Friday, December 14, 2007

"Bass Beyond" by Jimmi Roger Pedersen (Bassist/Instrumentalist from Denmark (DK))

Elegance, poise, and sincerity - these are the words that best describe Jimmi Roger Pedersen's latest release, "Bass Beyond." Demonstrating his exhaustive mastery of the bass, Pedersen creates exquisite bass compositions on this CD, oftentimes involving a textured bass line and lead melody line. "Who's Fresh and Who's Funky" is one of the most outstanding tracks on this CD, displaying a exceptionally heart-felt, groovy, and free-flowing performance. The slow-paced "Tid er Sk├Žbne" stands out for its mesmerizing and highly emotional atmosphere. All in all, "Bass Beyond" will have listeners amazed at how much grace and artistry can be expressed through a single musical instrument.
-Xavier P. and RadioIndy.com





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Wednesday, November 21, 2007

"The Way You Make Me Feel" by Sharon Rae North (Jazz artist from Atlanta, Georgia (GA))

"The Way You Make Me Feel" by Sharon Rae North is one very smooth jazz collection! Immediately, listeners notice Sharon's highly disciplined, soulful and sultry vocals. There is a certain mesmerizing quality associated with Sharon's vocal tone. What's more, the musical soundscapes of these love-and-heartbreak-inspired tunes are - simply put - splendid. "The Things You Do To Me" demonstrates this, delivering a beautiful sax solo while illuminating the captivating quality of Sharon's vocal performances. From start to finish, "The Way You Make Me Feel" is engaging, compelling, and very memorable.
-Xavier P. and RadioIndy.com






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Tuesday, November 6, 2007

"Romero" by Robert Sabin (Jazz artist from New York City, New York (NY))

"Romero" by Robert Sabin puts a unique spin on what we know as jazz. Innovative compositions are brought to life by Robert's skilled musicianship. These free-flowing structures vary widely in mood, from very dark and somber to mysterious. "Helicopters" and "ZWKDD" both exhibit great brass arrangements, and assume a form closest to traditional jazz. "Dog Shot" radiates a very thick theatrical atmosphere of dread and mystery. Moreover, "Monkey Farm" takes on a nice rock edge with its lead electric guitar melodies. All in all, "Romero" is an outstanding instrumental jazz collection finished with brilliant production! Fans of jazz will be both intrigued and amazed by this collection!
-Xavier P. and RadioIndy.com
 
 
 

Friday, October 12, 2007

"Unbroken" by Virella (Jazz Composer from New York (NY))

Virella's sophomore solo effort entitled "Unbroken" is a tranquil assembly of jazz instrumentals. Bearing heavy influences of rock and Latin flavors, Virella devises a very tasty concoction of impressive guitar-driven instrumentals. The Latin-infused "Paraiso" stands out as extremely refreshing to the ears with its mesmerizing lead electric melody blended with pacifying acoustic guitars and percussion. Adding to these soundscapes are skillfully composed piano arrangements. "Back in the Day" switches vibes, driven by beautiful sax melodies and groovy drum beats. From start to finish, "Unbroken" keeps listeners engaged and compelled. Moreover, the production of this CD is superb! Fans of Jeff Beck and Mike Stern will thoroughly enjoy this serene soundscape!
-Xavier P. and RadioIndy.com





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Wednesday, October 3, 2007

"Intersections" by Roberta Duchak (Jazz artist from Illinois (IL))

"Intersections" by Roberta Duchak is a vibrant assembly of delightful jazz tunes. In these broadway-influenced tunes, Roberta's perfect pitch and flowing tone fuse to create the most seducing component of "Intersections." The excellent vocal performances are nicely complimented by top notch musicianship. "Let Me Sing" shows off Roberta's beautiful tonal texture and the passion that she puts into her performances. "Seasons Of Love" stands out as extremely melodic, memorable, and musically compelling. Moreover, "Raise the Roof" takes an enjoyable venture into the upbeat sounds of Spanish-flavored jazz. Lyrically, Roberta crafts tunes of joy, love, pain, and fun with great skill! Brilliant production that allows Roberta's captivating voice to stand out above the instrumentation brings this CD to a nice close. Fans of Jane Monheit and Nancy Wilson will find genuine pleasure in the beautiful music on this CD!
-Xavier P. and RadioIndy.com




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"Suavee's Groove" by Suavee (Jazz Composer from Indiana (IN))

