Monday, April 16, 2018

Smooth Jazz Chart - Weekly Top 20 - April 16, 2018 #jazz


TW - LW - Artist - Album - (Label)
1 - 2 - Boney James - "Honestly" - (Concord Music Group)
2 - 3 - Lindsey Webster - "Love Inside" - (Shanachie Entertainment)
3 - 1 - Marion Meadows - "Soul City" - (Shanachie Entertainment)
4 - 5 - Chris Standring - "Sunlight" - (Ultimate Vibe)
5 - 4 - Brian Culbertson - "Colors Of Love" - (BCM)
6 - 6 - Darryl Williams - "Here To Stay" - (Independent)
7 - 7 - Adam Hawley - "Can You Feel It" - (Kalimba)
8 - 8 - Nils - "Play" - (Baja/TSR Records)
9 - 10 - Patrick Bradley - "Intangible" - (Patrick's Song Factory)
10 - 9 - Lawson Rollins - "Airwaves: The Greatest Hits" - (Infinita Records)
11 - 12 - Special EFX - "Deep As The Night" - (Trippin 'N' Rhythm)
12 - 11 - Eric Valentine - "Velvet Groove" - (Matcha Entertainment)
13 - 15 - Richard Elliot - "Summer Madness" - (Heads Up/Concord)
14 - 13 - Threestyle - "Ready To Go" - (Welovemusic)
15 - 29 - Jeff Ryan - "Up And Up" - (Woodward Avenue)
16 - 20 - Eric Darius - "Breakin' Thru" - (SagiDarius Music)
17 - 19 - Lowell Hopper - "Forward Motion" - (Independent"
18 - 14 - Euge Groove - "Groove On" - (Shanachie Entertainment)
19 - 18 - Blake Aaron - "Color And Passion" - (Innervision)
20 - 22 - Jazz Holdouts - "Morning Breeze" - (Palm Beach Jazz)


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Thursday, April 12, 2018

Jazz pianist Ricardo Bacelar making his case for Brazilian music on the global stage with “Sebastiana” #jazz

His newly released third album revisiting Brazilian classics and introducing his own compositions is a multicultural celebration of Latin music.

As a lawyer, Ricardo Bacelar builds airtight cases to make winning arguments to the court in defense of copyrights. As a musician, the pianist-composer-arranger is just as meticulous when it comes to crafting his recordings, making convincing musical statements. To prepare a compelling case to present on his third album, “Sebastiana,” which dropped stateside on March 30 and throughout Europe earlier this month, he gathered a collective of musicians from all over the Latin-American diaspora and granted them the freedom to inject their unique cultural identities into the 15-track contemporary jazz set of freshly-arranged Brazilian standards and poignant piano prose penned by Bacelar. 


Bacelar recorded in Miami where he reconnected with his long-ago flatmate Cesar Lemos (Ricky Martin, Paulina Rubio), who was drafted to produce “Sebastiana” as well as co-write a pair of new songs. Joining them was players from Cuba, Argentina, Venezuela, Colombia, Peru and the U.S. With Brazilian jazz and fusion serving as the stencil, distinctive Latin-American rhythms and instrumentation illustrate Bacelar’s own tunes as well as interpret works from illustrious Brazilian composers Gilberto GilIvan LinsFlora PurimLuiz GonzagaLo BorgesHeitor Villa-Lobos,Milton NascimentoRonald BastosTom JobimVinicius de MoraesVictor Martins and Jose Roberto Bertrami.

The multi-genre album is receiving airplay from a variety of jazz radio formats and the disc has been lauded by reviewers for its artistic vision, authenticity and cultural significance. Thus far, Bacelar Productions has lensed videos for four songs. “Volta da Asa Branca” and “Oh Mana Deixa Eu Ir” - the later coolly crooned by Bacelar - are set in a natural amphitheater formed by a precipitously chiseled mountain range, desert foliage and vast skies with Bacelar’s grand piano precariously perched atop a rocky slab. “Toda Menina Baiana” finds the protagonist contemplating on a stroll by the opalescent Atlantic Ocean on the Brazilian coastline and in the recording studio tracking the cut live with several band members. The imaginatively animated “Nothing Will Be As It Was,” was the first single from the album and showcases a lonely lead vocal from Maye Osorio and Bacelar’s mood-shifting Moog synthesizer, adding texture to the unsettling cut. Two more videos are slated to be shot.           

The Brazil-based Bacelar will be in Lisbon, Portugal later this month to perform four concert dates.

