J O N A T H A N * W I D R A N
Warren Hill, Pop Jazz (Pop Jazz/Native Language)
Najee, My Point of View (Heads Up)
Paul Hardcastle, Hardcastle 4 (Trippin’ N Rhythm)
Brian Culbertson, It’s On Tonight (GRP)
B E V E R L Y * P A C K A R D
Terry Disley, The Terry Disley Experience, 2004. Acoustic Alchemy’s former keyboard player who is now touring with them for some of their Trio concerts. Extremely talented player and this CD is great testimony to that fact.
Nick Colionne, Arrival, 1996. It’s worth finding and listening to all of Nick Colionne’s music, present and past.
Special EFX, Party, 2003. I never tire of this excellent CD. To me, it tells a story from beginning to end.
Amedeo Minghi, Cantare d'Amore. Not smooth jazz, but classical music and a personal favorite of mine. I stumbled on him a few years ago quite by accident while looking for a CD by saxophone player Amedeo Bianchi. Amedeo is the name that links both of these very special Italian artists, each classically trained and renowned composers and teachers. The CD is all in Italian, but it doesn't matter at all..it's nothing short of breathtaking, I guess because love is love in any language.
B R I A N * S O E R G E L
Waldino, Get Loose (Walter Liskiewicz): Chill never sounded so good.
Milton Nascimento, Pieta (Savoy Jazz): The Brazilian with the godly vocals gets an assist from Pat Metheny.
Ernest Ranglin, Surfin' (Tropic): Surf music and reggae from a legend.
Kevin Toney, 110 Degrees and Rising (Shanachie): Great musical mix from an underrated keyboardist.
P E T E R * B O E H I
Brian Simpson , It's All Good (2005)
Beauty and perfection: This sums up this truly great, very polished and ultimately smooth album by pianist Brian Simpson. A gem not to be missed.
Brian Culbertson, It's On Tonight (2005)
This man possesses the absolute knack of melody, groove and mood in a smooth jazz setting. This romantic album is an aural bliss for the connoisseur!
Gregg Karukas, Looking Up (2005)
Elegant, polished, laid-back album by keyboardist Gregg Karukas boasting lots of memorable tunes and superior musicianship. First-rate stuff!
Warren Hill, Popjazz (2005)
Great sax album by veteran smooth jazz artist Warren Hill with some great covers of funk classics "Low Rider" and "Play That Funky Music" among some picture perfect instrumentals.
D E N I S * P O O L E
Paul Hardcastle, ‘Smooth Jazz Is Bumpin’ from Hardcastle 4. Being from the UK I'm bound to select Hardcastle and when a guy makes music like this its an easy choice to make.
Brian Simpson, ‘And So The Story Goes’ from his CD It’s All Good. Although not yet slated for radio play this is the best track on the album.
Euge Groove, ‘Just Feels Right,’ the title track from latest CD of the same name. It has a string arrangement that washes over you like a warm summer breeze and a feel good factor that will leave you glowing inside.
Euge Groove, Chillaxin, also from the Just Feels Right CD, has a big beat that underpins some typical wizardry from Groove and Paul Brown and mid tempo soprano sax that makes this a foot tapper of the highest order.
Angie Stone, ‘Bottles And Cans’ from her CD Mahogany Soul. Top notch soul of the highest order.