PATRICK BRADLEY | Can You Hear Me | Patrick Bradley
AL CHESTNUT | Touch Me In A Special Way | AE Music Group/Rebel Hill/Warner Music Group
DUAL DRIVE | Memphis Project | Icehouse Records
MAGGIE HERRON | Good Thing | MaggieHerron.com
DAVID JONES | Beautiful Music | Independent
DIRK K | It's On | DIP Records
JASON SMITH | Flying Solo | Irie Records
KIM WATERS | Silver Soul | Red River Entertainment
DENNIS ANGEL On Track Timeless Grooves Records
Dennis Angel made a fateful choice after high school – study music at Julliard or pursue a law degree. He eventually became a well-respected entertainment attorney, but jazz found its way back in 2009, when he recorded “The Wall Street Recession Time Blues.” He made an impact with his multi-faceted, full-length debut TIMELESS GROOVES, and now he’s back, deep in the melodic and grooving pocket again with his latest, ON TRACK. The first single “Soul Strut,” produced by Jason Miles, is a playfully funky, swinging tune featuring Angel’s soulful flugelhorn surrounded by top Jazz veterans Kenny Barron (piano), Gottfried Stoger (sax) and the grooving rhythm section of James Genus (bass) and Edward J.T. Lewis (drums). Angel is ON TRACK to become a bona fide jazz star!
MARIEA ANTOINETTE No Strings Attached Independent
Who knew the magical sound of the harp could find a home on the funk side of the Jazz world? San Diego native Marie Antoinette’s repertoire includes Classical, Jazz and R&B, which she has showcased at Walt Disney Hall and of course out on the Jazz in Pink tour. Her debut single “Give Me Your Love” is a sensual, funky fresh re-imagining of the love song from Curtis Mayfield’s iconic Super Fly soundtrack. Keeping her spirited, melodic harp lines front and center, she creates a bold blend of old school with soul sensibilities, symphonic atmospheres and sizzling brass. “Give Me Your Love”… and more of it, please!
Veteran Hollywood session guitarist and contemporary jazz artist with three previous albums under his belt, Bennett B declares that it’s GROOVE TIME on his explosive fourth full length project. Produced by multi-Grammy winning artist Paul Brown, the ten track set has splashes of sizzling brass, a sprinkling of Blues, a lot of Funk and simmering old school keyboard textures. Guests include Greg Adams, and Ricky Lawson in one of his last recordings. The single “Tell Me About It” is mid tempo, in the pocket cool all the way – the perfect showcase for Bennett’s expressive electric guitar excitement. The title says it all – GROOVE TIME grooves!
DIANA BARASH A Miracle of Love Anaviv Music
On her sensual and soulful debut album A MIRACLE OF LOVE, well traveled Eastern European native Diana Barash caresses her spirited blend of moods, romance and inspiration with exotic percussion, soundscape textures and ethereal atmospheres. Drawing from world music as well as traditional genres like jazz, R&B and pop, the sensual singer creates dreamy journeys (on some tracks in collaboration with renowned jazz pianist and composer Sunnie Paxson) that seduce the listener with optimism as she sings of love, hope, empowerment and perseverance. The elegant, trumpet laced focal track “Save This World” can be enjoyed both as a vocal and instrumental.
SYLVIA BENNETT Best Love Songs Out of Sight Music
Love doesn’t get any better than this! Grammy-nominee, jazz chanteuse Sylvia Bennett captures the flirtation, the romance and the jazz on her brand new album BEST LOVE SONGS featuring 12 of the most amazing love songs ever written, including Burt Bacharach’s “Look Of Love,” the Sinatra classic “Fly Me To the Moon,” the Gershwins' “They Can’t Take That Away From Me,” and Cole Porter’s “Night and Day.” Ms. Bennett opens the Great American Songbook for her exciting new collection, and helps herself to a rich set list custom made for her exquisite voice and impeccable phrasing! BEST LOVE SONGS is Sylvia Bennett's sweetest assortment of classics yet!
BUTCH AND RHONDA COLEMAN Night Sketches Jeremee Records
The dynamic Baltimore based Smooth Jazz duo of Butch (bass) and Rhonda (vocals, keyboards) brings a dynamic resume to their delightfully poppy and soulful debut NIGHT SKETCHES. Their collective resume includes two decades of performances in the DC Metro area. In addition, Butch plays bass on several of pop singer Jessie J’s hit singles, while Rhonda has opened for Al Jarreau, Phyllis Hyman and The Blackbirds. Complementing the playful, horn-fired light funk instrumental tune “Malibu,” the Colemans are all about imparting lessons of love and romance on the vocal tunes - from the optimistic “Here I Go Again” through the exotic, Latin-flavored “Yellow Butterfly,” “Carry My Heart and “We Belong Together.”
An author as well as a prolific artist and composer, guitarist Dr. Dave has written a book in which he says, “Often music touches people in ways that words alone cannot.” Hot on the heels of his star studded 2013 collection “Love Potion,” he lets fans know that THE DOCTOR IS IN – in super-melodic, funky and slightly exotic and tropical ways – on his infectious, high energy new album. The lead single is an easy swinging cover of Stanley Turrentine’s jazzy version of the Marvin Gaye penned, “Don’t Mess With Mr. T,” a dynamic showcase for his crisp, hypnotic electric lines. He includes some older cuts with late sax great Hollis Gentry III, and also a horn-intensive twist on the Booker T. classic “Hip Hug-Her.” Make your appointment – The DOCTOR IS IN!
