box at his family home that contained a newspaper article from almost a century before about the sinking of the USS Oneida in Yokohama harbour. The ship’s Lieutenant Commander was his great-grandfather. Years later, in 2012, Muldaur received another box of historical records, “this time from the estate of my cousin. In it were letters sent from Japan by my great-grandfather to his wife in New Jersey. Among them was a love letter written the day before the USS Oneida left Tokyo for home.” As the ship left Tokyo Bay in heavy fog, it was rammed, sunk and abandoned by a British steamer out of its lane. Letters from survivors and military officers, newspaper articles and a US Senate report described the event. ‘His Last Letter’ was conceived from these sources.

RILEY RICHARD – ‘SUPERSTAR’

Riley Richard Music

What do you get when you combine the talents of a songwriter/producer whose work has appeared on over 60 gold/platinum/multi-platinum artist's projects, and a contemporary jazz core artist with recent back to back #1 SJ Billboard singles to his credit?  You get Barry Eastmond and Riley Richard.  Riley is back with a passionate sax performance produced by Mr. Eastmond of the hit single "Superstar", which was is originally a classic hit by The Carpenters, and later covered by Luther Vandross.  I know slower songs can be a challenge at times to program, but I think this song offers a nice contrast to the up-tempo and high dynamic songs you often receive.

JOE LYNN TURNER BRENGT LYRIC VIDEO UIT VOOR TWEEDE NIEUWE TRACK ‘BLACK SUN’ VAN ZIJN NIEUWE AANKOMENDE STUDIOALBUM ‘BELLY OF THE BEAST’

Uit op 28 oktober 2022
Via Music Theories Recordings/ Mascot Label Group
 
Pre-order/beluister hier: https://lnk.to/JoeLynnTurner 

 

Joe Lynn Turner en Music Theories Recordings/ Mascot Label Group hebben een tweede nummer uitgebracht van het aankomende nieuwe studioalbum getiteld “Belly Of The Beast”.

Turner heeft opnieuw samengewerkt met Wayne Joyner, die de begeleidende visual heeft gemaakt voor de titeltrack "Belly Of The Beast" (https://youtu.be/VTW37kr67kM). Joe over “Black Sun”:, “Confucius shared, ‘Signs and symbols rule The World, not words nor laws.’ The Black Sun is an esoteric, occult symbol used by the secret Elite Brotherhood called the Illuminati.  It is a symbol of power, energy, and dominance. Those of us who are familiar with the concept can better understand how the Beast System operates. The agenda is to create a system of global government imposed on the world population known as the New World Order or recently named The Great Reset. The agenda is once again activated to complete this imposed ideology. The Black Sun is on the rise…”
 
Na miljoenen platen te hebben verkocht, voor talloze fans te hebben gespeeld en als frontman te hebben opgetreden van enkele van de meest invloedrijke rockbands in de geschiedenis, spreekt de bekroonde songwriter en power vocalist Joe Lynn Turner zijn mening zo luid mogelijk uit op zijn elfde album “Belly Of The Beast”. Door de krachten te bundelen met de bekende producer Peter Tägtgren [Hypocrisie, PAIN, Lindemann], roept de in New Jersey geboren krachtpatser het soort heavy metal op dat niet alleen je vuist in de lucht pompt, maar je ook aan het denken zet.
 
In 2017 ontmoette hij Peter Tägtgren voor het eerst, na een optreden op het verjaardagsfeest van diens broer. Kort daarna werkten Joe en Peter samen aan hun eerste nummer "Don't Fear The Dark", waarmee ze hun creatieve partnerschap versterkten en wat later het album “Belly Of The Beast“ zou worden.
 
In dit hoofdstuk van zijn leven nam hij ook een cruciale persoonlijke beslissing. Op driejarige leeftijd werd bij Joe alopecia vastgesteld, Toen hij 14 was, begon hij een pruik te dragen, waarbij hij te maken kreeg met emotionele en psychologische schade door het vele pesten op school. Dus droeg hij het haarstukje gedurende zijn hele carrière, totdat hij uiteindelijk besloot het zonder te doen. “In a way, it’s a blessing and a curse,” geeft hij toe. “I have nothing to prove, and I can wear a wig—or not. I am free to do what I want. I’m a grown man, and I’m getting to be an older man. Many men in this business eventually come to the decision to continue to ‘’wear hair’’ or shave their head which is very fashionable today. Either way, it takes a lot of personal courage. Assholes in high school trying to kick me around made me stronger and gave me the necessary motivation and strength to rise above the rest. Anger and pain are a great tool. If applied correctly, it could develop you to become the best version of yourself. Instead of running away, I was ‘’hiding in plain sight”. 
 
Uiteindelijk heeft Joe een boodschap te brengen met Belly Of The Beast.
“Rock‘n’Roll is about entertainment of course, but I hope you hear the message as well, It seems like everyone has sold their souls to major corporations. Once people are rich and popular, they become a part of the establishment. Where are the rebels? Who’s going to say, ‘Fuck you! We aren’t going to take this shit?’ I am.”

BELLY OF THE BEAST

Tracklist

Belly Of The Beast

Black Sun

Tortured Soul

Rise Up

Dark Night Of The Soul

Tears Of Blood

Desire

Don’t Fear The Dark

Fallen World

Living The Dream

Requiem

 

Available Formats:
Pearl White LP, CD and Digital

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twitter.com/joelynnturner 
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCN7L8352vbsLUH4dteClNzA 
https://joelynnturner.com/ 

ALLEN CARMAN PROJECT WITH ‘BABY MAYBE’

The Allen Carman Project is back in the studio putting the final touches on their second CD to be released in the next few months. Much like their successful debut CD titled Carmanology which produced several Top 30 Billboard hits, their second CD also features some of the best musicians from the "Smooth Jazz" arena. On October 3rd, the Allen Carman Project is releasing a new single from the upcoming CD titled "Baby Maybe" with original band members Philippe Saisse on keyboards, Gumbi Ortiz on percussion, and Allen Carman on guitar. It features Freddie Fox on guitar, Rick Braun on trumpet, Brandon Fields on sax and flute, Wayne Bergeron on trumpet, Nick Lane on trombone, and Jay Williams on drums. "Baby Maybe" continues with the same jazz funk/smooth jazz flavors of Carmanology. The single, "Baby Maybe", (and the CD) are being produced by Gumbi Ortiz and Philippe Saisse.

 

Last month, Gumbi Ortiz and Allen Carman (East Coasters) flew out to Los Angeles to join Philippe Saisse and the other "West Coasters" listed above to join in the comradery of all playing together to produce a live feel for "Baby Maybe". While it did produce a bit of friendly competition between the East Coasters and West Coasters (like which coast has the best players), the result was fantastic. We hope you enjoy "Baby Maybe" and the CD to follow shortly thereafter.

ROBIN BRAMLETT NEEDS YOU ‘INSIDE MY LOVE’

Robin Bramlett, born and raised in Bakersfield, CA, is a bassist, recording artist, producer, musical director, arranger, and songwriter who is primarily self-taught; however, she took music theory classes at Bakersfield College to further hone her musicianship skills. Her early musical experiences included the piano that was a staple in the family home to taking up the electric bass guitar and then eventually keyboard and upright bass. For 10 years she served as musical director for the all-female jazz ensemble, Jazz In Pink, under founder and keyboardist Gail Jhonson which led to performing with notable artists such as Althea Rene, Karen Briggs, Jeanette Harris, Kim Scott, Mariea Antoinette, and many others.

 

She has also performed with their notable artists such as Nona Hendryx, Kandice Springs, Miki Howard, Chrystal Rucker, JJ airston, and many others as well. In 2013 she released her debut project, This Is My Life, and he is currently working on a new project which is due to be released on all platforms mid to late 2023. "Inside My Love", a Minnie Riperton cover, is the first single from that project.

 

"Inside My Love"

 

Produced and Arranged by Robin Bramlett

Written by Minnie Riperton, Richard Rudolph, and Leon Ware (Dickiebird Music and Jobete Music Co. Inc.)

Mixed by Lew Laing

 

Lead Bass, Electric Bass, Vocoder, Synths, Guitar, and Drum Programming: Robin Bramlett

Strings and String Arrangement: Karen Briggs

B. VALENTINE FEAT. DAVE KOZ ‘LOVIN’ YOU’

B. Valentine's "Lovin' You" featuring Dave Koz is a re-imagination of legendary Minnie Ripertson's 70's classic. It features the dynamic voice of B. Valentine, the smooth sax tones of nine-time GRAMMY nominee Dave Koz, and the rich production of chart-topping producer Eric Valentine. The song will be released in October during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, in honor of Minnie Riperton, who passed away after a long battle with Breast Cancer.

 

"Lovin' You" ft. Dave Koz

 

Executive Producers - Eric Valentine & LaTisha B. Valentine

Written by Minnie Riperton & Richard Rudolph

Produced and Arranged by Eric Valentine

Mixed by Ken Freeman & Eric Valentine

Mastered by Euge Groove, House of Groove Mastering

 

Lead Vocals, Background Vocals: B. Valentine

Saxophone: Dave Koz

Drums, Additional Keyboards: Eric Valentine

Rhodes, Piano: Carnell Harrell

Strings: John Stoddart

Acoustic Guitar: Nomad

Bass: Cornelius "Corney" Mims

RICHARD SMITH’S ‘GROOVE ASSETS’

Contemporary jazz guitarist Richard Smith continues the legacy of groove with the new single, “Groove Assets,” produced by his former student, hitmaker Adam Hawley.

 

Whether he’s teaching at USC’s Thornton School of Music or abroad in such diverse locations as Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, Manila, London, Oslo, Amsterdam, Helsinki, Palermo, Rome or Bueno Aires, contemporary jazz guitarist Richard Smith gets asked about playing in the groove. So much so that the globetrotter thinks that playing in the pocket may be America’s greatest cultural export musically. Recorded in London, Amsterdam and Los Angeles, Smith’s new single, “Groove Assets,” captures that soulful sound with the aid of one of his former students, multi-time Billboard chart-topping guitarist Adam Hawley, who produced and cowrote the song with his former professor.

 

"I've found that no matter where I go in the world, I hear American popular music - R&B, hip hop, soul and jazz - coming out of restaurants, bars, cars and classrooms as much or more as the indigenous music. The minute I come back to the States and fire up my Los Angeles band, it hits me: the groove, lock, pocket, and soulfulness that is embedded so deeply in our American music culture. When I teach or give masterclasses abroad, they want to know about what ‘playing in the pocket’ is, as if it is a mysterious, elusive phenomenon. And it IS a cultural phenomenon that comes out of our deep and diverse musical heritage. So, I have developed a lot of classes around that, sort of a how to lock-it-up and groove. I say that one of the best musical ‘assets’ that they can have is groove assets,” said Smith about his inspiration for the single.

 

“Groove Assets” has a certain laid back, chill quality to the midtempo groove fronted by Smith’s cool electric jazz guitar licks, which are embellished by Hawley’s rhythm guitar harmonies. Bolted to a taut rhythmic pocket crafted by drummer Eric Valentine and bassist Mel Brown, the song’s cowriter Tico Pierhagen adds keyboard melodies. Trumpeter Michael Stever architects the lush horn arrangements that form a proscenium around the R&B groove.

 

Smith has been traveling internationally since he was seven and for most of the last twenty years, he’s taught and performed each year in Europe. The guitarist has served as a visiting professor of contemporary jazz and popular music at major music conservatories and academies all over the world, which he’s been doing since he was in his twenties. He was one of the youngest tenured professors at USC’s Thornton School of Music where he created the world’s first doctorate program in contemporary guitar. That’s where he first connected with Hawley, whom he calls a “success story.”

 

Shortly after the pandemic hit in 2020, Smith was diagnosed with stage four throat cancer. To divert his mind, he reached out to Hawley to help him write and produce a few singles. “Groove Asset” is their third collaboration.  “The first two songs (“Let’s Roll” and “Soul Share”) we did together were hits, and it feels like we are onto another one with 'Groove Assets'. There is no greater pleasure or prouder moment in a jazz professor's life than the act of hiring a former student for the incredibly important job of producing a single. I am a very lucky, proud soul indeed,” beamed Smith, whose cancer is in complete remission.

 

"We train jazz and rock stars. I am super proud of all our students who have gone on to play with Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, John Legend, Gwen Stefani, Marc Anthony, Thundercat, Justin Bieber, Michael Bublé, Jason Mraz, Elton John, Madonna, Bono, Maroon 5, Jennifer Lopez, John Mayer, and on hit television programs ‘American Idol’ and ‘Glee’ to name a few."

 

Smith was a student at USC when he attended the last masterclass given by Spanish classical guitar great Andre Segovia, which had a lasting impact.  “The Maestro said many profound things, but the one that really stuck with me and guided my life was ‘When you teach, you learn twice.’ That, and the fact that my mother, father, cousins, aunts and uncles were all professors at schools like Oxford, MIT, Oberlin, Tufts, Hong Kong, UCLA, Michigan and Liverpool guided me toward university life as my recording and performing career grew. It has all been something of a mission,” said Smith who plans to perform next summer in England, Holland, Greece and Italy.“Our (America’s) jazz and popular music are our greatest cultural export, and I am proud to be an ambassador for that.”

 

Closer to home, Smith will be a featured performer alongside Greg Adams and East Bay Soul at the Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival on October 22.

VERNIEUWDE JAZZ IN BELGIUM – SITE BESCHIKBAAR

"Jazz in Belgium": hoofdvitrine van de jazz community in België.

Op 28 september werd de vernieuwde website Jazz in Belgium gelanceerd. De site is beschikbaar in drie talen, nu ook collaboratief en participatief en zonder voorwaarden toegankelijk voor iedereen. Deze tool ter promotie en verspreiding van Belgische jazz werd 25 jaar geleden gelanceerd en is gewijd aan de jazz community in België. De site werd helemaal vernieuwd om te voldoen aan de behoeften van zowel professionals als het grote publiek. Het nieuwe Jazz in Belgium werd ontwikkeld door de vereniging Les Lundis d'Hortense en wil het eerste uithangbord worden van de jazzgemeenschap in België.

Het nieuwe Jazz in Belgium vergemakkelijkt de toegang tot informatie voor alle domeinen van de jazz, van mainstream tot modern jazz, van post bop tot free jazz, van swing tot manouche, van crossover tot Nu-jazz... Onder de content die rechtstreeks gecreëerd en gepubliceerd wordt door de verschillende operatoren van de Brusselse, Vlaamse en Waalse jazz scene, vinden we volgende elementen: een agenda die openstaat voor alle jazzactiviteiten (concerten, jamsessies, festivals, conferenties of masterclasses...), een repertoire van jazzlocaties met geolokalisatie, up-to-date artiestenpagina's, platenreleases, professionele contactinformatie en opleidingsplaatsen.

Voor het grote jazzliefhebberspubliek biedt de site een duik in de geschiedenis van Belgische jazz en is het mogelijk om dagelijks nieuwe artiesten te ontdekken. Via een eenvoudige identificatie kan je via de site ook je favoriete content volgen - artiesten, zalen, festivals... Zo geniet je van een gepersonaliseerde surfervaring en moet je niets (meer) missen van de huidige jazz scene.

Voor jazzprofessionals - artiesten, concertzalen, jazz clubs, managers/bookers, labels, instellingen, studio's of journalisten - biedt de site een gebruiksvriendelijke ondersteuning voor dynamische promotie en communicatie. Alle leden van de community Jazz in Belgium kunnen in enkele clicks hun foto, biografie en medialinks aanpassen of concertdata toevoegen voor België.

Met dit initiatief, dat wordt opgevat als een uitnodiging om lid te worden van de grote jazzfamilie in België, wil de vzw Les Lundis d'Hortense een unieke, dynamische ruimte die voor iedereen toegankelijk is, bieden voor de verspreiding en om informatie te delen. Tegelijk willen ze ook een waardevolle hefboom bieden om uitwisselingen tussen de verschillende gemeenschappen van het land te faciliteren.

 

Ontdek nu de vernieuwde website op jazzinbelgium.be.

BIG SCIENCE: ARS MUSICA VERKENT DE WETENSCHAP VAN 18 NOV TEM 2 DEC

Muziek als experiment... Met ‘wetenschap’ als thematische rode draad vindt van 18 november tot 2 december de nieuwe editie plaats van Ars Musica, al jaren hét brandpunt voor nieuw en hedendaags muzikaal werk. De veelzeggende titel voor deze editie luidt BIG SCIENCE, met een programma dat gaat van computergestuurd klankonderzoek tot bespiegelingen over de kosmos. De wetenschap bewijst telkens weer een dankbare inspiratiebron te zijn voor tal van nieuwe muzikale creaties. Tijdens de concerten die dit jaar gepland zijn droom je met open ogen en daal je af in de verbluffende diepte van onze verbeeldingskracht, met Laurie Anderson, Georges Aperghis, Brian Eno, David Krakauer, Martin Matalon, Jean-Luc Fafchamps of Philip Glass... Dit unieke festival heeft van ongedwongen muzikale ontdekkingen een handelsmerk gemaakt en laat jou daar graag aan deelnemen!

De titel BIG SCIENCE is in de eerste plaats een hommage aan het cult-album van Laurie Anderson dat in 1982, inmiddels 40 jaar geleden, werd uitgebracht. “Het avantgardistische experiment van BIG SCIENCE is ook vandaag nog even visionair,” vindt Bruno Letort, artistiek directeur van Ars Musica. Laurie Anderson is dit jaar dan ook ‘eregast’ van het festival. Ze is niet alleen componiste en beeldend kunstenares maar ook dichteres en zit nooit om een artistiek experiment verlegen. Anderson tekent voor twee concerten (waaronder één met Brussels Philharmonic op 1 december), een installatie met Hsin-Chien Huang: To the Moon, en de vertoning van twee films in Bozar (Heart of a Dog en Home of the Brave). 

Laurie Anderson © Ebru Yildiz

Wetenschappelijk bewezen muzikaliteit

Het 2022 programma van Ars Musica bekijkt wetenschap dus als een dynamisch, experimenteel en transdisciplinair element dat een rol speelt binnen het creatieproces van nieuwe muziek. Dat geldt zeker en vast voor de festivalopener Metropolis Rebooted: het filmconcert in Bozar waar één van de eerste cyborg/kunst cross-overs onder de loep wordt genomen (18/11, Metropolis van Fritz Lang met muziek van Martin Matalon). 
Verwijzingen naar de wetenschap duiken in het programma ook op in de muzikale figuur van Albert Einstein (Einstein on the Beach van Philipp Glass door Ictus en Suzanne Vega op 30/11 in Bozar), in de futuristische verwondering voor de kosmos (On Mars van Brian Eno gekoppeld aan het grafische universum van François Schuiten op 19/11 in het Planetarium) en in de improvisaties met video en technologie tijdens het concert van David Krakauer en Kathleen Tagg (op 22/11 in de Hallen van Schaarbeek). Een ander highlight van het rijke en veelzijdige festival zijn de geschriften van Galileo Galilei zoals ze opduiken in de muziek van John Cage of Meredith Monk (Et pourtant elle tourne, 20/11 in les Brigittines).

Filmkunst neemt deze editie een prominente plaats in op het festival met de wereldpremière van de symfonie Ombres célestes van Jean-Luc Fafchamps, tijdens Fiction Science; een avond gewijd aan de muziek van sciencefictionfilms op 25/11 in Bozar. Hier geniet je van grote klassiekers van het genre met Planet of the Apes, Encounter of the Third Kind en de niet te missen ouverture van 2001. A Space Odyssey. Componist Frédéric Verrières tapt van deze filmische inspiratiebron voor zijn nieuwe creatie Screening, die op 22 november in La Raffinerie wordt voorgesteld en waarin de woorden van Alfred Hitchcock worden omgezet in een gelaagde partituur van gebaren en geluid. 
Maar ook literatuur maakt haar opwachting op het festival. In het werk Migrants van Georges Aperghis duikt de roman Heart of Darkness van Joseph Conrad op en illustreert perfect het rijke creatieve potentieel van artistieke mengvormen.

Tot slot is er de tweede editie van het Bal contemporain dat een vrolijke en speelse vraag stelt: "hoe kan men hedendaagse muziek dansen?” Het bal, dat in 2019 reeds een groot succes was, zal doorgaan in het Maison du Peuple in Sint-Gillis. Dit keer neemt het Ensemble Spectra de muzikale omkadering voor zijn rekening.

Het is een tijd waarin wetenschap niet alleen een bron van hoop is, maar ook al te vaak een reden tot bezorgdheid vormt. Uitgerust met een grote dosis muzikale transdisciplinariteit en pop, nodigt de BIG SCIENCE editie uit om met nieuwsgierigheid naar wetenschap te kijken en in te schepen voor een experimentele muzikale reis. 

Meer info:

https://www.arsmusica.be/

STRAIGHT-AHEAD JAZZ SAXOPHONIST SAM TAYLOR’S DEFIANT ACT OF GIVING

His “Let Go” album, featuring trumpeter Terell Stafford, drops October 21.

 

NEW YORK CITY (26 September 2022): One bright morning last January, saxophonist Sam Taylor started his day by writing down his intentions. It was an important day, the day that he would lead a quintet featuring trumpeter Terell Stafford in the same historic recording studio where John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, Freddie Hubbard and Stanley Turrentine recorded, to track his third album for Cellar Live. Locking in his focus, Taylor’s message to himself was to be grateful, mindful and fully present for the recording experience, and most importantly, to give and let go. The resultant ten-track swinging jazz set “Let Go,” produced by Taylor and Cory Weeds, drops October 21 on CD and October 28 digitally.

 

Taylor’s set list consists of selections from the Great American Songbook, including songs written by Barry Harris, Hank Jones, Benny Golson, and Jule Styne. However, one can argue that the centerpiece is Taylor’s own composition. The Harlem-based artist wrote the title track, marking the first time he ever recorded one of his own songs. “Let Go” embodies Taylor’s ethos as a musician.

 

“It was written during a year full of the unexpected, with invaluable new experiences and lessons. More than that was the validation of a virtue I have long held true in my heart as I live this life of music: music is an act of giving. Living a life of music is also a journey of generosity and letting go. The musician surrenders to the music, interprets the song and shares that with others. To surrender, to be tender and giving is a show of strength, an act of defiance. This is an empowering idea. Our world faces such heartache, fear and profound grief. How do we meet that every day as individuals and as a society? Tenderness and loving kindness could be the most powerful tools we have. In my own way, this recording is an act of defiance,” said Taylor.

 

Recorded at Van Gelder Studios, Taylor and Stafford are flanked on the album by a trio comprised of pianist Jeb Patton, bassist Neal Miner and drummer Willie Jones III. Taylor grew up in Philadelphia listening to Stafford, a renown and respected talent who teaches in the City of Brotherly Love at Temple University. 

 

“Terell Stafford is an international jazz star, a fixture on the Philadelphia jazz scene and one of the city’s artistic leaders. To have the opportunity to know him and play with him now as a professional musician is truly special. I remember attending a workshop while I was a young student at The Performing Arts High School in Philadelphia. We took a bus up Broad Street to Temple University where students across the city sat and listened to Terell’s group play and speak about jazz. I remember his emphasis on rhythm, the triplet, how to feel the beat. He was giving and patient. I can honestly say he is just as genuine and giving now. It is an overwhelming honor to play this music with him,” said Taylor, who will perform at Rite of Swing Jazz Café at Temple University on November 10.

 

Released as a single last week, the album opens with the bebop anthem “Luminescence,” which was penned by Harris, a seminal figure on the New York City jazz scene who passed away a few weeks prior to the “Let Go” recording date.

 

Taylor first discovered the melancholy “Angel Face” from a 1940s recording by tenor saxman Coleman Hawkins but decided to record his own version after falling in love with a take he heard featuring one of his favorite singers, Abbey Lincoln. 

 

“The melody is gorgeous, operatic in style and goes straight to the heart. Ms. Lincoln’s interpretation, including her own lyric, is perfection. She is a constant source of inspiration for me. Her honesty and fearlessness are undeniable,” said Taylor.

 

In choosing to interpret Golson’s  “Out of the Past,” Taylor pays homage to his hometown.

 

“The song has the classic Golson sound: lyrical melody, beautiful lead (sax) voice paired with the blues and deep swing. Benny Golson is a Philadelphian like me. As with my previous record, ‘Along The Way,’ it was important for me to honor and embrace my hometown while embracing my experience of over fifteen years living a life of music in New York,” said Taylor who will be running his first marathon in Philadelphia in November.

 

One of the more impromptu and magical moments that occurred during the “Let Go” recording date came at the end of the session. As the musicians were packing up their gear, Taylor asked the engineer to keep the tape rolling. With just his tenor horn and sparse accompaniment from Miner and Jones, Taylor emoted an impassioned “Prisoner of Love” with the woman he calls the love of his life sitting beside him.

 

“I first heard this old American Songbook standard on the ‘Coleman Hawkins Encounters Ben Webster’ two tenor record. It was one of the first records I really tried to understand. I would constantly play along with it without any real understanding of harmony or what I was doing. It just moved me, and I wanted to be a part of it somehow. This song has now taken on new meaning for me as I dedicate it to Maia. Recording it was a moment I’ll never forget, filled with such joy and love,” said Taylor.

 

Taylor underscores the Philly and New York City theme on “Philly New York Junction.” He grew up listening to trumpeters John Swana and Joe Magnarelli playing it, regularly seeing Swana perform in Philadelphia jazz clubs.

 

“Swana’s playing, along with that of Larry McKenna, Bootsie Barnes and Sid Simmons really informed and inspired my choice to live a life of music. They showed me - and continue to do so - that being a musician is to be part of a community. The music is bigger than you, and living it means honoring those that came before, that lived and transitioned in its name,” said Taylor.

 

The album concludes with a pair of unlikely tunes. Taken from the musical “Annie,” “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile” is an earnest attempt to do something Taylor’s “all-time hero” had a flair for doing.

 

“It became my theme song over the year, one that I would always play in a tenor trio format - saxophone, bass and drums - on my weekly gigs in New York City. This is my favorite format if I’m honest, thanks to my love of Sonny Rollins. The song always makes people smile and tap their feet. Recording it is also a subtle way to honor Rollins, who is known as an indisputable musical genius who often picks the most unlikely of tunes and makes them incredibly hip and swinging. I hope we achieved that with this one,” said Taylor.

 

Closing the set is “Bye Bye Baby,” which Marilyn Monroe sang in “Gentleman Prefer Blondes.” Taylor’s rendition was influenced by a version he heard played at dazzling speed by pianist Harold Mabern.

 

Taylor studied and was mentored at Purchase College, State University of New York. Among his noteworthy performances was playing with saxophone greats James Moody, Jimmy Heath, Frank Wess, Joe Lovano, Steve Wilson, Mark Turner and Ralph Lalama. He released his critically lauded solo debut, “My Future Just Passed,” in 2015 followed two years later by “Along the Way,” which was the first time he teamed up with Patton and Miner. Twice Taylor has toured in Canada, and he’ll be supporting “Let Go” at concert dates there next month around the album release date. Closer to home, Taylor serves as artistic director for the West Harlem Jazz Festival.  

 

In the “Let Go” liner notes, Taylor writes about music giving voice to an experience, both personal and collective. He believes music is an expression of love and respect, inspiring hope and a reason to overcome challenges and triumphs. Understanding the role music can and does play is why before stepping foot inside the recording studio earlier this year, Taylor put pen to paper to state his intentions.       

     

“I invited my musical heroes to come together, to bring their powerful voices into a space, surrender and let go. Terell, Jeb, Neal and Willie were masterful. The space, a studio that echoes with jazz history, made the day that much more meaningful. I haven’t the words to express my gratitude. My hope is the music communicates that clearly and fully.”

 

“Let Go” contains the following songs:

 

“Luminescence”

“Let Go”

“Angel Face”

“Getting’ Together”

“Out of the Past”

“Prisoner of Love”

“Here’s That Rainy Day”

“Philly New York Junction”

“You’re Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile”

“Bye Bye Baby”

 

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SINGER & GUITARIST VERNON BURCH DIED

Soul man and guitarist VERBON BURCH died on Friday 23rd September. Different sources offer different ages for Vernon – but the general consensus is that he was 67. Few details of his passing are available.

As a guitar player, Vernon worked with the Delfonics and the Bar Kays and for a while he was a member of the Stax studio band. As a solo artist he worked for a number of labels in the late 70s/early 80s. His biggest  hits were ‘Do It To Me’, ‘Changes’ and his dance hit “Get Up’ which Deee-Lite used as the chassis for their Groove Is In The Heart smash.

In later life Vernon worked as a minister and in 2011 released a gospel album, ‘The Inside Out Project’ on which he was billed as the Reverend Vernon Burch.

DRUMMER JOHN HARTMAN OF THE DOOBIE BROTHERS DIED

John Hartman, drummer for the Doobie Brothers during the band’s hit-making 1970s heyday, has died, the band announced. He was 72.

No cause or date of death was given.

“Today we are thinking of John Hartman, or Little John to us,” the band wrote on Instagram and Twitter. “John was a wild spirit, great drummer, and showman during his time in the Doobies. He was also a close friend for many years and an intricate part of the band personality! We send our condolences to all his loved ones at this difficult time. Rest In Peace John.”

Formed in San Jose, California, in 1970, the Doobie Brothers began with the meeting of Hartman and singer-guitarist-songwriter Tom Johnston. Soon joined by singer-guitarist-songwriter Patrick Simmons and bassist Dave Shogren. The group would welcome an ever-shifting aggregation of members over the decades – the Doobies still tour today – most notably singer-keyboardist Michael McDonald in 1975.

In 1971, the group added a second drummer – Michael Hossack – to its line-up, inaugurating the band’s unusual double-drum sound.

Hartman performed with the band from 1970 to 1979, and returned for another stint from 1987 to 1992. During his initial run with the group, the Doobies released a string of hits that would become staples of classic rock, including “China Grove,” “Listen To The Music,” “Jesus Is Just Alright,” “Black Water,” and “Takin’ It To The Streets,” among many others.

In 2020, Hartman and other surviving members of the original group, including Johnston, Simmons and McDonald, were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

JAZZ LEGEND PHARAOH SANDERS DIED

Pharoah Sanders, the revered American jazz saxophonist, has died aged 81. The news was confirmed by Sanders’ label, Luaka Bop, on Twitter.

“We are devastated to share that Pharoah Sanders has passed away,” the label’s statement read. “He died peacefully surrounded by loving family and friends in Los Angeles earlier this morning. Always and forever the most beautiful human being, may he rest in peace.”

Born Farrell Sanders in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1940, Sanders’ career began in Oakland, California. After moving to New York in the 1960s, he started collaborating with Sun Ra, who gave him the name Pharoah, before becoming a member of John Coltrane’s band; Sanders played with Coltrane until the latter’s death in 1967.

Along with Coltrane, Sanders was a key figure in the spiritual jazz scene. His 1969 album Karma, which incorporated influences from traditional African and south Asian music, is considered one of the major early documents of the form. Throughout the early 1970s, Sanders continued to release records as a bandleader, largely on the Impulse! label. In 1971, he performed on Alice Coltrane’s Journey in Satchidananda, another milestone in modal and avant garde jazz.

After leaving Impulse! in 1973, Sanders released albums on Arista and the avant garde jazz label India Navigation, before releasing a run of records on the Theresa label in the 1980s.

Although his output began to slow in the 90s, Sanders continued to tour and collaborate throughout the 2000s. In the mid-2010s, Sanders heard a composition by the British electronic producer Sam Shepherd, AKA Floating Points, and asked to collaborate with him. The resulting album, 2021’s Promises, recorded in 2019 with the London Symphony Orchestra, was Sanders’ first new album in more than a decade, and was widely acclaimed.

Paying tribute to Sanders on Instagram, Shepherd wrote: “My beautiful friend passed away this morning. I am so lucky to have known this man, and we are all blessed to have his art stay with us forever. Thank you Pharoah.”

JD SIMO - 'MORTGAGE ON MY SOUL' – NEW SINGLE BY ESTEEMED US GUITARIST AND SINGER-SONGWRITER

JD SIMO
MORTGAGE ON MY SOUL

new single
out 23.09.22

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from the album
SONGS FROM THE HOUSE OF GREASE
out 13.01.23
[Crows Feet Records]

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Nashville-based guitarist, singer and songwriter JD Simo has today released a new single entitled ‘Mortgage On My Soul’. A creative and incendiary cover of the classic song by hill country blues pioneer Mississippi Fred McDowell, JD explains: “I just really dug the words and I also love the hypnotic vibe of his style. Over the course of a few months we started doing it during soundchecks and Adam [Abrashoff, drummer] came up with this killer Afrobeat style groove. It’s also a really good showcase for my slide playing and is such a blast to play. I could play it for an hour.

