Smooth jazz saxophonist and recording artist, Darron ‘The Sheriff’ McKinney, is proud to present his much awaited new CD, Feel Like Makin’ Love on Bluepie Records.
The 13-track CD, which is McKinney’s third, is a strong collection of songs that shows the broad talents of this giant artist. In addition to the title cut, recorded and made famous by Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway, the CD contains ‘Between the Sheets’ a big seller for the Isley Brothers. As always his trademark, McKinney shows his spiritual side by recording such inspirational songs as ‘Never Alone.’
Often called ‘The Sheriff,’ McKinney, who served 14 years as a Wayne County Deputy Sheriff in Detroit and currently works as a police officer for the Detroit Public School District Police first made international news when he recorded a riveting song entitled, ‘A Call to Courage.’ McKinney (soprano saxophone) and Nichelle Colvin (vocals) performed the composition at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Candlelight Vigil held in Washington, DC in May, 2001. Prophetically, the song was performed four months prior to the tragedy of September 11, 2001, giving the composition a new meaning of patriotism. At the candlelight vigil, the two artists mesmerized 18,000 law enforcement officers and the families and friends of America’s fallen law officers. Former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft and Sen. Trent Lott were among the attending dignitaries who were visibly moved by McKinney’s incredible musical salute, which can be viewed on Youtube by clicking here.
McKinney is the recipient of the Discovery Award, presented by BET Jazz, and has been compared to the late Grover Washington, Jr. by jazzreview.com.
Hugh Laurie is proud to present his debut album Let Them Talk. A glorious celebration of New Orleans blues, Let Them Talk unites Laurie’s musical talent with a very personal selection of standards and lost blues classics performed with his band of renowned musicians and some very special guest stars including Irma Thomas, Sir Tom Jones, Dr. John and Allen Toussaint (who contributes horn parts throughout the record). The album was produced by Joe Henry.
The Mosaic Project is Terri Lyne Carrington with an assembled all-female cast that includes: Geri Allen, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Anat Cohen, Angela Davis, Sheila E., Nona Hendryx, Ingrid Jensen, Mimi Jones, Carmen Lundy, Chia-Yin Carol Ma, Hailey Niswanger, Gretchen Parlato, Tineke Postma, Dianne Reeves, Esperanza Spalding, Linda Taylor, Shea Rose, Patrice Rushen, Helen Sung, and Cassandra Wilson.
This premier funk jazz unit has solidified its undisputed place as the true merchants of groove. Masterminded by writer/producer Steward Wade, Down To The Bone has churned out hit after head-bobbin’ hit, not only capturing the attention of radio with its thick, throbbing funk but has also established itself as one of the most in demand touring bands in the world.
The Main Ingredients takes the band into double digit territory marking their 10th release and one that takes the band back to its original roots with 10 tracks still steeped in groove but with a heavy dose of 21st century glaze. There is still plenty of meat on the bone here with tracks like ‘Uptown Hustle’ and ‘Second Nature’ that will find welcome satisfaction among their minions along with a heaping helping of non-signature flavors like the sides ‘Watch Me Fly’ co-written by label mate Oli Silk and the Band New Heavies inspired ‘Closer’, both featuring vocals from Imani. All in all a funk/ groove feast sure to invigorate the taste buds of all who crave music that makes you move.
The Main Ingredients has, as the title suggests, the base ingredients that got the band from Wade s early concept to the massive success it is today yet purposefully sprinkled with some surprise spices to keep the sides interesting, funky and on the edge.