DIANA BARASH | A Miracle of Love | Anaviv Music
CHERYL BARNES | Listen to This | Barnes & Cabasso Music
BEY BRIGHT | Nu Indie Soul, Vol. 1 | Bright Vision Entertainment
BUTCH AND RHONDA COLEMAN | Night Sketches | Jeremee Records
ANDRE DELANO | 9 Mile Road | Woodward Avenue Records
MARK ETHEREDGE | Change Coming | Vipaka Records
VINCENT IOIA | No Time Like Now | Independent
MOTOWN MOE | Escape To The City | Windee Records
JEANNE NEWHALL | Sky | Marzipan Records
MIKE STONE | Stepper | Image Capsule Records
The new album is out from Washington's D.C.’s funky, jazz ensemble, 76 Degrees West Band, KEEP ON MOVING ON, and it is horn-intensive and soulful! Their energetic first single, and title track has been followed up with another smash, "Something," featuring Raheem Devaughn on vocals! Named for the longitude of the D.C. Metro, this amazing band calls their style, “Funky Jazz Music with Saxophone highlights wrapped in an East Coast Swing.” Bassist/trombonist Leon Rawlings heads up the group, with Eddie Baccus covering most of the sax work. This is one of the most exciting live performance bands in the genre and a do not miss on any line-up! KEEP ON MOVING ON is another stand-out release from the 76 Degrees West Band… continued proof that inside or outside the Beltway, they are the bomb!
The positive vibe of Airborne’s “Sunshower” single earlier this summer gave us an enticing tease of what has finally arrived... The 25th ANNIVERSARY CD – SILVER SKIES is well worth the wait! As bright as a rainbow, this outstanding and much loved multi-cultural group celebrates a quarter century of “Joyful Jazz” with their signature sound of Island Passion with Urban Emotion. They’ve created a timeless collection of 12 new originals to celebrate this important milestone, and they cover every element that has made them so successful over the years including fusion jazz, funk, Latin and more, all with that trademark Airborne excitement and energy. This isn’t background music at all. This is happy, upbeat, festive, and motivating contemporary jazz, from first track to last. The next radio single out of the gate is the scintillating “City Spirits,” and beyond that the SILVER SKIES are the limit! Hey, Airborne, you’re good to go for another 25!
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.
CHERYL BARNES Listen to This Barnes & Cabasso Music
The title of jazz vocalist Cheryl Barnes’ new album LISTEN TO THIS is an invitation to enjoy a brilliant collection of songs, interpreted masterfully by this amazing artist, whose extensive resume includes performances with Wynton Marsalis and Quincy Jones on the jazz side, the Clara Ward Gospel Singers, and the Denver Symphony Orchestra. Talk about vocal range and versatility! Ms. Barnes’ voice and phrasing are stunning. I’m especially drawn to the entrancing “Come with Me,” the gently swinging “Like Jazz,” and her incredible take on Joni Mitchell’s “Come In From the Cold.” Cheryl Barnes’ LISTEN TO THIS is an absolute must-have!
SYLVIA BENNETT C'est Si Bon Out of Sight Music
It is good! That’s what the French mean when they say “c’est si bon”… and let’s face it, nobody knows good like the French! Good wine, good food, good art and good music! Sylvia Bennett was born to sing these songs, her love affair with France include these enchanting songs that, Paris herself, sparkle with seduction and panache! The Grammy-nominee is truly an American diva with a French heart… and her love affair with France continues on this exciting new recording, sung all in French, C’EST SI BON! The charming songtress is in top form here with velvety songs that will translate smoothly into the contemporary jazz arena, including the latest single, the title track, "C'est si bon," (means "It's So Good") plus “La Mer,” and her fun and sexy version of “Un Homme et Une Femme" ("A Man and A Woman"). The timeless talent does it again on C’EST SI BON, with warmth, clarity and exquisite performance! If you like Ella Fitzgerald, Barbra Streisand, and Rosemary Clooney, you’ll LOVE Sylvia Bennett! Tres bien!
