What We're Listening To ** January 2017

Daniel Chia - In The Moment (2017)
Debut album by young saxophonist Daniel Chia, produced by Paul Brown, delivering a string of groovy and smooth tracks, featuring guests Darren Rahn, Paul Brown and singer Melina. Picture perfect smooth jazz!

Akira Jimbo - 21 (2017)
This is the 21st studio album by Japanese drummer Akira Jimbo, featuring his band with Otmaro Ruiz on keys and Abraham Laboriel on bass, plus guests Allen Hinds on guitar and Richard Elliot on sax, providing some great jazz-funk and fusion. Very recommended!

JB Project - Brombo III !!! (2017)
JB Project are drummer Akira Jimbo and bassist Brian Bromberg, this is their third release, it features keyboardists Patrice Rushen, Otmaro Ruiz and Jeff Lorber, plus a horn section. With a great selection of jazz-funk tracks, among them covers of Herbie Hancock's "Actual Proof" and Billy Cobham's "Stratus", you get the good stuff. Check it out!

KIYO*SEN - Trick Or Treat (2017)
KIYO*SEN are keyboardist Kiyomi Otaka and drummer Senri Kawaguchi, they provide an exciting string of jazz-funk and fusion tracks, showing their superior skills. These girls are kicking ass!

Roy Ayers - Virgin Ubiquity: Unreleased Recordings 1976-1981 (2003)
My nod to the past goes to this great selection of unreleased material from Roy Ayers' Ubiquity period. Jazz-funk at its best!