It’s called THUG Jazz. What it is downright
funky collection of jazzy rhythms, hip-hop
beats, and brilliant session musicians
“throwing down”! This project draws
comparisons to the Hidden Beach All-Stars’
Unwrapped series for style and creative
energy. The difference is that The House Of
Urban Grooves (THUG) rocks original jams.
Mastermind Tony Joseph penned all the songs on this CD (except
one), which features Louis Van Taylor (Sax/Flute), Kevin Toney
(Keyboards), and Dennis Nelson (Guitar).“Hey Shorty” is a funky jam
that kicks off the set. “Jak Ghetto” continues the funky attitude,
injecting some tropical latin beats, accented by the vicious violin
playing of Karen Briggs. “Enemy” serves up a smooth nu-soul sound
featuring En Vogue’s Cindy Herron on vocals. There’s a couple of nice
tracks entitled “Deringa” & “Sump’n Else”, that provide the perfect
soundtrack for a late night drive with that special someone. This CD
will captivate you from beginning to end.
“THUG Jazz”, courtesy of The House Of Urban Grooves, has been on
the market for a minute but deserves to be recognized for it’s
excellent music. Pick it up today and let the rhythmflow!
|Rhonda Smith: "Intellipop"
“Intellipop” is the recently released CD from Ms.
Rhonda Smith. If her name sounds familiar, it
might be a result of her work with his ”purple-
ness”, Prince, appearing on five CDs, and
playing her funky bass licks while singing
background vocals on his tour.
Originally hailing from Montreal, Rhonda
showcases her special style of jazz-fusion.
She writes most of the songs, plays the h*ll out of the bass, sings a
bit, and finds a few spare moments to serve as Executive Producer for
“ITP” is a funky up-tempo tune that sets the tone for the project.
“Life” is also quite funky and features Rhonda on vocals, with a sound
similar to Stanley Clarke and George Duke at various stages of their
careers. We are treated to the gentler side of Ms Smith on the
smoothed-out, yet still funk driven instrumentals “Karamel” and
“Rhondasm”, along with “Careful What You Wish For”, and “Mother
Earth” which features her once again on vocals.
“Intellipop” by Rhonda Smith is a reminder that women can proudly
play that funk. It’s a good listen and will fit neatly into your music
For more information & music samples, visit www.rhondasmith.com
|Vernon Neilly & G-Fire featuring Mark Whitfield: “G-Fire II"
Get ready for “G-Fire II”, inspired guitar
driven jazz from Vernon Neilly & G-Fire
featuring Mark Whitfield. On this project
you will find Vernon and his friends taking
turns presenting some relaxing smooth
Vernon sets the pace with his mid-tempo
grooves on “Afternoon Drive” and “Don’t You Cry (Anymore)”. He then
passes the torch to Mark Whitfield, who kicks it up a notch with
“LFO”, and “Smoov Soul”, before coolin’ us out with “Angel”. Kevin
Chokan joins the party with his strumming on “Twinkle Toes” and
“Unconditional Love” which features a fine vocal performance form
“G-Fire II”, the new CD featuring Vernon Neilly & G-Fire. It’s an
interesting album, as it presents different interpretations of the
smooth jazz genre, from the guitarist perspective.
If guitar is your favorite instrument, this project will soothe your soul.
Music & more G-Fire info available at: www.vernonneilly.com