Saxman Aaron Bing started playing professionally when he was just 15-years-old, and his star has been rising ever since! His debut release for Century Records, OTRA PARTE DE MI is already gaining attention. Jazzreview.com says, "Bing is currently building a reputation as an up and coming player in today’s new generation of Smooth Jazz artists" and, Smooth Jazz Therapy says Aaron's first single, “Isla Del Encanto” (Enchanted Island), is "Something special and certainly one of the best Smooth Jazz cuts you will hear this year." We agree! Its Latin flavor, great melody, and Aaron's superb playing create an incomparable listening experience. It doesn't stop there… OTRA PARTE DE MI is loaded with great music! We'd suggest putting “Fiesta” and “Noche de Romance” on your short list, for starters. We predict this is the first of many Aaron Bing albums you'll want to have in your home collection!
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.”
COLORS 2.0 Brand New Day Independent
Brian Sherman is the vibrancy in Colors 2.0… he is also the keyboardist, composer, producer and co-founder of the original, L.A.-based Colors band that had tremendous success in the 80’s and 90’s recording and performing on the same bill as many of their contemporary jazz colleagues including Spyro Gyra, Lee Ritenour, Keiko Matsui, Ronnie Laws, Curtis Mayfield and many more. The blend is a fun, uplifting combination of Smooth Jazz, Funk, R&B, Latin and Gospel. The exciting new project BRAND NEW DAY features top studio musicians including bassist Rob McDonald, guitarist Toshi Yanagi, Grammy Award-winning vocalist, John Fluker, powerhouse vocalist, Nikko Allen, and special guests including Yellowjackets’ drummer Will Kennedy, percussionist Lenny Castro and more! This is a wonderful new project that we highly recommend!
International recording artist, guitarist Dr. Dave, gifts us Smooth Jazz fans with a delightful “best of” compilation entitled LOVE POTION. Containing 15 of his smoothest, most romantic performances, it features a well-crafted collection of originals like the title track and “Guitar Island,” together with such appealing covers as “Surfer Girl,” “You Are So Beautiful” and “Never Can Say Goodbye.” With a host of today’s and yesterday’s well-known and loved musicians, like Fattburger’s Carl Evans Jr. plus Ronnie Laws, Hubert Laws, Ernie Watts, and Hollis Gentry III, these Dr. Dave classics will likely bring back positive memories and emotions… connecting the early Smooth Jazz years with today. You might even fall in love all over again… with the nostalgia… with the music for what it is... tastefully delicious Smooth Jazz in its truest sense. Dr. Dave’s LOVE POTION is high on my personal “recommended” list!
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!
JAREZ On Top Of The World Independent
Listen, I love the classics and appreciate the essentials, but I crave new music… it keeps me youthful and makes me feel connected to our ever-changing world. SmoothJazz.com has been blazing a mix of genre-blending music for more than a dozen years; we’re always thrilled to discover fellow trailblazers. Saxophonist Jarez (born Jarel Posey) has created a Cali cool hybrid of jazz, hip-hop and R&B with confidence! His new album ON TOP OF THE WORLD will take his treatment of Smooth Jazz to the Echo Boomer generation, featuring his bold new hit single, “Treasure.” 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 busy, 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!
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!
LORI KING Still In Love D-Town Records
Lori King is a Detroit native who delivers a powerhouse debut with STILL IN LOVE, lovingly brimming with soulful and romantic music to get you in the mood and keep you there! King, who has toured worldwide, now makes her mark on a recording, produced by Grammy Award winner Michael J. Powell, that perfectly blends soul, pop, R&B, and Contemporary Jazz. It took me only a few minutes to remember who King sounds like – the amazing Randy Crawford! But King puts her own touch to originals and classics, the latter including a joyous “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” and a slowed down, sexy-as-hell “I Want to Make It With You.” King pours her heart into her nuanced vocal delivery – just listen to the erotic and breathy beginning to “Unexpected.” King can be flirtatious, sure, but she also expresses a still-tender longing in the title track, “Still in Love,” an ode to couples who’ve stayed together through thick and thin. If you’re looking for some Quiet Storm of yore, you can’t go wrong with Lori King!
