Displaying items by tag: Gospel - jazzreview.com - Your Jazz Music Connection - jazzreview.com - Your Jazz Music Connection http://jazzreview.com Mon, 22 May 2017 14:15:48 -0500 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb Take 6 One http://jazzreview.com/free-jazz-mp3-downloads/take-6-one.html http://jazzreview.com/free-jazz-mp3-downloads/take-6-one.html Take 6 One
Ten-time Grammy and ten-time Dove winners, TAKE 6, (Claude McKnight, Mark Kibble, Joel Kibble, Dave Thomas, Alvin Chea and Khristian Dentley) have a lot to be grateful for as they celebrate their 25th Anniversary with the release of their new album One. There is only ONE quintessential acapella group and it's Take 6!

With the popularity of televised vocal competitions like the explosive a cappella show The Sing Off and the mania over singing driven comedy dramas like Glee, Take 6 is the original torchbearer for the first instrument. The ten-time Grammy and ten-time Dove winners, Take 6, (Claude McKnight, Mark Kibble, Joel Kibble, Dave Thomas, Alvin Chea and Khristian Dentley) celebrate their 25th Anniversary this year and have a lot to be grateful for. The distinguished Gospel/Jazz vocal group, heralded by Quincy Jones as the "baddest vocal cats on the planet!' are the quintessential acapella group and model for what vocal genius is.

Through the years they have won praise from such luminaries as Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Brian Wilson, Ella Fitzgerald and Whitney Houston. Any singer who aspires for vocal excellence cannot overlook the contributions these men have made to music. The multi-platinum selling sextet says of their longevity, "The glue for Take 6 is that we consider this a Ministry. We are God's group! We are also family in the sense that we care deeply about each other, and that helps keep us together. We have times when it gets tough, but we pull together because of the love we have for one another."

One is Take 6's first project without Cedric Dent, who retired from the group last year. "Cedric had taken a position with MTSU (Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, TN) which didn't allow him to go out on the road during the school year and kind of limited him only to the weekends and that's if it worked for the schedule," says Kibble. "So we decided it was best to find a person to step in and cover him when he couldn't be there. We actually had a pool of three people we used over the years. Khristian Dentley was one of those people called on to step in. He did it beautifully and had a lot of energy. In standing in for Cedric, we were able to learn his personality and he was able to learn the music. After seven years, Cedric decided to go full time into academia and when he did, Khristian was already primed to step in behind him."

Dentley brings a multitude of skills to the mix. He programmed, co-wrote or co-arranged some of the songs such as "One," the soulful, block-party styled title song.  "Khristian was the visionary behind the music video for that song," says McKnight. It was shot at a private home outside of Los Angeles with about 40 Take 6 friends and family members. Stevie Wonder; Claude McKnight's little brother, crooner Brian McKnight; Lalah Hathaway, Lil Fizz from B2K and former pro football player Greg Gunther all make appearances in the video. "The video was all about getting together at a family styled barbecue and hanging out and just having fun," says Claude McKnight. "We invited some of our friends, we had some cameos. It was just a lot of fun."

The group also had fun recording One and considers it a return to their spiritual heritage. "We're pretty excited because this album is one of our first completely gospel-influenced albums," says McKnight. "It kind of takes us back to when we first started out. The touring that we're planning on doing will include a lot of churches and gospel-flavored venues. Interestingly enough, we've always toured Internationally because were basically a jazz group and we still have those elements on this album but lyrically it's a lot more gospel based. We really wanted to go back to our roots and to be a part of that and uplift people from that standpoint."

While they have dabbled with straight jazz and even adult R&B rhythms over the last decade, Take 6 dusts off Korean War-era gospel songs and injects them with a modern flair while maintaining their traditional quartet style of singing. Handclaps and a little percussion enliven The Selah Singers' 1952 tune, "Down Here I've Done My Best".

The hymn "Glorious Day" and the Jackie Verdell & Brother Joe May's 1962 cut, "You're Gonna Need Him," both get Pentecostal workouts but with a sophisticated polish. The ballads "Alleluia" and "What A Friend We Have In Jesus" are given tender arrangements that show off the group's layered harmonies. On "Noah," their voices simulate instruments to create the signature Take 6 sound. The mid-tempo tracks "In My Heart" and "Farther Along" boast minimal instrumentation and a lot of funky swagger.

