Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Smooth Jazz Chart - Weekly Top 20 - February 1, 2016 #jazz


TW - LW - Artist - Album - (Label)
1 - 1 - Fourplay - "Silver - (Concord Music Group)
2 - 2 - Vincent Ingala - "Coast To Coast" - (Independent)
3 - 4 - 3rd Force - "Glocal Force" - (Baja/TSR)
4 - 3 - Dave Koz - "Collaborations" - (Concord)
5 - 5 - Pieces Of A Dream - "All In" - (Shanachie)
6 - 6 - Jonathan Fritzen - "Fritzenized" - (Nordic Night Records)
7 - 8 - Ken Navarro - "Unbreakable Heart" - (Positive Music Records)
8 - 7 - Nils - "Alley Cat" - (Baja/TSR)
9 - 12 - U-Nam - "C'est Le Funk" - (Skytown)
10 - 29 - Jazz Funk Soul - (More Serious Business) - (Shanachie)
11 - 21 - Lee Ritenour - (A Twist Of Rit) - (Concord)
12 - 9 - Jeff Lorber Fusion - "Step It Up" - (Heads Up)
13 - 11 - Rick Braun - "Can You Feel It" - (Artistry)
14 - 15 - Lawson Rollins - "Infinite Chill" - (Infinita Records/Baja TSR)
15 - 13 - Julian Vaughn - "Limitless" - (julianvaughn.com)
16 - 14 - Andy Snitzer - "American Beauty" - (Independent)
17- 17 - Boney James - "Futuresoul" - (Concord)
18 - 16 - Bill McGee - "Still Bill" - (804Jazz)
19 - 10 - Maysa - "Back 2 Love" - (Shanachie)
20 - 20 - Lindsey Webster - "You Change" - (Atlanta Records)


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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Smooth Jazz Chart - Weekly Top 20 - January 25, 2016 #jazz


TW - LW - Artist - Album - (Label)
1 - 1 - Fourplay - "Silver - (Concord Music Group)
2 - 2 - Vincent Ingala - "Coast To Coast" - (Independent)
3 - 3 - Dave Koz - "Collaborations" - (Concord)
4 - 19 - 3rd Force - "Glocal Force" - (Baja/TSR)
5 - 6 - Pieces Of A Dream - "All In" - (Shanachie)
6 - 9 - Jonathan Fritzen - "Fritzenized" - (Nordic Night Records)
7 - 4 - Nils - "Alley Cat" - (Baja/TSR)
8 - 5 - Ken Navarro - "Unbreakable Heart" - (Positive Music Records)
9 - 8 - Jeff Lorber Fusion - "Step It Up" - (Heads Up)
10 - 16 - Maysa - "Back 2 Love" - (Shanachie)
11 - 7 - Rick Braun - "Can You Feel It" - (Artistry)
12 - 10 - U-Nam - "C'est Le Funk" - (Skytown)
13 - 20 - Julian Vaughn - "Limitless" - (julianvaughn.com)
14 - 18 - Andy Snitzer - "American Beauty" - (Independent)
15 - 13 - Lawson Rollins - "Infinite Chill" - (Infinita Records/Baja TSR)
16 - 31 - Bill McGee - "Still Bill" - (804Jazz)
17- 11 - Boney James - "Futuresoul" - (Concord)
18 - 14 - Byron Miller - "Psycho Bass" - (Byron Lee Miller's Studio's LLC)
19 - 12 - Patrick Bradley - "Can You Hear Me" - (Patrick Bradley)
20 - 28 - Lindsey Webster - "You Change" - (Atlanta Records)


