ASTROMETRIC STAR | The Road Home | Distant Sounds Records
THE AULT SISTERS | Timeless | Independent
PAUL BROWN | Truth B Told | Woodward Avenue Records
TIM DEHUFF | Big Water Little Boat | Independent
RICHARD ELLIOT | Lip Service | Heads Up
TERJE LIE | Bright Moments | TCat Records
ROBERT MILLER | Twenty | Cakewalk Records
DENNIS ANGEL Soul Strut (On Track) Timeless Grooves Records
Dennis Angel made a fateful choice after high school – study music at Julliard or pursue a law degree. He eventually became a well-respected entertainment attorney, but jazz found its way back in 2009, when he recorded “The Wall Street Recession Time Blues.” He made an impact with his multi-faceted, full-length debut TIMELESS GROOVES, and now he’s back, deep in the melodic and grooving pocket again with his latest, ON TRACK. The first single “Soul Strut,” produced by Jason Miles, is a playfully funky, swinging tune featuring Angel’s soulful flugelhorn surrounded by top Jazz veterans Kenny Barron (piano), Gottfried Stoger (sax) and the grooving rhythm section of James Genus (bass) and Edward J.T. Lewis (drums). Angel is ON TRACK to become a bona fide jazz star!
MARIEA ANTOINETTE No Strings Attached Independent
Who knew the magical sound of the harp could find a home on the funk side of the Jazz world? San Diego native Marie Antoinette’s repertoire includes Classical, Jazz and R&B, which she has showcased at Walt Disney Hall and of course out on the Jazz in Pink tour. Her debut single “Give Me Your Love” is a sensual, funky fresh re-imagining of the love song from Curtis Mayfield’s iconic Super Fly soundtrack. Keeping her spirited, melodic harp lines front and center, she creates a bold blend of old school with soul sensibilities, symphonic atmospheres and sizzling brass. “Give Me Your Love”… and more of it, please!
THE AULT SISTERS Timeless Independent
Toronto based siblings Amanda (23), Alicia (21) and Alanna Ault (19) have grown up applying their glorious vocal harmonies to everything from holiday music to pop and rock. On TIMELESS, they swing playfully into a seductive, cool retro Jazz vibe that brings to mind everyone from The Andrews Sisters to Wilson Phillips, while allowing them to put their own stamp on a mix of classics ("The Boy From New York City," "Moondance," "River") and a few originals. The very talented Ault Sisters are in perfect harmony throughout the very compelling TIMELESS!
Veteran Hollywood session guitarist and contemporary jazz artist with three previous albums under his belt, Bennett B declares that it’s GROOVE TIME on his explosive fourth full length project. Produced by multi-Grammy winning artist Paul Brown, the ten track set has splashes of sizzling brass, a sprinkling of Blues, a lot of Funk and simmering old school keyboard textures. Guests include Greg Adams, and Ricky Lawson in one of his last recordings. The single “Tell Me About It” is mid tempo, in the pocket cool all the way – the perfect showcase for Bennett’s expressive electric guitar excitement. The title says it all – GROOVE TIME grooves!
DIANA BARASH A Miracle of Love Anaviv Music
On her sensual and soulful debut album A MIRACLE OF LOVE, well traveled Eastern European native Diana Barash caresses her spirited blend of moods, romance and inspiration with exotic percussion, soundscape textures and ethereal atmospheres. Drawing from world music as well as traditional genres like jazz, R&B and pop, the sensual singer creates dreamy journeys (on some tracks in collaboration with renowned jazz pianist and composer Sunnie Paxson) that seduce the listener with optimism as she sings of love, hope, empowerment and perseverance. The elegant, trumpet laced focal track “Save This World” can be enjoyed both as a vocal and instrumental.