Rounding out the set is the wistful tune, "Can't Imagine Love Without You," that includes a harmonica solo and lead vocals by Stevie Wonder. Take 6 first performed the song with Wonder on a BET Honors television special in 2010. "We just liked the way the song flowed and we liked how it felt," says Kibble. "We needed one more song for the CD and somebody made the suggestion that we should sing that song."

Take 6 has come a long way from their days at Huntsville, Alabama's Oakwood College where McKnight formed the group as The Gentleman's Estates Quartet in 1980. The group eventually became known as Alliance but when they signed to Reprise Records in 1987 they found that there was another group with the same name, so they became Take 6. Their self-titled debut CD won over jazz and pop critics and they've never slowed down.

A part of what has allowed the group to stay together as what has allowed the group to stay together as One is the group's willingness to let members do side projects. "It adds to the brand," Joey Kibble says. "You have six individuals that are interested in six different combinations of activities." Kibble is a motivational speaker and Alvin Chea does Voiceover & Session-singing on dozens of TV and Feature films as well as commercials. Two of the members have solo projects in the works, others produce outside acts and McKnight is working on a documentary. "It adds even more credibility to the group as a whole," Kibble adds. "That based on each individual further developing what they were called to do, then when you look at those entities making up this entire unit which is Take 6, the group is stronger because the individuals continue with their contributions and development of their own gifts."

So, what's next for Take 6 as a unit? "The next project we're going to work on I believe is going to be an orchestral project," says McKnight. "We've performed with orchestras but we've never done a fully orchestrated album so that's what we're working on to try and get the logistics for that. One of the key things we're really looking at is almost reintroducing, in a way, Take 6 to our domestic audience. We've done so much International touring that I think there are core fans of ours who may, in fact, not know that we're still around so that will be kind of a cool thing to be like, 'Hey, we're here! Check us out.'"

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morrice.blackwell@gmail.com (1888 Media) Free Jazz MP3 Downloads Tue, 01 May 2012 17:44:06 -0500
Heather Ramsey: Peace Like a River http://jazzreview.com/jazz-spotlights/heather-ramsey-peace-like-a-river.html http://jazzreview.com/jazz-spotlights/heather-ramsey-peace-like-a-river.html Heather Ramsey: Peace Like a River
Heather Ramsey, vocalist and CEO of The Midwest School of Voice, honored to be releasing her second CD with "Peace Like a River." Her soulful vocal style and poignant interpretations of holiday classics are a reflection of her diverse influences in music. Renowned pianist, arranger, composer and author Dr. Monika Herzig adds her unique spin to these festive tunes to showcase Ramsey's ability to sing many styles.

Ramsey draws some of her influence on this album from the beloved holiday music of The Carpenters. "I'll admit it, I'm a huge Karen Carpenter fan, and something about her voice on their holiday album puts me at peace any time of year. Holiday music is homecoming for me, a return to my roots. I wanted to share my love of this music with the world and do it in a way that invited everyone to enjoy something on the album. You'll hear my favorite songs, my parent's favorite songs, songs to lift your spirit and songs to make you reflect on holidays gone by and holidays to come. Monika was also able to incorporate my love of many different musical styles in the arrangements, so each song is a new experience and a new sound. I hope you enjoy my gift to you this holiday season and share it with your family and friends," said the vocalist.

Ramsey and Herzig are frequent collaborators and the chance to record together was a special event for both ladies. Herzig stated that performing on the album was "a real treat ... for myself, for the musicians, and for everyone who will get to enjoy this.""Peace Like a River" features familiar favorites like "Merry Christmas Darling," "Sleigh Ride" and "I'll be Home for Christmas," while also featuring the Herzig original "Ballad of a Snowman" and a charming duet "This Christmas" with Ramsey's fiancé, Blair Clark, a vocalist that has performed in hundreds of private and public venues throughout Europe and the United States.

Songlist:

1. Merry Christmas Darling

2. Winter Weather

3. Peace Like a River

4. Sleigh Ride

5. Breath of Heaven

6. I'll Be Home for Christmas

7. Ballad of a Snowman

8. River

9. The Christmas Song

10. The Man With the Bag

11. This Christmas (duet with Blair Clark)

"Peace Like a River" will be available to purchase at established retailers like Amazon.com by mid-September. For more information, be sure to visit http://www.musicbyheather.com For review copies, please contact cheryl@cherylhugheypromotions.com

More about Heather Ramsey:

The seeds that would begin Heather (Ault) Ramsey's musical career were planted very early in life, mostly being sown as she was surrounded by her musical parents, grandparents and extended family at their small church in northern Indiana. Family members spent hours out–harmonizing one another at family reunions, church gatherings and holiday meals, accompanied by Grandma's sweeping piano flourishes and Grandpa's booming baritone. Heather's knack for harmony, improvisation and vocal styling most certainly grew from these early influences.

