Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Jazz Fusion Keyboardist Patrick Bradley Releases Fourth Album "Intangible" 8/25 #jazz

The spiritually-minded jazz fusion keyboardist Patrick Bradley doesn't need a special occasion like marking his tenth anniversary as a recording artist to acknowledge his inspirations both tangible and divine. However, "Dear Friend," the first single from his forthcoming fourth album, "Intangible," due August 25, does just that, slated to arrive ten years after the release of his first solo set. Written with the album's producer, Jeff Lorber, "Dear Friend" pays respectful homage to the seminal musicians who influence and inform Bradley's contemporary jazz, rock, fusion and R&B mashups released on the Patrick's Song Factory label.

"My intent was to honor the influence and significant impact that late musicians have on me musically such as keyboardist giants Keith Emerson, Richard Wright, George Duke, Joe Sample and Jon Lord. Bass players Chris Squire and Jaco Pastorius and guitarist Alan Holdsworth have a major influence on my approach to arrangements and melodies. Their influences are woven throughout my musical experiences, abilities and styles," said Bradley, who wrote and arranged the ten songs that comprise "Intangible" with Lorber. "The tune also celebrates friendship of all kinds - whether it is the intimate friendship between a spouse or lover, a trusted best friend, a mentor, your family pet or the friendship expressed through songs of faith."

"Intangible" is the third outing for Bradley and Lorber, the latter of whom is a keyboardist widely recognized as one of the forefathers of jazz fusion, thus an element of mentorship is evident in their ongoing creative friendship. "Jeff and I work very well together. Coming into the studio, I had about 18 songs to work with for this project and we selected ten. Collaborating with Jeff always draws out new dimensions and makes me dig deeper."

One of the dimensions that Bradley developed under the tutelage of Lorber was to cultivate the ability and the confidence to communicate as a trilingual keyboardist: piano, Hammond B3 organ and Moog synthesizer. Bradley's nimble finger work dispenses harmonies in equal measures of power and grace, poignant and propulsive, riveting and rousing, and cerebral and accessible. His multi-voiced keyboard approach makes an individual track seem as if it is helmed by more than one protagonist with each unique keyboard instrument providing a different perspective on the melodies. In addition to the heavy usage of the Hammond B3 along with frequent spacy Moog forays, Bradley's distinctive brand also consists of deep-pocketed grooves constructed by live instrumentation from a core unit of prominent musicians - guitarists Adam Hawley and Michael Thompson, bassist Jimmy Haslip, drummer Gary Novak and Lorber on synth bass, guitar and additional keyboards. A handful of cuts are bolstered by the brawn and bravura of David Mann's horns. Paul Jackson Jr. cranks out a gale force of electric guitar riffs on "Tail Wind" while Andrew Carney's trumpet thrives animatedly while exploring "Newport Coast."

There is another essential element to Bradley's recordings that have been present ever since he issued his debut album, "Come Rain or Shine," a decade ago. "Music and creativity and whatever talents we each have are a gift from God. Love, faith, hope and even music are all intangible, hence the new album title. Much of our universe is intangible yet we spend the majority of our time seeking the physical and temporal things. I always want to encourage people to look beyond the physical universe and turn our hearts towards God," said the Southern California native who balances his creative output with a corporate profile by serving as president of the Southern Pacific Region at Whole Foods Market.

Bradley's singles regularly hit the Billboard chart, but he was especially encouraged by the success and growing support he received for his previous album, 2014's "Can You Hear Me." "It gave me a new drive to write, play and collaborate with a newfound zeal and energy, revealing where I am at musically at this time. All music has a piece of the artist within their songs. I find with each new project, I feel the need and responsibility to dig deeper and in a sense, be truer to the musician I am and inspire to be."

For more information, please visit www.PatrickBradleyMusic.com.