Paying homage to the original while adding a modern twist, JD’s typically expert yet passionate guitar work and powerful, soulful vocals are on full display, while his guitar solo kicks the intensity level up a gear, aided by the backing of longtime collaborator Abrashoff and bassist Todd Bolden.

‘Mortgage On My Soul’ is included on a forthcoming new album entitled ‘Songs From The House Of Grease’. Recorded with his trio, it is set for release on 13th January 2023, with pre-orders/saves available from today HERE .

JD states that "this album is a live snapshot of me and the fellas playing some favourite tracks that hadn't been captured yet on record. I hadn't planned on releasing something so fast but couldn't be prouder of this snapshot in time. It's honestly my best playing ever captured!”

Containing five songs with a total running time of 40 minutes, it includes covers of John Coltrane's 'Afro Blue’ and Blind Alfred Reed's 'How Can A Poor Man Stand Such Times And Live’ alongside the current single, plus a free jazz take on Simo’s own 'Higher Plane' (from his self-titled 2020 solo record) and a brand new Meters inspired cut entitled ‘Missy’s Strut’.

JD’s love and respect for the roots of blues and rock ’n roll led him to be chosen by music supervisor David Cobb to record all the guitar parts for the recent blockbuster biopic ‘Elvis’. In an interview with Guitar World magazine about his role in creating its soundtrack, JD said, "I’m such a fan of Elvis’ music, but also the music of that period and the other stuff we recorded for the film. Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Arthur ‘Big Boy’ Crudup, Muddy Waters, B.B. King – all of that is a big part of my musical DNA.”

Splitting his band SIMO in 2017 and going solo, JD issued a well received 2019 solo debut, ‘Off At 11’, followed by a self-titled 2020 effort that connected the missing link between Woodstock and Motown. His current studio album, ‘Mind Control’, was released in late 2021 and also earned plaudits on both sides of the pond. 

Collaborations with the likes of Jack White, Tommy Emmanuel, Luther Dickinson, Dave Cobb and Blackberry Smoke, as well as time spent as part of Grateful Dead founder Phil Lesh’s ‘Phil & Friends’, have cemented his reputation among guitar music aficionados.

MIND CONTROL
UK REVIEWS
 “JD knows how to blend genres within a guitar trio format. Blues-rock with a late '60s/early '70s edge, ‘Mind Control' is highly recommended 9/10”
GUITAR TECHNIQUES
"Unafraid to take the focus away from his undoubtedly formidable fretwork in search of a more atmospheric, immersive soundscape 8/10”
CLASSIC ROCK
“Mixes things up while keeping the humility and honesty of the blues genre at the forefront of his music”
BLUES MATTERS
“All over the place, which is OK when the places he’s going to are great 9/10”
POWERPLAY

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FLIGHT ATTENDANT - 'HONEYSWEET' – NEW SINGLE BY NASHVILLE INDIE OUTFIT OUT NOW

FLIGHT ATTENDANT
HONEYSWEET

new single
out 23.09.22
[Moraine Music Group / Membran]

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FLIGHT ATTENDANT - Honeysweet

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FLIGHT ATTENDANT
debut album
out 30.09.22

 

“A fine testament to the development of an exciting new band, 'Flight Attendant’ sees them ready to step out worldwide and spread their heady mix of alternative and heavy rock, glam, grunge and pop. You are strongly advised to check them out”
LOUDER THAN WAR

The Nashville-based indie outfit Flight Attendant have released a brand new single today entitled ‘Honeysweet’, an anthemic song with a dreamy introduction that opens out into a euphoric and memorable chorus. Lead singer and keyboardist Karalyne Winegarner explains that its lyric “is about taking the bitter taste out of life, by being there for your friends to get them past the tough moments and see the good life around them.”

An accompanying performance video is intercut with footage of her and viola player Nikki Christie larking around, Thelma & Louise style, to which Winegarner adds: “As two women starting their journey as professional musicians, we get feedback about our body image, how well we play together, our dancing abilities on stage....you name it. It's enough to send the most confident human being running for retreat. We are determined to not just get past the negativity, but to build from it, take it all in and improve so that we can be the best versions of ourselves. However, you can't do that alone. You gotta have friends.”

‘Honeysweet’ is the latest single to be lifted from the long-awaited and self-titled debut album by Flight Attendant, which is out on 30th September and contains thirteen songs that add viola, piano and synth to the standard guitars/bass/drums mix, with electrifying results. It includes songs that range from the shimmering ‘Paradise’ and exuberant ‘Crybaby’ to the thought-provoking ‘Comedy Show’ and ethereal slow-burner ‘Phosphorescent (Fine Line)', and from the post-punk earworm ‘dogs’ to a solemn rendition of the Americana/blues classic ‘In The Pines’. 

Two other album songs, the pulsatingly hypnotic ‘Man Of Chaos’ and hauntingly reflective ‘Golden Gun’, appear in the noir mystery thriller ‘Find Her’, which will be available from 1st October on multiple platforms including Amazon. A trailer for it can be seen HERE .

Karalyne Winegarner (lead vocals, keyboards, from Kansas City) met Vinny Maniscalco (guitar, vocals, from Boston) while working together at a restaurant in Nashville, with Nikki Christie (viola, vocals, from LA) starting to work there soon after. It didn’t take too many nights of working/drinking together before they decided to form a band. Adding long-time buddy Derek Sprague (drums, also from Boston), the line-up was complete and they soon began playing live and recording.

TurnUpTheVolume have described Flight Attendant as “Warpaint having a dance with Best Coast”, while they have also been compared to iconic artists such as Lana Del Rey, No Doubt and even Fleetwood Mac. The group have been ready for take-off globally since before the pandemic and have a first European tour booked to promote their album, which has been produced by Grammy Award-winning engineer and producer Charles Yingling, who states that “Flight Attendant are at their best when we just roll the tape using our 1978 Trident console."

 

FLIGHT ATTENDANT
TRACKLISTING
1  Man Of Chaos (3:36)
2  dogs (2:51)
3  Cotton Candy (3:47)
4  Fresh Gasoline (2:57)
5  Teach Me How To Lie (3:24)
6  Paradise (2:45)
7  Honeysweet (3:53)
8  Phosphorescent (Fine Line) (3:35)
9  Crybaby (3:07)
10  Comedy Show (3:07)
11  I Like You (2:37)
12  Golden Gun (2:58)
13  In The Pines (3:47)

FLIGHT ATTENDANT
EUROPEAN TOUR 2022
02.11.22  LEIPZIG (DE) Ilses Erika
03.11.22  BERLIN (DE) Roadrunners Paradise
04.11.22  COTTBUS (DE) Galerie Fango
05.11.22  SLAVONICE (CZ) Inst. Sklep
06.11.22  ŽATEC (CZ) Theatre
07.11.22  MOST (CZ) Benedikt
08.11.22  KLADNO (CZ) Library
11.11.22  ZNOJMO (CZ ) Na Vecn
12.11.22  REGAN (DE) Obserstübchen
16.11.22  KLAGENFURT (AT) Hafenstadt
17.11.22  VIENNA (AT) B72
18.11.22  MÜNCHEN (DE) Lost Weekend
19.11.22  NEU ULM (DE)  Das Gold
20.11.22  OFFENBACH (DE) Hafen 2
21.11.22  BAMBERG (DE) Live Club
24.11.22  OLDENBURG (DE) Polyester Klub
25.11.22  EINBECK (DE) Backpackers Inn
26.11.22  SAARBRÜCKEN (DE) Terminus
28.11.22  AACHEN (DE) Domkeller
01.12.22  HAMBURG (DE) Deichdiele
02.12.22  HAMBURG (DE) BelaMi

FLIGHT ATTENDANT
Karalyne Winegarner - vocals, piano, guitar
Vinny Maniscalco - lead guitar, backing vocals
Nikki Christie - viola, backing vocals
Derek Sprague - drums
+
Michael Cottrell - bass

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BENJAMIN HERMAN KONDIGT NIEUW ALBUM AAN

Amsterdam, 23 september 2022. Vandaag brengt Benjamin Herman de single 'Knife in the Water' uit. Met deze release kondigt de saxofonist ook zijn nieuwe album 'True Love's Flame' aan, waarop hij samenwerkt met zangeres Anna Serierse. Het album verschijnt op 4 november. 

Benjamin Herman is een van de meest bekende en gerespecteerde saxofonisten van Nederland. Als gast artiest is hij te horen op meer dan 150 albums en als solo artiest en bandleider van New Cool Collective bracht hij meer dan 50 albums uit. Hij heeft samen gewerkt met een breed palet aan artiesten van straight ahead jazz tot hiphop en avant garde. Van Dr. John tot Paul Weller en van Han Bennink tot Rein de Graaff. 

Voor zijn nieuwe album werkt Benjamin Herman samen met zangeres Anna Serierse. Serierse komt uit een familie van jazzmuzikanten (Benjamin deelde eerder het podium met haar vader en grootvader) en is een van de meest veelbelovende talenten in de Nederlandse jazzscene. Het samenwerken met Nederlands zangtalent is een rode draad door de carrière van Benjamin Herman, eerder in zijn carrière nam hij al vocalisten als Ruben Hein, Wouter Hamel en Daniel von Piekartz onder zijn vleugels. Met die laatste maakte hij het bejubelde album 'Trouble' dat in 2016 verscheen.

Na zijn zonovergoten ode aan de Citroën SM op 'Project S' (2018) en zijn punk-jazz uitspattingen op Bughouse (2018) kiest Benjamin Herman op zijn nieuwe album 'True Love's Flame' opnieuw voor een sterk thematische aanpak. Tijdens de opnames liet de saxofonist zich inspireren door films van iconische regisseurs als David Lynch en hun bijbehorende soundtracks. Het album varieert van meeslepende interpretaties van soundtracks tot experimentele instrumentale passages en vertolkingen van een aantal van Benjamins favoriete nummers. 

Eerder verscheen al een eerste single 'Time I Moved On'  een nieuwe versie van een klassieker van Georgie Fame en Alan Price, een optimistisch en melancholisch nummer over ontsnappen aan het drukke stadsleven. 
Het volledige album 'True Love's Flame' verschijnt op 4 november, de tweede single 'Knife in the Water' is nu te beluisteren.

 

Titel: True Love's Flame
Releasedatum: 4 november 2022
Label: Roach Records / Dox Records
Configuratie: Digitaal/CD

WINSTON BELL – ‘THE ZONE’

Bell Music Group

One of the "young lions" making their way into the format, 19 year old sax player Winston Bell returns with a scintillating tune co-produced by Poogie Bell and Jeff Lorber.  With Jeff's trademark vibe and sound supporting Winston's strong tenor sax, this is a fine follow-up to his Phillipe Saisse produced debut single earlier this year ("First Step").

JOHNNY BRITT FEAT. PETER WHITE ‘AFTER WE PLAY’

J-Jams Records is releasing the new single “After We Play” featuring Peter White from the forthcoming 5th studio album by trumpeter/singer Johnny Britt. Britt is thrilled to be joined by smooth jazz icon Peter White on guitar. 

 

“After We Play” was written, arranged and produced by Johnny Britt mixed by Nils, and mastered by Ron Boustead at Resolution Mastering. This smooth groove with the lush flugelhorn tone and melodies of Johnny Britt combined the acoustic guitar genius of Peter White makes this an incredible collaboration that will make the listener hit rewind over and over again. 

 

Britt will perform “After We Play” at music festivals nationwide including THE OXNARD JAZZ FESTIVAL 2022, LOMPAC JAZZ FESTIVAL 2022 and the CAPITAL JAZZ SUPER CRUISE 2023 amongst other upcoming scheduled events. 

 

“After We Play” ft. Peter White

 

Johnny Britt – Flugelhorn, trumpet and keyboards 

Peter White – Acoustic Guitar 

Marcus Williams – Drums 

Dean Mark – Bass 

Sean J Lawson – Percussion 

NEW SINGLE FROM BYRON MILLER ‘SAY IT AIN’T GOOD TO YA’

“And, lo, in times of incessant challenge, and strife, there is always a groove to soothe in a drop top `neath the Motor City moonlight.” Thus, arrives electric bass master Byron Miller, a.k.a. PsychoBass, with his fully test-driven first single, “Say it Ain’t Good to Ya,” from the forthcoming fourth CD in his PsychoBass series: Motor City Love. The song is going for adds at radio on September 19. 

 

Cruise groove at its most funkadiciously relaxed, “Say it Ain’t Good to Ya” creeps up on the listener like the Batmobile in stealth mode with zip zero aural waste – just great taste. The jam was sent expressly to Byron by longtime collaborator Chris “Big Dog’ Davis with only him in mind. “Big Dog Facetimed me talkin’ `bout how hard he had studied my work with George Duke,” Byron shares. “Then he sent me this track. And as soon as I started playing on it…I knew. I played it for a few of my inside crew then for some trusted folks at radio. They all strongly suggested that it should be the first single from my new album.”

 

What makes this highly unusual and praiseworthy by PsychoBass standards is that Byron Miller usually produces and at least co-writes all of his music. But he’s also been around long enough to know that when its right, its right. Davis’ judicious use of piano, guitars, keyboards and rhythm set the table for Miller to grace with bass in layers of wonder in conversation with himself as well as the listener. Why tamper with perfection? The song embodies the feeling of piling into the whip with the homies as the night breeze cools your head and the sounds of WJZZ blow cool in your ears. 

 

“Say it Ain’t Good to Ya” is the perfect lead-in to PsychoBass 4: Motor City Love, an album that celebrates Byron Miller’s roots in and love for Detroit, Michigan – its power, its soul and its resilience. The album will feature cats such as keyboardist Herman Jackson, guitarist Paul Jackson Jr. and saxophonist Walter Beasley for whom Miller recently produced his album, Meet Me at My Place.  

 

So lay back deep and get all the way into “Say it Ain’ Good to Ya” – a song so coldblooded, you won’t even be able to say the song title while the record is on.

KIM WATERS DOES A ‘JOY DANCE’

Smooth Urban Jazz superstar Kim Waters has sold over two million albums in his more than 20 years of touring and recording. Loved by R&B and Jazz fans alike, his crossover appeal, Smooth Jazz #1 radio hits, and dynamic performances have placed him among the elite in his field. His new album That Special Touch has special significance to the artist because the album features the young smooth jazz hit maker, Kim's daughter Kayla! The energy and joy of this occasion have inspired and elevated Kim's writing and playing to new heights! Highlights include Kim and Kayla's dream-like remake of Adele's smash hit "Go Easy On Me," the ebullient first radio single "Joy Dance," the intensely pulsating "House Call," and more Kim Waters originals!

 

Heralded as “Simply one of the planet’s best saxophonists” by JazzTimes Magazine and the “Pied piper of Smooth Jazz” by Upscale Magazine, the prolific chart-topping saxophonist, composer and producer has enjoyed a career longevity that is rare in the music business. For three decades, Waters has reigned as one of the premier architects of Urban Smooth Jazz and a beacon of light in Contemporary Jazz. He‘s garnered praise from critics and fans alike, ranking among the top five best-selling instrumentalists in jazz.  

 

Waters has sold over two million albums in his more than 20 years of touring and recording. Loved by R&B and Jazz fans alike, his crossover appeal, Smooth Jazz #1 radio hits, and dynamic performances have placed him among the elite in his field.

CONTEMPORARY JAZZ GUITARIST RICHARD SMITH CONTINUES THE LEGACY OF GROOVE

The new single, “Groove Assets,” which goes for playlist adds on October 3, was produced by his former student, hitmaker Adam Hawley.

 

LOS ANGELES (21 September 2022): Whether he’s teaching at USC’s Thornton School of Music or abroad in such diverse locations as Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, Manila, London, Oslo, Amsterdam, Helsinki, Palermo, Rome or Bueno Aires, contemporary jazz guitarist Richard Smith gets asked about playing in the groove. So much so that the globetrotter thinks that playing in the pocket may be America’s greatest cultural export musically. Recorded in London, Amsterdam and Los Angeles, Smith’s new single, “Groove Assets,” captures that soulful sound with the aid of one of his former students, multi-time Billboard chart-topping guitarist Adam Hawley, who produced and cowrote the song with his former professor.

 

"I've found that no matter where I go in the world, I hear American popular music - R&B, hip hop, soul and jazz - coming out of restaurants, bars, cars and classrooms as much or more as the indigenous music. The minute I come back to the States and fire up my Los Angeles band, it hits me: the groove, lock, pocket, and soulfulness that is embedded so deeply in our American music culture. When I teach or give masterclasses abroad, they want to know about what ‘playing in the pocket’ is, as if it is a mysterious, elusive phenomenon. And it IS a cultural phenomenon that comes out of our deep and diverse musical heritage. So, I have developed a lot of classes around that, sort of a how to lock-it-up and groove. I say that one of the best musical ‘assets’ that they can have is groove assets,” said Smith about his inspiration for the single.

 

“Groove Assets” has a certain laid back, chill quality to the midtempo groove fronted by Smith’s cool electric jazz guitar licks, which are embellished by Hawley’s rhythm guitar harmonies. Bolted to a taut rhythmic pocket crafted by drummer Eric Valentine and bassist Mel Brown, the song’s cowriter Tico Pierhagen adds keyboard melodies. Trumpeter Michael Stever architects the lush horn arrangements that form a proscenium around the R&B groove.

 

Smith has been traveling internationally since he was seven and for most of the last twenty years, he’s taught and performed each year in Europe. The guitarist has served as a visiting professor of contemporary jazz and popular music at major music conservatories and academies all over the world, which he’s been doing since he was in his twenties. He was one of the youngest tenured professors at USC’s Thornton School of Music where he created the world’s first doctorate program in contemporary guitar. That’s where he first connected with Hawley, whom he calls a “success story.” 

 

Shortly after the pandemic hit in 2020, Smith was diagnosed with stage four throat cancer. To divert his mind, he reached out to Hawley to help him write and produce a few singles. “Groove Asset” is their third collaboration.

 

“The first two songs (“Let’s Roll” and “Soul Share”) we did together were hits, and it feels like we are onto another one with 'Groove Assets'. There is no greater pleasure or prouder moment in a jazz professor's life than the act of hiring a former student for the incredibly important job of producing a single. I am a very lucky, proud soul indeed,” beamed Smith, whose cancer is in complete remission.

 

"We train jazz and rock stars. I am super proud of all our students who have gone on to play with Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, John Legend, Gwen Stefani, Marc Anthony, Thundercat, Justin Bieber, Michael Bublé, Jason Mraz, Elton John, Madonna, Bono, Maroon 5, Jennifer Lopez, John Mayer, and on hit television programs ‘American Idol’ and ‘Glee’ to name a few."  

 

Smith was a student at USC when he attended the last masterclass given by Spanish classical guitar great Andre Segovia, which had a lasting impact.

 

“The Maestro said many profound things, but the one that really stuck with me and guided my life was ‘When you teach, you learn twice.’ That, and the fact that my mother, father, cousins, aunts and uncles were all professors at schools like Oxford, MIT, Oberlin, Tufts, Hong Kong, UCLA, Michigan and Liverpool guided me toward university life as my recording and performing career grew. It has all been something of a mission,” said Smith who plans to perform next summer in England, Holland, Greece and Italy.

 

“Our (America’s) jazz and popular music are our greatest cultural export, and I am proud to be an ambassador for that.”

 

Closer to home, Smith will be a featured performer alongside Greg Adams and East Bay Soul at the Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival on October 22.

 

For more information, please visit www.richardsmithguitar.com.

SARO COSENTINO - 'THE JOKE FEAT. PETER HAMMILL' – VIDEO FOR SONG BY ITALIAN COMPOSER-PRODUCER FEATURING PROG LEGEND

SARO COSENTINO - 2022 photo

SARO COSENTINO
THE JOKE
feat PETER HAMMILL

from the album
THE ROAD TO NOW
LP / CD / digital
out 07.10.22
[Cat Sounds]

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‘The Joke’ was recently made available as a teaser song from the new album by the Italian composer and producer Saro Cosentino. Co-written with prog legend Peter Hammill and featuring his distinctive lead vocal, it is full of portent with a lyric about the corporate greed and consumer habits that directly affect climate change. A video for it has been issued today that Cosentino says “is pretty self-explanatory. Only a fool would set fire to his own home, but that is what we are doing. We are on a path of self destruction and need to change our priorities and reconsider our values as a society without having ‘produce/consume/die’ as a motto.”

The third solo album by Cosentino, 'The Road To Now' features singers Peter Hammill (on four songs), Tim Bowness (of No Man) and Karen Eden, plus instrumental contributions from the likes of Gavin Harrison, David Rhodes, John Giblin and Trey Gunn. Available on heavyweight colour vinyl, CD and digital formats, it is the long-awaited follow-up to 1997’s acclaimed ‘Ones And Zeros’.

Born in Rome but currently based in Prague, Cosentino formed a blues outfit in his late teens but soon became more interested in experimental and electronic music, beginning a lengthy association with the popular Italian singer-songwriter Franco Battiato, who had been juggling his own love of the avant-garde with record company pressure to produce ‘hits’. The duo co-wrote Italy’s entry to the 1984 Eurovision Song Contest (which Battiato performed in the competition) and collaborated on two operas later in the decade.

Cosentino released a self-titled debut solo album on EMI in 1988 prior to successfully dividing his time between composing film/TV soundtracks and writing for/producing numerous international artists that have included Peter Hammill, David Rhodes, Tim Bowness, Pandit Dinesh, Tony Levin, Natasha Atlas, Jakko Jakszyk and Gavin Harrison, as well as further work with Battiato plus other compatriots such as Milva and Alice.

'The Road To Now' was recorded in the UK and US as well as at Cosentino’s own studio in Prague, with final mixing taking place at Real World in Bath. The opening 'You’re The Story' sees the soothing voice of Tim Bowness matched with a suitably sumptuous yet melancholic backdrop, followed immediately by 'The Joke', the first of four superb songs featuring the unmistakable tones of legendary prog singer Peter Hammill. ‘November’ (on which Bowness provides a backing vocal) is a tale of long lost love, the outstanding 'Time To Go' contemplates the very end of the road (hopefully a long time from now), while the closing 'When Your Parents Danced' considers the first central figures in one’s life in their younger days, ‘before life’s stories made them what they’ve become’.

Having contributed to 'Ones and Zeros', as well as records by the likes of William Orbit and Chris Rea, the versatile Australian singer Karen Eden returns to perform on two contrasting tracks; the portentous sounding ‘Pray' and (by way of contrast to everything else on the record), the pop song 'Us (Scars on Skin)'. The album also contains the instrumental ‘Howl', which switches from strident to atmospheric midway through and showcases the skills of the musicians involved.

THE ROAD TO NOW
TRACKLISTING
1 You’re The Story (feat Tim Bowness)
2 The Joke (feat Peter Hammill)
3 Pray (feat Karen Eden)
4 November (feat Peter Hammill & Tim Bowness)
5 US (Scars on Skin) (feat Karen Eden)
6 Time To Go (feat Peter Hammill)
7 Howl
8 When Your Parents Danced (feat Peter Hammill)

MUSICIANS
Peter Hammill - vocals, guitar
Tim Bowness - vocals, backing vocals
Karen Eden - vocals
Dorota Barova - cello, vocals
Gavin Harrison - drums
John Giblin - bass
David Rhodes - guitar
Trey Gunn - waar guitar
Nicola Alesini - saxophone
Radim Knapp - trumpet
Saro Cosentino - guitars, keyboards, bass, strings, piano, arrangements, programming, sound design

sarocosentino.bandcamp.com

CROBOT BRENGEN EEN NIEUWE MUZIEKVIDEO UIT VOOR ‘GOLDEN’!

Via Mascot Records/Mascot Label Group
  
IN NOV/DEC GAAN CROBOT OP TOUR IN EUROPA TER SUPPORT VAN AIRBOURNE
16 dec – Cirque Royal, Brussel, BE
19 dec – 013, Tilburg, NL

Vandaag hebben Crobot en Mascot Records/ Mascot Label Group de officiële muziekvideo voor "Golden" uitgebracht. Zanger Brandon Yeagley deelt, “’Golden’ is a soaring homage to a God-gone-too soon. When it came to the lyrics, we collectively wanted it to be a tribute to Chris Cornell.  We are so influenced by everything he and Soundgarden have done. We ran with the song in honor of his legacy."

Na de release van hun nieuwste album Feel This, heeft Crobot een reeks Britse en Europese tourdata aangekondigd ter support van Airbourne en Blues Pills. Tickets zijn hier verkrijgbaar: https://crobotband.com/#tour
 
Onze favoriete groove-rockers stappen op de feestbus met Airbourne en Blues Pills en rijden door Frankrijk, Spanje, Italië, Zwitserland, Duitsland, Oostenrijk, België, Nederland en de UK - met een headline stop off onderweg in Tsjechië.
 
Over deze aankomende tour zegt zanger Brandon Yeagley, “It’s been a long time coming but we’re so excited to set fire to foreign stages with the power of the riff. Our pals in Airbourne have put together one ace line-up alongside Blues Pills to ensure we can turn off all of our cares and riff until the sun comes up! Well, at least until the venues kick us out!”
 
Tour Dates 
28 Nov – Zenith, Paris, FRANCE w/Airbourne & Blues Pills
01 Dec - Vistalegre Arean, Madrid, SPAIN w/Airbourne & Blues Pills
02 Dec – Sant Jordi, Barcelona, SPAIN w/Airbourne & Blues Pills
03 Dec – Cubec, Bilbao, SPAIN w/Airbourne & Blues Pills
05 Dec – Alcatrazz, Milan, ITALY w/Airbourne & Blues Pills
06 Dec – Halle 622, Zurich, SWITZERLAND w/Airbourne & Blues Pills
07 Dec – Zenith, Munich, GERMANY w/Airbourne & Blues Pills
09 Dec – Gasometer, Berlin, GERMANY w/Airbourne & Blues Pills
10 Dec – Columbiahalle, Berlin, GERMANY w/Airbourne & Blues Pills
11 Dec – Strahov 007, Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC
12 Dec – Porche Arena, Stuggart, GERMANY w/Airbourne & Blues Pills
14 Dec – Palladium, Cologne, GERMANY w/Airbourne & Blues Pills
15 Dec – Stadthalle, Hamburg, GERMANY w/Airbourne & Blues Pills
16 Dec – Cirque Royal, Brussels, BELGIUM w/Airbourne & Blues Pills
19 Dec – 013, Tilburg, NETHERLANDS w/Airbourne & Blues Pills
21 Dec – Victoria Warehouse, Manchester, UK w/Airbourne & Blues Pills
22 Dec – Brixton Academy, London, UK w/Airbourne & Blues Pills

 

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STEVEN DAYVID McKELLAR - 'NAMA' – NEW ALBUM OF ATMOSPHERIC ELECTRONICA BY FORMER FRONTMAN OF CIVIL TWILIGHT

STEVEN DAYVID McKELLAR photo by Lauren Stocker

STEVEN DAYVID McKELLAR
NAMA

new album
out 20.09.22
[Sonic Ritual]

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includes the singles
ONE AND ZERO

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+
STOP RUNNING
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“Startling….falls somewhere between Four Tet and Thom Yorke’s work with Atoms For Peace”
UNDER THE RADAR
“Its structure and rich instrumentation recalls ‘Amnesiac’/
'Kid A' era Radiohead”
MXDWN
“If you like your electronic pop dark and mysterious, you can’t go wrong with Steven Dayvid McKellar”
RELEASE

The former Civil Twilight vocalist and songwriter Steven Dayvid McKellar has just returned with ‘NAMA’, the follow up to his 2020 debut solo album ‘ETHIO’. Having left Nashville just prior to its recording, it was made in his new apartment in Los Angeles while the pandemic raged outside; a fitting backdrop for a record implicitly concerned with staring our deepest emotions in the face.

Deftly self-produced, ‘NAMA’ is a musical self-psychoanalysis; coaxed and arranged into song form, it is a meditative coming-to-terms with the deep recesses of humanity. A short and sweet seven song recording, it was made with a Juno synth, vocals and drum machine, occasionally accompanied by bass, classical guitar and the interwoven percussion of ordinary household items. Additional instrumentation was provided by friend and occasional bandmate Bucky Shorts. However, despite its seemingly restrictive minimalism, ‘NAMA’ is nevertheless teeming with dense atmosphere, layers of crunchy trance beats and haunting melodies.

From the minimal electronic heartbreak of its opener ‘One and Zero’ to the haunted claustrophobia of ‘Stop Running’ and the fractured beauty of the closing ‘Edge Of The Garden’, ‘NAMA’ balances introspection with an outward push into the unknown.

With Civil Twilight, McKellar had seen life on the big screen, leading the South African rock band through a successful run that saw them share stages with the likes of Smashing Pumpkins, Florence + the Machine, Jimmy Eat World and Silversun Pickups, while their songs were placed in TV shows such as One Tree Hill, House and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. Now releasing music on his own terms, McKellar remains as creative as ever.

NAMA
TRACKLISTING
1  One and Zero
2  Nama Wind
3  Slow Fade
4  Stop Running
5  Pull Away
6  Trillion Tiny Waves
7  Edge Of The Garden

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BELLE SCAR - 'WHERE DO WE BEGIN' – NEW SINGLE BY DISTINCTIVE SINGER-SONGWRITER

BELLE SCAR
WHERE DO WE BEGIN 

new single
out 23.09.22

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FOR FANS OF
NICK CAVE / DANNY ELFMAN / ZOLA JESUS

 LIVE IN LONDON
23.09.22
SADLER’S WELLS THEATRE
tickets

Captivating, glamorous and bold, Belle Scar is a distinctive singer-songwriter, producer and artistic director from Montreal who has been based in London for the last decade. Described by the New York Times as “a creature from another dimension, she’s phenomenal,” her dramatic, cinematic music is at times redolent of a Tim Burton film score and at others of a mash-up between Nick Cave, David Bowie and Portishead. Recent live dates in the capital have seen her perform sold out shows at St Pancras Old Church and artsdepot with a full band including strings and choir, with her latest show taking place at Sadler’s Wells Theatre on 23rd September. A limited number of tickets are still available HERE .

Scar’s songs are often melancholic yet joyously beautiful, but all are imbued with a passion and depth that take listeners on an emotional journey with her uniquely powerful voice at its centre. Her new single, ‘Where Do We Begin’, which is about maintaining one’s sanity in the fearful uncertainty of the present day, comes across like Marianne Faithfull and Sinead O’Connor performing at a Weimar cabaret accompanied by an orchestra and choir. An international affair, it was recorded at Plastic Sound Studios in London and produced/mixed by French musician Marc O, with guest appearances from renowned Finnish rock bassist Sami Yaffa, French drummer Christophe Deschamps and Italian opera soprano Francesca Matta.

‘Where Do We Begin’ is the first single to be issued from a new album due out in early 2023. Having previously released an album of dark electronic pop entitled ‘Light Bulbs’ (2015), Scar was keen to explore a different direction. Loving the inherent magic in film scores by composers such as Ennio Morricone, Danny Elfman and John Williams, she decided to write songs containing a wider range of  instrumentation and more complex arrangements. This became a collaboration with her husband, the rock musician and producer Marc O (Olivier), whose roots were as a classically trained musician in Paris prior to his own relocation to London.

With Scar writing the music, lyrics and choir arrangements and Olivier orchestrating and producing, the duo strove to create a unique atmosphere for each individual song. The result is a mesmerising album about beginnings and endings, change, and finding meaning in both the beauty and darkness that is life's journey.

bellescar.com

IBRAHIM MAALOUF MAKES TRUMPET MUSIC FOR THE CLUB ON 'CAPACITY TO LOVE'

IBRAHIM MAALOUF
New Album "Capacity To Love"

RELEASE 4 NOVEMBER 2022 

Featuring D Smoke, De La Soul, Erick The Architect, Gregory Porter, Tank and the Bangas, JP Cooper, Sharon Stone & more

Ibrahim Maalouf’s new album Capacity To Love, out November 4th, opens with Charlie Chaplin’s famous speech from The Dictator and ends with a poem that actress Sharon Stone wrote and recited for this project. Packed with special guests and surprises at every turn, it’s an album unlike any other that the trumpeter/composer/producer/songwriter has ever made in a tremendous two decade career. Maalouf has released 17 albums, has sold out the biggest arena in his home country of France and was recently a musical guest on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. He’s known for his dazzling mastery of the four-valve trumpet, designed by his father, which enables him to play the melodies and tones of the Middle East and his Lebanese roots.

