August 6, 2010

What We're Listening To ** July

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

David Benoit, Earthglow (Heads Up Records) (2010)

Chris Geith, Island of a Thousand Dreams (Timeless World Productions) (2010)

The Eric Evans Project, Waves of Grace (electricflute records) (2010)

Mindi Abair, In Hi-Fi Stereo (Telarc) (2010)

Gerald Albright, Pushing the Envelope (Telarc) (2010)


P E T E R * B O E H I

Leon Ayers Jr. - Here We Go (2010)
This album is a gem - it is full of groovy tracks boasting memorable melodies and most of all the sparkling piano playing of the leader, really top-notch stuff from beginning to end. SwissGroove webradio has been soaking up these tracks, it has been really difficult to sort out any bad ones. A real discovery!

Rodney Taylor - Can I Blow For You? (2010)
A great and well produced smooth jazz album by saxophonist Rodney Taylor pressing all the right buttons, his sound is very similar to Gerald Albright, complete with the staccato parts. Thumbs up!

Vincent Ingala - North End Soul (2010)
Another prodigy at 17, multi instrumentalist Vincent Ingala delivers a smashing smooth jazz album boasting great hooks, top-notch playing and production, he can compete with the best of the genre. Absolutely outstanding!

David Hughes - Crusing Along (2010)
Bassist David Hughes plays with David Benoit, this is his third solo release full of nice smooth jazz tracks and supporting players include Jamey Tate on drums, Rique Pantoja on piano and Andy Suzuki on sax among others. Thumbs up!

Onaje Allen Gumbs - That Special Part Of Me (1988)
My nod to the past goes to this LP of pianist Onaje Allen Gumbs from 1988 that has all the smooth jazz sensibilities and can be considered a classic of the genre. Nice cover of "Didn't I Blow Your Mind (This Time)". Stood the test of time!


D E N I S * P O O L E

‘Here’s My Number’ by Norman Brown from his new CD Sending My Love. This seductively understated cut has a wow factor that is indecent and backing vocals which, late in the piece, come in like a gift from god.

‘Lowdown’ by Incognito from the bands brand new release Transatlantic R.P.M. In the capable hands of Chaka Khan Mario Biondi and Stuart Zender this wonderful Boz Scaggs composition has never sounded better.

‘Tower of Soul’, by guitarist Patrick Yandall from his yet to be released album The Window. Yandall has rhythm and melody pumping through every vein of his body and here provides further evidence of his distinctly Southern Californian groove.

‘Another Love’ by Brian Culbertson from the sensational new CD XII. With a thumping old school vibe, and silkily soulful vocals from the always excellent Kenny Lattimore, smooth R & B doesn’t get better than this.

‘Better Days’ from writer, producer and keyboard player James Colah. Released under the name of the James Colah Project, this digital download shimmers with a combination of laid back grooves, compelling rhythms and wonderful guitar from Ant Law. It is, in every respect, a smooth jazz masterpiece. Not only that; in these difficult credit crunched times the title of this infectious single could well be a metaphor for what hopefully the future has in store.


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

Jazzmasters, Jazzmasters VI (Trippin' N Rhythm)

Tim Bowman, The Tim Bowman Collection (Trippin' N Rhythm)

Fingerprints, Dream Life (South Memphis Music)

Incognito, Transatlantic RPM (Shanachie)

Herbie Hancock, The Imagine Project (Hancock Records)

Posted by Peter Böhi at August 6, 2010 6:30 PM