Monday, November 28, 2016

Smooth Jazz Chart - Weekly Top 20 - November 28, 2016 #jazz


TW - LW - Artist - Album - (Label)
1 - 2 - Peter White - "Groovin' - (Heads Up/Concord)
2 - 3 - Nathan East - "Reverence" - (Yamaha Entertainment Group"
3 - 1 - Euge Groove - "Still Euge" - (Shanachie)
4 - 5 - Richard Elliot - "Summer Madness" - (Heads Up/Concord)
5 - 4 - Paul Brown - "One Way Back" - (Woodward Avenue)
6 - 7 - BWB - "BWB" - (Artistry/Mack Avenue)
7 - 8 - Chuck Loeb - "Unspoken" - (Shanachie)
8 - 6 - The Rippingtons - "True Stories" - (Peak/eONE)
9 - 10 - Marc Antoine - "Laguna Beach" - (Woodward Avenue)
10 - 9 - Paul Jackson Jr. - "Stories From Stompin' Willie - (Branch, Records Inc.)
11 - 12 - Paul Taylor - "Countdown" - (Pike/eOne)
12 - 11 - Doc Powell - "This Is Soul" - (DPR Music)
13 - 13 - Lindsey Webster - "Back To Your Heart" - (Shanachie)
14 - 14 - Gerald Albright - "Taking Control" - (Bright)
15 - 15 - Adam Hawley - "Just The Beginning" - (Kalimba)
16 - 16 - Ken Navarro - "Bonfire" - (Positive Music Records)
17 - 17 - John Novello - "Ivory Soul" - (529 Music)
18 - 20 - Jas Miller - "Follow The Sun" - (Jas Miller)
19 - 19 - U-Nam - "Surface Level" - (Skytown Records)
20 - 22 - Jazmin Ghent - "Chocolate Sunshine" - (jazmingent.com)


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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving

Our chance to share generously with those we love. May you and yours have many reasons to be thankful

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

World music guitarist Lawson Rollins muses time on "3 Minutes to Midnight" #jazz

Tick, tick, tick…World music guitarist Lawson Rollins muses time on “3 Minutes to Midnight”
 
The exotic and sensual first radio single, “Sway,” previews the January 20 album release that conveys the urgency of the moment.
  
 Three minutes to midnight. Time is lapsing. What would you do with the final moments of your day? Award-winning world beat guitarist Lawson Rollins pondered that question as he entered the recording studio to craft his seventh album, “3 Minutes to Midnight,” which will be released on January 20 via the Infinita Records label. Focusing on “the urgency of the moment, the exhilaration of the speed of sound, the poignancy of the remains of the day and the mystical power of the number three,” Rollins wrote a dozen multicultural compositions - all in the three minute range and illuminated by his prodigious fingerstyle guitar play. The recording is stripped down, punchy and concise, a radical departure for the Billboard chart-topping artist known for creating lavishly produced and elaborately-constructed tracks that are at least twice as long.
 
“I really made an effort to pare down my musical flights of fancy and focus on the essentials instead of diverging into various plots and subplots within the song structure. The songs have an urgent, succinct quality and are unencumbered by elaborate instrumentation. This is the first time I came up with the title and overall concept early on in the process. I don’t know if it’s a reaction to the times we live in, with our shrinking bandwidth for complexity and desire for clarity, or if I just wanted to be as impactful and expressive as I could across a range of emotions - from exciting, passionate and bursting with energy to sad, contemplative and meditative,” said Rollins, who will introduce the new material when the sultry first single, “Sway,” is serviced to radio programmers for airplay ahead of the album’s release date.
 
Like his previous discs, Rollins produced “3 Minutes to Midnight” with multi-platinum producer Dominic Camardella utilizing the same core group of musicians. Grammy-winning violinist Charlie Bisharat, bassist Randy Tico and drummer/percussionist Dave Bryant joined Rollins (guitar, keyboards, drum programming) and Camardella (piano, Rhodes piano, Hammond organ) along with newcomers to the fold Stephen Duros (drum programming) and Forrest Marquisse (pedal steel). Since fans have marveled at videos of his dazzling and dexterous classical guitar technique that have generated a whopping 8 million YouTube views, Rollins welcomed cameras into the Santa Barbara Sound Design studio to capture the recording of his guitar parts for three videos – including one lensed during the tracking of “Sway” – that are now posted on YouTube and Rollins’ website (www.LawsonRollins.com).  
 
