JIM ADKINS The Journey Clear Image Records
Though he’s based in Central Virginia and has won numerous awards from V.O.C.A.L. (Virginia Organization of Composers and Lyricists), guitarist Jim Adkins’ picture perfect melodies, tight snappy pocket grooves and soulful blues and rock influences have been heard all over the world, from the U.S. to Europe to Indonesia and Australia. A popular independent recording artist since the late 1990s, Adkins continues to embrace THE JOURNEY on his infectious and dynamic sixth album, whose tracks include the lively, spirited acoustic-driven “Time With You”; the slick, funked-up electric title track; the whimsical old school R&B flavored “The Secret Place”; and a colorful, improvisation-rich venture “Into the Storm.” The Billboard Song Contest winner also includes a graceful cover of Sade’s “No Ordinary Love,” followed by a spirited blues jam that heralds “A New Horizon.” THE JOURNEY is a passionate, musical adventure you won’t want to miss out on!
With the release of the soulful, exuberant and rhythmically diverse TEMA, Antonio Adolfo’s dynamic, solo follow-up to his 2014 Latin Grammy nominated O Piano de Antonio Adolfo, the legendary Brazilian pianist, arranger, producer, composer and educator embarks on his sixth decade as a recording artist. The Rio De Janeiro based maestro, whose songs have been recorded by, among others, Sergio Mendes, Stevie Wonder, Herb Alpert, Earl Klugh and Dionne Warwick, invites listeners on an invigorating, intoxicating exotic adventure full of toe tapping fun and tender sensuality. Its TEMA (theme) is magic!
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, produced by Jason Miles. Energized by the airplay success of the three previous singles from this critically acclaimed collection, the fast rising trumpeter and flugelhornist is feeling a sense of “Jubilation,” which makes the song the perfect choice for his unprecedented fourth single! The album is a sophisticated jazz delight with heavy hitters including Kenny Barron. Angel's ON TRACK to becoming a bona fide jazz star!
When Tony Bennett calls himself a fan of your phrasing because it’s “perfect,” then it’s time for the entire world to know about you! Such is the case with Australia’s Gregg Arthur… the sexy, charismatic crooner, who now calls California home, is prominent on our radar here at SmoothJazz.com with his affable adaptations of the Great American Songbook as well as “New Standards” and originals! The productive entertainer is currently writing and recording with legendary pianist Tom Ranier (Barbra Streisand, Natalie Cole, Michael Feinstein), which promises even bigger things for this awesome Aussie, however, his latest recording (8th album), ONE ROMANTIC NIGHT, which features his hit single, “You With Me,” has our full focus with an absolutely charming video of the song featuring Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant (a must see!) as well as crisp covers of gorgeous classics, “The Way You Look Tonight,” “Misty,” and “Dindi” to name a few. ONE ROMANTIC NIGHT adds up to a smash hit for Gregg Arthur!
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 latest single, an incredible take on Joni Mitchell’s “Come In From the Cold." Cheryl Barnes’ LISTEN TO THIS is an absolute must-have!
John Basile is unique as an electric guitarist in that his two chief influences are not fellow axemen – but instead, Frank Sinatra and Bill Evans. His resulting ear for phrasing and improvisation serves him brilliantly on this eclectic 11 track set plumbing the deeper emotional soul of Beatles classics via his mastery of different string tones, MIDI programming and affection for many styles. He brings a balmy Brazilian vibe to “Fool On The Hill” and “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” and turns “Can’t Buy Me Love” into a classic funk slo-jam. You’ll really enjoy your stroll down PENNY LANE!
SYLVIA BENNETT From The Heart CD & Greeting Card Out of Sight Music
Let the music be the message! Sylvia Bennett selects her favs from the original album SONGS FROM THE HEART and creates a gorgeous playlist on her stylish, all-in-one FROM THE HEART CD and Greeting Card! Featuring timeless classics from the great American songbook, including “My Funny Valentine,” “Ain’t Misbehavin’,” “As Time Goes By,” “You Make Me Feel So Young,” and more. Perfect for any occasion, Sylvia’s FROM THE HEART is sure to warm anyone’s heart… Valentine’s Day, Mother’s and/or Father’s Day, anniversaries, and birthdays... a lovely way to send your love with flair in this clever jazz-o-gram from Sylvia Bennett. The music is SO good, you may just decide to keep it for yourself, we wouldn’t blame you!
