Category Archives: Smooth
This highly anticipated album is a perfect blend of the new sound of West Coast jazz guitar coupled with the smooth cool sound of West Coast sax that touches your very soul.
Gonna Be Alright is arrived at CDBaby.
Chart Topping/Award Winning Smooth Jazz recording artist Funkee Boy follows up his award winning/#1 selling CD “Philosoulphy” with his 3rd CD “Soul Pupose”. This stellar CD blends Funkee Boy’s signature keyboard playing/songwriting/music production w/ A-List artists Warren Hill, Najee, Bob Baldwin, Cindy Bradley, Nick Colionne, LEILA, Surface, Lamone, Timmy Maia, Tevin Michael and more!!!
These stellar artists come together on my new CD that features 9 original songs along with hot smooth jazz cover versions of Bruno Mars smash hits “Treasure” & “Just The Way You Are”. Funkee Boy also grooves to R.Kelly’s “Step In The Name Of Love”, and then slow it down with the Eagles classic ballad “I Can’t Tell You Why”.
Soul Purpose takes the listener on a journey starting off with the Uptempo tracks “Bonafide” & “Let It Flow”. Then it embraces your smooth & soulful side with tracks “Deja Vu”, “Karma”, & “Keystroke. There are also brilliantly written lyrics on the RnB vibes “Bring Back The Days” and “Satisfied”. Funkee Boy then plays with your senses and invokes a certain type of mood by drawing on the 50 Shades Of Grey inspiration with the solo piano piece “Escala”.
Check out Funkee Boy’s new album at CDBaby.
The 25th Street Band are writers, arrangers and producers Russ Klinger and Dave Radnor. They play keyboards, guitars and programming. Since their debut album The key of H (2007) we had to wait seven years. Now the wait is over with their return Dawn Of My Career (2014).
Guesting from LA are drummer Tom Brechtlein, and bassist Hussain Jiffry, from Toronto flutist Bill McBirnie, from the UK sax player Mornington Lockett, on vocals Ann Bailey, and Ollie James.
Skyway comes with a lot of joy and effortless ease. Mornington Lockett presents the basic melody in a new light. From the middle of the piece, the group interprets the piece as a naughty rock jazz before they turn back to the smooth jazz style.
Golden Moments is featuring songstress Ann Bailey richly decorated with a string orchestra. Grand Central Station is outlined with hip bass rhythm and snappy keyboard runs. The group also has the courage to chaotic elements. A little rock, turntable scratching and more. I am happy to hear the familiar keyboard sounds of Roland.
Timo falls out of the ordinary. The intro is from the hip-hop, the vocal part is reminiscent of priestly chorales, then goes something into Latin. A roller coaster ride of musical styles. Rock and jazz enter into a palatable communion on Beat. Dawn Of My Career presents a splendid triumvirate of keyboard, guitar and vocals.
Jazzira is by far the longest piece of this album with a length of more than 12 minutes. Great solos of all musicians especially flutist Bill McBirnie. Cold Star Journey is characterized by beautiful sounds, melodies and fantasies. With the funky Hugo’s There, the musicians once again show the immensity of their musical freedom.
Get yourself into the adventure of 25th Street. Listening to this album is great fun.
Title: Dawn Of My Career
Artist: 25th Street Band
Genre: Smooth Jazz
01 Skyway [7:18]
02 Golden Moments [4:58]
03 Grand Central [6:20]
04 Timo [6:26]
05 Beat [5:22]
06 Dawn Of My Career [7:18]
07 Jazzira [12:38]
08 Cold Star Journey [8:20]
09 Hugo’s There [6:32]
Panama City, Florida-based guitarist LOWELL HOPPER has a distinct bluesy-jazz style that in some aspects resembles his guitar heroes–Wes Montgomery, BB King, and Carlos Santana. Besides playing electric and classical guitars, Lowell is well versed on keyboards, four- and five-string electric basses, and produces as well.
Growing up in Bassett, Virginia, Lowell Hopper was introduced to music at an early age. He would often listen to his father play the acoustic guitar and sing around their house. Lowell began playing guitar at age 6, and was playing with blues bands in night clubs by age 15. While attending North Carolina A&T University, Lowell joined the A&T Jazz Ensemble where he was greater exposed to the jazz standards. After leaving A&T, Lowell toured with “the Majors” for two years, a rhythm and blues show band that was well-known in the South during the seventies.
Although his main interest still lies in producing, Lowell continues to perform live very often. He has released seven CDs: “Bay View” in 1993, “Invisible Touch” in 1995, “Live in Panama” in 1997, “Live on the Beach” in 1999, “Sweet Licks” in 2009, “In The Moment” in 2011, and “A New Direction” in 2013.
Jazz guitarist Lowell Hopper’s “A Touch of Sunshine” is packed with a rich selection of smooth instrumental jazz, funky grooves, and a blend of soulful melodies. Let the sun on you at CDBaby.
Musicians and music enthusiasts across the land have been highly anticipating the release of SnapShots. This CD contains soulful rhythms and melodies of Neo-Soul, R&B, and Hip Hop Jazz. Reggie wrote every lyric on the project and the majority of the music. One of the most innovative and catchy songs that he wrote is 9 Minutes 2 Midnight, which was co-written by Shedrick Mitchell. It features Elizabeth Ann Pegues and Yolanda Renee on vocals and Jermaine Parish on drums. It is a mixture of Neo-Soul and Hip Hop and is creating a tremendous buzz.
One of the prettiest love songs in a long time, So Beautiful, features the smooth vocals of Linny Smith. This is one tune you won’t soon forget. The soulful and funky song, On My Mind, features a new talent in Asif Ellis. His unique vocals were made for this tune that will have your feet stomping and leave you singing the melody throughout the day. The title track, SnapShots, is an instant classic that will take you on an intense musical journey with a strong groove, and the high notes of the Moog synthesizer will be impossible to ignore. You have never heard such a well-arranged bass project as this one. Real music that you can feel is back. Are you ready?
Then take it at CDBaby.
Saxophonist Bruce Riley offers his own version of Smooth Jazz. His skills are musical composition, audio engineering and the sax. He is currently affiliated with Broadcast Music Inc. After Rhythm Impressions in Jazz (2011), Smooth Jazz and Smooth Jazz 2 (2012) followed Essence of Smooth Jazz (2012) and The Best of Bruce Smooth Jazz (2013).
Economically Smooth is his newest effort at CDBaby.