What We're Listening To ** August

P E T E R * B O E H I

Marcin Nowakowski - Better Days (2009)
Saxophonist Marcin Nowakowski hails from Poland, this is his second release, recorded in Los Angeles, produced by Jeff Lorber, mixed by Paul Brown, featuring artists like Paul Jackson Jr., Tony Moore, Lenny Castro, Alex Al, Jeff Pescetto, Dave Weckl, Michael Landau and more, giving us a picture perfect smooth jazz album. Pure bliss!

Tropical Jazz Big Band - Fantasy (2009)
This is the funkiest and tightest big band you can imagine, they are from Japan and are conducted by Shingo "Carlos" Kanno who is a ingenious arranger and percussionist, each of their CD blows me away. Their lastest release features great covers (EWF's "Fantasy" among them) and originals, only top notch material and performances, stunning!

Michael Ray Tyler - Grazing The Land (2008)
This album is a work of art and beauty. Flugel horn player Michael Ray Tyler reminds me a lot of Chuck Mangione, but he is technically better and his compositions are excellent, as are his side men. This CD is a breath of fresh air, full of honest musicianship, creativity and above all - quality. One of the best releases of recent times!

76 Degrees West Band - 76 Degrees West (2009)
This is a project featuring Pieces Of A Dream saxophonist Eddie Baccus Jr., it is a great mix of jazz funk instrumentals and r&b songs, featuring Eddie's sax, I also noticed great trumpet and trombone solos in the funky mix, this is a bunch of great players that are allowed to express themselves and jam. Thumbs up!

Roger Glenn - Reachin' (1976)
As usual a nod to the past with this classic album by flautist Roger Glenn, produced by the Mizell Brothers, lots of funky playing and great soloing by all involved. This is the music I always love to go back to!

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

Basia, It's That Girl Again (Koch)

Brian Bromberg, It Is What It Is (Artistry)

Four80East, Roll On (Native Language)

Jeff Golub, Blues For You (E1)

Joe McBride, Lookin' for a Change (Heads Up)

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

Chaka Khan, Epiphany: The Best of Chaka Khan, Vol. 1 (Rhino / Wea Peak Records) (2005)

Jackiem Joyner, Lil' Man Soul (Artistry Music) (2009)

Craig Chaquico, Follow the Sun (Shanachie) (2009)

Torcuato Mariano, So Far from Home (Nu Groove Records) (2009)

Fattburger, Good News (Capitol) (1990)

D E N I S * P O O L E

The Alexander ZonjicJeff Lorber collaboration, �Tongue Twister�, from Zonjic�s latest release Doin The D. This understated yet up beat gem serves as a blueprint for what great smooth jazz should be.

�CD 101.9 by Candy Dulfer from her sensational new release Funked Up. Complete with an excerpt from an original 1991 radio station broadcast this stunning track says everything about an album that in a matter of weeks has re-established Dulfer as a major force on the contemporary jazz scene.

The delightfully retro flavored �Back In The Day� by Paul Taylor from his new album Burnin. With Taylor�s simmering tenor merging with great vocals from Billy Cliff there is little doubt that this will be one of the songs of the year.

�Lets Walk� by J Dee from the album Smoove On The Move. Dee�s own take on the dance phenomenon of �steppin� is sensational. With a great �instructional� rap from Big Hos and a luscious veneer of horns this one will enliven even the most tired of dancing feet.

�On The Beach� by Les Sabler from his forthcoming release Les Sabler Live. This faithful version of Chris Rea�s sophisticated classic is Sabler�s first-ever vocal recording and demonstrates a different side of this silky smooth guitar player.

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

Jonathan Butler, Live in South Africa (Rendezvous)

Chris Camozzi, Slow Burn (Samson)

Four80East, Roll On (Native Language)

Paul Taylor, Burnin' (Peak)

Marion Meadows, Secrets (Heads Up)