Keiko Matsui - Journey To The Heart (2016)
The lovely Japanese keyboard player Keiko Matsui truly entered a new chapter in her musical life with this stellar release. Backed by an international acoustic band, she delivers her beautiful brand of world and smooth jazz, supported by some great guests, among them Swiss harmonica player Gregoire Maret. Fresh and exciting music!
Patrick Yandall - Ethos (2016)
Guitar player Patrick Yandall continues to please with another solid smooth jazz album, the musicianship is on the highest level, and the songs stick in your mind. Very recommended!
Kay-Ta - Arrival (2016)
This japanese guitar player who plays with Greg Adams' East Bay Soul and others released his debut album and it is a winner. Groovy, funky and smooth, it runs the whole gamut, and with guests like Jackiem Joyner and Jonathan Fritzen, you can't lose. Thumbs up!
David P. Stevens - Love City (2016)
Guitarist David P. Stevens is on a roll and with this latest album, he really impressed me. He is getting better all the time and with Love City, he joined the top level of the genre. Cool grooves and melodies abound, and with guests like Jackiem Joyner, Selina Albright, Lin Rountree, Frank McComb and others, you know what to expect. Excellent stuff!
Paul Jackson, Jr. - Stories From Stompin' Willie (2016)
Guitarist Paul Jackson, Jr. is back with a vengeance with this album, all killer, no filler, featuring tons of top players. You won't be disappointed!