Norm Breest

Norm Breest

29.01.2011

Steve Cole

Published in Jazz Artist Interviews
Steve Cole: Chicago's Sound In smooth jazz, there has always been primarily two types of smooth jazz, West Coast style and East Coast style. However, there has been a growing voice out of Chicago that is giving smooth jazz listeners a third style that has a flavor all its own. Starting with pianist Ramsey Lewis, many artists who have worked with musicians on both coasts are starting to come together to bring the Chicago sound to a growing audience.

One of the leading Chicago-based artists is …

29.01.2011

David Sanborn

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Legendary sax man David Sanborn has had a steady influence in music for a long time. He has worked with some of the biggest names in rock and pop music, including Eric Clapton, the Eagles, the Rolling Stones, James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt, Bruce Springsteen, and Stevie Wonder. He has also worked with jazz greats Miles Davis and the Brecker Brothers. He has also embraced hip-hop, working with Guru, and alternative music with the group Ween.

Even though he has been an outstanding side man for ma …

29.01.2011

Mindi Abair

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With a part in Adam Sandler’s new movie and the release of her highly acclaimed CD ‘In Hi-Fi Stereo’, Mindi Abair is certainly on a roll. Consequently, when Jazz Review recently caught up with her, there was a lot to talk about.

JazzReview: I was at a concert of yours recently and the audience was really energized. They were dancing and entirely electrified. As a matter of fact people were lined up to see you when I arrived. How do you get your audience so excit …

29.01.2011

Jeff Lorber

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With its unique brand of fusion jazz, the music of Jeff Lorber has, over the years, transcended musical boundaries. By the late 70’s Lorber had already made a name for himself with his genre crossing sounds that contained elements of jazz, rock, R&B, and funk. This fusion won over a whole host of new listeners whilst later, Lorber’s popular ‘Rain Dance’, from his 1979 compilation ‘Water Sign’, found new life when sampled for mixes in the worlds of R&B and rap …

You're a 16 year old guitarist that knocked The Beatles' Yesterdayoff the charts with your group's hit Hang on Sloopy. In the 70's, you helped produce legendary guitarist Johnny Winter and traveled with his group "White Trash." You had your own solo rock career while also playing with such legends as Alice Cooper, Ritchie Havens, Todd Rundgren and Steely Dan.

In the 80's, you also had a chance to perform with Cyndi Lauper and Barbra Streisand, and produced song parodies with We …

29.01.2011

Spyro Gyra

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Funksters Spyro Gyra, whose music has traversed numerous genres and drawn from numerous eclectic musical influences during the course of their almost thirty year career, recorded an excellent Christmas jazz album, A Night Before Christmas, while the cherry trees were blossoming in New York. Joining Spyro Gyra’s regular cast, which consists of Jay Beckenstein (saxophones), Tom Schuman (pianist), Julio Fernandez (guitar), Scott Ambush (bass) and drummer Bonny B., are singer and Tony Award …
29.01.2011

Gato Barbieri

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Gato Barbieri has recorded over 50 albums, composed the score for one of the most controversial movies of the 20th century, Last Tango in Paris, recorded a smooth jazz classic, Europa and has performed with many of jazz's elite during his five decade career. Even though he has gone through so much in his personal life, saxophonist Gato Barbieri feels stronger today than ever before.

After a very productive decade in the 70's with the movie soundtrack and releases on both the Im …

After the duo of Acoustic Alchemy released AArt, a studio album that received high accolades, including a third Grammy nomination, guitarists Greg Carmichael and Miles Gilderdale decided to get back into the studio and get back to basics. Their newest release, Radio Contact helps to get back the synergy that Carmichael and Gilderdale are known for on stage. That synergy is the same that prevailed when Carmichael was paired with late co-founder Nick Webb. Carmichael says, "I still f …
Known to many rock and rollers as "Phantom" of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, keyboardist Danny Federici feels that his new self-titled smooth jazz CD is a return to his roots. Federici is a classically trained musician who moved into rock and roll because it "was a great departure from classical lessons. This is what I really like to do and the kind of music I listen to." Before Springsteen, Federici played keyboards with Joan Armatrading, The BoDeans, Gary US Bonds and Graham Parker.

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One thing that makes smooth jazz different from all other kinds of music is its diversity. Diversity in fans, performers and instruments makes smooth jazz stand out as a kind of music that embraces every aspect of life. Roberto Perera has been recording with the Paraguayan harp since the early 90's and has been a master at bringing the harp into smooth jazz. His latest release Sensual, continues to show the diverse influences that smooth jazz brings to the listener. Perera brings a Latin …