SYLVIA BENNETT It's All About Love Out of Sight Music
Grammy-nominated jazz singer, Sylvia Bennett comes to the table with a hip, luxe new single, “Another Love Song,” featuring her gorgeously pure vocals with modern beats as smooth as a night in Miami! The focus of the song, co-written and produced by Sylvia’s long-time music partner, Hal S. Batt, offers encouragement to never give up on love… as the next love may be the best love! Love, a common theme with Ms. Bennett, will be the focus of her next full album due out in 2016, IT’S ALL ABOUT LOVE will include this riveting new track! Sylvia Bennett mixes her pristine vocal stylings into to a fresh new sonic playground on “Another Love Song,” which is anything but… more like a unique, exciting love song that lends itself beautifully to the contemporary, lifestyle vibe of Smooth Jazz!
DAVE BRADSHAW JR. Jumpstep MOKU Records
Every summer needs a soundtrack and this year the cool, smooth vibe of the joyful “Jumpstep” from Southern California composer and keyboardist, Dave Bradshaw Jr, featuring chart-topping saxophonist Darren Rahn, is a strong contender for being just that! The high-spirited jam captures the essence of the exuberant, sunshine season with in-the-pocket Smooth Jazz grooves and melody! The collaboration comes at a great time for the successful sideman, Dave Bradshaw Jr., who confidentally steps into the spotlight with his own signature sound as he wraps production on his forth-coming album of the same name as this electric, first single! Bradshaw says of Rahn, “To be able to come out of the gate strong and work with someone of Darren’s caliber is like a dream come true.”
KENYON CARTER Game On CurvePoint Media
Overcoming a serious car crash related arm injury that could have derailed his musical dreams, Atlanta saxophonist Kenyon Carter continues to show the power of perseverance, declaring GAME ON with this high octane blast of world class contemporary jazz. A follow up to his hymn driven tribute Songs For My Father, this collection – which features Chuck Loeb’s sizzling electric guitar on the title track - is a hard hitting musical snapshot that combines the artist’s love for pop, R&B, funk and elements of straight ahead amidst the Smooth Jazz. Get your groovin’ GAME ON with Carter’s infectious flow!
TRACY CARTER Dimensions Of A Musician Independent
He started writing songs when he was 13 years old… In 1993 he wrote a million selling, Top 10 hit, he was 19 (“Gansta Lean” by DRS). Written and performed with Tony! Toni! Toné!, Chaka Khan, Wendy Moten, Wayman Tisdale among others… Tours regularly with Dave Koz and Gerald Albright; Richard Elliot can’t say enough about this man (check Richard’s website), and he was nominated for a Grammy on the Dave Koz and Summer Horns project! Meet keyboardist, composer, arranger, vocalist, Tracy Carter, an extraordinary talent and creative musical force! On an average, the prolific musician writes four songs a day in his studio and we’re excited to announce the arrival of his solo recording, DIMENSIONS OF A MUSICIAN! In his own words, this music is “soulful, inviting, and tantalizing”! The project flows with great melodies, as you'd expect, gorgeous grooves and beats and rich textures with seductive vocals. Tracy Carter has an intimate relationship with music, hear the soul of the artist on DIMENSIONS OF A MUSICIAN!