LEVEL 10 Vector Independent
VECTOR brings some serious energy from the Clearwater, Florida-based Level 10 Band. It’s not easy to pigeonhole their sound, but trust, you don’t need to, it’s awesome! On this latest release, you’ll find Jazz, Smooth Jazz and World Jazz, with an emphasis on torrid Latin and Brazilian vibes! Makes me want to catch them live for the full experience! Intricate rhythms, meet genius melodies - This is the definition of World-class!
Producer/keyboardist Levy DeAndrade, saxophonist Rex Freligh, bassist Yovannis Roque, and drummer Ivan Ivila have delivered an album where every song’s a winner, every performance is impressive, and the hot new radio single, (the title track) is already hitbound! Feast your ears on Level 10!
One of the world’s leading instrumentalists with a career spanning three decades, more than twenty solo recordings and over 1.2 million units sold, contemporary jazz icon, Keiko Matsui is a force to be reckoned with. The soft-spoken, soulful composer releases a completely compelling collection of new songs that are deeply personal and musically integral while presenting a cool, fashionable swagger. With songs like “Black Lion,” “Top Secret” “A Night With Cha Cha” as well as the title track, she glides through a chilled, jazz vibe with artful expression and gorgeous articulation, defused with stirring beats and rhythms. The album is captivating, songs ranging from cinematic to energetic. Keiko makes her vocal debut on a very cool tune she was inspired to write for Police founder, called “Stingo.” Special guest contributions on this project give the artist an opportunity to share her journey with fellow musical jazzscape painters Chuck Loeb, Marcus Miller, Kirk Whalum, Narada Michael Walden and Will Lee. Keiko Matsui is timeless and SOUL QUEST is proof positive.
JACQUES MIGNAULT The Green Album Independent
From the chart-topping, Canadian Smooth Jazz group, Groove55, critically acclaimed Montreal keyboardist, producer, composer Jacques Mignault, comes brand new music for 2014! We're thrilled to be working in collaboration with THE GREEN ALBUM as the prolific artist plans to release a handful of new tracks every few months! THE GREEN ALBUM delivers world-class musicianship and compositions on a project that's main focus is contemporary jazz, fusion and funk. The first batch of songs include the extraordinarily cool (think Four80East) “Adam of the Funk,” as well as the delightful, “Doodles” and the higher-consciousness vocal and thick groove, “One World One World." All artists contributing to THE GREEN ALBUM collaboration will be remunerated in a timely manner in Mignault's Utopian musical model as his reach goes worldwide and the recordings enjoy consumer success! New music for a new paradigm!
Mind, Body, Soul Songs… JamieMitges.com, a musical website dedicated to healing with music from the soul. Composer, musician, creative spirit, Jamie Mitges writes songs from the soul for the soul…Soul souls written for you and your loved ones. A healing, relaxing experience awaits you now at JamieMitges.com!
The term “21st Century Jazz” is being bandied about in regards to this musical concoction of scintillating covers and delightful originals from American jazz singer Dianne Reeves. Threading accessible with sophisticated, the Sublime celebration of the beauty of life, features elements of R&B, Latin, pop and of course jazz (contemporary, smooth, cool and jazz, jazz). Ms. Reeve’s BEAUTIFUL LIFE is her first album in five years and the second for the Concord Music Group, (2005 soundtrack for George Clooney’s movie Good Night and Good Luck). Produced by Terri Lyne Carrington this gorgeous recording features a star-studded cast of 21st century jazz ambassadors the likes of Esperanza Spalding, Gregory Porter, Robert Glasper, Gerald Clayton and more, with covers of songs created by Bob Marley, Marvin Gaye, Ani DiFranco, Fleetwood Mac among others. According to the multi Grammy award winner, “Life is beautiful and I wanted to celebrate that which is too often overlooked.”