CHERYL BARNES Listen to This Barnes & Cabasso Music
The title of jazz vocalist Cheryl Barnes’ new album LISTEN TO THIS is an invitation to enjoy a brilliant collection of songs, interpreted masterfully by this amazing artist, whose extensive resume includes performances with Wynton Marsalis and Quincy Jones on the jazz side, the Clara Ward Gospel Singers, and the Denver Symphony Orchestra. Talk about vocal range and versatility! Ms. Barnes’ voice and phrasing are stunning. I’m especially drawn to the entrancing “Come with Me,” the gently swinging “Like Jazz,” and her incredible take on Joni Mitchell’s “Come In From the Cold.” Cheryl Barnes’ LISTEN TO THIS is an absolute must-have!
SYLVIA BENNETT Best Love Songs Out of Sight Music
Love doesn’t get any better than this! Grammy-nominee, jazz chanteuse Sylvia Bennett captures the flirtation, the romance and the jazz on her brand new album BEST LOVE SONGS featuring 12 of the most amazing love songs ever written, including Burt Bacharach’s “Look Of Love,” the Sinatra classic “Fly Me To the Moon,” the Gershwins' “They Can’t Take That Away From Me,” and Cole Porter’s “Night and Day.” Ms. Bennett opens the Great American Songbook for her exciting new collection, and helps herself to a rich set list custom made for her exquisite voice and impeccable phrasing! BEST LOVE SONGS is Sylvia Bennett's sweetest assortment of classics yet!
A truly revered saxophonist… Tom Braxton is highly respected by both the world-class artists he performs with and the fans that watch him play! With a tone that is rich and distinctive, there’s no wonder why this star player commands attention. Tom’s highly anticipated 8th solo release, THE NEXT CHAPTER, is a feel-good, body movin’, soulfully positive collection of tunes, featuring Grammy winners Bob James, Ricky Lawson, Earl Klugh, along with one of Smooth Jazz’s most beloved guitarists, Peter White! In addition to outstanding, original compositions, you’ll find sweet covers of favorites including the OJay’s “I Love Music,” and the Spinner’s “I’ll Be Around;” tunes that bring to mind the fun vibe of the late Wayman Tisdale, whom Braxton supported as Musical Director for 17 years. In addition to his own band, you can occasionally enjoy him with Earl Klugh and Keiko Matsui. Brimming with good vibes, Tom Braxton’s THE NEXT CHAPTER is a guaranteed chart topper!
BROTHER JAY Driven By Angels BrotherJayjazz.com
Can’t imagine a better thing to be inspired by… the divine and uplifting! Jazzman, Brother Jay composes smooth, melodic songs inspired by angels. He calls his unique blend of jazz, “Inspirational Jazz.” I call his music soulfully connected… Jay is a musician who calls on a higher power to guide him through life, love and songwriting. You can feel the love when you listen… and feel it you will on his exceptional new album DRIVEN BY ANGELS. Delightfully positive new songs featuring Brother Jay’s elegant keyboard playing along with feel-good percussion and undeniably, hooky melodies! Songs like “Steppin’ On Air,” “Talk To Me,” “Slow Ride In Slow Motion” and “Rain On Me” make DRIVEN BY ANGELS one of the best recordings yet from the man with the heart of gold… Brother Jay!
PETER BUSBOOM Come and See The Stars With Me Tonight Independent
Truly a musical citizen of the world, versatile guitarist/composer Peter Busboom was born and raised in Germany, has lived in NYC, Los Angeles and San Francisco and now resides in Sydney, Australia. Busboom is known for his soulful, gracefully melodic atmospheric New Age and Jazz fusion vibe. The eight tracks on his new album live up to the dreamy romance promised by the title, ranging from the hypnotic and sensual “It’s Beautiful” and the moody, sax driven “Spring in San Francisco” to the dreamy and colorful burst of sunlight coming through the “Morning Shades.” This project offers global musical passport clearance… turn it up!
