PAUL BROWN | One Way Back | Woodward Avenue Records
DAVID CORREA | New Moon | Baja/TSR Records
ALESSANDRO DANELLO | Shine | Weberworks
PHILLIP DOC MARTIN | Pocket Love | Innervision Records
RICHARD ELLIOT | Summer Madness | Heads Up
GRAINGER | The Phase III EP | GBM Records
TONY LINDSAY | Tony Lindsay | Next Move Entertainment - Canada/Lindseed Music
DENNIS NELSON | Full Nelson | 1030 International Records
STEVE OLIVER | Pictures & Frames | SOM Entertainment, LLC
PEET PROJECT | River Cruise | Beagle Beat Records
WILL SUMNER | Endless Sumner | willsumner.com
PAUL TAYLOR | Countdown | Peak Records/eOne Music
VERTICE WILLIAMS | All Good | V-Records
Since his debut album in the mid 1990's CLASSICAL SOUL, guitarist, composer, producer Marc Antoine has been a creating one tour de force after the next. His latest, LAGUNA BEACH features Antoine's signature nylon string sound on melodies that are wonderfully embraceable. The classically trained Parisian guitarist has returned to Southern California after a 12-year residency in Madrid, Spain with his wife and son, hence the title of his exciting new collection of songs is in celebration of his return. As vivid and relaxed as a day on Laguna Beach, the recording features loads of special guests and world class talent including fellow So Cal neighbors, Rick Braun, Paul Brown, and Philippe Saisse. Put this one on and fill a glass with your favorite beverage!
The perfect follow-up to his 2014 hit album GROOVE TIME, guitarist Bennett B’s MIDNIGHT PASSION – which includes a high energy, party-vocal version of his hit radio single “Get On Up!” - is driven by smooth, sexy grooves designed to take the heart and soul deeper into the night. Produced by the veteran Hollywood session guitarist and Grammy-winning genre hitmaker Paul Brown, Bennett’s high energy blues, brass, funk and exotica filled set features exciting guest appearances by vocal trio DW3, percussion great Lenny Castro and drummer Joel Taylor, with dynamic horn arrangements by Lee Thornburg. You don’t have to wait all day to experience the full-on magic of MIDNIGHT PASSION!
SYLVIA BENNETT It's All About Love Out of Sight Music
Sylvia Bennett’s first all original, contemporary jazz album, IT’S ALL ABOUT LOVE, is finally available. Featuring the Grammy-nominated singer in an entirely new sonic atmosphere, one that plays on her sensual side and taps into her 24/7, deeply held belief that love is the answer as well as the question. The project has produced two hits before it’s release date and the 3rd single, the title track, “It’s All About Love,” is no doubt going to be another runaway radio smash as well with it’s smooth, ethereal groove featuring the high studio standards of producer/songwriter Hal S. Batt (Shakira, Julio Iglesias) and the gorgeous layering of voice with a sweet, seductive musical ambiance. The Miami song machine is in her creative prime and is redefining the business of music, with no intentions of stopping anytime soon!
PATRICK BRADLEY Can You Hear Me Patrick Bradley
When you hear the bluesy organ solo on “All In,” the easy flowing opening track of keyboardist/composer Patrick Bradley’s CAN YOU HEAR ME, and the wild Moog synth solo on the high octane “North of Evermore,” you might just think they’re being played by the project’s legendary producer Jeff Lorber. That’s how exciting and innovative Bradley is as a player! Though he enlists the help of all-star friends like Rick Braun, Dave Koz, Jimmy Haslip and Eric Marienthal, Bradley shines on both the main melodies and sparkling solos on a set that’s rocking, funkified and at times profoundly spiritual. CAN YOU HEAR ME? That would be a resounding YES!
DAVE BRADSHAW JR. Set Me Free MOKU Records
After playfully teasing Smooth Jazz Fans for a year with three lively and infectious lead singles, Dave Bradshaw, Jr. delivers soulful, in the pocket melodic and groove perfection on his long awaited full length album that truly lives up to its name, SET ME FREE. The multi-talented composer and keyboardist lets loose on a freewheeling set that includes rich elements of retro soul-jazz with flavors of Latin music. The collection also marks an extraordinary new partnership with saxophonist/producer Darren Rahn. Rahn not only takes Bradshaw’s core vibe to a deeper sonic level, he also whips out his hard driving sax to create a dynamic synergy with Bradshaw’s piano and keyboards. Tired of listening to the same ol', same ol'? Let Dave Bradshaw Jr. SET YOU FREE!
BROTHER 2 BROTHER f. Carter Carter Can I Take You There Grandiora Records
Move over, Philly! Siblings Winston and Charles (Chaz) Carter – collectively known as BROTHER 2 BROTHER featuring Carter Carter - are declaring their hometown of Pittsburgh the official city of Brotherly Jazz. The electric guitar and drummer duo backs their boldness with a list of prime opening gigs (Cameo, Bobby Brown, Angela Bofill, Parliament Funkadelic) and a tight, melodic, in the pocket debut CAN I TAKE YOU THERE. Helmed by producer Chuck Cymone – who has done projects with Chris Standring, Eric Darius, Peter White, Gerald Albright and Richard Elliot – the song set spotlights the Carter’s prowess on their respective instruments and creates an inviting, sonically expansive world full of sultry contemporary jazz and R&B. When BROTHER 2 BROTHER asks, CAN I TAKE YOU THERE, you’re gonna say yes!
After two Grammys, producing over 60 #1 Smooth Jazz chart smashes for himself and many genre superstars and multiple hit solo albums, composer Paul Brown continues to explore fresh, new territory beyond his pocket grooves and slick core melodies. His eclectic third Woodward Avenue Records collection ONE WAY BACK, includes a powerhouse reworking of a Crusaders classic, a Memphis blues jam (with soul singer Don Bryant), Brown’s most soulful blues vocal ever and explosive collaborations with Darren Rahn and fellow guitarists Peter White, Chris Standring, Marc Antoine and Chuck Loeb. ONE WAY BACK is the perfect way to get your day moving forward!
VANN BURCHFIELD Let's Get Started Self-Released
Before he released his sparklingly exotic, Brazilian themed 2015 debut RYTHMS OF RIO last year, Birmingham based saxophonist Vann Burchfield was perhaps best known in jazz circles for setting a new Guinness world record for circular breathing (besting Kenny G). Now that the award-winning, multi-instrumentalist is in the mix of top indie Smooth Jazz artists, there’s no stopping his smooth, sexy, silk-funk fired musical flow. His new collection LET’S GET STARTED features a handful of lush and lighthearted melodic originals amidst a batch of cleverly seductive, easy grooving re-imaginings of classic 80s pop/soul hits. Want to hear what it sounds like when a masterful player is on the rise? LET’S GET STARTED!
