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CHERYL BARNES | Merry Merry Christmas To You | Barnes & Cabasso Music

D. EDWARD | Love Is | 10th & Clay Records

RODNEY FRIEND | So Glad It's Christmas | Independent

HARPER, GUS AND GOMEZ | A Christmas Dream | Independent

JAZZ CLUB feat. Sunnie Paxson, Mark Vincent, Cynthia Calhoun | Holiday Time Of Year | SunMark

DIRK K | Seasons Greetings | DIP Records

DAVE KOZ & FRIENDS | The 25th of December | Concord Music Group

RHYTHM JETS | Sound Barrier | Infinity Jazz Records

MARILYN SCOTT | Get Christmas Started! | Prana Entertainment

TONY TRAVALINI | Everything For Christmas | Independent

On Track

DENNIS ANGEL 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. His new single, "I Like It Like That," produced by Jason Miles, is a sexy, sultry jazz piece made to smolder with Angel on flugelhorn, Miles on piano and Maya Azucena on seduction (come hither vocals). The album is a sophisticated jazz delight with heavy hitters including Kenny Barron. Angel is ON TRACK to become a bona fide jazz star!

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Straight From The Harp

MARIEA ANTOINETTE Straight From The Harp Masaai/Infinity Productions

The magical sound of the harp makes it's way to the funk side of Jazz! San Diego native Mariea 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. The first single “Give Me Your Love” dominated the summer of '14 Smooth Jazz Charts and many more songs are sure to follow with the fresh release of the full album, STRAIGHT FROM THE HARP, including the effervescent, “Rock Wit’Cha,” the Hiroshima-esque “Special Treasure” and the exciting, new single, “Fly Away.” 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. Mariea has a home in Smooth Jazz… right where her Harp is!

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May You Always


Eight years after they released their acclaimed debut album CHRISTMAS FEELINGS, The Ault Sisters, Toronto based siblings Amanda (23), Alicia (21) and Alanna (19), are in the holiday spirit once again, bringing their lush, impeccable harmonies to their dreamy, inspirational new single “May You Always.” It’s a warm and endearing follow-up to TIMELESS, the siblings’ latest full length album featuring cool retro jazz takes on originals and classic pop tunes. “May You Always” enjoy The Ault Sisters throughout the season!

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JASMIN BAILEY Shangri-La Merchant Murango

Soulful, Canadian singer, Jasmin Bailey releases a cool, new tune, “Shangri-La,” on Merchant Murango Records. Like the mythical place of the same name, the song captures a lovely, harmonious feeling with pop and jazz sensibilities… a Utopian spell of joy is conveyed in the vocalist’s delivery on this magnetic song. We look forward to hearing more from Bailey and Merchant Murango, and in the meantime, we’ll linger in Shangri-La!

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A Miracle of Love

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.

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Merry Merry Christmas To You

CHERYL BARNES Merry Merry Christmas To You Barnes & Cabasso Music

A longtime staple of the Los Angeles club scene and renowned global performer, Cheryl Barnes is now a dynamic, powerful and sultry new presence in contemporary jazz thanks to her most recent album LISTEN TO ME. She perks our ears once again with the lively, uplifting, “Merry Merry Christmas To You."'s Sandy Shore calls it "Christmas JAZZ-A-Nova." A truly international musical holiday celebration with an inspiring message about the wonderful things the Christmas spirit can do. Thanks to Barnes, this will be a Merry, Merry Christmas indeed!

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Best Love Songs

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!

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Can You Hear Me

PATRICK BRADLEY Can You Hear Me Patrick Bradley

When you hear the bluesy organ solo on “All In,” the easy flowing opening track of keyboardist/composer Patrick Bradley’s CAN YOU HEAR ME, and the wild Moog synth solo on the high octane “North of Evermore,” you might just think they’re being played by the project’s legendary producer Jeff Lorber. That’s how exciting and innovative Bradley is as a player! Though he enlists the help of all-star friends like Rick Braun, Dave Koz, Jimmy Haslip and Eric Marienthal, Bradley shines on both the main melodies and sparkling solos on a set that’s rocking, funkified and at times profoundly spiritual. CAN YOU HEAR ME? That would be a resounding YES!

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Driven By Angels

BROTHER JAY Driven By Angels

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!