BUTCH AND RHONDA COLEMAN Night Sketches Jeremee Records
The dynamic Baltimore based Smooth Jazz duo of Butch (bass) and Rhonda (vocals, keyboards) brings a dynamic resume to their delightfully poppy and soulful debut NIGHT SKETCHES. Their collective resume includes two decades of performances in the DC Metro area. In addition, Butch plays bass on several of pop singer Jessie J’s hit singles, while Rhonda has opened for Al Jarreau, Phyllis Hyman and The Blackbirds. Complementing the playful, horn-fired light funk instrumental tune “Malibu,” the Colemans are all about imparting lessons of love and romance on the vocal tunes - from the optimistic “Here I Go Again” through the exotic, Latin-flavored “Yellow Butterfly,” “Carry My Heart and “We Belong Together.”
STEVEN ANTHONY COOK It Always Feels Good Heavy Productions
NYC jazz guitarist/composer Steven Anthony Cook releases a collection that he’s written, performed (all instruments) and produced, highlighted by the single, “Sweet Pleasure,” a sensual slow jam designed to fit the title IT ALWAYS FEELS GOOD. World travels to Spain, France, Italy, the Caribbean and more are infused into the artist's expressive, musical works. The multi-dimensional talent teaches music and owns a film scoring company, Heavy Productions. Let your mind unwind with this organic jazz!
Jazz violinist Darrell “D-Funk” Looney knows how to elevate spirits and enhance moods with his unique musical concoction of funk, jazz, hip hop, Latin and Caribbean! This latest album of songs from the east coast collective known as Da Phatfunk Clique, is a collaborative recording with long time contributors, including an uplifting performance from keyboardist Bob Baldwin on the hit, “For Sake of the Art” featuring BB’s signature cool, urban jazz keys. The inspiring ensemble was a finalist in the Capitol Jazz Festival competition a handful of years ago. Under the funky and jazzy direction of “D-Funk,” with the addictive sound of his jazz violin out front, PHAT JAZZ will leaving you satisfied!
TIM DEHUFF Big Water Little Boat Independent
New York area guitarist extraordinaire, Tim DeHuff shines brightly on his impressive album debut, BIG WATER LITTLE BOAT. It's truly amazing that this world class musician is just releasing a solo recording given the long list of artists he's supported over the years including The Main Ingredient, Larry Coryell, John Klemmer, David Benoit, Lee Ritenour, George Duke and many more. This stunning project features original tunes offering a variety of musical styles ranging from contemporary jazz, funk, and rock to Latin and Reggae, all showcasing Tim’s polished, yet edgy guitar solos, guaranteeing an exciting listening experience. Get ready to have your boat rocked!
An author as well as a prolific artist and composer, guitarist Dr. Dave has written a book in which he says, “Often music touches people in ways that words alone cannot.” Hot on the heels of his star studded 2013 collection “Love Potion,” he lets fans know that THE DOCTOR IS IN – in super-melodic, funky and slightly exotic and tropical ways – on his infectious, high energy new album. The lead single is an easy swinging cover of Stanley Turrentine’s jazzy version of the Marvin Gaye penned, “Don’t Mess With Mr. T,” a dynamic showcase for his crisp, hypnotic electric lines. He includes some older cuts with late sax great Hollis Gentry III, and also a horn-intensive twist on the Booker T. classic “Hip Hug-Her.” Make your appointment – The DOCTOR IS IN!
LANCE ELLIS LanceEllis.com Landlord Records
He grew up learning from Ellis Marsalis, he marched in the Mardi Gras in school, he moonlighted on Bourbon Street and played on riverboats and he followed in the footsteps of the, great saxophonist Charles Miller. Meet Lance Ellis, a former New Orleans postal worker turned entrepreneur and entertainer. The charismatic performer has taken the innovative principles of jazz and applied them to his unique style of smooth music that is truly seductive and hypnotic. A timeless, sophisticated gumbo of jazz, Gospel-tinged R&B and soul… inspired by New Orleans but too big to stop there! LanceEllis.com is home to a catalog of cool music, including original Lance Ellis music on CD and DVD. Jazz just the way you like it, smooth and sexy, featuring saxophone and flute with renowned guests including Michael Ward, Gina Brown and Lee Oskar. Get inspired, get inspiring music at LanceEllis.com!