Closing in on three decades of creating silky and sublime R&B/jazz vocals, Will Downing reminds us why he’s long been known as "The Prince of Sophisticated Soul." On BLACK PEARLS, his first full length album in six years, the veteran baritone gives it up for the ladies, paying loving homage to his (and our) all-time favorite soul divas with gently nuanced, lushly produced and arranged re-imaginings of classics and amazing though lesser known tunes by Chaka Khan, Phyllis Hyman, Randy Crawford, Deniece Williams, Angela Winbush, Jean Carne and Cherrelle. Complementing the inviting perfection of one of the greatest voices of our time are cool guest spots by Najee and Kirk Whalum, among others. Downing makes these musical BLACK PEARLS shine like never before!
CAROL DUBOC Open The Curtains Gold Note Music, Inc.
After several solid collaborations with Jeff Lorber, Carol Duboc makes a monumental shift on her infectious and eclectic new album Open The Curtains. Embracing an emphatic “Girl Power” aesthetic, the sexy and soulful singer/songwriter surrounds herself with a star studded lineup of female jazz, rock and R&B musicians, including Mindi Abair, Sheila E, Patrice Rushen, guitarists Bibi McGill and Jennifer Batten, drummer Queen Cora Coleman, bassist Rhonda Smith and trombonist/singer Aubrey Logan. Duboc’s mix of blues, soul, pop and funk influenced tunes includes seven emotionally hard-hitting originals (including the title track, which features vocals by her nine year old daughter) and classics made famous by her heroes Rushen, Nina Simone and Peggy Lee. OPEN THE CURTAINS to experience Carol Duboc like never before!
Even if you weren’t lucky enough to grow up in the 1970’s you are still sure to appreciate the cool concept of Richard Elliot’s newest album, SUMMER MADNESS… A total, free form celebration of the roots of R&B and funk. Kids of the 70’s weren’t encumbered by gadgets, although we were dreaming them up, we didn’t have many distractions (television offered 3 networks) so summer days would seem to last forever and as the title implies, they would lend themselves to fun, folly, and foolishness that we live to tell! Music was genuine, richly layered with horns and soul and raw emotion. That’s what you’ll find on SUMMER MADNESS, an authentic throw back project enveloped in today’s production richness. Elliot and his handpicked musical cast, including trumpeter Rick Braun (album producer) created a recording environment that opened the creative channels in the studio with impromptu jams, and writing and arranging as a collective, resulting in 7 originals and 3 classics, including Spyro Gyra’s “Cachaca.” Set your listening device to ‘Boss’ and feel the freedom!
JONATHAN FRITZÉN Fritzenized Nordic Night Records
We’ve been FRITZENIZED here at SmoothJazz.com since 2008 when we debuted the charismatic composer’s first album LOVE BIRDS! Exposure to Jonathan Fritzén’s lush and sexy melodies as well as his addictive rhythms is all one needs to become FRITZENIZED! The Swedish keyboardist who grew up listening to Smooth Jazz on Internet Radio is now a #1 chart-topping composer! Upon my first listen to Jonathan’s music, I reached out to Bob James to tell him that I discovered a young artist that moved me in a similar way to his music. That’s FRITZENIZED personified! A tender touch on the keys, a keen sense for melody and arrangement… This album is bound to stick around a long while with wall-to-wall radio hits, including his latest single, the upbeat, “Celebration” featuring the one and only, sax mega star, Gerald Albright! Celebrate and Fritzenize!
One of the most versatile musicians in Texas, Al Gomez started out as a trombone player with local Tejano bands before evolving into a first call guitarist, playing and sharing the stage with everyone from Selena, Aaron Neville and Willie Nelson to Carlos Santana and Buddy Guy. After funkin’ up the Smooth Jazz world a bit with his critically-acclaimed 2014 debut CASA GROOVE, the electric guitarist brings his rich, infectious sound to his cool follow-up EP CATCHIN’ A VIBE. The set is full of edgy licks, vibey grooves, irresistible melodies and moments to dance and later romance. In addition to its awesome originals, Gomez includes dynamic re-imaginings of classics by Dr. John, Luther Vandross and George Duke. Don't delay, catch this vibe today!
Ten albums into one of Smooth Jazz’s most inspiring and compelling careers, Euge Groove reminds us on his latest infectious, infinitely melodic and easy grooving gem that he’s still cool…still sexy…still unafraid to embrace his soul music ancestors…and yes, STILL EUGE! The multi-saxophonist taps into his passion for blues and gospel while stirring up a fresh batch of danceable jams and steamy ballads, including one featuring the dreamy acoustic guitar of Peter White. Euge complements these core tunes with deeply soulful vocal tracks featuring two of R&B’s greatest, Rahsaan Patterson and Oleta Adams. After 16 years of mesmerizing his fans with some of the genre’s greatest hits, it’s refreshing to know that he’s STILL EUGE!
Recognized around the world as pioneers of acid jazz, a genre combining elements of jazz, soul, funk and dance music, the UK's Incognito is still on the forefront of London's creative music scene more than 3 decades in. Founded by Jean-Paul "Bluey" Maunick, the band has been a mainstay for some of the most well known voices in the world, including Grammy-nominated Maysa, and British sensation, Imaani, as well as extraordinary musicians, and some of the hottest musical discoveries on the planet. IN SEARCH OF BETTER DAYS, is the band's 17th studio album and a joyful amalgamation of vibrant musical stylings, captures the sound and soul of London circa 2016! Featuring lyrically enlightened tracks, and relentless grooves, the recording also features legendary Japanese guitarist Hotei Tomoyasu and Jamiroquai bassist Stuart Zender. This collection is completely tuned into a world IN SEARCH OF BETTER DAYS, providing a soundtrack to lead the way through self-discovery, love and connection. Bluey’s so deep into the inkwell, that I think he actually may be the inkwell… he’s a brilliant source to draw inspiration from in our modern times.
PAUL JACKSON, JR. Stories From Stompin' Willie Branch Records, Inc.
One of the most versatile guitarists in pop, R&B and jazz, Paul Jackson, Jr. has worked with everyone from Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston to Barbra Streisand and Daft Punk. The cleverly titled STORIES FROM STOMPIN’ WILLIE, his first solo recording in seven years, is chock-full of high energy jazz/funk, crisp lead and rhythm guitar lines and picture perfect Smooth Jazz melodies. Because the collection is a tribute to the late George Duke (who nicknamed Jackson “Stompin’ Willie”), the guitarist also stretches into fiery electric jazz fusion territory on three Duke deep cuts. Helping Jackson celebrate the keyboard great’s legacy and making this a can’t miss party are Jeff Lorber, Jimmy Haslip, Karen Briggs, Michael Lington, Byron Miller, Patrice Rushen, the Rickey Minor Band and others. They’ve got STORIES FROM STOMPIN’ WILLIE you’ll want to hear again and again!
