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A Miracle of Love

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.

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Listen to This

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!

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Night Sketches

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.”

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Love Potion

DR. DAVE Love Potion Hatherill Records

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!

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The Dream Merchant

DREAMING IN COLOUR The Dream Merchant Independent

The contemporary, extraordinary instrumental jazz group, Dreaming in Colour debuts a vibrant collaboration in fusion by the incredibly versatile bassist Kevin Ellis, and highly skilled drummer Chris Noonan as showcased on THE DREAM MERCHANT. Their distinctive rhythms and grooves create a unique, deep vibe that sparkle with the contributions from world-class performances by Jeff Lorber, Eric Marienthal, Nelson Rangell and Tim Pascoal! Mr. Lorber is featured on every single tune, and Marienthal is heard on seven of them. You won’t want to miss his energy on the funk-driven “Crosswinds” and “Waiting in Texas.” The project’s latest single, “Keepsakes,” serves up sweet, funky grooves and a heartfelt melody. Taken as individual tracks or as a cohesive collection, THE DREAM MERCHANT is beyond satisfying… it’s meaty music for fusion fans and Smooth Jazz lovers alike!

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Nathan East

NATHAN EAST Nathan East Yamaha Entertainment Group

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!

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LanceEllis.com

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!

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Second Chances

JESSY J Second Chances Shanachie Records

Acclaimed saxtress Jessy J puts her talent, experience, vitality, heritage, and solid industry connections together to create a magnificent, self-produced musical concoction entitled SECOND CHANCES. Ms. J embraces her most loved genres… Jazz, Latin, and R&B with help from the likes of Jeff Lorber, Jimmy Haslip, Norman Brown and Johnny Britt. The music is vibrant and diverse, from the engaging first radio single, “Listen 2 the Groove,” right through to the bright and positive “Twice.” (The clever “2” theme, inspired by Jessy’s manager, Stewart Coxhead, prevails on this release!) Check out the adventurous “Double Trouble,” the festive, funky “Mambo Gumbo,” a joyful salute to New Orleans, co-written with Joe Sample, and featuring Johnny Britt on vocals and trumpet, plus the jazzy “Tango for Two,” co-written with Jeff and Jimmy. Jessy J’s SECOND CHANCES is a work she should be very proud of. I’m calling it her best album yet!

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On Top Of The World

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!

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Relentless

DARRYL EVAN JONES Relentless Independent

Bringing inspired melodic possibilities of the flute back to the Smooth Jazz realm, Darryl Evan Jones adds his own funky spin to the tradition forged by pioneering greats the likes of Tim Weisberg and Hubert Laws. Branding himself the “Ambassador of Instrumental Soul,” the multi-talented artist, who has played the legendary Apollo Theatre and opened for Kem and Boney James, beautifully blends his training and experience in Jazz, Classical and Gospel to create a truly original path. While he’s all about the deep pocket groove on tracks like “It’s Alive” and “The Ride,” he brings a touch of symphonic soul to “Relentless” and eases into a whimsical easy-flowing mode on “A Walk In The Park” and “Remember Me.” Darryl shatters any preconceived notions you may have regarding the flute on RELENTLESS… it’s truly an adventure!

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Dreamwalker

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!

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Still In Love

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!

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Vector

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!

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Soul Appeal

MICHAEL LINGTON Soul Appeal Copenhagen Music

One of Smooth Jazz’s most dynamic and reliable hit makers, the Danish born saxman blasts through his usual in the pocket vibe for a freewheeling, live in the studio immersion into the heart of 60’s and 70’s Memphis soul. Co-writing with renowned R&B/pop producer Barry Eastmond and playing with a handpicked group of his favorite session musicians (including Paul Jackson, Jr. and Ray Parker, Jr.), Lington complements a batch of infectious, deep grooving originals with two well chosen King Curtis classics, “In The Pocket” and a horn section-infused “Memphis Soul Stew.” This spirited collection also includes two fresh old school style vocal ballads sung by Kenny Lattimore (“Gonna Love You Tonight”) and Ryan Shaw (“Leave Me You”). SOUL APPEAL is fresh, yet familiar!