Maalouf has collaborated with everyone from Sting to Wynton Marsalis, but he’s never worked with this many guests on one album. Capacity To Love boasts an eclectic and truly global array: rapper D Smoke, hip hop legends De La Soul, Flatbush Zombies’ rapper/producer Erick the Architect, jazz singer Gregory Porter, New Orleans’ Tank and the Bangas, Platinum UK singer-songwriter JP Cooper, the aforementioned Sharon Stone, Rio’s Flavia Coehlo, Ethiopian-American R&B upstart Alemeda, Stevie Wonder protege Sheléa Frazier, Cuban funk-rapper Cimafunk, tenor a capella singer Austin Brown and more.

A hopeful album that confronts some of life’s ugliness, Capacity To Love was created by Maalouf over the past year, with a deep exploration of r&b and hip hop production for the first time in his career. The result is a fusion of sounds and genres, all shot through with Maalouf’s distinctive flurry of trumpet playing. In another break from his past work, he worked closely with two young producers to bring his cinematic vision of trumpet music for the club to life: Henry Was and NuTone. The album features 14 tracks and pushes musical boundaries at every turn, often exploding with high doses of energy and riffs from Maalouf that shoot into the stratosphere. “The Pope” featuring D Smoke basks in a dark intensity, “Quiet Culture” featuring De La Soul is buoyed by a chorus of kids, and the title track featuring Gregory Porter is a centerpiece of the album’s remarkable production, blending gospel, jazz, trap beats and the sounds of the Middle East into something both joyful and haunting.

"Making Capacity To Love was like nothing I've ever done before in my career - working with producers and so many different artists on a single project - and I hope it makes you want to jump out of your seat and move. I was really inspired by my love for film as these songs came together, the goal was to make it feel cinematic like a classic drama movie that we all share in watching together," says Maalouf.

Maalouf has taken a surprising path to Capacity To Love: he started learning traditional Arabic music when he was very young, shifted into classical music for nearly two decades and more recently to jazz and pop, which has catapulted him to stardom. Just watch this video of the crowd at a recent Maalouf show in France for evidence.

Ever-prolific, in June Maalouf released Queen of Sheba, an album he created with another star of international music, Angelique Kidjo. An ambitious 7-part suite which was composed for a full orchestra by Maalouf, featuring lyrics by Kidjo, and sung by Kidjo in Yoruba, it was inspired by the ancient myth of the Queen of Sheba. It prompted SPIN to say it “may be the most interesting album of the year.” Maalouf will also bring Capacity To Love on tour this fall, for his biggest venues yet in North America including a sold-out Le Poisson Rouge in NYC, see below for the full itinerary.

Hailed as a “virtuoso” by The New York Times, Maalouf has spent his career crossing borders and blurring genres, mixing jazz, pop, classical, electronic, Middle Eastern, and African influences into an explosive, cross-cultural swirl. Born in the midst of a deadly civil war, Maalouf escaped Beirut with his family as a child and spent his formative years in France, where he first fell in love with music’s power to transcend geography and language. Over the past decade alone, he’s performed in 40 countries, sold out arenas from Paris to Istanbul, has been scouted by Quincy Jones and raised millions for charity. In the fall of 2021 he performed on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, introduced by Jon Batiste as “a living legend of jazz” and performed in front of the Eiffel Tower on Bastille Day for an audience of six million.

https://www.v2benelux.com/

MICHEL BISCEGLIA TRIO NIEUW ALBUM "SILENCE LOUD"

Het Michel Bisceglia Trio, met Werner Lauscher op bas en Marc Lehan op drums, viert dit jaar zijn 25-jarig bestaan met de release van hun langverwachte nieuw album SILENCE LOUD. 

Met respect voor de traditionele jazz, creëren ze filmische passages met veel ruimte voor meerstemmige melodieën en contrasterende harmonieën. Geen noot teveel en een onberispelijke timing voeren je als luisteraar mee naar hogere muzikale sferen. Michel Bisceglia besloot tijdens de productie nog op laatste nippertje enkele strijkers arrangementen neer te pennen. De voortreffelijke bijdrage van The Hongarian Studio Orchestra maakt van dit nieuw album een uniek pareltje.             

"Net zoals je van Mozart, Chopin, Miles Davis of George Gershwin kan houden, kan je ook verliefd worden op de muziek van de pianist Michel Bisceglia, met het belangrijke verschil dat hij wel nog leeft en dat je zijn concerten in real time kan bijwonen en live van zijn piano-oeuvre kan genieten” - rootstime.be

Dat Bisceglia's composities filmisch zijn en een grote emotionele zeggingskracht bevatten, is ook Hollywood niet ontgaan. Zo mocht hij recent de muziek voor de Brits-Canadese animatiefilm ‘Charlotte’, met niemand minder dan Keira Knightley in de hoofdrol, componeren. Hiervoor werd Michel Bisceglia recent opnieuw genomineerd voor een World Soundtrack Award. Eerder mocht hij ook al de C-mine expositie rond Tim Burton feestelijk muzikaal openen in het bijzijn van the director himself.

 

“Silence Loud” in concert 
13/10/2022 in C-Mine Genk (Grote Zaal)
 
www.michelbiscegliatrio.com

Prova Records
www.provarecords.be

NEW SINGLE ‘HERE’S WHAT I’D DO FOR YOU’ BY FELTON PILATE

Felton Pilate is best known as the lead singer of Confunkshun, an R&B Old School band created in 1974 while in Memphis,Tn. Pilate was born in Jackson Mississippi to Felton Pilate Sr., a naval physician, and Benita Akines Pilate, a music major and social worker. After many military assignments, The Pilate family’s last move would be a move to Vallejo, Ca., where Felton Jr. would spend his formative years. Pilate knew from a very young age that music would be an important part of his life. He took trumpet and piano lessons very early and self-taught himself to play guitar and trombone. In high school he created a band and performed locally while honing his craft.

Michael Cooper, who had another local band, asked him to join his group during their final high school years and with no hesitation, Felton said yes. That was the beginning of his career as a member of Project Soul who went on the road with Stax recording artists, “The Soul Children” and moved to Memphis, Tn. Project Soul got a record deal and were asked to change their name. The band chose ConFunkShun and the rest, as they say, is history. The band went on to record hit after hit in the 70’s & 80’s where Pilate served as co-producer and songwriter. He still performs with ConFunkShun to date and proudly proclaims that the music business has been his only income since 1972. Pilate’s accolades include Record Producer, Songwriter & Recording Artist with (USA) Diamond Platinum Sales Status and numerous Gold, Platinum, Multi-Platinum, and Mega-Platinum selling albums; participated in and contributed to numerous Grammy winning and nominated recording projects; Recording Engineer, Mixer, and Mastering Engineer. Pilate has 45+ years touring history as an internationally recognized R&B artist principal, recording studio owner and manager having trained numerous other eventual Grammy winning record producers. Pilate gained his greatest world-wide acclaim for production/writing with rap phenom “M.C. Hammer”. The Hammer-Pilate joint effort staggers the imagination with sales from ‘89 to ‘92 alone of 30 million, including ”Please Hammer Don’t Hurt Em” the #2 all-time selling R&B LP. Other landmarks in Pilate’s Capital records days include his film and TV soundtrack work, such as his Oscar-nominated “Addams Groove” (Addams Family Movie theme) and Hammerman (Hammerman cartoon show). Pilate has many other accolades to his credit including his 2010 contribution of “I Wanna Play For You” to the Grammy award winning “The Stanley Clarke Band” album. Pilate has produced artists in other genres, such as Country, Rock, and Gospel. When Pilate began touring, his soulful falsetto voice, sexy, romantic lyrics and his guitar, keyboards and trombone skills immediately gathered a loyal fan base that has remained with him for almost 50 years. His style of music is not just limited to R&B but is also influenced by many other music genres. His melodic mix creates a distinctive sound that intrigues and transports his listeners, and his larger-than-life persona on stage penetrates his fans hearts and souls. In 2004, Pilate released a fantastic solo LP entitled, “Nothing But Love Spoken Here”. He provided all of the production, vocals and instrumental tracks and most of the songwriting. A Taste of Honey’s Janice Marie[1]Johnson duets with him on “Only For You” about that elusive quality: Devotion. Pilate exquisitely demonstrates his many talents in the recording booth and at the mixing console too. During Covid, he released two singles, “We’re Still Here” and “Waiting Just to Dance”, and is currently in the studio working on finishing the album. Both songs are doing extremely well on the charts worldwide. As for ConFunkShun, Felton and Michael Cooper are fine tuning ConFunkShun’s new Christmas Album, set for release in the fall of 2022, and a new R&B album set for release in early summer 2022. Pilate has a gift of perfecting and creating multiple projects at one time and is extremely busy with his music as well as writing, editing, and creating a soundtrack for a new TV pilot. Over the last two years, he has also developed several stage shows including; “Everybody Dance! ”, a tribute to Nile Rodgers and Chic, “I Love Music! ”, a tribute to the Philly Sound, and “Rock Steady! ” a tribute to Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds. In Pilate’s spare time he loves to show off his magician skills to friends and family. He also enjoys taking photos, recording videos and editing them, cooking, watching movies, and traveling! Pilate resides in the Atlanta area with his wife Jennifer and loves spending time with their children, family and friends.

KENNY WAYNE SHEPHERD KONDIGT ‘TROUBLE IS…25’ AAN

De volledige heropname van Kenny's meest succesvolle album, vergezeld door een documentaire over de originele 'Trouble Is...' en een live-dvd opgenomen in The Strand Theatre in Shepherd's geboorteplaats Shreveport, Louisiana
 
Trouble Is… 25 wordt verwacht op 2 december op Provogue Records/Mascot Label Group
 
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Vandaag kondigt de vijfvoudig Grammy-genomineerde gitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd 'Trouble Is...25' aan, een top-to-bottom herinterpretatie van zijn doorbaak-album 'Trouble Is...', het album dat 25 jaar geleden de moderne blues nieuw leven inblies. Het album, dat verwacht wordt op 2 december via Provogue Records/Mascot Label Group (inclusief een bonustrack van een niet-uitgebrachte versie van Ballad of a Thin Man), zal vergezeld worden door een live-dvd, gefilmd in The Strand Theatre in Shepherds geboorteplaats Shreveport, Louisiana, welke is opgenomen bij de kick-off van zijn 'Trouble Is…25 Anniverary tour,' waar het album integraal gespeeld wordt. Met de aankonidging van deze release brengt Shepherd een lyric video uit voor 'True Lies', dat hij omschrijft als “the classic infidelity song.”

 
Geweldige nummers zijn niet in steen gebeiteld. Sinds hij van de bluesclubs in Louisiana naar de wereldwijde muziekscene schoot met het doorbraakalbum 'Ledbetter Heights' in 1995, gevolgd door zijn carrièrebepalende tweede album 'Trouble Is...' in 1997, heeft Shepherd die klassiekers elke avond op het podium in gewaagde nieuwe vormen gegoten. Geleid door de puls van het publiek, elke laatste noot levend in zijn handen, zijn de 'Trouble Is...'-tracks altijd in beweging gebleven en nooit museumstukken geworden. Maar om een ​​kwart eeuw oud album een ​​tweede geboorte te geven is andere koek. Maar de multi-platina verkopende artiest keek vooruit en zag het 25-jarig jubileum van 'Trouble Is...' aan de horizon, en hij smeedde een gedurfd plan.
 
Om de connectie te maken tussen de hongerige 18-jarige gitarist die in 1997 bliksem ving en de nog steeds verkennende meestermuzikant, met een overdaad aan (levens)ervaring. Om de oude crew van de originele ‘Trouble Is…’-sessies in de Record Plant in Sausalito, Californië, bijeen te brengen en de tracklist opnieuw te lijf te gaan. En om zowel doorgewinterde fans als nieuwe luisteraars eraan te herinneren hoe dit album de moderne blues nieuw leven inblies.

"Een van de coolste dingen van het opnieuw opnemen van 'Trouble Is...' is om erachter te komen - of te verifiëren - hoe tijdloos dit album werkelijk is", zegt Shepherd, die ook een triomfantelijke jubileumtour door de Verenigde Staten doet in 2022 en 2023 en Trouble Is… integraal speelt. “Ik ben zo trots op wat we hebben bereikt, en ook op het feit dat ik pas 18 jaar oud was toen ik het deed. Ik bedoel, ik had een ervaring met dit album waar de meeste muzikanten alleen maar van kunnen dromen. Van ‘Trouble Is…’ werden miljoenen exemplaren verkocht. Daar zit voor mij validatie in.”
 
Nadat de oren en ogen op Shepherd gericht waren na het sprankelende debuut 'Ledbetter Heights' uit 1995, bracht 'Trouble Is...' Shepherd halsoverkop in grote stappen voorwaarts. Dit waren nummers en opnames die niet uit een tiener hadden moeten komen, maar de bandleider stond schouder aan schouder met een ervaren studioband. De iconische Double Trouble-line-up (drummer Chris Layton, bassist Tommy Shannon en sleutelman Reese Wynans).

Vandaag kondigt de vijfvoudig Grammy-genomineerde gitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd 'Trouble Is...25' aan, een top-to-bottom herinterpretatie van zijn doorbaak-album 'Trouble Is...', het album dat 25 jaar geleden de moderne blues nieuw leven inblies. Het album, dat verwacht wordt op 2 december via Provogue Records/Mascot Label Group (inclusief een bonustrack van een niet-uitgebrachte versie van Ballad of a Thin Man), zal vergezeld worden door een live-dvd, gefilmd in The Strand Theatre in Shepherds geboorteplaats Shreveport, Louisiana, welke is opgenomen bij de kick-off van zijn 'Trouble Is…25 Anniverary tour,' waar het album integraal gespeeld wordt. Met de aankonidging van deze release brengt Shepherd een lyric video uit voor 'True Lies', dat hij omschrijft als “the classic infidelity song.” Bekijk de video hier.

 

Geweldige nummers zijn niet in steen gebeiteld. Sinds hij van de bluesclubs in Louisiana naar de wereldwijde muziekscene schoot met het doorbraakalbum 'Ledbetter Heights' in 1995, gevolgd door zijn carrièrebepalende tweede album 'Trouble Is...' in 1997, heeft Shepherd die klassiekers elke avond op het podium in gewaagde nieuwe vormen gegoten. Geleid door de puls van het publiek, elke laatste noot levend in zijn handen, zijn de 'Trouble Is...'-tracks altijd in beweging gebleven en nooit museumstukken geworden. Maar om een ​​kwart eeuw oud album een ​​tweede geboorte te geven is andere koek. Maar de multi-platina verkopende artiest keek vooruit en zag het 25-jarig jubileum van 'Trouble Is...' aan de horizon, en hij smeedde een gedurfd plan.
 
Om de connectie te maken tussen de hongerige 18-jarige gitarist die in 1997 bliksem ving en de nog steeds verkennende meestermuzikant, met een overdaad aan (levens)ervaring. Om de oude crew van de originele ‘Trouble Is…’-sessies in de Record Plant in Sausalito, Californië, bijeen te brengen en de tracklist opnieuw te lijf te gaan. En om zowel doorgewinterde fans als nieuwe luisteraars eraan te herinneren hoe dit album de moderne blues nieuw leven inblies.

"Een van de coolste dingen van het opnieuw opnemen van 'Trouble Is...' is om erachter te komen - of te verifiëren - hoe tijdloos dit album werkelijk is", zegt Shepherd, die ook een triomfantelijke jubileumtour door de Verenigde Staten doet in 2022 en 2023 en Trouble Is… integraal speelt. “Ik ben zo trots op wat we hebben bereikt, en ook op het feit dat ik pas 18 jaar oud was toen ik het deed. Ik bedoel, ik had een ervaring met dit album waar de meeste muzikanten alleen maar van kunnen dromen. Van ‘Trouble Is…’ werden miljoenen exemplaren verkocht. Daar zit voor mij validatie in.”
 
Nadat de oren en ogen op Shepherd gericht waren na het sprankelende debuut 'Ledbetter Heights' uit 1995, bracht 'Trouble Is...' Shepherd halsoverkop in grote stappen voorwaarts. Dit waren nummers en opnames die niet uit een tiener hadden moeten komen, maar de bandleider stond schouder aan schouder met een ervaren studioband. De iconische Double Trouble-line-up (drummer Chris Layton, bassist Tommy Shannon en sleutelman Reese Wynans).
 En hoewel hij zijn eigen zangstem nog moest vinden (toen, net als nu, verzorgt Noah Hunt de krachtige leadzang op 'Trouble Is...) Shepherd's vroegrijpe gitaarwerk was van een andere klasse dan de vervagende grunge-scene, het ene moment witgloeiend op originelen zoals Slow Ride of de instrumentale titelsong, het volgende moment in de voetstappen van Jimi Hendrix zelf op een puntige cover van 'I Don't Live Today'.
 
In de daaropvolgende 25 jaar – een periode waarin Shepherd nog eens zeven veelgeprezen solo-albums heeft uitgebracht, om nog maar te zwijgen over zijn all-star side-project The Rides, met Stephen Stills en Barry Goldberg – zijn er enkele aspecten van het herboren 'Trouble Is …' album onvermijdelijk gewijzigd. The Record Plant sloot zijn deuren in 2008 (de nieuwe sessies vonden plaats in The Village in Los Angeles en Nashville's Ocean Way), terwijl Shannon zich terugtrok uit de muziekscene (hij is vakkundig vervangen door Shepherd's vaste low-ender, Kevin McCormick).
 
"Afgezien van Tommy hebben we de hele crew weer bij elkaar gekregen, met Jerry Harrison die opnieuw co-produceert", blikt de bandleider terug. “En in de studio voelde het alsof er geen tijd was verstreken. Als je goed samen speelt, speel je altijd goed samen. Het werkte toen en het werkte net zo goed deze keer. We leefde allemaal in één kamer. Dat is gewoon hoe ik het doe. Ik ben ouderwets. Mensen moeten in dezelfde ruimte zijn om samen muziek te kunnen spelen.”
 
Andere elementen van de heropname waren griezelig identiek, waarbij Shepherd exact dezelfde Fender ‘61 Stratocaster-en backline gebruikte uit eind jaren '90. “Voor de versterkers had ik een van de allereerste Fender Blackface Twin-heruitgaven die ooit werd gemaakt. En toen had ik een Vibro-King - en die is niet echt meer gebruikt sinds ik die plaat voor het eerst opnam. Dus we hadden die twee versterkers en een Blackface '64 Vibroverb. Ik had nog steeds alle originele pedalen die ik in '97 gebruikte - een Uni-Vibe, een TS808 Ibanez Tube Screamer, een Klon overdrive, de Roger Mayer Octavia. Ik heb nog nooit iets weggedaan. Ik heb nog nooit iets verkocht. Dus als er iets rondzweeft dat ooit van mij was, is dat omdat iemand plakkerige vingers moet hebben gekregen?'
Uiteindelijk, zegt Shepherd, waren de details van zijn gear minder belangrijk dan de spirit. “Ik wilde niet dat ‘Trouble Is…25’ een chirurgisch proces zou zijn. Ik hou er niet van om over dingen na te denken. Ik wilde gewoon naar binnen gaan en de sfeer vastleggen. Er waren een aantal manieren waarop we deze nieuwe opname hadden kunnen benaderen. We hadden een honderd procent getrouwe reproductie kunnen doen. Of we hadden een volledige herinterpretatie kunnen doen.

De tijden veranderen. Artiesten evolueren. Muziekscènes komen en gaan. In 1997 werd het originele 'Trouble Is...' omarmd door een rock-'n-roll-generatie die schreeuwde om iets substantieels, toen gefabriceerde pop zijn onverbiddelijke opkomst begon. “Een volledige kwart eeuw later – met gefabriceerde pop die de scepter zwaait en de mensheid zich een weg terugkrabbelt van een wereldwijde pandemie – staat de verwachting rond het herboren 'Trouble Is...'-album en liveshows als een bewijs van een verzameling nummers die nog nooit zo opwindend, krachtig, onverschrokken eerlijk en onbeschaamd menselijk hebben geklonken.
 
"Tijdens de 'Trouble Is...'-jubileumtour", zegt Shepherd, "vertelde iedereen hoe dit album vandaag nog kon worden uitgebracht en nog steeds net zo relevant kon zijn als 25 jaar geleden. Het maken van dit album in 1997 was een monumentale prestatie. De nieuwe opname was voor mij een serieuze trip down memory lane. En ik ben nog steeds ontzettend trots op deze nummers…”
 
Shepherd zal dit najaar blijven touren ter ondersteuning van 'Trouble Is...25'. Ga voor meer informatie en naar https://www.kennywayneshepherd.net/

 

Track listing 

1. Slow Ride
2. True Lies
3. Blue on Black
4. Everything Is Broken
5. I Don't Live Today
6. (Long) Gone
7. Somehow, Somewhere, Someway
8. I Found Love (When I Found You)
9. King's Highway
10. Nothing To Do With Love
11. Chase the Rainbow
12. Trouble Is...
13. Ballad of A Thin Man

CAMILLE WORDT STRIPHELDIN

16/09/2022 – Op de radio, op televisie en op zowat elk Vlaams podium: Camille is overal. En vanaf dit najaar verovert ze ook de boekenwinkel. Standaard Uitgeverij brengt een hele reeks boeken en strips uit rond de populaire zangeres.

 

Camille Dhont (21) is niet meer weg te denken uit de media: jouw kroost kende haar al door haar rol in #LikeMe, maar sinds haar deelname aan The Masked Singer en Liefde voor muziek én door haar monsterhit Vuurwerk lijkt ze plots overal te zijn. De voorbije zomer stond ze op zowat elk festivalpodium, nam ze een nieuwe plaat op én zong ze de generiek in van Familie. Dit najaar staat ze vijf keer in de Lotto Arena en doet ze een theatertour langs alle Vlaamse steden.

 

En nu wordt Camille dus ook een stripheldin: in mei moet haar eerste stripavontuur in de winkel liggen. Standaard Uitgeverij vroeg aan scenarist Danny De Vos (For Girls Only! en 3HZ) en striptekenares Renée Rienties (Snelle Sam en Nina) om het stripuniversum rond de zangeres uit te werken. “Dat doen we in nauwe samenspraak met het management en met Camille zelf”, vertelt uitgever Kim Sanders. “Thema’s als pesten en bodyshaming liggen Camille na aan het hart. En ook haar teergeliefde kat, Moustache, krijgt een centrale rol in de strip.

Big smile
Zelf is Camille heel blij met haar stripevenbeeld. “Toen ik Moustache en mezelf voor de eerste keer getekend zag, heb ik de rest van die dag lopen ‘smilen’ … ik voel me echt enorm vereerd dat ik nu een stripfiguurtje word en hoop dat mijn fans veel plezier beleven aan alle avonturen die ik ga meemaken.”

Standaard Uitgeverij is er van overtuigd dat Camille ook op papier gaat scoren. “Vlaanderen is het land van Camille en het land waar geweldige strips en kinderboeken gemaakt worden. We vonden het dus een uitstekend idee om ze samen te brengen”, vertelt CEO Jeroen Overstijns. “Jeugdboeken en strips hebben zich de voorbije jaren levendiger dan ooit getoond. We zijn vereerd boeken en strips met en over Camille te kunnen maken omdat ze zo tot de verbeelding spreekt. En verbeelding, daarvoor doen we het. Welkom, Camille, bij Standaard Uitgeverij.”

Midden oktober verschijnen ook nog een vriendenboek en een posterboek van Camille. En ook voor 2023 staan er nog verschillende boekprojecten op stapel. “We willen Camille in de breedte positioneren op de boekenmarkt”, zegt uitgever Veerle Moureau. “We spelen niet in op de hype, maar willen echt mee op lange termijn denken.”

"SOUND ALCHEMIST” MYRON MCKINLEY MIXES UP AN AUDACIOUS JAZZ AND NEO SOUL COLLECTION

The keyboardist will drop the album on October 28 accompanied by a series of imaginative videos.

 

LOS ANGELES (15 September 2022): Keyboardist Myron McKinley has a clear vision for his own creative expression, but perhaps more importantly, he has a clear vision for providing a necessary impetus to shatter the boundaries and stimulate the evolution of jazz. Dropping October 28 on the Dark Elf Music label, the ten-song “Sound Alchemist” is a learned thesis of sonic exploration and experimentation written and produced by McKinley as a mélange of contemporary, straight-ahead and fusion jazz; hip hop, R&B and soul; and multicultural nuance.

 

While the music industry continues to shift towards singles as singular musical statements, McKinley prefers taking listeners on a complete journey via an album. “Sound Alchemist” does just that. Deftly, he offers enough of the familiar allure, such as recording The Carpenter’s “Close to You,” Sting’s “La Belle Dame San Regrets,” Earth, Wind & Fire’s “Imagination,” and Drake and Jhene Aiko’s “From Time,” but he reinvents each one - sometimes radically - making you forget the source material.

 

McKinley’s own compositions are just as far-reaching and ambitious, challenging jazz to grow and listeners to open their minds. He offers “Will You” as a tribute to Nat King Cole, who long before he was known for seducing and charming with his elegant and silky voice, he was a remarkably dexterous pianist. Another track on which McKinley performs all the instruments is “Matrix,” a wildly adventurous instrumental rooted in elements that are seemingly polar opposites: bebop and European electronic club music. In the company of guitarist Morris O’Connor and trombonist Reggie Young, the keyboardist stretches out even further on “Crowded Club,” referencing early 1970s funk and jazz fusion hybrids created by The Headhunters and Herbie Hancock. McKinley fuses straight-ahead jazz, hip hop beats and electronic dance music on “Let’s Just See,” the result of which is a vividly ingenious recording. Sensual and somber elements spawn “Remembering You.”

 

An all-star lineup illumines the centerpiece selection “Tunisian Morning.” Grammy-winning saxophonist Gerald Albright solos amidst fellow saxman Gary Bias, bassist Reggie Hamilton and percussionist Munyungo Jackson.

 

“I got the chance to play at Nelson Mandela’s birthday party and while we were there celebrating, I heard all these different types of rhythms. I thought it was amazing. So, I kind of took a Bob James approach to the melody but using the rhythm that I heard over there and then had everybody play on it. I was blessed to have all those musicians play on it. They had so much fun doing it. I literally had to stop Munyungo from adding more tracks. He wanted to do more, but he had filled it up so much that you don’t even notice that there’s no drums on the track,” said McKinley.

 

Visuals are an important aspect to McKinley’s approach for “Sound Alchemist” thus three videos were created with a fourth in the planning stages. On the auspicious date of September 21, McKinley’s tribute to Earth, Wind & Fire drops and his “Imagination” video is quite personal. For the past twenty years, McKinley has toured with the legendary band, serving as their musical director for the last dozen years. The group’s energizing bass player Verdine White plays on the track featuring falsetto singer Danny McClain. The video consists of McKinley’s photos from two decades of touring the globe with EWF.

 

The “Let’s Just See” video arrives October 5. The clip depicts the real-life story behind the song.

 

McKinley explains, “I was in New York City, and it is just so loud. I was trying to practice and then kept getting distracted by the noise. Finally, I decided to go hang out at the club and I brought a melodica. I went in there and the DJ was playing. He gave me a mic and I started playing melodica there with him. It turned out really cool. Everybody was enjoying it and I had a lot of fun. The DJ played a bunch of different stuff and we just fooled around, and it became a thing for about a good hour. For the video, I had to write a script and time everything. It was the first I’ve ever done anything like it. I had to write the timeline and tell the animator what is supposed to happen in each cartoon. We had a lot of fun creating that.”

    

The animated video for “From Time” is slated to hit October 21. What drew McKinley to the song was the lyric “I love me enough for the both of us,” which is sung in dreamlike voice by Denaine Jones.

 

“I think that statement is going to resonate with any man because that means you’re not going to have to supplement for her what she’s supposed to have already. When I heard the song, I fell in love with what she’s saying. For the video, I was thinking how a lot of people play music and do other things while they’re messaging people. I thought it would be nice to have her texting a guy about how she feels. ‘I love me enough for the both of us.’ You see her sitting up against the wall in New York, texting during the solo and at the end. I thought it was an interesting journey to add a lot of feeling to it,” explained McKinley, who will perform music from “Sound Alchemist” at Denver’s Soiled Dove Underground on October 22.

    

Los Angeles native McKinley studied classical and jazz piano, including under the tutelage of Grammy-winning trumpeter Wynton Marsalis. But hip hop’s influence in his works is just as prevalent as jazz and classical.

 

“I grew up in the hip hop era. I was listening to A Tribe Called Quest and Oscar Peterson on the same radio station. I loved all of those. When you come up like that, it’s still a part of you, even though you have classical and jazz. It still becomes a part of your DNA musically. I think ‘Sound Alchemist’ shows a lot of that. You can hear church aspects, classical aspects, jazz aspects and it also shows hip hop aspects.”

 

In addition to his long-time duties with Earth, Wind & Fire, McKinley has toured with Whitney Houston, Kenny Lattimore, Stanley Clarke, En Vogue and Shai. He has written, cowrote or produced songs for EWF, Clarke, Doc Powell, Silk, Vesta, Cherokee and Howard Hewett. He’s also composed music for film and television scores, contributing to “Soul Food,” “Romeo Must Die,” “The Best Man,” “Think Like A Man,” “Shaft,” and “The Godfather of Harlem” among many others. But jazz is home, so McKinley makes time to perform with his own straight-ahead jazz trio.  

 

McKinley’s bold spirit and intrepid scope heard throughout “Sound Alchemist” are purposely sprawling, purposely edgy, purposely youthful and vibrant, and purposely inclusive. That’s where he believes jazz needs to go in order to thrive again in relevancy.

 

“I don’t think musically right now the boundaries are being pushed. I could have easily done (recorded) something else and directed it towards a certain genre and left it there without pushing, but musically, to really make things grow, it takes adventurers to push the genre.”

 

“Sound Alchemist” contains the following songs:

 

“Close To You”

“Will You”

“Matrix”

“Crowded Club”

“Let’s Just See”

“Imagination”

“La Belle Dame Sans Regrets”

“Remembering You”

“Tunisian Morning”

“From Time”

 

For more information, please visit https://myronmckinley.com

CLAY BENJAMIN – ‘ JUST IN TIME FOR LOVE’ (CARSON LAKE RECORDS)

Known in contemporary jazz and gospel music circles as a virtuoso on guitar, Clay Benjamin returns to smooth jazz radio with a new single which has an upbeat and bright feel to it.  With his dynamic and skillful playing leading the way, this new piece has all the elements that made his last tune many of you played ("Forever & Always") successful.  Great playing, along with stellar production and arrangements give this song the sheen that we all look for in hit songs. 

His website link follows:  https://claywbenjamin.com/about-us/clay-bio/

NEW MOVIE ‘I WANNA DANCE WITH SOMEBODY’, THE STORY OF WHITNEY HOUSTON

The greatest voice of our time has an even greater story. 🌟🎤 Discover the Whitney Houston you never knew in ‘I Wanna Dance with Somebody’, exclusively in movie theaters this December. #IWannaDanceMovie @WannaDanceMovie

 

I Wanna Dance with Somebody is a powerful and triumphant celebration of the incomparable Whitney Houston. Directed by Kasi Lemmons, written by Academy Award® nominee Anthony McCarten, produced by legendary music executive Clive Davis and starring BAFTA Award® winner Naomi Ackie, the film is a no-holds-barred portrait of the complex and multifaceted woman behind The Voice. From New Jersey choir girl to one of the best-selling and most awarded recording artists of all time, audiences are taken on an inspirational, poignant—and so emotional—journey through Houston’s trailblazing life and career, with show-stopping performances and a soundtrack of the icon’s most beloved hits as you’ve never heard them before. Don’t you wanna dance?

 

I Wanna Dance with Somebody Film Now Has a Companion Book

 

The official behind-the-scenes guide to the making of the movie about the life and music of Whitney Houston, one of the greatest female R&B pop vocalists of the 20th century.

The film I Wanna Dance with Somebody tells the joyous, emotional, and heartbreaking story of Whitney Houston's journey from obscurity to musical superstardom. This stunning accompanying volume tells the story of bringing Whitney's life to the big screen, with behind-the-scenes photography and interviews with key cast members including star Naomi Ackie (Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker), Tamara Tunie (Flight, The Devil's Advocate), and Nafessa Williams (Black Lightning), as well as key members of the production crew. Learn how the pivotal moments and places in Whitney's history, as well as her spectacular wardrobe and her look, were recreated for the film, with additional insight about the film from director Kasi Lemmons and about Whitney herself from producer Pat Houston. It is the ultimate book for the Whitney Houston fan.