Playing piano and flute through high school and early college years brought in a more classical foundation in reading music and understanding theory and musical structure. In her later college years, however, Heather got her first professional performance training from Purdue Musical Organizations, where her directors and peer taught her to engage audiences, improve her vocal technique and love live performance. She was listening to everything from Lauryn Hill to Celine Dion, Janis Joplin to Eva Cassidy, and Ella Fitzgerald to Sarah McLachlan, beginning to develop a simultaneous love for R&B, pop, blues and jazz.

In addition to her regular live appearances, Heather is very active in the education and training of young vocal artists in a variety of modern genres. She also serves as the CEO and co-founder of the Midwest School of Voice and co-founded Isis of Indiana with Dr. Monika Herzig. Isis, serving the surrounding Indianapolis areas, is an organization dedicated to helping women achieve their fullest potential in music.

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morrice.blackwell@gmail.com (Cheryl Hughey) Jazz Spotlights Mon, 10 Oct 2011 08:14:15 -0500
Tuscia in Jazz Masterclass 2012 http://jazzreview.com/jazz-news/press-releases/annual-program-me.html http://jazzreview.com/jazz-news/press-releases/annual-program-me.html Upcoming masterclasses in Tuscia, Italy by Tuscia In Jazz.

Winter Masterclass from 3 to 5 Febraury 2012 – italy - Caprarola – Scuderie Palazzo Farnese.

Sax Mark Turner
Trumpet Avishai Cohen
Bass Joe Martin
Drums Marcus Gilmore
Voice Gegè Telesforo
Guitar Lucio Ferrara
Piano Domenico Sanna

euro 120 including 3 nights in the Ostel

Spring Masterclass from 5 to 9 April 2012 in Italy - Ronciglione – Viterbo.

Voice Jazz Gegè Telesforo
Sax Rick Margitza
Bass Ben Wolfe
Guitar Peter Bernstein 
Trumpet Flavio Boltro and Aldo Bassi
Drums Jeff Ballard and Gegè Munari
Hammond Alberto Marsico
Piano Antonio Ciacca

euro 200

Summer Masterclass from 23 to 29 July 2012 in Italy - Soriano nel Cimino

 

Pianoforte Aaron Goldberg
Sax Donnie McCaslin
Bass Scott Colley
Guitar Kurt Rosenwinkel
Trumpet Flavio Boltro
Drums Antonio Sanchez
Hammond Tony Monaco
Voice Jazz Shawnn Monteiro
Eletric Bass Pippo Matino
Combo 1 A turno tutti gli insegnati
Combo 2 Tony Monaco
Combo 3 Gege Munari and Giorgio Rosciglione
Arrangiamento e Composizione Antonio Ciacca

euro 400

Special discount for inscription visit

www.tusciainjazz.it

info italoleali@tusciainjazz.it tel. +39 393 9511130

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morrice.blackwell@gmail.com (Tuscia In Jazz Festival) Press Releases Sun, 09 Oct 2011 04:08:01 -0500
Nicci Canada: Twenty Twelve http://jazzreview.com/free-jazz-mp3-downloads/nicci-canada-twenty-twelve.html http://jazzreview.com/free-jazz-mp3-downloads/nicci-canada-twenty-twelve.html Singer and songwriter Nicci Canada presents her debute album "Twenty Twelve", available now on all digital media. Her newest smash, entitled "Attraction", which showcases her sultrier and sensual side; is a follow up to her first single "Love" and you literally cannot get enough!

Singer and songwriter Nicci Canada presents her debute album "Twenty Twelve", available now on all digital media. Her newest smash, entitled "Attraction", which showcases her sultrier and sensual side; is a follow up to her first single "Love" and you literally cannot get enough!

"I love to create and express who I am through music. I'm a walking melody and it's a Gift that I want to present to the world." Nicci's messages of love, passion and worship create the musical canvases on which she paints her voice. Through various genres – jazz, soul and gospel – Nicci communicates with listeners in a way that can only be described as magical. With a vintage flare that takes you back to the likes of Billie Holiday and carries you into the next wave of music.