TY CAUSEY Cause & Effect Tyvonn Records
Over the past ten years, silky and sensuous vocalist Ty Causey has established himself as a venerable, recording and touring artist, performing with Najee, opening for everyone from Boney James and Babyface to Peter White. Equally acclaimed as a GOSPELl/R&B singer, Causey invites us to “Leave the Drama” behind and enjoy a picture perfect, seductive blend of Sensual soul and smooth jazz. SmoothJazz.com Founder, Sandy Shore was so taken by the sexy, soulful crooner's showmanship and hit maker craftsmanship, she affectionately dubbed him “the Bruno Mars of Smooth Jazz.” This collection features intimate, easy groovin’, old-school gems like “It’s Gotta Be Love, “If We Got Love” (both featuring sultry saxophonist Igor Gerzina) and “Just Another Love Affair.” It adds up to a magical CAUSE & EFFECT!
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!
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!
DAVID CORREA New Moon Baja/TSR Records
A popular Bay Area guitarist renowned for his explosive global fusion of Latin folk, Rumba Flamenco, French Gypsy and Middle Eastern music, David Correa is recording under his own name after many years as leader of David Correa and Cascada. The dynamically rhythmic, deeply melodic nylon string master’s NEW MOON explores his passion for the Southwest. His journey includes the soulful, spirited “Hacienda,” the whimsical, percussive “Sandstorm” (highlighted by clapping “palmas”) and the exuberant, high energy “Paseo De Pueblo.” Dancing and dreaming under the NEW MOON is encouraged as you listen!
D. MILLS Love Potion 2 D. M. Records
We’ve all heard of “Love Potion No. 9,” but artist, composer and multi-instrumentalist d. mills, who began touring at age 15 with Gospel great Shirley Caesar, offers something even more hip and potent with his latest single “Love Potion 2.” Dubbing his vibe 'Nu Smooth Jazz,' the pianist, bassist and guitarist brings thumping, clapping joy to his lively and melodic, piano and sax driven, seductive new single, featuring angelic female vocals, reminding us that “Love is strong - Love carries on.” Recipe for a romantic night must include d. mills "Love Potion 2."
THE DANGLING SUCCESS Life Is Good Independent
The five veteran musicians who comprise The Dangling Success may have resumes that include legends like Chaka Khan, The Isley Brothers, Don McLean and The Shirelles, but their combustible, sax, guitar and keyboard driven vibe makes them the ultimate groove, R&B, Smooth Jazz band. While everyone raves about their live performances, they move heart, feet and spirit just as well on LIFE IS GOOD, a perfectly titled album they dedicate to the optimists of the world. Like them, their titles are all about having a good time – from the buoyant grooves of “Drinking Margaritas” and the playful, jangling “Feelin’ Frisky” to the ultimate Jazz/Funk jam “Pineapple Kush.” No question about it, LIFE IS GOOD!
JAMES DAWKINS Smile For Me Independent
Miami based keyboardist, composer, songwriter and producer James Dawkins Jr. brings an exciting array of professional experiences to SMILE FOR ME, his dynamic full-length debut sunshine infused with Jazz, Soul, and R&B! The Miami native has shared the stage and toured with everyone from Mike Phillips and Robert Glasper to Chico DeBarge and Doug E. Fresh. His high octane joy ascends from the get-go on the spirited, sax and key driven title track and continues on gems like the infectiously funky “Love Song (You)” (featuring inspiring female vocals), the buoyant, perfectly titled “Groove Time” and a blazing, irrepressible cover of Stevie Wonder’s “Boogie On Reggae Woman.” When Dawkins asks, “Will you Smile For Me?” how can you not?
DOTSERO Telltale Cinderblock Records
Named for a small Rocky Mountain town in their native Colorado, Dotsero (means “unique” according to Native American legend) is guitarist David Watts and saxophonist brother Steve Watts, together they have been setting contemporary jazz on the edge for over 25 years, rocking out at major festivals and their home venue Jazz@Jack’s. Their latest release Telltale weaves an eclectic, melodic and rhythmically explosive story that brings together elements of Smooth Jazz, Rock, Funk, Americana, Folk, R&B, Latin and Country. The sax and guitar driven thrill ride includes the playful funk of “Deja Vrai,” a passionate reassurance that “It Won’t Be Long,” the wistful ballad “Thoughts of You,” a bluesy electric romp through “The Greasy Bass Song” and the high octane Latin jam “Steppin’ Outta Th’ Boat.” Dotero’s latest set is a TELLTALE sign that they’re here to be heard and we couldn’t be more delighted to have them in our mix!