THE JAMES KOB EXPERIENCE So Right Partly Sunny Records
A multi-talented musical Renaissance man trained in classical guitar and orchestral composition, James Kōb draws on his vast skills as a songwriter, producer, scoring and orchestration skills to create SO RIGHT, the debut project from The James Kōb Experience. The collection is an exciting musical excursion featuring refreshing and super-melodic original tunes blending breezy Bossa, with lighthearted pop, and sensual jazz reminiscent of Sergio Mendes. In addition to sharing his expansive musical vision, the collection doubles as a wondrous showcase for the warm and sensuous vocal talents of featured singer Maria Shafer. SO RIGHT is a multi-cultural experience you won’t want to miss!
JAREZ In Too Deep Top Jazz Records LLC
Jarez offers the perfect combination of cool, contemporary and classic in his music. The charismatic saxophonist has a way with writing songs that are filled with emotionally charged verve, and freshly infused swagger; adding a hipness to Smooth Jazz that is appealing to core fans and attracting a youthful new audience! The Vegas-based recording artist and music entrepreneur, merges his jazz influences from legends, John Coltrane, Miles Davis and Charlie Parker, with today’s sound on IN TOO DEEP. The album is drenched with Sweet, sexy sax, along with urbane and urban grooves, compelling melodies and sophisticated runs. A hip hop heart and a jazz soul makes for a unique, commanding signature sound. This latest project is sure to place Jarez in the thick of things musically speaking…In deep, indeed! With more chart-topping hits and live performances guaranteed!
JAY NYA SOL Dancing In The Moonlight JayNyaSol.band
An eclectic high energy ensemble founded by Award winning producer T. Burns in 2009, JAY NYA SOL plays tunes as fascinating as their name on their full length collection DANCING IN THE MOONLIGHT. From track to track, the band – led by Burns (percussion, vocals, keyboards), Isha Love (keyboards, piano) and Takahito Mori (guitar) – takes Smooth Jazz where it’s never gone before! Stylistically, they ease from sensual and sultry R&B to synthy pop, old school funk and Santana style rock/jazz fusion. Beyond the stylistic diversity, another highlight is the variation of lead melodic instruments. They’ve also got a powerhouse guest list that includes saxman Gerald Albright, vocalist Vanessa Bryan, saxman Cal Bennett and trumpeter Rahmlee Michael Davis. You’ll be DANCING IN THE MOONLIGHT trying to keep up with JAY NYA SOL!
REZA KHAN Wind Dance Painted Media
The inspiration behind Bangladesh Born and Raised, NYC based, world-fusion guitarist and composer, Reza Khan’s 4th solo album release, WIND DANCE, came in an instance, upon a breeze and swirled meaning through movement into the recording artist’s mind. "This is a story of a Twilight Dream," Reza recalls, which sparked a song title on the new album, he continues, “it happened in a breath of an instance or in a whole life, I don’t know.” This engaging collection is magical and mystical in a way that only Reza can harness through composition and playing. The guests on the project are as special as the music itself, including performances from Andy Snitzer, Philippe Saisse, Nelson Rangell, Mark Egan, Miles Gilderdale, and Marc Antoine. WIND DANCE will move your mind and body through a journey of sweet reflection and musical expression, prepare to be blown away!
TONY LINDSAY Tony Lindsay Next Move Entertainment - Canada/Lindseed Music
11-time Grammy winning singer Tony Lindsay is world renowned for being a frontman on numerous tours with Santana and recording or performing with The O’Jays, Al Jarreau, Steve Winwood, Aretha Franklin and the late Teddy Pendergrass. He’s also legendary in the San Francisco Bay Area for leading his R&B/Jazz/Pop ensemble Spang-a-Lang. Lindsay’s deeply soulful, self-titled album showcases the vocalist's incredible range and stylistic versatility, from Smooth Jazz laced R&B ballads and Latin-tinged jazz to Santana influenced fusion... the project includes the artist's debut international hit single, "Only If You Knew What My Eyes See." Download now and discover the magic of Tony Lindsay!
MICHAEL LINGTON Second Nature Copenhagen Music
STAX is in the house! On his high octane latest album SECOND NATURE, Michael Lington expands upon the fiery, old school exploration of his 60’s-70’s Memphis soul influences he started with veteran R&B producer Barry J. Eastmond on his last release SOUL APPEAL. Making that vibe fresh, innovative and relevant to today’s contemporary jazz fans, the multi-talented saxophonist, producer and composer creates a hard-grooving retro-modern vibe, surrounding his muscular alto with sizzling horns, simmering organ textures, funky bass lines, crackling guitar licks and playful gospel touches. Lington’s all-star guest list includes Brian Culbertson (on trombone!), Ray Parker, Jr., The Dap Kings, Booker T and Taylor Dayne. After your first listen, these tunes will become SECOND NATURE to you!
The 13th Century Persian poet Rumi wrote, “There is a voice that doesn’t use words. Listen.” World-class composer and guitarist, Chuck Loeb has crafted an album of songs that has been inspired by things felt but often left upspoken… kind gestures, healing thoughts, prayers, gratitude, appreciation and the like. Currently a member of two Grammy-nominated, Contemporary Jazz power groups, Fourplay and Jazz Funk Soul, instrumental music has been an essential in the multi-talented artist’s life, as a listener and of course as a musician. UNSPOKEN features uplifting, heartfelt new music with extraordinary special guests, including some vocals from his wife, critically-acclaimed Spanish vocalist Carmen Cuesta and band mates Nathan East, Jeff Lorber, Everette Harp as well as Brian Culbertson, and Andy Snitzer. Listen to UNSPOKEN and feel the music.
The eminently sultry and soulful Barbara Mamabolo has been a multi-faceted force in entertainment in her native Canada for years as leader of the popular band Mamabolo and as a film and TV actress. Her breakthrough single “Hold Up (Bring It Down)” is a coolly grooving, danceable delight that takes a fresh approach to classic, jangling old school R&B/funk. Mamabolo’s sensual sass leaps over a track helmed by powerhouse producer Preston Glass (Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin) and renowned Canadian producer David Case. It features guitarist extraordinaire Paul Pesco, who’s worked his sizzling magic in the past for Madonna, Hall & Oates, C&C Music Factory, Celine Dion and Jennifer Lopez. You’ll want to make “Hold Up (Bring It Down)” your sexy new summer jam!