Rollins has landed on Billboard’s Top 10 World Music Albums chart and four of his collections placed singles on the Billboard Top 30 contemporary jazz radio chart. Recently he collected three major awards from the Akademia Music Awards (Best Jazz Song), the USA Songwriting Competition (1st place, Instrumental) and the Global Music Awards (triple gold medal winner). Why does the number three continue to come up for the long-time San Francisco resident? 
 
“Three is a significant number that resonates in the human psyche and has a mystical power in our culture. Three is significant not only in world religions, but also in simple human terms with our body, mind and spirit triad. With songs, we have a beginning, middle and end. We even sync up with others on the count of three. Ready, set, go!,” noted Rollins, who released the albums “Traveler” and “Infinite Chill (The Remix Sessions)” last year, spawning the radio hits “Berlin Bossa” and “Café Paris (chill remix).”  
 
The “3 Minutes to Midnight” album, which was mastered at New York City’s Sterling Sound, contains the following songs:
 
“3 Minutes to Midnight”
“Light the Way”
“Sway”
“Island Time”
“Driving Force”
“Southbound”
“Stringdance”
“Time Shift”
“Reveal”
“Split Second”
“Eternal”
“Mary’s Rock”

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Monday, October 31, 2016

Smooth Jazz Chart - Weekly Top 20 - October 31, 2016 #jazz


TW - LW - Artist - Album - (Label)
1 - 1 - Euge Groove - "Still Euge" - (Shanachie)
2 - 5 - Richard Elliot - "Summer Madness" - (Heads Up/Concord)
3 - 4 - Paul Brown - "One Way Back" - (Woodward Avenue)
4 - 12 - Peter White - "Groovin' - (Heads Up/Concord)
5 - 9 - Paul Jackson Jr. - "Stories From Stompin' Willie - (Branch, Records Inc.)
6 - 2 - The Rippingtons - "True Stories" - (Peak/eONE)
7 - 6 - Marc Antoine - "Laguna Beach" - (Woodward Avenue)
8 - 10 - Chuck Loeb - "Unspoken" - (Shanachie)
9 - 15 - Nathan East - "Reverence" - (Yamaha Entertainment Group"
10 - 8 - Paul Taylor - "Countdown" - (Pike/eOne)
11 - 3 - John Novello - "Ivory Soul" - (529 Music)
12 - 19 - BWB - "BWB" - (Artistry/Mack Avenue)
13 - 11 - Gerald Albright - "Taking Control" - (Bright)
14 - 13 - Ken Navarro - "Bonfire" - (Positive Music Records)
15 - 7 - Keiko Matsui - "Journey To The Heart" - (Shanachie)
16 - 14 - Adam Hawley - "Just The Beginning" - (Kalimba)
17 - 24 - Lindsey Webster - "Back To Your Heart" - (Shanachie)
18 - 25 - Jazmin Ghent - "Chocolate Sunshine" - (jazmingent.com)
19 - 17 - James Day - "Repertoire" - (Song King)
20 - 26 - U-Nam - "Surface Level" - (Skytown Records)


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Monday, October 24, 2016

Smooth Jazz Chart - Weekly Top 20 - October 24, 2016 #jazz


TW - LW - Artist - Album - (Label)
1 - 1 - Euge Groove - "Still Euge" - (Shanachie)
2 - 2 - The Rippingtons - "True Stories" - (Peak/eONE)
3 - 3 - John Novello - "Ivory Soul" - (529 Music)
4 - 8 - Paul Brown - "One Way Back" - (Woodward Avenue)
5 - 4 - Richard Elliot - "Summer Madness" - (Heads Up/Concord)
6 - 7 - Marc Antoine - "Laguna Beach" - (Woodward Avenue)
7 - 5 - Keiko Matsui - "Journey To The Heart" - (Shanachie)
8 - 6 - Paul Taylor - "Countdown" - (Pike/eOne)
9 - 10 - Paul Jackson Jr. - "Stories From Stompin' Willie - (Branch, Records Inc.)
10 - 12 - Chuck Loeb - "Unspoken" - (Shanachie)
11 - 9 - Gerald Albright - "Taking Control" - (Bright)
12 - 55 - Peter White - "Groovin' - (Heads Up/Concord)
13 - 28 - Ken Navarro - "Bonfire" - (Positive Music Records)
14 - 14 - Adam Hawley - "Just The Beginning" - (Kalimba)
15 - 25 - Nathan East - "Reverence" - (Yamaha Entertainment Group"
16 - 11 - Nick Colionne - "The Journey" - (Trippin 'N' Rhythm)
17 - 16 - James Day - "Repertoire" - (Song King)
18 - 26 - Reza Khan - "Wind Dance" - (Painted Media)
19 - 33 - BWB - "BWB" - (Artistry/Mack Avenue)
20 - 13 - Chris Standring - "Ten" - (Ultimate Vibe Recordings)