To paraphrase the title of one of Dr. Dave’s previous recordings, once again, ‘the Doctor is in’ stirring up a spirited storm of healing, soulful melodies and electric guitar funk on his perfectly titled album CAREFREE. The prolific, world renowned musician includes some freshly re-imagined covers of classic tunes – most notably, his reggae infused, island spin on Bobby McFerrin’s “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” – however, Dr. Dave is also an exciting composer. He whips up fresh, infectious magic on tracks like the sensual, wind in your hair opening title track “Carefree”; an atmospheric, pocket groove driven ballad that truly “Feels So Good”; the breezin’ George Benson influenced “G.B. Style”; and the moody, romantic, old school vibin’ “Sylvia.” Listen to Dr. Dave and you’ll truly feel CAREFREE!
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 SmoothJazz.com Hotpick!
Back in the day, when critically acclaimed, chart-topping, San Francisco Bay Area Jazz vocalist, Victor Fields was starting his music career, working a day job and performing music on the side, the legendary Lou Rawls and entourage caught Victor's live performance in a small club in Oakland. Rawls called Fields “the man with the golden voice,” and inspired Victor to launch a full-fledged recording career. Rawls once said the immortal words, “Soul is Truth,” and Victor Fields fulfills that reality brilliantly on highly anticipated release, THE LOU RAWLS PROJECT - A sultry, bluesy and easy swinging set featuring lush, sophisticated re-imaginings of ten Rawls classics. In addition to the first single, the smooth and romantic “Let Me Be Good To You,” the singer lends his graceful caress to the balmy, gently swaying “Lady Love” (featuring producer Chris Camozzi on guitar), the smoky “Let’s Fall In Love All Over Again” and Rawls’ Philly SOUL trademark classic, “You’ll Never Find Another Love Like Mine.” It’s not braggin’ on himself, baby, to call Fields’ THE LOU RAWLS PROJECT a true masterpiece.
FLAVOUR Food For Thought Independent
Since joining forces as Flavour, multi-saxophonist Bryne Donaldson and keyboardist/arranger Lawrence Ross have been stirring up a lot of grooving, soulful FOOD FOR THOUGHT throughout their home base of the Southwest. They showcase their unique, bold, yet sensual brand of “Nu Jazz” throughout the six track EP, most notably on the somewhat exotic and infectiously mystical radio hit “Savory,” the kickin’, old school alto jam “Jazzmental” and a trippy Latin romp through War’s “Low Rider” they have re-imagined as “Take a Little Trip.” FOOD FOR THOUGHT is the perfect recipe for smooth urban jazz with lots of cool twists!
JAZMIN GHENT Boss Independent
This buzz about saxophonist Jazmin Ghent is getting strong and stronger... The talented, rising star has catapulted from her first recording, a critically-acclaimed 3-song EP, released in early 2015, into a full album early summer recording, featuring mostly originals. Her live appearances schedule continues to grow as she tours with her own band and the popular Jazz In Pink all women ensemble! She's also performed with Brian Simpson, Kim Scott and.Ben Tankard. Ms. Ghent has already enjoyed her first taste of airplay charting success this year with the EP single, “Boss,” which she rolled over as the title of this exciting full album debut! There’s no question as to why people are responding to Jazmin Ghent the way they are, her saxophone tone is rich and that of an old soul, while her songs are fresh and creative and her appearance is vibrant and glowing with a small yet mighty stature! With a full scholarship, Jazmin received a full scholarship offer to Berklee and Florida State University, she attended the latter at received her Bachelors Degree in Music Education/Jazz Studies, then earned a Masters Degree from Tennessee State University. This extraordinarily hot, new sensation is moving so fast that her feet are barely hitting the ground!
