April 1, 2010

What We're Listening To ** March

D E N I S * P O O L E

The soul drenched and easy grooving ‘Dreamin’ by horn player and vocalist Butch Harrison from his new CD What It Is. This velvety number proves, if indeed proof was needed, that the timeless quality of great soul music will always endure.

The almost indecently catchy ‘True Vision’ by Steve Oliver from his latest album Global Kiss. Featuring the incredible Bob Baldwin on keys and the always excellent Marion Meadows on sax this is an obvious choice as the next cut from the CD to go to radio.

‘Spotlight’, by Phillip ‘Doc’ Martin, that comes from his album Realization. In terms of cover versions there is none better than this rendition of the Jennifer Hudson blockbuster. With a vibe to die for this is right up there with the album’s best.

‘Chi Town Strut’ by guitarist Bernard Alcorn from the CD A New Day. With sumptuous sampled horns and a great groove this one is a real attention grabber.

‘Mystical Force’ by the late great Grover Washington Jr from the recently discovered and soon to be released ‘live’ album Grover Live. Atmospheric smooth jazz with a funky edge doesn’t come better than this.

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

Paula Atherton, Groove With Me  -- Hot new material from a hot (relatively) new saxophonist with a knack for serious grooves.

Steve Raybine, In the Driver's Seat  --Smooth vibist who flirts with smooth jazz, Latin, and blues in an unpretentious way.
Lawson Rollins, Espirito -- The smooth guitarist sets the World stage afire again with hot licks and sexy Latin/world melodies tailor-made for the romantic and the culturally curious, as well.
Michael J Thomas, City Beat -- Saxman Thomas delivers on City Beat the kind of self-confidence and stand-up solid material that has ushered in so many of our smooth jazz greats today.

Phaze II, Live & Uncut -- This sizzlin' band has been tearing it up here in the Washington, DC area for years now. On this live recording, the guys show just why they have maintained a solid reputation as one of the premier bands in the area. Can't wait until these cats explode on the national scene with their brand of smooth and funk!

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

Corinne Bailey Rae, The Sea (Capitol)

Tom Hemby, In the Moment (EMG)

Alex Bugnon, Going Home (Xela)

Terje Lie, Urban Vacation (TCat)

Kirk Whalum, The Gospel According to Jazz Vol. III (Top Drawer/Rendezvous)

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

Pat MethenyOrchestrion (Nonesuch) (2010)

MaysaWoman in Love (Shanachie) (2010)

Kim WatersLove Stories  (Shanachie)  (2010)

Terje LieUrban Vacation (Open All Nite Entertainment/T Cat Records) (2010)

Alan HewittRetroactive (Nu Groove Records) (2010)

P E T E R * B O E H I

still recovering from the awesome Berks Jazz Festival, so check back very soon.

Posted by Peter Böhi at April 1, 2010 8:02 PM