Monday, July 30, 2012

Smooth Jazz Chart - Weekly Top 20 - July 30, 2012 #jazz


TW - LW - Artist - Album - (Label)
1 - 1 - Gerald Albright/Norman Brown" - "24/7" (Concord)
2 - 8 - Jeff Lorber Fusion - "Galaxy" - (Heads Up)
3 - 2 - David Benoit - "Conversation" - (Heads Up)
4 - 3 - Brian Bromberg - "Compared To That" - (Artistry/Mack Avenue)
5 - 4 - Cindy Bradley - "Unscripted" - (Trippin 'N' Rhythm)
6 - 10 - Vincent Ingala - "Can't Stop Now" - (Vincentingala.com)
7 - 7 - Ben Tankard - "Full Tank" - (Ben-Jamin)
8 - 6 - Steve Oliver - "World Citizen" - (SOM)
9 - 14 - Richard Elliot - "In The Zone" - (Artistry/Mack Ave.)
10 - 5 - Acoustic Alchemy - "Roseland" - (Onside/Heads Up)
11 - 9 - Brian Culbertson - "Dreams" - (Verve)
12 - 13 - Boney James - "Contact" - (Verve)
13 - 12 - Peter White - "Here We Go" - (Concord)
14 - 11 - Kenny G & Rahul Sharma - "Namaste" - (Concord)
15 - 17 - Michael Lington - "Pure" - (Trippin 'N' Rhythm)
16 - 16 - Chris Standring - "Electric Wonderland" - (Ultimate Vibe)
17 - 15 - Paul Brown - "The Funky Joint" - (Woodward Ave.)
18 - 18 - Kim Waters - "This Heart Of Mine" - (Shanachie)
19 - 19 - Pete Belasco - "Lights On" - (Independent)
20 - 20 - Darren Rahn - "Speechless" - (Trippin 'N' Rhythm)

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Smooth Jazz Chart - Weekly Top 20 - July 23, 2012 #jazz


TW - LW - Artist - Album - (Label)
1 - 1 - Gerald Albright/Norman Brown" - "24/7" (Concord)
2 - 2 - David Benoit - "Conversation" - (Heads Up)
3 - 5 - Brian Bromberg - "Compared To That" - (Artistry/Mack Avenue)
4 - 3 - Cindy Bradley - "Unscripted" - (Trippin 'N' Rhythm)
5 - 4 - Acoustic Alchemy - "Roseland" - (Onside/Heads Up)
6 - 7 - Steve Oliver - "World Citizen" - (SOM)
7 - 6 - Ben Tankard - "Full Tank" - (Ben-Jamin)
8 - 8 - Jeff Lorber Fusion - "Galaxy" - (Heads Up)
9 - 15 - Brian Culbertson - "Dreams" - (Verve)
10 - 10 - Vincent Ingala - "Can't Stop Now" - (Vincentingala.com)
11 - 18 - Kenny G & Rahul Sharma - "Namaste" - (Concord)
12 - 12 - Peter White - "Here We Go" - (Concord)
13 - 13 - Boney James - "Contact" - (Verve)
14 - 11 - Richard Elliot - "In The Zone" - (Artistry/Mack Ave.)
15 - 9 - Paul Brown - "The Funky Joint" - (Woodward Ave.)
16 - 14 - Chris Standring - "Electric Wonderland" - (Ultimate Vibe)
17 - 16 - Michael Lington - "Pure" - (Trippin 'N' Rhythm)
18 - 19 - Kim Waters - "This Heart Of Mine" - (Shanachie)
19 - 24 - Pete Belasco - "Lights On" - (Independent)
20 - 17 - Darren Rahn - "Speechless" - (Trippin 'N' Rhythm)

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Marcus Miller - "Renaissance" - Concord Release 8/7/12 #jazz

An album entitled Renaissance is long overdue for the widely acclaimed Renaissance Man Marcus Miller. In among the most enviable careers in music, Miller is a two-time GRAMMY®-winner and the composer/producer of ten critically acclaimed and genre-defying albums (seven studio and three live). Even the most devoted follower may be astonished to realize that Renaissance is only his eighth studio project since his 1983 debut, Suddenly, considering the abundance of occasions Miller’s name has appeared within album credits and that he has dazzled with performances, compositions and productions – in the company of some of the world’s most respected and accomplished players and superstars - from the mid-`70s to the present.

