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Crossing Borders

by East of West

High-energy instrumental music with Jazz, Latin, and Rock influences. Crossing Borders packs a roller coaster ride of high-energy rhythms, sharp turning peaks of fusion, and smooth melodic transitions that effortlessly move the listener across a wide-rang
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Crossing Borders
5:45 $0.99
2. Route 9 West
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3. Second Wind
5:24 $0.99
4. View From My Window
3:28 $0.99
5. Coast To Coast
5:24 $0.99
6. Twilight Mood
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7. Ride The Fade
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8. Changes
3:48 $0.99
9. Take The Cake
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EOW Records
Sounds Select Entertainment

East of West's debut album Crossing Borders, is smooth jazz with a high-powered kick!
If bands like Spyro Gyra, The Rippingtons, or Down To The Bone grab your ear, you'll dig the cool musicality of East of West.

Crossing Borders packs a roller coaster ride of high-energy rhythms, sharp turning peaks of fusion, and smooth melodic transitions that effortlessly move the listener across a wide-ranging sonic landscape of contemporary jazz…. It’s feel-good music!

Crossing Borders –Track 1
The beat of African log-drums take the listener on a syncopated path of change and growth.
Second Wind – Track 3
This high-energy composition evolves into a series of emotional highs. An exhilarating adventure of electrifying solos leave the listener thinking, “Just when you thought it was over you get your second wind.”
View From My Window – Track 4
A smooth rolling piano line brings to mind softly falling snow on a brisk winter’s eve. A soothing melody pursues a steady groove accompanied by the warmth of gentle string lines.
Coast to Coast – Track 5
Mix one roaring sax with some tasty Latin odd-meter and the listener ends up with a quick trip to Brazil. Pour yourself a caipirinha and kick back.
Twilight Mood – Track 6
A soothing composition that flows to a mellow transition that moves through the coolness of the evening breeze, quelling the hurried soul.
Ride The Fade – Track 7
A Latin groove meets sax funk in this Afro-Cuban mix that sizzles with a tempestuous timbale solo.
Changes (Single Release) – Track 8
Reflective chord changes interplay, meld and move together as they balance sweetly in musical flight, ready for take off toward the changes that life brings.

Steve Jeffrey, bassist, and John Cardoso, drummer, are the co-writers and producers who create the magic behind East of West. Crossing Borders, a collection of life-inspired jazz, features performances by world-renowned musicians: Andy Suzuki (David Benoit, Kilauea, Dave Brubeck, Chick Corea), Ron Pedley (Barry Manilow, Air Supply, Kombo), and Bob Fernandez (Barry Manilow, Frank Zappa, Dionne Warwick, Tito Puente).

At the time of production Steve resided in Boston while John was living in Los Angeles, hence the synergistic name East of West. These two long-time friends reunited in Boston to embark and collaborate on their musical aspirations and unique writing styles. Subsequently, Steve and John rejoined in Los Angeles to record and produce Crossing Borders at The Complex Recording Studios.

Three weeks into East of West’s first radio campaign, Crossing Borders was among the “Most Added” on the music industry hub Smoothjazz.com. It continues to climb the sanctioned smoothjazz.com weekly Top 50 indie charts. For a complete list of radio stations playing East of West nationwide please visit www.eastofwest.net/news

Doug Maxwell, who has worked with artists such as: Average White Band, Gladys Knight, Joan Osborne, and Taylor Dayne, mixed and mastered East of West's recent single release, "Changes“, Courtesy of Media Right Productions New York, New York

Steve Jeffery is a graduate of Boston’s Berklee College of Music, John Cardoso is a graduate from both the Grove School of Music and Five Towns College, with each of them majoring in Composition and Performance.

East of West - where visions and dreams infuse to become an inspirational reality.

"The Visionary Media Group is proud to represent blind bassist Steve Jeffrey and his group East of West, their music, and their relentless pursuit of excellence in the art of music."
Doug Maxwell, Executive Director of The Visionary Media Group



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Scott O'Brien

SmoothJazz.com Review
I’m excited to share with you a new Smooth Jazz ensemble deserving of your immediate attention, and one that has added instant energy to this genre of music. Meet bassist Steve Jeffrey and drummer John Cardoso… together they’re East of West. Please also get to know their debut project CROSSING BORDERS – A totally engaging, top-drawer journey into a variety of contemporary jazz textures, spiced with Latin and infused with rock. You’ll hear nine outstanding Jeffrey/Cardoso originals that are, to use a baseball analogy, high heat with a couple of delightful change-ups (“View from My Window” and the brand new single, appropriately titled “Changes”) perfectly positioned in the album’s song order. Steve and Jeffrey, after working together for local Central California rock bands in the 80’s, went their separate ways. Steve to Boston, John to Los Angeles… until Steve started to lose his eyesight and called on John to help with his compositions. John’s arrival in Boston began the collaboration and inspired the name East of West, which also includes pianist Ron Pedley (Barry Manilow, Air Supply), sax man Andy Suzuki (David Benoit, Dave Brubeck, Chick Corea), and percussionist Bob Fernandez (Frank Zappa, Tito Puente, Dionne Warwick). The synergy on CROSSING BORDERS is brilliant and serves up a totally feel-good set of Smooth Jazz with a high-powered kick. I highly recommend the debut from East of West… the perfect album to welcome us into the joyful days of summer!

Nasser, Phoenix

great modern jazz
I love it, this kind of music is getting real popular in Canada and Europe, ... Great job, I recommend it to all musicians.

Nasser, Phoenix

great modern jazz
I love it, this kind of music is getting real popular in Canada and Europe, ... Great job, I recommend it to all musicians.

Francey Elliott

This music is so inspiring and put me in a happy mood.
I liked this music very much, it put me in a happy mood. Sometime within the next few weeks, I will purchase it, I'm sure. My hat goes off to the artists.

R'a'a'a'at Rich Hall

Crossing Borders and East of West is just the most excellent CD that I have hear
It's music is uplifting and is great to play in my new car. It is very positive music and I really like the syncopation and atypical rythms. Thanks for enriching my life with your music, I treasure it.


listen to it lots
we find this music relaxing and pleasurable. our friends are also enjoying it. we love and and are so happy we purchased it.


Listening to the talent on this CD is like listening to the best of the best. Ov
I mixed Steve and John's East of West with Ray Charles, Willie Nelson, Patrick Ki and B B King. Yes, quite a varity in styles. Yet, when Steve and John's music takes its turn in the mix, it is every bit as professional and entertaining as these world-renowned artists. Don't miss out on this one....

Marion Garbo Seltzer

Jazzy rock with many iPod-worthy tracks!
Crossing Borders' tracks are bass-driven without being bass-heavy. There's more complexity than you find in easy-listening music, with beat change-ups and creative chord choices, yet the effect is uplifting and appealing. Each track is distinct and there's good interplay between bass, keyboard, and sax. Crossing Borders is definitely worth buying and then downloading to your iPod for good musical company while you exercise, do daily chores, or dance around your living room in your sock feet.

Shawn Charlebois

A Modern Jazz Quest
Take a mind trip from the ordinary to a place where energy and determination invigorates the soul, redefines horizons, and reinitializes life itself.


Nice blend of Fusion and Smooth Jazz
What a great CD! On it, EoW blends the complexity and energy of fusion with the relaxing qualities of Smooooth Jazz. I wish that there was more from this band.
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