October 30, 2006

What We're Listening To * October

P E T E R * B O E H I

Michael Ripoll - Discovery Anew (2003)
Very solid guitar led smooth jazz album with some songs veering in a latin direction while others are groovy, funky and just fun. Very well played and produced, this one is worth your attention.

The Terry Disley Experience - Bright Side (2006)
Terry Disley is the keyboard player of Acoustic Alchemy and delivers a beautiful smooth jazz album full of memorable melodies and top-notch playing. Very recommended.

Tracey Campbell - Sunshine Embrace (2006)
Acoustic jazz trio featuring Tracey Campbell on piano and vocals. This album is full of subtle yet still groovy playing and catchy songs. A breath of fresh air!

Kerry Wilkins - Follow My Lead (2006)
Groovy, contemporary and very polished album by this great guitar player offering a mix of soul/r&b and cool smooth jazz instrumentals. Thumbs up!

Jacques Saxman Johnson - More Than Smooth (2004)
This great sax player delivers a smooth jazz album which is not only polished, but also brims with great playing and beautiful compositions. Another gem to be found on the indie scene!


J E F F R E Y * D A N I E L S

Rodney Lee, The Satellite Orchestra (Innocent Bystander Records)
www.Rodneylee.net

George Duke, Don't Let Go (CBS Records)

Jazz Crusaders, Soul Axess (True Life)

Flora Purim, Carry On (Wounded Bird Records)

Brian Simpson, It's All Good (www.bsimpsonmusic.com/www.rendezvousmusic.com)


K A L E N * M A R I E * G R A N T

Jonathan Butler – 'Rio' from Jonathan (2005 Rendezvous)

Nick Colionne – 'Always Thinking of You' from Keepin’ it Cool on (2006 Narada Jazz)

Ken Navarro – 'You Are Everything' from Love Colored Soul on (2005 Positive Music)

Raul Midon – 'If You’re Gonna Leave' from State of Mind on (2005 Manhattan)

Paul Taylor – 'East Bay Bounce' from Nightlife on (2005 Peak)


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

Hugh Peanuts Whalum (Rendezvous)

Lino, Miami Jam (Lino Alessio Publishing)

Walter Beasley, Live! (Shanachie)

Lara & Reyes (Fusion Acustica)

Ray Parker, Jr.,
I’m Free (Raydio Music Corp.)


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

Janita, I'll Be Fine, Carport Music, 2001.

Brian Culbertson, It's On Tonight, GRP Records, 2005.

Eric Darius, Just Getting Started, Narada, 2006.

Chuck Loeb, When I'm With You, Shanachie, 2005.

Third Force, Driving Force, Higher Octave, 2005.


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

George Benson & Al Jarreau, Givin' It Up (Concord): A suprisingly organic offering by two superstars, including re-imagined versions of Benson's "Breezin'" and Jarreau's "Morning."

Kyle Eastwood, Now (Rendezvous Entertainment): The bassist's new CD is much more accessible than his previous effort and features some tasty adult contemporary vocal tunes with Ben Cullum, Jamie Cullum's brother. Both "I Can't Remember" and "Leave It" are reminiscent of 2005's Matt Biano featuring Basia CD Matt's Mood.

Jake Shimabukuro, Gently Weeps (Hitchhike): You don't have to take my word that this guy is a wiz on the ukelele -- just check out "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" on YouTube. Shimabukuro also offers solo versions of "Misty," "Spain," "Ave Maria" and even "The Star-Spangled Banner." The last five songs feature accompaniment and are unexpected treats: a rockin' "Beyond the Break," a tender vocal version of Shimabukuro's original "Wish On My Star" and a tune called "Hula Girl" that would fit in nicely on smooth jazz radio.

Strunz & Farah, Fantaseo (Selva): The guitar duo just keeps getting better. Look no further for upbeat, sexy, flamenco stylings. Pick track: the beautiful and uplifting "Azure."

Talking Book, Chasing the Green (Third Angels): Classic, soulful grooves and soulful vocals blend nicely in this project by J. Kari. Best track: the old-school groove of "Your Soul Baby," one of the best vocal tunes I've heard this year.

Posted by Beverly J. Packard at October 30, 2006 1:55 AM