With successful outings at premiere jazz festivals including Berks, Penn's Landing, Seabreeze, Capital Jazz, Newport Beach, Norfolk and Catalina Island Jazztrax, plus a Billboard Top 10 hit single 'Let It Ride' in 2014, Generation neXt featuring Nicholas Cole, Lin Rountree & Lebron continues to usher in a new dimension of smooth jazz/R&B grooves with style and flair.
22-year old keyboard phenom Nicholas Cole displays the technical proficiency and artistic vision of those twice his age. Cole’s 3rd release ‘Night Sessions' is the follow up to 2012's #1 Billboard hit release 'Endless Possibilities'. Featuring guest appearances from label mate Julian Vaughn and saxman Steve Cole, 'Night Sessions' is an exploration into all that makes Cole tick, artfully colored with the flavors and styles that have influenced his sound. Nicholas has become an in-demand producer and collaborator, working with Ben Tankard, Brian Simpson, Nick Colionne, Willie Bradley and Julian Vaughn among others.
A leader in Soul-jazz and R&B, Detroit trumpet master Lin Rountree returns with his 5th studio CD 'Soulfunky'. This follow up to 2013's 'Serendipitous' takes you on a journey that will have your head boppin' and body rockin'. The release features the hit 'Amplified' and appearances by Julian Vaughn, Nils, Mike Phillips, Lebron and Nate Harasim. With 10 Billboard chart-topping singles, Lin was showcased in the 2012 Whitney Houston film, ‘Sparkle’, and has performed with icons including the late George Duke, Marcus Miller, Tim Bowman and Kem.
Phoenix saxophonist Lebron's debut record, 'Shades', first took the world by storm in 2013. In a sea of sax players, it stood out as one of the top releases of the year, yielding 3 top 10 Billboard radio singles. 'Groove City' featured Paul Brown's impeccable guitar work, peaked in the top 3 and was named in the top 20 Contemporary Jazz songs of the year by Billboard Magazine“. Citing powerhouse talents including Gerald Albright, Nelson Rangell, Phil Perry, Grover Washington, Jr. and Brian McKnight, all of whom influenced his phrasing, expression and solos, Lebron's says "it's not just about playing a bunch of notes as fast I can, it’s about the sound.” Lebron's 2015 release, ‘New Era’, includes the hit 'Red Hook'.
Combining for over 15 chart-topping singles, these world class musicians and rising stars from Trippin 'N' Rhythm Records/Cutmore Entertainment are at the cutting edge of contemporary jazz with R&B/soul influences.