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Thursday, January 21, 2016

Smooth Jazz Chart - Weekly Top 20 - January 18, 2016 #jazz


TW - LW - Artist - Album - (Label)
1 - 1 - Fourplay - "Silver - (Concord Music Group)
2 - 2 - Vincent Ingala - "Coast To Coast" - (Independent)
3 - 3 - Dave Koz - "Collaborations" - (Concord)
4 - 5 - Nils - "Alley Cat" - (Baja/TSR)
5 - 6 - Ken Navarro - "Unbreakable Heart" - (Positive Music Records)
6 - 4 - Pieces Of A Dream - "All In" - (Shanachie)
7 - 8 - Rick Braun - "Can You Feel It" - (Artistry)
8 - 7 - Jeff Lorber Fusion - "Step It Up" - (Heads Up)
9 - 22 - Jonathan Fritzen - "Fritzenized" - (Nordic Night Records)
10 - 13 - U-Nam - "C'est Le Funk" - (Skytown)
11- 9 - Boney James - "Futuresoul" - (Concord)
12 - 16 - Patrick Bradley - "Can You Hear Me" - (Patrick Bradley)
13 - 10 - Lawson Rollins - "Infinite Chill" - (Infinita Records/Baja TSR)
14 - 20 - Byron Miller - "Psycho Bass" - (Byron Lee Miller's Studio's LLC)
15 - 12 - Phil Perry - "A Better Man" - (Shanachie)
16 - 17 - Maysa - "Back 2 Love" - (Shanachie)
17 - 18 - Lee Ritenour - "A Twist Of Rit" - (Concord)
18 - 15 - Andy Snitzer - "American Beauty" - (Independent)
19 - 102 - 3rd Force - "Glocal Force" - (Baja/TSR)
20 - 11 - Julian Vaughn - "Limitless" - (julianvaughn.com)


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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Greg Abate & Phil Woods with the Tim Ray Trio "Kindred Spirits" Live at Chan's #jazz

Greg Abate captures one of the final live performances of Phil Woods

Kindred Spirits Live, Greg Abate's new recording, captures one of the final live performances of legendary sax player Phil Woods.

Greg Abate boasts one of hard bop's best-known alto saxophones. In
fact, he's earned the nickname "the prince of bebop, " which makes
perfect sense if you've seen him perform or if you've heard any
number of his recordings. It won't take long, as you spin his new
recording, for you to hear the brio in Abate's work, the power and
passion behind his playing. He truly does his instrument justice.

It is something of an injustice that his bandmate on this recording,Phil Woods, is no longer with us to feel the love and hear the accolades bestowed on his and Abate's new work. Woods, who passed in late September, was throughout his career widely hailed as one of the prototypical practitioners on the instrument. Prior to his passing, Abate and Woods, backed by the Tim Ray Trio-which includes world-class talents Ray on piano, Mark Walker on drums and John Lockwood on bass-whipped up the ebullient vibes on Kindred Spirits Live at Chan's. Live is one of just a short list of Woods' last live sax performances caught on record, and essentially and unexpectedly, a recording dedicated to the jazz giant.

It goes without question that Woods enjoyed an illustrious career,
one that was both inspired and inspirational. He began playing the
sax at 12, developed his artistry in the wake of the incredible
legacy left by the king of bebop, Charlie Parker. Woods became one of
the instrument's true standard bearers and he mentored countless
young musicians throughout his life.

It's not a coincidence that Abate himself, an individualist on the
instrument, pays a deep artistic debt to the fine work of Phil Woods
and Parker before him. This recording, in consummate Abate fashion,
is tasteful and powerful, as well as an emotional send-off to a
musician the likes of which we will not witness again. Still you can
hear him side by side with Abate, onstage, brimming with the noise
and notes from two great saxophones. This music, like so much of
Woods' work, will surely live on forever.

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Friday, January 08, 2016

Esperanza Spalding Emerges With "Emily's D+Evolution" March 4th Concord Records #jazz


2016 TOUR INCLUDES HOMETOWN SHOW AT NYC’S APOLLO THEATER APRIL 14
 
VIDEO PREMIERE FOR NEW TRACK “GOOD LAVA” AND Q&A WITH ESPERANZA AT NPR MUSIC
 
Esperanza Spalding’s new project Emily’s D+Evolution, set for release March 4 on Concord Records, is a fresh artistic vision for the 4-time GRAMMY winner, a daring tapestry of music, vibrant imagery, performance art and stage design. Co-produced by Esperanza and Tony Visconti (David Bowie), the album is an electrifying take on the power trio adorned with backing singers and touches of synthesizer, “as if to fly the pirate flag of the Black Rock Coalition” according to The New York Times.

