- "Route 66"
Pearl Eyes (Spanish Eyes)
Shadow Of Your
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
| 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 Whos Who in the
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.
Diamond - "Bittersweet"
The Song Is You
Once Upon A Time
When The Time
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. Genes 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 Wilsons Orchestra, and Bill
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 Dont Know What Love Is.
It is his commit-ment to the song that engages his audience.
Latimer - "Sings and Plays"
Moon And Sand
(Love Is) The Tender Trap
Somewhere Over The Rainbow
The Days Of Wine and Roses
(The) Fool On The Hill
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, Latimers original, Vierge, (Love
Is) The Tender Trap, Lush Life, and (The)
Fool On The Hill.
Ranelin - "A Close Encounter
of the Very Best Kind"
A Close Encounter
of the Very Best Kind
Ya Know What I Mean?
| Originally released in
1996, Rhombus Records is pleased to announce the re release
of Trombonist/ Arranger/ Composer Phil Ranelins 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
Its 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
Stewart - "The Love Project"
Of Those Things
That Old Black Magic
The Colors Of Joy
In A Mellowtone
Tell Me All About It
Where Do You Start
Can't Hide Love
Fire And Rain
| 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
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,
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 its the singers
first release... her stylish attack is equal parts Nancy Wilson,
Ernestine Anderson with 4 or 5 parts Dinah Washington.
- Bill Gallo, Westword
4 - "Seductivity"
Low (Live Improvisation)
| 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 4s 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
music stands in the tradition of groups like Liquid Soul,
US3 and Medeski, Martin & Wood.
AllAboutJazz.com says: The quartets 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
Charles - "The Other
The Other Side
The Name Of God
When The Dream Is Over
Free Your Mind
It's Your Love
How Many Tears
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.