J E F F * D A N I E L S
Pierre Copeland, I'm On Fire (Piemando Records) (2011)
Lori Williams, Healing Within (Pacific Coast Jazz) (2010)
Godwin, Here's My Heart (The Urban Dance Experience) (2011)
Airborne, Back in the Dayz - Airborne Anthology (Tilt Records) (2011)
P E T E R * B O E H I
Cinque - Catch A Corner (2011)
This is an organic band with a funky backdrop created by Steve Gadd on drums, Joey DeFrancesco on organ and Peter Cardinali on bass, with Robi Botos on piano and John Johnson on saxes. The band delivers a bunch of nicely grooving songs with strong solos by all involved, the musicianship is truly superior. Thumbs up!
Najee - The Smooth Side Of Soul (2012)
Another solid release by saxophonist Najee who also plays the flute, this album delivers more of his groovy smooth jazz, supported by some great guest artists like Phil Perry on vocals and Jeff Lorber and James Lloyd on keyboards. Tried and tested stuff!
Paul Whitley - Versatility (2011)
Excellent album by guitarist Paul Whitley offering a nice mix of funky and mellow instrumentals, with a great cast of players. This is a top-notch album delivering the good stuff. Very recommended!
Earth, Wind & Fire - The Complete Columbia Masters Collection (2011)
Massive 15 CD box set covering the whole output at Columbia by this seminal r&b/funk band between 1972 and 1990. There are must-have albums like Last Days And Time, Head To The Sky, Open Our Eyes, That's The Way Of The World, Gratitude, Spirit, All 'N All, Best Of Vol. 1, I Am and later releases that unfortunately are not up to par with their earlier output, but nevertheless, this box belongs into every collection. The sound quality unfortunately could have been a bit better. Anyway, classic stuff anyone needs!
Gato Barbieri - Euphoria (1979)
This classic LP by saxophonist Gato Barbieri was produced and arranged by Jay Chattaway, boasting the best of the NY session scene like Ron Carter, Anthony Jackson, Neil Jason, Billy Cobham, Eric Gale, Steve Khan, Richard Tee - the list goes on. One of my favorites of Gato!
D E N I S * P O O L E
�March On� by Marcin Nowakowski from the CD Shine. This cool mid tempo cut has much to commend it but of particular note are the last 50 seconds where the groove drenched interplay between Nowakowski and Jeff Lorber (who writes and produces the tune) is out of this world.
�Road Trip� by Michael Lington from his soon to be released CD Pure. Featuring Lee Ritenour on guitar this is a tune that is full of the gutsy �in your face� playing for which Lington is best known.
�You Are Too Beautiful� by Kirk Whalum from the album Romance Language. The surprise packet of the entire collection, this sensational eight minute thirty two second R & B interpretation of the Rodgers & Hart classic is really something special. Beginning with Kevin Whalum�s sparkling vocal, and transitioning to a deep soul groove that is totally out of this world, this, if listened to in the company of the one you love, may well need to be handled with care.
�Sweet Ladies� by Quintin Gerard W from his hot new CD Before It�s Gone. This sumptuous tune with a lusciously seductive vibe is as good an example of top notch urban jazz as will be found anywhere.
�Get Here� by Eric Marienthal from his brand new release It�s Love. Brenda Russell�s timeless composition proved to be a massive hit for Oleta Adams and those who have seen Adams perform it live will need no reminding of the emotion that she packs into each and every note. There can be no finer complement than to say Marienthal�s instrumental version does all this and more.