AL/CAPONE – Mr. Smooth
Al/Capone is a high-energy six-piece smooth/pop jazz band based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Al/Capone’s music, a mixture of jazz, R&B, funk, fusion and Latin, is contemporary and melody driven while always remaining true to its jazz roots. When the vocal abilities of Alex Ligertwood are added to the mix, the results are absolutely magical.
Al/Capone’s latest project, an eleven song album entitled “Mr. Smooth,” features an all star lineup showcasing the talents of Alex Ligertwood (Santana, Billy Cobham, and Average White Band), Dean Brown, (David Sanborn, Brecker Brothers), Steven Wolf (Celine Dion, Grover Washington, Jr., Avril Lavigne) and producer/keyboardist Jason Miles (Miles Davis, Sting, Luther Vandross).
At the heart of the group are Al/Capone founding members, Jeep Capone (drums, percussion, keyboards, vocals) and Allen Young (trumpet, flugelhorn, valve trombone, EVI, keyboards, vocals). Rounding out the ensemble is a group of exceptionally talented players from the Minneapolis area including Jason Craft, keyboards; Peter Vircks, saxophone and flute; Vincent Rose, guitar; Chris Lomheim, keyboards; Mark Hoyt, background vocals and Graydon Peterson, bass.
The music was recorded and mixed in Minneapolis at Winterland Studios by Todd Fitzgerald and Masters Recording Institute by Tom Tucker and Adam Krinsky; and mastered at Rare Form Mastering in Minneapolis by Greg Reierson. James Oldham of PM Sound in Las Vegas also assisted with recording, mixing and production. Four songs were produced, mixed and mastered by Jason Miles in New York. With powerful writing and a superstar lineup, Al/Capone's album “Mr. Smooth” is a jazz force that must be experienced.
Al/Capone’s live show is a mixture of contemporary instrumental and vocal originals along with some timeless standards, most notably Alex Ligertwood’s renditions of classic Santana hits. Al/Capone’s world-class musicians are at home in every genre from smooth jazz to funk to rock, and every show is guaranteed to be powerful, dynamic and jammin’!
1. Jamatude (4:53)
2. Pip & Stan (5:21)
3. History (4:31)
4. Mr. Smooth (5:17)
5. Look Out! It Might Be A Samba (4:25)
6. Feel Free (6:06)
7. C C’s Smile (5:03)
8. As Know As (6:00)
9. Right Or Wrong (5:05)
10. The Crib (4:09)
11. Don’t Ya Think? (6:30)
“Moving Right Along” (Comming Soon!!!)
In “Moving Right Along,” Al/Capone manages to top themselves with this dynamic contribution to their library. True jazz lovers will recognize and appreciate the legendary influences of Crusaders, Weather Report, Brecker Brothers, and Miles Davis. New fans will discover a style of music that displays the ever changing spirit that is Jazz, leaving them longing for more.
Along with Jeep Capone’s intricate drumming and Al Young’s mastery of the trumpet and flugelhorn, “Moving Right Along” features a group of extraordinarily talented musicians:
- Ron Friedman on flugelhorn - (Frank Sinatra, Michael Jackson, Aretha Franklin)
- Mark Colby on tenor saxophone - (Frank Sinatra, Maynard Ferguson, Tony Bennett)
- Peter Vircks on tenor saxophone – (Rhythmic Circus, Erick Kamau Gravatte)
- Vinnie Rose on guitar – (Three-time winner of Down Beat best big band award, John Faddis)
- Jason Craft on keyboards – (Sheila Raye Charles, Jason Marsalis)
- Ted Godbout on keyboards – (Nova Jazz Orchestra)
- Ace Mack on bass – (Doc Severinsen, Richard Marx)