J E F F * D A N I E L S
Richard S. & The Vibe Tribe, Cools Shoes (Lipstick Records)
Herbie Hancock, The New Standard (Polygram Records)
Ronny Jordan, A Brighter Day (Blue Note Records)
Wilton Felder, Let's Spend Some Time (Bcs Records)
K A L E N - M A R I E * G R A N T
Candy Dulfer - 'Mister Marvin' from Sax-A-Go-Go 1993 RCA
Boney James and Rick Braun - 'Grazin in the Grass' from Shake It Up 2000 Warner Bros
Jeff Kashiwa - 'Hyde Park' from Another Door Opens 2000 Native Language
Eric Marienthal - 'One Day in Venice' from Turn Up the Heat 2001 Peak
Euge Groove - 'Rewind' from Play Date 2002 Warner Bros
D E N I S * P O O L E
'Slow and Easy' by Michael Vince from his debut EP of the same name. Paul Brown produces.
'Bright Spot' by Jack Prybylski from his CD Window Shopping. This collaboration with Ken Navarro is a winner.
'Across The Sea' by Dan Siegel from his current release Departure. This is vintage Siegel and then some.
'Everyday Routine' by Quintin Gerard W from his forthcoming Perseverance. Wonderful R & B infused contemporary jazz.
'They Love Like This' by Sophia Darcell from her brand new CD Soul Eclectic. It has the ability to cross the divide between soul and jazz.
J O N A T H A N * W I D R A N
George Benson & Al Jarreau, Giviní It Up (Concord)
Alan Hewitt, Metropolis (215 Records)
Michael Manson, Just Feeliní It (215 Records)
Steve Cole, True (Narada Jazz)
B E V E R L Y * P A C K A R D
Doc Powell, Doc Powell (Heads Up)
Harry Hmura, Face to the Sun, (Stormcloud, 2006)
Brian Culbertson, Soulful Christmas (GRP, 2006)
Philippe Saisse Trio, Body and Soul (Rendevous, 2006)
B R I A N * S O E R G E L
Bobby Darin, Seeing Is Believing (Hyena); The king of cool comes alive on this DVD with 20 songs from various live recordings. "Mack the Knife," "Beyond the Sea" and "If I Were a Carpenter" are included of course, but so are tender versions of Bread's "If" and Neil Diamond's "Sweet Caroline." This DVD was compiled in conjection with the Bobby Darin Estate and is an important piece of American musical history.
Paolo Rustichelli, Neopagan (Next Age): Italian film composer and producer Paolo Rustichelli uses only computer softeware for this recording, but it's still pretty cool. He fuses 1970s new age music, contemporary jazz and World Beat and even does some singing. Different is good.
Brian Culbertson, A Soulful Christmas (GRP): Not what you'd think. Instead of going for the mellow groove of his last studio CD, Culbertson instead has a jazzy good time with Christmas chestnuts and an original song titled "All Throught the Christmas Night" with husky Michael McDonald.
Matt Catingub Orchestra of Hawaii, Return to Romance (Mountain Apple): It's impossible not to love a CD that begins with a lounge version of "Can't Help Falling in Love." But saxophonist Dave Koz and vocalist Patti Austin are also on this CD of romantic songs that has its happy heart in the right place. Very cool.
Various Artists, Forever, For Always, For Luther Vol. II (Rendezvous): The second edition of smooth jazz musicians covering the late Luther Vandross features an all-star cast and first-rate intepretations. A goodie: Patti Austin on "So Amazing."
P E T E R * B O E H I
Jamhunters - Jamhunters (2006)
Soft, smooth, soulful and relaxed vibes featuring great Wes inspired guitar playing and memorable melodies. Despite a few groovier tracks, this is a great album to chill and unwind!
Michael Paulo - Beautiful (2004)
This veteran sax player delivers another top notch smooth jazz album boasting an a-list of session players and great songs. "When Time Stood Still" is a favorite a SmoothVibes radio. Recommended!
Mark Maxwell - Saxual Healing (2006)
Ultra cool smooth jazz album by sax player Mark Maxwell with a laid back chill vibe. Very nice!
Bill McGee - Chase The Sunset (2006)
Latest release by this great trumpet player who comes up with another great smooth jazz album full of smooth playing and a great selection of material. Very recommended!