Smooth Jazz has a new star... check out the uplifting new release from the extremely versatile, Texas-based guitarist Al Gomez, CASA GROOVE on Shade Records featuring all kinds of feel good energy blended into his Smooth Jazz including R&B influences, Neo Soul, Funk, traces of Tejano and killer vocal harmonies, making for a spicy, fresh vibe! Think Santana meets Larry Carlton! The Pecos, Texas native studied music at West Texas State University, Sul Ross State University, and The Recording Workshop of Cincinnati, he also graduated from a two year Master Guitar Certificate Program from Berklee College of Music in Boston! One of the most exciting collections to hit our musical landscape, CASA GROOVE is filled with hooky, original compositions that sound like world-class hits including his latest singles, the infectious, soulful, vocal-infused "Devotion" and the glistening instrumental, "Erica." Al Gomez is in the casa!
THERESA GRAYSON World Blue L2L Records
A multi-faceted instrumentalist and musical visionary who switches off lead voices between soprano and tenor saxes, flute and vocals, Theresa Grayson was inspired to create WORLD BLUE - a powerful, inspiring and expansive exploration of cultures - by her years teaching elementary school students about music from around the globe. On this 13 track set featuring Marion Meadows and Michael Ward, the Houston based performer’s high energy fusion takes the listener on a journey celebrating the vibes of different regions. Her itinerary includes Eastern Asia (“Crane’s Dance”), France (with Grayson’s French vocals on “Je t’adore”), Latin America, Jamaica, Africa and India. World Blue also features covers of “Radioactive,” “Sway” and “We Are The World,” which features a 40 piece children’s choir and 80 piece adult church choir. It’s time to get out and paint the WORLD BLUE!
All aboard the Groovexpress… featuring a vintage vibe with original material that encompasses jazz, blues, funk and more on their latest release UKRAINIAN DOLL. The internationally acclaimed band is based out of New Zealand and delivers upbeat, fun, sensual jazz with a retro spin that will inspire you to throw swanky parties and hand shake your martinis while playing UKRAINIAN DOLL as the soundtrack! The album is receiving critical acclaim and airplay around the world. A band of highly accomplished individuals with deep resumes and guitarist/vocalist Mykeljon at the helm of this exciting ensemble, creating music that is ageless and timeless by combining genres with fresh flavors to attract music lovers worldwide! Groovexpress is the new face of Smooth Jazz!
SKII HARVEY Don't Look Back Vie Publications
The woman with an unbridled soul, a distinguished voice and a powerful pen… has returned with a dynamic 3-song EP featuring a trilogy of deeply moving, soulful tunes with jazz-infused richness! Award-Winning, Australian Singer/Songwriter Skii Harvey is a cross blend in style between the iconic Tina Turner, the jazz goddess, Ella Fitzgerald and a dash of gumption like that of powerhouse popster, Annie Lennox! Skii’s voice has caught the attention of music royalty over the years, including Sting, however, it’s her songwriting that’s earned her the respect of Billboard Music Awards, UK Songwriting Awards, Australian Songwriter’s Association, as well as the L.A. Music Awards! On DON’T LOOK BACK, the songstress is more determined than ever lyrically… she shares a window that pierces into her very being on, “All That Glitters,” “Second Chance,” and “Don’t Bother Me.” For those who have ‘been there,’ this cathartic recording of soul, jazz & renewal will be volumized to the maximum!
Saxophonist Curtis Haywood may have titled his new album SMOOTH INGREDIENTS, but those laid back vibes are just the foundation for a dynamic, multi-faceted musical recipe designed to feed the heart, body, mind and spirit. Long in touch with the healing power of music, the former member of jazz fusion ensemble Joshua – who has shared stages with greats like The Temptations, Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes and Kirk Franklin - stirs up a wild swirl of rhythmic energy that artfully blends Jazz, R&B, Latin, Reggae and even some colorful tropical funk. Haywood provides SMOOTH INGREDIENTS for the perfect musical listening experience.
