What We're Listening To ** December 2016

Oli Silk - Where I Left Off (2016)
Keyboardist Oli Silk delivers a groovy, funky album boasting his sparkling keyboard playing, with some great guest players like Peter White and Steve Cole, personal highlight is the Joe Sample classic "Burning Up The Carnival" doing the original and Joe ample justice. Don't miss it!

Marc Antoine - Laguna Beach (2016)
A nice selection of mostly laid-back songs led by the acoustic guitar of Marc Antoine, running the gamut from funky to jazzy to latin, always pleasant, groovy and entertaining. Not your typical smooth jazz fodder, instead an honest musical statement by a bunch of great musicians. Recommended!

Peter White - Groovin' (2016)
Competent, conservative, covers. That sums it up!

Tony Saunders - Uptown Jazz (2016)
This is the third release by bassist Tony Saunders and it is a winner. Infectious melodies and upbeat vibes keep the head bopping. The album features guests like Gerald Albright on sax, Gabriel Mark Hasselbach on trumpet and flute, Mic Gillette and Tom Politzer of Tower of Power, as well as Rock Hendricks, Paul Hardcastle Jr. and Sakai. Very nice!

Judy Roberts - Circle Of Friends (1995)
This classic album by pianist/vocalist Judy Roberts is one I always like to come back to. In an acoustic trio setting plus sax/flute, she delivers a string of great songs, featuring her sensitive piano playing and flawless singing. Her renditions of the witty "My Attorney Bernie" and "Comes Love" always put a smile on my face. Thumbs up!