Esperanza assembled a new band for Emily’s D+Evolution including guitarist Matthew Stevens (Christian Scott) and drummer Karriem Riggins (Madlib, Erykah Badu). She recorded some of the album’s eleven tracks in front of a small audience in a Los Angeles studio. The result is otherworldly cosmic soul, kinetic songs that burst with energy and life. Album opener “Good Lava” offers a grand salvo: sinewy riffs doubled on electric bass and distorted guitar with melodies that stick and float across registers. NPR Music has the video premiere for “Good Lava” and an interview with Esperanza about the new album here.

Emily’s D+Evolution was first revealed last year via a series of high profile shows including a performance in front of a capacity crowd at the Prospect Park Bandshell for Celebrate Brooklyn! and the Essence Festival in New Orleans. Esperanza debuted the new album track “One” in October with a special performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live from BAM in Brooklyn.

Esperanza Spalding, who has performed everywhere from the Oscars to the White House, will tour extensively in support of Emily’s D+Evolution including a headlining hometown show at NYC’s historic Apollo Theater on April 14.

TRACK LIST:
1. Good Lava
2. Unconditional Love
3. Judas
4. Earth To Heaven
5. One
6. Rest In Pleasure
7. Ebony and Ivy
8. Noble Nobles
9. Farewell Dolly
10. Elevate or Operate
11. Funk The Fear
12. I Want It Now

TOUR DATES:
4/9 - Northampton, MA - Calvin Theatre
4/10 - Greenvale, NY - Tilles Center for the Performing Arts
4/12 - Boston, MA - Shubert Theater
4/14 - New York, NY - Apollo Theater
4/16 - Red Bank, NJ - Count Basie Theatre
4/17 - New Haven, CT - College Street Music Hall
4/19 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
4/20 - Durham, NC - Carolina Theatre
4/22 - Atlanta, GA - Center Stage
4/23 - Clearwater, FL - Capitol Theatre
4/24 - Miami, FL - Knight Center
 

Esperanza Spalding on the Web:
Website: http://www.esperanzaspalding.com/#emily
 


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Thursday, January 07, 2016

Mark Etheredge - "Connected" Releases February 26 on Vipaka Records - #jazz #video

Overcoming connectivity issues: jazz keyboardist Mark Etheredge connects with GRAMMY®-winning producer Paul Brown to create “Connected,” due February 26
Emitting an abundance of light on the front and back covers, contemporary jazz keyboardist Mark Etheredge describes his forthcoming “Connected” as the happiest album he’s ever made. Listening to the ten-song Vipaka Records release produced by two-time GRAMMY® winner Paul Brown, the upbeat melodies and optimistic grooves are spirit-raisers, written by a man who is quite comfortable in his own skin. But the inspiration behind the project that is scheduled for release February 26, 2016 is anything but comfy. While growing up, the tall and gawky Etheredge was bullied. He felt alone and disconnected. One of four boys born to a father who was a minister, Etheredge grew up singing and playing in church yet as he discovered his sexual identity, he felt further isolated. He was different and he knew it.      



“I had a deep feeling of being disconnected from humanity. Later, I realized that these feelings were all in my head. We are all connected in this world, and what we do affects each other. ‘Connected’ is a celebration of our human connection - across geography, race, language, class, gender, sexual orientation and beliefs,” said Etheredge. "I've wanted to make an album like this for a long time. Working with Paul Brown and the high caliber of musicians was a real treat for me, and I'm thrilled to share this album with listeners."