Below are excerpts from some of the album reviews: 

“A dazzling set sure to blow your mind as it takes jazz someplace you just didn’t expect.” – Midwest Record

“This album is a feast for lovers of Brazilian music.” – Keys & Chords

“Bacelar now brings us his third album, and most ambitious yet, the beautiful, and stunningly creative ‘Sebastiana.’” – Exclusive Magazine

It’s an album of distinct taste, class, and sophistication and does capture the colorful characters of both jazz and Brazilian exoticism.” – The Smooth Jazz Ride

“Music that honours the roots of Brazilian music yet incorporates each individual player’s cultural and musical heritage.” – Soul and Jazz and Funk

“Ricardo Bacelar's Sebastiana is a piece of cultural history, contemporary art, style guide, musical ethnology…an object of desire for aficionados of Brazilian Music.” – Smooth Jazz Daily        


For more information and to view the videos, please visit http://ricardobacelar.com.br.

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Monday, April 09, 2018

Smooth Jazz Chart - Weekly Top 20 - April 9, 2018 #jazz


TW - LW - Artist - Album - (Label)
1 - 3 - Marion Meadows - "Soul City" - (Shanachie Entertainment)
2 - 1 - Boney James - "Honestly" - (Concord Music Group)
3 - 2 - Lindsey Webster - "Love Inside" - (Shanachie Entertainment)
4 - 5 - Brian Culbertson - "Colors Of Love" - (BCM)
5 - 7 - Chris Standring - "Sunlight" - (Ultimate Vibe)
6 - 6 - Darryl Williams - "Here To Stay" - (Independent)
7 - 10 - Adam Hawley - "Can You Feel It" - (Kalimba)
8 - 8 - Nils - "Play" - (Baja/TSR Records)
9 - 4 - Lawson Rollins - "Airwaves: The Greatest Hits" - (Infinita Records)
10 - 11 - Patrick Bradley - "Intangible" - (Patrick's Song Factory)
11 - 9 - Eric Valentine - "Velvet Groove" - (Matcha Entertainment)
12 - 12 - Special EFX - "Deep As The Night" - (Trippin 'N' Rhythm)
13 - 15 - Threestyle - "Ready To Go" - (Welovemusic)
14 - 13 - Euge Groove - "Groove On" - (Shanachie Entertainment)
15 - 20 - Richard Elliot - "Summer Madness" - (Heads Up/Concord)
16 - 14 - Nick Colionne - "The Journey" - (Trippin 'N' Rhythm)
17 - 18 - Dan Siegel - "Origins" - (DSM)
18 - 17 - Blake Aaron - "Color And Passion" - (Innervision)
19 - 21 - Lowell Hopper - "Forward Motion" - (Independent"
20 - 23 - Eric Darius - "Breakin' Thru" - (SagiDarius Music)


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Thursday, April 05, 2018

No Lie: Jazz/R&B keyboardist David Garfield hits the country charts #jazz

He wrote the heartbroken ballad “I Lied” with legend Smokey Robinson. 

There is no telling where your career will take you when it spans five decades, but jazz/R&B keyboardist David Garfield never imagined that he’d hit the country charts let alone for a song that he wrote with Motown icon Smokey Robinson. “I Lied,” the power pop ballad that they penned, has reached No. 60 on the Music Row singles chart and gained New & Active status on the Billboard Indicator chart. The accompanying video for the track featuring vocalist J. Paris has been added to the playlist at the Heartland Network, “the beating pulse of country music for the nation” reaching over 22 million households.  
 

“It’s amazing and we are thrilled to be receiving a lot of country airplay. Smokey and I wrote ‘I Lied’ with a female singer in mind. It was the second tune we wrote together, and it was just sitting in the archives. It hadn’t been recorded. When I began work on (my current project) ‘Outside the Box,’ I went to Nashville to track the song after hearing a country inflection in the singer’s voice when she demoed it for me here in LA. It was always an R&B/pop song, a product of my relationship with Smokey. He’s a poet, masterful with his lyrics. When we started writing it, it was like a contemporary pop (song) with a little R&B influence. Like all the other stuff we’ve been working on, very traditional and fresh at the same time, but nothing in the world of country,” said Garfield, a St. Louis native who has been long been anchored in Los Angeles. “These songs have stories, that’s the thing. ‘I Lied’ has such an amazing story to it.”
 
Robinson wrote the storied lyrics and sweeping melody lines for “I Lied.” “When I write, let me write something that’s going to just mean something for as long as there are people. If I can possibly do it, that’s what I want to do,” said the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Grammy winner and member of the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame

Garfield and Robinson first wrote together when composing “One Like You” for George Benson’s 2009 album, “Songs and Stories.” That same year, Garfield, who serves as Benson’s longtime music director, performed on Robinson’s “Time Flies When You’re Having Fun” disc. 
 