It’s hard to believe that it’s been 30 years since Keiko Matsui released her first album, A DROP OF WATER. This recording was so enchanting, it’s no wonder that the world stopped to listen to the compelling musician from Japan who reimagined piano jazz to include new age, classical, along with mystic, ancient sounds. On her latest release, her 27th, JOURNEY TO THE HEART, Ms. Matsui celebrates her fans, the heart of her world, as well as the universe and its heart or center. Keiko conceived over 100 melodies and motifs for this album, and of the top 10 that have made their way onto the project, she says, “I hope the listeners will allow themselves to go anywhere with my music.” The acclaimed composer and humanitarian has mastered her mission… timeless melodies and global rhythms are at the very HEART of Keiko herself, as she personally delivers her message to people around the world!
DAVE MUSE Firefall Revisited Deva Records
A founding member of the platinum 70's and 80’s hit-making soft rock band Firefall and member of the Colorado Music Hall of Fame, multi-instrumentalist Dave Muse finds a fresh way to re-imagine the group’s hits and renowned album cuts on his new album FIREFALL REVISITED. Putting his soulful and whimsical flute virtuosity front and center (with a little sax here and there), he enhances the picture perfect pop melodies with jaunts into spirited contemporary jazz, blues and rock fusion. Muse brings fans up to date with an explosive new Latin jam tune as well, "Nestor." FIREFALL REVISITED will inspire you to fall in love with the band all over again – and maybe discover some gems you overlooked!
KEN NAVARRO Bonfire Positive Music Records
When fire meets air things start to heat up and when music meets passion, it’s the same thing… Discover “One Summer Day," a beautiful new song from masterful acoustic guitarist Ken Navarro. Ken’s new album “BONFIRE” features thirteen diverse tracks of smooth jazz, fusion, rock and global grooves, all sharing a summer vibe and melodic richness. Navarro has had well over twenty recordings on the music charts over the past 25+ years… BONFIRE will prove to be no exception. The innovative composer plays every instrument on the album, focusing foremost on guitars, and venturing off into all the other sonic elements you hear on this hot new release! Warm up the speakers, start BONFIRE and let the summer begin, no matter what time of year.
STEVE OLIVER Pictures & Frames SOM Entertainment, LLC
Throughout his decade and a half of instrumental #1 Billboard Smooth Jazz radio hits, multi-talented composer/guitarist/vocalist Steve Oliver peppered his recordings with soulful pop/R&B vocals. Expanding his musical aesthetic further into that dynamic realm, his first all-vocal album PICTURES & FRAMES is driven by his trademark cool, classic, contemporary vibe and meaningful, soul searching lyrics. Recorded at the iconic Capitol Studios and using Frank Sinatra’s legendary mic, Oliver creates his John Mayer, Michael McDonald and Steely Dan influenced sound with the all-star rhythm section of Lee Sklar and Vinnie Colaiuta as well as a debut singing collaboration with critically-acclaimed, Northern Californian songstress Chris Webster. PICTURES & FRAMES is a splendid musical snapshot of Oliver’s heart and soul!
During his years many years as a cop in Lauderhill, Florida, Gary Palmer frequently turned to his sax as an outlet and stress-reliever, which calmed him and helped him focus even when he was on stakeouts. Shifting gears after retiring as Chief of Police in 2010, the versatile composer-musician has been sharing his passion for soulful urban jazz as an independent recording artist, starting with his 2015 full-length debut LOVE ME AGAIN. On “Chicago By Morning,” the spirited, delightfully funky and brassy second single from his follow-up album COAST 2 COAST, Palmer joins forces with renowned keyboardist Tim Watson. Watson adds trippy, hypnotic keyboard effects and splashes of lush piano and old school organ harmonies to the saxophonist’s intensely passionate lead sax melody. “Chicago By Morning” sounds like the party the night before never ended!
STEVE RAYBINE Cool Vibes Bad Kat Records, LLC
A onetime bandmate of Rick Braun in the 1970’s progressive jazz group Auracle, vibraphonist, composer, percussionist and renowned music educator Steve Raybine has been on a mission since his 2000 debut to make the spirited sound of the vibes a fresh contemporary sound in Smooth Jazz. On his infectious, rhythmically-compelling (and perfectly titled) new album COOL VIBES, the Omaha, Nebraska-based artist stirs up exciting island flavors with a rhythmic mix of swaying coolness and light-funk charm. With a swirl of styles that explore Raybine’s passions for jazz, R&B, Latin, pop/rock and blues, it’s the perfect soundtrack to a night of chillout and romance. Full of surprises, he even does a spirited rap on one track. Steve Raybine's COOL VIBES are the perfect mid-summer delight!
With the release of the ultra-melodic, super high energy and daringly eclectic TRUE STORIES, The Rippingtons featuring Russ Freeman celebrate an amazing thirty years (and 22 albums!) as a seminal force in contemporary jazz – while finding fresh ways to move the genre forward. The GRAMMY nominated ensemble, launched by the guitarist/composer in the mid-80s, comes full circle with new tracks featuring the soulful, lyrical vibe of original saxophonist Brandon Fields. Beyond the trademark soaring pop/rock funk fusion the band is known for, the collection features a powerful flamenco venture into the Spanish tradition of Andalusia, a return visit from R&B great Jeffrey Osborne and the band’s first ever extended drum solo by Dave Karasony. No lie – these TRUE STORIES will keep Ripps fans as riveted as ever!
PHILIPPE SAISSE TRIO On The Level Badar Log Music
On the heels of his first hit, solo single in more than 10 years, 2016's "And So But Then," the Philippe Saisse Trio is back with fresh new, hippifying grooves on the cool and slinky new hit single “On The Level.” Penned by Saisse and featuring percussionist Gumbi Ortiz and guitarist Marc Antoine, the tune seductively blends the veteran Grammy nominated keyboardist ‘s 60’s influenced trademark soul jazz style (with piano, Wurlitzer and Fender Rhodes) with a cool, mega-contemporary slowed down EDM vibe courtesy of David Finck’s hypnotic upright basslines. The overall vibe was enhanced by mixing engineer Goh Hotoda, who was told by Saisse to create an Amy Winehouse styled flow that’s retro and modern at the same time. With “On The Level,” the trio takes us to the next level of Smooth Jazz consciousness.
The son of legendary keyboardist/composer Merl Saunders, Tony Saunders was taught piano by Herbie Hancock and for his tenth birthday received an electric organ from Sly Stone. But the magic started happening once he shifted to bass, and the two time Emmy Award winner’s s third album UPTOWN JAZZ on San Francisco Records is a full-blown celebration of the multiple ways he grooves. Joyfully eclectic throughout, he launched the album with the brassy, ultra-funky title track single that featured Gabriel Mark Hasselbach and Tower of Power’s Mic Gillete on horns and Paul Hardcastle, Jr. on sax. Saunders’ bass also bubbles beneath the emotional sax passion of Gerald Albright and later engages on an improvisation rich jazz-fusion journey also featuring saxophonists Tom Politzer (Tower Of Power) and Rock Hendricks and vocalist Sakai (Train)! UPTOWN JAZZ gonna give it to ya!
