Sometimes I wonder where the industry is going to with Warner having dropped their smooth jazz artists and radio stations switching formats to other genres than smooth jazz. Luckily our favorite brand of music still is available on independent labels offering a surprising level of quality and musicianship with CDBaby.com at the center of the action.
I have the habit to sift through the list of new releases there. Admittedly much material on display there is not worth our attention but when you are persistent you are rewarded with some top-notch stuff - like the CD Bayside by keyboard player Bobby Wells. Guest artists on the album include Eric Marienthal (sax), Michael O'Neill (guitar), Bryan Savage (flute), Mel Brown (bass), Darren Rahn (sax), Bobby Wells (keyboards, vocals) and Brandy Wells (vocals) - talk about smooth jazz heaven! The album contains definitely Bobby Wells' best work and offers a nice selection of grooves and moods with first-rate playing by all involved. This album should not be missed - check it out at CDBaby.com!