Nicci was born into a family of vocalists in Charleston, West Virginia, and she has been surrounded by music since birth. In 2001 Nicci decided to make music a career after moving to Charlotte, NC. Realizing the possibilities of pursuing her passion professionally, she worked with Paul Whitley to release a three-song demo in 2005. Recently, Nicci has teamed up with business mogul Eric Mitchell, and founded Jevenity] Music Entertainment, LLC.

Her debut CD, featuring the singles "Love" and "Attraction" will be the first project on the label with a collection of 14 tracks, there's a treat for everyone to enjoy. Through her warm, sultry vocals, the influence of Jill Scott, Chrisette Michelle and Nina Simone is clear, but Nicci Canada's amazing sound is all her own.

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morrice.blackwell@gmail.com (Nicci Canada) Free Jazz MP3 Downloads Thu, 29 Sep 2011 12:22:01 -0500
Gico Music’s Recording Artist John and Gina Carey to Open for Rose Royce benefiting the National Legal Aid and Defender Association http://jazzreview.com/new-jazz-releases/uk-soul-chart-toppers-john-gina-carey-to-open-for-70-pop/funk-band-rose-royce-at-groovin-for-justice-an-equal-justice-fundraiser.html http://jazzreview.com/new-jazz-releases/uk-soul-chart-toppers-john-gina-carey-to-open-for-70-pop/funk-band-rose-royce-at-groovin-for-justice-an-equal-justice-fundraiser.html UK Soul Chart toppers John & Gina Carey to open for 70 Pop/funk band Rose Royce at Groovin’ for Justice, an equal justice fundraiser.

With Gina Carey hitting the #1 spot on the UK Soul Charts and her husband guitarist John Carey closely following, charting at #8 , This talented married couple have been invited by the NLADA to be one of the artist to open for Billboards R & B Pop Chart toppers, 70’s funk band Rose Royce. Rose Royce is known for their “Car Wash’ movie soundtrack with hit singles, “Car Wash”, “I Wanna Get Next To You” and “I’m Going Down”. This event will take place on October 2, 2011 and be held at the beautiful Riverside, CA. Rancho Jurupa Park (Pecan and Acorn Shelters). 12 pm – 6:00 pm. This charitable event will be hosted by Mr. Gary Windom, Law Offices of the Public Defender, Riverside County and Irene Morales, Inland Counties Legal Services.

The Carey’s will grace the stage at 1:00 pm for an electrifying 45 minute live performance in support of NLADA. This talented couple will be performing all original songs both written and produced by them from their new chart topping CD releases “New Beginnings” (by Guitarist John Carey) and “Melodic” (by Soul Singer Gina Carey). Fans have compared John and Gina Carey’s onstage performance energy to Hidden Beach Records”, “Kindred and The Family Soul” and Ashford and Simpson but with a new school smooth Urban Soul/Jazzy twist.

Chicago native, John Carey is an accomplished multi genre guitarist/singer/songwriter/composer/ arranger and producer. He has recorded several CD’s ranging from Smooth Jazz/ blues to R&B.  His previous projects included “Take a Little Ride,” “Doves of Paradise” and “Xperiance preferred.” And has latest album release “New Beginnings.” He has also opened for Natalie Cole, George Benson, Earth, Wind & Fire, Ledisi, Warren Hill, Queen Latifah, Brian ulbertson, Boney James, Mindi Abair, Norman Brown, Al Jarreau, Buddy Guy and Gerald Albright and many others.

 

Also a native of Chicago Gina Carey formally known as Gina Green is an experienced singer/songwriter/and producer.  She began her musical recording career in 1996 as a      Contemporary Gospel artist. Her first three albums, “In His Time,” “Changes” and “Tell Um” were Gospel projects. Her latest CD’s “My Journey” and “Melodic” were released in the Soul genre. In 2006 Gina won “Best Gospel Performer – Female” at the Las Vegas Black Music Awards and in 2008 her “True Love” music video aired on BET J on the “Morning Cup Show.” Gina has also opened for many nationally know recording artist including PAJAM recording artist Gospel recording artist  J Moss, The Pointer Sisters,  Actress Jane Kennedy, The Late Buddy Ebsen, The Boys, Victor Bell and Halel, The Mary Jane Girls, TBN’s Bill and Rene Morris, Shanice Wilson and many others.

