Artist Review: Jerome “J-Easy” Weaver

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

An inspirational sound and vibe that caresses the soul, Jerome “J Easy” Weaver captivates audiences from all over the landscape with his world-class Jazz sound with beautiful integrations of Swing, Bossa-Nova, and R&B moods. 

Both of his releases, “Just Me” and “Cooling Water” offer up many magical and inspirational qualities in Weaver‘s self-written and self-produced compositions. With great classical uses of Caribbean style drum tempos, Saxaphone leads, and well-polished guitar progressions, we have an innovative and dynamic sound that is soothing, beautifully crafted, and universal with the advantage of bringing a traditional style of music to the table that could be booked at high class events, weddings, hotels, cruises, and just about anywhere.

Weaver‘s influences range from dynamic composers such as George Benson, Bill Withers, and Lee Ritenour. And he has been blessed to work with Presonus Studio One, Ableton Live, Falcon, and Band-In-A-Box; recording distributed exclusively through CD Baby.

As an artist, he gathers many personal inspirations from his wanderlust. He has been to many different countries, islands, as well as events that host his favorite genres of music. He is a true Jazz enthusiast and really brings his love for the genre to the forefront with his compositions. This is music for the soul and spirit, unconditionally. Weaver has been a professional Musician for years, and his showcase of talent is a joy to behold. If you love Jazz, then “Just Me” and “Cooling Water” will lift your spirits and remind you just how much of an impact this genre really is, and always has been.

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Artist Review: Tony Marino

Review by: Justyn Brodsky


Hailing from the landscapes of Fort Wayne, Indiana…it’s a great day for renowned Multi-Musician, Composer & Producer Tony Marino; mainly due to his official Release of his newest CD of swingin’, foot-stomp’n, and dynamic Latin Jazz grooves, A Sound Investment.

However, all Marino needs you to invest is your Music hungry eardrums (and perhaps a few dollars to purchase his music on iTunes) and some time to have a glass of wine, relax, and listen to some very well written, catchy, and innovative tracks solely composed by Marino himself.

It’s music for a high class crowd, 5-star events, and all those who appreciate music theory and the insatiable world of Jazz. A genre that has set the groundwork and foundation for almost every other genre that exists today. Marino‘s tracks are groovy, and driven with a classic lineup of a trio of instruments that all blend together in a way that makes Jazz the dynamic genre that is. The instrumental trio being Piano as the lead instrument, with a zoot-suit rhythm section of Standup Bass and a very basic, yet highly effective 3-piece Drum setup. 

This is a great foundation that allows other brilliant musicians to jump in with melodic Trumpet/Brass solos, and other instruments that add to the traditional Latin Jazz sound that music lovers from all over the world have come to know and love over many generations. Tony Marino fits the bill for this perfectly, and it’s evidently clear that this Composer & Band Leader is a very influential one alongside many other greats who have also captivated the ears, and hearts of Jazz lovers from all over the world. 

If you’re interested in taking a listen to a true world-class musician that is keeping one of the most undeniable and undying genres of music alive in a very powerful way, then Tony Marino is your draft pick.

His newest CD, A Sound Investment, is available on iTunes along with other music retailers. Pick up a copy today! Artist Reach approval 100%.

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Artist Review: Melvin Fromm Jr.

Review by: Justyn Brodsky


Loungy, comfy, and a terrific vibe that is administered to the overall aura with solid instrumentation and catchy composition.

And with that said, we introduce you to Songwriter/Composer Melvin Fromm Jr. A man of many instruments and multifaceted qualities when solidifying every measure that comes together between the rhythm and piano-lead song “Nice Fancy Feeling Life”.

This is definitely a song with a more upbeat yet Bossa-nova feel; there is excellent use of piano chord-progressions that set the tone and perhaps lead the way for the rhythm section that follows. It has that 5-star restaurant feel to it, and is the perfect anthem to a chilled-out and good-vibe celebration. Definitely eventful with a charismatic and nurtured foreground where everything is comprised properly. 