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Rise Again

LIRA Rise Again Shanachie Records

Miss Lira is a multi-platinum music selling, global goddess who has launched her career from her home base of South Africa. In 2009 she won ‘Album of the Year’ and in 2008 ‘Best Female Artist’ at the South African Music Awards. Lira’s heady mixture of old school soul is spiced with contemporary twists and intelligent lyrics. RISE AGAIN is the inspiring artist’s first release on Shanachie Entertainment in the U.S. and opens an exciting new chapter for the focused recording artist. “I have big dreams,” Lira has frequently been quoted as saying, she adds,“I don’t want to be boxed into being a particular kind of artist.” Safe to say that this is not possible… RISE AGAIN features the seductively joyful hit, “Feel Good,” which could be Lira's call and response to Pharrell Williams’ “Happy.” 13 tracks in all, including an integral cover of Labi Siffre’s “Something Inside So Strong," a wonderful version of this song drenched in South African music influences. Discover Lira… she has a dream!

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The Smooth Factor

DEE LUCAS The Smooth Factor Smooth Soul Music Group

On his perfectly titled 5th solo album, THE SMOOTH FACTOR, Dee Lucas continues his soulful mastery of the soprano sax in the tradition of one of his heroes, the late George Howard, whom he recorded his debut album as a tribute to. Lucas’ evolving musical career is fascinating in that he didn’t pick up a horn until he was 28, then worked his way up as a sideman as well as a bandleader (of the ensemble Xpressions) before venturing out on his own. Highlights on THE SMOOTH FACTOR include the playful, funky title track and 1st single (mixing moody old school keys creating a soaring atmosphere behind his horn playing), the sensual vocal ballad “Stay” and the wistful, compelling mid-tempo ballad “The Smooth Ride.” Dee Lucas has the X Factor and it's all over THE SMOOTH FACTOR!

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Chameleon

HARVEY MASON Chameleon Concord Music Group

Crisp, smooth, deep, and intricate... that'' how the super cool, multi-Grammy nominated musician rolls on his exciting new release. CHAMELEON features 21st century jazz genius, including bright stars Christian Scott, Chris Turner and Kamasi Washington. Jazz yes, within a reimagined Head Hunters atmosphere, but so much more... you'll find R&B, soul and urban grooves mingling throughout making the project juicy and creating an offering for all music appreciators. The title track, co-written by Mase and Herbie Hancock, comes out shiny in brilliant new colors, still holding true to the original inspiration for the song, Harvey's multi-directional abilities as a musician. Co-produced by Chris Dunn, CHAMELEON showcases the prolific drummer in supreme quality, truly at the level of the masters.

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Soul Quest

KEIKO MATSUI Soul Quest Shanachie Records

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.

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The Green Album

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!

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JamieMitges.com

JAMIE MITGES JamieMitges.com PMI RECORDS, INC.

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!

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Ruby Lane

KEN NAVARRO Ruby Lane Positive Music Records

Closing in on his 25th anniversary as a recording artist, guitarist Ken Navarro has long been one of Contemporary Jazz's most consistent and melodic hitmakers. But on the fascinating and compelling RUBY LANE - his 21st recording since 1990 - he also explores adventurous and unexpected new vibes, including hypnotic and percussive tunes such as "Westbound and Rolling," expansive and dramatic sounds such as "Kings and Queens" and even classical-influences like "When The Spirit Speaks," featuring the Scheinbar String Quartet. Creative covers of early Boz Scaggs and Stevie Wonder's infectious "Higher Ground" are also included. The title track is a hit, a buoyant anniversary gift to Ken's wife Kristin. A spirited, eclectic album offering an exciting glimpse of the artist and the genre's bright future!

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Beautiful Life

DIANNE REEVES Beautiful Life Concord Music Group

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.”

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Soul Italiano (Med Groove)

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!

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Appaloosa

TONY SAUNDERS Appaloosa San Francisco Records

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!

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I Only Have Eyes For You

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!

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Tangos

RICHARD SMITH Tangos Chillharmonic Music

It’s been some 5 years since the The L.A. Chillharmonic project, the last recording from one of the coolest guitarists in Contemporary Jazz. By no means does that mean he’s been idle. The tenured music professor at the University of Southern California lives abroad 3 months every year; in 2012 and 2013 he traveled to 11 countries performing music from his previous 13 releases and collaborated with a group of international all-stars on the creation of TANGOS, the deepest, most engaging release of his career. The globally connected musical innovator was inspired by his travels to explore the intensity of the music and the dance. He brings his West coast, flirtatious, chill vibe to one of the most romantic, fiery music forms. On TANGOS the passion of the Tango meets the cool of Smooth, featuring Smith on a variety of stringed instruments in luscious orchestrations with fashionable loop mixes and effects. Get ready for this new Richard Smith groove… fresh, soulful, global!