 

The proceeds from this event will support The National Legal Aid& Defender Association (NLADA) and honors their 100 years of delivering justice to those who cannot afford counsel. ‘Groovin’ for Justice’ will feature the soulful and 70’s music of three southern California greats, Rose Royce, Delaney & Jaymes and John & Gina Carey. Supporting this event will enable NLADA to redouble its efforts on behalf of 25,000 professionals and 2,500 community organizations that provide legal aid and public defender services to our nations low income people. The ticket cost is VIP: $60, General Admission: $30, under 18: $15. RSVP to Kara Allinson, NLADA at (202) 452-0620 x 229 or K.allinson@nlada.org. Or contact Fe Roldan, riverside County Law Offices of the Public Defender at ffroldan@co.riverside.ca.us or call (951) 955-6011.

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morrice.blackwell@gmail.com (gicomusic@gmail.com) New Jazz Releases Tue, 13 Sep 2011 18:15:55 -0500
Gico Music, Soul Singer Gina Carey “Melodic” CD Soars To The #1 Spot On The UK Soul Charts http://jazzreview.com/jazz-news/press-releases/gico-music-soul-singer-gina-carey-melodic-cd-soars-to-the-1-spot-on-the-uk-soul-charts.html#1-spot-on-the-top-30-uk-soul-charts-at-starpoint-radio-gico-musics-melodic&Itemid=293 http://jazzreview.com/jazz-news/press-releases/gico-music-soul-singer-gina-carey-melodic-cd-soars-to-the-1-spot-on-the-uk-soul-charts.html#1-spot-on-the-top-30-uk-soul-charts-at-starpoint-radio-gico-musics-melodic&Itemid=293 On Wednesday August 24, 2011, Palm Springs, California based soul artist Gina Carey has climbed to the #1 spot of Starpoint Radios' Top 30 UK Soul Charts with her new CD release "Melodic", this has not been achieved since her first Urban Gospel release "In His Time" in 1996.

On Wednesday August 24, 2011, Palm Springs, California based soul artist Gina Carey has climbed to the #1 spot of Starpoint Radios' Top 30 UK Soul Charts with her new CD release "Melodic", this has not been achieved since her first Urban Gospel release "In His Time" in 1996.

On July 7, 2011, her Album "Melodic" entered the UK Soul Charts at #27 and steadily climbed each week until she hit the #1 spot. "Unbelievable", "Don't Ever Let Me Go"," Red Hat"," Without You", and "Share My Life" were amongst the most popular DJ choices. A full list of the official charts can be found at www.uksoulchart.com

"Melodic" was officially released on June 18, 2011. All songs were written, composed and arranged by Gina except for "Without You and Don't Ever Let Me Go". Those songs were written by her husband and label mate Gico Music's Smooth Jazz/ Urban Soul Guitarist John Carey. John also produced Melodic and is the featured lead guitarist on all of her songs.

Chicago /Inglewood Native, Gina Carey began her professional career as a Urban Gospel singer and songwriter. Her first three albums, "In His Time," "Changes" and "Tell Um" were all Gospel projects. Shortly after her last Gospel release, in 2006, Gina won "Best Gospel Performer - Female" at the Las Vegas Black Music Awards. Her fourth and fifth CD's My Journey" and "Melodic" were released in the Urban /Soul music Genre. In 2008 her "True Love" music video from her "My Journey " CD aired on BET J on the "Morning Cup Show." Read more on Gina Carey http://www.ginacarey.fourfour.com

Gina is planning on touring the UK along with her husband John Carey in 2012. They are also working on a duo CD that is due to be released in January of 2012. There's only one thing left to say about this #1 chart topping sensation, "Melodic" is truly "Unbelievable"!

Gina Carey "Melodic" CD Available at CD Baby, ITunes and Amazon http://www.cdbaby.com/ginacarey1

 

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morrice.blackwell@gmail.com (gicomusic@gmail.com) Press Releases Fri, 26 Aug 2011 00:23:44 -0500
Meditations: Hymns In The Key Of Jazz http://jazzreview.com/cd-reviews/gospel-cd-reviews/meditations-hymns-in-the-key-of-jazz.html http://jazzreview.com/cd-reviews/gospel-cd-reviews/meditations-hymns-in-the-key-of-jazz.html There are a number of excellent saxophonists who have worked in the area of gospel jazz, including Kirk Whalum, Angella Christie and Tom Braxton. Todd Ledbetter is another one of these musical pioneers. A student of Dr. Nathan Davis at the University of Pittsburgh, Ledbetter eventually worked with artists like saxophonists Grover Washington Jr., James Moody, Eddie Harris and trumpeter Jon Faddis. Later work in the bands of Joe Harris, Roger Humphries and Bishop Walter Hawkins led to Ledbetter becoming a leader in his own right.