“I Lied” will also appear on Garfield’s “Vox Outside the Box,” part of his ambitious multivolume “Outside the Box” collection showcasing the prolific keyboardist’s collaborations with jazz, R&B, rock and pop luminaries. The first set, “Jazz Outside the Box,” dropped March 23 on Garfield’s Creatchy Records imprint and is his first straight-ahead jazz outing. The first two singles from “Jamming Outside the Box” – “Go Home” and “Jamming” – hit the Billboard Smooth Jazz Songs chart with the former peaking at No. 2 and the latter currently climbing the Top 20. “Jamming Outside the Box” is slated for release this summer.      
 
To watch Garfield and Robinson discuss “I Lied,” click https://bit.ly/2I3iZEi.
 
To view the “I Lied” video, click https://bit.ly/2BolVeF.
 
For more information, please visit www.DavidGarfield.com.

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Monday, April 02, 2018

Smooth Jazz Chart - Weekly Top 20 - April 2, 2018 #jazz


TW - LW - Artist - Album - (Label)
1 - 1 - Boney James - "Honestly" - (Concord Music Group)
2 - 2 - Lindsey Webster - "Love Inside" - (Shanachie Entertainment)
3 - 3 - Marion Meadows - "Soul City" - (Shanachie Entertainment)
4 - 4 - Lawson Rollins - "Airwaves: The Greatest Hits" - (Infinita Records)
5 - 5 - Brian Culbertson - "Colors Of Love" - (BCM)
6 - 6 - Darryl Williams - "Here To Stay" - (Independent)
7 - 8 - Chris Standring - "Sunlight" - (Ultimate Vibe)
8 - 9 - Nils - "Play" - (Baja/TSR Records)
9 - 7 - Eric Valentine - "Velvet Groove" - (Matcha Entertainment)
10 - 11 - Adam Hawley - "Can You Feel It" - (Kalimba)
11 - 15 - Patrick Bradley - "Intangible" - (Patrick's Song Factory)
12 - 16 - Special EFX - "Deep As The Night" - (Trippin 'N' Rhythm)
13 - 10 - Euge Groove - "Groove On" - (Shanachie Entertainment)
14 - 12 - Nick Colionne - "The Journey" - (Trippin 'N' Rhythm)
15 - 13 - Threestyle - "Ready To Go" - (Welovemusic)
16 - 14 - Najee - "Poetry In Motion" - (Shanachie Entertainment)
17 - 18 - Blake Aaron - "Color And Passion" - (Innervision)
18 - 25 - Dan Siegel - "Origins" - (DSM)
19 - 17 - Cindy Bradley - "Natural" - (Trippin 'N" Rhythm)
20 - 24 - Richard Elliot - "Summer Madness" - (Heads Up/Concord)


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Monday, March 26, 2018

Smooth Jazz Chart - Weekly Top 20 - March 26, 2018 #jazz


TW - LW - Artist - Album - (Label)
1 - 1 - Boney James - "Honestly" - (Concord Music Group)
2 - 2 - Lindsey Webster - "Love Inside" - (Shanachie Entertainment)
3 - 4 - Marion Meadows - "Soul City" - (Shanachie Entertainment)
4 - 3 - Lawson Rollins - "Airwaves: The Greatest Hits" - (Infinita Records)
5 - 5 - Brian Culbertson - "Colors Of Love" - (BCM)
6 - 6 - Darryl Williams - "Here To Stay" - (Independent)
7 - 7 - Eric Valentine - "Velvet Groove" - (Matcha Entertainment)
8 - 11 - Chris Standring - "Sunlight" - (Ultimate Vibe)
9 - 8 - Nils - "Play" - (Baja/TSR Records)
10 - 9 - Euge Groove - "Groove On" - (Shanachie Entertainment)
11 - 13 - Adam Hawley - "Can You Feel It" - (Kalimba)
12 - 10 - Nick Colionne - "The Journey" - (Trippin 'N' Rhythm)
13 - 14 - Threestyle - "Ready To Go" - (Welovemusic)
14 - 12 - Najee - "Poetry In Motion" - (Shanachie Entertainment)
15 - 15 - Patrick Bradley - "Intangible" - (Patrick's Song Factory)
16 - 17 - Special EFX - "Deep As The Night" - (Trippin 'N' Rhythm)
17 - 19 - Cindy Bradley - "Natural" - (Trippin 'N" Rhythm)
18 - 21 - Blake Aaron - "Color And Passion" - (Innervision)
19 - 18 - Pieces Of A Dream - "Just Funkin' Around" - (Shanachie Entertainment)
20 - 20 - Cal Harris - "Soulful" - (Innervision Records)


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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Keyboardist David Garfield opens the box with "#jazz"

The first volume of his sprawling "Outside the Box" series, "Jazz Outside the Box," due March 23, is his first straight-ahead jazz offering illumunated by a stellar lineup


Keyboardist David Garfield was nineteen when he got his start playing alongside influential bebop jazz trumpeterFreddie Hubbard. But opportunities came quickly for him in contemporary jazz as well as in R&B and pop, which guided the direction of his now five-decade career away from his roots. Straight-ahead jazz has remained in his core and he's longed to return "home" thus to launch his prolific multi-volume, multi-genre "Outside the Box" collection, Garfield will drop his first straight-ahead jazz album, "Jazz Outside the Box," on March 23via his Creatchy Records label.