When word began trickling down that super-bassist and Fourplay founding member Nathan East was releasing his first solo recording in 2014, you could feel the music industry’s heartbeat begin to flutter! The excitement continues to mount as we await the release of NATHAN EAST, the A-List musician’s very first foray into recording as a solo artist. While it may be an individual endeavour, according to the affable East, “It’s a celebration of my musical friends and my musical experiences and influences over 30 years.” To know Nathan East is to love Nathan East. The magnetic musician has recruited a handful of friends to join him, who, like Nathan, are in a class of their own, including Bob James, Stevie Wonder, Michael McDonald, and Sara Bareilles. Nathan’s stars are definitely aligned, as he prepares for a new Eric Clapton tour, on the heels of the international hit “Get Lucky,” (featuring Nathan on bass) and his first single, “Daft Funk,” the feel-good tribute to the Grammy-winning, French hit makers, Daft Punk, is taking to the airwaves and the charts! Fasten your seat belts… this ride is gonna be amazing!
Running hard with Dave Koz's Grammy nominated Summer Horns project and subsequent summer tours, saxophonist Richard Elliot is back in his "Sweet Spot" – which also happens to be the title of one of the power tenor ballads on his can't miss latest solo recording, LIP SERVICE. Working in his familiar, easy, soul-jazz-funk zone, with producer Paul Brown, Elliot is in various degrees of seduction mode throughout, forgoing the jams and barnburners for different shades of sensuality – ranging from the silky mid tempo grooves of "City Lights" and easy thumping "All The Way" to the deeper slow dance candlelight of "Sookie Sookie" and engaging covers of hits from several generations of pop/soul: The Manhattans' "Shining Star," Brian McKnight's "Anytime" and Bruno Mars' "When I Was Your Man." LIP SERVICE seals the soul with a kiss!
LANCE ELLIS LanceEllis.com Landlord Records
He grew up learning from Ellis Marsalis, he marched in the Mardi Gras in school, he moonlighted on Bourbon Street and played on riverboats and he followed in the footsteps of the, great saxophonist Charles Miller. Meet Lance Ellis, a former New Orleans postal worker turned entrepreneur and entertainer. The charismatic performer has taken the innovative principles of jazz and applied them to his unique style of smooth music that is truly seductive and hypnotic. A timeless, sophisticated gumbo of jazz, Gospel-tinged R&B and soul… inspired by New Orleans but too big to stop there! LanceEllis.com is home to a catalog of cool music, including original Lance Ellis music on CD and DVD. Jazz just the way you like it, smooth and sexy, featuring saxophone and flute with renowned guests including Michael Ward, Gina Brown and Lee Oskar. Get inspired, get inspiring music at LanceEllis.com!
Euge Groove’s funky stage name has adapted itself well to the soulful, funky vibe of his recordings, including GOT 2 BE GROOVIN’, his third album to cleverly incorporate some form of the word “groove” in the title. The concept adapts itself to several of the new collection’s songs as well: the buoyant R&B/jazz jam (and first single) “Got To Be Groovin’ (Good God! Father!)” and the late night seduction, “Groovin’ Up Hip Street.” The multi-saxman also makes it a family affair with loving winks to his wife (“Miss Bane”) and daughter (“Hey Hey Lil’ Lilah Belle”). Euge’s guest list includes familiar names like Peter White and Paul Brown and surprise vocalists Elliot Yamin (wringing every ounce of soul from the 70s classic “Wildflower”) and Chanel Haynes from Trin-i-Tee 5:7 on the passionate closer “In Love With You.” If you’ve GOT 2 BE GROOVIN’, check out Euge’s latest!
However fans choose to label Incognito’s sound in a post Acid Jazz world, its feisty mix of Retro Soul, Brass, Funk and Jazz is a crowd-pleaser. UK groove master and founder Jean-Paul “Bluey” Maunick and company are on sensual, jamming overdrive on AMPLIFIED SOUL – an eclectic, brassed-up set that doubles as a 35th Anniversary celebration. These high-energy anthems are glorious showcases for an exciting mix of vocalists, including Imaani, Tony Momrelle, Vanessa Haynes and new band additions Katie Leone and 22-year-old Australian singer Chiara Hunter. The Incognito singers are joined by Carleen Anderson (The Brand New Heavies, Young Disciples) and Deborah Bond (Chaka Khan, Anita Baker, Sade). AMPLIFIED SOUL turns it up for a whole lot of funky summer fun!
JAREZ On Top Of The World Independent
Crave new music? Meet innovative Saxophonist Jarez and his Cali-cool hybrid blend of jazz, hip-hop and R&B; robust with style and confidence! His album ON TOP OF THE WORLD, takes his unique treatment of Smooth Jazz to the Echo Boomer generation, featuring his infectious new hit single, "Can't Let Go." Jarez says that his desire is to be the "Tiger Woods of jazz." As he puts it, “Tiger made an old man’s game exciting and real for kids. I want to do the same for jazz.” The 30-something is a busy entrepreneur, in addition to promoting his new release, he tours, performs and even cooks with iconic rapper Coolio! Discover jazz by Jarez and expand your world!