'LATE AT NITE’ NEW FROM D’SAL

Just over a decade ago... Damon and Sally Bartlett, two musicians from the west coast, met each other in a show they both landed in Las Vegas, the PRINCE tribute show, Purple Reign. From there, a true love story for Damon and Sally was created from a common musical ground for their duo recording project, titled D'Sal.

 

Son of legendary singer-songwriter Wayne Bartlett, Damon Bartlett was brought up in the world of music since birth. He’s co-produced many talented artists throughout his musical career and in recent years, he and his wife, Sally have composed and produced their own Smooth Jazz music out of their recording studio in Las Vegas,  nomaD studiO vegaS.  

 

In addition to having extensive professional knowledge for the technical side of music, Damon has an ear at an orchestral level, melding instruments together whether by tracking, mixing or mastering, and bringing in accompanists to give the live “feel” and performance a given song needs. With decades of experience recording and mixing, he has an ear for detail, and quality. Damon plays bass guitar, keyboards, and some drums, although he says he can program drums better. He’s been involved around music with midi and computers since digital audio was introduced into the music scene.

 

Bass guitar is her forte, but Sally Bartlett didn’t start there. With a musical mother playing the organ for her, she developed a love for music at a very young age. She played the clarinet for over a decade in her early childhood, tinkered with sax and switched to the bass, starting with R&B and then set herself free to learn many other genres. Like Damon, she too had developed an ear for components in an orchestra growing up. Creating and producing music fell into the picture after she and Damon decided to fully focus on their own album.  Dreaming up a song, laying down its foundation, and assisting Damon with the bells and whistles is now a part of her musical creativeness.

 

Sally comments “We compliment each other and seem to read each others minds. We feed off each other.”

 

"Late At Nite" is the debut radio single from their new album, Seaside. We think you and your listeners will dig it!

NEW SINGLE ‘COUNT ME IN’ FROM BILL COLLETTI

Bill Colletti is a professional multi-instrumentalist/recording artist and has been performing since 1978. His primary instruments are the flugelhorn, trumpet, valve trombone, piano, guitar and vocals. Bill's horn style is influenced by the likes of Chet Baker, Doc Severinsen, Herb Alpert and Chuck Mangione while his versatility is demonstrated throughout many musical genres such as Jazz, Latin, Big Band, Pop, Orchestral and Broadway musicals. 

 

Bill has performed with Grammy-Award winning and top Contemporary/Smooth Jazz artists including Dave Koz, Peter White, Marc Antoine and Oli Silk. His first all original music CD Be On The Light was released in January 2019 and can be heard on Spotify, Pandora, Amazon, YouTube as well as streaming radio stations worldwide. In addition, Bill was awarded 1st place in the So You Think You Can Jam contest aboard the Dave Koz 2013 Mediterranean Jazz Cruise.

 

Bill is a full time Musician with a BS Degree in Computer Science, owns and operates Kay L. A.

ERIC DARIUS IS ‘ROLLIN’ OUT’

For Eric Darius there are no limitations when it comes to breaking new ground. Internationally known as an elite R&B/Pop/Jazz Saxophonist, Songwriter, Producer, and Performer, Darius has cemented his status as one of the most exciting and entertaining instrumentalists to enter the Contemporary Jazz world with the release of his highly anticipated album, Unleashed, his second album release on his SagiDarius Music label.

 

Darius’ signature saxophone tones can be heard loud, cool, and clear throughout Unleashed, alongside a smorgasbord of traditional and unconventional jazz instruments. Produced by GRAMMY-award winning musician,Philip Lassiter (Prince, Kirk Franklin,Ariana Grande), this album features collaborations withEric Roberson, Paul Jackson,Jr.,Justin Lee Schultz, Mononeon, Metropole Orkest and many others as the album seamlessly blurs the lines between Jazz, R&B,Hip-Hop, Afro, Funk & Pop.

 

For the first time in his career, Darius recorded the album live in studio with a full band, simultaneously capturing an organic, authentic sound while bottling up the magic and synergy the musicians shared recording Unleashed in real time.

 

“I wanted to push myself out of my comfort zone on this project and truly unleash my full musical potential. This album is an honest reflection of myself and my growth both musically and personally over the past several years, and it really takes the listeners on a musical journey from start to finish!” Darius shares.

 

Raised in a musical household in Tampa, Florida, Eric Darius has been making music for as long as he can remember. His Haitian father (a bass player) and Jamaican mother (a singer and piano player) instilled Caribbean influences and a passion for music on Eric and his siblings.

 

“At the end of the day I just want to uplift people with my music, and I want people to feel where I come from–feel my heart and soul from my music. My story is simple−hard work, passion, persistence, patience, perseverance and prayer,” Darius says.

 

In every aspect of this album, Eric Darius is breaking the mold. Unleashed is authentic, fresh, and energetic, and Darius invites the world to join in his unbridled, unfiltered musical celebration.

LETTUCE – UNIFY WORLD TOUR | EUROPEAN DATES BY US FUNK MASTERS COMMENCE IN LONDON WITH SHOW AT SCALA ON 20-09-22

LETTUCE
UNIFY WORLD TOUR
LIVE IN LONDON
SCALA
20.09.22

US funk masters Lettuce hit London next week to commence a set of European shows as they continue to promote their well-received ‘Unify’ album that was released in early June. They play at the Scala on 20th September, while the full list of dates can be seen below.

They group have issued a live studio performance video today of the track ‘Shine’ from the album. It was shot at Colorado Sound, the same studio where they recorded ‘Unify’ and its predecessors ‘Elevate’ and ‘Resonate’. Within its first few seconds, listeners are met with what could be described as aural sunshine, hence the track title.

LETTUCE - Shine (live studio performance video)

 The clip sees the Grammy-nominated sextet - Adam Deitch (drums), Ryan Zoidis (saxophone), Adam ‘Shmeeans’ Smirnoff (guitar), Erick ‘Jesus’ Coomes (bass), Nigel Hall (keyboards/vocals), Eric ‘Benny’ Bloom (trumpet) - present a snapshot of what a day in the studio might look like.

Shmeeans sums up ’Shine', stating: “Lett's go for a ride in the whip and turn it up! ‘Shine' has both that bumpin’ and relaxing feel all at once. Golden era hip hop feels with a heavy nod to A Tribe Called Quest. Boom bap, a bassline to make you move, Rhodes, melodic horns and Wes guitar octaves keep this one feeling like the warm sun on your face.”

As for their current album, Jesus adds: “Music is the great unifier and we produced ‘Unify' with the intention of bringing people together in truth, respect and love.” 

LETTUCE
UNIFY
new album
out now
(Round Hill Records)

“Fine funky flavours, Lettuce are still running with a finely tuned engine and there isn’t a duff track here”
THE ARTS DESK
“These guys can groove, and they funk just like Earth, Wind & Fire. Good album”
ECHOES
“Their sound has become funkier and funkier and you can enjoy it at its toughest and tightest here. There’s plenty to keep the funk fuels fired!”
SOULANDJAZZANDFUNK

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includes the singles
KEEP THAT FUNK ALIVE
feat BOOTSY COLLINS

GRAVY TRAIN
EVERYTHING’S GONNA BE ALRIGHT


LETTUCE
EUROPEAN TOUR 2022
20.09.22  LONDON (UK) Scala
21.09.22  TOURCOING (FR) Le Grand Mix
23.09.22  PARIS (FR) Billard L’Alhambra
24.09.22  ROUEN (FR) - Le 106 Club
26.09.22  FRANKFURT (DE) Batschkapp
27.09.22  ROTTERDAM (NL) Bird
28.09.22  AMSTERDAM (NL) Paradiso Noord
29.09.22  LEUVEN (BE) Het Depot
30.09.22  BERLIN (DE) Gretchen
02.10.22  COPENHAGEN (DK) Pumpehuset
03.10.22  OSLO (NO) Cosmopolite Scene
04.10.22  JAHANNESHOV (SE) Slaktkyrkan
05.10.22  GOTHENBURG (SE) Jazzklubben Nefertiti
07.10.22  HAMBURG (DE) Mojo Club
08.10.22  BRNO (CZ) Groove Brno
09.10.22  VIENNA (AT) Club Porgy & Bess
11.10.22  BERN (CH) Bierhübeli
12.10.22  PISA (IT) Lumiere
13.10.22  ROME (IT) Monk Club
14.10.22  MILAN (IT) Santeria Toscana 31
15.10.22  ROVERETO (IT) Auditorium Melotti 

 

LETTUCE
Adam Deitch - drums
Ryan Zoidis - saxophone
Adam ‘Shmeeans’ Smirnoff - guitar
Erick ‘Jesus’ Coomes - bass
Nigel Hall - keyboards, vocals
Eric ‘Benny’ Bloom - trumpet

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FAMED JAZZ AND POP SAXOPHONIST CANDY DULFER ANNOUNCES ‘WE NEVER STOP’, HER NEW FULL-LENGTH ALBUM, OUT 10/28

Credit: Carin Verbruggen

Pre-order ‘We Never Stop’ HERE

 

Today, Dutch jazz and pop saxophonist Candy Dulfer has announced ‘We Never Stop,’ her new full-length album, out 10/28 via The Funk Garage/Mascot Label Group. A party platter of stanky jams, silken R&B, jazz, and pop-funk, ‘We Never Stop’ features several guest appearances by Chic guitarist, producer, songwriter, and three-time GRAMMY Award-winner Nile Rodgers. Take a listen to the first single “Jammin’ Tonight (feat. Nile Rodgers),’ a bold injection of party pop-funk with a slick jazz overlay that recalls Rodgers’ 1970s “Good Times” finery.

 

Give the people an invigorating beat, some swanky sax uplift, and watch the pain melt away. That’s the funky stuff Prince’s former top-choice sax player Candy Dulfer and her band specialize in. A solo artist, a songwriter, and in-demand instrumentalist, Dulfer has worked with some of the biggest names in modern music, including Van Morrison, Maceo Parker, Sheila E., Mavis Staples, Lionel Richie, Beyoncé, Pink Floyd, Chaka Khan, and Aretha Franklin, among many others.

 

Now, after three decades of superstar collaborations and world tours, and chart-topping and high-selling solo career releases, Candy is living proof of the title of her latest album, ‘We Never Stop.’ Nothing gets in the way of her making funky stuff. ‘We Never Stop’ features vocals from Candy’s rainbow family of a band with lyrics informed by band dialogues and the culture and health crises of the past two years. These include the toll of the pandemic on the music communities and the race horrors that have galvanized a global Black Lives Matter movement.

 

“This is a personal album—I struggle with the fact that so many people in this world are hurting on so many levels,” Candy shares. “The main spirit of this music is to elevate. It feels like it’s never been more important to take a stand and not let the hurt and the pain defeat us. That’s why I called this album, ‘We Never Stop.’”

 

Dulfer first rose to fame with her high-profile collaboration with Dave Stewart on the worldwide number 1 smash “Lily Was Here.” Her tenure with Prince may be best remembered by his tongue-in-cheek recommendation in the “Partyman” video: “When I want sax, I call Candy.”  Their collaboration continued over the years with many studio sessions, TV show appearances, award show performances, including the Grammy Awards, and concert tours around the globe, including Candy joining Prince’s NPG band as a permanent member for his record-shattering Musicology tour and album.

 

In addition to her superstar collaborations, Candy is a serious lifelong musician with a robust history as a solo artist releasing albums and touring the world for over 35 years. Since her Grammy-nominated debut, 1990’s Saxuality, Candy has issued 12 albums. The combined world-wide sales of her solo albums top 2.5 million copies, and she has had several number 1 hits in the USA. In between her solo albums and her high-profile collaborations, Candy still manages to join Dutch female supergroup the Ladies of Soul for their annual sold-out concerts at the massive Amsterdam Ziggo Dome; she is a headline performer on Smooth Jazz Cruises in the USA and Europe; she is an ambassador for the Dutch ALS Foundation; and Candy was a judge on the Dutch version of X Factor.

 

At the age of 4, Candy’s destiny unfolded before her eyes, watching jazz heavyweight saxophonist Sonny Rollins. Her father, Hans Dulfer, brought her to the show. Hans is a well-known Dutch jazz saxophonist who, when Candy was growing up, surrounded himself with legends such as Archie Shepp, Dexter Gordon, and guitarist John McLaughlin. Candy began playing sax at the age of 6, and started her own band Funky Stuff at the age of 13.

 

Candy soaked up music and life lessons from her father, and the iconic musicians he worked with, but Candy also boldly discovered her own voice as a songwriter and an instrumentalist, finding a home in contemporary jazz and pop-funk. She has worked hard to become an artist on her own terms, inspired by the likes of David Sanborn, Marcus Miller, Michael Brecker, Maceo Parker, Miles Davis, Cannonball Adderley, percussionist Sheila E., and even Janet Jackson. “I wanted to be like her but then with a saxophone; strong melodies, vision and entertaining to a mixed young crowd,” Candy says.

 

Today, her determination and passion remain, but her motivations are different. “These days, I play music to, hopefully, inspire younger people. When I was 12, I didn’t have many female saxophonists to look up to, and I want to be that person for the next generation of musicians,” she says.               

Track list:

YeahYeahYeah

Mo' Seats At The Table

Jammin' Tonight (feat. Nile Rodgers)

Deeper

Say Something

Raindrops

We Never Stop

The Walls (feat. Marcus Miller)

Perspective (feat. Durand Bernarr, Aron Hodek, Philip Lassiter)

Since I Found U

Afraid For More

No Time For This

The Climb

Convergency (feat. Nile Rodgers)

 

Release Date

28 October

 

Available formats

CD and Digital, LP out in December

 

Online

https://candydulfer.nl/

https://www.instagram.com/realcandydulfer/

https://www.facebook.com/candydulferofficial/

https://twitter.com/candydulfer

 

Listen to the lead single ‘Jammin’ Tonight’, featuring special guest Nile Rodgers

SUNKING - 'MY MIND IS AN OVEN' / 'UNCLE KANE' – NEW SINGLE BY HIGH PULP DUO INCORPORATES ELECTRONICA AND HIP-HOP INTO A JAZZ FRAMEWORK

sunking : photo by Will Matsuda

sunking
MY MIND IS AN OVEN /
UNCLE KANE

new single
out 13.09.22
(ANTI-)

digital services
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Featuring two members of the Seattle-based jazz outfit High Pulp, sunking incorporates electronic and hip-hop elements into a jazz framework. For fans of BADBADNOTGOOD and Flying Lotus.

Founded by Seattle natives Bobby Granfelt and Antoine Martel, sunking was originally intended as an outlet for the duo to explore the crossover between hip-hop, jazz and experimental music, but has since morphed into a fully-fledged project of its own. Their music has been described by local newspaper The Stranger as “steeped in funk, fusion and the dreamier end of the rock spectrum, flitting among genres such as hip-hop, jazz and shoegaze rock while messing with the DNAs of each style they address.”

sunking have released a new single today that features the tracks ‘My Mind Is An Oven’ and ‘Uncle Kane’. The former is “an attempt to simulate the emotional experience of being bursting at the seams with inspiration, but not knowing how to articulate it or capture it,” states Granfelt, while the latter is a frenetic piece with bright horns featured throughout its 80 second duration.
  
sunking released a self-titled debut album in 2019 that was praised by Earshot Jazz for “exuding an abundance of uncaged creative accomplishment." As for the group members, Martel believes that “since sunking is just a duo, it invites us to take even greater leaps into the unknown, further from established genre and deeper into sonic dreamscapes, believing in our two-person mind meld to show us the way.”

Both Granfelt and Martel are members of High Pulp, a jazz collective that draws on influences from punk rock, shoegaze, hip-hop and electronic music. Also signed to ANTI-, their second album ‘Pursuit of Ends’ was released in April 2022 and received a four star review from The Times that compared them to Snarky Puppy in showing that “disparate influences can combine if a unifying spirit is behind it. Here it’s the brilliant drummer Bobby Granfelt.” Elsewhere, Jazzwise praised its “melding of Miles’ 1970s fusion experiments with rich Ellingtonian orchestrated majesty and non-jazz elements taken from the likes of Aphex Twin and My Bloody Valentine,” while Prog summarised it as “the epitome of cool modern jazz with depth and complexity.”

“I think of High Pulp as driving a big huge bus with a lot of momentum and a lot of people going to a specific place, whereas sunking is like getting lost in the woods with your best friend,” explains Granfelt. “There’s a certain amount of experimentation that we are able to explore because our group is so much smaller, and within that I think we’re able to find the nooks and crannies of composition, sonics, aesthetic and whatever else.”

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NIELS BOUTSEN TOURT MET ’10 JAAR STOOMBOOT’ EN EEN LIVE PLAAT

Foto: DRIES PASTEELS

Niels ‘Stoomboot’ Boutsen is 30 geworden en inmiddels 10 jaar bezig. Dat mag gevierd worden met een theatertournee door Vlaanderen in najaar 2022 en voorjaar 2023. Zijn vuurdoop start al op zaterdag 24 september in het Wagehuys van 30CC te Leuven. 

 

Na 4 platen, een MIA-nominatie, samenwerkingen met Kommil Foo en Raymond Van Het Groenewoud, uitstapjes naar de wondere wereld van de jazz, podcasts en het Franse chanson, keert Stoomboot terug naar de essentie: een stem, een gitaar, een hoop verhalen, én een live plaat onder de arm.

 

Het publiek mag zich alvast verwachten aan een 15-tal nummers waarin Niels ‘Stoomboot’ Boutsen met narratieve bindteksten een chronologisch en autobiografisch verhaal opbouwt van zijn voorbije 10 jaar.

 

Autobiografische ronde

 

In een muzikale monoloog en als een kruising tussen Kuifje, de kleine prins en een doe-het-zelfzaak, neemt Stoomboot je dus mee door een autobiografische ronde van zijn bestaan. Van de ‘coming of age’, als introspectieve adolescent op zoek naar het onbereikbare lief met de onvermijdelijke weltschmerz, de kotjaren als student, tot het vinden van liefde en geluk bij de vrouw van zijn leven en het prille gezinsgeluk bij de geboorte van zijn zoon. Eens voorbij de existentiële crisis, kruipt hij in de rol van observator, met ruimte voor andere verhalen dan de zijne: van ’s geliefdes burn-out, generatieverschillen, uitstelgedrag, de breekbaarheid van het leven en de angst om te verliezen wat en wie je hebt. De korte video van de Toots Sessie uit eind 2021 is nog het best representatief voor wat het publiek mag verwachten op zijn tournee.   

 

Kleinkunst 2.0

 

‘Het einde van de wereld’, ‘Als God bestaat’, ‘Werelden’, ‘Windstil’, ‘Broekzak’: het zijn allemaal nummers van Stoomboot die regelmatig op de radio te horen zijn. Stoomboot is van het beste dat het luisterlied te bieden heeft, ergens tussen een zachte Bram Vermeulen, een jonge Zjef Vanuytsel en een muzikale Martine Tanghe (wat wordt ze gemist!).  

 

Maar heeft ‘Kleinkunst’ nog toekomst? Als het van Stoomboot afhangt, zeker. De liefde voor het Franse chanson (Brassens, Brel, Bruni) kreeg hij via de platenkast van zijn Franstalige vader mee. Maar denken en schrijven, doet hij in het Nederlands want dat is zijn moeder(s)taal. “Zie me dus maar als de koppige trekker van een nieuwe generatie kleinkunstenaars, maar dan als een beeldend woordkunstenaar die als troubadour en/of als hofnar Vlaanderen rondtrekt om zijn verhalen te vertellen”.  Raymond van het Groenewoud ziet in Stoomboot alvast een zielsverwant. “Omdat ik gecatalogeerd word onder de rare kwasten, heb ik zelf een boontje voor rare kwasten en dan denk ik aan Stoomboot”, aldus Raymond.

 

Verwacht u op de concertreeks ‘10 jaar Stoomboot’ aan een avondvullende 75 minuten, met ook enkele nieuwe nummers en enkele verrassende iconische covers van o.m. zijn culthelden Zjef Vanuytsel en Bram Vermeulen.

 

Vertelkunstenaar

 

Niet toevallig studeerde Niels Geschiedenis aan de KU Leuven. Omdat Niels graag verhalen leest en graag verhalen vertelt. Daarom gaf hij zelfs enkele jaren les maar beoefende ook de meest uiteenlopende jobs om uiteindelijk te beseffen dat hij toch het liefst muzikant is die graag met taal speelt.

 

In een wereld waar alles snel en liefst flitsend moet zijn, nodigt Niels ‘Stoomboot’ Boutsen zijn publiek uit om even achterover te leunen om te luisteren en stil te staan, zonder belerend vingertje of opdringerig gedoe. Daarom treedt Stoomboot graag op in clubs en culturele centra voor een luistergraag publiek. Maar net zo goed voelt hij zich thuis in de intimiteit van een huisconcert, of desgevraagd voor een luisterend oor in de gevangenis.

Foto: DRIES PASTEELS

Live plaat & podcast

 

Stoomboot trekt dus op tournee, solo met zijn gitaar en voor een live publiek. Maar ook met een nieuwe vinylplaat onder de arm. Die werd al in december 2021 opgenomen in de AB in Brussel voor een live publiek. Een AB die symbolisch is voor Stoomboot. Hier was het dat hij de finale van de Nekkawedstrijd 2011 won, voor hem de start van een avontuur dat nu al 10 jaar duurt. 

 

Op zijn vorige 4 platen omringde hij zich voor het eindresultaat steeds met andere muzikanten. Deze live plaat is een uitgeklede versie van zichzelf, de eerste waarop hij compleet solo te horen is, inclusief bindteksten. Ze is vrij exclusief: ze komt enkel uit op vinyl, in een beperkte oplage, enkel verkrijgbaar op de concerten en via de webshop van Stoomboot. En dus niet via de streamingplatformen.

 

In de aanloop van zijn tournee en sinds begin september laat Niels elke week een nieuwe podcast los op de wereld. Daarin vist hij (andere) verhalen, anekdotes en nummers op uit 10 jaar liedjesmakerij.

 

Info: Theatertour 2022-2023, https://www.stoomboot.be, https://linktr.ee/nielsstoombootboutsen (voor podcasts), Toots Sessie (Canvas, 21.12.21).

 

Theatertour 2022-2023

Leuven 24.09.22

Tongeren 01.10.22 

Sint-Laureins 15.10.22

Stasegem 29.10.22 

Gent 03.11.22 

Merksem 16.11.22

Brugge 01.12.22 

Sart Risbart 04.12.22 

Geel 16.12.22 

Heusden-Zolder 13.01.23 

Rotselaar 08.02.23 

Heist 11.02.23 

Antwerpen 27.2.23

 

Discografie

Stoomboot (2014): cd + vinyl

Storm (2015): cd + vinyl 

Zwarte Doos (2017): cd

Omdat we naar de Zee Stromen (2020): cd 

10 jaar Stoomboot (2022): vinyl (beperkte oplage)

CHICAGO JAZZ LEGEND RAMSEY LEWIS DIED

CHICAGO (CBS) --Jazz was in Ramsey Lewis' DNA – he played it, composed it, taught it – and for more than six decades, he shared his love affair with jazz with his hometown Chicago and with the world.

Lewis passed away peacefully in his sleep on Monday at the age of 87, his manager said. As CBS 2's Steven Graves reported, Lewis worked right up until his death.

Lewis was a three-time Grammy winner, and NEA Jazz Master. His 1965 hit ‘The In Crowd’ was an international pop crossover hit.

His manager added that Lewis became very reflective over the past few days on his life well-lived.

Lewis was born in Chicago on May 27, 1935 and grew up in the Cabrini Green housing project. He started taking piano lessons at a young age and played at church, where his father was choir director. His father, Lewis Sr., was a big jazz fan, always playing Duke Ellington and Art Tatum at home and took Ramsey to jazz shows.

With more than 80 albums recorded - and performances with other music legends like Aretha Franklin, Tony Bennett, and Al Jarreau, Lewis worked hard.

Lewis went to Wells High School and it's where saxophonist Wallace Burton asked him to join his band, the Clefs, a band that performed jazz and R&B. The draft for the Korean War claimed several band members, but three who didn't get drafted: Lewis, bassist Eldee Young, and drummer Redd Holt, formed the Ramsey Lewis Trio in 1953.

Lewis is survived by his wife Janet Lewis; daughters Denise Jeffries and Dawn Allain (Michael); sons Kendall Kelly Lewis, Frayne Lewis (Julletta), and Bobby Lewis (Crystal); grandchildren Apryl Daniels (Dennis), Regan Lewis, Kris Jeffries (Nailah), Joshua Allain, Junell Lewis, Malachi Lewis, Aja Alain, Jordan Lewis, Ramsey Lewis IV, Dorien Olson-Lewis, Miyoshie Lewis, Meshach Lewis, Taylor Lewis, Kevai Lewis, Frayne Lewis Jr., Niya Lewis, and Asia Lewis; great-grandchildren Jalen Simmons, Dennis Daniels III, Omari Jackson; nieces Paula Jackson and Kimberly Johnson; and nephew James Johnson. He was predeceased by his sons Ramsey Lewis III and Kevyn Lewis.

NEW SINGLE ’THROW IT AWAY’ FROM MIKI HOWARD

Former major label and Grammy nominated recording artist Miki Howard offers some sophisticated vocal styling on her cover of the Abbey Lincoln hit "Throw It Away".  With an arrangement and production that will certainly stand out in a good way on the air, Miki's vocal work is unique and compelling, as always. You can read more about this accomplished singer via her website:  https://www.mikihowardmedia.com/about

KAYA STEWART - 'HONEY' – NEW SINGLE BY US-BASED SINGER-SONGWRITER

KAYA STEWART photography by Tyler Lee Aubrey

KAYA STEWART
HONEY

new single
out 09.09.22
(Bay Street Records)

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included on the album
IF THINGS GO SOUTH
out 30.09.22

With the heart of your favourite ’90s alt songstress, the guts of a tried-and-true punk, and a whole lot of sass all her own, Kaya Stewart is ready to formally introduce herself on her forthcoming second album, ‘If Things Go South’. A first single from the record has been released today entitled ‘Honey’, which hinges on a snappy guitar riff as her smoky and sultry vocal intonation simmer on the chantable chorus.

“I needed to have a straight up rock ‘n’ roll song on the new record,” states Stewart. “At the end of the day, I’m a live performer. The reason I started making music is my love for playing live. I wanted something to rock out to on stage. I knew I wanted to be a part of rock’s resurgence.”

‘If Things Go South’, which chronicles her self-actualisation as an artist along with the turbulence of growing up, doubt, heartbreak and mental health, is set for release on 30th September via Bay Street Records.

Launching her career in her mid-teens with a self-titled 2016 album on Warners that attracted millions of streams for songs such as ‘In Love With A Boy’, Stewart then went independent to cut an acclaimed EP entitled ‘Miss Kaya’ EP with producer Jamie Lidell. Now 22, she arrives fully formed on ‘If Things Go South' with a scorching signature style. The new album is tied together with her powerful, unique vocals that utilise pop-punk attitude, intimate Americana-tinged storytelling and infectious danceable grooves. Co-written and produced with her father, Dave Stewart, it is Kaya at her most authentic, expressive self. The album is set to arrive along with a candid and self-narrated performance film that details her most personal thoughts.

With influences that include Alanis Morissette and Debbie Harry, ‘If Things Go South’ also uncorks a hypnotic and hard-hitting sound of Stewart's own with full creative control and complete independence. “This record is one-hundred percent who I am now,” she declares. “This is the Kaya I was working towards all along.”

In the midst of the pandemic, she was diagnosed with obsessive compulsive disorder, which became the catalyst to write this new collection of songs. “It was the weirdest time of my life, because I had this life-changing diagnosis that explained so much for me,” she admits. “I wasn’t planning on making an album; I was actually thinking of taking a break for a little while. I called my dad, and he said, ‘Why don’t you just come to Nashville and record a couple of songs?’ By the time I left, we had ‘If Things Go South’. I was able to be myself in the studio. This album is the most honest thing I’ve ever done.”

IF THINGS GO SOUTH 
TRACKLISTING
1  Getting Closer
2  If Things Go South
3  Young In New York
4  Til I Fixed It
5  Jealous
6  Honey
7  Independence
8  This Tattoo
9  3 Is Company
10  Hope You’re Happy

 

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JOSEPHINE ONIYAMA - 'BURN' – NEW SINGLE BY SOULFUL BRITISH SINGER-SONGWRITER

JOSEPHINE ONIYAMA
BURN

new single
out 09.09.22
(Sound Of Solar Records)

digital services
orcd.co/joburn

included on the album
KINDRED
out 04.11.22

album also includes the singles
TEARS WILL NEVER BE MINE  /  HUMAN

 

‘Burn’ is the third single to be released in 2022 by the soulful singer-songwriter Josephine Oniyama, who was born in Manchester but is now based in Liverpool. It follows ‘Tears Will Never Be Mine’ and ‘Human’, songs that reintroduced her to fans after a period out of the spotlight and that have received airplay on Radio 2, 6 Music, BBC Merseyside and BBC Manchester. Both previous singles formed part of the recent ‘Human’ EP, while all three are included on Oniyama's long-awaited new album, ‘Kindred’, which is set for release on 4th November.
  
Stating that ‘Burn’ is about “letting go of people who are unkind or have treated you badly, feeling no regret in doing so,” Oniyama describes ‘Kindred’ as an album that “focuses on human connections, friendship, family, love and being strong through adversity. It’s about going on a journey together, sharing life with others and each of us striving to be the best we can be along the way.”

With its combination of electronic and acoustic elements, ‘Kindred’ also reflects Oniyama's exploration of diverse sounds in recent years; a period in which she has not only listened to powerful female artists such as Grace Jones, Lana Del Rey, Joanna Newsome and Alison Krauss, but has also rediscovered earlier influences like Ali Farka Touré, Bob Marley, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Joni Mitchell and Bob Dylan, all of whom had been inspirations when learning guitar in her teens.

KINDRED
TRACKLISTING
1  Act Like You’re In Love
2  Tears Will Never Be Mine  AUDIO
3  Kindred
4  ’Til You
5  Superheroes
6  Sanctuary
7  Human  AUDIO
8  Every Second
9  Break Free
10  Burn

‘Kindred’ appears a full decade after ‘Portrait’, Oniyama’s second album and a record that was issued to stunning reviews. Praised for its fusion of folk, soul and jazz, songs from it were A-listed at BBC Radio 2 and playlisted on 6 Music, XFM and Jazz FM. Oniyama also performed on Later With Jools Holland HERE, The Andrew Marr Show, Saturday Night Live (Ireland) and a number of mainland European TV shows. Two headlining tours were further backed up with sets at major festivals (Glastonbury, Latitude, T In The Park, Electric Picnic) and support slots with Paloma Faith, Madeleine Peyroux, Michael Kiwanuka and Paolo Nutini.

Oniyama’s talent was recognised by a diverse selection of her peers, leading to collaborations in the mid-2010’s with Travis (with whom she recorded the song ‘Idlewild’) and jazz producer/trumpeter Matthew Halsall (she co-wrote three songs for his acclaimed ‘Into Forever’ album). More recently, she was commissioned to create two live scores for the launch of HOME, the Manchester international contemporary arts centre; 'Celluloid History Songs’ was a set of new songs written to accompany silent footage from the North West Film Archive, while the centenary of the classic occult documentary ‘Haxan: Witchcraft Through The Ages’ was given an ambitious new score by Oniyama and students from the University of Salford. Fusing song-based and electro-acoustic sounds, these projects further expanded her creative ideas and skills as a songwriter, arranger and sound artist.

Oniyama has also spent time earning an MA degree in English and became a mother while writing and recording ‘Kindred'.

PORTRAIT
REVIEWS

"A versatile and substantial new talent“ MOJO
“An original, unfolding talent“ UNCUT
“Wonderful, uplifting, euphoric soulful gems“ SUNDAY TIMES
“Her voice is fabulous and different“ EVENING STANDARD
“Stunning newcomer“ SUN
“Striking talent“ MIRROR
“A timeless, distinctive and soulful voice” MUSIC WEEK

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KEITH EATMON SINGS ‘MY LOVE IS ON FIRE’

Jazz/R&B vocalist Keith Eatmon gets down to business putting pop, soul, funk, and romantic sensibilities into “My Love Is On Fire.”

 

This long awaited, instantly infectious debut single dynamically re-imagines one of Stevie Wonder’s lesser -known tunes (from the 2006 album A Time For Love) as a spirited, soaring contemporary urban jazz rhapsody. Eatmon’s version of “My Love Is On Fire” was produced and features keyboards by Trammell Starks, who has performed with the likes of Peabo Bryson, Roberta Flack, Patti Labelle and Jennifer Holliday, among others. Starks has mixed the new track in both stereo and the cutting edge Dolby Atmos immersive technology, which allows the music to be experienced in a stunning three dimensional soundfield.