Track listing:
1. Detroit 5:44
2. Redemption 6:09
3. February 4:15
4. Slippin’ Into Darkness 9:15
5. Setembro (Brazilian Wedding Song) 6:38
6. Jekyll & Hyde 6:30
7. Interlude: Nocturnal Mist 1:16
8. Revelation 4:46
9. Mr. Clean 5:01
10. Gorée (Go-ray) 5:38
11. CEE-TEE-EYE 7:39
12. Tightrope 5:46
13. I'll Be There 3:48

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Monday, July 16, 2012

Smooth Jazz Chart - Weekly Top 20 - July 16, 2012 #jazz


TW - LW - Artist - Album - (Label)
1 - 2 - Gerald Albright/Norman Brown" - "24/7" (Concord)
2 - 7 - David Benoit - "Conversation" - (Heads Up)
3 - 1 - Cindy Bradley - "Unscripted" - (Trippin 'N' Rhythm)
4 - 8 - Acoustic Alchemy - "Roseland" - (Onside/Heads Up)
5 - 6 - Brian Bromberg - "Compared To That" - (Artistry/Mack Avenue)
6 - 10 - Ben Tankard - "Full Tank" - (Ben-Jamin)
7 - 12 - Steve Oliver - "World Citizen" - (SOM)
8 - 9 - Jeff Lorber Fusion - "Galaxy" - (Heads Up)
9 - 3 - Paul Brown - "The Funky Joint" - (Woodward Ave.)
10 - 14 - Vincent Ingala - "Can't Stop Now" - (Vincentingala.com)
11 - 4 - Richard Elliot - "In The Zone" - (Artistry/Mack Ave.)
12 - 5 - Peter White - "Here We Go" - (Concord)
13 - 11 - Boney James - "Contact" - (Verve)
14 - 15 - Chris Standring - "Electric Wonderland" - (Ultimate Vibe)
15 - 13 - Brian Culbertson - "Dreams" - (Verve)
16 - 27 - Michael Lington - "Pure" - (Trippin 'N' Rhythm)
17 - 18 - Darren Rahn - "Speechless" - (Trippin 'N' Rhythm)
18 - 16 - Kenny G & Rahul Sharma - "Namaste" - (Concord)
19 - 17 - Kim Waters - "This Heart Of Mine" - (Shanachie)
20 - 25 - Rob Tardik - "Balance, Energy, Laughter, Love" - (Guitardik)

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Monday, July 09, 2012

Smooth Jazz Chart - Weekly Top 20 - July 9, 2012 #jazz


TW - LW - Artist - Album - (Label)
1 - 3 - Cindy Bradley - "Unscripted" - (Trippin 'N' Rhythm)
2 - 15 - Gerald Albright/Norman Brown" - "24/7" (Concord)
3 - 1 - Paul Brown - "The Funky Joint" - (Woodward Ave.)
4 - 6 - Richard Elliot - "In The Zone" - (Artistry/Mack Ave.)
5 - 4 - Peter White - "Here We Go" - (Concord)
6 - 12 - Brian Bromberg - "Compared To That" - (Artistry/Mack Avenue)
7 - 11 - David Benoit - "Conversation" - (Heads Up)
8 - 2 - Acoustic Alchemy - "Roseland" - (Onside/Heads Up)
9 - 17 - Jeff Lorber Fusion - "Galaxy" - (Heads Up)
10 - 13 - Ben Tankard - "Full Tank" - (Ben-Jamin)
11 - 10 - Boney James - "Contact" - (Verve)
12 - 7 - Steve Oliver - "World Citizen" - (SOM)
13 - 5 - Brian Culbertson - "Dreams" - (Verve)
14 - 16 - Vincent Ingala - "Can't Stop Now" - (Vincentingala.com)
15 - 8 - Chris Standring - "Electric Wonderland" - (Ultimate Vibe)
16 - 19 - Kenny G & Rahul Sharma - "Namaste" - (Concord)
17 - 14 - Kim Waters - "This Heart Of Mine" - (Shanachie)
18 - 9 - Darren Rahn - "Speechless" - (Trippin 'N' Rhythm)
19 - 21 - George Benson - "Guitar Man" - (Concord)
20 - 36 - Joe Plass - "After Hours" - (JTP Music)

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Wednesday, July 04, 2012

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Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Christian Scott - "Christian aTunde Adjuah" - Double CD - from Concord Jazz 7/31/12 #jazz

"Christian Scott isn't your typical jazz musician...The trumpet phenom is creating jazz for a younger generation..."-New York Magazine
"Christian Scott ushers in new era of jazz" -NPR
"Jazz's young style God" -JazzTimes

Edison Award winning trumpeter-composer-producer-bandleader Christian Scott presents his compelling new album, Christian aTunde Adjuah. The follow-up to his critically-acclaimed Yesterday You Said Tomorrow is an inspired and provocative two-disc, 23-track collection. With the artist's trumpet at the heart of most of the tunes, the album features reflective ballads, light and dreamy soundscapes, guitar-edged and rock-inflected cookers, trumpet ecstasies as well as clarion calls and anguished wails.

An intrepid explorer, Scott ups the ante on his new double album Christian aTunde Adjuah, continuing to delve into uncharted jazz territory. Scott's band consists of guitarist Matthew Stevens, drummer Jamire Williams, bassist Kris Funn and pianist Lawrence Fields (whose piano sound is often spiced for effect by using paper on the instrument's strings). Scott also recruited guests tenor saxophonist Kenneth Whalum III, alto saxophonist Louis Fouche IIII, and trombonist Corey King.

