December 26, 2012

What We're Listening To ** December 2012

D E N I S * P O O L E

‘Just Kickin It’ by sax-man Rob White from the CD of the same name. This groove drenched cut is one of the best recordings of the year and certain to herald big things for this talented player.

‘Sunday Jam’ by Jackiem Joyner from his latest release Church Boy. The magic of Joyner is best summed up by this smoothly grooving cut that should not only be the perfect song for Sunday morning listening but also an ideal accompaniment for a Sunday afternoon drive.

Well it is Christmas time and I have to admit to having a certain seasonal weakness for the timeless ‘Baby, It's Cold Outside’ that despite being written in 1944 carries with it a festive charm which never gets old. Up until now my favorite version has always been that recorded by James Taylor in collaboration with Natalie Cole and hidden away on Taylor’s little known CD ‘A Christmas Album’ which was only ever available from Hallmark stores. However, right up there with it is a brand new and very different interpretation by soul icons Jeffrey Osborne and Chaka Khan. In fact it is the first single from Osborne’s upcoming project A Time For Love and is sure to be a sumptuous stocking filler for the holiday season.

‘The Way You Smile’ by Carl Stanley from the album A Beautiful Thing. This mid tempo smoker shimmers with a totally compelling vibe and is a joy from beginning to end.

‘Marvin’s Medley’ by Andre Ward from his new album Caution. Refreshingly different and built round snippets of Gaye’s 1976 smash ‘I Want You To Want Me’, this is far from your usual revamp of Marvin Gaye staples and with an arrangement that sizzles with an authentic Motown vibe it’s a track that is sure to unite fans of classic soul and smooth jazz in a coming together of mutual appreciation.


P E T E R * B O E H I

David Wildi Guitar Poetry - The Inner Star (2012)
Swiss guitarist David Wildi comes up with a relaxed jazzy guitar album, featuring the excellent playing of the leader and some great solos by the band. The music is funky and groovy, the melodies are catchy, very nice indeed! Check it out!

J.A.M. - Jazz Acoustic Machine (2012)
This japanese piano trio combines ultra funky grooves with fender rhodes and piano, the tracks are simple and up to the point, the playing is great and entertaining. Check out "Sing Without You", excellent stuff!

Lee Ritenour - Rhythm Sessions (2012)
Guitarist Lee Ritenour returns to his roots of funky fusion, this CD offers plenty of top-notch guitar playing supported by a stellar cast. Skip the few introspective tracks and you get plenty of the good stuff!

Nighthawks - Live In Hamburg (2012)
Chill-Out/Lounge band Nighthawks are a great act, this album was recorded live in Germany and features some mesmerizing tracks featuring the trademark jazzy trumpet playing by Rainer Winterschladen and lots of Pink Floyd-like guitar solos. Cannot get enough!

Alexander Zonjic - Romance With You (1989)
Flautist Alexander Zonjic - having played with Bob James for years - released this LP in 1989, he is supported by Bob James and several players from his band and label, like Gary King, Yogi Horton, Mark Colby and - last but not least - Earl Klugh. This LP sounds like some of the best stuff Bob James released during his Tappan Zee period. A classic!

Posted by Peter Böhi at December 26, 2012 1:11 PM