What happens when three of the most dynamic and innovative Urban Jazz greats join forces? In the case of keyboardist Jeff Lorber, guitarist Chuck Loeb and saxman Everette Harp, infectious melodies, in the pocket grooves and lots of spontaneous musical combustion – in short, Jazz Funk Soul. This powerhouse collection evolved from the trio touring together, which has led to a playful, freewheeling chemistry. Each of the ten originals allows for colorful solo passages that showcase their true jazz chops (or funk or soul as the case may be). From the frenetic sizzle of “Adrenaline” and the edgy funk of the first single “Serious Business” to the soulful romance of “Silent Partner,” this is a gem from start to finish. JAZZ FUNK SOUL lives up to its name – and then some!
With his crisp, snappy and often hypnotic electric lines, veteran guitarist Dirk K lets us know from the opening minute of the coolly percussive title track of his latest full length collection that IT’S ON. This mid-tempo delight, which features an exciting tonal and rhythmic shift midway through as the grooves ease into Trip-Hop, is at the core of an engaging set, full of fresh fun like you’ll hear on “Snap Jam” and “Toxic,” plus, silky original ballads and covers galore including “Holding Back The Years,” “That’s The Way of the World” and “Lovesong,” as well as the first ever Smooth Jazz re-imagining of “Funkytown.” Ah yeah… IT’S ON is an album you won’t want to turn off!
REZA KHAN Dreamwalker Painted Media
New from Bangladesh-born guitarist Reza Khan comes DREAMWALKER with his band Painted Diaries and featuring special guests keyboardist Philippe Saisse and saxophonist Andy Snitzer on Reza’s exciting new collection of global grooves! The title track is the project’s first single and we anticipate a tremendous traction at radio worldwide. The music is remarkably accessible… fans of Peter White and Ken Navarro, will love Reza Khan! Living in New York, Reza gathers his musical inspiration from his world travels as well collaborative efforts with renowned musicians. Chillaxed yet deep!
On his perfectly titled 5th solo album, THE SMOOTH FACTOR, Dee Lucas continues his soulful mastery of the soprano sax in the tradition of one of his heroes, the late George Howard, whom he recorded his debut album as a tribute to. Lucas’ evolving musical career is fascinating in that he didn’t pick up a horn until he was 28, then worked his way up as a sideman as well as a bandleader (of the ensemble Xpressions) before venturing out on his own. Highlights on THE SMOOTH FACTOR include the playful, funky title track and 1st single (mixing moody old school keys creating a soaring atmosphere behind his horn playing), the sensual vocal ballad “Stay” and the wistful, compelling mid-tempo ballad “The Smooth Ride.” Dee Lucas has the X Factor and it's all over THE SMOOTH FACTOR!
One of Smooth Jazz's most creative and explosive bassists, Chicago-based Michael Manson has put out some great studio discs – but nothing tops the wild abandon and all-out joy of his live performances. So it’s exciting that he’s giving us his unfiltered, hard groovin’ best on THUMPIN’ LIVE, a 16-track set CD/DVD of the multi-talented artist at his best. In addition to expansive romps through his popular tunes like “Outer Drive,” key tracks include the soulful, swaying “Just One Touch” and the brassy, heavy bottom way out rockin’ funk of “The Bottom Line,” fashioned as a tribute to his late hero George Duke, whom Manson first played with on Kirk Whalum’s “The Gospel According To Jazz” in 1997. Nobody does THUMPIN’ LIVE better than Manson!
KEITH MASON King Of The Most High Independent
Love, light, spirituality… all wrapped up with a beautiful, bottom heavy vibe! Meet bassist, Keith Mason who mixes his passion for music with the grace of a higher calling on his 3rd album release, KING OF THE MOST HIGH. A one-of-a-kind tapestry of Smooth Christian Jazz, soul and R&B. Music on a spiritual path from an artist who’s spent 35 years performing many musical genres which has honed his impeccable tone and masterful melodies, both showcased here along with beautiful bass solos. Keith lives and breaths his love of music and includes it in his Ministry of Music at Mount Olive Baptist Church in Virginia as well as performing with his own band N2N. The message on KING OF THE MOST HIGH is one of love, and love, no matter how you slice it, is always a positive thing!
KEN NAVARRO Ruby Lane Positive Music Records
Closing in on his 25th anniversary as a recording artist, guitarist Ken Navarro has long been one of Contemporary Jazz's most consistent and melodic hitmakers. But on the fascinating and compelling RUBY LANE - his 21st recording since 1990 - he also explores adventurous and unexpected new vibes, including hypnotic and percussive tunes such as "Westbound and Rolling," expansive and dramatic sounds such as "Kings and Queens" and even classical-influences like "When The Spirit Speaks," featuring the Scheinbar String Quartet. Creative covers of early Boz Scaggs and Stevie Wonder's infectious "Higher Ground" are also included. The title track is a hit, a buoyant anniversary gift to Ken's wife Kristin. A spirited, eclectic album offering an exciting glimpse of the artist and the genre's bright future!