Suavee's sophomore release, "Suavee's Groove", shows off his ever-increasing talent as a jazz composer and instrumentalist. Getting things started is the upbeat "Right On Time", which acquaints listeners with Suavee's stunning piano arrangements and groovy drum beats. "Can We Work It Out" ventures into a softer, more slow-paced arena with its solemn mood. The title track stands out as particularly groovy and contagious, introducing a smooth bass line and trumpet solos that are hard to shake! From beginning to end, "Suavee's Groove" takes listeners on a compelling journey through emotional highs and lows. Outstanding production brings this jazz collection to a nice close! Fans of instrumental jazz don't want to miss out on this one!
-Xavier P. and RadioIndy.com





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Tuesday, October 2, 2007

"Starry Night" by Sue Bell (Jazz artist from Washington (WA))

"Starry Night" by the elegant Sue Bell is a heart-warming collection of age-old classics revamped with brilliant new jazz-inspired arrangements. Immediately stealing the limelight is Sue's sultry, soul-stirring vocal performances. "I Won't Last A Day Without You" and "Let Me Be The One" demonstrate the compelling instrumentation displayed on this CD– stunning jazz piano compositions backed by amazing trumpet solos and free-flowing drum arrangements make these songs unforgettable! With production as compelling as Sue's smooth vocals, music-lovers can't go wrong with "Starry Night." Fans of jazz and the timeless classics of Stevie Wonder, Carole King, and the likes will fall in love with this CD!
-Xavier P. and RadioIndy.com





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Thursday, August 30, 2007

"Temptation" by Seiko Akita (Jazz composer from New York City, New York (NY))

"Temptation" by the genius composer Seiko Akita is a stunning and absolutely sensational assembly of original arrangements that breaks through the confines of tradition and precedent! One thing that immediately jumps out to listeners is the liveliness of this band's sound – it feels like they're performing a private concert just for you! Even better, the musical complexity and harmonic arrangements of these tunes are mind-blowing! Seiko flaunts her countless years of experience on tracks like "Beyond the Voyage" which rings with serenity – beautiful grand pianos and heart-warming brass arrangements set a heavenly atmosphere! "Estrada Do Tchau" burns with a nice Latin flare and shows off the ground-breaking drum performances present thought this CD! As if all this isn't enough for music lovers, Seiko makes sure this collection strikes gold with remarkable, professional production! Fans of instrumental compositions with jazz, Brazilian, and Latin spice won't be able to resist this "Temptation"!
-Xavier P. (for RadioIndy.com)
 
 
 
 

Sunday, August 5, 2007

"Mystic Journey" by Victor McClain (Jazz artist from Marietta, Georgia (GA))

Jazz-lovers, the answer to all your desires is finally here – Victor McClain's latest release, "Mystic Journey"! Traversing the worlds of Latin jazz, R&B jazz, and smooth-jazz, this audio voyage leaves no destination out! Perhaps there's nothing very 'mystic' about what makes this journey so enticing – there's only one thing that could make a record so appealing: raw, irrefutable talent! Victor's divine compositions of jazz bass leads, jazz piano, flute melodies, brass instruments, and Latin percussion combine to produce an irresistible audio heaven! What's more, the production of "Mystic Journal" is nothing short of flawless! This soundtrack sets the perfect mood for an evening of passionate love and romance! Keep your eyes and ears open jazz fans, Victor McClain is about to hit your world by storm!
-Xavier P. for RadioIndy
 
 
 
 

"Mystic Journey" by Victor McClain (Jazz artist from Marietta, Georgia (GA))

Jazz-lovers, the answer to all your desires is finally here – Victor McClain's latest release, "Mystic Journey"! Traversing the worlds of Latin jazz, R&B jazz, and smooth-jazz, this audio voyage leaves no destination out! Perhaps there's nothing very 'mystic' about what makes this journey so enticing – there's only one thing that could make a record so appealing: raw, irrefutable talent! Victor's divine compositions of jazz bass leads, jazz piano, flute melodies, brass instruments, and Latin percussion combine to produce an irresistible audio heaven! What's more, the production of "Mystic Journal" is nothing short of flawless! This soundtrack sets the perfect mood for an evening of passionate love and romance! Keep your eyes and ears open jazz fans, Victor McClain is about to hit your world by storm!
-Xavier P. for RadioIndy
 
 
 
 

Saturday, July 7, 2007

"In Full Bloom" by Margaret Murphy (Jazz Artist from Chicago, Illinois (IL))

"In Full Bloom" by the talented Margaret Murphy is a flavorful assembly of enchanting jazz tunes. Igniting this album's flame is the groovy "I'm Walking," which wastes no time in showing off the amazing instrumentation, namely jazz piano leads, that defines all of this record. With romantic lyrics arranged to unforgettable melodies, the appeal of this record goes far beyond just great musicianship. Margaret's powerful, soulful, and effortless vocal performance outshines every other aspect of this album. The emotionally touching "Pearls" slows the pace a bit, and allows Margaret's vocal ability to shine with its full potential. Polished with unrivaled production, if you are a fan of soulful, smooth jazz, you will thoroughly enjoy "In Full Bloom."
-Xavier P. and RadioIndy
 