VINCENT INGALA Coast To Coast Independent
Still in his early 20s, chart-topping saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist Vincent Ingala recently moved from his native New England to Los Angeles to headline the weekly live broadcast brunch at the new Spaghettini and the Dave Koz Lounge in Beverly Hills. As the title of his 3rd album points out, he’s truly a COAST TO COAST sensation! Ingala continues to bring a fresh, young perspective to instrumental music via his colorful, innovative vibe blending Smooth Jazz, Funk, Soul and R&B. His star-studded, horn drenched new album finds him vibing with trumpeter Lee Thornburg, British jazz trombonist Dennis Rollins (of BadBone & Co.), Peter White, Roberto Vally and DW3. The set gets off to a danceable, thumping start with the infectious title track before taking a deliciously “Nasty” turn with some slow simmering sax-trombone tradeoffs and harmonies. Ingala showcases his tender, romantic side with the elegant old school soul ballad “Love on Hold.” Fans from COAST TO COAST will love this!
JOSIE JAMES That Jazz NJM Media Inc
Grammy-nominated singer, Josie James brings an exciting resume as an A-list session vocalist to her burgeoning solo career and the release of her sweet, soulful and sultry debut THAT JAZZ. She’s performed with the greatest pop, jazz and R&B artists and producers of our time, including Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Earth, Wind & Fire, Phil Collins, Joe Sample, Al Jarreau, George Duke, Stanley Clarke and David Foster. A master romantic balladeer, Josie’s seductive voice beckons on the atmospheric “Coming Back to Your Love,” the moody, retro soul title track and the thoughtful, understated “Out of Time.” Her debut is all THAT JAZZ and so much more!
Continuing to bring the thunder from Down Under on his new 5-track set MR. JONES, Australian bassist, songwriter arranger and performer Wayne Jones, a renowned session musician who launched his solo career in 2006, keeps that perfect balance between tunes that are lush, melodic and sophisticated and others that showcase his freewheeling and wildly energetic ways. Working with top genre stars like Rick Braun and Grammy-nominated keyboardist Philippe Saisse, who is featured on "5 To 6," Jones creates a dynamic array of moods, from the bright and brassy new single "A Day at the Beach" to the strutting and funky "Get Up" and light and breezy "Sweet Melody." Another highlight is Jones’ buoyant Latin excursion "The World Keeps Turning." You’ll enjoy experiencing the wild, wonderful world of MR. JONES!
BYRON MILLER Psycho Bass Byron Lee Miller Studio, LLC
Throughout his four decade career, Detroit bassist Byron Miller has brought the coolness and funk to a lot of “late greats” including Marvin Gaye, Whitney Houston, Joe Sample and Luther Vandross. Emerging from a 12-year recording hiatus with an expansive, deep bottom, intensive album, with a title that doubles as his new musical persona and mission statement, Byron blesses us with three of the last sessions from the late great George Duke, including a slowed-down, emotional twist on Stevie Wonder’s “Higher Ground.” With an exciting guest list that includes veterans Ndugu Chancler (drums), David T. Walker (guitar) and Sheila E. (percussion), Miller balances fierceness with heartfelt emotion on the atmospheric, old school, soul-jazz flavored single, “U Must Be Crazy,” then turns to Duke-esque classic, mellow fusion on “Spoken Funk.” Miller also includes a pair of moody and meditative gems in “Apples & Oranges” and the atmospheric “Eyes.” Lunatic for the low end? Don’t miss PSYCHO BASS!
MOTOWN MOE Tropic of Groove Windee Records
True to his clever artist name, charting producer/keyboardist/mixer and mastering engineer Motown Moe (Kevin Dingle) hails from Detroit. In addition to eight solo projects, he’s worked with artists from all over the world, including fellow Michigan Smooth Jazz performer Nate Harasim. Moe’s latest album TROPIC OF GROOVE is a sexy, keyboard driven collection of enticing, mood setting, Chill-Jazz grooves, hypnotic melodies and sensuous atmospheres. The first single, “Beach Breeze,” will introduce new fans to the Motown Moe vibe, as the title track leads to more horn-infused, synth mastery on the mystical “Tropic of Groove,” while he adds a little acoustic guitar and sax on “Light of Life.” TROPIC OF GROOVE brings the heat with a beat!