There’s a big CHANGE COMING in Mark Etheredge’s life – and if the eclectic coolness of his debut album as a singer/songwriter and pianist is any indication, it’s going to involve much deserved adult contemporary stardom. In addition to playing the kind of refined soul/pop that legends like Steely Dan, Boz Scaggs and Bobby Caldwell did in their heydays, the multi-talented, Los Angeles based artist beautifully balances marvelously sly humor and colorful storytelling with heartfelt romantic expressions.
CAJSA FRANGQUIST Live Life Independent
New from the exciting world of Cajsa ("kai-za") Franquist comes a fun, energetic new EP filled with life… aptly titled LIVE LIFE! The Swedish songwriter, singer, producer has a unique sound that mixes exciting Euro beats with a fresh fusion of funk, jazz, soul and R&B. "Funk (That Music Beat)" is the first single and it promises to get you moving with a contemporary dance groove and jazz nuances throughout. Cajsa has a style all her own… on the forefront of crossing sounds, blurring lines and proving that her generation is genre-blind and trailblazing to their own music beat. Cajsa's cool!
THE GRAY Feat LAURENT CAILLAT On The Rocks - EP Independent
Fading into The Gray will lead you into a sexy world of sweet sensuality; fashionable beats, stimulating lyrics and sultry vocals. Meet Laurent Caillat, the driving force behind this music project. Born to a Haitian mother and Swiss father, the multi-cultural NYC-based singer, songwriter, producer, actor, dancer, DJ and model keeps extraordinarily busy with all of the above, including shooting a new TV comedy series directed by Mark Farrell (Curb Your Enthusiasm). The Gray feat Laurent Caillat delivers an appetizing collection of songs on the EP, ON THE ROCKS, a provocative, irresistible, love-drenched soundtrack for modern times featuring Laurent’s alluring vocals and compelling lyrics. Straight up, ON THE ROCKS delivers emotive, sonic seduction in 5 amazing songs!
A well-traveled saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist, Mike Hamilton has appeared and toured with a wide range of artists, including James Brown, Ne-Yo, Jonathan Butler, Phil Perry and the late Ronny Jordan. His infectious new single truly lives up to its fun-filled name. Featuring sultry vocals by Koreena Lunares, it’s a melodic, high energy and funky romp that makes the perfect summer driving soundtrack. Stamp your “Passport To Joy” today!
VINCENT IOIA No Time Like Now Independent
An emotional odyssey lies behind the launching of saxophonist Vincent Ioia’s (pronounced "ee-yoy-ya") recording adventure! His world-class release, NO TIME LIKE NOW, comes on the heels of a 30-year career as an IT professional and successful Chief Information Officer for a major Wall Street investment company! Heart warming story… a young musician opted out of his music career to earn a living for his family; later revisiting his first love (music) after tragedy struck, losing his wife to cancer. Literally inspired by David Sanborn, NO TIME LIKE NOW showcases power and passion. You'll hear it in Vincent’s explosive playing! From the horn-driven, title track featuring Rippingtons’ keyboardist Bill Heller to the rest of the album, with songs penned by co-producer Ricky Peterson as well as Heller, featuring A-Listers, guitarist Gerey Johnson, bassist Paul Peterson and percussionist Petar Janjic.
JAREZ On Top Of The World Independent
Crave new music? Meet innovative Saxophonist Jarez and his Cali-cool hybrid blend of jazz, hip-hop and R&B; robust with style and confidence! His album ON TOP OF THE WORLD, takes his unique treatment of Smooth Jazz to the Echo Boomer generation, featuring his infectious new hit single, "Can't Let Go." Jarez says that his desire is to be the "Tiger Woods of jazz." As he puts it, “Tiger made an old man’s game exciting and real for kids. I want to do the same for jazz.” The 30-something is a busy entrepreneur, in addition to promoting his new release, he tours, performs and even cooks with iconic rapper Coolio! Discover jazz by Jarez and expand your world!
