Yours Truly (2005)
With Yours Truly Rick Braun broadens his audience appeal with smooth "jazzpects" of such pop and R&B covers as "Shining Star," "Holdin' Back the Years," "Love's Theme," "All Around the World," and "Daughters," among others. His muted trumpeting on Earth, ...
Philippe Saisse (2009) Top Seller
Audio Remasterer: Doug Schwartz.
Recording information: Avatar Studios, New York, NY (01/2008-05/2008); Phantom Recordings, Sherman Oaks, CA (01/2008-05/2008); Studio De La Reine, Paris, France (01/2008-05/2008).
Photographer: Sunny Bak.
Arranger: Philippe Saisse.
Personnel: Philippe Saisse (piano, keyboards, programming); Jasmine Roy, Angélique Kidjo (vocals); Jeff Golub ...
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Wild Heart (1999) Top Seller
Violinist Willie Royal and guitarist Wolfgang "Lobo" Fink reunite as Willie & Lobo for their sixth album, Wild Heart. Much like their previous releases, Wild Heart features an intense hybrid of styles, including jazz, Cuban swing, tango, Middle Eastern grooves ...
It Just Happens That Way (2003)
Mindi Abair's GRP debut, It Just Happens That Way, showcases the multi-talented artist's pop-influenced vision of jazz. The saxophonist/vocalist/percussionist and composer offers listeners 12 exceptional tunes on which she plays alto and soprano saxophones, keyboards, vox, and wind chimes. Best ...
Body and Soul (1996)
Body & Soul, explores an introspective, thoughtful side of Rick Braun's artistry. Funk grooves and irresistible pop melodies still prevail in subtler shades, but Braun reflects maturely on the changes of his life with a collection that pays homage to ...
Full Stride (1998)
A positive, tongue-in-cheek attitude infuses the trumpeter's Full Stride with a certain balmy optimism that contrasts with the dark moods of most of 1997's Body and Soul -- and recalls the deeply grooving, party time atmosphere on his breakthrough Beat ...
Funky Joint Studios, Sherman Oaks, California between April and May 2001.
Somewhere between the smooth silkiness of R&B and the technically proficient slickness of jazz lies the genre known as quiet storm, which artists like Kenny G have ridden to popularity. ...
Clean Getaway (2008)
Call this the album that almost never was. In 2006 Curtis Salgado was diagnosed with liver cancer and given eight months to live unless he underwent a half-million-dollar operation. The money was raised from benefits by friends of Salgado such ...
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Fandango Nights (1994)
All songs written by Willie Royal and/or Wolfgang "Lobo" Fink, except "Om Khalsoum" (traditional).
The oft heard complaint that there's no originality in today's instrumental music gets a hearty challenge from violinist Willie Royal and acoustic guitarist Wolfgang Fink, collectively known ...
La Dolce Vita (2008)
Along with a select few other artists, saxophonist Warren Hill attests there's more to smooth jazz than what meets the ear. True, there are plenty of lighthearted and sweet-natured sounds to be heard, but Hill also connects with his rock ...
Originally released on the Chronic imprint in 1982, this live recording was initially available in such scarce quantities that only the most die-hard of Jonathan Edwards collectors knew this existed. Starting off with a lively rendition of his biggest-known hit, ...
Rod Stewart Sessions 1971-1998 (2009)
Track Listing: DISC 1: Maggie May; Seems Like a Long Time; Italian Girls; You Wear It Well; Lost Paraguayos; I'd Rather Go Blind; Angel; Think I'll Pack My Bags [Early Version of "Mystifies Me"]; Farewell; Girl from the North Country; ...
Sax Pack (2008)
The joyful trend towards all-star tours in smooth jazz began in the mid-'90s with Guitars & Saxes and became the standard on summer festival circuits well into the 2000s. One of the most exciting and popular of these has been ...
Mortal City (1996)
MORTAL CITY, the follow-up to Dar Williams' successful debut, THE HONESTY ROOM, is rife with whimsy, wit, and the confessional style of songwriting that first drew fans to Williams. Her confessional style remains engaging, charming, and rarely self-indulgent. Williams tackles ...
Absolute Hits (2005)
You have to feel for Billy Squier (and his fans). His record label has done nothing but bungle his hits and best-of collections. Every couple of years they repackage what they claim to be his hits and best songs and ...
Everything Is Everything: The Music of Donny Hathaway (2010)
Tributee: Donny Hathaway.
Personnel: Sara Cutler (harp); Joyce Hamann, Antoine Silverman, Entcho Todorov, Sean Carney (violin); Louise Shulman, Lois Martin (viola); Chris Hunter (flute); Keith Underwood (alto flute); Lawrence Feldman (bass flute); Charles Pillow (bass clarinet); Kenneth Whalum III, Andy Snitzer ...
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As the child of Japanese musicians who reside in both New York City and Tokyo, Utada Hikaru was perhaps predestined for a career as a performer informed by multiculturalism. On her first major-label English-language album, Utada (who previously sold over ...
Smooth jazz saxophonist Kirk Whalum reaches back into his own discography on 2007's ROUNDTRIP, re-recording material drawn from his 30 years in the game. Whalum revisits some of the funky stuff that was his stock in trade during his club ...
Joined at the Hip (1996)
JOINED AT THE HIP was nominated for a 1997 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Jazz Performance.
JOINED AT THE HIP features Bob James and saxophonist Kirk Whalum as a team. After several appearance on one another's solo efforts, James and Whalum ...
Mrs. Pinocci's Guitar (1995)
"Is It Peace or Is It Prozac?," asked Cheryl Wheeler on the funniest song of her fifth album, Mrs. Pinocci's Guitar. But a listen to the whole album belied the humor of that tune and its comic companions, the anti-television ...
Night Walk (1994)
All songs written or co-written by Rick Braun.
Recorded at Brauntosoarus Studios, Studio City, California.
Personnel: Rick Braun (guitar, trumpet, flugelhorn, keyboards, programming); Leroy Osbourne (vocals); Todd Sharp (guitar, acoustic guitar); Vin "Vinny" D'Onofrio, Jeff Golub, Carl Verheyen (guitar); Curtis Brengle (flute, ...
Diamond & Glass (2002)
Track Listing: Diamond & Glass; Easy for You; I Have a Ring; It Ain't Love; Corazon Frio; Spirit of Love; You and Me; Sometimes Love Ain't Enough; Goodnight' Til Then; Cherokee; I Don't Know Anymore; Never Enough;
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Les Paul and Friends: Tribute to a Legend (2008)
Something of a companion piece to the 2005 Les Paul & Friends album American Made World Played, A Tribute to a Legend again finds contemporary rock musicians playing on tracks that, in most cases, also feature Paul himself. The guitarist ...
Little Pieces (2004)
Recording information: At Home; Jimmy's New York City Apartment; Lapland, Brooklyn, New York, NY; Studio 900, New York, NY; Tony Beard's Basement; Unique Studios, New York, NY.
Author: Judy Collins.
Personnel: Kerryn Tolhurst (guitar, electric guitar, lap steel guitar, resonator guitar, dobro, ...
Que Pasa (1997)
Gato Barbieri's first recording in a decade finds his distinctive (and always passionate) tenor tone still mostly intact. It is nice to have Barbieri back on the scene again. ~ Scott Yanow
Includes liner notes by Emiliano Battista, Gato Barbieri and ...