Chris Walker – We’re In This Love Together: Celebrating Al Jarreau
A musical tribute project co-produced by Chris Walker & Larry Williams. Special thank you to Dave Koz, Rick Braun, Kirk Whalum, Gerald Albright, Will Downing, Regina Belle, Bob James, Gil Goldstein, Mark Simmons , Bobby Lyle, Randy Brecker, Jay Graydon, Jerry Hey, David Foster, Arturo Sandoval, Greg Phillinganes, Paul Jackson Jr., David Caceres, Jonathan DuBose, Marcus Miller, Randy Bowland, Nathan East, John Stoddart, John Calderon, David Caceres, Leonardo Amuedo, Arno Lucas, Cassio Duarte, Kathleen Nester, Charles Pillow, Joy Mack, Chelsea Simone, Tom Walsh, Robbie Harvey, Gary Grant, Chuck Findley, Bill Reichenbach and Rohn Lawrence. Includes: Mornin’, Breakin’ Away, Roof Garden, We Got By, We’re In This Love Together, Not Like This, and more!
Phil Klein - God Bless The Child Reimagined
While building an incredible multi-faceted career that has included being a top BMI composer, with over 10,000 performances in U.S. and European television and solo albums dating back to the mid-90s, keyboardist/composer Phil Klein has dreamed of finding the right time to record his own version of Billie Holiday’s “God Bless The Child.” An all-time favorite. “God Bless the Child Reimagined,” a colorful, lightly funky R&B/jazz driven vocal version featuring dreamy atmospheres, a hip horn arrangement, cool synth effects, a punchy sax solo and lush female backing vocals. Poignantly bringing eras of American History together, Klein has also created a timely video. One that shines a spotlight on the current state of emotionally charged race relations. The heartwarming video is a reminder that prejudice is taught and that children left to their own devices...are colorblind. www.smoothjazz.com
Dario Margeli – Suffering Is Optional
Dario Margeli is based in Southern Europe who taught himself songwriting from carefully studying the structure of songs by 70's funk groups Chic and Brass Construction. He is a fan of electronic musician Larry Heard. In 2011 he released his first song which featured Florida based studio session blues guitarist Hugh Williams. Later that year one of his songs was included in a campaign by clothing brand Sisley (Benetton). In 2012 he was subject of an article on Vice magazine. His recordings all feature amazing session guitar players, including Philip Ockelford from Cambridge (U.K). In 2013 Dario started studying Buddhist meditation and decided that his songs would be based on the well-being concepts that he is learning. By creating songs from them, he is sure not to forget some essential lessons. Dario has a significant fan base on Facebook. His YouTube channel is popular too with over 120,000 views. "Suffering is optional" is a song for those who love electric guitar-driven mid-tempo Smooth Jazz songs with the occasional gentle vocals with inspirational lyrics