most successful album to date. It contains 3 top 15 hits from Billboard
Magazine including "A Day in Paris" which went to #5 and #3 on "The
Smooth Jazz Top 20" and Agua Do Brasil which is my first #1 charting
single in Billboard. As of this writing it is spending it's eleventh
month on a Billboard chart. Jazziz bestowed "Bleu Horizon's" a Top 10
album rating for 2013..
I started this album with the song A Day In
I had not heard a "groove jazz" single use a traditional Gypsy Jazz
combo and thought while being a novel idea it might fit the
"Contemporary Jazz" format. As I watched the song race up the charts
(#5 Billboard Magazine, #3 Smooth Jazz Top 20) I worked on the concept
for the full album. In the day of the down loadable single I decided on
going against the flow and create a concept album. In doing so I
decided on having an audio international travelogue with a
contemporary jazz flair. I wanted this to be a vehicle for my guitar
playing, composing and arranging skills. It is also meant to
and loose, I did not wish to be bound by traditional approaches. There
are five very short vignettes dispersed throughout the album
introducing some of the locations this album journeys to. These are
available on the the full album only. The main players on this album
"Outside In" is my 2nd album and featured
the hits "Nite Moves"
and "Ease Up" whch landed nationally at no.2 on Billboards Contemporary Jazz chart.
Craig's second album Outside In exposes his great potential as composer and jazz guitarist. The future will tell us which direction this artist will select. In any case an enormous inspiration for the smooth jazz world.
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"One magnificent introduction to an artist who shows here that working behind the scenes in such a prolific fashion and providing such quality productions and compositions might be fun and rewarding in their own right, but some lights just need to shine on their own when it's time. Craig Sharmat shows here why, for him, it's that time." -- Ronald Jackson The Smooth Ride
"Sharmat's affinity for gentle ballades finds its echo in the songs Perfect Life and Dad. Dad features Craig on acoustic guitar supported by a wonderful orchestral arrangement. With this heartfelt melody he articulates the great love to his father and closes the album with his own emotional approach." -Hans Bernd Hulsmann-Smooth Jazz Daily
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Craig Sharmat - So Cal Drivin (2009)
"Funky, upbeat, groovy, cool and hip smooth jazz album by guitarist Craig Sharmat which is not just suitable for cruising in LA - guests include Rick Braun, Greg Mathieson, Philippe Saisse, Andy Suzuki and others. A gem!"
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