What We're Listening To - April

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

jovinosn.jpgJovino Santos Neto, Roda Carioca (Adventure Music): Edgy Brazilian guitar rhythms from the Pacific Northwest pianist who traveled to his hometown of Rio de Janiero for this swinging project.

Ultrablue, Ultrablue (215): Smooth East Coast jazz from John Smatla and friends Nestor Torres, Pete Belasco, Gabriela Anders and Randy Brecker.

Matt Marshak, Groovosphere (Nuance): A must-have for fans of instrumental guitar music.

Brian Bromberg, Wood II (Artistry): The bassist extraordinaire has fun in an acoustic setting.

David Boswell, Bridge of Art (My Quiet Moon): Sublime guitar work from an underrated new artist.

P E T E R * B O E H I

cassandre3.jpgCassandre McKinley - Baring The Soul: The Music Of Marvin Gaye (2004)
The music of Marvin Gaye in an acoustic jazz setting delivered with soul and passion by this great singer. The music is often relaxed and laid-back providing us with some completely new interpretations of these classic songs.

Gene Cannon - Soul Dances (2006)
Great polished smooth jazz by sax player Gene Cannon supported by keyboard player Allon Sams. Gene recorded already with Allon Sams, Les Sabler and Paul Brown so you know that he is out of the top-drawer. Very recommended!

Dave Camp - Nightfall (1997)
Former sideman of Al Stewart and Peter White comes up with a beautiful smooth jazz album which is accessible, playful and heartfelt featuring the flute and sax playing of the leader. Love it!

Matt Marshak - Groovosphere (2005)
Guitar player Matt Marshak releases a brand new album full of groovy songs with memorable melodies, great hooks and cool guitar playing. I always enjoyed his music and think that Matt belongs to the genre's top players. Not to be missed!

Randy Jacobs - From Me To You (2005)
Guitar player Randy Jacobs has been playing and touring with many big name stars in pop and rock over the years. In the past few years he was mainly active in the smooth jazz scene which shows in his first album with features guests like Rick Braun, Mindy Abair, Euge Groove, Wayman Tisdale and more - I guess you know what to expect. Good work Randy!

D E N I S * P O O L E

'When I Saw You' by Nelson Rangell from his latest CD Soul To Soul. This is a wonderful track from a wonderful release by this often under rated artist.

'And The Beat Goes On' by Gerald Albright from the album New Beginnings. Gerald is on a roll with everything he currently does and he does it here to with a welcome reprise of the The Whispers classic.

'So Lovely' by Konstantin Klashtorni from the CD Led By You that will be released on May 22. This one could be one of the sensations of 2006

'Secret Soul' by Eric Darius from his latest release Just Getting Started. Darius collaborates with Brian Culbertson to stunning effect.

'Rainy Night In Georgia' by Nick Colionne from the Keepin It Cool CD. Great to see Nick getting the recognition that he has long deserved.

J O N A T H A N * W I D R A N

Steve Oliver, Radiant (Koch)

Eric Darius, Just Getting Started (Narada)

Rendezvous Lounge 2 (Rendezvous Music)

Randy Jacobs, From Me To You (Bad Monkey)

Marion Meadows, Dressed to Chill (Heads Up)

B E V E R L Y * P A C K A R D

Jason Miles, What�s Goin� On, 2006 (Narada) What a great way to go back and enjoy the music of Marvin Gaye. Essentially, this CD is the show I saw at the Berks Jazz Fest -- awesome in person and also on the CD. Talented musicians and vocalists throughout. Congratulations to Jason Miles for a great tribute.

Eric Darius, Just Getting Started, 2006 ( Narada) Also having had the opportunity to witness this power house of a player during the Berks Jazz Fest 2006, you won't want to miss this CD of indisputable evidence of his talent.

Nelson Rangell, Soul to Soul, (Koch) As time goes by, I come to appreciate Nelson's talent more and more. Whether it's saxophone, flute, piccolo or his own whistling, he is truly one of the most gifted musicians out there today. He is the king of staccato, and it's great fun to watch him play, he always seems to thoroughly enjoy himself.