Nancy Brew: Caffeinated Music for Syncopated Hearts.

Band members:
Jico Monte (keyboards, vocals), Bito Tiano (guitars, sax, vocals) Ronald Amoroso (drums), Butch Inson (bass, vocals).

I am in the process of posting another interview but while at it, I just think this local band is worth mentioning. Well, they are not just ANY band. They play amazing Jazz music in the vein of Spyro Gyra, Pat Metheny and the like. Hear them once and I know  you will start following them in one of these Indieka Bacolod gigs.

So I was there at Tippy’s one night, high with beers and music then they started playing. They turned the humid night into a virtual seaside. Really good music can both intertain and transport you.  They put an amazing set. I also love the sound of that Roland Juno!

I did a little digging through their Facebook page: Formed in  1998, they started as a band by playing in corporate shows. Everyone was just getting into smooth Jazz due to the popularity of 99.1 Crossover.  They eventually grew with their own original recordings. Don’t miss their new album Light Years, now out!


2017 New Music!


Trance galore.

2017 is a good year for electronic music. I love being introduced to new and unfamiliar artists and I would love writing all about them when I have the time and energy. Samplers are one of the great ways of introducing new music. You sort of know what to expect by tasting one track from a specific musician. For example I’ve never heard of STA before this compilation. But STA is an Ukrainian producer. There’s not much info on the web but ‘Orbit’ is a good intro to his music.

I am sure many people who are Trance enthusiasts know the artists in this compilation but like I said I am still discovering artists in this genre. It’s a good album!

By the way tunes from this album are good for the usual bike ride in the evening. They are energetic but chill at the same time. Have you tried listening to them in such situation? Oh, and I don’t recommend headphones. They are dangerous while cycling. Just use your tiny bluetooth speakers 😉



George Cables-In Good Company.

Fans of piano jazz will find delight in his new offering In Good Company. He covers John Hicks, Kenny Barron, Ellington and Strayhorn. He is joined by bassist Essiet Essiet and drummer Victor Lewis. Less is indeed more. You will find a lot of surprises in this intimate ensemble.

Cables has rekindled my love for all things jazz. Hey you might read more reviews like this one from me soon. Who knows?

This is good music for the good times. Listen to the sampler here:


Kirk Fischer-Friends

Friends will please fans of contemporary jazz. This type of music can be heard on smooth jazz radio because of its pop appeal. Fischer covers both jazz and pop tunes. In fact one of them is Kiss On My List by Hall & Oats. It is a great music to listen to over dinner with great wine and the company of good friends. Who can resist such elegant recording like this one?



There you have it. Few of my take on new recordings. Stay tuned for more…

Moments In Memory (Improved Version) By: Athuja

This band is cooking something delicious. But you have to be patient and make sure you coax lead vocalist Peter Chains into singing more and showcasing his amazing voice. They are from Windsor Canada. Band members are:

Vocals & Percussion: Peter Chains11150682_358959294304643_6986054734366471665_n

Guitars: Ron DeMarse

Bass & Keys: Ralph Billingsley

Drums & Persussion: Doug MacDonald

Moments in Memory is a sexy track that sounds like it came out of a posh cafe. I love it and I hope they can come up with a proper EP or album. Right now they are uploading and refining their demos(as you can see by the titles).

New artist to watch out: Courtney Fortune

instagram is great in sharing interests when it comes to music. Courtney Fortune is a fan of Diana Krall and that’s how we interacted. She happens to be a Jazz singer, gifted with a beautiful voice. In this times of too much bubblegum, she’s a deluxe alternative. Watch the link to the video below of Chris Walden featuring her beautiful singing style. That’s Courtney Fortune, a new Jazz diva in the making!


Follow her on Instagram 

February 2015 Indie Music Updates

Hello folks! It’s a soothing weekend and I am bringing to you updates on cool music around the web. It’s amazing to know that 2015 is anther great year of music. We have electronic,acoustic and other types of music that’s ‘not radio.’

I discovered Alex Pardini more than a year ago when I stumbled upon his music on the web. Since thn we have kept a tight correspondent covering many topics including photography( he’s a pro). He gets better each year as he creates fantastic and elegant tunes. His music speaks to the side of me who likes finer, better and beautiful things in life. This is the first playlist I listened upon waking up. These are evening tunes but then again, beautiful music is always enriching any time of the day. So good, so rich!


If you like something acoustic and soothing then check this song by singer/songwriter J.P. Kallio. What I like about his songs is that, you can appreciate his songs even if you are not a fan of folk music. His recordings are always excellent in terms of clarity and balance. This is the kind of quality that I look for in any stripped down tune.


Whenever I listen to any Michael Stovall song, I get carried away. His emotional pieces always have a room for the ‘soundtrack of your life’ kind of moment. The depth of lyrics and beautiful singing are his strong points. The melodies are his gold.


Talents between New Zealand and Ireland have created Altocirrus. I feel so fortunate to listen to their latest album plus review it for this site!


This musical asset of Romania by the name of LeVant continues to dazzle me with his unique ideas. His tunes are somewhat in the  pop-but not so pop, category. His deep understanding of Classical, Medieval,Jazz,Electronic is astounding. Unjaded is his latest release.


Pierre Masse continues to dabble with different styles of music. From acoustic to electronic, his versatility is excellent. I don’t think any artist who started a career doing acoustic rock could pull that off elegantly. And he did. Amazing!


I am enjoying this new upload from Norwegian artist Kjell Roll Elgsaas. Very energetic and complex. Beautiful beats.


And last but not the least, I need you to listen to this beautiful song from Cornish singer/songwriter Dan Aston.  Lemonade Sea is the title. This is recorded at The VIP Lounge in Penzance and featuring Sue Aston on violin and members from Cornish jazz band, Endangered Species.

Enjoy your weekend with beautiful music.