Doug Gurwell | Make Me Smile

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Make Me Smile

by Doug Gurwell

Make Me Smile, featuring piano, trumpet, & funky bass lines & drumming, is a fun combination of various melodic, rhythmic, & harmonic concepts, coming from jazz, old-style R & B, & pop, which is called "New Taste Jazz".
Genre: Jazz: Contemporary Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Make Me Smile
3:52 album only
2. Getting There
4:05 album only
3. I Shot The Sheriff
4:11 album only
4. How It Goes
4:23 album only
5. Down a Country Lane
4:08 album only
6. Toshi's Lullaby
3:44 album only
7. Matter of Time
4:25 album only
8. What Would You Say?
4:41 album only
9. Dear Friend
4:06 album only
10. Such Joy
3:51 album only
11. Change The World
4:17 album only
12. Stop Listening
4:35 album only


Album Notes
~A melting pot of music~ by Masayuki Koito The Walkers Magazine, Vol.21

There are so many kinds of people living on the earth and so many kinds of music as well. Always, whatever is great music is great music. The Walker’s is proud to
recommend regardless of whether it’s jazz or not, but it’s wonderful music, worth mentioning to the whole world.

Doug Gurwell Story

Doug Gurwell announces his music, which he calls “
“New Taste Jazz”(= The perfect combination of Jazz, Pop, R and B, and Funk) who is not yet known in Japan. He is a musician from the LA area and is a composer, arranger, pianist,Walker's Story DG in ENGtrumpet player and bassist. I’m sure you can understand after listening to his new CD, “Make Me Smile”, which has been just been released in Japan, why he’s a really unique and interesting musician. This is not only for the reason that he plays a few instruments, but because he loves to play and listen not just to jazz. He has absorbed and integrated classic, pop, rock, or lots of genres to blend and formulate his sound. No wonder, his sound is really original!!

He was born in Wyoming, but raised mostly in California. The reason Doug Gurwell is such a talented musician is because he grew up in a musical family, under musical circumstances. His father was a cornet player, his mother was teaching piano for long time, and his older brother is also a professional musician. Doug Gurwell could read the music since he was young and started to learn piano when he was 4 years old from his mother. By the age of 11, he started trumpet, too. He has a music degree and teacher’s credential. What an amazing guy!!

After graduating from the university, he started to work as a professional musician, as well as doing arranging for the groups he worked in, plus considerable studio work, too. He has done many T.V shows which include the Jimmy Kimmel Show. He has appeared on shows featuring big star concerts and events which have included Tony Bennet, George Benson, and Graham Central Station. He has a busy life as a musician and his wife (=Yoshi) is Japanese, and a well known ballet pianist in LA. It seems like he must be a real musician, from the roots, with music in his blood.

The new album “Make Me Smile” is his first album to be released in Japan and it’s really a refreshing,well done album, that came with the best California Jazz sound, especially made by a musician who grew up in such a nice place as west coast. On the album, he played piano and trumpet, of course, but he played 6-strings bass, too. At first, he studied upright bass by himself. Then he started to learn electric bass. He took a private lessons from Herb Mickman and Morti Korb. He has been influenced by many bassists such as, Marcus Miller, Will Lee, Victor Wooten, Ron Carter, John Pattucci, Jimmy Haslick, Bootsy Collins, Nathan East, etc... He tried to make the sound of his piano trio more dynamic and dramatic by using a 6-strings bass. Please pay attention to and check out his concept of bass playing!!

Just like the name of this album, the title tune “Make Me Smile” begins with a refreshing melody, continued by Gurwell’s own style of blues on, “How It Goes”, next a song entitled, ”Toshi’s Lullaby” with Gurwell’s great trumpet melodies and solo, later followed by a male vocal piece, ”What Would You Say?”. Most are originals, accompanied by arrangements of Bob Marley’s “I Shot The Sheriff” and one of Eric Clapton’s greatest hits,”Change The World”. There are a total of 12 tunes in this album.

When you listen to this album, you’ll probably feel a bit more comfortable with jazz than before. He calls his music “New Taste Jazz”, and does hope that people who are not usually jazz fans, or young generations of people who haven’t really listened to this style, will actually be drawn to and can enjoy listening to his new taste jazz sound. He really hopes to bring the real enjoyment of jazz music to wider audiences. He is a really talented musician, for sure, but also, his personality is so heart warming and he has a pure spirit. Music in Japanese is called “ongaku”(on = music, gaku = enjoy). That’s exactly what Gurwell’s music means to the listeners. There is so much fun music in his album. Look at the CD cover, and his shirt says “Japan”, which also makes us happy! I’m sure his style will keep getting way better, and I’m sure he’ll bring more great original sounds to us again. We do need to pay attention to such a great musician, Doug Gurwell from now on.

Doug Gurwell’s Official Website by Japanese and English :

“Make Me Smile” Doug Gurwell ~ Pianist. Also plays trumpet and 6-strings bass! ~
Refreshing California Jazz Sound by Doug Gurwell. We’re proud to announce his first album has been just released in Japan!

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