July 31, 2007

What We're Listening To * July

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

Norman Brown, Stay With Me (Peak Records 2007)

Lonnie Liston Smith, Renaissance (RCA 2004)

Karma Auger, Blue Groove (Castle Music UK 2006)

Brian Auger's Obilivion Express, Live Oblivion (Castle Music UK 2006)

Billy Cobham, Drum N Voice 2 (Nicolosi Prod It 2007)

D E N I S * P O O L E

'Reggae Man' by Eddie Gip Noble from the CD Love TKO. With just a hint of a reggae beat, and a foundation from Andre Berry on bass that is colossal, this rhythm drenched foot tapper checks all the right boxes.

'Sweet Somethin' by Rick Braun and Richard Elliot from their forthcoming CD R n R. Anchored by the pulsing bass of Nate Philips and replete with the velvety horn of Braun and Elliot this is smooth jazz how itĒs meant to be.

'Lets Get Close' by Brian Simpson from his soon to be released Above The Clouds. Replete with a vibe that oozes sensuality this is mood music of the highest order.

'Who Knows' by Acoustic Alchemy from their current CD This Way. As catchy as you will get anywhere its jam full of Carmichael and GilderdaleĒs melodic playing and blessed by the outstanding flugelhorn of Kevin Robinson.

'City Slicker' by Jay Soto from his breakthrough album Stay Awhile. Featuring both Jeff Lorber and Gary Meek this piece of groove driven jazz is nothing short of a masterpiece.

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

Marc Antoine, Hi-Lo Split

Soul Ballet, Lavish

Elliot/Braun, RnR

U-Nam, Back from the 80s

Kirk Whalum Roundtrip

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

Jay Soto, Stay Awhile, NuGroove, 2007.

Drew Davidson, This Journey, 2007

Basia, Brave New Hope

Amedeo Bianchi, The Rhythm of Life, 2000

Donald Fagen, The Nightfly

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

Candy Dulfer, Candy Store (Heads Up): An amazing, fun CD by the veteran Dutch saxophonist. One of the year's best.

Marc Antoine, Hi-Lo Split (Peak): The Spainish guitarist returns to the style that made him fans worldwide. An easy selection to add to your collection.

Ricardo Silveira, Outro Rio [Another River] (Adventure Music): Lovely rhythms from the Brazilian guitarist.

Katja Riekermann, Katja (Digital Zoo): Smooth jazz sax music from Germany. Katja is a member of Rod Stewart's band and was seen by millions during the recent telecast of the Concert for Diana in London. Definitely worth a few thousand spins.

B-Side Players, Fire in the Youth (Concord): Reggae, funk, soul. Lively up yourself.

P E T E R * B O E H I

Aaron Blake - Desire (2007)
Guitarist Aaron Blake delivers another superior smooth jazz guitar album on this independent release. Picture perfect and catchy from beginning to end. Don't sleep on this one!

Euge Groove - Born 2 Groove (2007)
This saxophonist belongs to the very best of the scene and this latest release doesn't disappoint. Cool grooves and hot playing prevail. Thumbs up!

Candy Dulfer - Candy Store (2007)
Dutch saxtress Candy Dulfer turns up on Heads Up Records with an album which was recorded with her Duch band, but definitely is on a very professional level. Once you get past those Prince-drenched opening tracks you discover some very well done and groovy smooth jazz tracks. Well done, Candy!

Marc Antoine - Hi-Lo Split (2007)
Guitarist Marc Antine pops up on Peak Records with his latest release and it's a winner. Acoustic guitar melodies with a Spanish flavor over contemporary grooves yield a really nice album. Like it a lot!

Tom Browne - Love Approach (1980)
Sticking to the tradition of mentioning a great album from the past I would like to direct your attention to this excellent album of trumpet player Tom Browne, released on the GRP label and definitely breaking new ground. Not only his hit "Funkin' For Jamaica" can be found here, but lots of top-notch contemporary jazz. Always worth to come back to!

Posted by Beverly J. Packard at July 31, 2007 4:21 AM