What We're Listening To ** March 2013

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

J. Laroi, West End of the Sky, Soul Theory Entertainment

Mekiel Reuben, If You Were Here Tonight, MekMuse Records

Bluey, Leap of Faith, Shanachie Records

Phil Perry, Say Yes, Shanachie Records

Paul Hardcastle, VII, Trippin N Rhythm

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

Jeanette Harris, Summer Rain (J&M Records) (2013)

Monday Michiru, Don't Disturb This Groove (Grand Gallery) (2011)

Lee Ritenour, Rhythm Sessions (Concord Records) (2012)

Fourplay, Esprit De Four (Heads Up) (2012)

Thieme Schipper, Just A Breath Away (Thieme Records) (2012)

Airborne, New Single "Sunshower" from 25th Anniversary CD - Silver Skies ( Tilt Records) (2013)

P E T E R * B O E H I

Quasimode - Soul Delivery Live (2013)
This outstanding jazz quartet from Japan just released this stunning live album, the band is supported by three horn players, the music is all-acoustic but is cooking and grooving like hell, a vibrant and exciting album that will win them more fans all over the world. I just love this band!

Jeanette Harris - Summer Rain (2013)
This saxophonist belongs to the few female sax players that really can compete with the best, her latest release is a joy full of sensual playing, smooth grooves and catchy melodies. Thumbs up!

Thieme Schipper - Just A Breath Away (2013)
This young saxophonist from the Netherlands comes up with a very well done album that should please every smooth jazz lover. Check him out!

Daniel Domenge - Lost In My Thoughts (2013)
Another great release by French guitarist Daniel Domenge delivering his Wes guitar playing over contemporary grooves, perfect to chill out. Don't miss it!

Billy Mitchell - Blue City Jam (1984)
My nod to the past goes to this early album by pianist Billy Mitchell, the LP was released on the Pausa label and impressed me deeply in my youth, it has stood the test of time and I always love to come back to it.

D E N I S * P O O L E

�Speechless� by vocalist Barbie Anaka from the CD of the same name. From the Pacific Northwest, and adept as a songwriter, pianist, producer, and music educator, Barbie has just released what is a very interesting recoding and this, the title cut, is proving to be something of a radio revelation. A stupendous groove coupled with some stellar backing marks out this seductive song is as the biggest surprise of the musical year so far.

�Faith In The Middle� by Monkey House from the album Headquarters. With splendid brass sections, and judicious use of male and female backing vocals, there is certainly enough here to appeal to a contemporary jazz audience. A case in point is this foot-tapping charmer where the addition of velvety horns really is the icing on a rather nice cake.

�In The Flow� by smooth jazz flautist Althea Rene from her brand new album of the same name. Produced by Michael Broening this up-tempo and zesty tune is just what those of us who have followed Althea�s career closely have come to expect.

�One World� by Canadian guitarist Rob Tardik from his latest recording, Limitless. Tardik certainly put down a marker with his recent album Balance Energy Laughter Love (aka BELL). If this infectious Latin infused track is anything to go by then he seems all set to do the same again.

�I Will Love You (The Wedding Song)� by the ultra smooth Andre Ward from his CD Caution. The first single from this excellent collection was �Marvin�s Medley� which truth to tell is a hard act to follow. Built round snippets of Gaye�s 1976 smash �I Want You To Want Me� this was far from your usual revamp of Marvin Gaye staples and with an arrangement that sizzled with an authentic Motown vibe it was a track that united fans of classic and smooth jazz in a coming together of mutual appreciation. Now this second single shows off a different side of Ward�s musical persona. It is built around the vocals of Jamie Knight and is produced by Rahni Song who also features on keyboards.