Reggie Codrington – Sunny Skies

 

When the burden of caring for aging and ailing parents is added to the daily stresses and strains, sometimes simply seeing sunny skies is enough to help get through the day. That scenario is what inspired urban-jazz saxophonist Reggie Codrington’s new single, “Sunny Skies,” which he wrote with bassist-producer Darryl Williams. The hopeful mid-tempo R&B groove, mixed by hitmaker Euge Groove and going for playlist adds on August 12, features Codrington’s soulful soprano sax expressions and trumpet play from his 82-year-old father who is battling Alzheimer’s.

Afflicted with Ataxic Cerebral Palsy that required nine major surgeries even before he became a teenager, Codrington is returning the loving care he received from his parents, Joyce and Ray Codrington. The grind is a challenge physically and mentally, but the optimistic artist awakens each day seeking beauty and blessings in his life that put a smile on his face.

“The song (‘Sunny Skies’) makes me feel happy. I find beauty all around me, even in the rain. But seeing sunny skies makes me feel especially peaceful and happy. Blue skies make me feel close to nature. I’m a pretty simple guy. Life is complicated enough and so are all the things going on in life. Sunny skies keep me moving forward,” said Codrington.

After an intro from Codrington’s label, M.A.N.D.A.T.E Records, Codrington and Williams hooked up a few years ago at a jam session. Williams sent a track to the saxman who then wrote the buoyant melodies for “Sunny Skies.” With Williams programming the drum tracks, playing piccolo and synth basses and keyboards, Codrington emotes smilingly on a special curved horn designed to overcome his physical limitations. Guitarist Darrell Crooks, who has recorded with Grammy winners Eric Clapton, Boyz II Men, Ledisi, Gregory Porter and Kirk Whalum, adds rhythmic licks while Rymand Entezari contributes electric piano touches. Codrington gets emotional when talking about his father, who has played with Little Richard, Gladys Knight and Jackie Wilson, making a guest appearance on the single.

“Yeah, man, he’s an inspiration for me. It means a lot (to me) to have him on the record with all that he’s going through with Alzheimer’s. There’s great beauty in that as well as inspiration for me. Taking care of my parents as their health fails, I try to find the bright spots in each day to keep from feeling down. Everyone has got to find their own ways to get through the day. It could be as simple as looking up in the skies. Just seeing beautiful blue skies makes me feel like I can take on the world,” said the Fayetteville, North Carolina-based Codrington who studied music at Howard University.

Last year, Codrington dropped a single, “Cherry Sweet,” a song that sprang from helping his mother feel better by giving her cherries. It appeared on his “Against The Odds” disc, titled for the improbable story of how he overcome a rare disability and found a home in music. Ataxic Cerebral Palsy is the least common form of the disorder and is a chronic condition that affects movement and muscle coordination, sparking tremors and walking difficulties. Muscles were cut and transferred from his elbow, wrist and triceps to improve the functionality of his fingers. To make walking easier and enhance mobility, muscles were sliced from his legs. The curved sax enables him to play comfortably. Codrington has performed for President Barak Obama, recorded with Jeff Lorber, Paul Jackson Jr. and Nils, and opened for Ramsey Lewis, Charlie Wilson, Frankie Beverly & Maze, Peabo Bryson, Kenny Latimore, Kim Waters and Kevin Toney. He’s too modest to know what an inspiration he himself is for others.

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

Source: Great Scott Productions

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Willie Bradley – Over The Horizon

 

Trumpeter Willie Bradley’s new single “Over The Horizon” is killer! It’s the second single from Willie’s forthcoming new album, It’s My Time.

“Over The Horizon” ft. Julian Vaughn
Written by Willie Bradley (BMI)
Produced/co-written by Jeff Canady (BMI)
Mixed by Greg Manning

Trumpet/flugelhorn – Willie Bradley
Lead bass guitar – Julian Vaughn
Keyboards – Demetrius Nabors
Bass guitar – Robert Skinner
Lead guitar – Gary Johnson
Drums – Jeff Canady

Listen to Over The Horizon on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 8/4).

Dave Koz and Friends – Before I Let Go

Overcoming massive scheduling problems, saxophonist and entertainer Dave Koz has again managed to win some of the best musicians for his Summer Horns project. His new dream team consists of trumpet player Rick Braun, saxophonists Gerald Albright and Richard Elliot as well as trombonist and singer Aubrey Logan, a featured artist for Postmodern Jukebox.