NOBRESIL Original Independent
Driven by soulful, Bossa based rhythms, colorful and exotic instrumentation (by top Latin and Brazilian musicians) and the sensual voice and beautiful phrasing of multi-lingual lead vocalist Mari Nobre, Nobresil offers a unique, multi-cultural world jazz and Brazilian music vibe on their new album that lives up to its title: ORIGINAL. A partnership between Mari Nobre and her Grammy winning husband, bassist Leo Nobre, the group works magic with a mix of classic Brazilian tunes, infectious new compositions and fresh twists, such as on The Gershwins’ “Fascinating Rhythm” and the Oscar-winning ballad “Up Where We Belong.” The tunes are filled with passion, poetry and only real instrumentation! Nobresil (a play on the the artists’ name Nobre and Brasil) defies all rules! Part pop, part jazz, part World music, 100% ORIGINAL!
STEVE OLIVER Best Of so far SOM Entertainment, LLC
With his fascinating mix of melodic, acoustic guitar, driving grooves, soulful lead singing and infectious, seemingly extraterrestrial talents as a human drum and vocal soundscape master, Steve Oliver has, over the past 15 years, titled his albums after the uplifting vibes he’s created. Early on, he recorded POSITIVE ENERGY and RADIANT. Later, incorporating more of a universal consciousness and world rhythms, he released GLOBAL KISS and WORLD CITIZEN. BEST SO FAR is a spirited 15 track set featuring the multi-talented performer’s many infectious radio smashes (including two re-recorded from his 1999 debut FIRST VIEW) and two irresistible new tracks including the first single, "Calling You." BEST OF SO FAR is a great overview of one of the genre’s most unique creative geniuses!
The journey began 28 years ago when Russ Freeman formed the band that would become synonymous with contemporary jazz… a band that four-wheeled through a fusion of rock, world music, pop and jazz. A band that helped defined a genre, create a lifestyle and explore melody without vocals. Nearly three decades later, his band is showing no signs of slowing down; Russ Freeman continues to create soul stirring, driving music on the Rippingtons’ 20th album, FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH. This guitar-centric project features some of the coolest guitars in Freeman’s collection, including his 1960 Strat, 70’s Telecaster, Baglama (Turkish sitar-like instrument), Ukulele, among other vintage gear. The 10 new tunes will leave you delighted… from the energetic, opener, “Spice Route” to the pop/rock first single, “North Shore” to the chilled out finale, “Garden of the Gods,” it’s clear the band has discovered the secret to youthful longevity. Long live the Rippingtons!
PAOLO RUSTICHELLI Playa Blanca (Soul Italiano) Next Age Music
After hitting it big on the charts with his recent #1 hit "Med Groove," the Smooth Jazz hit maker, pioneer of synth music and originator of the Chillout explosion, takes us on another enchanted, pulsating, energetic journey this summer, on a white, sandy beach with "Playa Blanca" - A musical vacation to the beach of your dreams! From Paolo Rustichelli's forthcoming, masterpiece album SOUL ITALIANO, comes this exciting new single with a fresh, smooth energetic mix of saxophone riffs, Latin rhythms, Reggae and classic Paolo melodies and style! It's easy to predict that this new oustanding exploration of the Mediterrannean and his enchanted vibrating realms will be a summer sensation!
World-class bassist Tony Saunders plays bass like a wild-spirited, free-running, colorful Appaloosa. His soulful, low-end bass work is melodic, joyful and deep… like the Bay Area artist himself! This highly anticipated release features many originals including the album’s first single, the sophisticated and melodic “Sandy Shores of Monterey,” a smooth, sultry groove that I love beyond the obvious reasons (but I love it for the name as well :-). Special guests on APPALOOSA include Howard Hewitt, Santana's Tony Lindsay, Sakai, Tower of Power’s Tom Politzer and Bill Champlin singing the title track, a Gino Vannelli penned tune. Tony's career began at 5 years old, as it would in the house of his father, the beloved, late Merl Saunders (Rainforest Band, Jerry Garcia). This is why he runs deep! The project is love-inspired, love-themed and will set your spirit free!
RICHARD SMITH Tangos Chillharmonic Music
It’s been some 5 years since the The L.A. Chillharmonic project, the last recording from one of the coolest guitarists in Contemporary Jazz. By no means does that mean he’s been idle. The tenured music professor at the University of Southern California lives abroad 3 months every year; in 2012 and 2013 he traveled to 11 countries performing music from his previous 13 releases and collaborated with a group of international all-stars on the creation of TANGOS, the deepest, most engaging release of his career. The globally connected musical innovator was inspired by his travels to explore the intensity of the music and the dance. He brings his West coast, flirtatious, chill vibe to one of the most romantic, fiery music forms. On TANGOS the passion of the Tango meets the cool of Smooth, featuring Smith on a variety of stringed instruments in luscious orchestrations with fashionable loop mixes and effects. Get ready for this new Richard Smith groove… fresh, soulful, global!
