P E T E R * B O E H I
Reggie Codrington - Always In Motion (2014)
Saxophonist Reggie Codrington is one of the best kept secrets on the smooth jazz scene. I am following his career since his debut release Never Let You Go on TBA Records in 1990 and have been enjoying all the music he has put out over the years. This latest release features guest artists like Jeff Lorber, Nils and the late Ricky Lawson, which translates into a fine slice of smooth jazz by a truly underrated player. Thumbs up!
Gregg Karukas - Soul Secrets (2014)
A new release by keyboardist Gregg Karukas is always an occasion to celebrate, especially when it is as star-studded like this one. Guesting on this album are Vincent Ingala, Rick Braun, Euge Groove, Ricardo Silveira, Charlie Bisharat and others, each one adding his own flavor to the catchy compositions of the leader. This CD is a true smooth jazz gem by one of the veterans of the scene. Very recommended!
Michael Lington - Soul Appeal (2014)
Saxophonist Michael Lington is still going strong with his latest album Soul Appeal featuring his gutsy saxophone playing over a funky, organic backdrop, this time paying tribute to the greats of the 70ies, with his cover of "Memphis Soul Stew" indicating where his heart lies. A very nice change of pace and a definitive winner in my book. Don't miss it!
Gabriel - Open Invitation (2014)
Trumpet player Gabriel Mark Hasselbach - currently calling himself just Gabriel - comes up with an awesome album full of memorable tracks and tons of first-rate guest players, like Bob Mintzer, Bob Baldwin, Greg Manning and many others. The music is groovy and offers a lot of variety, the musicianship is on a high level, and the smooth trumpet and flugelhorn playing of the leader holds it all together. Great stuff!
Kenny Pore - Inner City Dreams (1984) and You Don't Know Me (1985)
My nod to the past goes to these first two albums by Kenny Pore, featuring his compositions and a top cast of L.A. session players like Pat Coil, Vinnie Colaiuta, Brandon Fields, Robben Ford, John Patitucci, Paul Jackson Jr., Harvey Mason and more. Stylistically, those albums fall in part in the west coast genre, in part they are a precursor to smooth jazz with their melodic instrumentals. This music stood the test of time well and gained classic status. Bliss!
J E F F * D A N I E L S
Jarez, I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus (Top Jazz Records LLC) (2014)
Maysa, A Very Maysa Christmas (Shanachie) (2014)
Earth Wind & Fire, Holiday (Legacy Recordings) (2014)
Funky Christmas (Real Gone Music) (2013)
D E N I S * P O O L E