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This Is Where I Wanna Be

SHARON MARIE CLINE This Is Where I Wanna Be Independent

Celebrated and critically acclaimed L.A. based vocal stylist Sharon Marie Cline has released a live album and holiday project in the past, but those were simply prelude to her glorious emergence as a recording artist with this an exquisite and romantic collection that allows her to declare, on the dreamy and sensual, flute spiced title track, one of two lush originals among 10 well chosen interpretations of classics, that “This Is Where I Wanna Be.” Cline’s triumph lies in her effortless breezing from easy swinging (“Happy Talk,” an inspired choice from SOUTH PACIFIC) to Bossa (“Love Dance,” “Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars”) to blues (“You Don’t Know What Love Is”). When you listen, you too will declare, THIS IS WHERE I WANNA BE!

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By The Fireside

SHARON MARIE CLINE By The Fireside Independent

Whether you’ve been naughty or nice this year, Sharon Marie Cline is making sure you have a sensual and sexy, festive and JAZZY Christmas with this warm and soulful Yuletide offering. The versatile L.A. based jazz vocalist invites us to the fireside with fresh and sparkling arrangements of some of our favorite holiday classics, including a lighthearted, easy swinging “Santa Claus is Coming To Town,” a lush and intimate “Christmas Time Is Here,” and a delightfully charming romp through “Winter Wonderland.” So grab your loved one, curl up BY THE FIRESIDE and have yourself a merry little (romantic) Christmas now!

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Night Sketches

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.”

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Soul Searching

MITCHELL COLEMAN, JR. Soul Searching Soul Revelation Music

Emerging bassist Mitchell Coleman may be SOUL SEARCHING on his dynamic and driving debut, but he doesn’t take long to find some tasty, infectious urban jazz and funk grooves. Influenced by greats like Marcus Miller, Stanley Clarke and Larry Graham, the multi-talented musician and composer kicks off the 12 track, two interlude set by stamping a fun and fiery “Passport” to a place filled with buoyant R&B/jazz fusion. While establishing himself as a force to be reckoned with, he also pays homage to Earth, Wind & Fire (a dreamy “That’s The Way of the World” featuring Pam Vincent) and the late great Joe Sample with an eloquent take on “When Your Life Was Low” featuring Dionyza Sutton. There’s plenty of soul in SOUL SEARCHING!

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All In Good Time

AL DEGREGORIS All In Good Time A-PEX Recordings International

When Al DeGregoris records a new project, the A List shows up! Seven tracks produced by guitarist Nils and two helmed by keyboardist Jeff Lorber, ALL IN GOOD TIME finds the versatile indie composer/keyboardist establishing a powerful ensemble vibe with a batch of contemporary jazz greats, including Chuck Loeb, Jimmy Haslip and Eric Marienthal, it also includes some of the supremely grooving last sessions by drummer Ricky Lawson. The all-star guests may make genre fans curious, but it’s DeGregoris’ infectious and dynamic piano, synth and Fender Rhodes’ melodies, which supercharge the fun. Nils’ tracks range from the funky, exuberant “Sunnyside” (the project’s first single) to the synth driven symphonic pop jazz tune, “Autumn Chill.” The throbbing R&B. jazz-fusion jam “Hey You” has the classic Lorber vibe. The best indie artists capture our hearts ALL IN GOOD TIME!

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The Doctor Is In

DR. DAVE The Doctor Is In Hatherill Records

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!

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Two Christmas Songs

DR. DAVE Two Christmas Songs Hatherill Records

Just in time for the holidays, the Doctor is back on duty, celebrating the merriment of the season with fresh re-imaginings of two Christmas classics. The renowned jazz guitarist trails his illuminated 2014 release THE DOCTOR IS IN with a warm, thoughtful and intimate take on “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” and a spirited, blues, jazz and funk twist on “We Wish You A Merry Christmas.” These are TWO CHRISTMAS SONGS that will brighten up any celebration!

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Love Is

D. EDWARD Love Is 10th & Clay Records

Singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, D. Edward is back with a groove so funky, a beat so strong and heart so deep on LOVE IS… a brilliant, soul pop follow-up to 2011’s LITTLE RED BOX, the album that introduced the soul crooner to the Smooth music community. A small, handful of singers have such distinctive character to their voices, that list would include Darryl Hall, Robbie Robertson, Darius Rucker and perhaps more current, Ray LaMontagne… soulful, rugged and sexy! LOVE IS cleverly blends the joy of jazz, the freshness of funk and the style of soul to deliver an incredibly moving collection of songs. The title track is already proving that D. Edward has big fans at radio… the sensual duet with Jenna Lavoie, “Show Me,” the chilled melancholia of “Pretty Eyes” and the 70’s throwback vibe on “Mighty Love” all help make this a Hotpick!