"Intangible" contains the following songs:

"Dear Friend"
"Funky Greens"
"Tail Wind"
"On Tap"
"Intangible"
"Find the Way"
"Newport Coast"
"Winds of Change"
"Destiny"
"Out of Bounds"

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Monday, August 14, 2017

Smooth Jazz Chart - Weekly Top 20 - August 14, 2017 #jazz


TW - LW - Artist - Album - (Label)
1 - 3 - Chuck Loeb - "Unspoken" - (Shanachie Records)
2 - 3 - Maysa - "Love Is A Battlefield" - (Shanachie Entertainment)
3 - 2 - Nathan East - "Reverence" - (Yamaha Entertainment Group)
4 - 5 - Paul Brown - "One Way Back" - (Woodward Avenue)
5 - 6 - Ragan Whiteside - "Treblemaker" - (Randis Music)
6 - 7 - Nick Colionne - "The Journey" - (Trippin 'N' Rhythm")
7 - 16 - Rick Braun - "Around The Horn" - (Shanachie Entertainment)
8 - 8 - Lindsey Webster - "Back To Your Heart" - (Shanachie Entertainment)
9 - 4 - Norman Brown - "Let It Go" - (Shanachie Entertainment)
10 - 23 - Roberto Tola - "Bein' Green" - (Roberto Tola)
11 - 10 - Gerald Albright - "G" - (Bright)
12 - 22 - Brian Culbertson - "Funk!" - (BCM Entertainment)
13 - 14 - Marc Antoine - "Laguna Beach" - (Woodward Avenue)
14 - 13 - David Benoit & Marc Antoine - "So Nice!" (Shanachie Entertainment)
15 - 9 - Althea Rene - "Gypsy Soul" - (Independent)
16 - 11 - Eric Darius - "Breakin' Thru" - (SagiDarius Music)
17 - 12 - Brendan Rothwell - "Time On My Hands" - (Brendan Rothwell)
18 - 15 - Vincent Ingala - "Coast To Coast" - (Independent)
19 - 17 - Adam Hawley - "Just The Beginning" - (Kalimba)
20 - 21 - Pieces Of A Dream - "Just Funkin' Around" - (Shanachie Entertainment)


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Monday, August 07, 2017

Smooth Jazz Chart - Weekly Top 20 - August 7, 2017 #jazz


TW - LW - Artist - Album - (Label)
1 - 3 - Chuck Loeb - "Unspoken" - (Shanachie Records)
2 - 1 - Nathan East - "Reverence" - (Yamaha Entertainment Group)
3 - 2 - Maysa - "Love Is A Battlefield" - (Shanachie Entertainment)
4 - 4 - Norman Brown - "Let It Go" - (Shanachie Entertainment)
5 - 5 - Paul Brown - "One Way Back" - (Woodward Avenue)
6 - 7 - Ragan Whiteside - "Treblemaker" - (Randis Music)
7 - 8 - Nick Colionne - "The Journey" - (Trippin 'N' Rhythm")
8 - 6 - Lindsey Webster - "Back To Your Heart" - (Shanachie Entertainment)
9 - 12 - Althea Rene - "Gypsy Soul" - (Independent)
10 - 9 - Gerald Albright - "G" - (Bright)
11 - 10 - Eric Darius - "Breakin' Thru" - (SagiDarius Music)
12 - 15 - Brendan Rothwell - "Time On My Hands" - (Brendan Rothwell)
13 - 14 - David Benoit & Marc Antoine - "So Nice!" (Shanachie Entertainment)
14 - 16 - Marc Antoine - "Laguna Beach" - (Woodward Avenue)
15 - 13 - Vincent Ingala - "Coast To Coast" - (Independent)
16 - 11 - Rick Braun - "Around The Horn" - (Shanachie Entertainment)
17 - 18 - Adam Hawley - "Just The Beginning" - (Kalimba)
18 - 17 - Keiko Matsui - "Journey To The Heart" - (Shanachie Records)
19 - 19 - Skinny Hightower - "Emotions" - (Trippin 'N' Rhythm)
20 - 26 - Herb Alpert - "Music Vol 1" - (Herb Alpert Presents)


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Sunday, August 06, 2017

Chuck Loeb, Guitarist and Composer, Dies at 61

Versatile guitarist, composer and producer worked with Stan Getz, Steps Ahead, Fourplay and others

 Chuck Loeb

Chuck Loeb, a versatile guitarist, composer and producer best known for his associations with Stan Getz and Steps Ahead, and a musician whose compositions have been recorded by a variety of smooth-jazz and pop acts, died at 9 p.m. on July 31, according to his family. Loeb was 61. He had suffered with cancer for several years. Loeb recorded more than 20 albums as a solo artist, composed commercial jingles, TV theme songs and music for films, and had an extensive career as a studio musician, his rhythm and lead work found on a variety of pop, jazz and Brazilian recordings.

