Kevin Stixx Marshall feat. Michelle Carter Williams – Fly

 

Award-winning songwriter/producer Kevin Stixx Marshall has teamed up with singer/songwriter Michelle Carter Williams on a stunning new independent single, “Fly”. The duo’s debut collaboration combines a soulful jazz experience with a classic rhythm and blues undertone to take listeners on a delightful musical excursion.

In 2002, Kevin helped Marcus Johnson establish Three Keys Music, a record label partnership with BET Networks co-founder Robert L. Johnson. Kevin parlayed the success of that label into procuring a deal with MHz Networks to become drummer and music collaborator for the hit TV show “8101” with Emmy nominated radio and TV personality Michel Wright. The urban-based, entertainment talk show reached more than 2 million viewers worldwide, and featured industry heavyweights in which Kevin collaborated with the likes of Regina Belle, Coolio, Eric Roberson, and Tony Terry, among others.

Listen to Fly on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 10/4).

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Herb Alpert – Fantasy

 

Herb Alpert brings you his new single “Fantasy” from his upcoming album Over The Rainbow (available everywhere September 20)!

“Fantasy”, which was written by Maurice White and Eduardo Del Barrio and famously recorded by Earth, Wind, and Fire, was a long-time favorite of Herb’s and he took the opportunity to record a version for his new album.

“I am always looking for good melodies to play and if it is a familiar song that I am working on, I’ll try to do it in a way that it’s never been heard before,” says Alpert. “When choosing songs, I look for something that makes you feel good, I have learned to become an audience to my own music and listen to what creates feelings that stop and call you.”

Listen to Fantasy on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 9/4).

Eric Darius – Fired Up

Saxophonist Eric Darius is a man of action. Hardly any other musician in the smooth jazz genre has played his way into the front row as fast as he has. His activity is also reflected in his numerous releases.

Cruisin (2000), Night On The Town (2004), Just Getting Started (2006), Going All Out (2008), On A Mission (2010),  and Retro Forward (2014) are his milestones. Like many other artists, he took over the reins after his record contracts expired and founded his own label SagiDarius Music.

He is well aware of the considerable additional work and responsibility. Nevertheless, he perceives his step as a liberating blow. Appropriately his newest album is called Breakin’ Thru (2018). Taken from this album is his new single Fired Up. This single floods the album with a funky attitude featuring Rodney Jones Jr. on bass and Andre Troutman on talk box giving this tune its special flavor.

Eric Darius – Alto & Tenor Saxophone
Rodney Jones Jr – Keyboards, Bass, Guitar, Drums
Calvin Frazier – Guitar solo
Phillip Lassiter – Trumpet & horn arrangement

 

Listen to Fired Up on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 9/4).

Mariea Antoinette – That Thing

Strip away Lauryn Hill’s scathing admonition to men and women on her 1998 hit, “Doo Wop (That Thing),” and you are left with an innovative rhythmic track that astutely balances jagged hip hop edginess and a melodic R&B soul. It’s an unlikely composition for a classical harpist, which makes it Mariea Antoinette’s sweet spot. She has made it her mission to tackle unexpected funk, rhythm and blues, and pop songs, creating new possibilities for her instrument by presenting them with harp as the protagonist. Teaming with producer and arranger Allan Phillips, Antoinette’s reimagined “That Thing” goes for playlist adds on September 23.

Antoinette’s elegant stringed siren provides a surprising contrast over the buoyant beats Phillips constructed. Lush harmonic accoutrements are provided by a vibrant live horn section – trumpeter Derek Cannon, tenor saxophonist John Rekevics and trombonist Jordan Morita – and dramatic strings from the APM Allstars Strings along with Evan Marks’ guitar and Phillips’ keyboards. Antoinette debuted “That Thing” with her band on stage last month at the San Diego Smooth Jazz Festival, garnering an enthusiastic standing ovation.

“I chose the track for its funky, innovative rhythm and the beats are very cool. It’s a perfect song for harp that people are not expecting. Lauryn Hill is a music pioneer and a leading voice for women and for her style, ingenuity and edginess. The stories she tells through her music and lyrics are fresh and unique. ‘That Thing’ schools both women and men on motivations, keeping your eyes open and being wise in relationships. Everyone loved it when we played it live in San Diego,” said Antoinette.