WILL SUMNER Endless Sumner willsumner.com
Will Sumner may have been born in Minnesota, but the highly versatile San Diego based guitarist, composer and multi-instrumentalist’ several decade recording career – starting with his 1980 classic surf jazz album TROPIC ZONE - is all about lighthearted, feel good, easy grooving summer vibes. His latest collection ENDLESS SUMNER, whose title is a colorful reference to a classic Beach Boys album, is endlessly smooth, melodic and fresh. The tracks are driven by Sumner’s electric and acoustic virtuosity, enhanced in all the perfect spots by lead sax and horns. Continuing the eclectic flow of earlier releases, the album mixes heartfelt urban rhythms, funk and Latin grooves and breezy tropical atmospheres. If you can’t wait for summer to begin (or end), put ENDLESS SUMNER in a continuous loop!
Paul Taylor's 11th studio album is sexy, smooth and super contemporary. Take Taylor’s world-class saxophone playing, including his distinctive tone and styling, and add influences of pop, smooth jazz and electronic dance music... now enhance all of that with acclaimed music producer Dino Esposito’s expertise and you have COUNTDOWN, Paul Taylor’s most fashionable recording to date. This is one of those albums that you can put in your playlist and trust that everyone will enjoy it with its sultry grooves, exceptional originals and cool, compelling covers of popular artists like The Weekend. Launch COUNTDOWN an count yourself in as DJ at your next gathering or on your next road trip... it offers the best of today's music!
An incredible 22 albums into his extraordinary career, versatile composer and saxophonist Kim Waters continues to set standards on the urban side of Smooth Jazz by bringing the emotional power of RHYTHM AND ROMANCE. Dedicating his 12th Shanachie collection to his daughters Kayla and Kimberly, the man The Washington Post calls “a romantic pied piper” incorporates cutting edge production and deep beats into a mix of seriously sultry ballads and funked up, supremely grooving originals. Beyond his renown as a master instrumental composer, Waters loves taking well known pop/R&B originals to fresh, inspiring places – and he works fresh, dreamy magic with an infectious Janet Jackson jam and candlelit classics by DeBarge and Sam Smith. If you're looking for more RHYTHM AND ROMANCE in your life, listen up!
Recorded in his hometown of Rio with a rhythmically dynamic octet featuring a sizzling three piece horn section, veteran Brazilian pianist, arranger, producer and educator Antonio Adolfo brings the intoxicating, exotic sounds of his native land alive via gorgeous melodies and spirited improvisations on TROPICAL INFINITO. Complementing his four originals are fresh re-imaginings of classics by Benny Golson, Horace Silver, Oliver Nelson and Jerome Kern/Oscar Hammerstein. TROPICAL INFINITO will keep you infinitely grooving!
REBECCA ANGEL Jet Samba Timeless Grooves Records
With RIO 2016, there’s no better time to celebrate the joys of Brazilian music – and emerging New York jazz vocalist Rebecca Angel’s got the perfect track to remind us just how exuberant and passionate those vibes are! Produced by contemporary jazz veteran Jason Miles and featuring Rebecca’s father, trumpeter Dennis Angel, the exotic, playfully rhythmic track is the first -ever vocal version of legendary Brazilian composer Marcos Valle’s 2005 instrumental hit. Rebecca enhances her beautiful lead vocals with some wondrous scatting throughout. Take off with “Jet Samba”!
Veteran contemporary jazz, Latin, and classical guitarist Dave Baker compiles his favorite solo, duo and ensemble tracks from his two decade recording career on his latest release 20/20: BEST OF DAVE BAKER. Keeping his nylon string playing and right hand techniques center stage, he runs the stylistic gamut with fresh interpretations of long beloved classic pop and jazz hits (Christopher Cross, Acoustic Alchemy, Steely Dan, etc.), 20/20 is a musical vision you’ll love!
EDDA BORG No Words Needed Independent
Classically trained pianist Edda Borg is one of Iceland’s greatest ambassadors, doing everything from singing with the Reykjavik Big Band to working with Bjork and running the Edda Borg Music School. On NO WORDS NEEDED, she’s all about the high energy, in the pocket keyboard driven ensemble funk – most notably on the fiery jam “Liberation,” her latest single. She also floats lush wordless vocals to the infectious grooves and elegance of the album's first radio single, “Let Me Know,” while the languid “I Want It All Back” finds her vibing beautifully with acoustic guitar. There are NO WORDS NEEDED to express Borg’s wild musical heart!
Blair Bryant’s full length debut GOLD is a buoyant, playfully grooving journey by an artist whose infectious melodic vibe and multitude of talents as a composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist has earned acclaim from Keb’ Mo’, Jimmy Jam and Nick Colionne, among others. A fierce, Marcus Miller influenced bassist who makes that his lead melodic voice, the Kansas City native also adds guitar, drums, percussion, piano, organ, Rhodes and vibes to his powerful palette. Blair Bryant’s music is fascinating sonic GOLD!
DAVID CORREA New Moon Baja/TSR Records
A popular Bay Area guitarist renowned for his explosive global fusion of Latin folk, Rumba Flamenco, French Gypsy and Middle Eastern music, David Correa is recording under his own name after many years as leader of David Correa and Cascada. The dynamically rhythmic, deeply melodic nylon string master’s NEW MOON explores his passion for the Southwest. His journey includes the soulful, spirited “Hacienda,” the whimsical, percussive “Sandstorm” (highlighted by clapping “palmas”) and the exuberant, high energy “Paseo De Pueblo.” Dancing and dreaming under the NEW MOON is encouraged as you listen!
ALESSANDRO DANELLO Shine Weberworks
When a young boy from Bogotá, Colombia played his saxophone at the World Championships of Performing Arts (WCOPA), he impressed a lot of people, and one judge in particular, Grammy-winning producer Jeff Weber. Weber's vision for 14-year-old Alessandro Danello, is to harness his talent, energy and youth and pair him with today's popular songs in contemporary jazz motifs. He's matched hit songs from The Weekend, DNCE, and Walk The Moon and arranged them for Danello's bright saxophone playing with certain flair by injecting the full horse power of Ariana Grande's entire band including her musical director, Troy Laureta. The result is this fun, upbeat 4-song EP that includes a sweet original, the title track “Shine,” penned by saxman Justin Klunk. Alessandro’s star is burning bright as SHINE delivers it’s first hit, “Cake By the Ocean.” Watch this space.