“Nice Fancy Feeling Life” basically are the best 4 words to describe the song. So I have to give props to the synonymous nature of the song, whether it was intended or not. But regardless, this song showcases not only Fromm‘s multi-instrumental ability, but his niche with composing as well, which is a large world in and of itself that has a great surrounding of music theory, and music appreciation. It’s definitely music that requires the know-how, and this is perfectly demonstrated in this catchy Fromm multi-instrumental piece. If you like a little Jazz, a touch of swing, and the good feelings all its characteristics bring, then Melvin Fromm Jr. is worth every minute of your time.

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Artist Review: Steven Blane

Review by: Justyn Brodsky


Artists like Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, and Jay-Z have contributed iconic songs on behalf of their love for New York City, but when I was contacted by Rabbi and founder of Sim Shalom, the world’s only online Jewish Universalist synagogue and singer-songwriter Steven Blane, I didn’t know what surprises he had in store. If his intention was to give me something just as iconic as the artists mentioned in my first sentence, then he succeeded quite nicely. 

Steven Blane‘s LP of Jazzy, Swingish, and Bluesy collection of tracks titled The Best of Steven Blane (So Far) is a treat for the New Yorker’s soul in ways that almost can’t be fully described. It’s just that feeling; that feeling. A feeling that also leaves a presence within you. Whether it’s walking to the Union Square train station on a Fall, breezy evening or simply sipping some wine in one of the Village bars or Tap Rooms, Blane delivers you that same iconic sound in the league of artists that could be comprised of Sinatra, Bennett, and a riffy Johnny Cash vibe as well.

His song “I Love My NYC” is definitely Blane‘s calling to one of New York’s many city-inspired and tributed songs to the lifestyle, streetlights, and surroundings of New York’s finer moments. And it’s played and performed with that delicacy in a way where you can feel the atmosphere of the city in the song itself. Blane‘s clean, and articulately mid-ranged vocal approach is definitely a huge impact on this song’s overall signature sound. The lyrics are clever, and have great narratives that grasp you into them. It’s an attention-grabber and weaves a fabric into the city’s aura and feeling. His song “Happy New Year” also brings out this same soul behind the voice and writing style that Blane brings to the table.

Every song on this album has a smooth, eclectic, and soothing sensibility…no matter where you come from. He has a sound that has class, dynamic musicianship, and innovative measures that are always present throughout every track. The sound is versatile and diverse. And once you take a listen to Steven Blane yourself, he’ll find his way to your heart unconditionally. Whether you expect it or not.

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Artist Review: Kinderjazz

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

  

One for the kids! Charismatic, fun, diligent, and dynamic might be a few words to describe this 12-member Aussie-Swing group, but the theatrical horn players and uplifting themes is what makes Kinderjazz a group for all ears.

These folks have got a great history & foundation under their belts. Armed with some of Australia’s best Musicians for its kind, this Latin-style and bluesy-swing group started turning many heads in 1998 when they performed at the nation’s well-known Manly Jazz Festival, and has kept the momentum ever since; performing at some of Australia’s most notable Venues and Festivals: Sydney Opera House, Daring Harbour, Parramatta Stadium, Stadium Australia, Carols in the Domain 2000 on Channel 7, among many more to date.

They’re a group that you can hire just about anywhere; a family event, wedding, theme park, cruise ship, half-time show, or any place looking for a very well-polished and professional live show and charismatic energy to entertain an all-ages crowd. Their songs are catchy, theatrical, moving, and unforgettable to the ear. “Gazooba” is a fun-loving song with very intricate horn arrangements and orchestrated measures. They bring a great music theory oriented sound to their showcase of musicianship and definitely live up to the reputation of being comprised of some of Australia’s best musicians. 

They bring all the right ingredients to showcasing talent. Each player has their own character, musicianship, fashion sense, and energy to mix into a perfectly orchestrated chemistry. These 12 Musical Pioneers leave you with one big overall sound that requires untouchable talent among each team player. And when you take a listen to Kinderjazz yourself, you’ll definitely agree that this is definitely a winning team.



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