The highly-anticipated, debut recording from the stunning, all-star female ensemble known and loved as Jazz In P!nk is a slam dunk hit and a divine slice of heaven! The aptly titled, 1ST COLLECTION, will no doubt be the first of many for jazz heroines. Originated and nurtured by highly regarded keyboardist Gail Jhonson, Jazz In P!nk showcases each and every star player in the band, including world-renown violinist Karen Briggs, enchanting jazz harpist Maria Antoinette, plus Trippin 'n' Rhythm recording artists, contemporary flautist Althea Rene and trumpeter Cindy Bradley, and many more brilliant soloists. The JIP band is also star-studded featuring bassist Robin Bramlett, guitarist Lois "LadyMac" McMorris and drummer Danielle "Pocket" Brown. 1ST COLLECTION serves up 11 tracks of sheer Pink power with emphasis on groove and melody, highlighted by innovation with distinctive instrumentation. Pink is the new jazz!
DARRYL EVAN JONES Relentless Independent
Bringing inspired melodic possibilities of the flute back to the Smooth Jazz realm, Darryl Evan Jones adds his own funky spin to the tradition forged by pioneering greats the likes of Tim Weisberg and Hubert Laws. Branding himself the “Ambassador of Instrumental Soul,” the multi-talented artist, who has played the legendary Apollo Theatre and opened for Kem and Boney James, beautifully blends his training and experience in Jazz, Classical and Gospel to create a truly original path. While he’s all about the deep pocket groove on tracks like “It’s Alive” and “The Ride,” he brings a touch of symphonic soul to “Relentless” and eases into a whimsical easy-flowing mode on “A Walk In The Park” and “Remember Me.” Darryl shatters any preconceived notions you may have regarding the flute on RELENTLESS… it’s truly an adventure!
The soulful, melodic and eminently grooving flute master Jef Kearns brings a colorful background into a cool, sophisticated sound that blends the cutting edge of Soul and Hip Hop rhythms with explosive Jazz improvisations. He grew up listening and playing along to Hip-Hop and R&B on Detroit radio in the 90s, then cut his teeth in the house band for Toronto's Jazz club, Trane Studio, for five years. A mix of instrumentals and six tracks featuring sensual guest female vocalists, Kearns keeps his flute fresh and melodic, with improvisational brilliance up front as he delves into concepts that range from trippy and atmospheric to vibey and upbeat - and all inspiring destinations in between. Wildly soulful, truly sophisticated... Jef Kearns is SOULFISTICATED!
REZA KHAN Dreamwalker Painted Media
New from Bangladesh-born guitarist Reza Khan comes DREAMWALKER with his band Painted Diaries and featuring special guests keyboardist Philippe Saisse and saxophonist Andy Snitzer on Reza’s exciting new collection of global grooves! The title track is the project’s first single and we anticipate a tremendous traction at radio worldwide. The music is remarkably accessible… fans of Peter White and Ken Navarro, will love Reza Khan! Living in New York, Reza gathers his musical inspiration from his world travels as well collaborative efforts with renowned musicians. Chillaxed yet deep!
Terje Lie (pronounced "Terry Lee") knows a good team when he's got one. Collaborating on the second project in a row with the writing and production team of keyboardist Jeff Lorber and Yellowjackets' bassist Jimmy Haslip, the Norwegian born, Los Angeles based saxophonist stirs up the perfect high energy blend of pop, R&B and jazz fusion here. Stocked with playful, solid grooves like the funky opener "Storm Skies" and the first single "You Know," which are both hooky and melodic, you should also know that this album is a classic "player's album" where inventive improvisation and explosive jamming reign throughout. Lie saves the most unpredictable ride for last, blowing hard with his cohorts amidst the explosive rock energy of guest guitarist Michael Landau as they navigate the wild "Jungle." Lots of BRIGHT MOMENTS to enjoy throughout! Bold moves for Terje Lie, we expect big things from this talent!