JAMES DAY Songs Repertoire SONG KING RECORDS
Harkening back to those classic Quincy Jones albums featuring a rich array of veteran and up and coming R&B vocalists, International Award winning and chart topping songwriter James Day brings together on his new album REPERTOIRE an exhilarating roster of R&B and urban jazz singers and instrumentalists to create the ultimate 80s styled jam. The mix of soul, Smooth Jazz, disco/dance and Quiet Storm magic includes leads and solos by Maysa, Lin Rountree, Tony Terry, Walter Beasley, Glenn Jones, Audrey Wheeler, Donnie, U-Nam, Trina Broussard, Tim Owens and the late Gavin Christopher. The vast REPERTOIRE of James Day includes songs for every moment and mood of the day!
BUFF DILLARD Mr. Bonejazz Buff Dillard Music, LLC
Continuing to glide contemporary jazz to a scintillating new edge, Charlotte, NC based trombonist Buff Dillard infuses his instantly compelling and dazzlingly diverse latest solo recording MR. BONEJAZZ with deep grooves, soulful seduction and free flowing musical atmospheres. As a high school student, he played with Pieces of a Dream and the Count Basie Band – and his career since includes work with greats best in the pop, R&B, gospel and jazz worlds. He brings all those inspirations together on a set where he balances his ‘bone with violin, sax and organ. If you love your horns funky, you’ll dig MR. BONEJAZZ!
MIKE DiLORENZO with Frank Valdes Soul To Soul Keep The Groove
Veteran New York based keyboardist Mike DiLorenzo may be classically trained, but his eclectic career is driven by jazz, R&B and Latin music. SOUL TO SOUL, his new album featuring percussionist Frank Valdes, runs the glorious gamut from Latin funk to organ swing to smooth, contemporary jazz. Using a cool array of unique instruments (including Rhodes, melodica and accordion), the sound is a jazzy blend of street beats and melodic improvisation making SOUL TO SOUL a cool, connected musical experience from two amazingly soulful musicians.
Many dentist's play Smooth Jazz in their offices to calm their patients' nerves... but there's only one dentist that actually plays Smooth Jazz the way world-class saxophonist, Dr. Phillip Martin plays, super soulful and totally in the pocket! In fact, Phillip "Doc" Martin's latest album, POCKET LOVE, is loaded with hip, infectious melodies, a mix of dreamy coolness and funk and seductive grooves. The Grover Washington, Jr. cover, "Just The Two Of Us," includes the spirited guitar licks of two time Grammy-winner, Paul Brown. Time for a check-up, make an appointment today and feel the POCKET LOVE!
CHERILYN EVANS Truly Loved Ceejazz.com
All at once, sultry, funky and intimately jazzy... St. Louis based singer-songwriter Cherilyn Evans began her singing in church, but she’s enjoyed a diverse professional career beyond the gospel realm. Fronting the CEEJazz Band, her rhythmically diverse jazz infused soul debut TRULY LOVED is a set of colorful originals with pop and jazz standards that showcase her inviting vocals with a variety of groove foundations. If you like things soulful and silky, then you'll fall in love with TRULY LOVED!
There may be nothing new under the sun, but there’s certainly something as warm and delicious. And it’s hot. Rising star saxophonist, Jazmin Ghent’s new album, CHOCOLATE SUNSHINE, is a languid, jazzy experience. The young woman stole the hearts of contemporary jazz fans onboard the 2014 Smooth Jazz Cruise -- where she won their talent competition and played with Boney James and Candy Dulfer. The Smooth Jazz Go Girl has toured with the prestigious, all-female jazz ensemble, Jazz In Pink, and has performed at world-renowned jazz festivals. Think Rehoboth, Seabreeze, Lowcountry, Red Cat, Magic City and The Florida Smooth Jazz Weekend. The 25-year old’s sophomore release comes on the heels of her debut, BOSS, which produced two Top 20 hits. CHOCOLATE SUNSHINE is sophisticated and contemporary, with hand-picked guests -- hit-maker Jonathan Fritzén; groove master, bassist Julian Vaughn; in-demand guitarist, Adam Hawley; and critically-acclaimed, jazz saxophonist Nelson Rangell. Bring your sunscreen!
GRAINGER The Phase III EP GBM Records
The name Grainger in the music industry is synonymous with groove… whether it’s in reference to bassist Gary Grainger or his brother, drummer Greg Grainger. The two are considered one of the most sought after rhythm sections in the world. Combined, they’ve played with an amazing assortment of musical royalty including Whitney Houston, Santana, John Scofield, Kim Waters and Acoustic Alchemy! The new 4-song EP, PHASE III, is the prelude to Grainger’s forthcoming full-length album which includes the single, a compelling, soul-filled vocal, “Let’s Go Back,” plus 3 additional tracks featuring their patented funky, tight grooves and catchy melodies, with special guest Kim Waters. The brothers are currently in the studio with the recently reunited funk project, Pockets, along with other original members, creating fresh new songs for yet another upcoming Grainger-infused release!
GROOVE MASTERS BAND Keeping The Groove Alive Groove Masters Band
Closing in on 10 years as a contemporary jazz and gospel mainstay in their hometown of Charlotte, NC, Groove Masters, winner of the coveted “Best Jazz Band in the Carolinas” Award, lives up to their cool moniker on their 3rd album release, KEEPING THE GROOVE ALIVE with funk, neo soul and Smooth Jazz. Known for their lively performances, Groove Masters have toured with a wide variety of noteworthy artists, from Hip Hop legend, Doug E. Fresh to Gospel star Twinkie Clark. These super heroes of groove, are bringing audiences to their feet around the globe… be on the look out for Groove Masters at your favorite jazz fests!–
RUSS HEWITT Cielo Nocturno russhewittmusic.com
Known for his fiery, soulful and intoxicating rumba flamenco rhythms, warm, inviting acoustic melodies and his virtuosic improvisational runs, guitarist Russ Hewitt taps further into his passion for a variety of Latin and other global music vibes on CIELO NOCTURNO. He ensembles with a powerhouse lineup of jazz and Latin greats, including Larry Carlton, Ardeshir Farah (from Strunz & Farah), percussionist Raphael Padilla, drummer Walfredo Reyes, Jr. and Gypsy Kings All Stars guitarist Alfredo Caceres. The stars in the CIELO NOCTURNO (Night Sky) are definitely dancing!
LOWELL HOPPER Between The Lines Get Jazzed Records
Dubbed by SmoothJazz.com as “one of our best discoveries yet!”, Panama City, Florida based guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Lowell Hopper is a veteran in two inspiring ways. During his 20 years serving in the Air Force, he performed and recorded with jazz artists in Germany, Panama Canal and Florida. His stellar 7th solo recording BETWEEN THE LINES features the kind of soulful, hypnotic guitar lines, deep, haunting original melodies, easy grooving basslines and seductive beats he’s been wowing audiences with for over 30 years. Don't miss special guest, saxophonist Chris Godber on "Flying High," which could be Hopper's anthem upon the release of such a quality recording!
