J E F F * D A N I E L S
Pepper Williams, Decades Past (Keysax Records) (2009)
Main Gazane, Tit for Tat (Noho Records) (2010)
Andrea Razzauti, Painting the Music (Blu Ara Enterprise) (2009)
Brian Bromberg, It Is What It Is (Mack Avenue Records) (2009)
B R I A N * S O E R G E L
Steve Oliver, Global Kiss (SOM)
Jaga Jazzist, One-Armed Bandit (Ninja Tune)
Walter Beasley, Live in the Groove (Affable)
David Benoit, Earthglow (Heads Up)
P E T E R * B O E H I
Brazilian Love Affair - Latin Love Uma Brasileira (1996)
This CD is a gem, offering an easy and laid-back mix of brazil songs sung in portuguese and english, all wrapped up in an excellent setting of top-notch musicianship and spirited playing, oscillating between latin, brazil, jazz & pop. Truly outstanding!
Grover Washington, Jr. - Grover Live (2010)
This live recording by the late great saxophonist has been unearthed by Jason Miles from Grover's private collection of tapes, it was captured in 1997 and features Grover with a great band playing his greatest hits and some current songs of that time in an energetic setting. Grover still is sorely missed!
Chris Standring - Blue Bolero (2010)
This is a truly intelligent and captivating piece of music by guitarist Chris Standring, which with one foot is firmly grounded in the smooth jazz area, but with the other exploring new frontiers. Very statisfying!
Jaared - Manhattan Nights (2010)
This is one of the best smooth jazz albums of recent times by saxophonist Jaared who is returning to the scene with a vengeance. It grooves and excites, it is full of great melodies and top notch playing. Excellent!
Bob Berg - Bob Berg Best (1993)
My nod to the past goes to one of my all-time favorite sax players Bob Berg who died in a car crash several years ago. This best of CD features some of his best tracks and above all his superior playing. Truly an icon!
D E N I S * P O O L E
‘Let The Whole World Know (Your Song)’ by Mindi Abair from her current CD In Hi-Fi Stereo. Arguably the album’s best song, it finds Mindi on vocals delivering the sort of ‘feel good’ performance that is totally commensurate with the sweetest of soul music.
‘Pan Funk’ by Bickley Rivera from the album Chillin’ After Five; Legitimizing the steel pan drums as a smooth jazz instrument, this sizzling number includes wonderful sax and flute from German born and Holland based Praful.
‘Hoodoo’, by Jack Prybylski, from his brand new release Out Of The Box; This sensational Grace and DeBoer composition ripples with typical Four 80 East intensity, features great sax from Prybylski, and has all the makings of being one of the year’s most memorable tracks.
The sensational title cut from Jonathan Butler’s wonderful new album So Strong. Despite the fact that ‘Urban AC’ and ‘Steppers’ mixes are also included, there is nothing to touch the easy grooving ‘original’ version that has a vibe to die for and is a shimmering example of urban jazz at its best.
‘I’m So Proud’ by soulful vocalist Vivian Male from her gorgeous CD Our Day Will Come. This spectacular cut came originally from the Impressions 1964 recording ‘Never Ending Impressions’ yet here Male, in duet with the excellent Ray Greene, makes it sound brand new.
R O N A L D * J A C K S O N
Mindi Abair, In Hi-Fi Stereo (Heads UP)
Terje Lie, Urban Vacation (TCat Records)
Jonathan Butler, So Strong (Mack Ave. Records)
Gerald Albright, Pushing the Envelope (Telarc)Posted by Peter Böhi at May 29, 2010 11:16 AM