What We're Listening To ** December

D E N I S * P O O L E

�True Reality� by Dee Brown from his sophomore CD A Little Elbow Room; Released on nuGroove, and with Nate Harasim on keyboards plus Darren Rahn on sax, this is a real gem.

�Go� by Brian Culbertson from the exquisite Live From The Inside CD and DVD combination. Co-written by Culbertson and ex Earth Wind & Fire mainstay (and now Culbertson band member) Sheldon Reynolds this original tune has that infectious swagger and feel good vibe characteristic of Culbertson�s best music.

�As You Like It� by Euge Groove from his great new album Sunday Morning. A new release from Euge is always a special occasion and here his imaginatively sensitive playing has never sounded better. A certainty for most played on smooth jazz radio in 2010.

�Groovy Nights� by Fabio Mignola from his CD Take Me Higher. It finds Swiss born Mignola conjuring up a Peter White like groove that has �radio ready� written all overt it.

�Yesterdays� by Tracy Hamlin from her exciting new release Better Days; A wonderful example of smooth R & B, this deliciously chilled out cut is co-written by Hamlin and Phil (Big Dog) Davis.

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

Bobby Caldwell, Timeline: The Anthology, Pt. 1 (Sin-Drome Records) (1998)

Jowee Omicil, Roots & Grooves (BBjuiss Records) (2009)

Shakatak, Afterglow (101 DISTRIBUTION) (2009)

Four80East, Roll On (Native Language) (2009)

Fourplay, Snowbound (WEA/Reprise) (2009)

P E T E R * B O E H I

Alex Malheiros & Banda Utopia feat. Sabrina Malheiros - The Wave (2009)
Alex Malheiros is the bassist of the legendary Brazil jazz-funk band Azymuth, together wih his band Banda Utopia and his singing daughter Sabrina Malheiros he delivers a great slice of smooth, contemporary latin jazz with a dash of chill/lounge. Thumbs up!

Dr Sax - Take It To The Bridge (2009)
This band has been a great discovery for me with their own brand of cool and sexy songs and instrumentals. Top notch arrangements and playing. Goes down like good wine!

L.A. Ensemble - Samba Modern (2006)
Guitarist Akio Sasajima from Japan releases a great collection of cover tracks in an easy latin/samba groove not unlike something Lee Ritenour might have done in the past. A great find!

Trippin 'n' Rhythm Records - The Very Best Of Christmas (2009)
This is my favorite Xmas record of this year with a great selection of funky Xmas tracks by Paul Hardcastle, Gregg Karukas, Tim Bowman, Cindy Bradley, Jaared, Oli Silk, U-Nam and others. Groovy baby!

Shakatak - Live In Japan (1984)
My nod to the past goes to this Japan-only released 2LP-set from 1984 featuring the band during their prime time, especially mind blowing is a lengthy bass solo that still impresses me today. I also got the Laserdisc of that concert called "Twilight Visions". Memories...

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

Mark Drummond & Grooveometric, Yuletronica (Mark Drummond Creative) -- A unique and funky twist and interpretation on some classic Christmas tunes.

Dee Brown, A Little Elbowroom (NuGroove Records) -- Here, during the Christmas season, the sophomore release from this guitarist comes neatly wrapped in grooves and moves that are sure to find a home with most smooth jazzers.

Michael Ross, A Special Thing (MIHI Records) -- A smoky, seductive slice of smooth jazz with a Will Downing flavor.

Al/Capone, Mr. Smooth (Cc Ent/Copycats) -- This group's debut release, featuring renowned producer Jason Miles (To Grover, With Love), is as well-rounded and stylish as you could hope to hear in smooth jazz today.

Drew Davidsen, Around (Again) (Creative Soul Jazz) -- Full of flavor, memorable hooks, solid rhythms, and an unimposing sweetness in its approach, this CD leaves such a pleasant imagery in your head long after the final chord of the final track.