P E T E R * B O E H I
Mariea Antoinette - Straight From The Harp (2014)
Harpist Mariea Antoinette - who also plays with the all female smooth jazz band Jazz In Pink - comes up with a really nice solo album featuring her harp playing and a bunch of great songs, my favorite is her cover of Curtis Mayfield's "Give Me Your Love" that really evokes the spirit of the original. The album is very well produced and destined to win her some new fans. Good stuff!
Caté Musiq Group - The Style Lounge, Vol. 1: The 80's (2014)
This cover album delivers some of the greatest songs from the 80's in a laid-back, jazzy and easy flowing manner, two outstanding singers (Nina Vidal and Fil Straughan) take the songs to the next level, the instrumentalists are top notch with lots of good solos. Very recommended!
Randy Singer - Harmonica Dreams (Deluxe Edition) (2014)
Harmonica player Randy Singer who has a long resumé as sideman for the industry's finest comes up with a very nice, Brazilian tinged solo album that boast lots of great smooth jazz harmonica tracks, plus a few pop songs. He reminds me a bit of Lee Oskar. This "Deluxe Edition" offers two additional bonus tracks. Joyful stuff!
Threestyle (feat. Magdalena Chovancova) - Get It (2014)
This funky smooth jazz band from the Czech Republic features Magdalena Chovancova on sax and twin sister Gabriela on drums, plus Robert Fertl on guitar, this album was produced by Paul Brown and recorded in the US, and the result is pure smooth jazz bliss. Thumbs up!
Dianne Reeves - For Every Heart (1984)
My nod to the past goes to this early release of singer Dianne Reeves on TBA Records, it features some top players like Tom Scott on sax and Noel Pointer on violin, it shows already what outstanding singer she is, the music stood the test of time well. A star in the making!
D E N I S * P O O L E
'What You Won't Do For Love' by emerging urban jazz trumpeter Willie Bradley from his CD Another Day & Time. This classic Bobby Caldwell song is arguably the most significant contemporary jazz vocal number of all time and here it is given a fine instrumental makeover featuring Nicholas Cole on keys plus, another great trumpeter, Lin Rountree.
'Masterpiece', the latest single from Swedish keyboard player, songwriter and producer Mattias Roos. After releasing singles such as the silky smooth 'Need Somebody' and the easy grooving 'Pressure' (that features Magdalena Chovancova on sax) this zesty and melodic follow-up is driven along by input from saxophonist Greger Hillman.
'If I Only Had A Brain' by Kiki Ebsen from the recently released CD Scarecrow Sessions. Written as a tribute to her late father, the film actor Buddy Ebsen, this collection of songs from The Great American Songbook includes this sensationally melodic makeover of a classic tune. It owes everything to the collective talents of Ebsen, stellar input from pianist Henry Hay, that immaculate guitarist Chuck Loeb, bass-player John Patitucci and of course the incomparable David Mann.
'No Rhyme No Reason' from British born sax-man Carl Stanley. Stanley is an emerging force on the smooth jazz scene and his rendition of the George Duke classic 'No Rhyme No Reason' (with guitar from Dwight Sills and keys from the always immaculate Brian Simpson) serves as a wonderful tribute to the great man.
'Stay Cool & Play Sax', the new single from Croatian sax-man Igor Gerzina. With blockbuster albums such as Metropolis and One Click World Gerzina has been captivating an ever-growing global fan base with his own special brand of supercharged smooth jazz. Now, with 'Stay Cool & Play Sax', he is sending out a reminder that here is one of the most accomplished players around.
J E F F * D A N I E L S
Scott Wilkie, All In (BeachMusic) (2014)
Peter White, Smile (Heads Up) (2014)
U-Nam, C'est Le Funk (Skytown Records) (2014)