DIANA BARASH A Miracle of Love Anaviv Music
On her sensual and soulful debut album A MIRACLE OF LOVE, well traveled Eastern European native Diana Barash caresses her spirited blend of moods, romance and inspiration with exotic percussion, soundscape textures and ethereal atmospheres. Drawing from world music as well as traditional genres like jazz, R&B and pop, the sensual singer creates dreamy journeys (on some tracks in collaboration with renowned jazz pianist and composer Sunnie Paxson) that seduce the listener with optimism as she sings of love, hope, empowerment and perseverance. The elegant, trumpet laced focal track “Save This World” can be enjoyed both as a vocal and instrumental.
PETE BELASCO Lights On Independent
While Pete Belasco is truly one of the most satisfying singers of our time, seven years is a very long wait without getting some... Some of that seductive slow groove, some soulful crooning and some cleverly, evocative lyrics. Sure, Pete Belasco’s signature sound lingers, which is why radio stations worldwide continue to support his two previous recordings (Get It Together and Deeper). With LIGHTS ON, the wait is over my Belasco-starved friends! This new project is everything you’ve been holding out for! Subtle, sexy and intelligent with skillfully crafted tunes in a similar vein as vintage favorites Mayfield, Marvin and Smokey. Fans of today’s neo soul, will also enjoy discovering Pete’s LIGHTS ON… a relevant musical tale of a sweet, sweet life. The new project features 12 entrancing new songs, plus 2 bonus tracks, including the hot new single, the artist's anthem of career integrity, "I Ain't Doin' It." We can finally relax, as we are Belascofied once again!
An extraordinary collection of independent Neo Soul, R&B and Nu Jazz presented by Bey Bright and featuring singing sensations Tia Dae, Colie Williams and Chaneta Copeland! Produced by soul producer and songwriter Bey Bright (pronounced "bay") who is also an author, relationship expert, life coach, consultant, writer, musician, entertainer and CEO of Bey Bright INC. The focus of the multi-talented, NYC and Washington, D.C. based entrepreneur is to motivate, educate & entertain through written works, musical compositions and lectures. NU INDIE SOUL, VOL 1 is a must-have for music fans!
LANCE ELLIS LanceEllis.com Landlord Records
He grew up learning from Ellis Marsalis, he marched in the Mardi Gras in school, he moonlighted on Bourbon Street and played on riverboats and he followed in the footsteps of the, great saxophonist Charles Miller. Meet Lance Ellis, a former New Orleans postal worker turned entrepreneur and entertainer. The charismatic performer has taken the innovative principles of jazz and applied them to his unique style of smooth music that is truly seductive and hypnotic. A timeless, sophisticated gumbo of jazz, Gospel-tinged R&B and soul… inspired by New Orleans but too big to stop there! LanceEllis.com is home to a catalog of cool music, including original Lance Ellis music on CD and DVD. Jazz just the way you like it, smooth and sexy, featuring saxophone and flute with renowned guests including Michael Ward, Gina Brown and Lee Oskar. Get inspired, get inspiring music at LanceEllis.com!
CAJSA FRANGQUIST Live Life Independent
New from the exciting world of Cajsa (“kai-za”) Franquist comes a fun, energetic new EP filled with life… aptly titled LIVE LIFE! The Swedish songwriter, singer, producer has a unique sound that mixes exciting Euro beats with a fresh fusion of funk, jazz, soul and R&B. “Funk (That Music Beat)” is the first single and it promises to get you moving with a contemporary dance groove and jazz nuances throughout. Cajsa has a style all her own… on the forefront of crossing sounds, blurring lines and proving that her generation is genre-blind and trailblazing to their own music beat. Cajsa’s cool!
One of the world’s leading instrumentalists with a career spanning three decades, more than twenty solo recordings and over 1.2 million units sold, contemporary jazz icon, Keiko Matsui is a force to be reckoned with. The soft-spoken, soulful composer releases a completely compelling collection of new songs that are deeply personal and musically integral while presenting a cool, fashionable swagger. With songs like “Black Lion,” “Top Secret” “A Night With Cha Cha” as well as the title track, she glides through a chilled, jazz vibe with artful expression and gorgeous articulation, defused with stirring beats and rhythms. The album is captivating, songs ranging from cinematic to energetic. Keiko makes her vocal debut on a very cool tune she was inspired to write for Police founder, called “Stingo.” Special guest contributions on this project give the artist an opportunity to share her journey with fellow musical jazzscape painters Chuck Loeb, Marcus Miller, Kirk Whalum, Narada Michael Walden and Will Lee. Keiko Matsui is timeless and SOUL QUEST is proof positive.
