I am an old-school jazz head who, as befitting my times, was exposed to all kinds of music and have embraced most genres for what they are. I remember running to the record store to spend my last money on the latest albums by Miles Davis, Grover Washington, Bob James and David Sanborn, amongst others. I also played a little sax before I hit the wall and my third decade, so I’m no pushover for music. So when I say that John Tafaro Music’slatest single release “Counting the Days” is the most refreshingly new smooth jazz sound I have heard from an unsigned, independent artist in years, don’t sleep on me. This is a very ambitious project. If you shoot for the stars you might hit the moon. This effort, at least, knocks it out of the solar system.
John Tafaro has been producing since the early 90’s, beginning with helping local bands get needed exposure through his public access show “Turn it Up!!”, since then after a chance meeting with Mark Tinley a digital audio expert and who also at one time programmed keyboards for Nick Rhodes of Duran Duran, John decided to take his music production skills to the next level. John composes and arranges mainly Smooth and Contemporary JazzIf customers can’t find it, it doesn’t exist. Clearly list and describe the services you offer. Also, be sure to showcase a premium service.- Staff TunedLoud
This is one of John Tafaro Music’s best. This is the smoothest, coolest and grooviest tune I’ve heard this year. What am I talking about? Well, it’s “Soul Rider” – a track off John’s forthcoming album “Forgotten Impressions”. Hearing the imploring soul-sax and the thundering guitar strum joined on record together with the shimmering keyboards suggested that, this music would raise hairs on the neck and put a tear in the eye in rapid succession. Hard-grooving, funk-infused but soulfully confessional music has been pulling non-jazz fans to jazz clubs and records since the 1960s, a trend that few modern artists could better exemplify better than the impassioned composer and arranger, known as John Tafaro Music. having a big sale, on-site celebrity, or other event? Be sure to announce it so everybody knows and gets excited about it.
No other musician is currently helping legitimize the smooth jazz movement than John Tafaro Music. But, to label Tafaro as simply a smooth jazz composer is a crime. His music transcends any one genre. Yet, one thing remains constant – the groove. Whether slow or fast, Tafaro always has a soulful rhythm that underlies all his music.
John Tafaro Music mastery of the sax melody is a true delight. His ability to evoke pure emotion through his composing and arranging is on full display here. Of the course the player adds the killer execution, which makes it a thoroughly enjoyable listen. Tafaro repeats the process with the guitar solo, to make sure variety holds the listener’s attention span.- Staff TunedLoud
Perfectly carved for soothing, “Walking Around on Sunday”is an ideal means to escape this hustle and bustle of life – An escape to a peaceful dimension where the sparkling saxophone, tone-full guitar, and glitzy electric piano keys are a healing potion to any and every soul.
Needless to say John Tafaro leans toward the contemporary nature of Jazz with inclinations more to an underlying improvisational feel by the lead instruments, with the sax being predominantly featured. Along with some sweet embellishments and the crisp clean production, the song has a stripped down superstar lounge feel to it.
While “Walking Around on Sunday” focuses on the super smooth musical interludes and interactions between the horns and the electric piano and guitar for the most part, the core of the track is the impressive lean drumming and elegant rhythm section on the whole. Aided by his technological skills, Tafaro is able to pull his Jazz productions into the computer and electronic-dominated era with ease, while always keeping the organic and live feel at the forefront.
The music here is grooving and synchronizing perfectly, and is always relaxing, romantic, breezy, and smooth. John Tafaro could be compared to the latter day Paul Hardcastle, as they both share the ‘electronic side’, which John likes to incorporate into compositions. The two also share the fact that most of their tunes are fronted by the signature saxophone sound. The sound is never intrusive, and just provides a good background vibe for relaxing, or conversing with others.
John Tafaro has got this groove down to a science – perfect contemporary type jazz music, with no distracting vocals or sound effects. If you’re into ‘smooth jazz’ artists, then “Walking Around on Sunday”will blend quite well with your tastes.