“The music scene has suffered a devastating blow,” said bassist and longtime associate Will Lee in an email to JT. “Master guitarist and composer Chuck Loeb was so musical, he was one of those big-eared geniuses that heard the music in everyone and everything around him. Playing with Chuck on so many occasions, I can tell you that he had a way of utilizing my talents to get just what he needed out of me. He was so prolific—writing, producing and arranging for not only his own projects, but those of Carmen Cuesta, his multi-talented wife, daughters Lizzy Loeb and Christina Cuesta Loeb, as well as so many artists to whom he has contributed those talents. May Chuck’s incredible spirit be remembered in his music for all time.”

Born Dec. 7, 1955, in Nyack, N.Y., Loeb began playing guitar at 11, and by 13 he was gigging in local bands and had decided that music was all he wanted to do. He became interested in jazz while still in his teens, ultimately studying with Jim Hall on the recommendation of his prior teacher, Philadelphia guitarist and guru of sorts Dennis Sandole. After he graduated from high school, he enrolled at Berklee, where he studied for a couple of years before dropping out in 1976.

Shortly thereafter Loeb moved to NYC and began working as a sideman with various jazz players, including Chico Hamilton, Ray Barretto, Hubert Laws and Freddie Hubbard. Around 1979, Stan Getz asked Loeb to join his band and he worked with Getz for about five years, eventually becoming the musical director of the group. While with Getz he met and married the Spanish singer Carmen Cuesta with whom he had two children, Lizzy and Christina. Getz was the best man at their wedding.

Playing with Getz was also a seminal experience for Loeb because he met and played with keyboardist Mitchel Forman in that group, and the two later reunited to form the band Metro, which released several albums in the ‘90s. In 1984 he joined Michael Brecker in the band Steps Ahead, with whom he toured and recorded for several years. Loeb would always cite Brecker as an important musical influence. In 2010, Loeb replaced Larry Carlton in the smooth-jazz super-group Fourplay, with whom he toured and recorded for many years.

Loeb had a very successful solo career, releasing nearly two dozen albums as a leader, for the DMP, Shanachie and Heads Up labels. “Chuck Loeb’s music seamlessly bounced between straight-ahead jazz, contemporary jazz and Brazilian music,” said former Heads Up label exec Dave Love, for whom Loeb recorded the Presence and Between Two Worlds albums. “[He was] a highly reliable musician that could add the right notes on all of the projects he was involved with.  A loving husband and father who was very proud of his family’s accomplishments, Chuck will be sorely missed by many, but especially from his musical family for which he loved dearly and who respected him to no end on and off the bandstand.”

He toured regularly with his own group, as well as with Fourplay and other bands. He also occasionally collaborated with presenters. John Ernesto, the general manager of the Berks Jazz Fest in Reading, Pa., worked closely with Loeb to create unique shows. “We were always brainstorming new opportunities,” Ernesto said. “Chuck came up with the idea to present a special tribute concert to Wes Montgomery. That idea blossomed into one of the fest’s most memorable concerts that featured seven guitarists—Chuck, Larry Carlton, Russell Malone, Pat Martino, Paul Jackson Jr., Earl Klugh and Jimmy Bruno. The Berks Jazz Fest lost a great friend. We will miss him so much, but his amazing musical spirit will be with us forever.”

Loeb was a prolific composer, not just of jazz tunes but also of compositions for film and television. His credits include theme music for ABC’s Nightline, One Life to Live, the Montel Williams Show, the Atlanta Braves, the New York Yankees and Knicks, and ESPN NCAA College Basketball. He was in fact a big baseball fan, often listening to his Yankees on the radio. However, his most high-profile theme was for CNN Headline News. “You know the one—it ends with the three eighth-note triplets on the tonic,” said Lee. “He may possibly go down in history as one of the world’s most-heard composers, since this piece is heard around-the-clock in countries all over the world.” Loeb played on numerous film scores including The Untouchables, You’ve Got Mail and Hitch.