 

"My Love Is On Fire” features a stellar cast of musicians including saxophonist Sam Skelton (Elton John, Match-box 20, The Gap Band, and The Ohio Players); bassist Sam Sims (Janet Jackson, Justin Timberlake, Whitney Houston and many others); drummer Louis “Styx” Newsome who has performed with virtually every Smooth Jazz star active today; guitar virtuoso Chris Blackwell; and legendary vocalist/producer Cheryl Rogers, who performs the captivating backing vocals.

 

Eatmon was delighted to hear that Stevie Wonder had Luther Vandross in mind as the singer when he wrote “My Love Is On Fire.” For Eatmon, recording it was a dream come true that find him walking in the footsteps of two legends and laying the foundation for what promises to be a successful and impactful solo career.

ELAN TROTMAN GETS A ‘PASSPORT TO PARADISE’

Barbadian-Born Sax-Man Elan Trotman returns to the airwaves with yet another tropical treat to listeners with "Passport To Paradise", the new single from the upcoming album Brighter Days Ahead.

 

"Passport to Paradise” is a reggae-infused groove with a taste of steel-drum and flute, which all help to take the listener on a Caribbean escape to warm island breezes and frozen cocktails on white sands. The single is just one of 10 tracks composed by Elan, and features the smooth lead guitars of JJ Sanseverino (Maxi Priest Band), and the steel drums of Kareem Thompson (Trinidadian pannist & Berklee College of Music faculty member).

 

This late-summer hit also features the groovy bass playing of Mr. Alex Bailey (Marcus Miller band), and was mixed by legendary Grammy-Winning producer Paul Brown. The upcoming album is set for a September worldwide release with CPI Distribution/The Orchard and features guest performances by Adam Hawley (“Brighter Days Ahead”), Marcus Anderson (“Twice as Nice”) and Julian Vaughn (“Tatianna Nale”) amongst many others.

ARMY OF LOVERS – AN OPERA BY MARK SPRINGER AND DAVID FLUSFEDER | THE PLAYGROUND THEATRE, LONDON W10 29.09.22-01.10.22

ARMY OF LOVERS
an opera in two acts for male voices
music by Mark Springer
libretto by David Flusfeder
conducted by David Crown
directed by Anthony Biggs

29.09.22 - 01.10.22
THE PLAYGROUND THEATRE
LATIMER ROAD, LONDON W10

TICKETS

“A band which is united by the ties of love is truly indissoluble and unbreakable”
PLUTARCH

338BC. Thebes is part of the Greek alliance (Thebes, Athens, Sparta) against Macedonia. Plutarch reported that its greatest soldiers are the Army of Lovers, the Sacred Band of Thebes. The Army is comprised of 150 pairs of male lovers and derives its strength from the bond between each lover, as well as the prospect of shame if a soldier should show cowardice in front of his beloved.

Plutarch does not state what happens when a soldier dies, with ‘Army of Lovers’ taking as its starting point the refusal by its chief protagonist, out of love and grief, to replace his fallen lover and make the army complete once more.

Following the success of a one-act opera written by composer Mark Springer and librettist David Flusfeder that premiered at The Playground Theatre in 2019, Anthony Biggs directs this new and greatly expanded two-act version. Conducted by David Crown, it features a fabulous cast of male singers and performers that include the acclaimed Tana Quartet from France, top UK jazz trumpeter Steve Fishwick and pianist Mark Springer.

ARMY OF LOVERS - 2019 production : photo by Richard Hubert-Smith

Singers : Andreas Bigom (tenor), Hugo Herman-Wilson (baritone), Bruno Rivera (counter tenor), Will Frost (bass baritone), Andrew Woodmansey (tenor)

Mark Springer is a pianist and composer who first recorded in the early 1980s as a founding member of post-punk band Rip, Rig and Panic. He has subsequently written music for piano, string quartets and much more, while his recently released ‘Matter’ album includes a collaboration with the Tana Quartet  INFO

David Flusfeder has written seven novels that include ‘The Gift’ and ‘John The Pupil’. His first work of narrative non-fiction, ‘LUCK: A Personal Account of Fortune, Chance & Risk in Thirteen Investigations’, was published in early 2022  INFO

Tana Quartet are among the most prominent interpreters of contemporary music in the world today. They recently issued a premiere recording of ‘King Lear’, a new string quartet by Philip Glass, as well as their work with Mark Springer  INFO

Steve Fishwick is widely considered to be one of the best jazz trumpet players ever to come from the UK and has performed with many legendary names in the genre. He is also a teacher and principal lecturer of his instrument  INFO

David Crown is a choral conductor, singer and viola player. He is Musical Director of Cheltenham Bach Choir, Opus 48 and vOx Chamber Choir  INFO

Anthony Biggs has been the co-Artistic Director of the Playground Theatre since it opened in 2017. He has directed on the fringe, in regional theatre, the West End and off-Broadway  INFO

https://theplaygroundtheatre.london

ROB EN SEBASTIAAN VAN BAVEL KONDIGEN NIEUW ALBUM AAN

Amsterdam, 2 september 2022. Vandaag brengen Sebastiaan en Rob van Bavel de single Dolly Suite: Kitty-valse uit. Het nummer is afkomstig van het nieuwe album van het duo getiteld 'Quatre Mains' dat op 21 oktober verschijnt. 

Vader en zoon Rob en Sebastiaan van Bavel behoren al jaren tot twee van de meest gerespecteerde jazz pianisten van Nederland. In 2016 brengen ze het album The Edison Duo - Like Father, Like Son uit. Op het duo-album combineren de pianisten eigen muziek met interpretaties van bestaande klassieke composities, en experimenteren ze op virtuoze wijze met het gebruik van improvisatie en swing in klassieke muziek. 

Naast dat het feit dat de twee thuis ontelbaar veel uren samen achter de piano hebben doorgebracht, is Rob van Bavel ook nog twee periodes Sebastiaans docent geweest op de Conservatoria van Amsterdam en Rotterdam. Deze unieke omstandigheid heeft ervoor gezorgd dat zij een zeldzaam groot aantal uren gezamenlijk musicerend hebben doorgebracht. Na het gezamenlijke album 'Like Father, Like Son' uit 2016 gooit het duo het met 'Quatre Mains over een andere boeg. Twee vleugels worden ingeruild voor slechts één, waar de twee gezamenlijk achter plaats nemen. 

"Vier handen achter een vleugel komt in jazz zelden voor aangezien we als jazz pianisten vooral improviseren aan het ‘rechterdeel van het klavier; oftewel: we soleren niet in het basgebied, niet in het harmonische gebied in het mid-laag (..) Dit ten opzichte van klassieke muziek waarbij de ‘stemmen’ mooi verdeeld zijn over die ene vleugel. Dit is de grote uitdaging die wij hebben geprobeerd te kraken. Het is niet voor niks dat de eerste plaat (2016) opgenomen is met 2 vleugels. Na vele jaren samen spelen hebben van Bavel senior en mijzelf besloten dat het tijd is om quatre-mains jazz te ‘kraken’"  legt Sebastiaan van Bavel uit. 

Het album bestaat uit drie suites, twee daarvan zijn van de Franse componisten Gabriel Fauré en Maurice Ravel, de derde suite is van de hand van Sebastiaan van Bavel. De suites van de Franse componisten zijn gekozen vanwege hun harmonisch nauwe relatie met jazz. Veel van de grote jazz-helden van het duo (Bill Evans, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Keith Jarrett) zijn allen zeer sterk beïnvloed door deze septiem harmonie, uitgevonden door Russische en uitgewerkt door Franse componisten.

De arrangementen zijn in twee duidelijke stappen ontwikkeld: voor de compositie van Ravel is dicht bij het origineel gebleven met improvisatie vooral over de originele partituur. Bij de compositie van Fauré is verder van het origineel gegaan door tempo/groove te veranderen, secties bij te schrijven en de originele partituur radicaal anders te spelen. Het laatste deel 'van Bavel Suite' is de samensmelting van al deze invloeden waarbij improvisatie en het vocabulaire van jazz (blues) centraal staan maar dan gemodelleerd naar een klassiek model. 

Het volledige album 'Quatre Mains' verschijnt op 21 oktober, de eerste single is nu te beluisteren.

LASHAWN D. GARY BRINGS ‘TRANSITIONS’

Emmy-Award Winning producer, composer, Smooth Jazz artist, arranger, and pianist LaShawn D. Gary is the Executive Director for the Michigan Fine Arts Institute. He is a native of Detroit, Michigan, and received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Instrumental Music Education from Southern University A&M College, where he also served as Band Captain for the world-renowned “Human Jukebox” Marching Band. LaShawn also earned a Master’s of Music Education Degree from the University of Louisville. 

 

LaShawn has previously released five Smooth Jazz singles: “Now is the Time (2019) '', “Love, Peace & Praise (2020)”, “Inception, featuring Mark Whitfield (2021)”, “Line Brothers (2021)” and “On The Yard” (2022). The newest single "Transitions" is scheduled for release on September 5, 2022. He is also the featured artist on “For Your Love” with Smooth Jazz Recording Artist, Willie Bradley (album, “It’s My Time”). He is a sought-after studio musician and has performed on several recordings. 

 

LaShawn worked with Grammy Award-winning singer Patti Austin, Greg Phillinganes, and Sanchez Harley as the Assistant Choir Director for the Charles H. Wright Museum 50th Anniversary Celebration “Oh Freedom." He was the Choir Director for the McDonald’s 365 Black Awards directing the Southern University Gospel Choir with Erica Campbell and the Louisiana Leadership Institute drumline performance with American Idol winner, singer, and actress Jordin Sparks. He has toured professionally as a pianist with jazz guitarist, Mark Whitfield and the late jazz clarinetist, Alvin Batiste. 

 

LaShawn has also worked as a composer/arranger in commercial advertisement with Burrell Communications, Global Hue, and Yessian Music. His musical talents were displayed on television in the production of the Toyota Avalon “Son-in-Law” commercial, the introductory advertisement of the Ford Fiesta, Xfinity “Unplug” Commercial, and the Happy’s Pizza Jingle featuring the Four Tops. The decade ended as the Emmy Award-winning producer and fellow producing partners, Bill Bowen and Mike Ellison released “Detroit: One Nation Under A Groove”, a YouTube video featuring the Detroit Academy of Arts and Sciences Choir which received over a million views in the first month. The team was also awarded two Detroit Music Awards for “Outstanding Music Video” and “Outstanding Urban Recording”. He most recently was the film score composer for the Detroit Public Schools documentary "We Went To Work." He is currently on staff as a composer for the new television mini-series “Terror Lake Drive.” 

 

LaShawn is a music educator with Southfield Public Schools and serves as the Director of Music at Oak Grove AME Church. He is a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Incorporated, Phi Mu Alpha Professional Music Fraternity, The American Federation of Musicians (AFM), and the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP).

MATT LEE SCORES A ‘PANAMA CITY GROOVE’

Saxman Matt Lee uncovered his passion for music when his grandmother bought his 1st alto saxophone in 1997. From that point, he knew he found my calling and followed his dream from California to Nevada. Lee is a a self taught saxophonist and have developed his ear by listening to some of the greatest musicians of all time. In the early 2000's, Matt opened up for Starship and played a cool show for Arnold Schwarzenegger. From 2000 until now, he's played corporate events, weddings, wineries, fine dining restaurants, hotels etc. He's always been around music since he was a young kid. What's strange is, Matt had no idea what jazz was and actually listened to heavy metal bands in high school. In 1996 or so, Matt heard Kenny G. and Grover Washington for the 1st time on a pop radio station and really enjoyed the music. From that point, he became mesmerized by Traditional Jazz, Blues, R&B, Soul, Motown, Contemporary Jazz, and the rest was history.

 

Matt would consider his style of play melodic and soulful. He really loves melodies that bring out emotion while he's playing in front of an audience. Lee writes most of his own music and produce from his home studio. Music unites our hearts and is healing. He finds inspiration all around him. His musical influences stem from Curtis Mayfield, James Brown, The Isley Brothers, Al Jarreau, Gato Barbieri, Grover Washington Jr and Kenny G.

 

Matt recently relocated from Las Vegas to Panama City, FL, which inspired the title of his new single, "Panama City Groove". It's the follow up to the first single "One More Kiss", which spent 8 weeks at #1 on the Groove Jazz Music chart

'BUSTA MOVE’ NEW SINGLE FROM JULIAN VAUGHN

Born and raised in Kansas City, KS, Julian Vaughn was primarily a drummer when he picked up the bass guitar. Vaughn developed his playing style while growing up in the church where his grandfather pastored until turning over the reins to Vaughn's father. A few years later, he became good enough to start playing at concerts and live gospel recordings.

 

Vaughn launched his solo career in 2010 with his album The Purpose Project, which spring boarded him into his jazz career. In 2012 he put out the album Breakthrough (2012), featuring the single "On Your Feet," which peaked at #1 on the Billboard chart. He later would release albums Limitless (2015), Bona Fide (2017), Supreme (2019), and Chapters of Love (2021). Vaughn racked up four Billboard #1 hits between his albums and 8 #1s overall as a feature on various artists' songs. Vaughn has toured across the U.S., playing at some of the largest jazz festivals. In addition, he has performed abroad in places like Dubai, South Africa, Nigeria, Nairobi, Italy, Spain, and Germany. Vaughn takes pride in writing and producing almost all his music, saying, "I want to be known as a great writer and producer just as much as an artist."

 

In 2020 Vaughn was the #2 Artist of the year and had the #2 and #17 Billboard songs of the year, “Afro Calypso” and “Afternoon Delight.” His latest independent release, titled SOLO is slated to be his best work to date. As Vaughn's recording catalog continues to grow, he hopes to continue to redefine the lead bassist role in the Smooth Jazz genre.

NEO SOUL SINGER-SONGWRITER REBECCA JADE SHARES HER SONGBOOK ON ‘A SHADE OF JADE’

Dropping October 14, the album is previewed by the first radio single currently garnering airplay as well as an award-winning video that has received over 126,000 views.

 

SAN DIEGO (31 August 2022): Vocalist Rebecca Jade has carried a journal in her backpack ever since she was a college athlete at UC Berkeley. She journaled her thoughts, feelings, reflections and experiences in the form of poetry and song lyrics. However, although she sang and came up with the album title “A Shade of Jade,” she didn’t consider herself to be a songwriter and didn’t have the confidence to put out original material, so she just toted the notebook around thinking “one day.” That day has arrived. Jade opened the pages of her journal to create ten R&B, jazz and pop songs that she wrote and co-produced with Carnell Harrell for “A Shade of Jade,” which drops October 14 from LadyJade Music.

 

“The bare bones of a couple of the songs on this album have been sitting and waiting patiently to come to life in a lyric book from many years ago. I knew in my heart that I had something to say that might resonate with others,” said Jade who recently previewed the album at sold-out concerts in San Diego and just south of Los Angeles.

 

“I have had the title for this album since college, and I wasn't even doing music at the time. With this being my first album that I wrote and co-produced, I feel like it represents who I am because I have so many different styles of music that have influenced me and make their way into my music. This album is one of, hopefully, many ‘shades’ of me.”

 

Jade’s songs on “A Shade of Jade” are personal, visceral, emotional and motivational. Melody-rich harmonies emoted skillfully with warmth, passion, urgency and ardor, her voice reflects the authentic heart and soul of a confident and courageous woman, an artist desiring to connect with listeners via intimate stories, resonant themes, and messages of hope and inspiration. Jade dares to make herself vulnerable; loves, desires and fantasizes freely; confronts brazenly, celebrates with gratitude in the face of loss, and empowers strength and resilience.    

 

“I wanted the songs on the album to touch on what so many people experience in real life - from love to heartbreak, to loss and overcoming difficult situations. Sometimes a song can help put feelings into words or encourage someone to push through when they want to quit. I've had songs do that for me, so I wanted to create music that might do that for someone else,” said Jade.

 

Jade has been working on “A Shade of Jade” for a while. Last December, she gave listeners a glimpse of what’s to come when she put out a video for the uplifting hip-hop/funk tune “What’s It Gonna Be,” which won two statues at this year’s San Diego Music Awards. The basketball-themed clip – Jade played division one hoop at UC Berkeley and was invited to try out for the WNBA’s Los Angeles Sparks twice – has received more than 126,000 YouTube views.

 

“We all go through tough times in life, but I truly believe that we can get through those tough times a little easier if we accept that they will happen and face them head on, knowing that we will get on the other side of it,” said Jade who produced the life-affirming song with Timothy "Twizz"  Bailey, Jr.

 

Earlier this month, radio was serviced the jazzy, atmospheric, hard-hitting neo soul groove “Show Me,” a multilayered cut showcasing Jade’s intricate vocals and deft arranging skills on a song asking for action over words in the context of a romantic relationship.

 

"Like so many others, I've experienced love, heartbreak and had my share of potential relationships where I thought I had feelings for someone but wasn't sure if they felt the same way and vice versa. I know that anticipation is a part of the story when it comes to relationships and I wanted to write a song about that very specific moment, that moment right before a decision is made to either go forward with a new love adventure or stop it in its tracks. ‘Show Me’ is my version of putting those feelings into words, the idea of either the possibility of what that relationship could be or the reality of what it never becomes,” Jade said about the single swiftly garnering airplay across the nation.

 

“A Shade of Jade” finds Jade typically in the company of Harrell on keyboards, guitarist Kyle Bolden, bassist Raymond McKinley, and drummer Charles Streeter Sr. The dreamy “Drift Away” is augmented by real strings – violin, viola and cello, adding opulence to the celestial tapestry. Saxophonists Dave Koz and Eric Darius are featured soloists on the ballad “My Reason” and the sweet and whimsical “Bottle Up Magic” (with lyrics cowritten by Veronica May) respectively. Jade’s history with Koz dates back to performing on his all-star cruise in 2016 and will continue this holiday season when she heads out on the superstar’s 25th anniversary Christmas tour, a monthlong trek at which she’ll share the stage with luminaries Rick Braun, Peter White and Keiko Matsui. Jade and Darius are frequent touring partners as well with five concert dates on the itinerary before the end of the year, including festivals and performing arts venues.       

 

Jade has toured extensively with Sheila E. and performed with the “Queen of Percussion” on the Emmy-nominated Grammy salute to Prince a couple of years ago. Also in 2020, Jade accompanied Sir Elton John at the Academy Awards. She has opened for Musiq Soulchild, Will Downing, Boney James, Jeffrey Osborne and El DeBarge, and on record, Jade has shared the spotlight on songs by Darius, DW3 and Aubrey Logan. But now her attention is focused on occupying the spotlight on her own, building her brand and elevating her recording career to new heights. Part of Jade’s evolution involves learning to play bass and keyboards, which she now does on stage.

 

There’s a lot of substance and depth to explore on “A Shade of Jade” – from the seamless alchemy of musical styles to the intoxicating melodies that cascade throughout the set, to Jade’s proficient ability to use her voice to seduce, swoon and sway while providing nuanced color and  texture. While essentially being a new singer-songwriter on the scene, she exudes the poise, power and purpose of a seasoned veteran in her prime, making “A Shade of Jade” a calling card harbingering the arrival of a rare and special artist.

 

“This album is very special to me because I have learned so much about what it takes to make a record. I challenged myself to write all the lyrics for this album and to be the person to produce this record. I wanted to experience the process from start to finish and there is no better way for me to learn than to do it. And I'm so grateful for the people along the way in this journey, especially my primary writing and producing partner Carnell Harrell, people who have helped guide me and shared their knowledge to help me along.”

 

“A Shade of Jade” contains the following songs:

 

“Show Me”

“Please Come Home”

“My Reason”

“What’s It Gonna Be”

“Drift Away”

“Thankful”

“Beautiful Lies”

“Bottle Up Magic”

“Other Side of the Moon”

“Insane”

 

 

Catch Rebecca Jade on tour through the end of the year at (dates may be added):

 

September 9                 Hyatt Regency Summer Concert Series             Newport Beach, CA

September 10                               Bishop Arts Center (ft. w/ Eric Darius)             Dallas, TX

September 11               Oxnard Jazz Festival (w/ Eric Darius)               Oxnard, CA

September 18   Smooth Jazz Cruise on Land at The Factory (ft. w/ Eric Darius)  St. Louis, MO

October 8 & 9               Barbados Jazz Excursion                                  Barbados

October 22                   Catalina JazzTrax Festival (w/ Eric Darius)              Catalina Island, CA

November 3-6              Florida Smooth Jazz Weekend (w/ Eric Darius) Daytona Beach, FL

November 25-December 23            Dave Koz & Friends 25th Anniversary Christmas Tour

December 30 & 31       Rick Braun’s New Year’s Eve Getaway                        Tucson, AZ

 

 

For more information, please visit www.rebeccajade.com

NEW SINGLE BY ROBERTO TOLA

On next  31st of August, will see the light the new single by the award-winning Italian guitarist and composer Roberto Tola, titled SAYS.
Inspired by a song of the legendary Al Jarreau and Philippe Saisse, the artist himself promises a really crackling and groovy song, boasting an international stellar band.

SAYS is the new Jazz Funk single of the Sardinian guitarist and composer Roberto Tola, a new production that will also be included in his next album, provisionally titled PRESAGE, which is scheduled to be released next winter 2023.

For this new instrumental song, Roberto was inspired by a composition of the famous American singer Al Jarreau, and Philippe Saisse entitled Says, in fact.

From the original song Roberto has extrapolated only the part of the refrain (ritornello) using it instead as the main theme in his arrangement, which he himself plays with his own electric guitar, with a slightly distorted and crunch sound.

All the rest of the new single arrangement is new and originally composed and conceived by Roberto, so as the guitar solos throughout the track.

 

A roster of very talented and professional musicians forms the Roberto Tola's Band:

Roberto Tola - Guitars, Additional Keyboards, Composition, Arrangements, Graphics, Designer, Producer;

Andrea Tofanelli - Trumpet;

Ismael Dorado - Alto & Tenor Sax;

Michele Fortunato - Trombone;

Marco Rasa - Eletric Piano & Pad;

Maciek Szczyciński - Bass;

Esteban Rotunno - Drums;

 

Mixing e Mastering: Roberto Tola - EBM Studio (Eden Beach Music), Sassari, Sardinia (Italy)

LEE ROGERS - 'UNEASY LOVE' – NEW SINGLE BY NORTHERN IRISH SINGER-SONGWRITER OUT 26.08.22

LEE ROGERS
UNEASY LOVE
new single
out 26.08.22
(Zenith Café/Membran)

included on the album
GAMEBLOOD
out now

digital services
LEE ROGERS - Gameblood

“A sensitive, honest collection of songs that cover a range of themes from love to loss”
AMERICANA UK
“Spills all on a well crafted, multi-layered album of songs by a skilled vocalist and band”
BLUESDOODLES 
“Songs that stay with you long after listening to them 9/10” MAXIMUM VOLUME MUSIC
“His sky-reaching voice is the star. Springsteen-esque”
TURN UP THE VOLUME

FOR FANS OF
JOHN MARTYN / KEB’ MO / TOM WAITS

EUROPEAN TOUR
WITH FOY VANCE
SEPTEMBER 2022

Displaying master craftsmanship while showing off open-hearted, lyrical storytelling, ‘Uneasy Love’ is the latest single to be lifted from ‘Gameblood’, the recently released second album by Northern Irish singer-songwriter Lee Rogers.

“I once travelled around Australia with a beautiful woman who set me on lots of the better paths I have taken in life,” he explains, “but she left the planet for her next journey a while back. I later had a dream that I was in an old car we had out there, driving in the middle of nowhere, listening to the only tape we had in the car, which was the album ‘Mule Variations’ by Tom Waits. I got excited when I looked round and saw her in the passenger seat, sun-bleached hair, tanned skin, bare feet on the dashboard. She then started glitching in and out of vision, like she was going to disappear completely. I woke up gutted, went to my studio with tears in my eyes and wrote this song.”

Describing its video, he states: “it wasn’t easy and seemed to give my director Jamie Neish and I the run around! However, when he came up with the idea of projectors and leaning a little into film noir style visuals, I knew we were onto something.”

With strong Americana influences and baring its soul on its sleeve, Rogers’ music is both authentic and timeless. ‘Gameblood’ was recorded at Sycamore Studios just outside Belfast and produced by close friend Gareth Dunlop. A thought-provoking and earthy masterwork, it is reminiscent of artists such as John Martyn, Keb Mo and the aforementioned Tom Waits, while Rogers himself describes it as “a visit to those hard places that most people put to the back of their psyche and build a wall around. This album is a true reflection of myself, my stories, where I’ve been and where I hope I am now. It’s music for the travelled soul, those folk who have seen a lot of life and can relate to the sentiments of the songs.”

As his 2006 debut album ‘Drawing Clocks’ started receiving attention worldwide and songs from it were placed in films and TV shows, the unassuming Rogers had already begun a successful separate career as an award winning tattoo artist. Fifteen years on, ‘Gameblood’ is worthy of similar recognition.

Rogers and Dunlop will perform a special one-off show together in London on 20th October at St. Pancras Old Church. Tickets are available HERE .

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NEW R&B HALL OF FAME IN MISSISSIPPI TO HONOR JAMES BROWN, ARETHA FRANKLIN AND MORE

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A small town in the Mississippi Delta that has ties to the civil rights movement will soon be home to the National Rhythm and Blues Hall of Fame.

Project planners hope to finish building the facility in the town of Marks in two or three years, Velma Wilson, director of economic tourism and development for Quitman County, told The Associated Press on Tuesday. Marks is the county seat of Quitman County and has a population of fewer than 2,000 people.

The project is the culmination of a 50-year effort to build a hall of fame for R&B musicians such as James Brown, Aretha Franklin and B.B. King.

“There is no other hall of fame in the world that is primarily focused and dedicated to the history of R&B music on a national scale,” LaMont Robinson, CEO of the NRBHF, said in a news release. “My vision to build a hall of fame to honor R&B and its contributions to civil rights, America, and the entire world is something that I don’t take lightly.”

Robinson founded the hall of fame in 2010. Since 2013, it has inducted more than 200 artists.

Marks appealed to Robinson due to its civil rights history. Martin Luther King Jr. chose the town in 1968 as the starting point for his Poor People’s Campaign, which demanded economic justice for poor Americans of all backgrounds. On March 31, 1968, in what would be his final Sunday sermon before his assassination, King described the poverty-stricken families he encountered in Marks.

“I was in Marks, Mississippi, the other day, which is in Quitman County, the poorest county in the United States. And I tell you I saw hundreds of Black boys and Black girls walking the streets with no shoes to wear,” King said at the National Cathedral in Washington. “I saw their mothers and fathers ... They raised a little money here and there; trying to get a little food to feed the children; trying to teach them a little something.”

The conditions in the cotton fields of Quitman County and other parts of the Mississippi Delta were the environment in which early civil rights activists and field workers produced music that’s now identified as blues, gospel and R&B, project planners said.

“It was this cultural and musical phenomenon that provided the basis for the prodigious economic success and profits of the U.S. music industry worldwide,” planners wrote in a document outlining the project.

As of 2020, Quitman County had one of the 20 lowest median income levels of all counties in the country, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

“The Hall​ ​of Fame will be the catalyst to Delta tourism growth and opportunities, and a means to attract business and​ ​industry,” said Democratic U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson, who represents Quitman County.

The city of Marks donated 5 acres (2 hectares) of land for the project.

According to an agreement reviewed by the AP, the Quitman County Economic Tourism and Development agency secured a $500,000 appropriation from the Mississippi Legislature for infrastructure related to the project. The agency also hopes to secure an $11 million federal grant through the U.S. Department of Transportation to beef up development around the hall of fame.

“While there is significant energy and excitement in the project, it is also daunting for the QTED staff and will require multiple partnerships to succeed,” the agency wrote in the agreement.

GROOVE FREQUENCIES (FEAT. JIMMY REID) – ‘KINETIC’

New on B2j Music

This San Antonio based ensemble founded by John Stewart is back with a fine new song, that has stellar guest appearances by sax player Jimmy Reid, as well as Florida based recording artist Clay Benjamin on guitar.  With its commercial sound and format-friendly melody and hook, driven by high level musicianship, "Kinetic" continues this group's run of very competitive songs released in the format. 

BRIEN ANDREWS LIVES ‘IN THE MOMENT’

Brien Andrews is a billboard-charting drummer, artist, producer and composer based in Atlanta, Georgia. Originally from St Louis, Missouri, his mother, a choir director and music major, from an early age, nurtured Brien’s love for music. After moving to Atlanta in the early 90s, Brien began pursuing a career in music that would take him to South Africa, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Gotland, Visby, Japan and Germany. Brien has performed with acclaimed artists such as Mandisa, Kim Waters, Willie Bradley, Carol Albert, Ragan Whiteside, Marqueal Jordan, Phil Denny, Marcus Anderson, Jennifer Holliday, Kelly Price, Monica, Donnie McClurkin, LaShun Pace, Ted & Sherie and PJ Morton to name a few.  

 

Brien has also performed live on Good Morning America as well as several other national televised shows. He has enjoyed success as a solo artist with his most recent release, ‘Don’t Dance Just Groove’, charting on Billboard for eight weeks and reaching #40 on the Smooth Jazz Network chart.  

 

As well as his career as a musician, Brien is also a skilled producer and entrepreneur, working on a variety of releases for other artists and founding his own company, Bri’Entertainment LLC, that offers production, studio and live band services.

 

We think you and your listeners will dig Brien's new single,  “In The Moment”.

PEET PROJECT BRINGS ‘DONUT JAM’

Budapest, Hungary's Peet Project's new single "Donut Jam" is an irresistibly pleasant, groovy track with a sweet chorus, an even sweeter bridge and fun musical interactions between bass, violin and sax all the way through.

 

The track’s main composer is Martin, the band’s bass player. He recalled how the song was born: “Once the harmonies of the chorus popped up in my head, I got goosebumps. From that moment on, I virtually could not sleep until we recorded the demo in the studio. Donut Jam is one of my favorite songs from the upcoming Peet Project album. I have listened to it over a hundred times already, and it has not even been released yet. I am totally thrilled!”

 

Now. the finished track is presented to you for airplay consideration.

 

“...The Peet Project...it’s pure fun, pure musical genius” -Dave Koz

 

"Donut Jam"

Written by Martin Gudics, Peter Ferencz, Attila Zavodi, Oliver Magan and Marcell Gudics

Produced, mixed and mastered by Péter “Peet” Ferencz

 

Violin: Peter Ferencz

Alto Sax: Attila Zavodi

Keys: Oliver Magan

Bass: Martin Gudics

Drums: Marcell Gudics

ALTHEA RENE’S NEW PROJECT ‘PASTEL LEATHER’

Althea René is releasing her new project titled Pastel Leather in the third quarter (“Pastel Leather” is the title track). The theme of the project is a particular duality of human behavior. Sometimes we are forced to exhibit a soft, polite, and forgiving demeanor while quietly maintaining a hard mentality and physical toughness. The project features a powerful lineup of guest artists like vibe master Warren Wolf, trumpeter Lin Rountree, producer/writer Demetrius “Krayon” Nabors, and jazz fusion icon Jeff Lorber.

 

"Pastel Leather"

Produced by Demetrius “Krayon” Nabors (DKN) for Kolorful Ent LLC 

Written by Althea Rene for Althea Rene Productions LLC and Demetrius “Krayon” Nabors (DKN) for Kolorful Ent LLC 

Mixed & Mastered by Greg Manning 

Executive Producer Althea René 

 

Flute: Althea René 

Keyboard & Programming: Demetrius “Krayon” Nabors 

Bass: Robert “Rob Bass” Skinner 

Guitar: Gary Johnson 

Drums: Nate Winn 

Horns & Horn Arrangement: Vinnie Ciesielski

WILLIE BRADLEY WANTS ‘REJUVENATION’

Willie Bradley is a native of Orangeburg, SC and a graduate of South Carolina State University, Orangeburg, SC where he earned his BS Degree in Music Education and Performance. Over the course of his career he has become a go –to musician for many of soul music’s greats over the years. Willie’s stage presence includes performances with jazz greats including Dizzy Gillespie, Clark Terry, Frank Foster, Max Roach, Betty Carter, Gerald Albright, Walter Beasley, Alex Bugnon, Ronnie Laws, Hiroshima and Marion Meadows.

