Ultrablue

Ultrablue

by Ultrablue
     
 
A collaboration of some of New York's behind-the-scene's musical heavyweights, Ultrablue offers up R&B-tinged smooth jazz with Big Apple attitude. The primary creative force behind their unique sound is pianist/producer John Smatla, a well-seasoned musician with hefty experience in both the pop and jazz worlds, and Dave Stryker, an acclaimed jazz guitarist and

Overview

A collaboration of some of New York's behind-the-scene's musical heavyweights, Ultrablue offers up R&B-tinged smooth jazz with Big Apple attitude. The primary creative force behind their unique sound is pianist/producer John Smatla, a well-seasoned musician with hefty experience in both the pop and jazz worlds, and Dave Stryker, an acclaimed jazz guitarist and reputable sideman, with more than a few A-listers on his track record. Smatla, having cut his teeth with pop groups like Quiet Riot and Debbie Gibson before shifting focus to the smooth jazz world, brings a valuable pop sensibility to the table. Stryker has an impressive history, holding the guitar slot with Stanley Turrentine for nine years, and playing and recording with headliners Eliane Elias and Kevin Mahogany. Ultrablue's lineup is filled out with a number of recognizable names, like Latin jazzer John Benitez, vocalist/percussionist Phillip Hamilton, and saxophonist David Mann. This is their second release as Ultrablue, and features some very notable guests: flautist Nestor Torres and Randy Brecker lend their considerable talents and name recognition to the pool. With interesting harmonies and effective, memorable, melodic hooks, not to mention the production, which has been buffed to a high gloss, Ultrablue's sound is both catchy and sophisticated. A surefire win with smooth jazz crowds.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/11/2006
Label:
215 Records
UPC:
0898841000293
catalogNumber:
2029

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Performance Credits

Ultrablue   Primary Artist
David Mann   Saxophone
Dave Stryker   Guitar
Nestor Torres   Flute
Gabriela Anders   Vocals,Background Vocals
John Benítez   Bass
Randy Brecker   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Jeff Carney   Acoustic Bass
Romero Lubambo   Guitar
Jack Parker   Violin
Bernd Schoenhart   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Pete Belasco   Saxophone
John Smatla   Piano,Accordion,Keyboards
Timothy Loo   Cello
Sandrine Lee   Vocals
Lisa Dondlinger   Violin
David Andrew Mann   Keyboards,Saxophone

Technical Credits

Michel Legrand   Composer
David Mann   Programming
Alan Bergman   Composer
John Smatla   Composer,Programming,Producer,String Arrangements
Bill Ador   Composer
David Andrew Mann   Programming,Producer

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