In addition to playing piano, Fender Rhodes and synthesizers, Garfield produced and arranged the 15-track jazz set that revisits Duke Ellington,Horace Silver, Joe Sample, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Oliver Nelson and Joe Zawinul classics, applies an imaginative jazz varnish to a pair ofSting songs, and presents four of his own compositions. To materialize his vision, Garfield rounded up a massive ensemble that boasts several accomplished musicians he's never worked with before but have long been on his wish list of collaborators such as trumpeter Wallace Roney, percussionist Poncho Sanchez and drummer Steve Jordan. Randy Brecker, Michael McDonald, Tom Scott, Eric Marienthal, Pete Christlieb,Bennie Maupin, Brian Auger, Will Lee, Airto Moreira along with dozens of other prominent players guest on the record, which includes Charlie Bisharat's String Quartet and an orchestra conducted by John Clayton. "Jazz Outside the Box" contains among the final performances by a pair of recently-departed guitar greats, Chuck Loeb and Larry Coryell. Perhaps the most unusual contribution comes from The Doors' John Densmore, who plays drums and orates on a spoken word segment on the full-length version of Silver's "Song For My Father."

"I recruited a unique grouping of players to render each song. It was like casting for a movie. For example, 'Song For My Father' is rich with meaning, history and personal connections, which is a major component and an underlying purpose behind the entire 'Outside the Box' project. On that tune, I pay tribute to its author, Horace Silver, who was my mentor and like an adopted father to me. It also pays homage to The Doors and Steely Dan. A lot of people don't know that Horace originally wrote lyrics to the song, so I had John (Densmore) speak Horace's words. Another cool thing is that Steely Dan borrowed the opening bass riff from 'Song for My Father' for 'Rikki Don't Lose That Number' so I often quoted 'Rikki' whenever I played 'Song for My Father' at my gigs. I included that quote at the beginning of this recording, which features guitarist Denny Dias, a founding member of Steely Dan who played on the original 'Rikki.' There's also a part of the track where I have (former Chicago lead singer) Jason Scheff sing 'If you have a change of heart' as another nod to 'Rikki,'" said Garfield.<


One of Garfield's originals is "East Lou Brew," another salute steeped in personal history. The song honors Miles Davis and their shared hometown, St. Louis. Davis's nephew, Vince Wilburn, mans the drum kit, Davis protégé Roney shines on trumpet, Maupin plays sax and bass clarinet, Coryell is on guitar, Darryl Jones handles bass and Moreira adds percussion. Wilburn, Jones, Maupin and Moreira were in Davis's band with the latter two having played on Davis's landmark album, "Bitches Brew."
"'East Lou Brew' is an adventurous tune loosely based on themes from some of Miles' best-known works. It was incredible to play with all these greats who knew Miles and toured and recorded with him. They all shared a ton of stories, which helped ground the tune in both past and present. I consider Miles one of my strongest and primary musical influences and I always wanted to play with him. This is the next best thing."

Another giant who was one of Garfield's mentors was Sample. "I got to write, tour and record with Joe, and recorded his song, 'Rainbow Seeker,' to honor his recent passing. I was devastated when we lost him and wanted to find the perfect way to honor him on this project. Joe was not only one of my favorite all-time keyboard players, but he was a huge influence on my musical development as a pianist and keyboardist."

As "Jazz Outside the Box" prepares to ship to jazz radio stations, Garfield's single, "Jamming," continues to climb the smooth jazz charts. On the heels of his Billboard No. 2 hit, "Go Home," both singles will appear on "Jamming Outside the Box," the second album in the series with this one approaching jazz from a contemporary/smooth perspective. The disc will be released this summer. Also, presently moving up the country charts is "I Lied," a vocal ballad Garfield penned with legend Smokey Robinson, which will be released on "Vox Outside the Box."

"Jazz Outside the Box" contains the following songs:
"Fragile"
"Harvest Time"
"In A Sentimental Mood"
"Roxanne"
"Song For My Father" (full-length)
"Rainbow Seeker"
"Stolen Moments"
"Voodoo Gumbo/Citizen Coryell"
"East Lou Brew"
"Sophisticated Lady"
"Red Baron"
"Country Preacher"
"Prophecy"
"My Favorite Things"
"Song For My Father" (radio edit)


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