There are a number of excellent saxophonists who have worked in the area of gospel jazz, including Kirk Whalum, Angella Christie and Tom Braxton. Todd Ledbetter is another one of these musical pioneers. A student of Dr. Nathan Davis at the University of Pittsburgh, Ledbetter eventually worked with artists like saxophonists Grover Washington Jr., James Moody, Eddie Harris and trumpeter Jon Faddis. Later work in the bands of Joe Harris, Roger Humphries and Bishop Walter Hawkins led to Ledbetter becoming a leader in his own right.

Today Ledbetter serves as a Psalmist with the Metropolitan Baptist Church in Washington, DC and was the convener of the first Gospel Jazz Conference. Meditations: Hymns in the Key of Jazz is a rerelease. He was also the recipient of the 2011 Instrumental Artist of the Year Gospel Blue M.I.C Achievement Award.

In addition to his musical goal of dedicating and advancing the cause of Christ through gospel jazz, there is much to admire about Ledbetter's playing. His soprano playing owes an obvious debt to the work of Grover Washington Jr. Both play with a light sound, yet in a very deep grooving and soulful manner, and with excellent intonation on this highly temperamental instrument. This is seen with great appeal on the opening "Give Me A Clean Heart." Ledbetter's tenor tone is deeply rooted in soul, and on this instrument he prefers to lay back on melodies and phrases more than he does on soprano, as seen on "Holy, Holy, Holy."

Throughout pianist John Stoddart gives exceptional accompaniment. His comping and laying out of harmonies is never showy. Stoddart prefers to allow the sentiments as presented by Ledbetter to take center stage. There is never any musical conflict between the two as they harmoniously work to tell a common story. Do not think, however, that this means Stoddart doesn't have chops, becuase he does and displays them with aplomb on "Meditations." Walter Cosby's bass provides the rock the other two musicians stand on. With drums and percussion being used on only three of the CD's tracks, it falls to Cosby to hold the tempo together, and in this he is a rock.

With so many of this disc's compositions being familiar traditional songs, there will be much to relish in the Spirit. Highlights include "It Is Well," with a great percussion accompaniment by Milton Russ II, and "I Want Jesus To Walk With Me." For those looking for flash, move on, but for those who are looking for a spiritual event presented through an instrumental means, there will be much to admire.

 

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morrice.blackwell@gmail.com (Thomas R. Erdmann) Gospel - CD Reviews Tue, 02 Aug 2011 12:37:45 -0500
Is This The Way Love Goes? by Kim Burrell http://jazzreview.com/free-jazz-mp3-downloads/is-this-the-way-love-goes-by-kim-burrell.html http://jazzreview.com/free-jazz-mp3-downloads/is-this-the-way-love-goes-by-kim-burrell.html Kim Burrell The Love Album
The dynamic, instantly recognizable and captivating voice of Kim Burrell is undeniably one of the most powerful voices in music today. Her unrivaled instrument, impeccable musicianship and ability to tap into the human experience and emotion has made her a favorite across genre and within the musician community. Kim is one of the few artists to be revered in both the spiritual and secular worlds. The Grammy-Award nominated and Stellar Award winning singer has collaborated with artists as diverse as Harry Connick Jr. and funk master George Clinton. In the middle, there's R. Kelly, Stevie Wonder and Gospel's First Lady,…

The dynamic, instantly recognizable and captivating voice of Kim Burrell is undeniably one of the most powerful voices in music today. Her unrivaled instrument, impeccable musicianship and ability to tap into the human experience and emotion has made her a favorite across genre and within the musician community. Kim is one of the few artists to be revered in both the spiritual and secular worlds.

The Grammy-Award nominated and Stellar Award winning singer has collaborated with artists as diverse as Harry Connick Jr. and funk master George Clinton. In the middle, there's R. Kelly, Stevie Wonder and Gospel's First Lady, Shirley Caesar. Her soulful vocal runs have influenced a generation of mainstream recording artists ranging from Jazmine Sullivan to Justin Timberlake. Her burgeoning A-List Hollywood fan club includes Beyoncé Knowles, Mariah Carey, Alicia Keys, Omarion, Jessica Simpson and Chaka Khan. It is no wonder why Ms. Burrell was invited by BET to return to another season of Sunday Best.