KEN NAVARRO Unbreakable Heart Positive Music Records
From one of the most respected and critically acclaimed contemporary jazz guitarists in the world, comes an artful and heartfelt new collection of songs. Ken Navarro’s 22nd album to date, UNBREAKABLE HEART, includes eleven new compositions, all gorgeous, all deeply moving, and all featuring Navarro’s brilliant acoustic and electric guitar work! Delicate and introspective at times, and upbeat and exhilarating at other moments in the recording… the instrumentation is rich and diverse and we’re keen to mention that there is a lovely tribute to actor Robin Williams (“Robin Fly Away”) and a notable nod to jazz bassist Jaco Pastorius (“Jaco Smiled”). From jazz to smooth, from classic to pop, the chart-topping, award-winning musician is certain to steal hearts, enthrall fans and capture new admirers with UNBREAKABLE HEART!
Don’t let Gary Palmer’s elegant suit and tie on the cover of his album LOVE ME AGAIN tell the whole story... he’s all about steppin’ out and having some sweet, soulful Urban Jazz fun. Alternating between soprano and tenor, the versatile NYC born and raised, South Florida-based musician and songwriter stirs up the sultry romance on the breezy, easy groovin'' “Love Me Again” and “Stay With Me,” a balmy vibe is the perfect backdrop to his rich tenor-driven emotion. Another romantic highlight is the sultry, Earth, Wind & Fire-influenced “Yes I.” In the mood? Listen to LOVE ME AGAIN again and again!
With a sensual, romantic vibe driven by her distinctive sultry vocals and fresh interpretive style, Fabiana Passoni won the 2012 Brazilian International Press Award for Best Brazilian singer living in the U.S. and was also selected as Talk 2 Brazil’s 2012 Person of The Year. On her highly anticipated new EP INNER BOSSA, the beautiful and charismatic songstress offers a sweet, intimate seduction via a blend of clever covers and soul-drenched originals. The collection includes graceful, dreamy takes on Aretha Franklin’s classic “Daydreaming” and Spandau Ballet’s classic 80’s ballad “True,” in addition to the lovely, self-penned, whispery ballad “Remember My Name” and easily rhythmic “Mouvance.” There’s no better way to connect with your INNER BOSSA than through the music of Fabiana Passoni!
PEET PROJECT Love Beagle Beat Records
When they say, “All you need is LOVE,” I’m certain the reference is in regards to the 4th independent album release from one of our favorite musical discoveries, Hungary’s Peet Project. While still in their 20’s, the ensemble features highly skilled, artfully creative musicians, who consistently push the Contemporary Jazz movement forward! At the helm of this multi-media, high-energy mix of Jazz, Funk & Pop is the uber talented, Péter Ferencz (Peet), who leads the band with great command and presence providing soulful violin and textured vocals. Voted ‘Debut Artist of the Year’ at the prestigious 2013 Catalina Jazz Trax Festival, Peet Project is sure to add to the awards list quickly with LOVE, as it’s garnering upward movement on radio airplay charts and quickly securing the boys line-up listings on jazz happenings in Europe and the States. From the recording’s current single, the catchy, “Jazz & Wine,” to the hit, “Night Is Falling,” to my favorite track, the pop-infused, “Feel Alive,” LOVE is all you need… at least for now!
CECIL RAMIREZ Party In The Back Music Solutions SMG
Well known for his performances at Brian Culbertson’s Napa Valley Jazz Getaway, elegant funk pianist Cecil Ramirez creates a dynamic contemporary style rooted in a classic, R&B throwback vibe on a mix of covers and originals. A dual celebration of soulful sensuality and high octane grooves, PARTY IN THE BACK rolls with big name invites like Culbertson (featured on a wild jam version of Michael Jackson’s “Remember The Time”), Michael Lington, Darren Rahn, Phil Denny and Adam Hawley. Ramirez’s lush ivories provide the melodic thrust on the bright, bouncy “J Street,” the dreamy, laid back “Weekend in Napa” and the perfectly titled, divinely disco-fied “Party in the Back.” Keep the fun front and center and find the PARTY IN THE BACK!
