May 31, 2007

What We're Listening To * May

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

Michael Brecker, Pilgrimage (Heads Up): Great sax music from the late master, with an appearance by Pat Metheny.

Simply Red, Stay (Simply Red): No one writes pop vocal tunes better than Mick Hucknall.

Jackiem Joyner, Babysoul (ARTizen): The 27-year-old hopes to make it big in the smooth jazz world. He deserves a chance.

Jean Luc Ponty, The Acatama Experience (Koch): The legendary violinist is still making great music.

Hiroshima, Little Tokyo (Heads Up): Real contemporary jazz by a top-notch band.

P E T E R * B O E H I

Four80East - En Route (2007)
This Tronto-based band can do no wrong. This album delivers driving contemporary jazz featuring sexy grooves and hip playing resulting in another outstanding smooth jazz album. Just love it!

Nighthawks - Metro Bar (2001)
Ultra cool chill and lounge album with enough jazz elements to please Smooth Jazz lovers featuring the muted trumpet of Reiner Winterschladen and the mellow grooves of multi-instrumentalist Dal Martino. A hidden gem!

Arthur Lipner - Modern Vibe (2004)
I discovered vibraphonist Arthur Lipner only recently. This album offers lots of groovy covers of tunes like "Let's Stay Together" or "Love The One Your With" featuring funky vibes playing and heavy organ. Especially the outstanding rendition of "Ain't No Sunshine" is worth the price of admission. Check it out!

Blue Latitude - El Encanto (2007)
Blue Latitude offer an accessible blend of guitar-driven smooth jazz and latin elements over contemporary grooves, the melodies keep you humming along and the spirit is upbeat. Quality music throughout, another hidden gem to be found at

Wilbert Longmire - With All My Love (1980)
One of those treasured albums of the past only available on LP from the legendary Tappan Zee label, produced by Bob James and Jay Chattaway. Guitarist Wilbert Longmire provides some great instrumentals and sweet vocals to warm your soul. They don't make music like that anymore!

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

Majestic Notes, Jump Start (2007 Derrick Thompson/Stuart Dailey)

George Benson, Give Me The Night (1990 Warner Bros / Wea)

Doc Powell, Doc Powell (2006 Heads Up)

Postmodern Jazz feat. Roy Ayers, Love Not Truth (2006)

Chieli Minucci & Special EFX, Sweet Surrender (2007 Shanachie)

D E N I S * P O O L E

'Soul Dance' by Norman Brown from his brand new CD Stay With Me. This Paul Brown / Jeff Carruthers / Norman Brown composition features terrific sax from Sam Riney and is a picture perfect example of in the pocket contemporary jazz.

'We Can't Stay Together' by the Bar-Kays from their album House Party. Featuring the incredible yet underrated Shirley Brown her vocal bi-play with Larry Dodson is outstanding and turns this heartfelt duet into an enticing slice of ageless soul.

'Without Your Love' by Lamb & Meyer from the CD Don't Get No Better. With Paul Jackson Jr. Nathan East and Herman Jackson in attendance this compelling mid tempo track features great vocals from Lamb and Meyer and is seriously good.

'Guess You’ll Never Know' by Jeff Bradshaw from his 2003 release Bone Deep. Bradshaw doing what he does best in using a combination of sumptuous sounds and backing vocals to weave his hypnotically evocative magic.

'Who Knows' by Acoustic Alchemy from their CD This Way that hits record stores across America on June 6. Brass driven yet replete with the melodic vibe that the Alchemy are all about this one will get in your head and won't go away.

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

Julie Dexter/Khari Simmons, Moon Bossa (Brash Music)

Keiko Matsui, Moyo (Shout Factory!)

Acoustic Alchemy, This Way (Blue Note)

Euge Groove, Born 2 Groove (Narada Jazz)

Ryan Shaw, This Is Ryan Shaw (Columbia/One Haven/Red Ink)

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

T-Square. Wordless Anthology 3

Gerald Veasley, At the Jazz Base

Steve Veale, Blue Horizon

Chieli Minucci, Sweet On You

Frank Gambale, Thinking Out Loud

Posted by Beverly J. Packard at May 31, 2007 10:40 PM