While most of the tunes on “Connected” offer a treasure trove of lilting piano and keyboard harmonies, the tension is palpable on “Lost In The Shuffle,” an instrumental account of Etheredge’s bullied past provoked by Brown’s menacing electric guitar and horn section stabs from saxophonist Greg Vail and trumpeter Lee Thornburg. It took decades before Etheredge could feel at ease composing a soaring affirmation like “Be Who You Are.” Championing our differences and connectivity, the disc’s deep-pocketed title track will be the first single shipped to radio after the New Year for airplay (watch the video for “Connected” here http://bit.ly/1m7Krpe). The urbane outing produced to sound live also makes room for the lighthearted with the carefree romantic romp “Groovin’ With My Baby”; the rousing “For Your Love” highlighting ace guitarist Chuck Loeb (Fourplay);  the frivolously-titled “Bing Bang Boom,” which packs an explosive wallop along with combustible Latin sounds; and incorporates R&B and gospel into the mix with Andy Suzuki’s soul-stirring tenor sax appeals as Etheredge demonstrates his proficiency on the Hammond B3 and Wurlitzer on “Soul Clap Honey.”

Throughout the album, drummer Gorden Campbell, bassist Roberto Vally and percussionist Richie Garcia form a taut rhythm section from which Etheredge’s nimble and vibrant piano and keyboard melodies leap to the fore, bolstered by Brown’s guitar prowess.                  

“Connected” denotes a return to instrumental music for Etheredge following 2012’s adult contemporary vocal session “Change Coming,” which was driven by “The One,” a single graced with backing vocals from dance music diva Jeanie Tracy that received international airplay. His debut date, “As Dawn,” was a New Age record released at the height of the genre’s commercial power and reissued in 2010. “Connected” is Etheredge’s first collection recorded in Los Angeles after his relocation from the Bay Area two years ago, leaving a job in the tech space to fully focus on following his musical muse.    

“I realized I wanted to do something more meaningful, make a more positive impact on the world and share my passion for music,” said Etheredge, who will be performing at album release concerts at Spaghettini near Los Angeles on February 28 and at Bay Area jazz club Angelicas on March 19.

Etheredge’s “Connected” album contains the following songs:

“Groovin’ With My Baby”
“Be Who You Are”
“Roger That”
“Connected” featuring Paul Brown
“Lost In The Shuffle” featuring Paul Brown
“Cherry Cha”
“For Your Love” featuring Chuck Loeb
“Bing Bang Boom”
“Rain”
“Soul Clap Honey”

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


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Monday, January 04, 2016

Smooth Jazz Chart - Weekly Top 20 - January 4, 2016 #jazz


TW - LW - Artist - Album - (Label)
1 - 2 - Fourplay - "Silver - (Concord Music Group)
2 - 1 - Vincent Ingala - "Coast To Coast" - (Independent)
3 - 3 - Dave Koz - "Collaborations" - (Concord)
4 - 4 - Ken Navarro - "Unbreakable Heart" - (Positive Music Records)
5 - 6 - Boney James - "Futuresoul" - (Concord)
6 - 8 - Pieces Of A Dream - "All In" - (Shanachie)
7 - 10 - Jeff Lorber Fusion - "Step It Up" - (Heads Up)
8 - 5 - Nils - "Alley Cat" - (Baja/TSR Records)
9 - 9 - Rick Braun - "Can You Feel It" - (Artistry)
10 - 12 - Four80East - "Positraction" - (Boomtang)
11 - 13 - Julian Vaughn - "Limitless" - (julianvaughn.com)
12 - 15 - Gerald Albright - "Slam Dunk" - (Heads Up)
13 - 11 - Lee Ritenour - "A Twist Of Rit" - (Concord)
14 - 14 - Lawson Rollins - "Infinite Chill" - (Infinita Records/Baja TSR)
15 - 16 - Patrick Bradley - "Can You Hear Me" - (Patrick Bradley)
16 - 22 - U-Nam - "C'est Le Funk" - (Skytown)
17 - 17 - Cindy Bradley - "Bliss" - (Trippin 'N' Rhythm)
18 - 7 - Maysa - "Back 2 Love" - (Shanachie)
19 - 19 - Euge Groove - "Got 2 Be Groovin'" - (Shanachie)
20 - 20 - Byron Miller - "Psycho Bass" - (Byron Lee Miller's Studio's LLC)


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