What We're Listening To ** January 2016

Tim Weinberg - Another Byte: Live At Alvas (2015)
This live recording by veteran flautist Tim Weinberg shows a mature artist backed by a really good band delivering some nicely grooving tracks, some originals and some covers, among those extended versions of "Viva Tirado" and "Comin' Home Baby", with lots of great solos by all involved. Classic stuff!

Mark Etheredge - Connected (2016)
Smooth jazz keyboardist Mark Etheredge released this picture perfect smooth jazz album that goes down like honey wine, with guest players like Paul Brown and Chuck Loeb, you know what to expect. His previous effort from 2012 was Change Coming, a slick vocal album in the vein of Steely Dan that is also heartily recommended. Thumbs up!

Dwight Sills - Short Stories (2015)
Guitar player Dwight Sills is a veteran of the scene and being a busy session player, he performed with  tons of big names, in recent years he played with Richard Elliott, Guitars & Saxes, Jazz Attack, Jeff Lorber, and Rick Braun. After a long wait, he delivers now another solo album, which is more in the fusion and jazz-funk realm boasting some gritty guitar playing, the band is tight yielding a very nice instrumental album for the discerning listener. Recommended!

Jamhunters - Colortones (2015)
This is the 4th album by this smooth jazz and jazz-funk band from Denmark with all original music, these guys know how to provide the right grooves and moods, each of their releases is a winner and this one is no exception. Check them out!

Marilyn Scott - Dreams Of Tomorrow (1979)
My nod to the past goes to this west coast gem from singer Marilyn Scott, she is backed by an awesome array of LA's best sessions players, this albums stood the test of time well. Pull it from your collection once more!