November 29, 2005

What We're Listening To - November

P E T E R * B O E H I

Alex Bugnon - Free (2005)
Stylish, funky, groovy and smooth piano playing by this veteran artist. Alex delivers some top-notch music out of the top drawer still going strong after all these years.

Kirk Whalum Performs The Babyface Songbook (2005)
Warm, soulful, melodic and smooth sax soothing your soul. With the Babyface songbook you know what to expect, but nevertheless very pleasant.

Bradley Leighton - Back To The Funk (2005)
Funky and groovy release by this great alto flute player. The overall feeling is warm and analog recreating the spirit of years gone by. Very listenable despite the funk tag.

Devoted Spirits: A Tribute To Earth, Wind & Fire (2005)
EWF band members Larry Dunn, Sheldon Reynolds and Morris Pleasure - along with some outstanding guest artists - deliver their interpretation of many of EWF's greatest songs.

Michael O'Neill - Funky Fiesta (2005)
Standing in the shadow of George Benson as a longtime member of his band Michael O'Neill steps out into the spotlight again delivering a stunning, absolutely brilliant smooth jazz album - don't miss it!

D E N I S * P O O L E

'Balbao Cafe' by Otis Hayes III from his self titled debut CD. This vibraphone player is like a breath of fresh air.

'Live It Up' by Jay Soto from his CD Long Time Coming. Michael Lington lends a hand on this ultra commercial piece of smooth jazz.

'Morning Dance' from Marcin Nowakowski from his album Smooth Night. Nowakowski is from Poland and is certainly one to watch for the future.

'Its Christmas (almost) so Baby Its Cold Outside' from James Taylor's A Christmas Album will be playing 24/7!!

Finally from the vaults is 'Just A Little' by Tom Scott from his 2002 release New Found Freedom. Give yourself a Christmas treat and seek this one out.


J O N A T H A N * W I D R A N

Marc Antoine, Modern Times (Rendezvous Music)

David Benoit, Orchestral Stories (Peak Records)

Warren Hill, Pop Jazz (Native Language)

Gregg Karukas, Looking Up (Trippin’ N Rhythm)

Kyle Eastwood, Paris Blue (Rendezvous)


B E V E R L Y * P A C K A R D

Ken Navarro, Christmas Cheer

T-Square, T-Square 2000

David Benoit, Professional Dreamer

Acoustic Alchemy, AArt

Jeff Golub, Dangerous Curves


B R I A N * S O E R G E L

Tom Schuman, Deep Chill: The new solo CD by the Spyro Gyra keyboardist features saxophonist Jeff Kashiwa and guitarists Peter White and Chuck Loeb.

Michael Buble, Caught in the Act: The crooner from British Columbia offers a lot of music here, with eight live songs on a CD and a DVD with 18, one of which includes Chris Botti ("Song For You"). Buble is a must-see in concert.

Jeffrey Osborne, From the Soul: The veteran has never sounded better on this CD of cover songs, especially on "First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" and "Knocks Me Off My Feet."

Victor Fields, Victor: The vocalist with chops galore gets help from producer Chris Camozzi on this sparkling set featuring "Night and Day," "Lush Life" and a tune penned by guitarist Chuck Loeb called "This Could Be Paradise."

Anita Baker, Christmas Fantasy: This is the jazz record that the veteran R&B artist always wanted to record.

Posted by Beverly J. Packard at November 29, 2005 1:47 AM