PAOLO RUSTICHELLI Soul Italiano (Med Groove) Next Age Music
The most compelling song yet from Italy's renown keyboardist and composer, Paolo Rustichelli! Sunny, sexy and invigorating, "Med Groove" will take you where you want to go, on a musical adventure through sun-drenched destinations in Spain, Italy and Greece with a fresh mix of Latin rhythms and classic Paolo melodies and instrumentation! The enchanting, mid-tempo "Med Groove" promises to deliver big for fans and radio airplay. Like with the artist's previous hit "Paisa," we predict this new song will be a chart-topper for the pioneer of synth music and creator of chill out, electro Smooth Jazz! One play of "Med Groove" and you'll be on your way to the Mediterranean!
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!
JUMAANE SMITH I Only Have Eyes For You Independent
Trumpeter and vocalist, Jumaane Smith, releases an instant essential album, one that is definitive and timeless. A jazz recording appealing to a wide audience of music enthusiasts with cool, classic sensibilities. The accomplished musician has traveled the world, refined his art and played on stages of the global community, from cultural landmarks to massive stadiums. He’s collaborated with legends and icons from Stevie Wonder, Quincy Jones, Alicia Keys, Natalie Cole, Wynton Marsalis and on tour with modern day crooner and pop super star, Michael Bublé for the last 9 years. This gorgeous new project is romantic and genuine… with pristine production and world-class performances featuring some of your favorite songs with special guests including classical crossover singer, 13-year old Jackie Evancho on “La Vie En Rose,” popular R&B, a cappella group, Naturally 7, on the title track and a flawless version of “Come Rain Or Come Shine” featuring Bublé on vocals. This is a must have … delightfully pleasing to the ears!
ED STONE King of Hearts Sapphire Music, LLC
My first reaction to Michigan-based guitarist Ed Stone’s third CD, KING OF HEARTS was, “Wow, this guy really knows his stuff”! Dr. Stone (he’s a medical guy too!) has crafted an outstanding collection of in-the-pocket, feel-good Smooth Jazz, with all the elements that hits are made of… superb musicianship, hooky melodies, even some fine vocal work on three of the songs, and a positive vibe throughout. The album’s title track, still cruising along on the charts, and the follow-up single, “Automatic” are very strong tunes indeed. In addition to those songs, I also especially like Dr. Stone’s covers of Gloria Estefan’s “The Rhythm Is Gonna Get You” and the Temptations’ “Treat Her Like a Lady.” Fact is, there’s not a track on this album that isn’t a radio-worthy winner. So, if you were to ask my “wellness” advice, Dr. Ed Stone’s KING OF HEARTS is definitely right for you!
From the beautiful Mediterranean island of Sicily comes an exceptional album of real quality from composer/saxophonist Antonio Alma. Taormina, Italy is a charming, almost fairytale town providing a colorful environment for the artist to create PERSONAL ENCOUNTER, his latest recording. Mixed and mastered with the skill of a great artist, Antonio's sax sores majestically across a wealth of truly magnificent self-penned, passionate Smooth Jazz/Soul/Gospel songs, all with a sophisticated and unique sound, as unique as Taormina itself!