Mind, Body, Soul Songs… JamieMitges.com, a musical website dedicated to healing with music from the soul. Composer, musician, creative spirit, Jamie Mitges writes songs from the soul for the soul…Soul souls written for you and your loved ones. A healing, relaxing experience awaits you now at JamieMitges.com!
Ooh la la! From the soon-to-be-released album LET'S HAVE SAX comes a sexy new tune that spills over with scintillating jazz, infused with chill and neo soul... Steve Reason's "French Love"! The saxophonist, singer, songwriter, producer, performer has our full attention! "French Love" comes in two flavors, a St. Tropez-tinged version with sultry vocals and smooth rap featuring guests Ja'Rae and Stack$, as well as a mostly instrumental version for clear-air flying with pure unadulterated saxophone. If this is how Steve's gonna bring it with the first single, we are preparing for the rest!
PAOLO RUSTICHELLI Soul Italiano (Med Groove) Next Age Music
The most compelling song yet from Italy's renown keyboardist and composer, Paolo Rustichelli! Sunny, sexy and invigorating, "Med Groove" will take you where you want to go, on a musical adventure through sun-drenched destinations in Spain, Italy and Greece with a fresh mix of Latin rhythms and classic Paolo melodies and instrumentation! The enchanting, mid-tempo "Med Groove" promises to deliver big for fans and radio airplay. Like with the artist's previous hit "Paisa," we predict this new song will be a chart-topper for the pioneer of synth music and creator of chill out, electro Smooth Jazz! One play of "Med Groove" and you'll be on your way to the Mediterranean!
JIM SAMUEL NOW Independent
Composer/pianist Jim Samuel offers a compelling variety of textures and tempos on his latest release, NOW, featuring a stellar collection of originals, augmented by two sterling covers… namely the iconic “Mr. Magic,” featuring Gerald Albright’s brilliant sax work, and the Norah Jones hit, “Don’t Know Why.” Of the originals, I’m particularly drawn to the lovely “Serena,” featuring talented guitarist Rob Tardik, and the bittersweet “Now That You’re Gone,” featuring trumpet/flugelhorn master Tony Neenan. NOW just might be Mr. Samuel’s best release yet. Expect to see this one spending a lot of time at the top of the charts in 2014!
MIKE STONE Stepper Image Capsule Records
Windy City producer, songwriter, arranger, DJ, multi-instrumentalist and founder of the recording label Image Capsule Record, Mike Stone delivers an infectious new joint called "Stepper." The Chicago native has captured the essence of the Step dancing vibe with a colorful percussive base layered with an impressive keyboard performance. "Stepper" will make you want to move to the groove… Stone just stepped your Smooth Jazz up a notch!
Sultry saxman Paul Taylor continues to raise the bar in contemporary jazz on his 10th release, TENACITY. The 10-song album has a style and a sway to it from beginning to end, a flow due in part to the fact that Taylor chose one producer for the entire recording, long time friend and colleague, Dino Esposito. TENACITY is sexy-cool with smarts. A blend of smooth jazz and urban pop - relaxed at times, driving and upbeat as well and consistently soulful. The release embodies all that is accessible and fresh musically, with a smooth, ultra-hip cover of The Weekend’s “Wicked Games” and a chilled, elevated vibe on songs like "Awakening," “Luxe,” “Open Road,” and “More To Come.” The first single, the super flirtatious, "Supernova," features Swedish keyboard sensation Jonathan Fritzén. The 10th album marks 20 years in the music biz, and Paul Taylor is as relevant and youthful as ever! ENTER the PAUL TAYLOR "TENACITY" SCAVENGER HUNT for a chance to Win a Private In-Home Concert with Paul Taylor for you and 10 of your friends at - www.smoothjazz.com/contest