D E N I S * P O O L E
'Snap' by Nicholas Cole from his 2012 CD 'Endless Possibilities'. Although released last year this album is proving to be the gift that keeps on giving. In fact it is a measure of the depth of this fine collection that Trippin 'N' Rhythm continues to raid it for radio possibilities. The latest such track headed to the airwaves is the extremely pleasing 'Snap' that features rising sax star Vincent Ingala and which, for Cole, serves as another glowing endorsement of his talent.
'Honeycomb' by Dee Brown from his soon to be released new CD 'Brown Sugar, Honey-Coated Love'. From as far back as 2007, and the release of his debut recording 'No Time To Waste', I have followed the career of guitarist, songwriter, arranger and producer Dee Brown with interest. He has certainly gone from strength to strength and if this delightful mid tempo radio single is anything to go by he is all set to go even further. It finds him re-united with sax-man Dezie McCullers Jr (who just happens to be the brother of flautist extraordinaire Althea Rene) and is a fine example of smooth jazz with an edge.
'Groove Me', the latest stand-alone single from keyboard player Greg Manning. Written by Manning and mixed by Paul Brown this enticing tune features Elan Trotman on sax and looks a certainty to dominate the contemporary jazz charts for some time to come.
'Do Your Thing' by Steve Cole from his brand new CD, 'Pulse'. With a soulful sixties vibe and a horn enriched hook that is totally to die for this is what Cole does best and is a certainty for my top twenty of 2013.
'Treasure' by saxophonist Jarez from his upcoming CD 'On Top Of The World'. Although Jarez currently tours the world as the sax player for close friend and hip-hop star Coolio, this hot single could well change all that. Big, smooth and soulful with some superb production touches, this one could do well.
J E F F * D A N I E L S
Ed Stone, King Of Hearts (CD Baby) (2012)
Michael Norwood, Heart Beatz (The Levy Group, LLC) (2013)
George Duke, DreamWeaver (Heads Up) (2013)
Andreas Oberg, My Favorite Guitars (Resonance Records) (2008)
Adam Cambria, First Song (CD Baby) (2008)
Joey Negro And The Sunburst Band, The Secret Life Of Us (Z. Records) (2012)
P E T E R * B O E H I
Pieces Of A Dream - In The Moment (2013)
Brand new release by this classic band, led by founding members Curtis Harmon on drums and James Lloyd on keys, featuring their brand of groovy smooth jazz and mellow instrumentals. Great playing by all involved, another winner by this seminal group that won't disappoint!
Chuck Loeb - Silhouette (2013)
Guitarist Chuck Loeb is getting better with each release, this one is simply awesome, featuring several top-notch players supporting him, yielding a selection of songs that encompass everything from slick contemporary grooves to jazzier excursions, the music is always strong and memorable. Simply outstanding!
Steve Cole - Pulse (2013)
This is one of my favorite saxophonists, his gutsy tenor playing hits it right home with me each time, and this latest release is no exception. This CD delivers catchy smooth jazz tracks, featuring his great playing. Top-drawer stuff!
Kim Waters - My Loves (2013)
After all these years, Kim Waters keeps on to churn out great smooth jazz albums with his sexy playing, not altering his winning formula of contemporary grooves, nice melodies and - above all - his trademark horn playing. Still going strong!
Jun Fukamachi - Sessions 1978 (2013)
My nod to the past goes to Japanese keyboard player Jun Fukamachi who did two truly outstanding fusion records in 1978 with the best players of the NY scene back in the day, the best tracks are compiled on this CD. His albums On The Move and his All-Stars Live album featured David Sanborn, the Brecker Brothers, Steve Gadd, Mike Mainieri, Eric Gale, Richard Tee and many other luminaries. Those albums are worth to look for and stood the test of time well.