WALDINO Morning Nouveau WaldinoMusic.com
Fresh, uncomplicated, shimmering… MORNING NOUVEAU showcases the chillout craftsman in a sweet, positive light! Songs like “Morning Nouveau,” “High On Love” and “Thinking of You,” bring out the jazzier musings from the prolific songwriter and make for a collection of hopeful and inspiring tracks. The Waldino electro-retro sound is very much evident on MORNING NOUVEAU and lets the sun shine in brightly on the 10 new originals! Walter Liskiewicz aka Waldino, brushes with spacious and sincere strokes and relaxed colors here. Always eager to get a new album from the master of tranquilo, MORNING NOUVEAU delivers gentle, inspired songs, each a mini movie soundtrack in its own right. You know how it is at first light, the day is innocent and vulnerable… such is the essence on this latest offering from the wizard of wonder… Waldino!
While saxophonist Mindi Abair has had her share of smooth hits, her live shows reveal that she’s a rocker at heart – and these past few years, she’s proven it by touring with Aerosmith and playing a benefit with Bruce Springsteen. While not fully abandoning her infectious melodic pop, on WILD HEART she amps up the power and plays with explosive abandon. Alternately keeping her identifiable horn and dreamy lead vocals front and center, she ups her game big time with a dream guest list of top artists who have inspired her: Trombone Shorty, Gregg Allman, Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry, Booker T. Jones, Keb’ Mo’, Max Weinberg, renowned session guitarist Waddy Wachtel and others. WILD HEART allows one of the genre’s favorite artists to go wild!
Still touring as part of the Grammy nominated Dave Koz & Friends Summer Horns project, Gerald Albright’s first solo set in four years delivers on the promise of its namem big time. In addition to featuring covers of classics by Phil Collins and James Brown, a heartfelt tribute to George Duke and guest appearances by Peabo Bryson and daughter Selina Albright, SLAM DUNK is directly influenced by the classic R&B the saxophonist grew up with. A versatile multi-instrumentalist, Albright complements his trademark alto sax with more prominent spotlights for his skills on bass, flute and tenor, baritone and soprano sax. You don’t need to be a basketball fan to appreciate this sonic sure thing... a SLAM DUNK indeed!
ASTROMETRIC STAR The Road Home Distant Sounds Records
To boldly go where 18 musicians dare to go... Astrometric Star's THE ROAD HOME, a musically intelligent ride that travels adeptly through contemporary jazz, pop, rock and R&B on this new collection of cleverly arranged tunes contributed to by L.A.'s top musicians… Astrometric Star's THE ROAD HOME, an instrumental album created by arranger and producer Lee Gianangelo celebrates both original compositions and outstanding covers including a mini tribute to Steely Dan with five of their titles woven into this release. Smooth Jazz fans will delight with the album's first single, "Valdez In the Country," as well as "Rosalinda" and a grooving' cover of "Low Rider," plus much more. THE ROAD HOME is a cool, diverse musical offering, with an emphasis on dynamic treatments and arrangements!
THE AULT SISTERS Timeless Independent
Toronto based siblings Amanda (23), Alicia (21) and Alanna Ault (19) have grown up applying their glorious vocal harmonies to everything from holiday music to pop and rock. On TIMELESS, they swing playfully into a seductive, cool retro Jazz vibe that brings to mind everyone from The Andrews Sisters to Wilson Phillips, while allowing them to put their own stamp on a mix of classics ("The Boy From New York City," "Moondance," "River") and a few originals. The very talented Ault Sisters are in perfect harmony throughout the very compelling TIMELESS!
A truly revered saxophonist… Tom Braxton is highly respected by both the world-class artists he performs with and the fans that watch him play! With a tone that is rich and distinctive, there’s no wonder why this star player commands attention. Tom’s highly anticipated 8th solo release, THE NEXT CHAPTER, is a feel-good, body movin’, soulfully positive collection of tunes, featuring Grammy winners Bob James, Ricky Lawson, Earl Klugh, along with one of Smooth Jazz’s most beloved guitarists, Peter White! In addition to outstanding, original compositions, you’ll find sweet covers of favorites including the OJay’s “I Love Music,” and the Spinner’s “I’ll Be Around;” tunes that bring to mind the fun vibe of the late Wayman Tisdale, whom Braxton supported as Musical Director for 17 years. In addition to his own band, you can occasionally enjoy him with Earl Klugh and Keiko Matsui. Brimming with good vibes, Tom Braxton’s THE NEXT CHAPTER is a guaranteed chart topper!
BROTHER JAY Driven By Angels BrotherJayjazz.com
Can’t imagine a better thing to be inspired by… the divine and uplifting! Jazzman, Brother Jay composes smooth, melodic songs inspired by angels. He calls his unique blend of jazz, “Inspirational Jazz.” I call his music soulfully connected… Jay is a musician who calls on a higher power to guide him through life, love and songwriting. You can feel the love when you listen… and feel it you will on his exceptional new album DRIVEN BY ANGELS. Delightfully positive new songs featuring Brother Jay’s elegant keyboard playing along with feel-good percussion and undeniably, hooky melodies! Songs like “Steppin’ On Air,” “Talk To Me,” “Slow Ride In Slow Motion” and “Rain On Me” make DRIVEN BY ANGELS one of the best recordings yet from the man with the heart of gold… Brother Jay!