“That Thing” offers an alluring glimpse into Antoinette’s forthcoming album, “All My Strings.” She and Phillips are busy tracking material for her third album that is slated to drop January 31, 2020 on the Infinity Productions/MAH Productions label. Antoinette’s last outing, “Straight from the Harp,” went top five at Billboard when it was released in 2015. The San Diego-based musician has been balancing her solo career with being a member of the all-star female ensemble Jazz in Pink since 2007. In June, she made her Playboy Jazz Festival debut at The Hollywood Bowl playing with Jazz in Pink, with whom she has performed at several prominent festivals this year, including Seabreeze Jazz Festival, Capital Jazz Cruise and the upcoming Barbados Jazz Excursion and Cancun Jazz Festival. The award-winning harpist collected three statues last year for Instrumentalist of Year (San Diego Prestige Awards), Best Jazz Single for “Overture” (Black Women in Jazz & The Arts Association), and a BMA Image Award from the Black Music Awards. Her high-profile performances include playing for President Barak Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, with Ne-Yo at the BET Awards, at Vanity Fair’s Grammy party with Jamie Foxx and on American Idol.

For more information, please visit https://www.marieaantoinette.com.

Source: Great Scott Productions

Tony Momrelle – We Had Searched For Heaven

Tony Momrelle is one of the most exciting and significant soul musicians on the modern British stage.

In a music career spanning 20+ years, he has performed with some of the greatest artists in the world: Incognito, Gloria Estefan, Celine Dion, Janet Jackson, Whitney Houston, Chaka Khan, Sade, Gary Barlow, Andrea Bocelli, Gwen Stefani, Robert Palmer and many more. In Autumn 2016 he supported the legendary Earth, Wind & Fire on their sold-out UK tour.

Momrelle was also lead male vocalist of the famous British Acid-jazz band Incognito for more than sixteen years. His new single “We Had Searched For Heaven” features Maysa on vocals.

Listen to We Had Searched For Heaven on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 9/4).

Ace Livingston – As Long As You Love Me

 

Continuing the hard-grooving momentum he generated with his last album My Metamorphasis, Jamaican born bass powerhouse Ace Livingston infuses his instantly infectious new single “As Long As You Love Me” with a blend of cool, soulful vibes, supercharged funk, brassy energy, colorful jazz soloing and mystical soundscape touches. Like the promise and fulfillment of love itself, the track builds momentum from it’s intimate opening melody to its fiery burst of passionate expression.

Livingston’s new single is produced by Chris ‘Big Dog’ Davis.

“I’ve had the pleasure of playing with Ace; more powerful than his musical brilliance is his unselfish and shining collaborative nature. I only hope I continue to have opportunities to play with him”
– Harry Connick Jr

Listen to As Long As You Love Me on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 9/4).

Paul Brown – Some Of This

 

Along with our friends at Woodward Avenue Records, we are excited to announce the release of Paul Brown‘s new single, “Some Of This”!

Bringing a much-appreciated powerful infusion of raw, rootsy bona fide blues to smooth jazz, Paul Brown – one of the genre’s biggest hitmakers and influential artists and producers – has been on a creative and chart-topping tear lately. Four of his last five singles – including “Boogaloo,” the first from his 2018 album Uptown Blues- hit #1 on the Billboard charts, and his most recent single “Blues for Jeff,” went Top 5 on Billboard and topped the Mediabase and Smoothjazz.com charts. Brown’s zesty swirl of pop, R&B and blues influences reaches its latest fever pitch on his new single “Some of This,” which should keep this train to the top a rollin’ for the next few months.

While “Boogaloo” was pure nonstop wild energy from the get-go, “Some of This” is more about a slow-building seduction, a playfully strutting, simmering horn tinged, mid-tempo funk gem that invites us to explore Brown’s crisp blues chops and improvisational virtuosity but in an infectious pop-soul setting. Building on the coolly grooving foundation of Mel Brown (bass). Dave Karasony (drums) and Hans Zenmuehien (keys), the casually sassy tune features the guitarist’s spirited interaction with the lead sax intensity of Greg Vail and a sly dance in and around trumpeter Lee Thornburg’s snazzy, dynamics-filled brass arrangement. One of the more noteworthy aspects of “Some of This” is that it’s that rare Paul Brown track that the guitarist didn’t pen himself – proving that he’s more about recording the greatest songs possible, wherever they originate. Though it was written by his fellow veteran guitarist Allen Hinds, Brown makes it very much his own as he showcases the slightly more laid- back side of those Uptown Blues.

“Some Of This”
Written by Alan Hinds
Produced and mixed by Paul Brown
ISRC US-VHM-18-00063

Paul Brown – Guitar
Mel Brown – Bass
Hans Zermuehlen – Keyboards
Dave Harosony – Drums
Kevin Ricard – Percussion
Greg Vail – Saxes
Trumpet & horn arrangement – Lee Thornburg

Listen to Some Of This on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 9/4).