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Listen to Affinity Affinity - "Route 66"
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Route 66
Pearl Eyes (Spanish Eyes)
Shadow Of Your Smile
Reunion
Light As A Feather
DMB (D Minor Blues)
Sing A Rainbow
A Child Is Born)
Steppin' With H & B
Take The A Train
Sweet Georgia Brown
I'm Walkin'

For eight years, AFFINITY, John Chiodini, Guitar, Jim Hughart, Bass, George Gaffney, Piano, and Harold Jones, Drums were the rhythm for Natalie Cole and appeared on the now famous recording “Unforgettable, With Love”. From this association, AFFINITY was born. The group members credits read like a “Who’s Who” in the record business.

On ROUTE 66, the group perform a program of original and standard instrumentals including Route 66, Take The A Train, and The Shadow Of Your Smile, to name a few.

Webster defines the word AFFINITY as “Sympathy marked by community of interest, kinship, and likeness”. With AFFINITY, the music is all that and more.

 

Listen to Gene Diamond Gene Diamond - "Bittersweet"
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The Song Is You
Once Upon A Time
When The Time Is Right
I Worry About You
Love Is Like An Old Man
The Old Country
Lover Man (Girl)
Muddy Water Blues
You Don't Know What Love Is

Gene Diamond grew up in Chicago and began singing in the junior Choir of the Greater Mount Sinai Baptist Church at the age of five, then joined the beloved James Cleveland Gospel Chimes, and later the famed Roberta Martin Singers. Gene’s first real break came when he joined the Dinah Washington show which led to performances with Ray Charles, The Ramsey Lewis Trio, Gene Harris, The Bobby Bryant Quintet, Quincy Jones, Gerald Wilson’s Orchestra, and Bill Cosby.

On “Bittersweet”, Gene presents a program of standards and enlisted a top notch group of musicians including Bassist/ Arranger/ Producer Jim Hughart, John Chiodini, Guitar, Enzo Todesco, Drums, George Gaffney, Piano, Pete Christleib, Tenor & alto Sax, and Carl saunders, Trumpet, with arrangements by Bobby Bryant, Lee Roheneil, and Jim Hughart.

The test of a great singer is to measure the level of his involvement in the content of the song. Listen to the way Gene immerses himself in every aspect of the songs. The joy in “The Song Is You”, the charm of “Once Upon A Time”, the intimacy of “Lover Girl”, and the sadness of “You Don’t Know What Love Is”. It is his commit-ment to the song that engages his audience.

 

Listen to Michelle Latimer Michelle Latimer - "Sings and Plays"
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Blue Daniel
Moon And Sand
Corcovado
(Love Is) The Tender Trap
Somewhere Over The Rainbow
The Days Of Wine and Roses
Vierge
(The) Fool On The Hill
Whisper Not
Angel Eyes
Lost In The City Together

“Michelle Latimer Sings & Plays”, her feature debut, shines with San Francisco Bay area stars , Grammy-nominated Pianist Mark Little (Steve Allen, Cleo Laine), Drummer Vince Lataeno , (Cal Tjader, Vince Guaraldi), Bassist Jon Evans (Kenny Werner, Kitty Margolis) and Guitarist Alex Candelaria (Graham Connah, Ben Goldberg).

To say that Michelle is a trumpet player who sounds like Chet Baker, a singer who sounds like Julie London, and a composer who sounds like Bill Evans only scratches the surface in terms of who she is.

Key CD cuts include ‘Blue Daniel”, “Moon And Sand”, Latimer’s original, “Vierge”, “(Love Is) The Tender Trap”, “Lush Life”, and “(The) Fool On The Hill”.

 

LIsten to Phil Ranelin Phil Ranelin - "A Close Encounter of the Very Best Kind"
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Solar
Forever Yours
A Close Encounter of the Very Best Kind
Lament
Little Sunflower
Just Friends
Recordame
Full Moon
Ya Know What I Mean?

Originally released in 1996, Rhombus Records is pleased to announce the re release of Trombonist/ Arranger/ Composer Phil Ranelin’s CD, “A Close Encounter Of The Very Best Kind”.