The two-time Grammy winning guitarist has produced over 60 #1s for other artists, but, truth be told, none of that success behind the boards can shadow his powerhouse solo artistry. Brown showcases his mastery of catchy melodies and smooth Funk grooves, with cool atmospheres and occasional sizzling horn accents adding harmony pizzazz to electric guitar melodies that are rooted in Jazz but steeped in heartfelt Blues. He's got a killer guest list of top saxmen, with Najee, Dave Koz, Richard Elliot, Euge Groove and Darren Rahn. Though the rousing brass funk driven "Take It From Me" is the first single, the heart and soul cuts are "Love N Trust" (a duet with singer Wendy Moten) and "Purple Shoes," the closing jam with Larry Carlton. TRUTH B TOLD, you’re going to love this album!
PHIL CASAGRANDE Groovin' Independent
Get ready for a fresh, contemporary jazz spin on a pop classic from New York producer, composer and keyboardist, Phil Casagrande on the 1967 #1 hit by the Young Rascals, “Groovin’.” Phil captures the sweet memories of this carefree song and delivers a smooth, ‘Sunday afternoon’ groove on his rendition! The accomplished artist has a rich history in jazz, has recorded for Atlantic Records and landed his first Billboard charted song by the age of 25! This new, jazz-infused single, is the first of many to come from his next exciting, full length album, GROOVIN’ due out this year… Life will be ecstacy!
This fresh, new song is from one half of the Philly singing and songwriting duo The Chestnut Brothers, Al Chestnut! The brothers have entertained all over the world and have recorded with some of the biggest starts on the planet including Grover Washington, Jr, Luther Vandross, Harry Connick, Jr and many more. “You Touch Me In Special Way” is the lead single from a soon-to-be-released EP from Al Chestnut and the tune has it’s own special way of soulfully moving and grooving straight into your heart and quickly down to your toes! Once you hear it, you’ll have the hook and you won’t want it out of your head! This is what we like to call a bona fide hit! Can’t wait to hear more!
DEAN Journeyman Independent
Always delighted to receive new music from this UK multi-instrumentalist and recording artist. Also a visual artist, Dean is known for infusing emotion, poetry and his lifelong musical influences ranging from rock, funk, soul, Latin and jazz, into his albums. He says of his latest, JOURNEYMAN, that it represents more than any other of his releases, the inspiring impact of these influences. With more of a live band vibe, but still an outside of the box landscape, Dean plays with bold, brass textures (horns) and lush strings with infectious rhythms and grooves. Stand out track for us, is the plush pop vocal, "King Of the World." It’s all here on JOURNEYMAN, cool vocals with poignant lyrics as well as stirring instrumentals on another wonderful album of musical song journeys.
TIM DEHUFF Big Water Little Boat Independent
New York area guitarist extraordinaire, Tim DeHuff shines brightly on his impressive album debut, BIG WATER LITTLE BOAT. It's truly amazing that this world class musician is just releasing a solo recording given the long list of artists he's supported over the years including The Main Ingredient, Larry Coryell, John Klemmer, David Benoit, Lee Ritenour, George Duke and many more. This stunning project features original tunes offering a variety of musical styles ranging from contemporary jazz, funk, and rock to Latin and Reggae, all showcasing Tim’s polished, yet edgy guitar solos, guaranteeing an exciting listening experience. Get ready to have your boat rocked!
DUAL DRIVE Memphis Project Icehouse Records
The only thing deeper than the south is the roots of soul music and this new project captures the heart, funk and soul of the city that is often referred to as the birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll, Memphis, Tennessee! Dual Drive is comprised of two veteran Memphis musicians, guitarist Garry Goin and saxophonist Patrick Register! THE MEMPHIS PROJECT, is sizzling hot and features these two dynamic players paying tribute to the city’s legends including Al Green, Otis Reading, Sam & Dave, Elvis, Booker T & The MGs, whom by the way penned the recording’s first single, “Green Onions,” and many more! This is one most muscular, revved up, recordings we’ve ever had land on our airwaves… Power over to Dual Drive and do be sure to fasten your seatbelt!
There’s a big CHANGE COMING in Mark Etheredge’s life – and if the eclectic coolness of his debut album as a singer/songwriter and pianist is any indication, it’s going to involve much deserved adult contemporary stardom. In addition to playing the kind of refined soul/pop that legends like Steely Dan, Boz Scaggs and Bobby Caldwell did in their heydays, the multi-talented, Los Angeles based artist beautifully balances marvelously sly humor and colorful storytelling with heartfelt romantic expressions.
THE GRAY Feat LAURENT CAILLAT On The Rocks - EP Independent
Fading into The Gray will lead you into a sexy world of sweet sensuality; fashionable beats, stimulating lyrics and sultry vocals. Meet Laurent Caillat, the driving force behind this music project. Born to a Haitian mother and Swiss father, the multi-cultural NYC-based singer, songwriter, producer, actor, dancer, DJ and model keeps extraordinarily busy with all of the above, including shooting a new TV comedy series directed by Mark Farrell (Curb Your Enthusiasm). The Gray feat Laurent Caillat delivers an appetizing collection of songs on the EP, ON THE ROCKS, a provocative, irresistible, love-drenched soundtrack for modern times featuring Laurent’s alluring vocals and compelling lyrics. Straight up, ON THE ROCKS delivers emotive, sonic seduction in 5 amazing songs!