The unique urban-flavored Smooth Jazz ensemble, JAZZ COLLAB is the exciting outgrowth of Montreal based keyboardist and producer Jacques Mignault’s Jazz Collab Productions, which he calls a “utopian” group of top Quebec jazz players. Most prominently featured on the dreamy and atmospheric, easy grooving single “All I Wanna Do Now” are the calming lead vocals of Jean-Claude Beliveau and the slow simmering sax of Yves Adam. You’ll be saying “All I Wanna Do Now” is listen again!
JUSTIN KLUNK Clarity EP Justin Klunk
There’s a major reason saxophonist Justin Klunk’s Twitter and Instagram name is @KlunkFunk - his high octane EP CLARITY is as jammin’ and funky as Smooth Jazz gets! The upbeat tracks pair his powerful sax and horn texturing vibes with the thrust of rhythm and electric guitars, creating an energizing experience and a (literally!) smashing release. Playing and touring with Ariana Grande, Tommy Page and others, he’s also blowing open his solo career with CLARITY!
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 and hit, "Storm Skies" as well as the album's upbeat, latest single, the 5th track to hit radio, "Pancakes," which is super positive and fun! You also need to 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!
BYRON MILLER Psycho Bass Byron Lee Miller Studio, LLC
Throughout his four decade career, Detroit bassist Byron Miller has brought the coolness and funk to a lot of “late greats” including Marvin Gaye, Whitney Houston, Joe Sample and Luther Vandross. Emerging from a 12-year recording hiatus with an expansive, deep bottom, intensive album, with a title that doubles as his new musical persona and mission statement, Byron blesses us with three of the last sessions from the late great George Duke, including a slowed-down, emotional twist on Stevie Wonder’s “Higher Ground.” With an exciting guest list that includes veterans Ndugu Chancler (drums), David T. Walker (guitar) and Sheila E. (percussion), Miller balances fierceness with heartfelt emotion on the atmospheric, old school, soul-jazz flavored single, “U Must Be Crazy,” then turns to Duke-esque classic, mellow fusion on “Spoken Funk.” Miller's latest single, is one that delivers a much needed message to the world, a creative, jazzy cover of Stevie Wonder's "Higher Ground." Lunatic for the low end? Don’t miss PSYCHO BASS!
d. MILLS Mission Complete d. M. Records
A onetime bassist playing behind gospel legend Shirley Caesar and an NYC detective, multi-instrumentalist d.Mills brings a fascinating background to his career as a Smooth Jazz composer. While his melodic focus is his lively acoustic piano, the tunes on MISSION COMPLETE offer a mix of smooth grooves, R&B and jazz with touches of rock guitar, sexy vocals, exotic percussion, sensual atmospheres and funky horns. MISSION COMPLETE has the complete package with several, charting radio hits for fans with eclectic tastes in jazz.
DENNIS NELSON Full Nelson 1030 International Records
A modern day Renaissance Man, Dennis “Finger Roll” Nelson produces and directs videos, TV shows and films while infusing his sweet soul and Smooth Jazz vibe in the recording studio! On FULL NELSON, you'll hear crisp and dynamic electric guitar melodies and and clever improvisations. He’s worked in the past with pop/soul legends like Robert Palmer and The Temptations, but he also brings exciting gospel elements to his irresistible mix of elegance, groove and spirited jazz. His creative energy is injected in many entertaining endeavors, Smooth Jazz fans are about to get FULL NELSON'd with this exciting new recording!
ISAAC NORRIS Something To Say Isaac Norris
The title of Michigan-based saxophonist Isaac Norris’ debut EP SOMETHING TO SAY tells Smooth Jazz fans looking for some fresh new vibes everything about his intentions as a solo artist. After years of playing with major artists like gospel greats Marvin Sapp and Debra Perry and jamming with a local big band collective called Big Band Nouveau, the Grand Rapids born and raised performer fashions an infectious and soulful sonic world where uptempo, danceable funk collides powerfully with heartfelt and silky smooth romantic passion. You will feel the inspiration when Norris has SOMETHING TO SAY!
JOHN NOVELLO Ivory Soul 529 Music
At the heart of John Novello’s signature sound that’s imprinted on #1 hit songs worldwide is a classic sense of groove and sensuality perfectly captured in the title of his latest collection IVORY SOUL. The multi-faceted keyboardist, arranger and composer, draws on his deep old school jazz, soulful pop and R&B sensibilities for a set that finds him gliding and grooving on acoustic and electric piano, B3 organ, Korg synthesizers and even upright bass. Enhancing the cool, Novello jams with top saxmen Gerald Albright, Eric Marienthal and Tom Scott. The new single, "I Can't Stop My Heart" is trending now at Smooth Jazz radio. Get Novello and get groovin’ with some potent IVORY SOUL!
Hungary’s hottest export, the pop/funk/jazz band, Peet Project, featuring the multi-talented band leader, violinist and vocalist Péter Ferencz, has another exciting musical offering for this last quarter of 2016… RIVER CRUISE, a maxi single with two rousing, new tunes; the bubbly Smooth Jazz instrumental hit, “River Cruise,” and catchy companion vocal, “Got This Feeling.” While their vibe may be as relaxed and cool as a river cruise… this clever, innovative ensemble is on the fast track to stardom!
KRIS RUSSELL I Concentrate On You Kris Russell
Growing up in a family of musicians and entertainers, vocalist Kris Russell was inspired by great female jazz singers, studied the styles of legendary Brazilian artists and has had a long passion for the works of Cole Porter. The veteran live performer draws from all of these influences on her debut single “I Concentrate on You,” a lush, intimate and inviting twist on the Porter classic, a delightful intro to a truly gifted and versatile singer!
Carolina, the latest recording by sensual Brazilian vocalist Carol Saboya, is an intimate and celebratory family affair, with her father, legendary pianist/composer Antonio Adolfo, and his band providing lush, caressing arrangements of a unique slate of exquisite compositions. She is most at home interpreting the native repertoire, including songs by legendary composers like Antonio Carlos Jobim, Djavan and Joao Bosco. Yet Saboya is equally emotionally compelling interpreting classics by Sting and The Beatles. Destined to become a classic, CAROLINA is the perfect soundtrack to a warm romantic evening!
