Thursday, August 29, 2013



Creole Soul is an exploration of Charles musical roots featuring sounds from the French, Spanish and English speaking Caribbean as well as North America, Creole Soul highlights myriad inspirations from Haitian Creole chants and blues to bebop and R&B while drawing on an array of rhythms including Rocksteady, Reggae, Bel Air, Kongo and Calypso.Charles has been hailed as a daring improviser by Jazz Times while Ben Ratliff of The New York Times called him one of the more ambitious soloists and composers. A musician and professor at Michigan State University, Charles studied under piano virtuoso Marcus Roberts at Florida State University and Mark Gould, former principal trumpeter of the Metropolitan Opera, at Juilliard. He was also mentored by Jamaican reggae and jazz luminary Monty Alexander and the late multiple Grammy Award-winning Trinidadian-American percussionist/songwriter Ralph MacDonald. ~ amazon


Wes Montgomery appeared as leader or co-leader on a dozen Riverside albums, in a wide variety of formats ranging from organ trios to one with full string orchestra. Some of the most rewarding simply placed him in a studio with a superior rhythm section and let him deal with the mixture of ballads, blues, and swingers. So Much Guitar!, his fourth album for the label, is a notable example of this straightforward approach. Recorded in 1961, it features the flawless support of Ron Carter (in one of his very first sessions) and Hank Jones, and includes Montgomery s only entirely unaccompanied recording While We re Young. An added bonus in this Original Jazz Classics Remasters edition are eight selections recorded that same year during a Montgomery Brothers tour. ~ amazon


Since his self-penned debut album, Adiemus Songs of Sanctuary, Jenkins s albums have sold over two million copies around the world. His distinct signature sound has reached mainstream audiences around the globe through its use in scores of TV and cinema commercials in over 20 different countries. Levi Strauss, Delta Airlines, Cheltenham and Gloucester, Lexus, Japanese Airlines, Lux Soap, Hewlett Packard, De Beers, Johnnie Walker, Renault, BMW, Audi and Chanel No. 5 are just some of the brands to use his music to help sell their products and brand messages. Adiemus Colores is his first work of its kind for ten years, and employs the rhythms, sounds, colors and textures of Latin American music to create a distinctly unique and exotic sound-world expect the unexpected! Scored for choir (The Adiemus Singers), instrumental forces and a super-tight rhythm section, as well as solo guitar, trumpet and voice this world premiere recording features Fado sensation Cuca Roseta, star guitarist Milos, new trumpeter on the block Pacho Flores and the worlds favorite tenor, Rolando Villazon. ~ amazon

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