Ms. Burrell's fans will rejoice with the release of her third Shanachie Entertainment recording THE LOVE ALBUM (released May 17, 2011), which celebrates God's love for each of us and His love that we share for one another.

For THE LOVE ALBUM Kim Burrell joins forces with a trio of producers, Executive Producer Krishnar Lewis, Asaph Ward and Cory Henry. Producer Asaph Ward, who produced Ms. Burrell's 1998 Tommy Boy recording EVERLASTING LIFE, reunites with the singer. "It's always fun and enlightening to work with Asaph Ward," shares Burrell. "

THE LOVE ALBUM is a special event for Kim Burrell fans as it showcases an eclectic mix of repertoire in a way that only Kim Burrell could pull off. Highlights on the CD include a sensational version of the Earth, Wind & Fire classic "Love's Holiday," as well as a strikingly gorgeous rendition of the Clark Sisters staple "Jesus Is A Love Song." The Grammy nominated songstress also does a mind-blowing arrangement of El DeBarge's "Love Me In a Special Way."

The album's first single, "Sweeter," is a joyous composition written by Kim Burrell's sister, Kathy Burrell. "Kathy's heart is filled with such great messages about God that makes me want to sing," shares Burrell. "'Sweeter' is about how being in relationship with God causes each day to become better." THE LOVE ALBUM also showcases Kim Burrell's deft skills as a composer as she offers four originals on the album including the sublime and meditative "Pray for Love" and the upbeat "A Lil' More Time." On the uplifting "Let's Make It To Love," the sweeping arrangement and catchy lyrics have the surprising feel of a Burt Bacharach/Hal David number. Showing off her depth as a composer, Ms. Burrell also wrote the ballad "Is This The Way Love Goes" which beautifully illustrates her range as a vocalist. Accompanied by pianist Eddie Brown, Burrell takes melodic and harmonic turns that few singers on the scene would dare to try.

"I've always been aware of my gift because I grew up having to use it alongside my sister and brothers in our family singing group as well as supporting my parents in ministry," confides Kim Burrell. The Houston native hails from a musical family where they listened to a variety of music styles. "My biggest influences were my mom, who sings like a songbird, and my dad, who plays like a genius," she once said. She eventually bankrolled her first CD TRY ME AGAIN and sold 50,000 copies.

Fans of Kim Burrell have probably taken notice of her fabulous and fit new look. At the top of her game vocally, Kim Burrell has also brought her 'A' game to her health and fitness agenda. After battling issues with her weight and heart, she was forced to reevaluate her health priorities. The slimmer and radiant singer, who recently became the Pastor of Love & Liberty Fellowship Church which she founded, shares the following message for her fans. "Where would I be without you? You have made me see myself through so many of your eyes and hear myself through so many of your hearts. Don't ever stop reminding me of Philippians 1:6. You're the best!"

QUOTES

"There's nobody greater." Donnie McClurkin

"One of the greatest voices of our time." Whitney Houston

"I heard Kim Burrell's new single 'Sweeter' and I was blown away." Richard Smallwood

"Ms. Burrell is beginning to break down those walls of the church and the romantic." Kirk Franklin

"If she's not the greatest musical mind I have ever been around, she's certainly at the top of the list." Harry Connick Jr.

"Nobody stretches a melody like gospel singer Burrell." USA TODAY

"Her improvisational style, studied by vocalists of various genres, is filled with jazz phrasing and limber riffs...subtle pleasures from a woman who has nothing to prove." San Francisco Chronicle

KIM BURRELL - THE LOVE ALBUM

  1. Let's Make It To Love
  2. Sweeter
  3. Love So Pure
  4. Love's Holiday (Earth Wind & Fire)
  5. Open Up The Door
  6. Is This The Way Love Goes?
  7. A Lil' More Time
  8. Jesus Is A Love Song (Clark Sisters)
  9. Love Me In A Special Way (El DeBarge)
  10. Pray For Love

 

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morrice.blackwell@gmail.com (1888 Media) Free Jazz MP3 Downloads Mon, 25 Jul 2011 17:45:08 -0500
He Watches Over Me by Abdiel Flores http://jazzreview.com/new-jazz-releases/cd-release-he-watches-over-me.html http://jazzreview.com/new-jazz-releases/cd-release-he-watches-over-me.html Puerto Rican saxophonist Abdiel Flores is premiering his first soloist production titled "El cuida de mí". The album, available this March, is a compilation of traditional hymns with musical arrangements based on jazz rhythms and harmonies with Latin influences. This new release involves the collaboration of a select group of local and international veteran jazz players. Among them, the bassist Ramón Vázquez, pianist Yan Carlos Artime, guitarist Isaac Lausell, bassist Elías Santos, and drummer Leobadis González.