PETE BELASCO Lights On Independent
While Pete Belasco is truly one of the most satisfying singers of our time, seven years is a very long wait without getting some... Some of that seductive slow groove, some soulful crooning and some cleverly, evocative lyrics. Sure, Pete Belasco’s signature sound lingers, which is why radio stations worldwide continue to support his two previous recordings (Get It Together and Deeper). With LIGHTS ON, the wait is over my Belasco-starved friends! This new project is everything you’ve been holding out for! Subtle, sexy and intelligent with skillfully crafted tunes in a similar vein as vintage favorites Mayfield, Marvin and Smokey. Fans of today’s neo soul, will also enjoy discovering Pete’s LIGHTS ON… a relevant musical tale of a sweet, sweet life. The new project features 12 entrancing new songs, plus 2 bonus tracks, including the hot new single, the artist's anthem of career integrity, "I Ain't Doin' It." We can finally relax, as we are Belascofied once again!
SYLVIA BENNETT SylviaBennett.com Out of Sight Music
There is a heavenly place on the Internet where you can visit and feel completely renewed with sweet music and world-class standards… you’ll find the entire Sylvia Bennett catalog on Out of Sight Music, on-line at SylviaBennett.com! This includes her gorgeous release with jazz legend, vibraphonist Lionel Hampton,THERE WILL NEVER BE ANOTHER YOU featuring unreleased songs from the great musician and recording artist. When it came to Sylvia Bennett, Lionel Hampton loved her, he is quoted as saying “Man, the lady can sing! Her magic gets to the ears and the hearts of the audience.” If you’re a fan of Ella Fitzgerald, Barbra Streisand, and Rosemary Clooney, you'll love Sylvia Bennett. Be sure to discover Sylvia's beautifully packaged CD/Greeting Card combination, FROM THE HEART, for any special occasion. Let the music tell them how you feel, with timeless classics that will warm anyone’s heart… A gift and a card all–in–one available now!
WILLIE BRADLEY Another Day & Time Independent
Delicious is the first word that popped into my head when I first listened to North Carolina-based jazz trumpet phenom Willie Bradley’s new solo project, ANOTHER DAY & TIME. It’s a total winner, with all the ingredients that make for hit music. It’s a bounty of lively horn tracks, in collaboration with keyboardist/producer Nicholas Cole, featuring guest artists Jeff Kashiwa, Marcus Anderson, Lin Rountree, John Dillard and guitarist Kay-Ta Matsuno. Expect Willie Bradley’s ANOTHER DAY & TIME to be a major success story in 2014, we're excited to be part of this artist's journey!
An extraordinary collection of independent Neo Soul, R&B and Nu Jazz presented by Bey Bright and featuring singing sensations Tia Dae, Colie Williams and Chaneta Copeland! Produced by soul producer and songwriter Bey Bright (pronounced "bay") who is also an author, relationship expert, life coach, consultant, writer, musician, entertainer and CEO of Bey Bright INC. The focus of the multi-talented, NYC and Washington, D.C. based entrepreneur is to motivate, educate & entertain through written works, musical compositions and lectures. NU INDIE SOUL, VOL 1 is a must-have for music fans!
CALIFORNIA CONGA Spill Independent
The Cali vibe is spilling out everywhere on this fun EP featuring congas and other cool percussive persuasions inspired by JWesley Bassard. SPILL from California Conga captures the essence of the California beach experience in the daytime and the cool, energetic grooves of the west coast nightlife. Smooth Jazz meets Nu Conga… Download your copy of SPILL now for free at CDBaby! Yes, we said FREE… or purchase at iTunes and check out their website for other cool info!
You decide what’s real and what’s spin… Coldjack is searching through time and space for the perfect blend of music; he craves soulful emotion, jazzy melodies and rhythmic beats as well as compelling vocals that speak to the heart of the matter. Until this ageless wanderer finds exactly what he craves musically, he will not be free to discover mortality or experience true love. New on Thunderdome Sounds is SPITFIRE ANGELS produced by the Juno-winning and Grammy-nominated Eddie Bullen, featuring fresh and exciting originals from songwriter/vocalist John Fraser and bassist Marcus Davis (both Londoners living in Canada). They call themselves Coldjack! Coincidence? We think not! The music is a perfect blend of Smooth Jazz, R&B, pop, grooves and powerful vocals. Think Steely Dan meets Level 42 meets Sade. Have a listen for yourself and set YOUR soul free!