 
 
 

Thursday, June 28, 2007

"Worry No More" by Jared Wilson (Jazz Instrumentalist from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (PA))

"Worry No More" by Jared Wilson and The Vibe is a collection of jazz instrumentals that are sure to pierce through the ears and into the mind and soul. Refreshingly soothing and relaxing, "Worry No More" does just that - takes the listener on a journey away from stresses of everyday life and into the utopia of jazz heaven. Led by the beautifully toned tenor sax, every song on this CD displays unrivaled musicianship and skillful composition. Great diversity is also apparent, from the upbeat sounds of "St. Thomas" to the masterpiece ballad dubbed "Gia." Moreover, the remarkable piano-runs on songs like "Cold Duck" are too spectacular to not point out. Simply put, this album is just too enjoyable to not have! Jazz lovers will find a musical paradise with "Worry No More!"
-Xavier P. for RadioIndy
 
 
 
 

"Can You Hear Me Now" by EXP (Jazz Band from Michigan (MI))

On "Can You Hear Me Now," EXP shows that their musical abilities are quite extraordinary. The sweet and soulful vocals and slow jazz music are a perfect mix of eloquent sounds. The lyrics on "Can You Hear Me Now" are sweet and powerful. On the track "Say You Love Me," the lyricist sings beautiful lyrics about the troubles of relationships. On the track "Love Shine," an exquisite saxophone lead makes the song the perfect smooth jazz experience. If you would like a cross between Jill Scott and Miles Davis then you would love EXP! Get your copy today!
-Josh B. and RadioIndy
 
 
 
 
 

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

"Paradise Presents Jazz Funk Hip Hopoetry" by Parasise (Collaboration from San Francisco, California (CA))

On "Paradise Presents Jazz Funk Hip Hopoetry", Paradise shows that they can mix many styles of music into a collaboration of beautiful sound. Paradise does an excellent job of incorporating spoken word lyrics and hip hop with jazz and funk music. The lyrics are presented with an intelligent sense of spirit and life. On the track "Aint Yo Mama Black", the group puts a witty positive twist on "yo mama" jokes using spoken word, and beatnik sounding drums. If you like spoken word, jazz and hip hop then you will love Paradise. Get your copy today!
-Josh B and RadioIndy
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Wednesday, June 13, 2007

"Drawn Straws" by The Strato Ensemble (electric jazz band from Los Angeles, California (LA, CA)

On "Drawn Straws", The Strato Ensemble pieces together an electrifying album full of surprise and intrigue. This jazz improvisational group has an excellent sense of rhythm, melody, and spontaneity. The Strato Ensemble did an excellent job of achieving a well balanced jazz album with a unique flavor that is created by including many interesting electronic sounds. The musicianship on the CD is particularly impressive, especially the piano and keyboard work. On "Thou Dire Lull," the track is accompanied by an awesome piano piece sure to elevate the ears of any jazz lover. If you like Weather Report then you will love The Strato Ensemble. Don't miss out, get your copy today!
- Josh B. for RadioIndy
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Monday, June 4, 2007

"Paradis, Paradise" by Robezz (jazz artist from Nevada (NV))

The CD "Paradis, Paradise" by Robezz is a remarkable album. It has all the ingredients of a great jazz masterpeice. All elements of this album are impressive, including the recording quality and the outstanding musicianship, especially Robezz's keyboard playing, which is very funky, and the drum programming, which is very unique. What stands out the most is his uncanny ability to deliver such precise compositions. The arrangements of every song are very clever. "Las Vegas Life," sounds very similar to a composition from Herbie Hancock. It keeps your attention at all times. This project can stand the test of time. If you are a fan of jazz fusion, We urge you to buy this album.
-Groov and RadioIndy
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"Right Where I Belong," by Lauren Hooker (jazz artist from Teaneck, New Jersey (NJ))

The CD, Right Where I Belong, by Lauren Hooker is a very impressive jazz project, packed with original and classic jazz compositions. Lauren's vocals are in a class by themselves. She flows vocally through different jazz standards as if she lived them herself. Her voice is rich, tasteful and soulful. Lauren brings back the 50's sound with avengence and just plain brilliance. The track, "No Goodbyes", is a composition that propells Lauren in the same class as Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan. It's a beautiful and pure composition, and it stands above the rest of the original jazz tracks on the album. The lyrics tell a heart-felt story that can be appreciated by anyone, regardless of age. We recommend everyone to listen to the entire album and we can assure you that you won't be able to stop listening to the project. It's an inspiration for any musician or songwriter. Lauren Hooker is here to stay and in our opinion, deserves a Grammy for this project. Pick up a copy today!
-Groov for RadioIndy
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"Ecce Jazz" by Pavol Bodnar (jazz artist from the Slovak Republic)

