NARADA MICHAEL WALDEN - BILLIONAIRE ON SOUL STREET
Three-time Grammy and Emmy Award winning multi-platinum artist / producer Narada Michael Walden is releasing Billionaire On Soul Street, the first single from his upcoming full-length album Evolution! Producing and co-writing hits over the years for iconic artists such as Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross, Ray Charles, Gladys Knight, Wynonna Judd, George Michael, Mariah Carey, Barbara Streisand, Lionel Ritchie, Lisa Fischer, Stevie Wonder, Tom Jones, Jeff Beck, The Temptations, and countless others, Narada has been at the helm of hit music that spans decades. Marking his now 40th Anniversary in the music industry, Narada was recently honored by Billboard Magazine as one of the Top Ten Producers of All-Time, and now Billionaire On Soul Street has already garnered rave reviews worldwide. Narada reveals, "This song Billionaire on Soul Street means the world to me because it reflects my personal feeling of spirituality and that feeling renewed for life by having my children Kelly and Kaylah in my life and my wife Katie. Having children now at this time in my life really has touched my heart to feel like 'WOW! Look how lucky and how blessed I am by God.' So I used this slogan, cause' I feel so good, like a Billionaire on Soul Street!"
DARIUS JONAS QUARTET - LE BEBE DE BRIGITTE
Le Bébé de Brigitte (Lost in Translation) is alto saxophonist-composer Darius Jones new album work, and the 5th installment in his expansive Man ish Boy epic. The highly acclaimed series began in 2009 with Man ish Boy (A Raw & Beautiful Thing), and shall eventually comprise nine albums. This release arrives soundly at the mid-way point with aplomb, and is performed by the Darius Jones Quartet featuring vocalist Emilie Lesbros. As ever with Jones work, the compositional palette ranges widely here. From the new blues swagger of 'Universal Translator' to the equally universal sense of great loss evoked in 'I Can t Keep From Weeping' (as aching a ballad as Jones has yet written/recorded); from the infectiously swinging & (finally) unhinged cabaret dialogue that is 'Chanteuse in Blue' to perhaps the deepest essence of the album (and platforms of intent) which are 'Two Worlds, One Soul' & 'Beneath The Skin', a pair of extended works which evolve with the utmost in careful consideration to timing and gesture by all involved. French singer-lyricist Emilie Lesbros own composition, 'Quand Vient la Nuit' (arr. by Darius Jones) closes and lyrically encapsulates the album: espousing no fear, in life, in art. ~Amazon
KIRK KNUFFKE - LITTLE CROSS
Kirk Knuffke chose for this his sixth leader/co-leader album somewhat special material (music that relates to spirituality and death) and executed beautifully with superb support from B-3 organ player Jamie Saft and legendary drummer Hamid Drake. The leader of this album Kirk Knuffke has been voted "Rising Star (trumpet)" of 2015 by the prestigious DownBeat Magazine's Critics Poll. Kirk moved to NYC just 10 years ago and he has firmly established as one of the most sought after cornetist/composer on the scene. Personnel: Kirk Knuffke (cornet), Jamie Saft (Hammond B3, syntheziser), Hamid Drake (drums). ~ Amazon