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Lana Johnson - Songs From The Heart

Lana Johnson - "Songs From The Heart"

Dedicated to the memory of Vocalist Lana Johnson, Songs From The Heart features 10 songs including Jazz standards and 3 Duets with Steve Johnson (The Cats In The Hats): Taking It Slow and Visions (Originals by Lana and Steve) and the Pop standard, The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face.

Also featured are standards, Unforgetable and Good Morning Heartache. Some of the tracks are just Lana with Guitar acompaniment, for a intimate setting, and the other tracks are full band for a more upbeat mood.

Sample MP3s and download at Amazon Music:

Taking It Slow
First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
It Don't Mean A Thing
When Sunny Gets Blue
Good Morning Heartache
Beginning To See The Light
Pennies From Heaven
What A Wonderful World

Greg Hatza - To a New Place

The Greg Hatza ORGANization -"To a New Place"

Back on track with a new album of original compositions - straight ahead and contemporary, former Jimmy Smith protege, Greg Hatza is back behind the Hammond B3, with a sound still unsullied by what's trendy.

This nostaligic for a return to the classical jazz lines created by the eminent professionals of today, will revel in the vanguard performances of Greg Hatza. As agile and ingenious a performer as ever - plus posessed with fiery technique for jazz phrasing, Greg Hatza has brought new life to the saying "everything old is new again." Baltimore native and notably one of the few white Americans to carve a notch among the legends of musicality on jazz organ; Hatza's early inspirations came from Ray Charles and later Jimmy Smith.

Sample MP3s and download at Amazon Music:

The Station at 7th and Franklin
To a New Place
Samurai Express
A Little Honey on the Toast
A Reflection of Su
Flight of Dreams
Night Walker
One for Prime Time G.E.
When I Couldn't See... You Carried Me

Sue Raney - Listen Here

Sue Raney - "Listen Here" featuring Alan Broadbent

After their long musical partnership performing in formats ranging from Big Band to Class Jazz Trio, singer Sue Raney and pianist Alan Broadbent finally realize their long-held dream of a duo album.

One of the most underappreciated jazz vocalists of the past half-century, Sue Raney is also proving one of the most durable. They open with Dave Frishberg’s tenderly introspective ‘Listen Here’, then keep the tempo on simmer through a spectrum of major league ballads, extending from the romantic coziness of ‘My Melancholy Baby’ and ‘You'll Never Know’ to the hazy heartache of ‘He Was Too Good To Me’ and ‘Smoke Gets In Your Eyes’. - Christopher Loudon, Jazz Times

Sue Raney gave an unofficial seminar in the art of song. A seminar, that is, that illustrated by example, not by textbooks. And the key word was “art.” Because Raney’s remarkable vocal skills were completely at the service of her creatively illuminating interpretations of material from the Great American Songbook. - Don Heckman, Crtitic

Sample MP3s and download at Amazon Music:

Listen Here
My Melancholy Baby
A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square
The Bad And The Beautiful
The Music That Makes Me Dance
He Was Too Good To Me
You'll Never Know
It Might As Well Be Spring
It Never Was You
You Must Believe In Spring
There Used To Be A Ballpark
Smoke Gets In Your Eyes

Cat Conner - Cat Tales

Cat Conner - "Cat Tales"

Veteran vocalist Cat Conner is thrilled to release her first CD for Rhombus Records.
Canadian born, Cat resides in Los Angeles where she regularly performs and has recorded this spectacular set of 19 tunes with the amazing George Mesterhazy on Piano and Gene Cipriano on Tenor, Clarinet and Bass Oboe. Jim Hughart joins them on Bass for 3 tunes.

Surprisingly senuous treatment, and swings at every tempo.
- Scott Yanow, L.A. Jazz Scene

Sample MP3s and download at Amazon Music:

Hello Ma Baby
I Want To Talk About You
Them There Eyes
If You Could See Me Now
In A Mellow Tone
Some Other Time
Embraceable You
I Hear A Rhapsody

Steven T. Easter - O. G. Jazz Vol.1

Steven T. Easter - "O. G. Jazz Vol.1"

Ladies and Gentlemen...after more than three decades in the music industry, Steven T. Easter's resume spans to producer / songwriter / publisher / drummer / percussionist / arranger AND vocalist!

