May 29th, 2004
Edition #326 Previously Next
Welcome to the radio program that is unique by design. On today's edition, we're checking out the cool sounds of Matt Marshak. After winning a contest as the best new SJ artist in NYC, Marshak comes to with his latest effort titled This Time Around. We'll tell you a bit about Matt & his music and we'll spin a few tracks from that album on the showcase cd feature. Then in hour 2 it's time for the FT segment. On this installment we have brand new music from Torcuato Mariano. The Argentine-born Brazilian-bred guitarist has just released a new cd, his first in several years and we have a great track from that. As well we'll be hearing from Marcus Johnson and Elliot Levine and we're also introducing the music of Jon Dalton. Add to that an incredible track from Spyro Gyra and their new one & you know it's gonna be a dynamite show. Once again, these all are on the FT segment in hour 2.
|But wait, there's more. Bernard Oattes, Ray Obiedo, and Randy Crawford all produced some classic tracks that helped define the smooth jazz genre but for whatever reason they just aren't played much anymore. Now that gives us all the more reason to include them on our show. More spectacular sounds from yesteryear are provided courtesy of Dave McMurray, Danny Jung, and Ronny Jordan. We have another superb selection from Peter White's Confidential; and from our list of current favourites, Gene Dunlap, Terry Disley, Barry Aiken & Shikandaza all contribute to this show. And if that wasn't enough, we also have a blast from Australia's Noel Elmowy from a few years back. Just tune in and I'm certain that you'll discover more great music in two hours on our show than you'll find in a month of Sunday's listening to ordinary radio.|
This Time Around - Matt Marshak:
A promising young artist, Marshak well exemplifies the fantastic new breed of player that is emerging in contemporary music. Matt knew at an early age that his passion for playing would be his life. He became involved in the NYC scene and was soon performing regularly as a sideman. In short order, he recorded his own debut album, did oodles of gigs in and around the Big Apple and all the while worked at honing his style and refining his sound. He was in the process of completing his sophomore project, when he submitted some finished tracks to an artist search cosponsored by CD101.9, the SJ radio station for the area. After being one of about a thousand entrants Marshak found his name to be among the 12 finalists, eventually winning that contest and earning recognition as the Best New Smooth Jazz Artist in New York City. No wonder either as Matt expertly blends jazz, pop, blues, and soul with hip rhythms and enticing melodies. Out for just a short while, This Time Around is Marshak's new release.
It's packed with several superb pieces that well encapsulate Marshak's
fresh & creative style and as such this cd makes a fabulous choice
for our feature. On this occasion we begin with Good Evening, the groove-driven
opening track, move to Quietly at the start of hour 2; and then bring
the entire affair to a heady climax with the charged selection I Will
Be With You . If this is where the music of today is headed then I can
hardly wait til we get there.
CD: This Time Around
Site: Matt Marshak
|Fresh Trax: Part One|
& M - Marcus Johnson:
Johnson began playing piano at six and although his mother played classically, Marcus didn't entertain music as a viable career path until he saw an Earth, Wind & Fire concert at the age of nine. Inspired by all forms of music from rap and hip-hop to R&B, from contemporary jazz and be-bop to classical, Johnson began approaching his instrument more seriously in his early teens. He spent six months as a music engineer and tech major and then began to simultaneously pursue a degree in law and an MBA all while continuing to work in music. This gave Johnson all the tools he needed to establish his own production company a couple of years later. Now some time and several business moves later, Johnson's solo career continues to evolve with the release of Just Doing What I Do. From that effort, we present 18th & M.
*Final cover art is not currently available.*
CD: Just Doing What I Do
Label: Three Keys Music
Site: Marcus Johnson/Three Keys
Frequency - Torcuato Mariano:
|Fresh Trax: Part Two|
Gift - Jon Dalton:
Your Arms - Spyro Gyra:
Groove - Elliot Levine:
Over the years Levine has worked with artists such as Wilson Pickett and opened for many others including Brian McKnight and Freddie Jackson. A couple of years back Elliot had the #1 song on mp3.com with over a million downloads. He's headlined at the Blues Alley and the Kennedy Center and in 2003, he scored the music to an Emmy nominated documentary. In addition he's had three releases which have garnered extensive airplay including some international exposure on programs such as our own. Just out is his latest titled The Funk, The Whole Funk and Nothin' but the Funk. From that effort, Urban Groove is the tune that we're presenting and one that features the fine guitar work of Kevin Powe.
CD: The Funk, The Whole Funk and Nothin' But the Funk
Site: Elliot Levine