A well-traveled saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist, Mike Hamilton has appeared and toured with a wide range of artists, including James Brown, Ne-Yo, Jonathan Butler, Phil Perry and the late Ronny Jordan. His infectious new single truly lives up to its fun-filled name. Featuring sultry vocals by Koreena Lunares, it’s a melodic, high energy and funky romp that makes the perfect summer driving soundtrack. Stamp your “Passport To Joy” today!
VINCENT IOIA No Time Like Now Independent
An emotional odyssey lies behind the launching of saxophonist Vincent Ioia’s (pronounced "ee-yoy-ya") recording adventure! His world-class release, NO TIME LIKE NOW, comes on the heels of a 30-year career as an IT professional and successful Chief Information Officer for a major Wall Street investment company! Heart warming story… a young musician opted out of his music career to earn a living for his family; later revisiting his first love (music) after tragedy struck, losing his wife to cancer. Literally inspired by David Sanborn, NO TIME LIKE NOW showcases power and passion. You'll hear it in Vincent’s explosive playing! From the horn-driven, title track featuring Rippingtons’ keyboardist Bill Heller to the rest of the album, with songs penned by co-producer Ricky Peterson as well as Heller, featuring A-Listers, guitarist Gerey Johnson, bassist Paul Peterson and percussionist Petar Janjic.
DAVID JONES Beautiful Music Independent
Emerging from Alabama’s Gulf Coast like an exciting and electric force of musical nature, multi-talented composer, trumpeter and vocalist David Jones calls his brand of Smooth Jazz, “Soul Jazz” and titles it BEAUTIFUL MUSIC! There’s so much more here than that title implies. With the help of guitarist Eric Essix, Jones gets the party off to a soulful, funk-drenched start, having his trumpet declare on his radio hit, “Let The Players Play.” He and Essix keep the rock/soul hoppin’ on “Glory Be.” Jones includes lovely vocals and trumpet ballads and even an explosive Gospel tune. It’s BEAUTIFUL MUSIC for fans with expansive tastes!
Terje Lie (pronounced "Terry Lee") knows a good team when he's got one. Collaborating on the second project in a row with the writing and production team of keyboardist Jeff Lorber and Yellowjackets' bassist Jimmy Haslip, the Norwegian born, Los Angeles based saxophonist stirs up the perfect high energy blend of pop, R&B and jazz fusion here. Stocked with playful, solid grooves like the funky opener "Storm Skies" and the first single "You Know," which are both hooky and melodic, you should also know that this album is a classic "player's album" where inventive improvisation and explosive jamming reign throughout. Lie saves the most unpredictable ride for last, blowing hard with his cohorts amidst the explosive rock energy of guest guitarist Michael Landau as they navigate the wild "Jungle." Lots of BRIGHT MOMENTS to enjoy throughout! Bold moves for Terje Lie, we expect big things from this talent!
ROBERT MILLER Twenty Cakewalk Records
Acclaimed bassist/composer Robert Miller, who launched his career playing fusion in Boston in the 1970s, has been busy these past two decades with his bands The Robert Miller Group and Project Grand Slam, playing soulful, high energy contemporary jazz with an equal mix of urban funk and fiery rock elements—with the occasional lush ballad thrown in for dreamy pleasure. After a hiatus, we're happy to report that Project Grand Slam is reassembled and performing again! TWENTY is a fun-filled, retrospective romp with 16 original Robert Miller tunes, including the exciting, brassy single "Catch You Later." So good, you'll wish there were 20 tracks on TWENTY!
Composer, singer, pianist, poet Jeanne Newhall is what I call an expansive artist; her sound is not easily confined to one genre. Rather her organic music style is inclusive of much... such as love, jazz, folk, intelligence, soul, blues, spirituality, humor, yoga, earth, sea and SKY. This new recording, some 10 years in the making, features 10 originals and a casual-cool cover of Bob Dylan's "If Not For You." The project also features the artful bass work of the great Abraham Laboriel as well as Walter Rodriquez on percussion and drums, and Japanese guitarist Kazunori Koga. The album is called SKY for reasons that only Jeanne Newhall knows, but to me, it's because it features music that is elevated… songs with meaning, delivered with an intelligent musical sensibility, like jazz. These songs will attach themselves to your heart and work their way skyward to your thoughts, where they will linger.
FABIANA PASSONI Let Your Love Rise Independent
In 2012, Fabiana Passoni received a unique designation that affirmed the impact of her sultry mix of Jazz Fusion, Bossa Nova, Baiao and Samba on American audiences. She was chosen by the Brazilian International Press Awards Colegio Electoral as Best Brazilian Female Singer Living in the U.S. Her cool, sensual vocals are showcased beautifully on her graceful and rhythmic new single “Let Your Love Rise,” one of three vibrant tracks on her latest EP of the same name. She also puts her sweet, distinctive vocal stamp on a lush cover of Carole King’s classic “Jazzman,” and a cool Bossa version of James Brown’s “I Feel Good.” Fabiana is Fab!
Ooh la la! From the soon-to-be-released album LET'S HAVE SAX comes a sexy new tune that spills over with scintillating jazz, infused with chill and neo soul... Steve Reason's "French Love"! The saxophonist, singer, songwriter, producer, performer has our full attention! "French Love" comes in two flavors, a St. Tropez-tinged version with sultry vocals and smooth rap featuring guests Ja'Rae and Stack$, as well as a mostly instrumental version for clear-air flying with pure unadulterated saxophone. If this is how Steve's gonna bring it with the first single, we are preparing for the rest!