Christian aTunde Adjuah is arguably the most personal project to date for the young artist, reflected in the album title, Christian aTunde Adjuah-- the artist's new name, and the album cover -- a photo of the Scott in the traditional attire of his culture the Black Indians of New Orleans.

Scott says, "The album cover is a self-portrait, a two-tiered depiction of me in the ceremonial regalia of the Afro-Native American Culture of New Orleans-- colloquially known as Black Indians or Mardi Gras Indians. The photo represents the same general idea that the record does. It's about the willingness to forge new paths and to seek new terrain while excavating one's own past as a means of gaining a better contextual understanding of that path." Scott explains, "The cover. The album. Everything represents the completion of my name. I am Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah. The addition of the names aTunde and Adjuah comes from two cities in the West African nation of Benin, which is present day Ghana. It's just a way for me to tell the world that I accept all of my past and am willing to explore it. So in a sense, I haven't changed my name. I've completed it to reflect another part of my ancestry and lineage-- the part before Scott."

Christian aTunde Adjuah opens with "Fatima Aisha Rokero 400," where the trumpeter boldly soars over Stevens' guitar and eerie muses. The song is about the ethnic cleansing, kidnapping and more specifically the rape of 400 indigenous African Sudanese women by Janjaweed soldiers in the town of Rokero. "New New Orleans (King Adjuah Stomp)," a rhythmic bouncer about the resilience of post-Katrina New Orleans. Also included on the first disc is the light, quiet, muted-trumpet of "Who They Wish I Was" about how people have equated his band with the classic Miles Davis Quintet of the ‘60s; the pounding "Pyrrhic Victory of aTunde Adjuah" about the negative reactions of people to Scott's name completion; as well as "Kiel," a reflective musical portrait of Christian's twin brother, director of the critically-acclaimed, award winning short The Roe Effect. Also included is the rhythmically skittering, celebratory "Spy Boy Flag Boy," about the Scott brother's New Orleans-based Black Indian lineage and their roles in their grandfather Big Chief Donald Harrison Sr.'s tribe.

The second disc opens with the catchy melody, guitar-growled, hopeful "The Berlin Patient (CCR5)" about the AIDS patient from San Francisco who was cured via an experimental treatment in Berlin; the snappy-drum patterned "Trayvon" that addresses the recent killing in Florida of an innocent black teen; the melodic tune "Liar Liar" about the deception-filled end of a relationship; and the ballad "I Do" that Scott wrote to celebrate his engagement.

Scott ends the album with the romantic beauty "Cara," a song named after the musician's mother. Scott's breathy trumpet lines over Fields' rich piano comping. Scott says, "There's no better way to end the album because it's a song for my mother who sacrificed everything for Kiel and me."

A tour de force masterwork, Christian aTunde Adjuah opens a wide window on Scott's present-as well as his past (especially in reaction to the jazz trads complaining about his breaking free from the jazz standard) and his auspicious creative future. In his liners, Scott writes that the listener will hear on the album "a stretching of jazz, not a replacement. That is what I hope younger people will be able to take away from it as well-the idea that innovation should never be regarded as a problem in artistic practice, that one should always be aware of what has come before, and finally, that criticisms shouldn't evoke paralysis, [but] should inspire action."

Christian Scott on the web: http://christianscott.tv/

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Monday, July 02, 2012

Smooth Jazz Chart - Weekly Top 20 - July 2, 2012 #jazz


TW - LW - Artist - Album - (Label)
1 - 1 - Paul Brown - "The Funky Joint" - (Woodward Ave.)
2 - 2 - Acoustic Alchemy - "Roseland" - (Onside/Heads Up)
3 - 5 - Cindy Bradley - "Unscripted" - (Trippin 'N' Rhythm)
4 - 3 - Peter White - "Here We Go" - (Concord)
5 - 9 - Brian Culbertson - "Dreams" - (Verve)
6 - 6 - Richard Elliot - "In The Zone" - (Artistry/Mack Ave.)
7 - 8 - Steve Oliver - "World Citizen" - (SOM)
8 - 4 - Chris Standring - "Electric Wonderland" - (Ultimate Vibe)
9 - 7 - Darren Rahn - "Speechless" - (Trippin 'N' Rhythm)
10 - 10 - Boney James - "Contact" - (Verve)
11 - 18 - David Benoit - "Conversation" - (Heads Up)
12 - 11 - Brian Bromberg - "Compared To That" - (Artistry/Mack Avenue)
13 - 13 - Ben Tankard - "Full Tank" - (Ben-Jamin)
14 - 12 - Kim Waters - "This Heart Of Mine" - (Shanachie)
15 - 24 - Gerald Albright/Norman Brown" - "24/7" (Concord)
16 - 29 - Vincent Ingala - "Can't Stop Now" - (Vincentingala.com)
17 - 15 - Jeff Lorber Fusion - "Galaxy" - (Heads Up)
18 - 14 - Incognito - "Surreal" - (Shanachie)
19 - 23 - Kenny G & Rahul Sharma - "Namaste" - (Concord)
20 - 17 - Funkee Boy - "Philosoulphy" - (FunkeeBoy/Power Of One)


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