December 31, 2006

What We're Listening To * December

D E N I S * P O O L E

'This Christmas' by Brian Culbertson from his brand new CD A Soulful Christmas - this hip take on Donny Hathaway's 1971 composition is Christmas music like it was always meant to be.

'Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas' by Kenny G from his Miracles - The Holiday Album. Kenny doing what he does best.

'Baby Its Cold Outside' by James Taylor and Natalie Cole from Taylor's CD for Hallmark A Christmas Album. Its great when December comes around and its OK to play this one again!!

'Bring A Torch To Jeanette Isabella' by Brian Lubeck from the Christmas compilation We Three Strings. This much underrated smooth jazz guitarist comes up trumps on this one.

'All Through The Christmas Night' by Brian Culbertson. Also from his A Soulful Christmas CD, this original composition with awesome vocals from Michael McDonald is a classic in the making.

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

Brian Culbertson, A Soulful Christmas, 2006

Dave Koz, A Smooth Jazz Christmas

Gil Parris, Strength, 2006

T-Square with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Basia, The Sweetest Illusion

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

Richy Kicklighter, Unknown (Midnight Pass Music): More tempting guitar work from the Florida resident. His eighth CD is available at

Incognito, Bees + Things + Flowers (Narada): The veteran British funk band switches gears with an acoustic affair of new, classic and cover songs.

Slim Man, Solstice (Oui Oui): The bassist and leader of Bona Fide steps out on another solo project with a big assist from guitarist Marc Antoine.

The Terry Disley Project, Across the Pond (Disleyworld): The former Acoustic Alchemy pianist, who still joins the group of many of its trio outings, returns with a smooth jazz CD that is the next best thing to an AA project.

Ken Navarro, The Meeting Place (Positive Music): The guitarist with the sweet touch on the nylon strings has created 10 new songs and a cover of Pat Metheny’s “Lakes.”

P E T E R * B O E H I

Nate White - So Beautiful (2006)
This bassist delivers a really beautiful album featuring the fretless bass of the leader in a cool grooving smooth jazz setting. Very recommended!

Steve Cole - True (2006)
This is one of my favorite sax players who puts all of his heart into his music and this warm, groovy and really unadulterated album paying reference to his musical heroes is no exception. Outstanding!

Tribaljazz - Tribaljazz (2006)
This is an interesting album featuring flute and african grooves covering styles from funk to latin to jazz which is a breath of fresh air. Not to be overlooked!

Soul Jazz Express - Soul Jazz Express (2006)
This band smokes! Fat hammond organ, great guitar and sax and a captivating live feeling are the hallmarks of this album of driving, groovy jazz tunes. This how good jazz sounds to me!

[re:jazz] - Expansion (2006)
This band delivers club tunes in an acoustic jazz setting and succeeds triumphantly. Especially outstanding is Herbie Hancock's "Rockit" in a slowed down acoustic version which will put a smile on your face.

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

Brian Culbertson, Soulful Christmas (GRP)

Bob James & Earl Klugh, One on One (Koch Records)

Chick Corea, Secret Agent (Universal)

Ronnie Laws, Every Generation (Blue Note Records)

A Lounge Supreme, Vol. 4 (Soulstar)


Forever, For Always, For Luther, Vol. II, Various Artists

First Christmas, by Andre Delano

Seasons of Life, by Janita

Cool to the Touch, Greg Adams

Posted by Beverly J. Packard at December 31, 2006 12:00 PM