What We're Listening To * January

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

Nils, Ready to Play (Baja/TSR): The guitarist is ready to make it big with this great new CD.

Randy Crawford & Joe Sample, Feeling Good (PRA): In stores on February 20th, this recording is a must-have.

Mel Davis, It's About Time (TomTom): Funky organ music from an underrated player.

Chuck Loeb, Presence (Heads Up): One of Loeb's best in years. Choice cuts: "Llevame" with Carmen Cuesta, Chuck's wife, and the grand "The Western Sky."

Michael Brecker: Anything by the late, great saxophonist.

P E T E R * B O E H I

Billy Cobham - Drum 'n' Voice 2 (2006)
Legendary drummer Billy Cobham assembles an all-star cast (Brian Auger, Buddy Miles, Jeff Berlin, Airto Moreira, Jan Hammer and others) and revisits his fusion roots. Funk, Jazz and Fusion is the deal here, the artistry is on the highest level, so this great album is not to be missed!

Matt Otten - Secret Combination (2006)
Smooth, cool, groovy guitar album featuring the leader on guitar playing memorable melodies over contemporary grooves. An album full of great music which is very satisfying. A gem!

Kevin Kooyumjian - Monterey Breeze! (2006)
This keyboarder hails from San Francisco and has a knack of playing catchy melodies over uptempo grooves making you feel good. I have a soft spot for his music and this - his third album - delivers more of the good stuff!

Michael Lington - A Song For You (2006)
This one is a beauty! Sax player Michael Lington offers us the luxury of a full orchestra and a world class band to accompany his silky sax featuring classic compositions like "You've Got A Friend" and "It's Too Late". Simply georgeous!

Patrice Rushen - Shout It Out (1977)
This one is a classic fusion album from the 70ies which I bought on record. After a hiatus of 15 years I eventually gave in and bought a record player to enjoy my favorite music of my youth with hasn't been re-released on CD. I am currently enjoying lots of music from the past which makes me realize how great those times actually were. Sheer bliss!

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

Earl Klugh, Heart String (Blue Note Records)

Brian Culbertson, It's On Tonight (Grp Records)

Peter White, Playin' Favorites (Sony)

Ronnie Laws, Pressure Sensitive (Blue Note Records)

Marion Meadows, Dressed To Chill (Heads Up)

D E N I S * P O O L E

�My Beautiful Girls' from the Ken Navarro CD The Meeting Place. The album hits record stores on January 23 and is one to watch.

'I Like The Way' by veteran trumpet player Bill McGee from his current album Chase The Sunset. This is a classy cover of the Outkast original.

'Thru D Nite' by Park Lane from the CD Check It Out. A delicious slice slice of smooth sophisticated R & B.

'Somebody Else's Guy' by Jocelyn Brown from her 1984 album of the same name. Revisit this one if you can.

'The Real Story' by Jeanne Newhall from the CD Wild Blue. A nice tune with great sax from Jaared.

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

The Chris Geith Group, Prime Time

Chris Korblein, Love Notes, 2006

Jeff Golub, Soul Sessions, 2003

Doc Powell, Doc Powell, 2006

Josh Groban, Closer, 2003