Wednesday, February 13, 2013



Multi-talented contemporary jazz, neo~fusion, R&B, nu~soul guitarist, singer, songwriter, producer, arranger, multi-instrumentalist, and recording studio engineer David P. Stevens is putting the finishing touches on his latest release entitled Epophany.  Due out this March, Epiphany includes 11 tracks of contemporary jazz, fusion, and soul flavors featuring Jamie Knight, Carl Cox, Frank McComb, Nothende, Carol Riddick, Tesa Williams, Elan Trotman, and Gerald Veasley​. Raised in the City of Brotherly Love when Philadelphia International Records dominated the pop and R&B charts, In 2005, David released his debut studio album, entitled Timeless. The buzz generated from that project demanded David record his 2008 sophomore album, entitled The Shedd, which garnered the interest of 111 East Jazz Records. The label felt so strongly about the diamond in the rough project overlooked by the larger market that in 2011 David recorded additional songs, and 111 East Jazz Records repacked the CD as Uptown which was released to global indie acclaim, and admirable bulleted positions across various music charts globally. ​~


Phil Denny's blazing sax, infectious melodies and in-the-pocket grooves on "Crossover" create an exuberant album sure to make him a major new force on the contemporary urban jazz scene. Smooth, tantalizing horn textures rich with emotion and feel, are what is offered up on this ten-track debut produced and co-written by Nate Harasim. Denny also welcomes to the party guitar heavy hitters Nils, Gerey Johnson, Matt Godina and Frank Selman as well as appearances by bassist Terrance Palmer and vocalist Anna Stevenson. This tasty and dynamic debut release not only offers a blend of energy and soul, but the kind of sexy Quiet Storm flavored ballads that will be a revelation to those listeners always hungry for the best new talent the contemporary jazz scene has to offer. Although no stranger to the stage, Phil Denny's work on "Crossover" will be branded as the new identity of this passionate and soulful talent. Inspired by a variety of musical influences, "Crossover" is sure to resonate with a diverse listener base appreciative of the strong playing and production the CD showcases. ~ CD Baby


With his brilliant tone and soulful, passionate delivery, it’s no wonder that young Japanese trumpeter Takuya Kuroda continues to thrive in New York City, the world’s most competitive arena for live performance. Originally from Kobe, Takuya came to the U.S. in 2003 to study at the New School Jazz and Contemporary Music Program. Since arriving to New York, he has become a fixture on the working musician scene, performing alongside living legends (Junior Mance, Terumasa Hino), acknowledged masters (Greg Tardy, Francisco Mela, Pino Palladino) and the rising stars of his generation (Jose James, Ben Williams, Kris Bowers, Jamire Williams). Takuya can be seen and heard performing at music festivals worldwide (Java Jazz, Rio Das Ostras, River to River, Vitoria Jazz) and at some of the most important venues for live performance in the country (The Blue Note, The Jazz Standard, Radio City Music Hall, The Village Underground). As a recording artist, Takuya can be heard most recently on Jose Jame’s “Blackmagic”, and Jiro Yoshia’s “Made in New York” and “Cut Back”. Takuya has released two albums as a leader, “Bitter and High”(2010) and “Edge”(2011), both to critical acclaim. “Bitter and High” was selected by Jazz Hihyou Magazine for their article “The Top 6 Best Albums of The Year of 2010” and by for “The Top 50 Jazz Albums of 2010”. Since its release, “Edge” has ranked as high as #3 in the national airplay charts for jazz radio programming, a featured album on radio shows across the U.S.  In addition to his own projects, Takuya performs as a member of Jose Jame’s band, Akoya Afrobeat, the MK Groove Orchestra, Chicken Gravy, and Main Space. ~ CD Baby

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