April 30, 2009

What We're Listening To ** April

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

Down to the Bone, Future Boogie (Shanachie)

Grant Geissman, Cool Man Cool (Futurism)

Gregg Karukas, GK (Trippin N Rhythm)

Nils, Up Close and Personal (Baja/TSR)

Phillippe Saisse, At World's Edge (Koch)


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

Chuck LoebBetween 2 Worlds (Heads Up) (2009)

Jim PeterikLifeforce (TNT Media Group (FL) (2009)

Spyro GyraDown the Wire (Heads Up) (2009)

Marion MeadowsSecrets (Heads Up) (2009)

Pieces Of A DreamSoul Intent (Heads Up)  (2009)


P E T E R * B O E H I


Jakob Elvstrøm - SaxClub Vol. 1 (2009)
Fresh, funky smooth jazz sax by Danish saxophonist Jakob Elvstrøm who delivers a truly great upbeat album boasting great chops and memorable melodies. A breath of fresh air!

David Stevens - The Shedd (2008)
Great smooth jazz album by guitarist David Stevens, guests include Steve Cole and Gerald Veasley, excellent production and catchy songs. Thumbs up!

76 Degrees West Band - 76 Degrees West (2009)
This band features Pieces Of A Dream saxophonist Eddie Baccus Jr., it is a funky & groovy affair with great playing by all involved. Excellent!

Keith Marks - Foreign Funk (2006)
Funky flute by Keith Marks who goes through some great covers like "Summer Breeze", "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy" and others. Cool stuff!

Frank Wess - Wess To Memphis (1970)
A here is my nod to the past with this LP by flautist Frank Wess, the album is funky, groovy and soulful with some great vibes. They don't make these anymore!


D E N I S * P O O L E

‘Black Book’ by The Rippingtons from the album Modern Art; With a vibeness that is the hallmark of The Rippingtons at its very best this compelling tune sparkles with great keys from Bill Heller, spellbinding bass from Rico Belled and an overall input from the band that should stand them in good stead for the next twenty three years.

‘Always There For Me’ by Toni Redd from her nuGroove debut N The Key of Redd: With a singing style that is a delicious amalgam of R & B, contemporary jazz, and classic soul, her feisty collaboration with Sam Sims might just get in your head and not go away.

‘Jazz Cruise’ by Nils from his CD Up Close And Personal: This, the first cut to go to radio, is driven along with the sort of energy that only sax powerhouse Shilts can provide. It is an absolute winner.

The aptly named ‘Smooth’ from the album Just Groovin from guitarist Ronny Smith: With an amazing groove plus splashes of Hammond B3 this is one seriously good tune.

‘Foreign Exchange’ by Paul Brown & Marc Antoine from the album of the same name: This sensational tune is infectious in the extreme and as captivating as they come. With horns that are to die for it will, without a shadow of doubt, prove to be one of the top cuts of the entire year.


R O N A L D * J A C K S O N

De’ Nate’, Reminisce (NuGroove Records):  De’Nate’ is the magnificent brainchild of producer/artist Nate Harasim and standout vocalist Deborah Connors, at the recommendation of nuGroove Records president,  David Chackler, who saw “something” potentially explosive in such a union. Boy, was he ever right!  Coming your way on August 19.
 
Novello, B3 Soul (NuGroove Records):  John Novello, a former member of the progressive jazz rock group, Niacin, which produced tunes under Chick Corea’s Stretch label in the 1990s, has expanded the dynamic of jazz here with his interpretation of how the great Hammond B3 organ sound can be further introduced in that most interesting combination of jazz, soul, and funk. 
 
Richard Elliot, Rock Steady (Artistry Music):   Saxophonist Richard Elliot has been a mainstay and a beacon for excellence in smooth jazz since I can recall and his upcoming release, Rock Steady, scheduled to hit stores on May 19, is just that: Rock steady in its approach to the fervor, the steel resolve, the soulfulness, and the electric energy that is Richard Elliot. 
 
Jackiem Joyner, Lil Man Soul (Artistry Music):  This one is loaded with all sorts of melodic treasures that will appeal to all sorts of smooth jazz ears. Speaking from experience, there are tunes that you will have the most difficult time getting out of your head because of the sweet melodies and hypnotic hooks. 
 
Down to the Bone, Supercharged (Narada Jazz): It’s been two years since this one was released, and I’m still dancing and listening...and waiting for the next blast from this supercharged group from across the “pond.”  This one is, and will always be, dangerously funky!

Posted by Peter Böhi at April 30, 2009 11:56 AM