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Monday, October 17, 2016

Smooth Jazz Chart - Weekly Top 20 - October 17, 2016 #jazz


TW - LW - Artist - Album - (Label)
1 - 1 - Euge Groove - "Still Euge" - (Shanachie)
2 - 2 - The Rippingtons - "True Stories" - (Peak/eONE)
3 - 5 - John Novello - "Ivory Soul" - (529 Music)
4 - 14 - Richard Elliot - "Summer Madness" - (Heads Up/Concord)
5 - 4 - Keiko Matsui - "Journey To The Heart" - (Shanachie)
6 - 3 - Paul Taylor - "Countdown" - (Pike/eOne)
7 - 7 - Marc Antoine - "Laguna Beach" - (Woodward Avenue)
8 - 11 - Paul Brown - "One Way Back" - (Woodward Avenue)
9 - 6 - Gerald Albright - "Taking Control" - (Bright)
10 - 19 - Paul Jackson Jr. - "Stories From Stompin' Willie - (Branch, Records Inc.)
11 - 15 - Nick Colionne - "The Journey" - (Trippin 'N' Rhythm)
12 - 8 - Chuck Loeb - "Unspoken" - (Shanachie)
13 - 16 - Chris Standring - "Ten" - (Ultimate Vibe Recordings)
14 - 31 - Adam Hawley - "Just The Beginning" - (Kalimba)
15 - 13 - Boney James - "Futuresoul" - (Concord Music)
16 - 17 - James Day - "Repertoire" - (Song King)
17 - 21 - Brian Culbertson - "Funk!" (BCM Entertainment)
18 - 12 - Michael Lington "Second Nature" - (Copenhagen Music)
19 - 18 - Philippe Saisse - "On The Level" - (Badar Log Music)
20 - 33 - Greg Manning - "Sugar & Spice" - (Kalimba)


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Friday, October 14, 2016

Anna Danes - "Find Your Wings" - Release October 28th #jazz

Breast Cancer Awareness Month has an entirely new meaning this year for jazz singer Anna Danes (www.AnnaDanes.com). As the positive-minded chanteuse plotted with her team for the release of her empowering “Find Your Wings” album, an intimate acoustic jazz collection of standards and original love songs that will be released on October 28, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Turning to her own encouraging messages of hope and inspiration, she has not missed a beat and is using her health challenge to educate others by journaling her experience on a cancer blog and as source material for her upcoming book, motivational speaking engagements and personal growth products.
 
Danes’ second album, produced by Dave Darling, is about breaking free of whatever is holding you back from doing what you love. It’s her own story as the San Diego-based former lawyer and stay-at-home mother who escaped communist Poland with her family as a child only began singing three years ago. By believing in herself, she has completely transformed her life. Unimaginably, Danes found herself in the iconic Capitol Records Studios recording “Find Your Wings” where two of her role models, Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole, recorded.
 
Influenced by the starkly-produced vocal jazz albums made by Tony Bennett and Bill Evans, Darling adorned Danes’ grand and expressive voice with sparse accompaniment from an astute jazz trio consisting of piano, upright bass and drums. Half of the date is composed of five gems from the Great American Songbook plus a mesmerizing, emotionally-baring tune from blues singer Janiva Magness (“When You Were My King”). The other half is songs co-authored by Danes: the uplifting title track and five songs chronicling her most recent relationship, including its painful conclusion.          
 
In addition to her recording career, Danes created a production company to bring live jazz events to the San Diego market. She produces the area’s popular Jazz on Cedros series that will host her album release concert on the release date. Have you listened to “Find Your Wings” and considered Danes for an interview, feature, performance, record review or an appropriate roundup piece? Please let me know if you need anything on our end. Thanks for your open ears.

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