• Cuban rhythms meet the African Skies

    11 Jul 2009, 20:08 by BlueCanoe

    "African Skies" is the electric sophomore release from jazz piano prodigy Joel Holmes  Mr. Holmes has been lighting up the Eastern United States for years and has recently been touring the world with Grammy-nominee Nnenna Freelon.  Somewhere in between touring and earning his jazz performance degree from the Peabody Conservatory of Music at John Hopkins, Mr. Holmes managed to create ten of the most inspirational songs you are likely to hear this year.

    The album opens with the dynamic title track.  The hot Latin rhythms are distinct and the saxophone interpretations of the world-renowned Gary Thomas is breath taking.  The interplay between Cuban percussion phenomenon Melena and Mr. Thomas is as rich as it is haunting.  Likewise, Mr. Holmes's piano solo is riveting.  He takes the original melodic theme and takes the listener on a roller coaster ride as the passion of this band explodes.  This is an unforgettable song.

    Jetting to another continent entirely, Mr. Holmes makes expert use of the Emerald East String Quartet on "Chinese Fishing Song".  The confident string play in this song in particular is refreshing and beautifully compliments Mr. Holmes's mature-beyond-his-years piano work.  The refreshing string textures continue in "Fatima" but Gary Thomas steals the show with expressive, thoughtful flute solos throughout.  The arrangement and dynamic tempos on "Fatima" shows striking maturity from a young composer only 25 years of age.

    Joel Holmes is the right artist that has created the right album at the right time.  "African Skies" is a plush adventure of styles, genres and cultures.  From the African continent to Cuba to the Far East...from contemporary jazz to fusion to R&B Joel Holmes takes his listeners on a global sonic journey that is not to be missed.
  • Write your comment...

    12 Mar 2009, 10:08 by MirkoFait

    After listening to the new album Just for you, someone told me: “Beautiful, I use your music to make love!” (a man), “ I love it, it’s so relaxing, I often put it when I have a bath.” (a woman) :))

    So, listen to it and tell me in which occasion you like to use it…
    You can also say “I’ll use your CD as a coaster for my glass of beer” :))))

    Mirko Fait
  • 2 new tracks, albums streaming completely

    17 May 2009, 09:14 by DoubleUIM

    I've added two new tracks to my existing albums: bluesology and funkalizer
    Due to some bug in the musicmanager some tracks of three of my albums could not be listened to - now they can: 1flewoverthefunk and thema01schifrin and finally animalplanet
    I hope you enjoy my music.
    Thanks to Pixieguts for pointing to this musicmanager bug!
  • Thanks to all...

    4 May 2009, 13:07 by MirkoFait

    More than 3600 copies sold for my cd In a whisper in only 3 months. I send you (and God) all my gratitude!!! :)))

    Mirko Fait
  • Charles Langford...That's Wassup!

    16 Apr 2009, 16:02 by BlueCanoe

    "That's Wassup" is the debut release from Charles Langford. This imaginative creator displays his knowledge of musical history on his latest release, "That's Wassup".  Mr. Langford seems to move effortlessly from straight ahead swing to funk to crooning, romantic ballads...there is literally something for every taste on this album. "Chucky's Funk" lays down some classic Stanley Clarke jazz bass funk and the horn work is reminiscent of the great George Coleman. "Someone To Love" fills the senses with a romantic David Sanborn melody that you are left humming for hours.

    Mr. Langford has studied under Archie Shepp, Yusef Latef, Donald Byrd and Barry Harris, among others.  He has done sessions or toured with artists as diverse as The Toni Lynn Washington Blues Band to The Temptations and Mighty Sam McClain.

    Charles Langford is an artist with a lot to say and he gets his point across with many different voices on his debut, "That's Wassup".  With such dynamic musicianship, we will certainly be hearing his name for years to come.
  • New track - Qinah

    11 Apr 2009, 12:03 by RussSargeant

    I’ve composed and recorded a new piece this Easter - ‘Qinah’. The word is Ancient Hebrew for ‘Lament’. This will form part of a new album I am working on called ‘Beats In Rhythm’. It’s available as a FREE DOWNLOAD from my artist page.
  • [31 Mar 09] Stacey Kent's Knighted!

    8 Apr 2009, 20:51 by IanAR

    Way back in 2002, before this place, the collaborative filtering music discovery systems I used were Amazons' and my Yahoo! LAUNCHcast personal radio (now killed by CBS).

    I think it was LAUNCHcast that turned me on to Stacey Kent's 2001 Dreamsville album and - man - Did I feel I was in on something good?! If you're not familiar with the release, I strongly suggest checking-out You're Looking At Me, Hushabye Mountain, I've Got a Crush on You and Dreamsville.

    For years I felt like one of the select few who knew her. When I first joined AudioScrobbler in 2005, absence of her recordings was one of the standards by which I judged the LAUNCHcast's catalog better than here.

    During 2006 she became streamable and in July I tagged her as lesser known yet streamable artists which, by then prevailing standards, would've meant that she had less than 10K listeners, on Last.FM.

    Over time, her notoriety's grown'n'grown and, hey hey, my girl's: topped a million plays on Last.FM (with 130K+ listeners), her Breakfast on the morning train was Grammy nominated, won British & BBC jazz awards ... and now she's been knighted! - Awarded with the medal of Knight of the French Order of Arts and Literature (Ordre des Arts et des Lettres) by Christine Albanel (French Culture Minister), during a ceremony at the Quai Branly museum in Paris. 31 March 2009

    Bravo, Stacey!
  • free is free

    27 Mar 2009, 19:47 by DoubleUIM

    free is free A free new track, created on request of and to support the group FREE IS FREE that is against these changes announced
  • Rod Williams Nu-Jazz/Broken Beat tracks

    3 Mar 2009, 21:32 by bodyaz

    Very smooth, very rich, very saxo, very sexy jazz by Rod Williams
  • I can't BELIEVE...

    24 Feb 2009, 10:50 by MirkoFait

    ...13.000 visit to the website (Believe distribution) of my new CD...
    click here!
    I hope someone will buy it! :)))