BRIAN SIMPSON - PERSUASION
Brian Simpson is a proven hit maker with over 20 Smooth Jazz radio hits in his amazing career. His previous Shanachie release garnered 2 Top 10 singles, and now "Soul City," the first single from this album, is one of the fastest rising songs on the Smooth Jazz Airplay charts and a lock to be Top 5 on the charts at the time of the album’s release. Both as a solo performer and as the featured keyboardist and music director of the Dave Koz Band, Brian performs in front of an incredibly large number of Smooth Jazz fans on a non-stop basis. Winner of the American Smooth Jazz Keyboardist of the Year Award, frequent guest on nationally syndicated radio shows and music director of The Smooth Jazz cruise, his visibility is tremendous. Highlights include the hit single "Soul City,” the sensuous ballad "Just One Wish" featuring Peter White, a brilliant performance by Boney James on the title track Persuasion” and much more!!!
ARNO HAAS – BACK TO YOU
On his new album “Back To You”, sax player Arno Haas delivers a generous dose of thrilling fusion jazz. Produced in Los Angeles and Stuttgart by world-class producer Tom Saviano, Arno and his renowned musical partners run the full gamut of current fusion jazz styles on a top-notch level of musicianship.Exciting melodies, popular grooves, sophisticated originals, crisp hooks, and the cut “Lucky Chance”, with vocals by 7-times Grammy winner Al Jarreau, will leave everyone enthused - and may even win over those rare folks who usually don‘t listen to jazz. As a second guest vocalist, charismatic singer Evelyn Kallansee from the Dutch band Tristan features in the track “When Love Is Real“. It grooves, and it will inject your days with some colour, splendour and soul. Black-Forest-born Arno Haas is a musician of international standing and reputation, and is on stage up to 250 times a year with various formations. He has contributed to countless CDs. After his successful first album “Magic Hands”, he now presents his sophomore effort: “Back To You”.
CHET BAKER – LIVE IN LONDON
A stunning unreleased Chet Baker session from 1983 recorded with a great UK trio. Remastered and released with permisison from the Chet Baker Estate. For six evenings, from 28th March to 2nd April 1983, the John Horler Trio rhythm section supported the legendary trumpet player Chet Baker at The Canteen in London. For those who were fortunate enough to be there, these were magical shows. The rhythm section was tight and Chet was at the top of his game. The best of the six hours of music is presented here on 'Live in London' and has been restored and remastered to the highest quality. Jim Richardson, Chet's bassist, asked him if he could record the shows for his personal enjoyment. Chet was only too happy to agree, and Jim managed to capture most of the performances on a SONY TCS 300 audiocassette recorder. Over the years, Jim selectively shared this astonishing music, and those who heard it encouraged him to find a way to release it to the public. However, a combination of factors precluded this from happening for 33 years, until Martin Hummel met Jim late one evening at Ronnie Scott's. Jim's story about the music and his unwavering desire to share this with the world caught Hummel's attention. Together, they persevered and ultimately The Chet Baker Estate granted permission to release the material on the Ubuntu Music label. These are exceptional performances of Baker at his best, with music that touches the head, the heart and the soul.