 

Bold, yet simultaneously charming; Edgy, yet at the same time beautiful; these seemingly opposing adjectives might well-describe the music of artist/trumpeter Willie Bradley, but also fittingly tell about the man! Willie Bradley’s music brings together many varied styles, but takes smooth jazz to a whole new level. On his new CD project “Going With The Flow”, Willie is definitely not just going with the average flow of things. Together with multi-award winning producer Preston Glass, (Kenny G., George Benson, Earth Wind & Fire and many more) they have brought together a fantastic group of songs as well as a cast of stellar musicians with varied styles (Greg Manning, Gerald Alston from The Manhattans, Bob Baldwin, Club Nouveau, and Jerry Martini of Sly & The Family Stone).

 

This musical adventure promises to be an appetizer of sweet things to come for Willie; savor it with open ears; and heart!

 

"Rejuvenation"

Written By Jacob Webb (ASCAP)

Willie Bradley - Flugel Horn

Jacob Webb - Bass, Keys, Production, Mixing,

Sonny Dumarsais - Guitar

Kevin Bowden - Drums

 

Recorded at Uppa Room South, Marietta GA (Dennis Johnson)

Mastering - Ron Boustead of Resolution Mastering

FAMOUS PRODUCER CREED TAYLOR (CTI) DIED

Born in Lynchburg, Virginia, Creed Taylor (May 13, 1929 – August 23, 2022) was an American record producer, best known for his work with CTI (Creed Taylor Inc.) Records, which he founded in 1967. His career also included periods at Bethlehem Records, ABC-Paramount Records (including its jazz label, Impulse!), Verve, and A&M Records. In the 1960s, Creed signed bossa nova artists from Brazil to record in the US including the late Antônio Carlos Brasileiro de Almeida Jobim aka "Tom Jobim", Eumir Deodato de Almeida, the late João Gilberto Prado Pereira de Oliveira, Astrud Weinert-Gilberto, and Airto Moreira. Over a 50-year career that yielded almost 300 albums at 93 Creed died.

Creed spent his childhood in Pearisburg, Virginia, where he played trumpet in the high school marching band and symphony orchestra. Although Creed grew up surrounded by country music and bluegrass, he gravitated more toward the sounds of jazz, citing the late John Birks "Dizzy" Gillespie as a source of inspiration during his high school years. Creed recalls spending many evenings beside a small radio, listening to Symphony Sid's live broadcasts from Birdland in New York City. After high school, Creed completed an undergraduate degree in psychology from Duke University in 1951 while actively performing with the student jazz ensembles the Duke Ambassadors and the Five Dukes. Taylor credits Duke's strong tradition of student-led jazz ensembles, and the late Lester "Les" Brown's association with Duke in particular, as initially drawing him to the university. As he recalls, "The reason I went to Duke was from hearing Les and all the history of the bands who went through Duke. This was really a great jazz band, and the book was handed down from one class to the next, you had to audition and all the best players who came to Duke got in the band. I had a ball when I was there."

After graduating from Duke, Creed spent two years in the Marines before returning to Duke for a year of graduate study. Shortly thereafter, Creed relocated to New York City in order to pursue his dream of becoming a record producer. Although Creed had no formal training in record production, he recalls that his "mix of naivete and positive thinking" convinced him that he could succeed. After arriving in NYC, Creed approached another Duke University alum who was running Bethlehem Records. Creed persuaded the label to allow him to record the vocalist of the late Mary Jean Loutsenhizer aka "Chris Connor" with the trio of pianist the late Ellis Larkins. Due in part to the album's success, Taylor became head of artists and repertoire for Bethlehem, where he remained during its two most significant years, recording such artists as the late Oscar Pettiford, the late Reuben "Ruby" Braff, the late Carmen McRae, the late Charles Mingus, the late Herbert Jay Solomon aka "Herbie Mann", the late Charlie Shavers, and the late James Louis "J.J./Jay Jay" Johnson and the late Kai Winding Quintet.

In 1956 Creed left Bethlehem to join ABC-Paramount, where, four years later, he founded the subsidiary label Impulse!. Although he signed the late John Coltrane for Impulse! in 1960, Creed left the following year to accept a job with Verve Records. Creed began working at A&M Records in 1967 and formed his own label, CTI, in that same year. In 1974, Creed faced financial problems caused by setting up his own network to distribute CTI labels; he made a new distribution deal with Motown. This, however, ended in litigation in 1977 with Creed losing Grover Washington Jr., and the artist's Kudu recordings as part of the settlement to quit Motown. In separate litigation, Creed lost the rights to Bob James's solo recordings for CTI. The label went into Chapter XI bankruptcy in late 1978 before Creed reached a distribution deal with Columbia Records the following year, in return for the rights to the remaining master recordings.

Columbia oversaw various reissue programs of CTI's catalog material, including CD releases for the first time. Creed attempted to buy back the rights to the master tapes in 1989, but the recordings remain with Columbia/Sony BMG with sporadic re-releases coordinated by Didier Deutsch and Arnaldo DeSouteiro. Creed returned to record production in 1990 with new album releases on CTI, initially distributed through Polygram, and later by Mesa/Bluemoon. Among the artists, Creed signed for CTI in the 90s were the late Lorenz Albert Van DeLinder III aka "Larry Coryell", Jim Beard, Charles Fambrough, Ted Rosenthal, the late James "Jim" Hall, Bill O'Connell, and Jurgen Friedrich.

ALEX FANJUL’S NEW EP

Alex Fanjul is Spanish guitarist, composer and producer of jazz, soul, neo soul, funk and house music. Over the years of producing music with his talented skill, his tracks are so amazing. This is the first time that he has released an EP directly on the English market and although it has subsequently been released in the rest of the world, Alex Fanjul has managed to be in the UK Soul Charts two weeks in a row at number 21 on the list.

First up there's 'Superfly' (not the Curtis song!). This one's busy and brash with some nifty horn solos and a vocal from Ivan Vaf. Second up is 'The Cheater' – not the Bob Kuban fave, rather a smooth jazz instrumental which showcases Fanjul's guitar mastery alongside busy percussion and full-on brass. 'Dance Into My Song' is the third simultaneous single – a mix of smooth jazz with sweet soul and femme vocals from Abia Garcia and Lia Marcos.

www.alexfanjul.com

DUSTBOWL REVIVAL - 'BE (FOR JULY)' – POINANT NEW SINGLE BY AMERICAN ROOTS ROCKERS OUT NOW (ANTIFRAGILE MUSIC)

DUSTBOWL REVIVAL - 2022 photo by Ulf Bjorlin

DUSTBOWL REVIVAL
BE (FOR JULY)

new single
 out 19.08.22
(AntiFragile Music)

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DUSTBOWL REVIVAL - Be (For July)

Imagine the most beautiful day of your life becoming the beginning of your deepest trauma. That is what happened when Dustbowl Revival leader Z. Lupetin took his wife Taylor to hospital to give birth to their daughter July in early 2022. That experience, and the subsequent events, are what inspired Lupetin to complete ‘Be (For July)’, the most intimate and personal song by his group to date.

Lupetin explains that “one minute I was tearfully texting the grandparents across the country, "IT’S A GIRL!”, but the next thing I knew, our lives became a horror film wrapped up in an episode of House inside an outtake of The Twilight Zone.”

Immediately following the delivery of their healthy baby, Taylor began experiencing severe, undiagnosable symptoms and was rushed into emergency surgery. “At first, the doctors had no idea what was happening, and in the process her kidneys completely shut down and blood began clotting everywhere,” Lupetin recalls. “They couldn’t transfuse her fast enough. Even in Cedars Sinai, one of the best hospitals on earth, I saw the fear and confusion on their faces. The situation was dire until they were able to stabilise her.”

On a ventilator at times over the following month and often unable to move or speak, an infection filled her lungs, with Lupetin told that he may need to start thinking about his wife not coming home. “When I sing the line ‘Didn’t I bury your body, and write your epitaph’, it’s hard for me not to picture that exact moment,” he says.

Taylor was eventually diagnosed with the extremely rare condition atypical hemolytic uremic disorder (aHUS), which affects about 400 people in the entire USA. The odds of childbirth activating the condition were a million-to-one. A life-saving medication was administered – and she responded. After an intense battle, she is winning.

“This song is important to me,” continues Lupetin. “It tries to tell the story of how we got here. I would go home after spending gruelling days at the hospital watching Taylor battle this sinister sickness, and when July fell asleep I would play this song over and over on our piano. It got me through. The chords comforted me. It is about the fear I was experiencing but more about all the hopes I had for my daughter and the time we could spend together as a family – if my wife came home to us.”

The verses eventually unfurling, Lupetin dreamed of his daughter becoming a great pianist, singing along to Billie Holiday. “I also thought about the place that is most special for Taylor and I, Yosemite National Park, and the last time we went, when we were still trying to bring our baby into being.” The recovering family returned there earlier this summer to shoot footage for the song’s VIDEO .

 Dustbowl Revival are all about pushing the boundaries of American roots music, specialising in uplifting folk-rock ballads that often tilt into joyful soul songs. Lupetin (who is also a playwright) has recently been taking the group in new directions, mixing in elements of theatre and creating songs that are lushly orchestrated and cinematic in feel.

Having emerged from an enforced touring hiatus, the always evolving group led by its founder members Lupetin, Josh Heffernan and Ulf Bjorlin recently welcomed a new wave of talent that includes co-lead singer Lashon Halley. The new line-up was introduced to UK fans last month on a tour that included two well received sets at the Cambridge Folk Festival.

“The ebullient roots rockers are full of big, chunky brass and an exceptional singer in Lashon Halley”
THE GUARDIAN

A first single release entitled ‘Lying To Myself’ featuring the new members was released to coincide with the UK dates and can be heard HERE .

Dustbowl Revival began in 2009 when Chicagoan Lupetin arrived in L.A. as an aspiring screenwriter. Swiftly disillusioned with his job in advertising, he placed an online ad seeking musicians who shared his love of Louis Armstrong, Old Crow Medicine Show, Paul Simon, Aretha Franklin and the brass bands of New Orleans, but who also wanted to write songs like Americana pioneers Wilco, Lucinda Williams and Bruce Springsteen.

The group’s most recent album, ‘Is It You, Is It Me’, was released in 2020 and saw them expanding beyond their already genre-defying style to incorporate everything from folk to funk to New Orleans swing and more. Infused with subtle pop sensibilities that enhanced their infectious sound, it earned plaudits from numerous UK publications and airplay on several BBC stations.

IS IT YOU, IS IT ME
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UK REVIEWS
“There’s just so much to admire. The group don’t shy from key topics and that should be applauded. It has also led to them creating an album of a very high standard ****”
MAVERICK
“A wonderful collection of soulful, melodic songs. Astonishing on so many levels ****”
RNR MAGAZINE
“Classy lyrics and beautiful harmonies. There are so many layers that it keeps the listener awestruck”
BLUES MATTERS
“The lyrics are so good, and I loved the fact that 10 of the songs are four minutes or longer so they can stretch out instrumentally ****”
COUNTRY MUSIC PEOPLE
“Feels both vital and vicarious and definitely has the potential for crossover success”
AMERICANA UK

dustbowlrevival.com

DAVID MARGAM PRESENTS ★THE LAST TIME★ FEAT. ROSA LAZAR & FERNANDO ARAUJO

David Margam producer, composer and international guitarist returns with "The Last Time", a new single preview of his imminent album that will be presented in the coming months.

After his successful and recent releases, David Margam is positioned among the best and most sought-after guitarists in the recording studio of Smooth Jazz and R&B in the World.

Internationally recognized artist has reached important positions in the 'Top International' lists with his recent singles in the most important radio stations, among which 'Hunch' stands out with his Spanish project MARHID and 'I'll Treat you Right' with the New York producer J.Michaels among other compositions along with international producers Jimmy Østbygaard, Lee Jones and Sergio Hidalgo.

 

*𝐓𝐇𝐄 𝐋𝐀𝐒𝐓 𝐓𝐈𝐌𝐄* Composed, produced and mixed by David Margam, a new single with a special flavor full of nuances and sonorities in which the masterful Spanish Jazz singer Rosa Lazar has collaborated together with the great Brazilian teacher and trumpeter Fernando Araujo, one of the most recognized artists in Brazil, a perfect combination with David Margam's soft guitars that has raised the production to a higher state.

Rosa Lazar's voice has transformed this new single into a magical composition, providing an elegant voice and truly hopeful lyrics, a melody that will leave no one unmoved.

Rosa Lazar, singer and composer, usually moves in the world of jazz, although her eclecticism has led her to merge jazz with other music. In addition, her creative curiosity has led her to collaborate with artists of different styles, even entering electronic music (under the artistic name of Sylaia), working side by side with Randy García and DGN, among other artists.

www.drfunkproducciones.com

BEN TANKARD – ‘SHUDDA-SED-SOMPIN-DIN’

New on BEN-jammin Universal Music

Format favorite, keys player Ben Tankard is back at it with a song that has a "unique" title.  Featuring his trademark organic playing, and with some very tasty flute colors highlighted on the track as well, this will appeal to Ben's fans across the country and afar. 

WENDY MOTEN – ‘AS’

New on Woodward Avenue Records

With an impressive career body of work and a resume a mile long, Wendy Moten has a well-deserved reputation as being one of the finest singers around.  A runner-up on the recent season 21 of THE VOICE, this former Capitol Records artist now brings her amazing talents to the beloved Stevie Wonder classic "As".  Co-produced by Wendy, Lew Laing Jr., and Brandon Brown, this cool new arrangement which has some tasty horn parts, brings new life to one of many people's favorite tunes from Stevie's legendary album, "Songs In The Key Of Life".  With great song recognition, superior singing, arrangements and production, this one has all the elements of a format winner.

KEVIN CROCKETT IS ‘CRUISIN’ IN THE WIND’

Hailing from Washington D.C. and currently residing in Franklinton, North Carolina, 

Kevin has performed/recorded with the following smooth jazz artists: Marcel Anderson, Marcus Anderson, Collective Groove Band, Willie Bradley, Reggie Codrington, Eric Darius, George Freeman, Jazmin Ghent, and Marqueal Jordan.

 

"Cruisin' In The Wind"

Composed by Kevin Crockett & Jeff Canady 

Produced by Jeff Canady 

 

Recording Engineer: Carlos Gunn 

 Mixing Engineer: Derrick Holmes 

Mastering Engineer: Steve Hall

ANTOINE KNIGHT’S ‘INFATUATION’

Saxman Antoine Knight is back with another hot new single, following the success of his first single "Something About You," which was picked up by 9 Billboard stations.

 

His newest sophomore campaign "Infatuation" is composed by Detroit's two-time #1 Smooth Jazz Producer and drummer, Jeff Canady.

 

"Infatuation" is a highly anticipated release filled with passion & admiration for that special someone in your life.

BROOKE ALFORD IS ‘ON THE MOVE’

Violinist Brooke Alford is releasing her new single "On the Move", which will be included on her highly anticipated 5th CD release.

 

Brooke’s inspiration behind the creation of On the Move is simple: focused and determined forward motion to achieve ultimate goals at hand! When a mission is set out to be accomplished, there can be no negativity, distraction, procrastination, or doubt. There are exciting places to experience, amazing people to meet, and greatness ahead. Trust the process and have some fun along the way!

 

“The daily moves we make in our lives dictate our outcome. Strategy is definitely needed (much like playing a game of chess) in order to win! In this season of my life, I literally stay ‘On the Move’ and in motion because it’s time to make the dream a full reality.” says the Atlanta-based artist.

 

Featuring and produced by Fayetteville, NC’s finest, George Freeman (pianist), Brooke and George came together once again to create an upbeat, “make you want to dance” track full of high energy, pocket, and groove. The all-star musicians that brought this track to life are Sean Michael Ray (bass), Kevin Crockett (guitar), and Anthony Roberts (drums).

STEVEN DAYVID McKELLAR - 'STOP RUNNING' – NEW SINGLE FROM UPCOMING ALBUM OF ATMOSPHERIC ELECTRONICA BY FORMER CIVIL TWILIGHT FRONTMAN

STEVEN DAYVID MCKELLAR - NAMA artwork

STEVEN DAYVID McKELLAR
STOP RUNNING

title track of new EP
out now
[Sonic Ritual]

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included on
NAMA
new album
out 20.09.22

album also includes
ONE AND ZERO
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“Startling….falls somewhere between Four Tet and Thom Yorke’s work with Atoms For Peace”
UNDER THE RADAR
“Its structure and rich instrumentation recalls ‘Amnesiac’/
'Kid A' era Radiohead”
MXDWN

The former Civil Twilight vocalist and songwriter Steven Dayvid McKellar has returned with ‘NAMA’, the follow up to his 2020 debut solo album ‘ETHIO’, and it finds the artist at play in his Los Angeles apartment as the pandemic raged. McKellar had left Nashville and arrived with the expressed intention of experiencing La La Land in peak, post-apocalyptic distress - a fitting metaphor for a record implicitly concerned with staring our deepest emotions in the face.

Deftly self-produced, ‘NAMA’ is a musical self-psychoanalysis of McKellar’s id, where the primitive utterances of the subconscious are quite literally coaxed and arranged into fully realised expressions of song. It is a disciplined process that McKellar has been honing for several years in his painting as well as his solo music. Unconcerned with a predetermined theme, ‘NAMA’ is a meditative and patient coming-to-terms with the deep recesses of humanity.

The emotions and impulses McKellar draws on for this short and sweet seven song recording are manifested primarily via a Juno synth, vocals and drum machine, accompanied intermittently by bass, classical guitar and the interwoven percussion of ordinary household items. Additional instrumentation was provided by friend and occasional bandmate Bucky Shorts.

Despite the seemingly restrictive minimalism of its construction, ‘NAMA’ is teeming with dense atmosphere, layers of crunchy, trancing beats, haunting melodies and back-road, windows-down introspection. At its heart, however, is an odd, paradoxical sense of joy - that particular sort of quiet pleasure that can only be found in the unsatisfied desires of life that, by their mere existence, point us hopefully toward the unknown and the numinous.

From the minimal electronic heartbreak of its opener (and previous single) ‘One and Zero’ to the haunted claustrophobia of ‘Stop Running’ and the fractured beauty of the closing ‘Edge Of The Garden’, ‘NAMA’ somehow balances introspection with an outward push into the unknown.

With Civil Twilight, McKellar had seen life on the big screen, leading the South African rock band through a successful run that saw them share stages with the likes of Smashing Pumpkins, Florence + the Machine, Jimmy Eat World and Silversun Pickups, while their songs were placed in TV shows such as One Tree Hill, House and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.

Now releasing music on his own terms, McKellar remains ever creative. Ahead of ‘NAMA’, a three song EP is headed up by 'Stop Running' and also includes the trippy non-album track ‘Middle’ and a live version of ‘Don’t Ask Me Why’ from ‘ETHIO’, a record that was issued at the onset of the pandemic and suffered from the upheaval of that time. Pensive and soulful throughout, ‘Stop Running’ explores both the isolation and the curiosity in navigating oneself through dark times, with McKellar diving deep into the subconscious and unearthing melodies that strike the gut, eliciting deep-seated emotions of lingering questions in his textured electronic style.

“’Stop Running’ is a tune that was originally entitled ‘Stop Trying’,” explains McKellar. “It's a conversation with myself as well as with the culture around me, and is inspired by the idea behind Charles Bukowksi's quote ‘Don’t Try’ on his tombstone. To me, it goes hand in hand with another great quote by [self-styled English 'philosophical entertainer'] Alan Watts from an interview in the early ‘70s when responding to a question about the scattered trajectory of modern American society: ‘Stop this perpetual agitation to go somewhere, get the future. The future is nothing but an abstraction. There IS no future.' To me, it’s a call to let live what I've already put out into the world, to let that grow and collaborate, to stop chasing, and to be in the present. The new EP as a whole reflects this idea.”

NAMA
TRACKLISTING
1  One and Zero
2  Nama Wind
3  Slow Fade
4  Stop Running
5  Pull Away
6  Trillion Tiny Waves
7  Edge Of The Garden

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SARO COSENTINO - 'THE JOKE FEAT PETER HAMMILL' – NEW SINGLE BY ITALIAN COMPOSER/PRODUCER FEATURES UK PROG LEGEND

SARO COSENTINO
THE JOKE
feat PETER HAMMILL

from the album
THE ROAD TO NOW
LP / CD / digital
out 07.10.22
[Cat Sounds]

pre-order / pre-save
HERE

 

The third solo album by Italian composer and producer Saro Cosentino, 'The Road To Now' features singers Peter Hammill (on four songs), Tim Bowness (of No Man) and Karen Eden, plus instrumental contributions from the likes of Gavin Harrison, David Rhodes, John Giblin and Trey Gunn. Available on heavyweight colour vinyl, CD and digital formats, it is the long-awaited follow-up to 1997’s acclaimed ‘Ones And Zeros’.

Born in Rome but currently based in Prague, Cosentino formed a blues outfit in his late teens but soon became more interested in experimental and electronic music, beginning a lengthy association with the popular Italian singer-songwriter Franco Battiato, who had been juggling his own love of the avant-garde with record company pressure to produce ‘hits’. The duo co-wrote Italy’s entry to the 1984 Eurovision Song Contest (which Battiato performed in the competition) and collaborated on two operas later in the decade.

Cosentino released a self-titled debut solo album on EMI in 1988 prior to successfully dividing his time between composing film/TV soundtracks and writing for/producing numerous international artists that have included Peter Hammill, David Rhodes, Tim Bowness, Pandit Dinesh, Tony Levin, Natasha Atlas, Jakko Jakszyk and Gavin Harrison, as well as further work with Battiato plus other compatriots such as Milva and Alice.

'The Road To Now' was recorded in the UK and US as well as at Cosentino’s own studio in Prague, with final mixing taking place at Real World in Bath. The opening 'You’re The Story' sees the soothing voice of Tim Bowness matched with a suitably sumptuous yet melancholic backdrop, followed immediately by 'The Joke', the first of four superb songs featuring the unmistakable tones of legendary prog singer Peter Hammill. Its line ‘you were joking about the rain’ seems especially prescient in the summer of 2022. ‘November’ (on which Bowness provides a backing vocal) is a tale of long lost love, the outstanding 'Time To Go' contemplates the very end of the road (hopefully a long time from now), while the closing 'When Your Parents Danced' considers the first central figures in one’s life in their younger days, ‘before life’s stories made them what they’ve become’.

Having contributed to 'Ones and Zeros', as well as records by the likes of William Orbit and Chris Rea, the versatile Australian singer Karen Eden returns to perform on two contrasting tracks; the portentous sounding ‘Pray' and (by way of contrast to everything else on the record), the pop song 'Us (Scars on Skin)'. The album also contains the instrumental ‘Howl', which switches from strident to atmospheric midway through and showcases the skills of the musicians involved.

THE ROAD TO NOW
TRACKLISTING
1 You’re The Story (feat Tim Bowness)
2 The Joke (feat Peter Hammill)
3 Pray (feat Karen Eden)
4 November (feat Peter Hammill & Tim Bowness)
5 US (Scars on Skin) (feat Karen Eden)
6 Time To Go (feat Peter Hammill)
7 Howl
8 When Your Parents Danced (feat Peter Hammill)

MUSICIANS
Peter Hammill - vocals, guitar
Tim Bowness - vocals, backing vocals
Karen Eden - vocals
Dorota Barova - cello, vocals
Gavin Harrison - drums
John Giblin - bass
David Rhodes - guitar
Trey Gunn - waar guitar
Nicola Alesini - saxophone
Radim Knapp - trumpet
Saro Cosentino - guitars, keyboards, bass, strings, piano, arrangements, programming, sound design

sarocosentino.bandcamp.com

GARETH DUNLOP - 'RIGHT ABOUT READY' – SINGLE FROM NEW ALBUM - UK & IRELAND TOUR WITH FOY VANCE FROM 30.08.22

GARETH DUNLOP photo by Laura Maria

GARETH DUNLOP
RIGHT ABOUT READY
new single
out 12.08.22
(Zenith Café/Membran)

included on
ANIMAL
album
out now

 

“Sophisticated pop with a modern feel and appeal. It’s classy music and you can see why he is in demand from other artists“
GET READY TO ROCK!
“A surprising album, more than the blend of its influences and casting a few new out there for the future. Is this where Roxy Music were heading, had they ever got beyond ‘Avalon’?”
AT THE BARRIER
“An immersive, synth textured set that blends ambient pop with soul, a touch of Celtic and a splash of cinematic”
FABRICATIONS HQ
“‘Animal’ is a beast of an album. Just put it on and bathe in its glow”
MAXIMUM VOLUME MUSIC

ON TOUR WITH FOY VANCE
30.08.22  YORK Barbican
31.08.22  MANCHESTER Albert Hall
01.09.22  EDINBURGH Queen’s Hall
03.09.22  LONDON Eventim Apollo
04.09.22  BIRMINGHAM Alexandra Theatre
05.09.22  DUBLIN Olympia Theatre
07.09.22  CORK Cyprus Avenue
09.09.22  BELFAST SSE Arena

Northern Irish singer-songwriter and producer Gareth Dunlop has just released a single entitled ‘Right About Ready’, a soulful and anthemic song lifted from his recently released new album, ‘Animal’. A nifty looking karaoke-themed video is also available.

Dunlop explains that “the further I got into putting my new album together the more I realised how retro-synth the whole thing was going, with ‘Right About Ready’ really leaning into that style. I started discussing visuals with my regular director Jamie Niesh, who has that rare ability to take the smallest of ideas and blow them up into something much bigger and better. He took what I thought would be a basic lyric video and turned it on its head into a concept with scenes, setting and visual candy.”

“There is a style and a self-assuredness with ‘Right About Ready’,” adds Niesh. “As a group, we have a love for bringing in things that we have known over the years into the visuals, and this song just sat right for us to have some fun with, lean back into our ’90s childhoods and not take it too seriously. It is a really simple concept that relies on Gareth giving it all he's got, which thankfully he always does.”

'Right About Ready' is among a diverse set of songs on ‘Animal’, which also contains the similarly evocative yet timeless 'Look Back Smiling', the atmospheric ‘Sorrow' and 'Prisoner Of My Past', the laid-back ‘60s dream-pop vibe of ‘Humans', plus a title song that adds an electronic bounce to its subtle groove.

‘Animal' was recorded and produced in Dunlop’s own Sycamore Studios in Belfast during lockdown, a period that also saw him produce new records by his friends and compatriots Foy Vance and Lee Rogers. All three toured the US together in May 2022, with Dunlop doing double duty as part of Vance’s band, while he is set for an identical stint on a UK and Ireland tour that commences in late August. Dunlop and Rogers will also play a special one-off London show on 20th October, with tickets available HERE .

Gareth Dunlop has been recognized as an accomplished talent ever since the BBC tipped him as ‘one to watch’ in 2010 when he was not long out of his teens. In the ensuing decade he released several singles, a handful of EPs and an album that were musically eclectic yet all showcased his highly soulful voice, with several of his songs going on to be used in the hit TV series ‘Nashville’, commercials for Disney and Subaru, and more. He also had songwriting credits for recordings by stars such as T.I., Tim McGraw & Faith Hill and John Oates.

However, prior to the initial lockdown, Dunlop was just as likely to be heard by live audiences as he forged a reputation as a magnetic and charismatic performer on frequent headlining tours and support slots to the likes of Van Morrison, Jeff Beck, Snow Patrol and James Morrison. Reviewing one of his shows, Gigslutz stated that “Dunlop has the kind of voice that can still a room with its vulnerability, the meaning behind the words heartfelt, the emotion real”, while Maximum Volume Music succinctly described it as “instantly memorable".

In his home territory, the Irish News praised Dunlop for his “distinctive croon and ear for sharp melodic/lyrical hooks”, while local website ChordBlossom declared him to be “one of the greatest talents to come out of Northern Ireland”, a sentiment only slightly qualified by National Rock Review who stated that he is “arguably one of Northern Ireland’s greatest singer/songwriters from the past decade”.

Inspired by icons such as The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix and Tom Waits, plus a soupçon of Pink Floyd, Dunlop picked up a guitar aged 14 and soon began performing covers and original songs in live venues around Northern Ireland, RoI and the rest of the UK. In 2011 he won a Young Songwriter of the Year award in Belfast that not only earned him an invite to collaborate with seasoned writers in Nashville, an experience he has repeated many times since, but it also enabled him to tour the US extensively.

Having spent so long away from Belfast following his initial breakthrough, Dunlop decided to record and co-produce his 2017 debut album, ‘No. 79’, in stripped-back fashion at home - literally - with Nashville based writer Bobby Hamrick and compatriot Alastair McMillan, who had also recorded Dunlop’s first studio sessions at Dublin’s esteemed Windmill Lane and has engineered for U2, The Rolling Stones and Van Morrison. A winning fusion of folk and soul, the album earned critical acclaim and was playlisted on several Irish and UK radio stations, while in RoI it earned an Album of the Week slot on the prestigious RTE1.

 

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2UNES FT. JOEY SOMMERVILLE – ‘STILL HANGING’

Primarily a self-taught musician, it was at the age of eleven that his mom introduced him to the guitar and a love affair with music that has stood the test of time. In his teens, North “2unes” Woodall studied the playing styles of Ernie Isley, Santana, and Joe Walsh, among other R&B, funk, rock, and pop music styles. Hard work, determination, and a natural gift paid off and as a result of his exceptional proficiency with the guitar, he was quickly established with popular groups in and around Dayton, Ohio, such as The Delvones and Round Trip Ticket. North has since relocated to Atlanta, Georgia and was sought to share the stage with funk masters Lakeside, The Ohio Players, Roger Troutman and Zapp, Roy Aires, Millie Jackson, Tom Brown and Will Downing. He regularly sells out venues as the audiences know that they will be highly entertained and satisfied by tight arrangements and banging guitar solos with great licks. And the blessings continued to flow. 2unes has become a staple on the Atlanta music scene appearing in venues from the Ritz Carlton to Wind-Down Wednesdays at Centennial Park, bridging the generation gap with his unique music blend of jazz, R&B, and hip-hop.

 

“I work for the listener and my music is designed for them. It is important to me that I give them what they want.” Woodall went on to say that he defines his musical style as being like a gumbo. “I can’t be put into a box musically. I’m not one thing, but many things bringing people together from all sides of the music spectrum.”

BOB BALDWIN FT. KATHY KOSINS – ‘LET’S REWIND’

Bob Baldwin features Detroit native, vocalist Kathy Kosins on his latest single with "Let's Rewind", a ballad that reflects on the stay at home era. 

 

Baldwin comments "We wanted to come up with a cool track that musically reflects on the soulful sounds of Phily and Motown, with a Smooth Jazz spin. It's a pleasure to work with her!” 

 

Bob's new 34th album, B Positive! is set for release August 19, 2022. 

 

Catch Bob on tour at City Winery (8/11), and Middle C Note in Charlotte (8/19-20), Atlanta (9/9) and Toledo (9/10).

 

"Let's Rewind" ft. Kathy Kosins

Written by Bob Baldwin and Kathy Kosins 

Produced by Bob Baldwin

ADAM HAWLEY FT. VINCENT INGALA – LET’S GET DOWN TONIGHT

Nine #1 hits. 50+ dates per year. Adam Hawley has burst on to the scene as a celebrated and innovative artist, composer and band leader. Originally signed to Maurice White’s (founder of Earth, Wind, & Fire) label Kalimba Music, Adam’s first two albums “Double Vision” and “Just the Beginning” spawned an incredible six #1 Hits, an unprecedented feat for a new artist. He followed that up with “Escape” which included the 2020 Billboard Song Of The Year “To The Top.” Now totaling 9 # 1’s, Adam sets out with this exciting fourth album “Risin’ Up” which features Steve Cole, Vincent Ingala, Julian Vaughn, Riley Richard & Kat Hawley anchored by the thrilling first single “Risin’ Up.”

 

Tour Highlights Include: Seabreeze Jazz Fest, Catalina Jazz Fest, Berks Jazz Fest, Rehoboth Jazz Festival, Jazz Fest West, Java Jazz, Cancun Jazz Fest, Newport Beach Jazz Fest, Dave Koz Cruise, Mallorca Jazz Fest, Napa Valley Jazz Getaway, Jazz on the Vine & Many More…

 

Adam has also been a guitarist to the stars, appearing with a who’s who list of artists in a wide variety of genres. Credits include Dave Koz, Jennifer Lopez, Brian Culbertson, Natalie Cole, Brian McKnight, and American Idol to name just a few.

 

Hawley's new single "Let's Get Down Tonight" features Vincent Ingala on saxophone. We think you and your listeners will love it!