MARY MARSHALL Phone Phonics Independent
On PHONE PHONICS Mary Marshall’s first independent album in ten years, the versatile composer, performer, educator, music director and choir director shares joyful and thoughtfully melodic original compositions that tap into many of the elements that have defined her varied musical resume. Influenced equally by jazz and classical music, the pianist balances frenetic romps like “You Said What?” with moody, reflective ballads like, “I Stand Accused,” the powerful Gospel/Blues influenced “For Your Precious Love” and graceful, easy flowing pieces like “Phone Talk” and “Sudden Disconnect.” Urban jazz fans who like the funk will most enjoy the blazing rock guitar and piano driven “Keyed Up”, while those who prefer an in the pocket vibe will enjoy the sassy seduction of “1+1 = One.” PHONE PHONICS is off the hook!
KEITH MASON King Of The Most High Independent
Love, light, spirituality… all wrapped up with a beautiful, bottom heavy vibe! Meet bassist, Keith Mason who mixes his passion for music with the grace of a higher calling on his 3rd album release, KING OF THE MOST HIGH. A one-of-a-kind tapestry of Smooth Christian Jazz, soul and R&B. Music on a spiritual path from an artist who’s spent 35 years performing many musical genres which has honed his impeccable tone and masterful melodies, both showcased here along with beautiful bass solos. Keith lives and breaths his love of music and includes it in his Ministry of Music at Mount Olive Baptist Church in Virginia as well as performing with his own band N2N. The message on KING OF THE MOST HIGH is one of love, and love, no matter how you slice it, is always a positive thing!
KEN NAVARRO Ruby Lane Positive Music Records
Closing in on his 25th anniversary as a recording artist, guitarist Ken Navarro has long been one of Contemporary Jazz's most consistent and melodic hitmakers. But on the fascinating and compelling RUBY LANE - his 21st recording since 1990 - he also explores adventurous and unexpected new vibes, including hypnotic and percussive tunes such as "Westbound and Rolling," expansive and dramatic sounds such as "Kings and Queens" and even classical-influences like "When The Spirit Speaks," featuring the Scheinbar String Quartet. Creative covers of early Boz Scaggs and Stevie Wonder's infectious "Higher Ground" are also included. The title track is a hit, a buoyant anniversary gift to Ken's wife Kristin. A spirited, eclectic album offering an exciting glimpse of the artist and the genre's bright future!
Composer, singer, pianist, poet Jeanne Newhall is what I call an expansive artist; her sound is not easily confined to one genre. Rather her organic music style is inclusive of much... such as love, jazz, folk, intelligence, soul, blues, spirituality, humor, yoga, earth, sea and SKY. This new recording, some 10 years in the making, features 10 originals and a casual-cool cover of Bob Dylan's "If Not For You." The project also features the artful bass work of the great Abraham Laboriel as well as Walter Rodriquez on percussion and drums, and Japanese guitarist Kazunori Koga. The album is called SKY for reasons that only Jeanne Newhall knows, but to me, it's because it features music that is elevated… songs with meaning, delivered with an intelligent musical sensibility, like jazz. These songs will attach themselves to your heart and work their way skyward to your thoughts, where they will linger.
NOBRESIL Original Independent
Driven by soulful, Bossa based rhythms, colorful and exotic instrumentation (by top Latin and Brazilian musicians) and the sensual voice and beautiful phrasing of multi-lingual lead vocalist Mari Nobre, Nobresil offers a unique, multi-cultural world jazz and Brazilian music vibe on their new album that lives up to its title: ORIGINAL. A partnership between Mari Nobre and her Grammy winning husband, bassist Leo Nobre, the group works magic with a mix of classic Brazilian tunes, infectious new compositions and fresh twists, such as on The Gershwins’ “Fascinating Rhythm” and the Oscar-winning ballad “Up Where We Belong.” The tunes are filled with passion, poetry and only real instrumentation! Nobresil (a play on the the artists’ name Nobre and Brasil) defies all rules! Part pop, part jazz, part World music, 100% ORIGINAL!