Puerto Rican saxophonist Abdiel Flores is premiering his first soloist production titled "El cuida de mí". The album, available this March, is a compilation of traditional hymns with musical arrangements based on jazz rhythms and harmonies with Latin influences.This new release involves the collaboration of a select group of local and international veteran jazz players. Among them, the bassist Ramón Vázquez, pianist Yan Carlos Artime, guitarist Isaac Lausell, bassist Elías Santos, and drummer Leobadis González.

According to Flores, the purpose of this recording is "to present a repertoire of traditional hymns that are not only interpreted in the jazz genre, but at the same time, carry a message of hope to a world in need".

Classic lyrics, such as "His Eye is on the Sparrow", "I Surrender All", "Great is Thy Faithfullness", "In the Garden" are included in the repertoire of this new musical release.

Abdiel Flores was part of the first generation of students of Jazz and Afro-Caribbean Music Program of the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music. At that time, he had the opportunity of studying and playing with great teachers like Eddie Gómez, David Sánchez, Marco Pignataro, Luis "Perico" Ortiz, Ricardo Pons, and Luis Marín, among others. In the meantime, the young artist was part of the Berklee workshops in Puerto Rico, where he received the Outstanding Musician Award for some of his interpretations, and a grant to study in the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston.

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morrice.blackwell@gmail.com (Abdiel) New Jazz Releases Mon, 13 Jun 2011 17:40:01 -0500
Gico Music recording artist Gina Carey releases her new soulful CD “Melodic” http://jazzreview.com/jazz-news/press-releases/after-a-3-year-hiatus-gico-music-recording-artist-gina-carey-releases-her-new-soulful-cd-melodic.html http://jazzreview.com/jazz-news/press-releases/after-a-3-year-hiatus-gico-music-recording-artist-gina-carey-releases-her-new-soulful-cd-melodic.html On June 18, 2011, soul singer Gina Carey formally known as Gina Green will release her new CD release "Melodic" featuring her husband Urban Soul Guitarist John Carey.

On June 18, 2011, soul singer Gina Carey formally known as Gina Green will release her new CD release "Melodic" featuring her husband Urban Soul Guitarist John Carey.

"Melodic" was written, arranged and composed by Gina and produced by her husband John Carey who also contributed electrifying lead guitar performances. This CD uniquely combines old school 80's Soul/funk and jazz together giving fans the same smooth soulful sound that they have been accustomed to by Gina for years. "Melodic" will appeal to those who listen to artist such as Groove theory, Incognito featuring Maysa, Jill Scott and India Arie.

Throughout Gina's musical journey she's performed all over the nation and has shared the stage with many established celebrities. She's recorded 3 gospel CD's and one neo soul album. In 1996, her first CD "IN HIS TIME" sold over 10,000 copies nationwide and quickly soared to the top of the European charts the summer of its release. In 2006 she received a Black music award in Las Vegas in for best female gospel performer, and in 2008 her music video "True love" which was the first single release from her "My Journey" CD, was aired on BET J morning cup show.

In Gina's 3 year absence, she has taken the needed time to become a more efficient musician, composser and song writer. Gina's material has always been testimonial and family friendly. She writes about love, life and God. She believes that every artist that is in the public eye to whatever degree is responsible for the material they perform. Therefore she has vowed to always gives her fans the best of herself presented with self respect, dignity and conviction, keeping in mind that a part of her listeners are those of a younger and more impressionable audience.

You can read more about Gina Carey and her live performance schedule by going to her website www.ginacarey.fourfour.com. Gina Carey "Melodic" can be purchased at cdbaby.com, iTunes and Amazon.

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morrice.blackwell@gmail.com (John Carey ( Urban Soul Guitarist)) Press Releases Sat, 21 May 2011 10:56:28 -0500