While she was a Registered Nurse, Iranian born, Toronto-based singer Roxanna discovered the healing power of music very literally when she sang for her very ill patients. Medicine’s loss is Smooth Jazz’s gain, as the multi-talented artist shares a blend of powerhouse emotional ballads and sensual Latin-flavored gems on her perfectly titled debut EXOTICA, featuring some of the world's greatest musicians and Flamenco performers! Her first single is a lush and sensuous, string enhanced mid-tempo twist on Lionel Richie’s classic of longing, “Hello.” Let Roxanna charm and seduce you with EXOTICA.
The next generation of Smooth Jazz has a visionary… welcome to the inspired world of saxophonist Sam Rucker and his soulful and passionate new album TELL YOU SOMETHING! This unique blend of Jazz, Soul, Gospel and Hip Hop, is collaboration with sax star, Euge Groove and features special guests Norman Connors, Bobby Lyle, Tom Brown and Alyson Williams. Nearly three years in the making, every song is moving with nonstop, positive energy and rich production. The single, “Be True 2 Who U R” will surely be the first of many songs from this album to hit the airwaves! The saxman who’s played with Smooth Jazz stars such as Peter White, Ronnie Laws and Phil Perry is telling you something, we highly recommend that you listen!
JIM SAMUEL NOW Independent
Composer/pianist Jim Samuel offers a compelling variety of textures and tempos on his latest release, NOW, featuring a stellar collection of originals, augmented by two sterling covers… namely the iconic “Mr. Magic,” featuring Gerald Albright’s brilliant sax work, and the Norah Jones hit, “Don’t Know Why.” Of the originals, I’m particularly drawn to the lovely “Serena,” featuring talented guitarist Rob Tardik, and the bittersweet “Now That You’re Gone,” featuring trumpet/flugelhorn master Tony Neenan. NOW just might be Mr. Samuel’s best release yet. Expect to see this one spending a lot of time at the top of the charts in 2014!
ROBERT SANAE Indigo Blue - The Crater Creek Project Platinum Strive Music Group LLC
It’s all about timing… and for musician, composer, producer and multi-instrumentatlist Robert Sanae, his time has come! The Dayton native and former member of Zapp feat Roger Troutman, is the son of percussionist Robert Jones Kuumba, one of the original members of The Ohio Players. On his 2nd release, INDIGO BLUE : THE CRATER CREEK PROJECT, Sanae offers some of the tastiest, new Smooth Jazz, Pop and Neo Soul we’ve come across this year! Songs flow sweetly like honey... so accessible and catchy, with trumpet playing that embodies the classic vibe of Mangione and the hipness of Braun, a dream come true for radio! Many stand out tracks here, including “Time Machine,” featuring vocalist Justin Sanderson, and other than a special guest appearance by Bob Baldwin, Sanae performs all of the music on the album! The time is right for the world to discover this talented artist!
The New York native, now South Florida based trumpeter has performed professionally since the age of 17, his original music is reminiscent and influenced by artists including Jeff Lorber, George Duke, Steely Dan and even Stevie Wonder. Fans have been eagerly awaiting for a follow up to his debut “Milky Way Soul,” and our patience has been rewarded with a killer collection of original grooves and Smooth Jazz. HARD WATER, is a bright and melodic, easy grooving mix of retro and contemporary sounds. From the energetic and supercharged, “Monster Woman,” to the easy flowing, cool romance of “Who We Were.” Critically acclaimed saxophonist Eric Marienthal guests on the project. Jonathan Sigel’s HARD WATER promises to quench your thirst for inspiring new music from inspired artists!
THUMPER & GENERATION ONE One United 4 Love Entertainment
A wildly versatile one-man-band and creative Renaissance man (singer, songwriter, producer actor, model) from Omaha, Nebraska. Meet Thumper & Generation One... urban jazz fans will be swaying to the electric guitar and vocal driven slow jam of the Johnny Gill classic “My My My.” But don’t get too chilled, Thumper's got a lot more up his sleeve on this eclectic 14 track collection of multiple moods – including New Age (the opener, “Song of the Universe”), blistering Rock/Soul (“It’s Time”), funky Synth-Jazz (“In The Zone”) and Techno-Rock-Gospel (“The Saints Jam”). Thumper’s ONE is one cool and wild ride!
TONY TRAVALINI Renaissance Man Independent
A onetime Motown artist and songwriter returning to the groove after a few decades away, Tony Travalini forges a fresh, multi-faceted vibe and a wealth of sonic possibilities via his Roland GR-20 Guitar Synthesizer. On his dynamic, genre-defying debut RENAISSANCE MAN he uses this incredible electronic "axe" to create sweeping atmospheres, exotic chants, pan flutes, saxophone, trumpet, horn sections, crisp electric and acoustic guitar sounds - and a lot of unexpected sonic textures along the way. His latest single, "Give A Little Of Your Love," is a fun, Latin-tinged jam featuring Travalini's jazzy lead electric guitar, rich percussive textures and mojito-inspiring vocal play. Great to have such a wonderful talent among the Smooth Jazz ranks!