DIANA BARASH A Miracle of Love Anaviv Music
On her sensual and soulful debut album A MIRACLE OF LOVE, well traveled Eastern European native Diana Barash caresses her spirited blend of moods, romance and inspiration with exotic percussion, soundscape textures and ethereal atmospheres. Drawing from world music as well as traditional genres like jazz, R&B and pop, the sensual singer creates dreamy journeys (on some tracks in collaboration with renowned jazz pianist and composer Sunnie Paxson) that seduce the listener with optimism as she sings of love, hope, empowerment and perseverance. The elegant, trumpet laced focal track “Save This World” can be enjoyed both as a vocal and instrumental.
LANCE ELLIS LanceEllis.com Landlord Records
He grew up learning from Ellis Marsalis, he marched in the Mardi Gras in school, he moonlighted on Bourbon Street and played on riverboats and he followed in the footsteps of the, great saxophonist Charles Miller. Meet Lance Ellis, a former New Orleans postal worker turned entrepreneur and entertainer. The charismatic performer has taken the innovative principles of jazz and applied them to his unique style of smooth music that is truly seductive and hypnotic. A timeless, sophisticated gumbo of jazz, Gospel-tinged R&B and soul… inspired by New Orleans but too big to stop there! LanceEllis.com is home to a catalog of cool music, including original Lance Ellis music on CD and DVD. Jazz just the way you like it, smooth and sexy, featuring saxophone and flute with renowned guests including Michael Ward, Gina Brown and Lee Oskar. Get inspired, get inspiring music at LanceEllis.com!
CAJSA FRANGQUIST Live Life Independent
New from the exciting world of Cajsa ("kai-za") Franquist comes a fun, energetic new EP filled with life… aptly titled LIVE LIFE! The Swedish songwriter, singer, producer has a unique sound that mixes exciting Euro beats with a fresh fusion of funk, jazz, soul and R&B. "Funk (That Music Beat)" is the first single and it promises to get you moving with a contemporary dance groove and jazz nuances throughout. Cajsa has a style all her own… on the forefront of crossing sounds, blurring lines and proving that her generation is genre-blind and trailblazing to their own music beat. Cajsa's cool!
THE GRAY Feat LAURENT CAILLAT On The Rocks - EP Independent
Fading into The Gray will lead you into a sexy world of sweet sensuality; fashionable beats, stimulating lyrics and sultry vocals. Meet Laurent Caillat, the driving force behind this music project. Born to a Haitian mother and Swiss father, the multi-cultural NYC-based singer, songwriter, producer, actor, dancer, DJ and model keeps extraordinarily busy with all of the above, including shooting a new TV comedy series directed by Mark Farrell (Curb Your Enthusiasm). The Gray feat Laurent Caillat delivers an appetizing collection of songs on the EP, ON THE ROCKS, a provocative, irresistible, love-drenched soundtrack for modern times featuring Laurent’s alluring vocals and compelling lyrics. Straight up, ON THE ROCKS delivers emotive, sonic seduction in 5 amazing songs!
However fans choose to label Incognito’s sound in a post Acid Jazz world, its feisty mix of Retro Soul, Brass, Funk and Jazz is a crowd-pleaser. UK groove master and founder Jean-Paul “Bluey” Maunick and company are on sensual, jamming overdrive on AMPLIFIED SOUL – an eclectic, brassed-up set that doubles as a 35th Anniversary celebration. These high-energy anthems are glorious showcases for an exciting mix of vocalists, including Imaani, Tony Momrelle, Vanessa Haynes and new band additions Katie Leone and 22-year-old Australian singer Chiara Hunter. The Incognito singers are joined by Carleen Anderson (The Brand New Heavies, Young Disciples) and Deborah Bond (Chaka Khan, Anita Baker, Sade). AMPLIFIED SOUL turns it up for a whole lot of funky summer fun!
Miss Lira is a multi-platinum music selling, global goddess who has launched her career from her home base of South Africa. In 2009 she won ‘Album of the Year’ and in 2008 ‘Best Female Artist’ at the South African Music Awards. Lira’s heady mixture of old school soul is spiced with contemporary twists and intelligent lyrics. RISE AGAIN is the inspiring artist’s first release on Shanachie Entertainment in the U.S. and opens an exciting new chapter for the focused recording artist. “I have big dreams,” Lira has frequently been quoted as saying, she adds,“I don’t want to be boxed into being a particular kind of artist.” Safe to say that this is not possible… RISE AGAIN features the seductively joyful hit, “Feel Good,” which could be Lira's call and response to Pharrell Williams’ “Happy.” 13 tracks in all, including an integral cover of Labi Siffre’s “Something Inside So Strong," a wonderful version of this song drenched in South African music influences. Discover Lira… she has a dream!
Ooh la la! From the soon-to-be-released album LET'S HAVE SAX comes a sexy new tune that spills over with scintillating jazz, infused with chill and neo soul... Steve Reason's "French Love"! The saxophonist, singer, songwriter, producer, performer has our full attention! "French Love" comes in two flavors, a St. Tropez-tinged version with sultry vocals and smooth rap featuring guests Ja'Rae and Stack$, as well as a mostly instrumental version for clear-air flying with pure unadulterated saxophone. If this is how Steve's gonna bring it with the first single, we are preparing for the rest!
The journey began 28 years ago when Russ Freeman formed the band that would become synonymous with contemporary jazz… a band that four-wheeled through a fusion of rock, world music, pop and jazz. A band that helped defined a genre, create a lifestyle and explore melody without vocals. Nearly three decades later, his band is showing no signs of slowing down; Russ Freeman continues to create soul stirring, driving music on the Rippingtons’ 20th album, FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH. This guitar-centric project features some of the coolest guitars in Freeman’s collection, including his 1960 Strat, 70’s Telecaster, Baglama (Turkish sitar-like instrument), Ukulele, among other vintage gear. The 10 new tunes will leave you delighted… from the energetic, opener, “Spice Route” to the pop/rock first single, “North Shore” to the chilled out finale, “Garden of the Gods,” it’s clear the band has discovered the secret to youthful longevity. Long live the Rippingtons!
JIM SAMUEL NOW Independent
Composer/pianist Jim Samuel offers a compelling variety of textures and tempos on his latest release, NOW, featuring a stellar collection of originals, augmented by two sterling covers… namely the iconic “Mr. Magic,” featuring Gerald Albright’s brilliant sax work, and the Norah Jones hit, “Don’t Know Why.” Of the originals, I’m particularly drawn to the lovely “Serena,” featuring talented guitarist Rob Tardik, and the bittersweet “Now That You’re Gone,” featuring trumpet/flugelhorn master Tony Neenan. NOW just might be Mr. Samuel’s best release yet. Expect to see this one spending a lot of time at the top of the charts in 2014!
WALDINO Morning Nouveau WaldinoMusic.com
Fresh, uncomplicated, shimmering… MORNING NOUVEAU showcases the chillout craftsman in a sweet, positive light! Songs like “Morning Nouveau,” “High On Love” and “Thinking of You,” bring out the jazzier musings from the prolific songwriter and make for a collection of hopeful and inspiring tracks. The Waldino electro-retro sound is very much evident on MORNING NOUVEAU and lets the sun shine in brightly on the 10 new originals! Walter Liskiewicz aka Waldino, brushes with spacious and sincere strokes and relaxed colors here. Always eager to get a new album from the master of tranquilo, MORNING NOUVEAU delivers gentle, inspired songs, each a mini movie soundtrack in its own right. You know how it is at first light, the day is innocent and vulnerable… such is the essence on this latest offering from the wizard of wonder… Waldino!