On various projects, Steven's range of talent includes: Thom Teresi & The Earthtones, Mushi-Mushi, Jah-Moon, Hophead, Reggae Dreams vol.1, The Crazy Baldheads & Vic Silva's Roots Man Dance - only to emerge with a smooth jazz project that enlists the expertise of Phil Berreno's remix mastering & Tim Anderson on Sax. So do yourself a solid, and let your ears explode with Steven T. Easter - O.G. JAZZ VOL. 1.


Sample MP3s and download at Amazon Music:

Rivers Of Love
House Of Jazz
Saving My Love
I'm Sprung On Your Love

Douye - Daddy Said So

Douyè - "Daddy Said So"

Daddy Said So is Douyés debut straight-forward jazz vocal album. The Nigerian born jazz chanteuse unique sound is sophisticated, warm and captivating. It consists of 14 classic jazz standards and features an array of celebrated jazz living musicians including Kenny Barron, Ron Carter, Russell Malone, John Beasley, John Clayton, Roy McCurdy and more. This album was inspired by Douyé s father, Landy who passed when she was only 11yrs of age. Douyé s father introduced her to jazz music when she was a child and he encouraged her to become a jazz artist. Well, with that promise at heart and much love for jazz, Douyé consciously decided to go into jazz artistry and thus Daddy Said So is the result. Douyé has finely paved her way into the jazz world with a sound to adore and reckon with, indeed she is here to stay for good....this is only the beginning of Douyé s promising journey in jazz. ...this is only the beginning of Douyé s promising journey in jazz. --DL Media

Sample MP3s and download at Amazon Music:

But Beautiful
Lush Life
Mood Indigo
Round Midnight
Body and Soul
All The Things You Are
I Loves You Porgy
Autumn Leaves
In A Sentimental Mood
Sophisticated Lady
Someone To Watch Over Me
Besame Mucho
Nature Boy

Rastus - Rastus

Rastus - Rastus

In the Seventies, the group called RASTUS ,from Cleveland, Ohio , was a popular Horn band, in the style of the groups Chicago and Tower Of Power, and toured the U.S. on the same bill with those bands and others.

RASTUS recorded two albums to rave reviews and had a large fan base until the group , after many personal changes, finally disbanded in the late seventies.

The two albums, "Live" and "Steamin", after their record companies went out of business, were lost to music fans. With the help of RASTUS Sax player Michael "The Frist" Geraci, Rhombus Records was able to find and digitally recreate RASTUS "Rastus" Originally was a Double album, one Disc Studio and the second Live.

Sample MP3s and download at Amazon Music:

Sailin' Easy
Black Cat
El Congo Valiente
Multicolored Taxicab
Wizard of Oz Medley
Sinnin' for You
Farmer Jo
I-75 Riff
Desperetely Mrs. Jones / Jada Medley
Black Cat (Live)
Texas / The Bells (Live)
Walkin' in the Park (Live) Good Night Nelda Giepp (Live)

Cat Sonenschein - Cats Cover

Cat Sonenschein - Cat's Covers

West Coast Vocalist Cat Sonenschein steps out front for her debut Album "Cat's Covers" on Rhombus Records. "Cat's Covers" is a collection of Cat's favorite cover tunes done her own way. Cat even does a version of 'The Star Spangled Banner" in her own style. (Note: 'The Star Spangled Banner' is not on the CD but is available for download.) Cat will be doing numerous live gigs in the Los Angeles area to support "Cat's Covers", watch out for this star on the rise.

Sample MP3s and download at Amazon Music:

Chain of Fools
Rolling in the Deep
Poor Poor Pitiful Me
Star Spangled Banner


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