STEVE OLIVER Best Of so far SOM Entertainment, LLC
With his fascinating mix of melodic, acoustic guitar, driving grooves, soulful lead singing and infectious, seemingly extraterrestrial talents as a human drum and vocal soundscape master, Steve Oliver has, over the past 15 years, titled his albums after the uplifting vibes he’s created. Early on, he recorded POSITIVE ENERGY and RADIANT. Later, incorporating more of a universal consciousness and world rhythms, he released GLOBAL KISS and WORLD CITIZEN. BEST SO FAR is a spirited 15 track set featuring the multi-talented performer’s many infectious radio smashes (including two re-recorded from his 1999 debut FIRST VIEW) and two irresistible new tracks including the first single, "Calling You." BEST OF SO FAR is a great overview of one of the genre’s most unique creative geniuses!
FABIANA PASSONI Let Your Love Rise Independent
In 2012, Fabiana Passoni received a unique designation that affirmed the impact of her sultry mix of Jazz Fusion, Bossa Nova, Baiao and Samba on American audiences. She was chosen by the Brazilian International Press Awards Colegio Electoral as Best Brazilian Female Singer Living in the U.S. Her cool, sensual vocals are showcased beautifully on her graceful and rhythmic new single “Let Your Love Rise,” one of three vibrant tracks on her latest EP of the same name. She also puts her sweet, distinctive vocal stamp on a lush cover of Carole King’s classic “Jazzman,” and a cool Bossa version of James Brown’s “I Feel Good.” Fabiana is Fab!
While she was a Registered Nurse, Iranian born, Toronto-based singer Roxanna discovered the healing power of music very literally when she sang for her very ill patients. Medicine’s loss is Smooth Jazz’s gain, as the multi-talented artist shares a blend of powerhouse emotional ballads and sensual Latin-flavored gems on her perfectly titled debut EXOTICA, featuring some of the world's greatest musicians and Flamenco performers! Her first single is a lush and sensuous, string enhanced mid-tempo twist on Lionel Richie’s classic of longing, “Hello.” Let Roxanna charm and seduce you with EXOTICA.
The next generation of Smooth Jazz has a visionary… welcome to the inspired world of saxophonist Sam Rucker and his soulful and passionate new album TELL YOU SOMETHING! This unique blend of Jazz, Soul, Gospel and Hip Hop, is collaboration with sax star, Euge Groove and features special guests Norman Connors, Bobby Lyle, Tom Brown and Alyson Williams. Nearly three years in the making, every song is moving with nonstop, positive energy and rich production. The single, “Be True 2 Who U R” will surely be the first of many songs from this album to hit the airwaves! The saxman who’s played with Smooth Jazz stars such as Peter White, Ronnie Laws and Phil Perry is telling you something, we highly recommend that you listen!
PAOLO RUSTICHELLI Playa Blanca (Soul Italiano) Next Age Music
After hitting it big on the charts with his recent #1 hit "Med Groove," the Smooth Jazz hit maker, pioneer of synth music and originator of the Chillout explosion, takes us on another enchanted, pulsating, energetic journey this summer, on a white, sandy beach with "Playa Blanca" - A musical vacation to the beach of your dreams! From Paolo Rustichelli's forthcoming, masterpiece album SOUL ITALIANO, comes this exciting new single with a fresh, smooth energetic mix of saxophone riffs, Latin rhythms, Reggae and classic Paolo melodies and style! It's easy to predict that this new oustanding exploration of the Mediterrannean and his enchanted vibrating realms will be a summer sensation!
LES SABLER Jobim Tribute New Vista Records
It's 50 years since saxophonist Stan Getz and guitarist Joao Gilberto started the Bossa Nova craze in the U.S. by sharing the magic of Antonio Carlos Jobim on their classic album Getz/Gilberto - and guitarist Les Sabler is in a big time celebrating mood on his sensual, romantic and infectiously melodic new JOBIM TRIBUTE. Unlike many homages that just scratch the surface, Sabler's thoughtful 12-track collection digs into the heart of Jobim's catalog for some enticing obscurities beyond the well-known hits. While primarily known as a guitarist, Sabler shares his beautiful vocal gifts on half the album, conveying the multitude of emotions conjured by these timeless tunes. In paying honor to a master, Sabler proves to be quite masterful himself!