STEVEN ANTHONY COOK It Always Feels Good Heavy Productions
NYC jazz guitarist/composer Steven Anthony Cook releases a collection that he’s written, performed (all instruments) and produced, highlighted by the single, “Sweet Pleasure,” a sensual slow jam designed to fit the title IT ALWAYS FEELS GOOD. World travels to Spain, France, Italy, the Caribbean and more are infused into the artist's expressive, musical works. The multi-dimensional talent teaches music and owns a film scoring company, Heavy Productions. Let your mind unwind with this organic jazz!
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. A world class rhythm section, stunning original tunes offering a variety of musical styles ranging from contemporary jazz, funk, and rock to Latin and Reggae, all supporting Tim’s polished, yet edgy guitar solos, guaranteeing an exciting listening experience. Get ready to have your boat rocked!
The amazing new song from sax man/vocalist Andre Delano, “Help Yourself,” is the centerpiece for Woodward Avenue’s outstanding new compilation, 9 MILE ROAD. You’ll find two distinct versions of the song here… a soulful vocal and an instrumental duet with Andre’s sax and Paul Brown’s guitar. Both versions were produced and mixed by Double Grammy winner Brown, by the way! 9 MILE ROAD is an outstanding collection for your library, including hits from Paul Brown, Grace Kelly, Jonathan Fritzen and lots more, so the two new tracks from Andre Delano are, indeed, the icing on the cake!
FRAN DOMINGUEZ As The Phoenix Bird Independent
Imagine many of your favorite Smooth Jazz artists set aflame to hot, horn-infused Latin jazz… that’s exactly what AS THE PHOENIX BIRD brings to the table here! From Mexico City, comes Cuban-born trumpet player, Fran Dominguez and his brand new release, the Smooth Fran Project, AS THE PHOENIX BIRD with ten exciting Smooth Jazz songs that range from soft, sweet and soulful to spicy Latin rhythms and Afro-Cuban jazz. Songs that you’ll recognize from your favorites including Fattburger, Dave Koz, Jeff Lorber, Norman Brown, Chuck Loeb and more! Inspired by the likes of Arturo Sandoval, Fran developed his vibrant style while playing with the world-renown Cuban group Spades for 10 years! The outstanding trumpet player has recently come back to the spotlight after a battle with is health and is sounding better than ever… hence the Phoenix rises and Fran Dominguez rises too with his exciting new Smooth Fran project! Don’t miss it!
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!
D. EDWARD Little Red Box Independent
D. Edward’s debut album LITTLE RED BOX is a blender full of smooth, sweet and savory flavors… from Jazz to Soul to Latin to Pop to Blues. His first two radio singles, “Truly” and “There She Goes” were strong hits, so now we turn the spotlight on the engaging vocal “Keep Loving You” and the tasty instrumental “The Passage,” both perfect for Smooth Jazz. D. Edward shines on, with an abundance of brilliance, creativity and freshness!
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.
Meet the hottest new sax diva who’s got my ear these days… Ms. Theresa Grayson! This Texas native is scoring big with her sophomore album release, LIVE2LOVE… a passionate, sultry collection of compelling originals, together with freshly interpreted classic R&B and Pop. Her first radio single, “Afterthoughts,” is heading up the charts, and there’s much more where that comes from on this World-class project. Theresa Grayson is the complete package… beautiful woman, brilliant saxtress and vocalist, stunning performer. LIVE2LOVE is a must-have for any jazz lover!
LEO HALL Thinking Of You Independent
“Smooth Jazz with a little Funk…" that’s how multi-instrumentalist Leo Hall aptly describes his latest solo release, THINKING OF YOU. Leo’s been devoting his time to this new project after having much success working with sax man Edmund Simental on his recent Smooth Jazz hit CD, MIDNIGHT RENDEZVOUS. On the heels of that release, THINKING OF YOU comes out strong and shining as a brand new effort from this talented artist, whose resume includes work for Chanté Moore, La ‘rue, and Gwyen Foxx, among others. THINKING OF YOU is sexy, chilled and smooth, exactly how you take your Smooth Jazz!
