P E T E R * B O E H I
Terri Lyne Carrington - More To Say... (2009)
Female drummer TLC releases a superlative album, it is deep and has a lot of substance, featuring smooth jazz and contemporary grooves by a stellar line-up of the highest order. "Hold Me Again" and the soul-jazz version of the Beatles' "Let It Be" will blow your mind. A revelation!
Jay Soto - Mesmerized (2009)
Guitarist Jay Soto offers another picture perfect and mesmerizing smooth jazz album full of top-notch playing and catchy compositions. Smooth jazz bliss!
Gregg Karukas - GK (2009)
Keyboardist Gregg Karukas delivers another smooth jazz gem, strong compositions and great playing from beginning to end, just perfect. Gregg rules!
Chris Botti - In Boston (2009)
I just watched the Blu-Ray of this concert that defies categorization - Chris Botti crosses every musical border you can imagine boasting a dizzying array of world-class guest artists ranging from Sting to Yo-Yo Ma, backed by the Boston Pops and his incredible band in the gorgeous Boston Symphony Hall. From jazz to pop to classical, it is a great amalgam of music. World class!
Miles Davis - Kind Of Blue (50th Anniversary Box Set, Collector's Edition) (1959)
As usual I would like to make a nod to a classic album of the past, and after the Chris Botti DVD, this milestone of music history by Miles Davis is an appropriate choice. 50 years after its original release, Legacy bring to us this incredible super deluxe packaging with a gatefold media carrier that contains a 180 gram single-LP pressing on blue vinyl, two discs complete with previously unreleased tracks along with a bonus DVD. Also included is a 60-page 12x12 book, memorabilia envelope, and large fold out poster. Still mind-boggling after all these years. Belongs to every collection!
B R I A N * S O E R G E L
Cindy Bradley, Bloom (Trippin N Rhythm)
Ben Tankard, Mercy Mercy Mercy (Verity)
Craig Chaquico, Follow the Sun (Shanachie)
U-Nam, Unanimity (Trippin N Rhythm)
J E F F * D A N I E L S
Gregg Karukas, GK (TRIPPIN & RHYTHM) (2009)
Philippe Saisse, At World's Edge (Koch Records) (2009)
Paul Brown & Marc Antoine, Secrets (Peak Records) (2009)
Quincy Jones, Sounds...And Stuff Like That!! (A&M) (1990)
D E N I S * P O O L E
‘Sycamore Soul’ by Cindy Bradley from her brand new CD Bloom. Thano Sahnas delivers a huge contribution on guitar and, as Bradley’s smoky flugelhorn blends to perfection with producer Michael Broening’s tight keys; the result is smooth jazz of the highest order.
‘First Love’ by Netherlands based producer and keyboard player Cook Daniel from his album Dangle Grooves. Picture perfect guitar from Marcel Fisser, a vibe to die for and wonderful vocals from Alma Nieto all combine to deliver what is, without doubt, a tranquil masterpiece.
‘Grass Roots’ by Joyce Cooling from her new release Global Cooling. Producer Jay Wagner is his usual superb self on keys and as luscious horns combine with Cooling’s classy playing the result is truly memorable.
‘The Rover’ by Philippe Saisse from his album At Worlds Edge. Jeff Golub provides distinctive guitar and with subliminal vocals from Jasmine Roy that are nothing short of incredible this is destined to become one of the tracks of the year.
‘Statue of a Fool’ by Will Downing from the album Classique. This Motown gem (a.k.a. ‘Name It After Me’) proved to be a solo masterpiece for original Temptations lead tenor David Ruffin back in 1976 yet in Downing’s capable hands it sounds brand new.
R O N A L D * J A C K S O N
Paul Brown/Marc Antoine, Foreign Exchange (Peak Records) — One of the best collaborations I’ve heard to date.
Cynthia Layne, Beautiful Soul (Owlstudios) — Great jazz/soul vocals.
Joyce Cooling, Global Cooling (Group2 Productions) — No surprises here, as the guitarist struts her quality stuff.
Tony McGhee, The Jazzy Side of Smooth (self-published) — Great local talent.
Kiss the Sky, Kiss the Sky (Motown) — An oldie but goodie from the vault of Paul Hardcastle.