JUDAH SEALY – NEW SINGLE ‘FORCE’

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Following up on his recent impressive #1 single "Stylish", Judah is back with another great sounding tune and track, featuring his warm and full sax sound.  Widely considered one of the elite young sax players in the format, Judah continues a knack for creating his unique brand of radio-friendly songs, with his signature sound. 

OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN OVERLEDEN

Het zal niemand ontgaan zijn. De Brits-Australische zangeres en actrice Olivia Newton-John is gisteren op 73-jarige leeftijd overleden. Dat heeft haar echtgenoot John Easterling bekendgemaakt op het Instagram-account van de zangeres. Olivia was al enige tijd ziek. Fans van Olivia herdenken hun idool door bloemen en foto’s achter te laten bij haar ster op de beroemde Walk of Fame. Olivia Newton-John is vredig ingeslapen op haar Ranch in Zuid-Californië, omringd door familie en vrienden. Olivia werd geboren in het Verenigd Koninkrijk, maar groeide op in Australië. In de jaren zestig keerde ze terug en haar muzikale carrière begon in de groep Toomorrow. Niet veel later verhuisde ze naar de Verenigde Staten om verder te werken aan haar zangcarrière. In 1971 scoorde Olivia haar eerste Top 10 hit (in Australië, Canada en het Verenigd Koninkrijk) met de single ‘If Not For You’, gevolgd door de Australische nummer 1 hit ‘Banks Of The Ohio’. Twee jaar later volgde de eerste Amerikaanse Top 10 hit met de single ‘Let Me Be There’. In 1974 deed ze voor het Verenigd Koninkrijk mee aan het Eurovisie Songfestival en werd vierde met het liedje ‘Long Live Love’. Van het album ‘If You Love Me, Let Me Know’ kwam Olivia’s eerste Amerikaanse nummer 1 hit ‘I Honestly Love You’. De opvolger ‘Have You Ever Been Mellow’ bereikte ook de eerste plaats van de Billboard Hot 100. Naast haar muzikale carrière zal Olivia Newton-John altijd worden herinnerd door haar rol als Sandy in de filmmusical ‘Grease’ uit 1978. Daarin vervulde ze de hoofdrol naast John Travolta. ‘Grease’ werd een enorme bioscoophit en leverde onvergetelijke hits op als het titelnummer ‘Grease’, ‘Hopelessly Devoted To You’, ‘Summer Nights’, ‘You’re The One That I Want’, ‘Sandy’ en ‘Greased Lightning’. Het scheelde maar weinig of Olivia had niet in die film gespeeld, want ze vond zichzelf veel te oud voor die rol. Travolta reageert via Instagram op het overlijden van zijn collega. “Mijn liefste Olivia, je hebt ons hele leven zo veel beter gemaakt”, schrijft hij. “Je impact was ongelooflijk. Ik houd zo veel van je. We zien je aan het einde van de weg en we zullen allemaal weer samen zijn. De jouwe vanaf het eerste moment dat ik je zag en voor altijd!” Verwijzend naar zijn ‘Grease’-personage sluit de acteur af met: “Jouw Danny, jouw John!” Na het kassucces ‘Grease’ ging Olivia rustig verder met het scoren van grote hits, die ook in Nederland veel succes hadden. ‘A Little More Love’ (1978), ‘Magic’ (1980), ‘Xanadu’ (1980, samen met ELO) en ‘Physical’ (1981) zijn de bekendste voorbeelden. Buiten haar werk als zangeres en actrice om werd Olivia Newton-John de afgelopen dertig jaar door haar strijd tegen de ziekte kanker een symbool van hoop, zo schrijft haar echtgenoot op Instagram. Ze werd ook door Queen Elizabeth in 2019 geridderd voor haar bijdrage aan kankeronderzoek. Olivia Newton-John ruste in vrede!

 

Met dank aan Leo Weijers.

LEGENDARY MOTOWN SONGWRITER LAMONT DOZIER DIED

Lamont Dozier, legendary Motown songwriter, has died at the age of 81. The news was confirmed by his son, Lamont Dozier Jr, on Instagram.

As one third of the Holland-Dozier-Holland songwriting and production team, Dozier helped to create what became known as the ‘Motown sound’, crafting hits for the likes of Martha and The Vandellas, The Supremes, The Four Tops and the Isley Brothers.

Indeed, the trio’s discography reads like a Motown greatest hits tracklist: Where Did Our Love Go, Baby Love, This Old Heart of Mine (Is Weak for You), You Can’t Hurry Love, Reach Out I’ll Be There, Nowhere To Run and many more.

Working with Brian Holland, Dozier’s main focus was on musical arrangements and production, with Eddie Holland primarily concerned with lyrics and vocal production.

Dozier also released several solo albums, and hit the top of the charts again when he co-wrote the Motown-inspired Two Hearts with Phil Collins in 1988.

FLIGHT ATTENDANT - 'CRYBABY' – NEW SINGLE FROM FORTHCOMING DEBUT ALBUM BY US INDIE OUTFIT

CRYBABY

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FLIGHT ATTENDANT - Crybaby

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FLIGHT ATTENDANT
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EUROPEAN TOUR NOV-DEC 2022

 

Flight Attendant is an eclectic indie-pop/rock group from Nashville. Blending guitar pop with viola, piano, synth and electrifying vocals, they were described by Louder Than War in a recent review as "a blend of alternative and heavy rock, glam, grunge and pop, often with anthemic overtones, together with a mix of both sensuous and uplifting vocals and provocative lyrics. They have emerged as a very exciting and eclectic indie rock band.”  They have issued several singles to date that have ranged from the pulsating and hypnotic ‘Man Of Chaos’ to the darkly sensuous ‘Comedy Show’, and from the post-punk earworm ‘dogs’ to a recent solemn rendition of the Americana classic ‘In The Pines’.

A new single entitled ‘Crybaby’ has just been issued to coincide with the announcement of their forthcoming self-titled debut album, plus a European tour to promote it. An exuberant anthem, the band’s lead vocalist Karalyne Winegarner explains the lyric of ‘Crybaby' by stating “I'm personally so over being sad and complaining about life. The constant, endless scrolling through the hell of social media and comparing my life to others.... F*** that. This song is about kicking and screaming my way out of depression until I feel like the badass that I know I am."

A literally smashing video for ‘Crybaby’ has been made by director Casey Pierce, who adds that “I had to make a video for this song. Karalyne's charisma and the level of energy the band brings really spoke to my deep punk roots.”

Karalyne Winegarner (lead vocals, keyboards, certified Sommelier, from Kansas City) met Vinny Maniscalco (guitar, vocals, award-winning bartender, from Boston) while working together at a restaurant in Nashville, where Nikki Christie (viola, vocals, great at drinking wine, from LA) soon went to work too. It didn’t take too many nights of cocktail-making and wine-tasting before they decided to form a band. With the addition of drummer and long-time drinking buddy Derek Sprague (drums, lager lover, also from Boston), the line-up of Flight Attendant was complete and they soon began playing local shows and recording songs.

TurnUpTheVolume have compared the group to “Warpaint having a dance with Best Coast”, while there have also been references in other reviews to iconic artists such as Lana Del Rey, No Doubt and even Fleetwood Mac.

Flight Attendant have been ready for take-off globally since before the pandemic - not to mention a TV drama with the same name that subsequently hit our screens - and have a first European tour booked throughout November to promote their debut album, which is set for release on 30th September and has been produced by Grammy Award-winning engineer and producer Charles Yingling with the assistance of his cabin crew.

 

FLIGHT ATTENDANT
TRACKLISTING
1  Man Of Chaos (3:36)
2  dogs (2:51)
3  Cotton Candy (3:47)
4  Fresh Gasoline (2:57)
5  Teach Me How To Lie (3:24)
6  Paradise (2:45)
7  Honeysweet (2:57)
8  Phosphorescent (Fine Line) (3:35)
9  Crybaby (3:07)
10  Comedy Show (3:07)
11  I Like You (2:37)
12  Golden Gun (2:58)
13  In The Pines (3:47)

EUROPEAN TOUR 2022
CONFIRMED DATES
02.11.22  LEIPZIG (DE) Ilses Erika
03.11.22  BERLIN (DE) Roadrunners Paradise
04.11.22  COTTBUS (DE) Galerie Fango
05.11.22  SLAVONICE (CZ) Inst. Sklep
06.11.22  ŽATEC (CZ) Theatre
07.11.22  MOST (CZ) Benedikt
08.11.22  KLADNO (CZ) Library
09.11.22  HAVIROV (CZ) Jazzclub
11.11.22  ZNOJMO (CZ ) Na Vecn
12.11.22  REGAN (DE) Obserstübchen
16.11.22  KLAGENFURT (AT) Hafenstadt
17.11.22  VIENNA (AT) B72
18.11.22  MÜNCHEN (DE) Lost Weekend
19.11.22  NEU ULM (DE)  Das Gold
20.11.22  OFFENBACH (DE) Hafen 2
21.11.22  BAMBERG (DE) Live Club
24.11.22  OLDENBURG (DE) Polyester Klub
25.11.22  EINBECK (DE) Backpackers Inn
26.11.22  SAARBRÜCKEN (DE) Terminus
28.11.22  AACHEN (DE) Domkeller
01.12.22  HAMBURG (DE) Deichdiele
02.12.22  HAMBURG (DE) BelaMi 

FLIGHT ATTENDANT
Karalyne Winegarner - vocals, piano, guitar
Vinny Maniscalco - lead guitar, backing vocals
Nikki Christie - viola, backing vocals
Derek Sprague - drums

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AUSTRALISCHE ZANGERES JUDITH DURHAM (THE SEEKERS) OVERLEDEN

De Australische zangeres Judith Durham is vrijdagavond in The Alfred Hospital in Melbourne op 79-jarige leeftijd overleden. Judith was de zangeres van de folkgroep The Seekers, die met name in de jaren zestig de ene na de andere hit scoorde over de hele wereld. Australië verliest een van zijn meest geliefde zangeressen. Judith werd in 1963 de leadzangeres van The Seekers. De band verkocht wereldwijd meer dan 50 miljoen platen. In een reactie op sociale media drukken de andere Seekers-bandleden Bruce Woodley, Keith Potger en Athol Guy hun medeleven uit. "Ons leven is voor altijd veranderd door het verlies van onze dierbare levenslange vriendin en stralende ster. Haar strijd was intens en heroïsch. Ze klaagde nooit over haar lot en accepteerde de afloop ervan volledig." The Seekers vergaarden internationale roem met singles als ‘I'll Never Find Another You’, ‘The Carnival Is Over’, ‘A World Of Our Own’, ‘Someday, One Day’, ‘Morningtown Ride’ en ‘Georgy Girl’. Judith Durham verliet de groep in 1968 om haar solocarrière uit te bouwen, maar keerde in de jaren negentig weer terug naar The Seekers. Er volgde een reeks comebackconcerten en de band nam zelfs nog drie nieuwe albums op, waaronder ‘Back To Our Roots’, met Judith als zangeres. In 2013 kreeg Judith een beroerte waardoor ze minder goed kon lezen en schrijven. Haar zangkunsten werden er echter niet minder op. De prachtige stem van onze ‘Georgy Girl’ zal altijd in onze herinnering blijven voortleven. Judith Durham ruste in vrede!

 

Met dank aan Leo Weijers.

CELEBRATING THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF WATTSTAX

August 20, 2022, marks the 50th anniversary of the historic Wattstax concert. The event was a partnership between Tommy Jacquette, the Watts Summer Festival, Watts Labor Community Action Committee, Al Bell, the President of Stax Records based in Memphis, TN, and Forrest Hamilton, the Stax Record’s West Coast director in the Los Angeles office, laid the foundation of an event that would showcase Watts and African American talent in remembrance of the August 11 – 16, 1965 uprising. Wattstax, held at the famous Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum featured a line up comprising of 26 Stax artists and bands including some of the label’s biggest stars, including Isaac Hayes, Rufus Thomas, Carla Thomas, The Rance Allen Group, William Bell, Eddie Floyd, The Staple Singers, Albert King, Billy Eckstine, and the Bar-Kays.

Wattstax attracted over 100,000 African American attendees and the price for admission to the 7-hour concert was one dollar. Truly a historic day. Join Stax Records as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Wattstax and its historic place in Los Angeles and music history.

CLOUD NYYNE – ‘LIVIN’ IT UP’

Rocky Padilla has been in the music business for over 45 years, has been around The U.S. touring, making people happy and making them dance. CEO Rocky Padilla is a veteran in the Music Department. Selling over 500,000 C.D's with On The Spot, then Thump Records. RP has built a steady fan base all over the United States. While playing 6 different instruments and taking over any size show, RP has a one of a kind stage presence, along with mesmerizing vocal talents, RP is a professional from start to finish. 

 

Since 2003, Billy Mondragon of DW3 & Steve Carias have set the high energy mood on cruises (Smooth Jazz Cruise, Dave Koz Cruise, Soul Train Cruise & 80’s), at jazz festivals, showrooms and clubs, including hundreds of performances at their longtime home base of Spaghettini in Seal Beach, CA. They also played a key role on Dave Koz and Friends’ Grammy nominated Summer Horns project. 

 

Cloud Nyyne

 

"Livin' It Up" (4:16) - featuring Billy Mondragon of DW3

Written by F. Padilla & S. Carias

RP (Fidel Padilla) - Song Production, Horn Arrangements, Mix & Mastering

Steve Carias - Music Production, Drums, Bass Guitar, Piano, Synths

Billy Mondragon of DW3 - Creative Production

Walle Larsson - Sax, Flute

Michael Bautista - Guitar, Trumpet

REBECCA JADE – ‘SHOW ME’

Rebecca Jade is an accomplished singer/songwriter, and has been singing as long as she can remember. She has been described by many to have a chameleon-like quality to her voice, where she is able to deliver each song in a unique way, yet she has been blessed with a sound unlike anyone else. Many music lovers have stated that she has the ability to transfer the emotion of each song to her listeners.

 

   Jade has performed with some of the most sought-after musicians all over the world, and her versatility has allowed her many unique opportunities to perform: Rebecca has been touring with the Queen of percussion, Sheila E. since 2017 and most recently appeared in the Emmy-nominated show, “Let’s Go Crazy: The GRAMMY Salute to Prince” that aired on CBS in April of 2020; She also sang background vocals for Sir Elton John at the 2020 Academy Awards; Rebecca opened for Will Downing and Boney James at a sold-out Valentine’s Day concert last year in Long Beach, as well as opened for Jeffrey Osborne for the 2019 Thornton Winery Summer Concert series; Rebecca has appeared as a repeat guest artist on the Dave Koz Cruises since 2016 and recently made her debut as a guest artist on the Smooth Jazz Cruise; Rebecca has done multiple concerts at Spaghettini in Seal Beach and was the singer in the house band at Anthology in San Diego for 5 ½ years.

 

“Rebecca has tirelessly assisted other artists in realizing their dreams in the studio and on the road for years. Myself included! Well, it’s now time for her to take her rightful place center-stage to share her insanely musical gifts with the world as an artist herself. Rebecca’s timing is impeccable, as she brings such a cool-sounding world to our ears with this collection of songs showing her artistry as a singer, songwriter and producer. I couldn’t be more proud, nor excited to witness what happens now for this extremely talented artist.” -Dave Koz

CAROL ALBERT ‘PARADIGM SHIFT’

While many smooth jazz artists create their music as a means of pure escapism, Carol Albert has scored numerous Billboard chart hits over the past five years with songs that powerfully chronicle her evolving personal emotions and thoughtfully reflect upon the world around her. The multi-talented pianist and composer’s latest single, the infectious, deeply soulful mid-tempo ballad “Paradigm Shift,” artfully captures the profound shift of consciousness that’s taken hold of all of us in the wake of the darkest days of the pandemic. 

 

Co-written by Carol, Paul Brown and Shane Theriot and produced by and featuring Brown on guitar, “Paradigm Shift” is one of the lead singles from Carol’s upcoming full length album, whose title Magic Mirror literally reflects the theme of self-reflection in this era of new awakenings. The collection will also include the artist’s most recent singles “Fire & Water” (which reached #4 on the Billboard Smooth Jazz Songs chart) and “Crashing,” intended as a digital release for fans only. 

 

While representing a dynamic new phase of Carol’s recording career, “Paradigm Shift” and Magic Mirror follow on the high charting heels of four hit radio singles from Carol’s 2020 album Stronger Now, including three Top 5’s - “Stronger Now,” “Perfect Sunday” and “Femme Flight,” the latter of which featured flutist Ragan Whiteside and saxophonist Magdalena Chovancova and earned Carol a new legion of fans via extensive airplay on SiriusXM’s Watercolors. In addition to their success at radio, “Perfect Sunday” and “Stronger Now” have achieved unprecedented streaming numbers for the Smooth Jazz genre, with “Perfect Sunday” currently at over 6.4M streams on Spotify and “Stronger Now” at over 2.1M.   

 

Reflecting on the connected themes of “Paradigm Shift” and Magic Mirror, Carol says, “To me, there has been a profound shift of consciousness as we emerge from the pandemic. It’s like we’re stepping through a mirror, looking more closely at ourselves and experiencing a journey where so many of us are taking stock of our lives like never before. We’re asking ourselves, ‘What’s it all about? Who have I become? And do I like where I am?’ These are the questions that have come naturally to me, and the melody, rhythm and overall flow of the song is a musical expression of the fresh perspective I have on the direction of my life and career.” 

 

With the release of “Paradigm Shift,” the Atlanta based artist continues to build on the career momentum she’s experienced since breaking through on the smooth jazz charts in 2016 with “Mas Que Nada” and her first Billboard charting single “One Way.” Carol’s other recent radio hits include the Top 10 “Sun’s Out,” the Top 5 “Fly Away Butterfly", “Chasing Waterfalls” and “One Way.”

STEVE OLIVER - NEW HEIGHTS

New on Wide Sky Records.


Format veteran Steve Oliver is back with "New Heights", a fine new piece which features his trademark guitar.  Joining Steve on the track is the inimitable Hall of Fame drummer Vinnie Colaiuta (Sting, Paul McCartney, Chris Botti, and a ton of other big name artists on his resume), as well as Michael Broening on  additional keys/programming.  Steve always brings an upbeat flavor to his music, and this song is no exception.  By no means "more of the same" contemporary jazz you folks get constantly, this song sounds like a potentially reactive song for your listeners.

DW3 – SWEET BABY

New on Woodward Avenue Records.


Many of you have enjoyed success with this talented vocal trio based in So. California over the years they have been releasing songs to the format.  This time out finds them covering the George Duke/Stanley Clarke favorite:  "Sweet Baby".  Their warm vocal blends sell this hit song all over again in a 2022 musical setting.

JOHN CALE PRESENTS NEW SINGLE ‘NIGHT CRAWLING’

Photo credit: Marlene Marino

Today, John Cale presents “Night Crawling,” his first new music since 2020 when he released the single, “Lazy Day,” and collaborated with Kelly Lee Owens on “Corner of My Sky.” “Night Crawling” is a taste of much more to come from Cale, and precedes his upcoming UK tour, which includes his first performances since pre-pandemic. Cale wrote “Night Crawling” with a nod to 70's NYC pre-disco, recalling times when he and David Bowie would traverse the city at night. Throughout the track, Cale layers his inimitable vocals with a skipping beat and hovering bass. As it expands, it becomes nearly danceable with jockeying percussion and whirs of synth. Cale played nearly every instrument on the track, aside from additional drums by Deantoni Parks and backing vocals by Dustin Boyer, and it was mixed by Seven Davis, Jr.. The accompanying video, animated by Mickey Miles, visualizes the song’s vibrant sounds with colorful, retro animation.
 
Cale further explains: “It’s been a helluva past 2 years and I’m glad to finally share a glimpse of what’s coming ahead. There was this period around mid-late 70s when David and I would run into each other in NY. There was plenty of talk about getting some work done but of course we’d end up running the streets, sometimes until we couldn’t keep a thought in our heads, let alone actually get a song together! One night we managed to meet up for a benefit concert where I taught him a viola part so we could perform together. When I wrote ‘Night Crawling,’ it was a reflective moment of particular times. That kind of NYC that held art in its grip, strong enough to keep it safe and dangerous enough to keep it interesting. I always figured we’d have another go at the two of us recording together, this time without the interference of being perpetually off our heads! The thing about creating music is the ability to divine a thought or feeling even when reality says it’s a logical impossibility.”

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JOE ROZUM IS IN ‘OVERDRIVE’

Joe Rozum originates from Wyomissing, PA….located 15 minutes outside of Reading, PA. Rozum is a graduate of Boston’s world renowned Berklee College of Music. The thrill of going to Berklee and living in Boston was certainly a fantastic four-year journey. At Berklee, Rozum was surrounded by music day and night in one of the most beautiful & historical cities in the country, not to mention all of the great Colleges, Universities and professional sports teams located there too.

 

Seamless fusion of smooth jazz and pop — this is what best reveals Joe Rozum as an artist and composer. His signature sound may be soothing piano ballads, but Rozum is well known for violin duets and performances with a full band. His music has inflections of cool blues, soundtrack themes, gospel, and a hint of classical, which come from many musical influences ranging all over the map … Billy Joel, Elton John, David Foster, Diane Warren, Yanni, Oscar Peterson, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Jim Brickman, Quincy Jones, Phil Vassar, Yolanda Adams, Oleta Adams Andre Crouch, Michael Jackson, James Taylor, Carole King, Earth, Wind and Fire, Gino Vanelli, Jamie Cullum, Lionel Ritchie, John Williams, Hans Zimmer & David Arnold. The list can probably go on and on with such great musicians… and of course the great music of Elvis and the Beatles.

 

Rozum's extensive background of songwriting in all genres includes composing for commercials and film. One current commercial that repeats in southern California throughout the year is for the Valley View Casino in San Diego, which uses a :30 spot from his song “Boogie Cookin”.  Other songwriting projects include the Bruce Lee Jeet June Do video, the Hanna-Barbera cartoon titled Phish and Chip, a commercial for the local based Los Angeles / Santa Barbara Gift Store Jay’s Luggage, and music for the short film winner in the 1999 NY International Film Festival entitled Have A Perwinkle Day. 

SHARON RAE NORTH – ‘HEART OF MINE’

The 6-year wait was well worth it as Sharon Rae North prepares to release her first full album, Silhouette, produced by mega-producers Chris “Big Dog” Davis and Paul Brown. The project’s new single, produced by Brown, is a beautiful, but more modern cover of "Heart of Mine", penned by Bobby Caldwell, Dennis Matkosky and Jason Scheff.

 

North said, “I remember Boz Scaggs singing 'Heart of Mine' in the late 1980s and thinking I would love to cover it one day because it’s such a poignant and beautiful song. That day has finally come.”  

 

The day also has finally come for North to release a 10-song album. Silhouette is a beautiful mixture of originals and covers, with North and Davis collaborating on several with the writing and music. North masterfully manipulates her voice; at times she’s strong and powerful, then soft, sensual and even vulnerable. She understands the songs and makes sure listeners will too.

 

Silhouette is nearly 42 minutes of pure enjoyment. The first single, "Moments" (feat. Marion Meadows) dropped in 2019, pre-pandemic. After a hiatus, North worked virtually with Big Dog and Brown throughout 2021 and 2022 to complete the project.  

 

"Sharon is unassuming and her smooth silky voice spins a musical web that captures you and makes you listen. Pure bliss!"

— "The Genie" Bola Sonola, Smooth 98.1 FM Lagos, Nigeria

ROBBEN FORD AND BILL EVANS ANNOUNCE 'COMMON GROUND'

MPS (EDEL) is proud to announce the release of the newest project by Robben Ford and Bill Evans, called ‘Common Ground’ on September 30th, 2022.  The multiple times Grammy nominees Ford and Evans have shared the stage in Europe, North America and even Japan and already released a collaborative album called The Sun Room together in 2019 (earMUSIC). With the jazz rock album Common Ground they continue their creative relationship as Evans explains.

 

“Every now and then, like-minded musicians are able to get together in the studio or on the same stage and create interesting music together. It’s the blending of each other’s influences and styles, and the will to create something new and fresh that can turn this ‘creative meeting’ into something special. I believe myself and Robben share that same ideology. We both love all kinds of music whether it’s classic blues, soul, rock and roll, you name it. This openness to combine different kinds of music and create something musical and special is what brought me and Robben together in the first place. Robben composed some of the most inspiring music I’ve played in a long time. Our writing styles blend seamlessly.”

 

German singer Max Mutzke, who finds the kindest words for this collaboration.  “When I was a little boy, I went to Bill Evans concerts with my father. I listened to his music over and over. Bill has always been a musical inspiration for me.  Now he is my friend and that is an incredible joy for me. What a great person.  At his request, I am singing a song on his and Robben’s album. It's a dream come true.”

 

Recorded in Nashville, the jazz rock album features a first-class rhythm section with bassist Darryl Jones (recording and touring with the Rolling Stones since 1993 and former sideman of Miles David and Sting) and drummer Keith Carlock (currently a touring member of Steely Dan). It was produced by Bill Evans and Clifford Carter, who also took over the piano and organ on the title track.

 

Robben Ford about the recording: “It’s always a great and sought-after pleasure to work with some of the best musicians in contemporary music, and making this record was for me one of those occasions. We have, each of us, worked with one another in different configurations in the past, so, there is a comfort level in that. But more importantly, everyone involved is a dedicated musician who’s first thought is to make the best music possible in any situation. Such a joy for me, personally, to play with these gents! Bill and I have worked quite a lot together over the past several years. But, the opportunity given to us by Edel to finally document the music has happily resulted in two recordings that we are very proud of the first being ‘Sun Room’ released on earMUSIC and now ‘Common Ground’ on MPS. I feel the music presented here is ‘fresh’ in both composition and performance with all of the musicians being versatile, true improvisers and having a strong sense of groove, as well. These are the qualities that make you want to play! I’m so happy to have been a part of what lead to this record.”

 

Robben Ford is an American rock, blues and jazz guitarist. Ex-member of fusion pioneers Yellowjackets, he is admired for his solo works but also known for his collaborations withgiants of music like Miles Davis, Joni Mitchell, George Harrison and many others. He comes from a generation of Californian musicians who contributed to eliminate boundaries between different genres, often writing and performing timeless music that will stand the test of time.

 

Bill Evans is an American saxophonist, pianist and producer who has recorded 26 solo albums to date. He has played, toured and recorded with artists such as Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock and John McLaughlin to name a few before spending the last 30 years touring with his own groups worldwide and receiving wide recognition as a true renaissance man.

 

Robben Ford – Guitar 

Bill Evans – Saxophone, Keys

Darryl Jones – Bass

Keith Carlock – Drums

Produced by Bill Evans & Clifford Carter

BONEY JAMES ASKS US TO ‘BRING IT BACK’

Chart-topping jazz/R&B sax player Boney James released his new single “Bring It Back” featuring critically acclaimed composer, conductor, orchestrator, arranger, and trumpeter, Dontae Winslow. The track is now available via all streaming services and marks the first release from James’ forthcoming 18th studio album, Detour, out September 23rd on Concord Records. The new 10-song collection is a subtle stylistic turn that builds on the commercial success of 2020’s Solid, James’ highest charting release ever on the pop charts, peaking in the Top 10 on the Billboard 200.

 

Also featuring vocals from 5-time Grammy winner Lalah Hathway, Detour was recorded largely at Boney’s L.A. home studio (live drums and percussion were tracked at venerable Sunset Sound). The album was produced by Boney with co-production from in-demand writer/producer, Jairus “J-Mo” Mozee (Anderson.Paak, Nicki Minaj, Anthony Hamilton) among others. Additional musicians on the album are keyboardist Tim Carmon (Eric Clapton), longtime drummer Omari Williams and bassist Alex Al, renowned percussionist Lenny Castro and guitarists Big Mike Hart and Paul Jackson Jr.

 

“We’ve all been on a detour these last few years,” says Boney. “This album reflects how my music and I have been affected by the times we’re in.” 

 

James is currently on the road for select dates across the U.S. which will take him well into 2023. Promising to bring James’ iconic 30-year career to the live stage, including selections from Detour, the multi-city trek will hit a number of major markets including Detroit, Hartford, Dallas, Nashville, and Los Angeles, where he is scheduled to headline the legendary Hollywood Bowl on August 28th. For further information on the tour, dates, and on-sale info please visit https://boneyjames.com/.  

 

During his 30-year career, Boney James has released a staggering 18 studio albums – including a pair of Christmas records -with 1995’s Seduction, 1997’s Sweet Thing and 1999’s Body Language all RIAA certified gold. In 2015, Boney’s futuresoul spent 11 weeks atop the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Chart and was the best-selling Contemporary Jazz Record of 2015. Boney has earned four Grammy nominations (“I’m not gonna lie... I’d still love a statue,” he says), two NAACP Image Award nominations and a Soul Train Award, while a dozen of his albums have landed at #1 on Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz Album chart. His collaborators in the past include a Who’s Who of R&B and soul: Raheem DeVaughn, Faith Evans, George Benson, George Duke, Dwele, Al Jarreau, Philip Bailey, Anthony Hamilton, Jaheim, Eric Benét, Dave Hollister, Stokley Williams, Kenny Lattimore and Angie Stone.

PURE DESMOND - 'PURE DESMOND PLAYS JAMES BOND SONGS' – NEW ALBUM BY GERMAN JAZZ QUARTET

PURE DESMOND
PURE DESMOND PLAYS JAMES BOND SONGS

new album
UK release date
24.02.23 (CD)
out now (digital)
(Major Music)

summer single
LA MER
out 25.07.22

audio
digital services

“Pure Desmond create music that concentrates on the essentials, which, despite its cool mood, is of the highest intensity and dynamic and radiates far more than pure aesthetics. The timeless elegance of Paul Desmond's cool jazz experiences a new musical dimension with this brilliant quartet”
JAZZPODIUM

The German jazz quartet Pure Desmond formed in 2002 with the aim of bringing the original sound of ‘60s cool jazz (as exemplified by the legendary Paul Desmond) into the modern era through their own original compositions as well as adaptations of well-known songs. With a belief that ‘less is more’ leading them to focus on the melodies of whatever classic they might choose to tackle, the interaction between the four musicians is natural and never feels forced, helping to create an imaginative dynamic which is inherent in every single one of their performances.

The group have just interpreted the classic ‘La Mer’ by Charles Trenet for their fans as a soundtrack for the warm - or indeed, baking hot - summer holiday evenings by the sea that many of us have recently been enjoying. It can be heard HERE   

Meanwhile, their new album, ‘Pure Desmond Plays James Bond Songs’, sees them take on one of the world’s most iconic oeuvres with a style and panache befitting of 007 himself. The zest for life of the sophisticated secret agent films with their scenes in glamorous casinos fits perfectly with the elegant classical jazz treatments offered by the quartet, with the range of compositions spanning the classic themes and songs of the 1960’s right through to 2020’s ‘No Time To Die’.

The likes of ‘From Russia With Love’ becomes an airy samba with a pinch of subtle humour as the sax player of the Dave Brubeck Quartet might have interpreted it, while ‘Tomorrow Never Dies’ turns into a jazz ballad. The original 1962 James Bond theme is an instrumental big band arrangement with a clear jazz framework, of course, but that is not to denigrate songs such as ‘Die Another Day’ by Madonna or ‘You Know My Name’ by Chris Cornell, both of which are also classics of their time and genre and are treated as such by Pure Desmond.

Indeed, the quartet manage the balancing act between these many different musical worlds and combine them into something thoroughly new via their modern, cool, instrumental jazz arrangements. With these interpretations, Pure Desmond take the listener on a journey through the world of James Bond.

PURE DESMOND
Lorenz Hargassner – alto saxophone
Johann Weiss – guitar
Christian Flohr – double-bass
Sebastian Deufel – drums

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JOSEPHINE ONIYAMA - 'HUMAN' – TITLE TRACK OF NEW EP BY SOULFUL BRITISH SINGER-SONGWRITER ALSO RELEASED AS A SINGLE

JOSEPHINE ONIYAMA
HUMAN
new single
out 22.07.22
(Sound Of Solar Records)

digital services
orcd.co/jhuman

‘Human’ is the title track of a new four song EP that has also been released today by the soulful singer-songwriter Josephine Oniyama, who was born and raised in Manchester but is now based in Liverpool. It follows the recent ‘Tears Will Never Be Mine’, which reintroduced her to fans after a period out of the solo spotlight and received airplay on Radio 2, BBC Merseyside and BBC Manchester.

Oniyama states that ‘Human’ is “literally about having someone else there with you, physically. Another human being in the room, talking to another face. Someone that can be touched and touch you back. A no phones and no screens reality.”

