“What’s up, San Francisco? Are you ready to have a good time?” asks timbales player and band leader Pete Escovedo at the beginning of Live From Stern Grove Festival, his terrific new album that captures a live show he played earlier this year at the legendary 75-year-old San Francisco cultural venue and institution. Escovedo and his band then swing into a breezy rendition of the Tito Puente classic “Picadillo Jam,” and from that moment it’s readily apparent the band can deliver on Escovedo’s promise. Live From Stern Grove Festival is set for digital release September 25, 2012 on Concord Picante/Stiletto Flats Inc. (There will be a physical release in 2013, international release dates may vary.) Continue reading
The Jason Miles-produced album is a jazzy R&B throwback; radio grooving to “Forever Funk”
Scarsdale, NY (4 October 2012): Having successfully released more than a half dozen diverse singles that charted and received radio spins around the globe, trumpeter Dennis Angel will release his debut album, the vintage sounding “Timeless Grooves,” on November 13th via Timeless Grooves Records. Angel wrote eight songs for the varied 10-track set produced by keyboardist Jason Miles (Marcus Miller, Miles Davis, Whitney Houston, Luther Vandross) that brings something refreshing and unique to the contemporary jazz scene.
Angel has a way of gracefully emoting pristine pop melodies from his horn over the type of laidback grooves that bring to mind jazz-funk hits from the ‘60s and ‘70s. After experimenting and dabbling in a wide array of straight-ahead and contemporary jazz, hip hop, R&B and pop to construct an eclectic variety of instrumental and vocal singles, Angel knew he needed a producer to curate the sound for his first album. Enter Miles, who gave Angel the freedom to create and encouraged the trumpeter to also play flugelhorn on the set. Giving the well-crafted material a distinctive R&B edge, Miles (keyboards, synth bass, percussion) recruited “some of the very best players in the studio to play live” including guitarists Romero Lubambo, Nick Moroch, Dean Brown, and Will Bernard, bassist Amanda Ruzza, and drummer Brian Dunne. Joel Mofsenson plays acoustic piano on the vocal tracks and arranged two of the compositions. Long-time Angel collaborator Gottfried Stoger plays saxophones and deftly arranged the remaining compositions based on the classic American form. Continue reading
Devin Roth -][- CHILDHOOD PLACES –Mp3– [Sandbox Records, 2012] –
West coast Canadian born Devin Roth travels the world seeking adventure and natural vistas of beauty as inspiration for his music. As a composer, pianist and violinist, Devin paints musical landscapes inspired by his experiences which capture the hearts and minds of his listeners. His musical finesse displays a broad pallet of various styles including jazz, classical, rock, Latin and Celtic.
Childhood Places, Devin’s debut album, features compositions inspired by the beautiful landscapes of British Columbia, Canada and the experiences of his adventurous outdoor upbringing in this dramatic geography. His compositions “Okanagan Mountain” and “Kettle River” specifically exemplify his love for the outdoors. As a passionate composer, Devin has created over 200 works for jazz band, jazz orchestra, chamber orchestra, choir and film which span a wide array of genres. -[Excerpt | Biography]-
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