June 30, 2007

What We're Listening To * June

P E T E R * B O E H I

Dominic Amato - Fresh From The Groove (2007)
This is a top-drawer album full of great tracks from beginning to end by saxophonist Dominc Amato. Absolutely outstanding, so get it at CDBaby.com!

Ben Tankard - Let's Get Quiet: The Smooth Jazz Experience (2007)
Beautiful, laid-back and polished smooth jazz album by keyboard player Ben Tankard. Has a good cover of Maze's "Before I Let Go" on it.

Jackiem Joyner - BabySoul (2007)
This great newcomer who was taken under the wings of ARTizen label owners Rick Braun and Richard Elliot comes out with his major debut and it is a winner. Top notch artistry throughout, great to see new talent emerge on the scene.

Kevin Kooyumjian - Montery Cool! (2007)
Ok, I admit it: I am a fan of Kevin Kooyumjian. This keyboard player from Monterey delivers one beautiful album after the other with no signs of slowing down. Catchy melodies, jazzy playing and great solos on various keyboards and synths propel you into smooth jazz heaven!

Dotsero - Live at Jazz@Jack's (2007)
This brilliant live CD delivers vibrant smooth jazz at its finest. Flawlessly recorded in front of an appreciative and excited audience Dotsero play many of their finest tracks boasting great compositions and top-notch artistry. This album actually lets you feel the joy of a live concert and makes you want to rush out and attend one yourself. Very recommended!

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

Four80East, En Route (2007 Native Language)

Vibraphonic, Vibraphonic (1993 Hollywood Records)

Billy Cobham, Drum N Voice: All That Groove [IMPORT] (2002 Sony)

Nu Groove Collective, Souls of the Nu Groove (1998 Nu Groove (M.S.)

Paul Brown, White Sand (2007 Peak Records)

D E N I S * P O O L E

'A Love Of Your Own' by Paul Taylor from the CD Ladies Choice. This picture perfect interpretation of the Average White Band classic finds Rex Rideout playing delicious retro keyboards, vocals from Lauren Evans that are at soul factor ten and sax from Taylor that sends shivers down the spine.

'The Message' by Lin Rowntree from his excellent re-released album Groovetree, Featuring the vocals of Leslie Nelson this is a slice of urban jazz that checks all the right boxes.

'Mellow Nights' by J Dee from his outstanding Tippin on the Edge of Funk. This is the albums standout track and shimmers with a sumptuous quality that will draw you in and leave you longing for more. It is contemporary jazz at its outstanding best.

'2 Cool' by Jamie Williams from the CD After Hours. WilliamS is at his edgy best for this hugely funky tune that features an understated hype track from Oddz N Endz and has all the street ¡cred¢ you will ever need.

'Outstanding' by Marcus H Mitchell from the album R & R. This is a welcome new outing for the much loved 1982 classic from The Gap Band and glistens with the vocals of Tara Aldridge that are just perfect.

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

Acoustic Alchemy, This Way (Blue note)

Dee Brown, No Time To Waste (DeLaf Records)

Down to The Bone, Supercharged (Narada Jazz)

Jeff Kashiwa, Play! (Native Language)

Keiko Matsui, Moyo (Shout Factory)

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

Bob James, Angels of Shanghai

Jay Rowe, Red, Hot and Smooth

Chieli Minucci, Sweet Surrender

Matt Bianco, Whose Side Are You On

Brian Culbertson, Come On Up

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

Mocean Worker, Cinco de Mowo! (MOWO! Inc.): A breathtaking mix of beats, jazz, pop and anything else you can throw in there. "Shake Ya Boogie" is sublime.

Floratone, Floratone (Blue Note): Unpredicatable jazz from guitarist Bill Frisell and drummer Matt Chamberlain, but there's much for contemporary jazz fans to groove on, including "Swamped."

Rocco Ventrella, Give Me the Groove (Smooth Sounds Music): You'll flip for the saxophonist's version of Grover's "Soulful Strut" and "Winelight," and the rest ain't so bad either.

Blake Aaron, Desire (Innervsion): Good guitar music from a music veteran starting to get noticed in smooth jazz.

Zap Mama, Supermoon (Heads Up): World flavors from a bountiful vocalist. Not for everyone, as it's a tad eccentric.

Posted by Beverly J. Packard at June 30, 2007 9:48 AM