JIM SAMUEL NOW Independent
Composer/pianist Jim Samuel offers a compelling variety of textures and tempos on his latest release, NOW, featuring a stellar collection of originals, augmented by two sterling covers… namely the iconic “Mr. Magic,” featuring Gerald Albright’s brilliant sax work, and the Norah Jones hit, “Don’t Know Why.” Of the originals, I’m particularly drawn to the lovely “Serena,” featuring talented guitarist Rob Tardik, and the bittersweet “Now That You’re Gone,” featuring trumpet/flugelhorn master Tony Neenan. NOW just might be Mr. Samuel’s best release yet. Expect to see this one spending a lot of time at the top of the charts in 2014!
World-class bassist Tony Saunders plays bass like a wild-spirited, free-running, colorful Appaloosa. His soulful, low-end bass work is melodic, joyful and deep… like the Bay Area artist himself! This highly anticipated release features many originals including the album’s first single, the sophisticated and melodic “Sandy Shores of Monterey,” a smooth, sultry groove that I love beyond the obvious reasons (but I love it for the name as well :-). Special guests on APPALOOSA include Howard Hewitt, Santana's Tony Lindsay, Sakai, Tower of Power’s Tom Politzer and Bill Champlin singing the title track, a Gino Vannelli penned tune. Tony's career began at 5 years old, as it would in the house of his father, the beloved, late Merl Saunders (Rainforest Band, Jerry Garcia). This is why he runs deep! The project is love-inspired, love-themed and will set your spirit free!
The New York native, now South Florida based trumpeter has performed professionally since the age of 17, his original music is reminiscent and influenced by artists including Jeff Lorber, George Duke, Steely Dan and even Stevie Wonder. Fans have been eagerly awaiting for a follow up to his debut “Milky Way Soul,” and our patience has been rewarded with a killer collection of original grooves and Smooth Jazz. HARD WATER, is a bright and melodic, easy grooving mix of retro and contemporary sounds. From the energetic and supercharged, “Monster Woman,” to the easy flowing, cool romance of “Who We Were.” Critically acclaimed saxophonist Eric Marienthal guests on the project. Jonathan Sigel’s HARD WATER promises to quench your thirst for inspiring new music from inspired artists!
THUMPER & GENERATION ONE One United 4 Love Entertainment
A wildly versatile one-man-band and creative Renaissance man (singer, songwriter, producer actor, model) from Omaha, Nebraska. Meet Thumper & Generation One... urban jazz fans will be swaying to the electric guitar and vocal driven slow jam of the Johnny Gill classic “My My My.” But don’t get too chilled, Thumper's got a lot more up his sleeve on this eclectic 14 track collection of multiple moods – including New Age (the opener, “Song of the Universe”), blistering Rock/Soul (“It’s Time”), funky Synth-Jazz (“In The Zone”) and Techno-Rock-Gospel (“The Saints Jam”). Thumper’s ONE is one cool and wild ride!
TONY TRAVALINI Renaissance Man Independent
A onetime Motown artist and songwriter returning to the groove after a few decades away, Tony Travalini forges a fresh, multi-faceted vibe and a wealth of sonic possibilities via his Roland GR-20 Guitar Synthesizer. On his dynamic, genre-defying debut RENAISSANCE MAN he uses this incredible electronic "axe" to create sweeping atmospheres, exotic chants, pan flutes, saxophone, trumpet, horn sections, crisp electric and acoustic guitar sounds - and a lot of unexpected sonic textures along the way. His new single, the title track "Renaissance Man," is an easy grooving light funk tune featuring Travalini's graceful and jazzy lead electric guitar tone, rich percussion textures and wordless gospel-flavored synth guitar generated vocal harmonies a la Take 6.