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So Glad It's Christmas

RODNEY FRIEND So Glad It's Christmas Independent

With more than 30 years in the music business, performing Smooth Jazz, R&B and Gospel, Grammy nominated singer Rodney Friend brings us “So Glad It’s Christmas,” a heartwarming, seasonal song! Friend delivers, tasty, contemporary jazz vocals with a splash of traditional, bringing to mind Nat King Cole. “So Glad It’s Christmas” is a wonderful introduction to this extraordinarily smooth singer… who also happens to be a pastor at Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles, California! Make your season bright and bring home a new Friend by downloading this new holiday classic from Rodney Friend!

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Casa Groove

AL GOMEZ Casa Groove Shade Records

This is one of the most uplifting new releases I’ve heard all year! Texas guitarist Al Gomez blends in all kinds of feel good energy into his Smooth Jazz including some R&B influences, neo soul, funk and killer vocal harmonies! Al’s CASA GROOVE es mi Casa Groove filled with hooky original compositions that sound like world-class hits! Fans of Larry Carlton, Eric Clapton and Carlos Santana will love this!

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A Christmas Dream

HARPER, GUS AND GOMEZ A Christmas Dream Independent

Fresh as pine, sexy as ribbon and seductive as mistletoe... A CHRISTMAS DREAM from Harper, Gus & Gomez is a sweet, sophisticated selection of seasonal songs. The project is a hip collaboration between friends and lovers, a trio of accomplished, well-toured performing artists : Pianist, singer, songwriter, Lindsey Harper, singer, songwriter guitarist Jon Gus and songwriter, producer, jazz artist, Nick Gomez. Together they’ve created an artful holiday dream that promises to lull you into a state of bliss before the eggnog and yuletide kiss with delicious originals such as “Winter Fireflies” and “Christmas Dream” and alluring covers of classics including “Silent Night,” and “Oh Christmas Tree.” Dream on!

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Good Thing


I can’t tell you the thrill that I still get discovering new music… so when Grammy nominated recording artist Brian Bromberg let us know that he had just produced an exceptional new vocalist, I tracked her down fast! Meet Maggie Herron, often referred to as “Hawaii’s Jazz Goddess.” While that may be true, Ms. Herron is an approachable, down to earth chanteuse... with an honest to God, honey-dipped voice that wraps itself around some of the most beloved standards of all time on this album, as well as her own, gorgeously penned originals! Bromberg, featured on bass, invited additional A-Listers to join in on the project, including one of our favorite trumpeters, Rick Braun, who also sits in on vocals! Maggie’s cover of “Woodstock” transcends the rock classic by spinning it into a contemporary jazz knockout. GOOD THING is the best thing to hit the jazz community in a long time.

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On Top Of The World

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!

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I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus

JAREZ I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus Independent

Rising saxophone star, Jarez brightens up the season with his flirty version of "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus"! Upbeat, cheerful and fun! The confident recording artist has had the attention of the Smooth Jazz community since his release of his charting album, ON TOP OF THE WORLD. This Christmas season has just improved with some Cool Yule from Jarez! Get it!

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Holiday Time Of Year

JAZZ CLUB feat. Sunnie Paxson, Mark Vincent, Cynthia Calhoun Holiday Time Of Year SunMark

Beautifully and sensually blending jazz and R&B, Jazz Club is a soulful fusion of musical minds and unique journeys featuring JAZZ pianist Sunnie Paxson, guitarist Mark Vincent and vocalist Cynthia Calhoun. The trio’s dynamic vision emerges powerfully with the release of their inviting debut single “Holiday Time of Year,” a slice of Yuletide cheer guaranteed to spread peace, joy and loving wishes to all. So come celebrate the “Holiday Time of Year” with contemporary jazz’s new dynamic trio!