In an At Home piece David R. Adler did on Loeb for JT in 2005, the guitarist recounted being star-struck during a guest appearance with Bob Dylan at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom. Loeb sat in on “All Along the Watchtower,” “Mr. Tambourine Man” and two lesser-known songs. “The first song I ever learned on guitar was ‘Like a Rolling Stone,’” Loeb said. “Dylan turned to me after one solo and said, ‘Yeah, Chuck,’ and I thought, ‘OK, I can die now!’”

Indeed, despite all his high-profile gigs, sessions and recordings, Loeb was a very unassuming and even self-deprecating man. One New York Times piece dubbed him “the Clark Kent of jazz guitar,” in an attempt to capture that unique combination of humility and talent. A bit of a homebody who lived most of his life in the Nyack, N.Y. area, Loeb was dedicated to his family. That devotion was well captured in Adler’s At Home piece on Loeb, who confessed that the family’s vacations revolved around his daughters’ passion for tennis.

Loeb is survived by his wife Carmen Cuesta Loeb and daughters Lizzy and Christina.

Original post by jazztimes.com
 https://jazztimes.com/news/chuck-loeb-guitarist-composer-dies-61/

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Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Jazz trumpeter Ilya Serov swinging his way through summer in the studio #jazz

Award winner will make the live performance premiere of “Swing 42” with Grammy-winning pianist Roger Kellaway on Tuesday night.

Jazz trumpeter Ilya Serov has been cooped up in the recording studio all summer working on his second album, but Tuesday night in Laguna Beach, he’s going to take a break to make the live performance debut of the first single, “Swing 42,” featuring the dapper swingman dueting with Grammy winner and Oscar-nominated pianist Roger Kellaway. Accompanied by his 10-piece big band, Serov will be joined by Kellaway on stage at the Pageant of the Masters 2017.

Brandishing a fresh whimsical arrangement by Tom Kubis, Serov’s snappy muted trumpet reading of Django Reinhardt’s “Swing 42” is a frisky and fun summer frolic bolstered by Kellaway’s fanciful piano flourishes and a four-chair horn section.

“‘Swing 42’ is one of my favorite of Django’s tunes. It has such positive energy.  I really like the music of that era and I had been compelled to do a rendition of this tune for a while. I am glad we finally did it. It was so much fun and of course it was such an honor and a pleasure to work with an award-winning legend, pianist Roger Kellaway, who is a featured guest on the track. His brilliant play brought so much to the sound,” said Serov, a classically-trained musician from St. Petersburg, Russia who resides in Los Angeles.

At Tuesday evening’s performance, Kellaway will introduce Serov as part of the Rising Stars series in which “world-famous musicians and music aficionados introduce their favorite up and coming performers.” The two musicians first formed a bond after meeting a few years ago, which led to the collaboration for Serov’s sophomore outing.  

“I was fortunate to have met Roger several years ago and was featured on a couple of songs during one of his shows. It was an unbelievable experience for me and very encouraging. We stayed in touch and I am proud to call Roger and his lovely wife, Jorjana, my friends. I feel blessed to have been able to work with him and honored to have him play on my album,” said Serov, who also teamed with Kellaway to lense a video for “Swing 42” (http://bit.ly/2v7F2XB). 
               
Last month, Serov appeared on SiriusXM’s The Dave Koz Lounge to talk about “Swing 42” as well as the album in progress, which will consist of standards and tunes from the Great American Songbook. Serov is producing.

A trumpeter and debonair vocalist, Serov released his debut album, “September in the Rain,” in late 2013. A year later, he was named Best New Artist at the Hollywood International Music Awards. Although the new session consists of big band, swing and straight-ahead jazz, Serov is also an imaginative alchemist who experiments with contemporary jazz, R&B, pop and world music nuances. For more information, please visit www.IlyaSerov.com.