Greg Adams, Tom Scott and Gordon Goodwin, who also arranged the previous album, are on this recordings again. Featured artists are singer Kenny Lattimore and Sheléa Frazier, Jonathan Butler and Gloria Estefan. The press release also mentions a rhythm arrangement by Chris “Big Dog” Davis.

Summer Horns II From A To Z is based on the same principle as the previous album. Selected songs that have passed the test of time and yet remain in lasting memory. The common denominator of all songs is a horn arrangement that qualified the piece for inclusion on the album. Cross-genre, dynamic and with a certain pep.

From this album the group releases Before I Let Go. This new single featured in the original Frankie Beverly and the group Maze. The song is completely transcribed to a horn arrangement featuring the formation in Toto and as soloists.

Listen to Before I Let Go on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 8/4).

Dr. Dave & The Housecall Band® – Midnight Daydream


 

Turning a onetime clever album title into the name of his high energy ensemble, Dr. Dave & The Housecall Band® work major musical healing miracles on their latest album Midnight Daydream. With a sizzling swirl of pop, R&B, traditional and contemporary jazz, topped off with tasty touches of Latin, blues and swing, Dr. Dave embraces the freedom to improvise more than ever before and tackle jazz classics and a popular TV theme in addition to a slate of ultra-infectious originals.

Two new singles out this year from Dr. Dave’s coolest collection yet, on the heels of his chart-topping “Sexy Cindy,” (named for Cindy Sanchez Medina, Miss Santander, Colombia 2018), expect the tropical jazz of “Cabo Time” and the sensual title track “Midnight Daydream” to saunter up the Smooth Jazz charts as well.

Listen to Midnight Daydream on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 8/4).

Rainforest Band – Peace to the Planet

Rainforest Band is a collaboration between guitarist Vernon ‘Ice’ Black, bassist Tony Saunders and keyboardist Sylvester Burks. The inspiration for the group came from the original Rainforest Band formed by Merl Saunders (Tony’s dad), featuring Jerry Garcia. The 1990 project Blues From the Rainforest – a Musical Suite was created out of Merl and Jerry’s need to spread the word about the beauty of the rainforest, as well as the message of preservation. With influences of world music, new age and traditional blues, Saunders and company crafted tunes that took the listener on a spiritual and musical journey that was close to their hearts.

On Peace to the Planet, Black, Saunders and Burks have created 12 original compositions in the Smooth Jazz genre that evoke a relaxed, romantic and funky vibe. Included are Caribbean Sunset which transports you to the beach, and SIZ with its Crusaders/New Orleans feel featuring Billboard #1 charting artist Jeff Ryan on saxophone. Other special guests include Gail Jhonson from The Norman Brown Band on keyboards and percussionist Marquinho Brazil.

Today, in the spirit of what Merl and Jerry created, Rainforest Band’s Peace to the Planet takes the mission to a new level through Contemporary Jazz. With the same goal of spreading the message of preservation for one of the world’s most delicate and endangered regions, Rainforest Band is back with a new sound for a new generation.

The time is now, but the message is the same – we all need to do our part to save the planet.

Listen to Peace to the Planet on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 7/4).

U-Nam – Future Love (Japanese Edition)

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U-Nam is celebrating the release of a very special Japanese edition of his Billboard Top 25 Best Seller Jazz Album “Future Love”, which includes an unreleased song that didn’t end up on the album, he has decided to share it with you! So you guys can listen to it anytime.

The song is called “Soul Walkin’” and the great news is that the song will be included in a deluxe (worldwide) edition album of “Future Love” for the Holidays which will includes as well new songs.

Listen to Soul Walkin’ on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 7/4).

Paolo Rustichelli – Hypnofunk

 

Born in Rome, Paolo Rustichelli is an Italian composer, piano & keyboard virtuoso, singer and producer who composes and performs his music completely by himself. He amazes audiences with his eclectic styles that make him unique and recognizable . His peculiar sound cluster has become emulated by artists worldwide. Among his album projects, Paolo recorded, performed and produced for rock-jazz superstars Carlos Santana and Miles Davis.

Paolo’s new single “Hypnofunk” features his virtuous performance on piano.

“I like Paolo’s ability to mix classical and jazz elements together, in a simple and innovative way, it’s really refreshing!…”

– Miles Davis

Listen to Hypnofunk on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 7/4).