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Beautiful Music

DAVID JONES Beautiful Music Independent

Emerging from Alabama’s Gulf Coast like an exciting and electric force of musical nature, multi-talented composer, trumpeter and vocalist David Jones calls his brand of Smooth Jazz, “Soul Jazz” and titles it BEAUTIFUL MUSIC! There’s so much more here than that title implies. With the help of guitarist Eric Essix, Jones gets the party off to a soulful, funk-drenched start, having his trumpet declare on his radio hit, “Let The Players Play.” He and Essix keep the rock/soul hoppin’ on “Glory Be.” Jones includes lovely vocals and trumpet ballads and even an explosive Gospel tune. It’s BEAUTIFUL MUSIC for fans with expansive tastes!

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It's On

DIRK K It's On DIP Records

With his crisp, snappy and often hypnotic electric lines, veteran guitarist Dirk K lets us know from the opening minute of the coolly percussive title track of his latest full length collection that IT’S ON. This mid-tempo delight, which features an exciting tonal and rhythmic shift midway through as the grooves ease into Trip-Hop, is at the core of an engaging set, full of fresh fun like you’ll hear on “Snap Jam” and “Toxic,” plus, silky original ballads and covers galore including “Holding Back The Years,” “That’s The Way of the World” and “Lovesong,” as well as the first ever Smooth Jazz re-imagining of “Funkytown.” Ah yeah… IT’S ON is an album you won’t want to turn off!

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Seasons Greetings

DIRK K Seasons Greetings DIP Records

The perfect seasonal companion to his hot new album IT’S ON, guitarist Dirk K wishes us joyous SEASON’S GREETINGS with his soulful, fluid melodies, creative improvisations and snappy, often hypnotic electric lines. He complements his seductive original “Endless Love” with a dreamy Christmas Eve fireside set list that includes a spirited, mid tempo romp through “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” and an elegant, atmospheric reflection on the deeper meanings of “Silent Night.” Just as he dynamically re-imagined the DISCO classic “Funkytown” on IT’S ON, Dirk makes these timeless Yuletide standards his own on this delightful set – including a clever medley pairing “O Christmas Tree” with his own composition “Spanish Nights.” You’ve never received SEASONS GREETINGS this beautiful and melodic before!

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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!

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Sounds Of Love

DEE DEE LAVELL Sounds Of Love Gam Girl Records

Australian born, Philadelphia based jazz vocalist DeeDee Lavell taps into the diverse, R&B/jazz music scene in her adopted hometown to create a lush, glorious album that balances hushed intimacy with lively, percussive grooves. Produced by master percussionist Doc Gibbs, engineered by Philadelphia International Records veteran Craig White and featuring top Philly based musicians, the collection mixes classics by Billie Holiday (“Don’t Explain”), Joni Mitchell (“Big Yellow Taxi”), Stevie Wonder (“Creepin’”), Prince (“Diamonds & Pearls") and Antonio Carlos Jobim (“Dindi”) with spot on originals like the Latin tinged “Celebrate” and the Gospel-colored “Supernatural (Song for Maliq"). These SOUNDS OF LOVE are magical!

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The Green Album

LE JAZZ COLLAB The Green Album Independent

Le Jazz Collab is the evolution of Canada’s Groove55, the critically acclaimed, contemporary jazz band from Montreal. A better fit for bandleader, keyboardist/composer/producer Jacques Mignault’s vision of creating a collaborative recording environment where musicians and music professionals can work together from anywhere via the Internet. The first release, THE GREEN ALBUM, features extraordinary musicians that cover a full spectrum with many musical genres that range from Smooth Jazz to Latin rhythms to horn-centric fusion and pop. Stand out tracks include the latest single, “On The Tap” which will compliment any jazz radio station’s playlist, and the chilled-out cover of the Eurythmics’ “Sweet Dreams.” This exciting, world-class project was created with love and all done in the artists’ free time… speaking of free, it is absolutely free for you to download on

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Midnight Rhumba

JOHANNES LINSTEAD Midnight Rhumba Earthscape Media

Johannes Linstead is one of the most vibrant craftsmen of contemporary Latin guitar music in the world… his songs are hip, festive and fresh! His new Top 10 Billboard Charting album MIDNIGHT RHUMBA captures the multi-award winning instrumentalist at his most vivacious. This collection of songs serve up gorgeous melodies along with fiery rhythms that are accompanied by Gypsy violin, Afro-Cuban percussion and joyful accordion. The album’s first single, “Bewitched” delivers a Santana attitude in a James Bond film vibe... it's exciting, rhythmic, and sexy! Escape the mundane for a MIDNIGHT RHUMBA, a world of passionate, sensual beats and exotic tempos!