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King of Hearts

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!

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Tenacity

PAUL TAYLOR Tenacity Peak/eOne

Sultry saxman Paul Taylor continues to raise the bar in contemporary jazz on his 10th release, TENACITY. The 10-song album has a style and a sway to it from beginning to end, a flow due in part to the fact that Taylor chose one producer for the entire recording, long time friend and colleague, Dino Esposito. TENACITY is sexy-cool with smarts. A blend of smooth jazz and urban pop - relaxed at times, driving and upbeat as well and consistently soulful. The release embodies all that is accessible and fresh musically, with a smooth, ultra-hip cover of The Weekend’s “Wicked Games” and a chilled, elevated vibe on songs like "Awakening," “Luxe,” “Open Road,” and “More To Come.” The first single, the super flirtatious, "Supernova," features Swedish keyboard sensation Jonathan Fritzén. The 10th album marks 20 years in the music biz, and Paul Taylor is as relevant and youthful as ever!

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Renaissance Man

TONY TRAVALINI Renaissance Man Independent

A onetime Motown artist and songwriter returning to the groove after a few decades away, Tony Travalini forges a fresh, multi-faceted vibe and a wealth of sonic possibilities via his Roland GR-20 Guitar Synthesizer. On his dynamic, genre-defying debut RENAISSANCE MAN he uses this incredible electronic "axe" to create sweeping atmospheres, exotic chants, pan flutes, saxophone, trumpet, horn sections, crisp electric and acoustic guitar sounds - and a lot of unexpected sonic textures along the way. His new single, the title track "Renaissance Man," is an easy grooving light funk tune featuring Travalini's graceful and jazzy lead electric guitar tone, rich percussion textures and wordless gospel-flavored synth guitar generated vocal harmonies a la Take 6.

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Lights On

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!

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SylviaBennett.com

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!

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Nu Indie Soul, Vol. 1

BEY BRIGHT Nu Indie Soul, Vol. 1 Bright Vision Entertainment

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!

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Come and See The Stars With Me Tonight

PETER BUSBOOM Come and See The Stars With Me Tonight Independent

Truly a musical citizen of the world, versatile guitarist/composer Peter Busboom was born and raised in Germany, has lived in NYC, Los Angeles and San Francisco and now resides in Sydney, Australia. Busboom is known for his soulful, gracefully melodic atmospheric New Age and Jazz fusion vibe.

The eight tracks on his new album live up to the dreamy romance promised by the title, ranging from the hypnotic and sensual “It’s Beautiful” and the moody, sax driven “Spring in San Francisco” to the dreamy and colorful burst of sunlight coming through the “Morning Shades.” This project offers global musical passport clearance… turn it up!

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Spitfire Angels

COLDJACK Spitfire Angels Thunderdome Sounds

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!

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It Always Feels Good

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!

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Big Water Little Boat

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!

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9 Mile Road

ANDRE DELANO 9 Mile Road Woodward Avenue Records

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!

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As The Phoenix Bird

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!

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Little Red Box

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!

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Change Coming

MARK ETHEREDGE Change Coming Vipaka Records

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.

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Live Life

CAJSA FRANGQUIST Live Life Independent

New from the exciting world of Cajsa (“kai-za”) Franquist comes a fun, energetic new EP filled with life… aptly titled LIVE LIFE! The Swedish songwriter, singer, producer has a unique sound that mixes exciting Euro beats with a fresh fusion of funk, jazz, soul and R&B. “Funk (That Music Beat)” is the first single and it promises to get you moving with a contemporary dance groove and jazz nuances throughout. Cajsa has a style all her own… on the forefront of crossing sounds, blurring lines and proving that her generation is genre-blind and trailblazing to their own music beat. Cajsa’s cool!

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Thinking Of You

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!

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REMIX : Shelter Island f. Euge Groove

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!

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No Time Like Now

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.