CAL HARRIS JR. REMIX : Shelter Island f. Euge Groove CHI International Music
This cool, slinky, sexy remix of Cal Harris Jr.'s title track to his latest release SHELTER ISLAND is one of our favorite songs from the critically-acclaimed keyboardist/producer. The remix features sax favorite, Euge Groove, who's distinctive style shines bright on the sultry groove. The remix is not included on the album, however it is available independently on iTunes. A sure-fire radio smash!
VINCENT IOIA No Time Like Now Independent
There’s a powerful emotional odyssey behind the launching of saxophonist Vincent Ioia’s (pronounced "yoy-ya") recording career with NO TIME LIKE NOW after 30 years as a successful computer science/IT specialist on Wall Street – but you don’t have to know the specific details to connect with the power and passion in his playing on the infectious and explosive lead single, “First Time” and other tunes penned by co-producer Ricky Peterson (David Sanborn) and Rippingtons keyboardist Bill Heller.
SAM BASSMAN JENKINS Project 37 Independent
When you slap down a groove on six strings of solid steel like Sam "Bassman" Jenkins, it stays slapped! The South Carolina “Bassman” owns a mighty bass guitar (Kensmith Custom) and uses it in skillful performance on his brand new work PROJECT 37, a 10 track adventure into Bassland, traversing soul, funk and the smoothest of jazz! PROJECT 37 slaps, grooves and funkafies in all the ways you love from bass-driven Smooth Jazz... download and get down!
CLARENCE J. JOHNSON III Watch Him Work Like Father Like Son Records
From the great city of New Orleans comes seriously inspiring saxophone jazz from Mr. Clarence J. Johnson III. This NOLA native acknowledges God, plus the joys and sorrows of life, on his first album release in nearly 15 years. WATCH HIM WORK is a project best described as a fresh take on jazz fusion. With a resume that includes major gigs, highlighted by his part in the motion picture “Ray,” together with his impressive experience as an educator, Clarence is a jazz force to be reckoned with. We highly recommend that you acquire WATCH HIM WORK for your jazz collection and start moving to the music!
Chicago-based by way of his home town of L.A., sax man and vocalist Marqueal Jordan (pronounced “mar-KWELL”) can do both with soul and style, putting him in that rare company of artists like George Benson, Donny Hathaway, and Ronnie Laws. Currently touring with Brian Culbertson, CATALYST is Marqueal’s solo debut after years of top-shelf work with noteworthy stars such as Gerald Albright, Patti Austin, AWB, and many more. This stunning release from a veteran artist, songwriter, producer and features production by Chris “Big Dog” Davis, Frank McComb and a guest appearance by Culbertson. Sure to uplift!
JUSTIN KLUNK Justin Klunk - EP Independent
Check out this electrifyingly unique sax work from uber-talented L.A.-based newcomer Justin Klunk. "Rock Your Body" is the hot, new single from his debut album, JUSTIN KLUNK – EP, and it will do just that, rock ya with a killer groove and Justin's sizzling sax work. There is no wonder why this is the EP's most popular track on iTunes. With a degree from USC’s Popular Music Performance program, mentoring from David Benoit and a resume of performances with top artists, Justin is on the fast track to Smooth Jazz stardom. One listen to his fresh and unique sound and you’ll know exactly why!