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Love In Motion

MICHAEL MASSARO Love In Motion Independent

One of Toronto’s most in demand musicians, saxophonist and flutist Michael Massaro has played with legendary pop and jazz greats from Percy Sledge to Branford Marsalis. His infectious and eclectic fifth album showcases a wide range of influences, from Latin jazz to pop/R&B and blues, but the foundational ingredients are passion, energy, sensual soul and above all, love. Smooth Jazz fans will truly enjoy the funky RETRO SOUL vibe of the title track and silky cool of “The Promise” while those who like a little exotic spice in the mix will groove on the percussive tropical vibe of “El Corazon (The Heart)” and bright Latin romp “Fun in the Sun.” If you want to experience pure LOVE IN MOTION, you must check out Michael Massaro!

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Wishing On Love

MELINA Wishing On Love Woodward Avenue Records

Meet Melina... A sweet, songbird from San Antonio! The beautiful, bluesy/jazzy emerging pop artist has teamed up with world-class producer, two-time Grammy-winner Paul Brown. The two have hit the mother lode with WISHING ON LOVE; fashionable vocals that are grounded in an earthy vibe. Exceptional producers know how to get to the heart of an artist and support their strengths… everything on this recording celebrates Melina as a vocalist. Simple, elegant production values boost Melina’s conviction of each song, including Brown’s pleasing guitar work. The first single, “Maybe Not Today” will grab you by your soul and pull you into Melina’s world. Other favorites include “Stay With Me Tonight,” the sophisticated cover of “Landslide” and the compelling title track, “Wishing On Love.” Welcome Melina… we have plenty of room for a sincere, smooth vocalist!

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Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

MELINA feat. Paul Brown Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas Woodward Avenue Records

Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but Christmas is coming and this is one of the BEST of the holiday batch of Christmas tunes! Two time Grammy winning producer, guitarist Paul Brown (naughty) and rising star vocalist Melina (nice) have collaborated on this very subtle, sweetly smooth version of "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas." I'm hearing a guitar vibe like the Hendrix classic, "Little Wing" with a vocal essence of Bonnie Raitt or for the slightly younger demo, Natalie Merchant (10,000 Maniacs). An exquisite holiday cross-over hit... g'wan open a present early, download this one today!

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JEANNE NEWHALL Sky Marzipan Records

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.

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Midnight Blue

NEXLEVEL Midnight Blue Independent

A popular, multi-faceted, jazz fusion force in the Columbus, Ohio area since the early 2000s, NexLevel launched with in the pocket URBAN JAZZ but has evolved into an outside the box ensemble that incorporates high energy JAZZ fusion into their vibe. Inspired by the late night hours, the intoxicating MIDNIGHT BLUE is a statement that music can be high octane and explosive as well as sexy and sensual – all on the same recording. Original music that is soulful and high energy; powerful grooves with strong melodies!

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Sound Barrier

RHYTHM JETS Sound Barrier Infinity Jazz Records

Though they are new on the scene as a unit, the members of this explosive six piece Atlanta-based instrumental band are all veteran musicians with mile long resumes. Joining forces to release their debut EP SOUND BARRIER, Rhythm Jets have created a musical signature they refer to as “Infinity Jazz… not smooth, not traditional… taking you where you’ve never been with rhythm and sax.” Part of their fiery magic comes from a distinctive island and world vibe, which infuses key tracks like the Reggae-tinged, first single “Chasing the Sun” (brightened with sax, electric guitar and steel drums), the buoyant Latin-fusion jam “It’s A New World” and the balmy, tropical romance “Down By The Sea.” Rhythm Jets hit a cruising altitude for the perfect soundtrack to an island destination, full of pulsating rhythms, edgy guitars, funky sax and glorious pop breezes.

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Tell You Something

SAM RUCKER Tell You Something Favor Productions

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 latest exciting single, “Before I Let Go," is a brilliant collaboration with Norman Connors and Euge Groove featuring Bobby Lyle and Alyson Williams. 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!

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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!