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Patrick Bradley - "Intangible" - Release August 25 on Patrick's Song Factory #jazz

“Dear Friend”: Jazz fusion keyboardist Patrick Bradley honors tangible and “Intangible” influences on his fourth album, due August 25


The spiritually-minded jazz fusion keyboardist Patrick Bradley doesn’t need a special occasion like marking his tenth anniversary as a recording artist to acknowledge his inspirations both tangible and divine. However, “Dear Friend,” the first single from his forthcoming fourth album, “Intangible,” due August 25, does just that, slated to arrive ten years after the release of his first solo set. Written with the album’s producer, Jeff Lorber, “Dear Friend” pays respectful homage to the seminal musicians who influence and inform Bradley’s contemporary jazz, rock, fusion and R&B mashups released on the Patrick’s Song Factory label.

“My intent was to honor the influence and significant impact that late musicians have on me musically such as keyboardist giants Keith Emerson,Richard WrightGeorge DukeJoe Sample and Jon Lord. Bass players Chris Squire and Jaco Pastorius and guitarist Alan Holdsworth have a major influence on my approach to arrangements and melodies. Their influences are woven throughout my musical experiences, abilities and styles,” said Bradley, who wrote and arranged the ten songs that comprise “Intangible” with Lorber. “The tune also celebrates friendship of all kinds - whether it is the intimate friendship between a spouse or lover, a trusted best friend, a mentor, your family pet or the friendship expressed through songs of faith.”         

“Intangible” is the third outing for Bradley and Lorber, the latter of whom is a keyboardist widely recognized as one of the forefathers of jazz fusion, thus an element of mentorship is evident in their ongoing creative friendship. “Jeff and I work very well together. Coming into the studio, I had about 18 songs to work with for this project and we selected ten. Collaborating with Jeff always draws out new dimensions and makes me dig deeper.”

One of the dimensions that Bradley developed under the tutelage of Lorber was to cultivate the ability and the confidence to communicate as a trilingual keyboardist: piano, Hammond B3 organ and Moog synthesizer. Bradley’s nimble finger work dispenses harmonies in equal measures of power and grace, poignant and propulsive, riveting and rousing, and cerebral and accessible. His multi-voiced keyboard approach makes an individual track seem as if it is helmed by more than one protagonist with each unique keyboard instrument providing a different perspective on the melodies. In addition to the heavy usage of the Hammond B3 along with frequent spacy Moog forays, Bradley’s distinctive brand also consists of deep-pocketed grooves constructed by live instrumentation from a core unit of prominent musicians – guitarists Adam Hawley and Michael Thompson, bassist Jimmy Haslip, drummer Gary Novak and Lorber on synth bass, guitar and additional keyboards. A handful of cuts are bolstered by the brawn and bravura of David Mann’s horns. Paul Jackson Jr. cranks out a gale force of electric guitar riffs on “Tail Wind” while Andrew Carney’s trumpet thrives animatedly while exploring “Newport Coast.”                    

There is another essential element to Bradley’s recordings that have been present ever since he issued his debut album, “Come Rain or Shine,” a decade ago. “Music and creativity and whatever talents we each have are a gift from God. Love, faith, hope and even music are all intangible, hence the new album title. Much of our universe is intangible yet we spend the majority of our time seeking the physical and temporal things. I always want to encourage people to look beyond the physical universe and turn our hearts towards God,” said the Southern California native who balances his creative output with a corporate profile by serving as president of the Southern Pacific Region at Whole Foods Market.

Bradley’s singles regularly hit the Billboard chart, but he was especially encouraged by the success and growing support he received for his previous album, 2014’s “Can You Hear Me.” “It gave me a new drive to write, play and collaborate with a newfound zeal and energy, revealing where I am at musically at this time. All music has a piece of the artist within their songs. I find with each new project, I feel the need and responsibility to dig deeper and in a sense, be truer to the musician I am and inspire to be.”

For more information, please visit www.PatrickBradleyMusic.com.

“Intangible” contains the following songs:

“Dear Friend”
“Funky Greens”
“Tail Wind”
“On Tap”
“Intangible”
“Find the Way”
“Newport Coast”
“Winds of Change”
“Destiny”
“Out of Bounds”

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