JUANMA LINDE Momento Ahora Independent
From one of Spain’s most touring and accomplished saxophonists, the handsome and entertaining Juanma Linde, comes an exciting solo debut album featuring exceptional flavors of music with rhythm and fusion, blending house and jazz with funk and Flamenco! MOMENTO AHORA is exciting and exhilarating, presenting a spirited nuance to the saxofonista, who by the way, is also a brilliant composer and producer. Spain is home of some of the most intriguing contemporary music of including chill out, nu jazz and house. Take all of these innovative new styles and blend them with rich tones and exquisite playing and you have MOMENTO AHORA, Juanma Linde's stunning 6-song recording that promises to thrill you! Viva España!
D. MILLS Real Love D.M. Records
Talented vocalist/multi-instrumentalist D. Mills enters the Smooth Jazz arena anew with a strong follow-up single to his uber-successful ON the TABLE album. This sultry and sexy original, "Real Love," is Nu Jazz/R&B perfection. It’s exactly the kind of tune D. Mills fans are gonna show some real love for, while new fans are gonna fall hard for the NYC performer!
MOTOWN MOE Escape To The City Windee Records
We’re big fans of detroit-based keyboardist Motown Moe (aka Kevin Dingle)… now recording in the Chicago area, MM delivers music that feels good; and with each and every new album, he makes the world a better place. ESCAPE TO THE CITY, is a cool jazz outing influenced by artists the likes of George Duke, Jeff Lorber, Pat Metheny, Joyce Cooling, Bob Baldwin and Brian Culbertson. This R&B, Chillout tinged recording celebrates old school Smooth Jazz with updated, new twists that promise an enjoyable listening journey! Favorite tracks include the title track, “Midnight Persuasion,” and “Return to the Funky Ol’ Days.”
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.
BOBBY PORTER Comin' At You BoPo Records
What do Marvin Gaye, Curtis Mayfield and Santana have in common? All have been a tremendous influence on jazz guitarist, composer, vocalist Bobby Porter! This soulful recording artist has released a delightful, silky-smooth new album aiming at the heart of Smooth Jazz fans. COMIN’ AT YOU features jazz guitar to make you feel good and help you wash off the daily grind! Porter’s jazz will transport you to a happy place with eleven new songs, including the first single “Uptown,” a graceful guitar glide over chilled grooves with stirring playing. Fans of George Benson, Lee Ritenour and Wes Montgomery will enjoy Bobby Porter’s latest… slip into this musical concoction and unwind!
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!
Warm, uplifting, vibey, Nu Jazz from guitarist Stephanie Sante has been delivered to the Listening Loft! Her 7th album to date, the San Francisco native and Boulder, Colorado resident delights us with a recording of new, uptempo tunes featuring what she calls a “spicy brew of sonic chill out patterns.” Stephanie pens music that promises to enrapture your soul and give your spirit wings! The COSMIC DIVA collection was inspired by Science Fiction author Greg Bear’s The Way Trilogy (Eon, Eternity and Legacy). The new songs are uplifting, stirring and even a tad dramatic! In addition to composing, Ms. Sante is also pursuing another passion, surrealistic digital art… her work is featured on the covers of her albums, including this one!
MIKE STONE Stepper Image Capsule Records
Windy City producer, songwriter, arranger, DJ, multi-instrumentalist and founder of the recording label Image Capsule Record, Mike Stone delivers an infectious new joint called "Stepper." The Chicago native has captured the essence of the Step dancing vibe with a colorful percussive base layered with an impressive keyboard performance. "Stepper" will make you want to move to the groove… Stone just stepped your Smooth Jazz up a notch!
The mastermind behind Smoothnsaxy and Ear Relevance, R.L. Walker, releases a new solo project featuring smooth, sensual saxophone and cool upbeat grooves! MANY FACETS shows the multiple sides that this artist is capable of delivering musically… from the chilled grooves of the title track (featuring Walker on an alluring xylophone), to upbeat jams like we’ve been dancing to on “Up In the Club”! The artist calls this collection “laid back neo-soul,” which he says encompasses his everyday spirit. The chilled Washington D.C. saxophonist’s main object is to make people happy… MANY FACETS will deliver big on this promise. Download, sway, smile!