Originally from Indianapolis, Phil has appeared as a sideman with many well known Jazz artists including; Freddie Hubbard, Pharoah Sanders, Freddie Redd, Teddy Edwards, Art Pepper, and Stanley Clarke to name a few. On “Close Encounters” Phil presents a program of 4 originals, along with special arrangements on the Jazz classics; Solar, Little Sunflower, Lament, Recordame, and Just Friends. A crew of top west coast musicians appear on “Close Encounters”: Tony Lujan-Trumpet, George Harper - Tenor Sax, Eric Reed - Piano, Jeff Babko - Piano, Larry Koonse - Guitars, Tony Dumas - Bass, Ralph Penland - Drums, Taumbu - Percussion, a Trombone section with George Bohannon, Garnet Brown, Thurmon Green, and Maurice Spears — and a special guest appearance by Steve Turre on Trombone and Conch Shells.

What the Jazz world has to say about Phil Ranelin:

“Phil Ranelin is one of my favorite Trombone players on the scene today; he has his own unique style and a warm and attractive sound” - Freddie Hubbard.

“I am proud that yet another Naptowner has continued to help uplift the perception and acceptance of the slide Trombone. In my humble opinion, Phil Ranelin deserves wider exposure and recognition”- J. J. Johnson

“It’s a brilliant heartfelt piece of art, life, and I can feel your soul and personality showing through every note you produced” - Asia Aregento, Italian Actress

www.ranelin.com

 

Listen to Yevette Stewart Yevette Stewart - "The Love Project"
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Bluesette
Just One Of Those Things
Ill Wind
Ella
Lovin' Me
That Old Black Magic
The Colors Of Joy
In A Mellowtone
Mellowtone Reprise
Tell Me All About It
Where Do You Start
Can't Hide Love
Fire And Rain
I'm Walkin'

Yevette Stewart has worked venues from Anchorage to Tokyo. Born into a artistic family of performers in San Francisco, she was precociously emulating singer Ella Fitzgerald at the age of 5. She has worked and recorded with many leading Jazz names including; Joe Williams, Conte Candoli, Wilten Felder, Don Grusin, Dori Caymmi and The Natalie Cole Show.

On “The Love Project” Yevette is backed by some of the best musicians on the west Coast including Producer/Arranger/Bassist Jim Hughart, Pianist George Gaffney, Guitarist John Chiodini, Percussionist Mayuto, Drummers Enzo Todesco, Michael Shapiro, Tony St. James, Carl Saunders, Trumpet, and Pete Christleib, Sax.

“The Love Project is a highly polished selection of standards: 'That Old Black Magic', 'In A Mellow Tone', 'Fire And Rain' to name a few. Amazingly it’s the singers first release... her stylish attack is equal parts Nancy Wilson, Ernestine Anderson with 4 or 5 parts Dinah Washington.”
- Bill Gallo, Westword

 

Listen to Times 4 Times 4 - "Seductivity"
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Blue 5
Suzy's Samba
Sacrafice
Seductivity
Down Low (Live Improvisation)
Red Light
Distracted
Delicious
Uncle Funker
Balancing Stick

On their debut release, “Seductivity”, Times 4 presents an energetic concoction of all-original music, combining groove based funk hip/hop beats with modern harmony and improvisation. Times 4’s fresh San Francisco Bay Area blend of progressive jazz, funk and soul will appeal to crowds of all ages.

SmoothJazz.de says: “The mood is funky and vibrant…This music stands in the tradition of groups like Liquid Soul, US3 and Medeski, Martin & Wood.”

AllAboutJazz.com says: “The quartet’s exciting program grabs you like a magnet and never lets go. They can hold your enraptured at-tention with music to make your day a whole lot brighter, as they do on this highly recommended album.”

www.Times4music.com

 

Listen to Charley Charles Charley Charles - "The Other Side"
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Closer To You
On The Other Side
In The Name Of God
Soul Provider
When The Dream Is Over
Free Your Mind
It's Your Love
Pie Hole
Empty Heart
How Many Tears
Rainbow
A New Future
On The Other Side (instrumental)

Charley Charles first made his mark as a singer and bassist in the night clubs and concert halls of West Africa, where he generated an enthusiastic following for his unique style of fusion pop music. Though often compared to Seal and Maxwell, Charles' blend of pop, R&B, rock, smooth jazz and world music is all his own.

In making The Other Side, Charley Charles teamed up with songwriter/producer, Steve Zelman to help realize his vision for the project. Charle's versatility and soulful vocals are showcased in tracks including: "Piehole", a hooky pop/rock duet with singer Tyana Parr; "In The Name Of God", a song about the cruelty and hypocrisy of religious extremists featuring Steve Zelman on guitar; "Soul Provider", by Michael Bolton and Andy Goldmark; and the inspirational "On The Other Side" which is reprised as an instrumental smooth jazz rendering with the guitar work of Steve Zelman and Chris Mostert on soprano sax.

www.charleycharles.com

 

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