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Indigo Blue - The Crater Creek Project

ROBERT SANAE Indigo Blue - The Crater Creek Project Platinum Strive Music Group LLC

It’s all about timing… and for musician, composer, producer and multi-instrumentatlist Robert Sanae, his time has come! The Dayton native and former member of Zapp feat Roger Troutman, is the son of percussionist Robert Jones Kuumba, one of the original members of The Ohio Players. On his 2nd release, INDIGO BLUE : THE CRATER CREEK PROJECT, Sanae offers some of the tastiest, new Smooth Jazz, Pop and Neo Soul we’ve come across this year! Songs flow sweetly like honey... so accessible and catchy, with trumpet playing that embodies the classic vibe of Mangione and the hipness of Braun, a dream come true for radio! Many stand out tracks here, including “Time Machine,” featuring vocalist Justin Sanderson, and other than a special guest appearance by Bob Baldwin, Sanae performs all of the music on the album! The time is right for the world to discover this talented artist!

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TONY SAUNDERS Appaloosa San Francisco Records

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!

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Overnight Sensation

JOEY SOMMERVILLE Overnight Sensation Jayvox, Inc.

The ATL’s Joey Sommerville is anything but an OVERNIGHT SENSATION! The spectacular jazz trumpeter has been paving a successful road with his distinctive blend of traditional and smooth jazz, hip hop, R&B, and Gospel. His credits include collaborations with a diverse artist and recording roster including the jam band Phish, Cirque du Soleil and Jazze Pha. While the title is a bit tongue-in-cheek, the album OVERNIGHT SENSATION is filled with tasty horn arrangements, feel good grooves, special guests and a handful of surprises including a couple of JS vocals! Guests include guitar legend, Earl Klugh, saxman Elan Trotman, cool trombonist Jeff Bradshaw and fellow Southern gentleman, guitarist Eric Essix! Music fans of all persuasions will enjoy discovering Joey Sommerville’s OVERNIGHT SENSATION… it’s loaded with class, elegance and good times! Due out October 28, 2014, listen to Global Radio to hear early tracks and the World Premier on Saturday, October 25 at 10am Pacific.

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SEAN SULLIVAN Hereafter SonyRed

Sean Sullivan’s relaxed musical approach and smoldering vocal style will draw you in like a Sunday morning. HEREAFTER is a compelling collection of jazz, blues, pop and soul. On this smoothly eclectic album, produced by Matt Pierson, the New York City singer, songwriter and guitarist delivers gorgeous originals with intelligent and moving lyrics, plus cool, soulful covers. The Sullivan-penned, "Don't Get Me Started," the first Smooth Jazz radio single, has a Marvin Gaye vibe with a Boz Scaggs jazzy-bluesy slant along with the moody and alluring, "Wash My Soul," which features tasty saxophone and melancholy flute. Covers include Michael Franks' "Jive," Bob Marley's "Waiting In Vain," and Aretha's "Until You Come Back To Me." If you dig the music of the aforementioned Franks, and Scaggs as well as James Taylor, this gem of a talent is for you... Sean Sullivan is the star to watch rise and rise, from now 'til the HEREAFTER.

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Get It

THREESTYLE Feat. Magdalena Chovancova Get It Welovemusic Records

Threestyle adds two time Grammy winner Paul Brown to round up to a foursome that delivers a sophisticated punch of Smooth Jazz, chilled vibes, sultry sax and luxurious guitar playing! The band’s mainstays are the alluring Magdalena Chovancova on saxophone/flute and her partner in song, Robert Fertl on guitar… their classy new album, GET IT, was recorded at Brown’s Funky Joint studio in Los Angeles, California, hence the project includes some of L.A.’s top players including songwriting assistance from PB and Boney James! GET IT offers up stylish jazz with cool song titles like, “Soul Candy,” “Red Squirrel,” “Dropping the Box” and the album’s first single, “Just For Fun”!

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Renaissance Man

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 latest single, "Give A Little Of Your Love," is a fun, Latin-tinged jam featuring Travalini's jazzy lead electric guitar, rich percussive textures and mojito-inspiring vocal play. Great to have such a wonderful talent among the Smooth Jazz ranks!

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Everything For Christmas

TONY TRAVALINI Everything For Christmas Independent

"Everything For Christmas” is a beautiful, sensitive holiday original with a tinge of Motown from New York multi-instrumentalist and singer Tony Travalini, a Christmas bonus to his current charting album, RENAISSANCE MAN. Penned by his long time friend and Motown associate, songwriter, Teddy Randazzo. Recording this smooth, sentimental ballad is a tribute to his mentor and a tip of the ol’ hat to those of us who pine for a holiday time of yesteryear, to be with loved ones who are no longer here. Now you do have “Everything For Christmas,” including this romantic, old school vibe featuring Tony Travalini’s sensual vocals!

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