Step right up and experience GRAMMY® nominated composer and record producer, Arun Shenoy’s latest musical inspiration featuring a 13 member collaboration team known as The Groove Project. A STAGEY BANK AFFAIR, referring to an expression derived from an actual event held in the North East of England in the previous century at Stagshaw Bank. The gathering went from a forthright agricultural fair to a rather rowdy celebration involving sideshows, gambling and drinking before being banned in the 1920s. The concept translates to excitement in musical terms, and will certainly liberate your inner child with a fantastic fusion of funk, jazz and rock with a spicy hint of worldly pleasures, featuring pianist Uziel and Bansuri flautist Ravichandra Kulur, in addition to jazz great, Jeff Coffin. We’ve never heard anything quite like it… and we’re certain that you’ll be enthralled. Surrender to the swirling wonderment within and dig in for some good ol’ fashioned fun, like Stagey Bank fair!
THE SMOOTH JAZZ ALLEY Been a Long Time Comin' The Smooth Jazz Alley
Forming their powerhouse guitar and keyboard duo, The Smooth Jazz Alley in the wake of the breakup of their Bay Area Latin fusion band Grupo Caribe, Stan Evans and Marco Montoya’s debut BEEN A LONG TIME COMIN’ features a dynamic mix of tasty, in the pocket, Smooth Jazz grooves with lead melodies powered by Evans' fluid electric guitar and Montoya’s playful piano and keys. With nods to the exotic music of their past, this album’s BEEN A LONG TIME COMIN’, but entirely worth the wait!
THE PR EXPERIENCE #ThatsWhatsUp The PR Experience
Brian Culbertson fans who dig it when the keyboardist jams on the trombone are going to love The PR Experience, the Atlanta-based horn duo featuring trumpeter Nelson Render and trombonist Marvin Pryor. Having played collectively with everyone from Ray Charles to The Ohio Players and ConFunkShun, the tandem perfectly capture the vibe of their sound with their album title, #THAT’S WHAT’S UP! “Experience The Smooth… Experience The Sound… Experience The Jazz.” Three other key elements that jump out, funk, groove and neo-soul. Musically, if you want to know what’s up, let The PR Experience show you the way! #thatswhatsup
Four decades after making his initial musical foray performing and recording with seminal soul-jazz organist Charles Earland, Pittsburgh-based electric guitarist Jack Turner launches a fresh new movement in contemporary jazz guitar with his crackling, playfully grooving debut, I GOT NEXT. Embracing the freewheeling next chapter in his career, the versatile composer/musician – who pays direct homage here to Wes Montgomery - creates a powerful fusion of soul, acid, funk, hip hop, ambient music and exotic Latin and Brazilian music – all rooted in jazz. I GOT NEXT should be the very next album you check out!
WALDINO Smile WaldinoMusic.com
From audio craftsman, Waldino, comes his latest recording, and his most exciting yet, SMILE, featuring mood music for a happier life! Electro-positive beats enhanced by compelling lyrics in between the chilled, musical vibe, from the infectious title track to the highly motivating, “You Know You Got It,” to the captivating, “Turn Me Around,” SMILE is an Ibiza-conjuring soundtrack drenched with melody and splashed with sunshine! The doctor of groove, Walter Liskiewicz (aka Waldino) is one of the most prolific recording artists in the genre with new releases every other year on average and many more songs in the works, it’s a nonstop creative flow for the retired maxillofacial surgeon! Download the album and turn up your SMILE!
R.L. WALKER From Sunset To Sunrise R.L. Walker
With a title like FROM SUNSET TO SUNRISE, saxophonist R.L. Walker sets the tone for some sensual and romantic late night magic on his latest album. Creating easy, laid back grooves behind his passionate dreamy lead horn melodies, he creates the perfect Smooth Jazz chill album, opening doors into a dreamy, atmosphere rich realm full of lush, powerful moods and a relaxing flow. While many artists simply gather a bunch of their best tunes, Walker’s idea was to invite listeners into a deep, memorable experience. Over ten tantalizing tracks filled with sweet soul and passionate emotion, he allows listeners to experience a “Sexy-Saxy” musical escape... FROM SUNSET TO SUNRISE, you’ll have this one on repeat!
BOBBY WELLS Back In The Day Bobby Wells
A mainstay on the Colorado contemporary jazz scene since the 90’s, critically acclaimed producer, songwriter and keyboardist Bobby Wells creates the ultimate, urban-flavored jazzy experience. He balances the super-melodic, smooth and swaying vibes on his latest project BACK IN THE DAY with exhilarating, toe tapping groove lockdowns. Working with guest guitarists, Michael O’Neill and Freddie Fox and sax greats Gerald Albright and Darren Rahn, Wells mixes his ‘in the pocket’ Smooth Jazz with Gospel, tropical spices, and keeping true to its title, the feel good kind of R&B that we loved BACK IN THE DAY!
SIR JONATHAN WILLIAMS To Sir, With Love D.E.F. Classics Records
A versatile composer and multi-instrumentalist, Sir Jonathan Williams brings an exciting 40-plus year musical history to the cleverly titled TO SIR, WITH LOVE, his sweet, super melodic and rhythmically inviting new album on D.E.F. Classics Records. In the early 70s, Williams was part of the house band for All Platinum Records (later Sugarhill Records), which evolved into the influential funk and disco band The Rimshots and later The People of Pleasure Show. He brings all that soul while working with world-class musicians, including two-time Grammy nominee Najee. If you love romantic Smooth Jazz, you will love TO SIR, WITH LOVE!
VERTICE WILLIAMS All Good V-Records
A former two-time Black Music Award winner, Vertice Williams creates seductively grooving and wonderfully joyous music for the heart and soul on her perfectly titled album ALL GOOD. The sultry L.A. based singer – who has performed with many musical stars including album producer and engineer, chart-topping guitarist/vocalist/composer, Steve Oliver, as well as Ronnie Laws, Fattburger and blues great, Barbara Morrison - beautifully captures the multi-faceted essence of her incredible versatility when she sings this on her recording, “I just wanna sing… gospel, jazz or blues… share my gifts with you..” She does it all with style, sass and lush intimacy, as the aforementioned Oliver plays guitar, keyboards and bass guitar synth. You’ll be feeling ALL GOOD after a single listen!
PATRICK YANDALL Ethos Zangi Records
Now into his third incredible decade making crisp, tight and soulful electric guitar driven contemporary jazz, San Diego based award-winning composer and Zangi Records artist Patrick Yandall, chose the perfect name for his 17th international album: ETHOS. The term is a Greek reference to the power of music and its ability to touch listener’s emotions, behaviors and even morals. Yandall aims to do all that while bringing jazzy and melodic joy via the collection’s range of moods – from deep, thoughtful ballads to high energy, funk jams and a little joyful samba. Whatever the personal ETHOS you experience when you listen, you’ll be inspired every minute!