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GAIL JHONSON | HerStory | Philly the Kid Music

Philadelphia born and raised Gail Jhonson is one of the most sought-after femaIe keyboardists around these days… actually, one of the most sought-after keyboardists, male or female. She’s Norman Brown’s musical director, has performed with major talent the likes of Vanessa Williams, Dave Koz, Pink… and the list goes on. She composes and scores Gospel musicals, has her own Gospel Jazz radio show, and still has time to teach and give back through support of numerous charities. Amidst all of this activity comes Ms. Jhonson’s fourth solo release, HERSTORY, lovingly dedicated to her mom. As for the tunes on the new CD, they’re fantastic, just as you would expect from a talent of this caliber. Check out the new radio single, “Cruisin After Dark,” featuring Detroit’s Lin Rountree on trumpet. Yep, HERSTORY’s a total winner, and still another feather in the cap of the “First Lady of Smooth Jazz.” ~SCOTT O'BRIEN

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Antonio Adolfo - Chora Baiao

ANTONIO ALDOLFO
Chora Baiao
AAM Music

Brazilian master composer/pianist/ educator Antonio Adolfo, now based in Florida, has just released an incredibly melodic and accessible collection of songs that will perhaps introduce you to the two-beat Choro and Baiao elements of Brazilian music. Mr. Adolfo’s focus with CHORA BAIAO is primarily on the works of two Brazilian composers… Chico Buarque (from the 60’s and 70’s) and contemporary guitarist Guinga. Also included on this...

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Patrick Bradley - Under the Sun

PATRICK BRADLEY
Under the Sun
Independent

Contemporary Jazz keyboardist Patrick Bradley knocks the cover off UNDER THE SUN, the follow-up CD to his critically acclaimed ’07 release, COME RAIN OR SHINE. To my ear, this one’s even more accessible and engaging, as he’s really let out all the stops by bringing in a team of A-Listers to collaborate with. Starting out with his co-writer and producer, Jeff Lorber, the roster continues impressively, with names like Dave Koz, Rick Braun, Eric Marienthal, Dwight Sills, and Dave Weckl...

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Homeless Balloon - Oriental Spaces

HOMELESS BALLOON
Oriental Spaces
24 Chillout Records

Based in Oslo, Norway, 24 Chillout Music is an integrated multi-media, independent recording label and music publishing company inclusive of art (photography, graphics and movies), as well as the home of Red Lamp Studio. 24 Chillout Music began in 2007 as the brainchild of Helge Krabye to release his now world-renown music project, Homeless Balloon. With six albums to date and another due in 2012, Homeless Balloon is a melodic, ambient listening experience of world-fusion…

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Tony Saunders - Romancing the Bass

TONY SAUNDERS
Romancing the Bass
Painted Media

From the talented, creative San Francisco Bay Area jazz community comes a very impressive collection of Smooth Jazz music from two-time Emmy winner and premier bass guitarist, Tony Saunders. ROMANCING THE BASS is exactly that, a musical love affair between a man and his instrument. The man… son of keyboard legend Merle Saunders… has recorded with some of the best of the best (Clapton, Wonder, Ringo, and CSN just for starters). This is Tony’s third release, and in the tradition of the....

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