April 30, 2007

What We're Listening To * April

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

Jean Luc Ponty, Ponty Plays Zappa: King Kong

T Square, Wordless Anthology I

T Square, Wordless Anthology II

Brian Tarquin, Last Kiss Goodbye

Harry Hmura, Passion

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

Ronny Smith, Simply Stated (K&A)

Keiko Matsui, Moyo (Shout Factory)

Carmen Cuesta-Loeb, You Still Don't Know Me (Skip)

Terje Lie, Traveler (TCat)

The Bad Plus, Prog (Do the Math/Heads Up)


P E T E R * B O E H I

Allistair Elliott - Urban Nights (2007)
Great smooth jazz album by Canadian trumpet player Allistair Elliot featuring first rate playing, original material and some well selected covers. Thumbs up!

Drew Davidsen - This Journey... (2007)
Hip guitar playing over contemporary grooves full of catchy melodies, very nicely done, several songs have been added to the playlist of SmoothVibes radio. Check it out!

Blue Latitude - El Encanto (2007)
Beautiful batch of music with a latin twist, featuring top notch playing throughout and a great cover of the Crusader's "Soul Shadows". Not to be missed!

Bobby Blackston Band - Elevations (2007)
Warm, funky and mellow smooth jazz album full of great tracks. It is one of those gems to be found on your endless searches at CDBaby.com. Take it from me!

Jeff Lorber Fusion - Soft Space (1978)
A seminal album of the contemporary jazz scene dating back to 1978, only available on LP, featuring Joe Farrell and Chick Corea. This great album already shows the Jeff Lorber trademark playing and has aged very well. Take this trip down memory lane and be delighted!


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

Duncan Millar, Good To Go (Instinct Records) 2001

Mitchel Forman, Chuck Loeb, Wolfgang Haffner, and Jerry Brooks, Metro Live at the A-Trane (Marsis Jazz) 2004

Harry Hmura, Face to the Sun (Stormcloud Records) 2006

John Tropea, Something Old, New, Borrowed and Blues (Video Arts Music) 2005

Nils, Ready To Play (Baja Records) 2007


D E N I S * P O O L E

'Closer' by Four80East from their brand new CD En Route. With an aura all its own, mellow haunting guitar and sexy wordless vocals, this is where chill meets seduction to terrific effect.

'Strawberry Letter 23' by David Wells from the CD More Love More Power. A cover of this seminal tune is well overdue and the major radio impact it is currently enjoying owes much to Wells soulful and passionate approach.

'Springtime Breeze' by Jeffery B Suttles from the CD Time To Suttle Down. Suttles and Rafael Padilla generating some massively urgent percussion and an outstanding Rhodes solo from Patrice Rushen are just two of the reasons why this one is almost indescribably good.

'That's How Heartaches Are Made' by Deniece Williams from her album Love Niecy Style. A hit for Baby Washington in 1963 this is a marvelous example of uncomplicated yet emotional soul that here is afforded a whole new dimension by the harmonica playing of Stevie Wonder.

'Nothing That I Do' by Dee Lucas from his hot new album Something To Ride 2. Fashioned around a cool vocal from Terri Carroll and built on a sultry vibe that is straight from the street this is where urban jazz meets quiet storm to sensational effect.

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

Jeff Golub, Grand Central (Narada Jazz)

Jeff Lorber, He Had A Hat (Blue Note)

Four80East, En Route (Native Language)

Chuck Loeb, The Love Song Collection (Shanachie)

Jackiem Joyner, Babysoul (ARTizen)

Posted by Beverly J. Packard at April 30, 2007 1:07 AM