Pavol Bodnar's release of Ecce Jazz is a truly one of a kind jazz project. The CD is well-rounded with various styles such as eclectic jazz fusion, folk music melodies, Latin rhythms and universal harmony. The music on this CD clearly reflects an international sound like no other CD that we've heard recently. Pavol's piano arrangements are very diverse, along with spontaneous improvizing over baroque forms. One of the titles on the album, "3 Roses 4 Martina", is one of our favorites. This track says I am jazz, I am love, I am peace. The vocal style is very similar to Will Downing, and the fretless bass wraps around the melodies, like a tight fitting glove to a hand. This album definitely ranks very high in our book as one of the most sensual, and harmoneous projects to have been released in a long time. We strongly urge you to purchase this CD by Pavol Bodnar, a jazz pianist, composer and arranger.
-Groov for RadioIndy
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Sunday, May 27, 2007

"Groovide" by John Pedersen (smooth jazz artist from California)

The CD "Groovidi" by John Pedersen is an impressive smooth jazz CD. The instrumentation and production are tasteful and the melodies are memorable. Especially impressive, is John's excellent piano and keyboard work, and the excellent musicianship throughout the CD. The CD has a very professional sound. "Montery Getaway" is one of our favorite tracks. It demonstrates the versatility of John's piano skills. The compositon is very soothing and breathtaking all at the same time. It has a Bob Baldwin kind of feel to it. The reverb from the piano jumps out at you and almost makes you feel like you're right in the room with him. Please go out and purchase this CD. We recommend it to anyone who appreciates smooth melodies and stylish beats.
-Groov and RadioIndy
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"Island Bars" by Frank Tuma (instrumental latin jazz artist from Florida)

The CD entitled "Island Bars" by Frank Tuma is an instrumentally beautiful work of art wonderfully mixed with Jazz and blues with a strong Caribbean feel . This CD is full of classical and traditional grooves combined in a revolutionary way, yet holding its strong quality of reminiscence. The musicianship and recording quality on the CD are splendid. The artist behind this exquisite work is completely, heartily welded in the tunes as he plays with a sense of dexterity, vivacity and wit. His manner of blend of instruments is magical. All the tracks in this CD sound very good. However, we see ourselves playing the track "When the saints are marching" over and over again. Frank's well arranged instruments give this traditional number a contemporarily Latino feel, rich in Jazz influence. The title "In a down and dirty Bar" has a skillful trumpet part and a rich Jazzy touch. If you enjoy hauntingly ethereal instrumental melodies with Jazz and blues flavor, you will enjoy this CD. Pick up a copy today.
-Charles N. and RadioIndy
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Monday, April 30, 2007

"Paradise" by John Pedersen

"Paradise" is a CD filled with tasteful instrumental tracks, by John Pedersen. One listen to this CD and we were struck by the excellent musicianship. Prevalent throughout the CD is tasteful and musically challenging piano and keyboard work. The CD kept our interest by not only including a number of up-tempo mainly keyboard and/or synthesizer tracks, but also mixed in some softer piano tracks and some full band smooth jazz tracks as well. Our favorite tracks include the up-tempo "City Lights Below" with its excellent guitar and keyboard solos and bass break, all backed by an excellent groove. The title track is another one of our favorite tracks, with its strong synthetic beat and neat synthesizer work. If you enjoy smooth jazz, or listening to a keyboard/piano virtuoso, you will enjoy this CD. Pick up a copy today!
- RadioIndy Staff
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Thursday, April 12, 2007

"Songs from the Heart" by Lady CiCi

  "Songs from the Heart" is an entertaining CD of jazz classics by veteran jazz singer Lady CiCi. On the CD Lady CiCi brings her well-syncopated, distinctive vocal style to some jazz standards. The music on the CD has a very authentic, classic jazz sound, as does Lady CiCi's voice. She effectively moves up and down the key on many tracks. The backing band is very impressive and tight. For example, check out the keyboard solo on "Smile." One of our favorite tracks is "All of Me," where Lady CiCi's vocals are especially effective, and the tremendous musicianship of the band is particularly evident, including a very tasteful sax solo. If you enjoy a classic jazz sound, you will enjoy this CD. Pick up a copy today!
 - Review by RadioIndy staff
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