As for the subject matter of the EP as a whole, she adds that it is “about finding the things that link us together, rather than what divides us. Being kind and accepting, positive and brave. There seem to be more barriers than ever going up between each of us, so it's great to have put together something that celebrates bonds.”

Combining electronic and acoustic elements, ‘Human' reflects Oniyama's exploration in recent years of varied and diverse sounds; a period in which she has not only listened to powerful female artists such as Grace Jones, Lana Del Rey, Joanna Newsome and Alison Krauss, but has also rediscovered earlier influences like Ali Farka Touré, Bob Marley, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Joni Mitchell and Bob Dylan, all of whom had been inspirations when learning how to play guitar in her teens.

HUMAN EP
TRACKLISTING
1 Tears Will Never Be Mine
2 Human
3 Electrically You
4 Numbers

 

‘Human' will be followed in the autumn by Oniyama's third album, her long-awaited follow-up to 2012’s ‘Portrait’, which was issued to stunning reviews across the UK media. Praised for its fusion of folk, soul and jazz, songs from it were A-listed at BBC Radio 2, while there was further playlist support from 6 Music, XFM and Jazz FM. Oniyama also performed on Later With Jools Holland, The Andrew Marr Show, Saturday Night Live (Ireland) and a number of mainland European TV shows, while two extensive headlining tours were further backed up with appearances at major festivals (Glastonbury, Latitude, T In The Park, Electric Picnic) and high profile slots with Paloma Faith, Madeleine Peyroux, Michael Kiwanuka and Paolo Nutini.

The praise for ‘Portrait’ also saw Oniyama recognised by a diverse selection of her peers, leading to collaborations in the mid-2010’s with Travis (with whom she recorded the song ‘Idlewild’) and jazz producer/trumpeter Matthew Halsall (she co-wrote three songs for his acclaimed ‘Into Forever’ album). More recently, she was commissioned to create two live scores for the launch of HOME, the Manchester international contemporary arts centre: 'Celluloid History Songs’ was a set of new songs written to accompany silent footage from the North West Film Archive, and the centenary of the classic occult documentary ‘Haxan: Witchcraft Through The Ages’ was given an ambitious new score by Oniyama and students from the University of Salford. Fusing song-based and electro-acoustic sounds, it has further expanded her creative ideas and skills as a songwriter, arranger and sound artist.

Oniyama has also spent time earning an MA degree in English and became a mother while writing and recording her new EP and album.

PORTRAIT
UK REVIEWS

"A versatile and substantial new talent“ MOJO
“An original, unfolding talent“ UNCUT
“Wonderful, uplifting, euphoric soulful gems“ SUNDAY TIMES
“Her voice is fabulous and different“ EVENING STANDARD
“Stunning newcomer“ SUN
“Striking talent“ MIRROR
“A timeless, distinctive and soulful voice” MUSIC WEEK

 

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DAN ALAN LEVINE FT. KIM SCOTT ON ‘OUR KIND OF LOVE’

Dan Alan Levine was born and raised in the suburbs of New York and graduated from The Manhattan School of Music in NYC. Early in his career, Dan composed and arranged freelance big band charts for The Dick Cavett Show, and arranged, orchestrated, and/or composed background music for TV game shows including I’ve Got A Secret, and the theme song for What's My Line.  Dan received numerous awards for his many commercials, and music for radio/TV stations through the years.  His 80’s hit, "Big Band Meledy", reached #19 on the Billboard charts and was the most requested new record in NYC for three weeks.  An album followed.

 

Dan received a Tony Award nomination (best original score) for composing the score of the Broadway Musical, Anna Karenina (aka Daniel Levine). The show received four Tony Award nominations, and was performed in Chicago, and to sold-out audiences in nine Japanese cities….3 separate times.  Dan orchestrated and produced the Broadway Cast Album staring Melissa Errico, Kerry Butler, Gregg Edelman, Marc Kudish, Brian D’arcy James, and Jeff McCarthy. A Japanese cast recording and DVD were also produced. Dan orchestrated the music for the Japanese production of Anna Karenina.

 

Dan arranged/orchestrated/produced and played keyboards on the Leslie Uggams album, On My Way To You.  He worked on that album in conjunction with some of the music industry’s leading legends including Marilyn and Alan Bergman, Jon Lucien,  and Michel Legrand who sang on the album.  Dan produced the Off-Broadway cast recording of Thunder Knocking On The Door, and original blues musical written by acclaimed writer Keb’Mo, along with Anderson Edwards, and Keith Glover.

 

Presently, Dan is creating an exciting array of new music for various artists in collaboration with among others, lyricists Jack DePietro and Ann Hampton Callaway. Dan is also about to release his first smooth jazz album, OVER THE MOON on which he is both composer and keyboard artist, with the first single entitled “OUR KIND OF LOVE” featuring flautist Kim Scott.

TERRELL EDWARDS IS ‘100%’

Referred to as “the perfect blend between Sinatra and Motown”, crooning sensation Terrell Edwards style of music is that organic blend which becomes the soundtrack to moments in your life that evokes the fondest of memories.

 

Terrell took to the stage as an adult contemporary artist. The smooth, but explosive tunes is what got the attention of legendary Tonight Show host Jay Leno. Within days of being introduced to Jay Leno, Edwards was invited to Las Vegas to work alongside the legend. Terrell and the Tri City Rat Pack spent the next few years opening for the icon at the Mirage Hotel.

 

Terrell’s long-awaited solo project “Unchained” was released in 2018, showing his resurgence as a soul singer and in the same year he was nominated for the “Live Entertainer of the Year”.

Beyond music, Terrell is a true philanthropist in many charitable organizations. One of his passions lie with The Reach Mission Foundation, which was founded by Edwards and brings aid and awareness to International poverty relief, and also provides financial support to local youth initiatives.

 

The other organization that receives a lot of attention and financial support from Terrell is the Alzheimer’s Society. Terrell hopes to inspire people in everything that he is blessed to be a part of. He’s having the time of his life! Everybody deserves that opportunity!

JESSY J DOES THE ‘DANCE BEAT’

What do you do after celebrating over a decade as one of contemporary jazz’s top saxophonists, known for your trademark blend of sensual Latin tinged powerful horn playing which garnered 12 top singles and 6 chart topping albums? You tap into your longtime love for the vibrant soul and blues energies of the 60s and 70’s to release your first studio album in six years BLUE, an album of original songs totally stylistically different from your previous recordings as evidenced by the cover art reminiscent of some of the great albums of that era.    

 

Born in Oregon and raised in southern California of Hispanic heritage, Jessy J is grateful that her Hispanic fans have been inspired by her love of these musical roots.  A jazz studies graduate from USC, Jessy paved the way for her success recording with Michael Buble and touring with Jessica Simpson, The Temptations and Michael Bolton.  

 

Starting with the immediate #1 Billboard chart success with the title track from her debut album Tequila Moon, the powerhouse saxophonist cemented her rising stardom touring with contemporary jazz greats like Lorber, Gerald Albright, Euge Groove and Peter White, She is seen regularly performing on the hit television competition shows “American Idol,’ “The Voice” and “Dancing with the Stars,’ and in more recent years has toured with Anita Baker, recorded with Robin Thicke and contributed as composer/performer to the albums of two members of Chance the Rapper’s band - the GRAMMY® nominated Intellexual album and The Juju Exchange’s Exchange. 

 

In conjunction with the release of BLUE Jessy embarks on a U.S. tour throughout the spring and summer. She will also be releasing California Christmas Vol. 2 for the 2022 holiday season.  

 

“Writing and recording BLUE was an extraordinary experience,” says Jessy. “I have missed the connection with my fans so much these past two years. On every level--physical, emotional, spiritual – music plays such an important role in healing us. It’s like therapy, making everything in life so much better and healthier.”

 

Multi-instrumentalist Thiago Pinheiro contributed his keyboards, strings, drums and percussion programming on the new single “Dance Beat” from Brazil. 

INFLUENTIAL JAZZ FUSION BASSIST AND R&B SINGER MICHAEL HENDERSON DIED

Jazz fusion bassist and R&B singer Michael Henderson has died. He was 71. The news was confirmed on the performer’s official Facebook page. Henderson was known for his work with Miles Davis in the 1970s and played on his early fusion albums Jack Johnson (1971), Live-Evil (1971), and Agharta (1975).

Henderson’s Facebook page was updated tonight with a confirmation of the singer’s passing.

Singer, Songwriter, Bass Innovator, Music Producer, Father and Son Michael Henderson has peacefully made his transition surrounded by family and loved ones today at his home, Atlanta Georgia… Bless his heart and soul… He touched the lives of many and returned that love through his many live concerts, music recordings, social media, interviews and incessant touring which he loved… Please stay posted for details pertaining to The Michael Henderson “Celebration of Life”..

Henderson was born in Yazoo City, Mississippi. In the early ’60s, he moved to Detroit to play as a session musician. Over the course of his career, he played with Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, the Dramatics, and many others. He also released a number of solo albums, beginning with 1976’s Gold. His final solo album was 1986’s Bedtime Stories.

SOUL-JAZZ VOCALIST RICKY ALAN DRAUGHN DELIVERS A TIMELY TRIBUTE TO WOMEN

His reimagined “When You Love A Woman” is currently collecting playlist adds.

 

NEW HAVEN (19 July 2022): Advocating systemic change when civil unrest erupted in the midst of a pandemic and economic uncertainty two years ago, R&B-jazz balladeer Ricky Alan Draughn teamed with two-time Grammy nominated produced Chris “Big Dog” Davis (Norman Brown, Will Downing, Najee) and urban-jazz saxophonist Kim Waters to record a timely version of Sam Cooke’s poignant “A Change Is Gonna Come.” On the heels of the recent Supreme Court decision that impedes women’s rights, Draughn dropped another aptly timed musical statement, this one celebrating women in the form of the new single “When You Love A Woman,” produced by Billboard hitmaker Adam Hawley.

 

The 1988 power pop ballad written and recorded by Journey serves as Draughn’s source material. Anchored by the crooner’s emotive tenor vocals, Draughn belts out an impassioned salute amidst a throwback adult contemporary track featuring a grandiose gospel choir (Kevin Monroe & Devotion), sweeping strings and Hawley’s piercing electric guitar solo. The cinematic single illumined by cascading melodies and Draughn’s emotional fervor was one of the most added new singles last week on the Billboard BDS chart.        

 

“I wanted the song to celebrate women and to be played as a backdrop to honor that special female. I wanted to bring back a memory of simpler days with a refreshing reboot of a classic tune. I’ve always loved that 1980’s soft rock era, when a song had a lyrical composition that was just as impactful as the melody. ‘When You Love a Woman’ was such a song. We arranged the background vocals specifically to allow for general interpretation and not just for a romantic relationship. My hope is that the single becomes an anthem in the wake of women’s rights currently being threatened,” said Draughn, who released an accompanying video for the single directed by Edwin Escobar.

While the single is brand new, Draughn has been performing the song in concert with his twelve-piece band for years. He usually closes his sets with it, bringing down the house with his captivating performance, making it one of his most requested songs.

Tapping Hawley to bring his vision for “When You Love A Woman” to life proved to be a perfect match for Draughn. 

 

“Adam and I got together, and he was almost completing my thoughts. It was like we’ve known each other forever. He is an incredible musician and a pleasure to work with. As a result, the song came together very quickly. He understood the assignment, maintained the song's integrity and left the song intact, ready for my signature vocal arrangements. Adam brought in Carnell Harrell on synths and Dan Needham on drums, and it was magical - that timeless 80's sound was successfully captured,” said Draughn about the first single from his forthcoming debut album, “Genesis 8:5,” which he aims to release first quarter next year.  

 

Hawley is producing the majority of “Genesis 8:5,” including what Draughn expects will be his next single, “Relentless,” an upbeat original written by the singer that he describes as having “sort of a neo soul vibe, very danceable.” The album will be eclectic in terms of variety, reflecting Draughn’s stylistic range and sphere of influence. He’s composing most of the music although he anticipates there will also be several collaborations.

 

Mixing jazz, R&B, pop and gospel, Draughn emerged from singing with prominent gospel groups such as Mighty Clouds of Joy and Mississippi Mass Choir. He’s performed at marquee venues, from the Blue Note to the Apollo Theater, and has shared the stage with R&B, funk and jazz stars, including George Clinton, Chaka Khan, Shirley Murdock, Jodeci, The Whispers, Macy Gray, War, Nancy Wilson, Lou Rawls, Wilson Pickett, Marion Meadows and Alex Bugnon, among others.

 

For more information, please visit https://rickyalandraughn.com.

'I WENT FROM LIVING ON THE STREETS TO BROKERING A $100 MILLION DEAL WITH DISNEY-PIXAR AND SGI’ WITHOUT A HIGH SCHOOL EDUCATION – MICHAEL TINHOLME

Meet Michael Tinholme, Your Favourite Musician’s Favourite Singer-Songwriter

 

(CAMBRIDGE, CAMBRIDGESHIRE, 21 JUNE 2022) Working alongside David Bowie and Michael Jackson’s collaborators. Being an artist with worldwide airplay. Brokering a hundred-million-dollar deal with Disney-Pixar and SGI without any formal education. Any one of these things would be almost impossible for anyone, but singer-songwriter Michael Tinholme overcame the most impossible odds to make all of these a reality…

As a child Michael was adopted into a turbulent household. With his father often away as a Lieutenant in the army, and his mother suffering from serious mental health issues, Michael had to battle through abuse and care for his younger siblings. Michael found sanctuary and the freedom to pursue his dreams of making music in the club The Four Muses, who brought him on as an opening act for legendary artists such as Bill Medley, Melody and Jennifer Warren. Michael Tinholme found a friendship and mentor under the wing of Scatman Carruthers (Chico and the Man, The Shining).

Unfortunately, things reached a breaking point when Michael had to leave home days before his 16th birthday, starting his 6-year stretch of self-exile and homelessness. He hitchhiked up and down the 5 Freeway in California and the Pacific Coast Highway, panhandling, dishwashing, and doing day labour. Eventually he had to steal to feed himself and became self-destructive. Aged 20, he met a former pimp by the name of Fast Eddie Valentine who saw potential in Michael and who got him accommodations and helped him back on his feet. 

With no high school diploma, and having faked graduating, Michael worked for free as a computer salesman, quickly working his way up and within a few years he became part of America’s technology revolution. Despite his rough background, Michael went on to be one of the first to sell industrial robots in California, and was one of the first to consult with General Dynamics following the Challenger disaster. He eventually graduated to selling ‘Silicone Graphic’ workstations and CGI software to Pixar, and Industrial Light and Magic, the tools needed for their major motion picture Toy Story and many others, contributing to the change of the media landscape. A $100M deal for Disney Burbank, one of the largest orders of its kind.

Armed with success, Michael returned to his true passion – music. Despite playing his first professional show aged 12, Michael released his first CD decades later with – ‘The House of Jazz’. Conducting the orchestra on Michael’s first album was legendary Bruce Fowler, conductor of the largest movie symphony orchestra to date for, ‘The Dark Knight’. 

Since then, Michael has released 15 singles and 4 albums. Throughout he has become close friends and collaborated with the likes of Mike Garson (pianist – Davie Bowie, Trent Reznor), Steve Lukather (guitarist – Toto, Michael Jackson, Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney), Bill Cunliffe (pianist – Bette Midler, Quincy Jones), and a whole host more. 

Michael Tinholme’s catalogue has enjoyed airplay across UK, USA, Australia, New Zealand, Asia, Caribbean, China, and more, and has seen him featured across USA Today, The BBC, and TalkTV. 

Michael’s story is a true testament to the strength of the human spirit and one man’s love for music. It is hard to believe that given Michael’s turbulent upbringing and years on the streets, that he has been able to impact the modern pop culture landscape so significantly. With a listen to his music, we think you will see what makes him your favourite musician’s favourite singer-songwriter. 

 

“Michael Tinholme’s Story is the stuff dreams are made of or Legends. It’s the stuff that happens in Movies”

Tom Berg - USA Today

 

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Website: https://www.michaeltinholme.com/

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Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/search?q=michael%20tinholme

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HEATHER NOVA’S FIRST COVERS ALBUM ‘OTHER SHORES’

HEATHER NOVA
New Album "Other Shores"
RELEASE 26 AUGUST 2022


Following 2019's critically acclaimed Pearl, which saw her return to her rockier roots and Oyster producer Youth, Heather Nova is releasing her first covers album, Other Shores, out August 26th.
 
The charming singer/songwriter has always liked to sprinkle a cover version or two into her live sets, from artists like Neil Young, Chris Isaak or Nick Cave. The singles released so far, such as "Waiting For A Girl Like You" (Foreigner), "Don't Stop Believing" (Journey) ,”Never Gonna Give You Up" (Rick Astley) "Here Comes Your Man" (Pixies) and “Fireproof” (The National) already indicate the musical journey of this album; Heather is distilling these songs; removing unnecessary ballast and using only the framework and the soul of the lyrics, to give them new life with the sparsest instrumentation and her unique and ethereal voice.

“I’m first and foremost a songwriter, but I’ve discovered I also enjoy being an interpreter sometimes: For me, recording a cover is all about stripping away the original production, to find the bare bones of the song. I love the process of getting right inside the emotion of the song, feeling it as my own, and presenting it in a new, more raw and intimate form. I’m fascinated by how songs written by men feel very different when sung by a woman.” says Heather Nova.

It's exciting to hear what the likeable artist has made of other well-known hits like "Jealous Guy" (Roxy Music) and Neil Young's "Like A Hurricane". You know the songs, but you discover them in a completely new way at the same time. Very intimately arranged, and with the melancholy typical of Heather Nova and her emotional sensitivity, these versions have an almost palpable fragility. "Other Shores" includes 13 reinterpretations and ends - fittingly for Heather Nova - with "Sailing" (Rod Stewart).

Tracklist 
01 - Waiting For A Girl Like You
02 - Jealous Guy
03 - Stayin' Alive
04 - Fireproof
05 - Never Gonna Give You Up
06 - Don't Stop Believing
07 - Here Comes Your Man
08 - Fragile
09 - Like A Hurricane
10 - Cold Little Heart
11 - Ever Fallen In Love
12 - Message Personnel
13 - Sailing

Belgian concerts
10/10/22    Het Depot, Leuven
12/10/22    Stadsschouwburg, Kortrijk
13/10/22    Den Amer, Diest
14/10/22    CC, Evergem
15/10/22    De Velinx, Tongeren
16/10/22    De Singer, Rijkevorsel

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DEXTER WANSEL FEAT. DAMON WILLIAMS – THIS IS MY STORY

‘This Is My Story’ is the brand-new song from the critically acclaimed smooth Jazz album, which was released last year called ‘The Story of the Flight Crew to Mars’. It brings a powerful emotionally charged composition produced and arranged by Jazz legend Dexter Wansel. It also features one of Philly’s most respected top vocalist, Mr Damon Williams who contributes an outstanding performance on the music video. The song shall be released this coming August in conjunction with the Sound of Philadelphia 50th anniversary tour which begins in the UK. 

 

Artist Name : Dexter Wansel feat Damon Williams - https://g.co/kgs/U2x8Si

Song Title : This is My Story

Website : https://www.dexterwansel.com

Genre : Jazz/Soul/RNB

Location : United Kingdom

Release Date: 04-Aug-2022

Catalogue ID: DJ0108

UPC: 829282000801

Release Format: Single

Territory: Worldwide

P-Line: 2022 Digital Jukebox Records

C-Line: 2022 Digital Jukebox Records

Recording Location : United Kingdom

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Publishing Company : Digital Jukebox Recordings, UK - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_Jukebox_Records

Distributed by Sony/The Orchard, New York USA

GEOFF MULDAUR - 'HIS LAST LETTER' – GENRE SPANNING NEW DOUBLE ALBUM BY AMERICANA LEGEND

GEOFF MULDAUR photographs by Sacha de Boer

GEOFF MULDAUR
HIS LAST LETTER

new album
2xLP box set / 2xCD book
UK release date
30.09.22
(Moon River Music)

includes the singles
BLACK HORSE BLUES  audio
THE WHALE HAS SWALLOWED ME  audio
&
OCTET IN THREE MOVEMENTS (EP)
pt II HIS LAST LETTER  audio
out 15.07.22

 

“Geoff has always been one of my favourite singers”
Bonnie Raitt
“Someone I’ve always admired from afar”
John Cale
“There are only three white blues singers - Geoff Muldaur is at least two of them”
Richard Thompson
"Bob Dylan didn't want to be Woody Guthrie. He wanted to be Geoff Muldaur. Geoff was the Big Man on Campus. He still is"
Van Dyke Parks

‘His Last Letter’ is the most ambitious project ever undertaken by the Americana legend Geoff Muldaur; an 18 song tour de force in a long line of highly-acclaimed recordings by this venerable and highly respected musician. Recorded in the Netherlands, Muldaur takes us on a wide-ranging musical journey, collaborating with some of the finest classical and jazz musicians in that country to present stylish renderings of tunes from the American folk and jazz ‘songbag’, musical settings for the poems of Tennessee Williams, tributes to heroes such as Jelly Roll Morton and Duke Ellington, plus original compositions.

These recordings are available in high-end packages that include a 2xCD with book and a 2xLP box set with a 12”x12” book that includes photos, a foreword by composer David Amram, plus extensive track-by-track notes and personal stories by Muldaur. A true collector’s item, ‘His Last Letter’ will appeal in particular to listeners with an interest in American culture of the 1960s/70s, while its musical mix of classical, jazz, blues and Americana is the very epitome of ‘eclectic’. It also serves as an impressive retrospective of what has been a fulfilling career, a refreshing and vibrant modern classical/crossover mix that profiles Muldaur as an ever-creative artist who remains committed to developing his favourite music into the future.

Muldaur first had the idea of recording some chamber works he had been working on - pieces for violin, cello, clarinet, bassoon and French horn - in the late ‘00s, and for the next ten years found himself crossing the pond 2-3 times a year to rehearse and record in Amsterdam.
  
Producer Gert-Jan Blom soon came on board and utilised his address book to find the most skilled musicians, studios and engineers in the country, with Muldaur recalling that “as my arrangements and compositions evolved and different ensembles were needed, we found key players from the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Residence Orchestra of the Hague, the Asko | Schönberg Ensemble and Metropole Orkest. We also engaged freelancers on a variety of instruments, including our fine mezzo-soprano Claron McFadden.” McFadden shines on ‘My Little One’ (a musical setting for a Tennessee Williams poem) and especially on the album title track, which appears as the second movement of Muldaur’s own ‘Octet in Three Movements’ for soprano, string quartet and wind instruments.

The genesis of ‘The Last Letter’ dates back to 1977 when Muldaur found a box at his family home that contained a newspaper article from almost a century before about the sinking of the USS Oneida in Yokohama harbour. The ship’s Lieutenant Commander was his great-grandfather. Years later, in 2012, Muldaur received another box of historical records, “this time from the estate of my cousin. In it were letters sent from Japan by my great-grandfather to his wife in New Jersey. Among them was a love letter written the day before the USS Oneida left Tokyo for home.” As the ship left Tokyo Bay in heavy fog, it was rammed, sunk and abandoned by a British steamer out of its lane. Letters from survivors and military officers, newspaper articles and a US Senate report described the event. ‘His Last Letter’ was conceived from these sources.

"'The white man cannot vocal the blues', said the blues singer Muddy Waters with grave finality, and his maxim has only rarely been disproved. One of the few white vocalists to tackle effectively black folk-music idioms - country blues, gospel, early rhythm-and-blues - Geoff Muldaur succeeds not because he copies the timbre and inflections of a down-home African-American but because his voice - reedy, quavering, otherworldly - is so unusual that the 1920's and '30s blues he sings become little more than a context, a jumping-off point. As steeped as he is in the music of Skip James, Sleepy John Estes and Lead Belly, Muldaur has never sounded anything other than utterly individual”
NEW YORK TIMES

GEOFF MULDAUR - brief biography
Geoff Muldaur is not only one of the great voices and musical forces to emerge from the folk, blues and folk-rock scenes that emanated from the US East Coast over half a century ago, but he also lived in the legendary Woodstock for many years and played at the Newport Folk Festival several times when the original Americana/folk genre was at its height.

During the 1960s and '70s, he made a series of highly influential recordings as a founder member of the Jim Kweskin Jug Band and later with Paul Butterfield's Better Days group, as well as collaborations with then-wife Maria Muldaur and notables such as Bonnie Raitt, Eric Von Schmidt, Dr. John, Phil Everly and Jerry Garcia.

During the ’80s, he composed scores for film/TV and produced off-beat albums for the likes of Lenny Pickett and the Borneo Horns and the Richard Greene String Quartet. Muldaur’s definitive recording of ‘Brazil’ provided the seed for - and was featured in - Terry Gilliam's film of the same title. Composing has been his path ever since, with ensuing releases featuring uniquely crafted interpretations of classic (and often obscure) American material as well as his own unique compositions.

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REGGIE C. – ‘JOURNEY BACK HOME’

While Reggie C, the Fayetteville, NC native may be new on some people’s radars, he is actually no stranger to music. Reggie has been performing and recording for over a decade, with nine previous albums to his credit. The towering company he keeps powerfully confirms Reggie’s emergence in smooth jazz circles. His latest album titled, Always in Motion, features #1 recording artist NILS’ (who produced the project, composed some of these wildly infectious pieces, and lends his slick guitar, bass, keyboards and drum programming), to keyboard master Jeff Lorber, and the late, great R&B/jazz drummer icon, Ricky Lawson. Even more impressive is the glorious father/son horns of Reggie and his trumpeter dad Ray, whose tandem magic drives the emotion of most of the tracks.

 

Throughout his career, the soprano saxophone player has also opened for numerous music legends, including Ramsey Lewis, keyboardist Kevin Toney, and Frankie Beverly & Maze and Charlie Wilson. Perhaps the most notable of these for the North Carolina native was receiving an invitation to perform at the Inaugural Ball in Washington, DC, January 2012. Codrington also played at the star studded Black Caucus Ball in Washington, DC, and was later invited to perform jazz, gospel, and Christian rock music at eight concerts in villages in Guatemala, followed by another performance in Antigua. Always on the go and in demand, Reggie has since performed at various jazz concerts, festivals, and venues. Like many veteran recording artists who have taken many recordings to break through, Reggie has survived his share of disappointments in the music industry, even as he has made a living performing for many years. That commitment to overcoming obstacles stems from the difficulties in his childhood of dealing with Ataxic Cerebral Palsy (ACP), a chronic condition that affects muscle coordination and depth perception. Receiving a curved soprano sax on his 18th birthday led to a major transformation, offering Reggie a comfortable way to play that he had not previously experienced. “Something magical happened, and I knew I had found my niche,” he says. “I fell in love.”

 

Throughout the journey of writing and recording Always in Motion, NILS’ – whose crackling lead and rhythm guitar lines complement Codrington’s trademark soprano and occasional alto/soprano lead melodic lines - was able to grant Codrington’s “wish list” of collaborators. The groove-packed 10 track set includes keyboardist Jeff Lorber, some of the last sessions ever by the late drum legend Ricky Lawson, trumpeter Johnny Britt, bassist Reggie McBride and drummer Joey Heredia. “I always loved NILS’ music and thought this would be the perfect time to do something different from the past,” says Reggie. He goes on to say, “NILS’ really pushed me beyond what I thought I could do emotionally. In the past, I might run through a solo once and be satisfied, but NILS' would say, I think you have another one in you! Along with his sonic expertise, this kind of work ethic gave this album something fresh, a new vibe that is helping me evolve as an artist in ways I never expected.”

 

Reggie Codrington’s masterful blend of smooth jazz, old school soul, and elements of contemporary funk is nothing short of brilliant. To experience his musical flavor is to understand his popularity, and know why he is one of the most requested jazz artists on the scene today.

MARK ETHEREDGE – LOVE PLANET

With its swanky, sassy four-on-the-floor groove, “Love Planet” was composed by Etheredge and features the artist on piano and synthesizers, supported by guitarists Paul Brown and Jay Gore, bassist Roberto Vally, drummer Joel Taylor, and percussionist Lenny Castro. The horn section is comprised of Ron King (trumpet, flugelhorn, horn arrangement) and saxophonist Greg Vail.

 

“‘Love Planet’ is about love for each other, as well as self-love. I was taught growing up that everyone is born with a sense of goodness, and I still believe it’s true. And that goodness is totally inclusive. With all the craziness on this planet, it’s easy to lose sight of that. These days, I wake up asking, ‘What can I do to be more loving today?’” said Etheredge.

 

Etheredge’s most notable radio single, “Connected,” ranked No. 6 on Billboard's Smooth Jazz Chart. Subsequent singles include “Roger That,” “Resonance,” and “You&Me&We.”

 

"Love Planet"

Produced by Paul Brown

Session engineer: Carmen Grillo

 

Mark Etheredge - piano, synthesizers

Paul Brown - electric guitar

Jay Gore - electric guitar

Roberto Vally - electric bass

Joel Taylor - drums

Lenny Castro - percussion

Ron King - trumpet, flugel horn, horn arrangements

Greg Vail - tenor & baritone saxophones

JAZZ-R&B GUITARIST BLAKE AARON “DREAMS” HIS WAY TO No. 1

The sizzling summer single that he wrote with hitmaker Adam Hawley topped five charts simultaneously.

 

ALISO VIEJO (13 July 2022): Guitarist Blake Aaron is living the dream. Writing, producing, recording and performing music all over the world at the highest level, he just notched his fifth Billboard number one single as a solo artist. The scintillating summer smash that he wrote with chart-topper Adam Hawley, “Dreamland” went number one on five national charts simultaneously: Billboard, Groove Jazz Music, Mediabase, Radiowave and Smooth Jazz Network. The Innervision Records single is the second consecutive release to go number one from Aaron’s forthcoming seventh album, “Love and Rhythm.”    

 

“I set out to create a song that captures the imagination, excitement, fun and unbridled curiosity of a dream come true," said Aaron whose dexterous electric jazz guitar was accompanied on the energizing track by Hawley (rhythm guitar and keyboards), drummer Eric Valentine (who recently topped the Billboard chart with his own single), bassist Mel Brown, saxophonist and horn arranger David Mann, and trumpeter Trevor Neumann.    

 

Together, Aaron and Hawley scored a number one last year with Aaron’s single “Sunday Strut,” which topped four charts, including Billboard. Although Aaron has produced number one singles for himself as well as for other artists, he realizes the benefits of teaming with Hawley, a consistent chart-topper both as a solo artist and as a producer.

 

“Working with another Billboard number one producer inspired ideas and concepts that I may not have thought of on my own. Having a writing and production partner whom I respect but has a different style than mine opens up new musical and creative doors through different approaches and compromises. Utilizing a producer to challenge an artist to go to another level with an idea they may have thought was already ‘making the cut’ or conversely, encouraging the artist to run with an idea they were ready to throw out, can take the song in a whole new direction,” said Aaron.

 

Aaron hopes to continue the success that he and Hawley share by collaborating. In May, they locked themselves away in Hawley’s studio and didn’t emerge until they recorded rough mixes for two more singles.  

 

“In the internet age when most artists are collaborating online, Adam and I have found a certain magic of writing ‘old school’ by actually meeting in the studio, locking the door and not leaving until we have a fully recorded rough mix of a hit single,” said Aaron who plans to drop the next single crafted during their recent session on September 19.

 

Aaron has a proven track record of recording more than a handful of hit singles before bundling them as an album. Initially, it was an approach that came out of necessity for the time crunched artist – he’s also a first-call studio musician who has composed and produced music for television and film – but as the music industry has changed and evolved, now it’s a chosen path that helps him reach more listeners via Spotify. The coronavirus quarantine allowed him time to finish and release his last album, “Color and Passion,” in 2020, which spawned three Billboard number one singles.

 

“We’ll probably have enough music ready to release ‘Love and Rhythm’ next year.”   

 

Catch Blake Aaron on tour in the following cities (additional dates may be added):

 

August 20         Tyron, NC                                Mountain Brook Vineyards Wine & Jazz Fest

August 21         San Diego, CA                         Humphrey’s Backstage Live

August 27         Melbourne, FL                         The Maxwell C. King Center

August 28         Largo, FL                                 Central Park Performing Arts Center

September 5     Atlanta, GA                              City Winery Atlanta

September 10   Oxnard, CA                              Oxnard Jazz Festival

September 11   Temecula, CA                          Rhythm on the Vine Concert Series

October 20       Avalon, CA                              Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival

October 23       Galveston, TX                          BillyRay Sheppard’s Smooth Jazz Cruise

October 31       Sa Coma, Spain                        Mallorca Smooth Jazz Festival

 

For more information, please visit https://www.blakeaaron.com.