Jason Carroll and the Smooth Jazz Symphony have released their latest full-length record, “2 Smooth.” The album contains 12 original tracks for an approximate total listening time nearing a full hour. It has been proudly published on the Titanium Note Records Inc. independent record label. A contemporary jazz record showcasing the masterful playing of Jason Carroll and his equally expert associates, the “2 Smooth” LP is easily one of the best jazz records to be released in recent memory.
Jason Carroll and the Smooth Jazz Symphony’s “2 Smooth” is certainly rooted in the subgenre of smooth jazz, but fans of jazz fusion are also certain to appreciate this sparkling achievement of a release. To get an idea of what the listener can expect, Carroll cites as personal influences such legends as Norman Brown, Brian Culbertson, Wayman Tisdale, Lee Ritenour, Pieces of a Dream, and Paul Hardcastle “to name a few.”
As one might glean from this distinguished roster, Carroll is himself a jazz player of taste and distinction, an attribute which is evident in the nuanced textures, intuitive phrases and consistently natural flows in his songs. These talents come not only from his classical training in music, but also from his family background.
“My father would sit me on his lap while he played drums when I was only two,” writes Carroll. “Later, my parents started me early by buying me a keyboard when I was eight years old. From there, I began to take lessons, play songs, and write songs. I later picked up guitar and bass as I got older.”
Asked to enlarge upon the intended goals and themes of his “2 Smooth” album with the Smooth Jazz Symphony, Carroll answers in terms audiophiles don’t hear often enough:
“It’s not simply about the notes played, the melodies, or the rhythm. Listeners should not simply hear the music, they should feel it. I hope that my music inspires people, brings some sort of emotion from them, and encourages them to be who they were truly meant to be.”
The “2 Smooth” LP from Jason Carroll and the Smooth Jazz Symphony is available for pre-sale at their official website now (link provided below) and from online retailers everywhere beginning 30 June 2015. Fans of smooth and fusion jazz, do yourselves a favor and get in early.
[The following comes directly from Jason Carroll’s current official bio.]
Jason Carroll is a contemporary jazz producer and multi-instrumentalist who has worked with numerous artists and musicians in many genres of music. Originating from Wichita, Kansas, Carroll grew up in a musical home, beginning his journey as a drummer at the ripe age of only two years old. He would later take up piano under the instruction of his mother, the late Barbara Carroll, a classical pianist and artist. Soon afterward, he studied the bass and guitar and began experimenting with recording and arranging compositions in his late teens.
Today, Carroll produces for and collaborates with smooth jazz artists from around the country. Many people mistake his solo work for collaborations as he is known to play multiple instruments well. His style of production is commonly held as versatile, being able to go from smooth and sultry to hip with effortless ability. His versatility and trendiness are what make him a sought-after, up-and-coming producer, songwriter, and artist within the genre of smooth jazz.
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The “2 Smooth” EP from Jason Carroll and the Smooth Jazz Symphony –