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1st Collection

JAZZ IN PINK 1st Collection Philly The Kid Records

The highly-anticipated, debut recording from the stunning, all-star female ensemble known and loved as Jazz In P!nk is a slam dunk hit and a divine slice of heaven! The aptly titled, 1ST COLLECTION, will no doubt be the first of many for jazz heroines. Originated and nurtured by highly regarded keyboardist Gail Jhonson, Jazz In P!nk showcases each and every star player in the band, including world-renown violinist Karen Briggs, enchanting jazz harpist Maria Antoinette, plus Trippin 'n' Rhythm recording artists, contemporary flautist Althea Rene and trumpeter Cindy Bradley, and many more brilliant soloists. The JIP band is also star-studded featuring bassist Robin Bramlett, guitarist Darlene Moreno and drummer Danielle "Pocket" Brown. 1ST COLLECTION serves up 11 tracks of sheer Pink power with emphasis on groove and melody, highlighted by innovation with distinctive instrumentation. Pink is the new jazz!

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Watch Him Work

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!

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Catalyst

MARQUEAL JORDAN Catalyst Independent

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!

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Soulfisticated

JEF KEARNS Soulfisticated Soul Breeze Records

The soulful, melodic and eminently grooving flute master Jef Kearns brings a colorful background into a cool, sophisticated sound that blends the cutting edge of Soul and Hip Hop rhythms with explosive Jazz improvisations. He grew up listening and playing along to Hip-Hop and R&B on Detroit radio in the 90s, then cut his teeth in the house band for Toronto's Jazz club, Trane Studio, for five years. A mix of instrumentals and six tracks featuring sensual guest female vocalists, Kearns keeps his flute fresh and melodic, with improvisational brilliance up front as he delves into concepts that range from trippy and atmospheric to vibey and upbeat - and all inspiring destinations in between. Wildly soulful, truly sophisticated... Jef Kearns is SOULFISTICATED!

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Justin Klunk - EP

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!

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Momento Ahora

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!

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Phone Phonics

MARY MARSHALL Phone Phonics Independent

On PHONE PHONICS Mary Marshall’s first independent album in ten years, the versatile composer, performer, educator, music director and choir director shares joyful and thoughtfully melodic original compositions that tap into many of the elements that have defined her varied musical resume. Influenced equally by jazz and classical music, the pianist balances frenetic romps like “You Said What?” with moody, reflective ballads like, “I Stand Accused,” the powerful Gospel/Blues influenced “For Your Precious Love” and graceful, easy flowing pieces like “Phone Talk” and “Sudden Disconnect.” Urban jazz fans who like the funk will most enjoy the blazing rock guitar and piano driven “Keyed Up”, while those who prefer an in the pocket vibe will enjoy the sassy seduction of “1+1 = One.” PHONE PHONICS is off the hook!

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Real Love

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!

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Escape To The City

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.”

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Sky

JEANNE NEWHALL Sky Marzipan Records

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.

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Let's Have Sax

STEVE REASON Let's Have Sax SoBe Entertainment

Ooh la la! From the soon-to-be-released album LET'S HAVE SAX comes a sexy new tune that spills over with scintillating jazz, infused with chill and neo soul... Steve Reason's "French Love"! The saxophonist, singer, songwriter, producer, performer has our full attention! "French Love" comes in two flavors, a St. Tropez-tinged version with sultry vocals and smooth rap featuring guests Ja'Rae and Stack$, as well as a mostly instrumental version for clear-air flying with pure unadulterated saxophone. If this is how Steve's gonna bring it with the first single, we are preparing for the rest!

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Jobim Tribute

LES SABLER Jobim Tribute New Vista Records

It's 50 years since saxophonist Stan Getz and guitarist Joao Gilberto started the Bossa Nova craze in the U.S. by sharing the magic of Antonio Carlos Jobim on their classic album Getz/Gilberto - and guitarist Les Sabler is in a big time celebrating mood on his sensual, romantic and infectiously melodic new JOBIM TRIBUTE. Unlike many homages that just scratch the surface, Sabler's thoughtful 12-track collection digs into the heart of Jobim's catalog for some enticing obscurities beyond the well-known hits. While primarily known as a guitarist, Sabler shares his beautiful vocal gifts on half the album, conveying the multitude of emotions conjured by these timeless tunes. In paying honor to a master, Sabler proves to be quite masterful himself!

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NOW

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!

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Stepper

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!

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