NELSON RANGELL Blue Independent
He is truly one of the most diverse and exciting performers in the genre, equally adept at soprano, alto, and tenor saxophone, as well as being a genuine virtuoso on flute and piccolo. Nelson Rangell offers up, simultaneously, RED, a gripping, sax-soaked contemporary jazz adventure, and BLUE his sparkling new collection of flute recordings. Blue is a musical exploration of tremendous depth and broad vision with beautiful melodies and spiraling improvisations featuring very special guest Bob James. According to Rangell releasing BLUE at the same time as RED is an attempt to do something unique and to sincerely engage listeners in his musical vision. "I'm a flutist as much as a saxophonist and, after all these years and 17 CDs, I wanted to try to tell another side of my musical story in a more full way on that instrument." Ranging from whimsical (“Dizzy”) to profound (Maurice Ravel's "Le Tombeau De Couperin”) BLUE gracefully and mind-blowingly swirls jazz, pop and classical together with creative abandon.
NELSON RANGELL Red Independent
In a sea of saxophonists, there is only one Nelson Rangell - Daring, compelling, and heartfelt. Fans of contemporary jazz are quite familiar with this extraordinary talent, he released eight CDs with GRP Records garnering chart-topping airplay in the 80’s and 90’s, and recorded with The Rippingtons, Chuck Loeb, Patti Austin, the GRP All-Star Big Band, featured on Don Grusin’s Grammy-nominated album, THE HANG, among numerous other accolades. RED, Rangell’s dynamic, sax-centric new recording, part of a tandem album release with BLUE, his flute and piccolo musical masterpiece, is a full-throttle adventure with bold and persuasive originals including the first single, the rocketing “Point Of Departure,” and the slammin’ “The Red Pill,” balanced by honest and haunting ballads such as “Matters Of the Heart” and “Some Next Grace.” Two albums from one mad-skilled musician, Nelson Rangell makes a big statement with this unprecedented maneuver… fully embracing his independence as a Global recording artist!
Brilliantly fusing silky smooth soul and jazz licks with edgy urban vibes and blistering funky blues, renowned Danish guitarist Soren Reiff – whose style critics have compared to George Benson, Larry Carlton and Robben Ford - is in the mood for some explosive GRATITUDE. His eclectic new collection features an all-star cast of American jazz greats – including bassist Jimmy Haslip, keyboardist David Garfield, drummer Gary Novak and others. Reiff is used to working with legends. A veteran session musician and Musical Director for many top Danish TV shows, he has jammed with everyone from David Sanborn, Chaka Khan and Mike Stern to Randy Crawford and Robert Palmer. You’ll be thankful for all the excitement of GRATITUDE!
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, the Top 10 charting, “Chasing the Sun," which received airplay on over 70 radio stations, the buoyant Latin-fusion jam “It’s A New World” and the balmy, tropical romance “Down By The Sea,” the album's second single! With over 37,000 YouTube views, 225,000 EP streams and sold out live performances, 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.
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 a 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 single, “Love's Melody," is an enthralling, sax-drenched smash! The project includes 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!
PAOLO RUSTICHELLI Euro Nights (Soul Italiano) Next Age Music
The European Smooth Jazz star does it again! Hit-maker, ‘one man band,’ and multi-instrumentalist, Paolo Rustichelli releases an exciting, 70’s-infused, summer gem with charming riffs and enticing solos that captures the essence and sensations of the Mediterranean. His recent string of Top 10s have been a part of a musical exploration of the enchanting seascapes and relaxed lifestyle of southern Europe… with ‘Euro Nights,’ the creative composer reaches a musical milestone, perfectly blending a funky rhythm section with a piano melody, guitars, and sunny solos which are pure, Euro-Latin Smooth Jazz, a smooth hymn if you will, to the joy of life! It’s understandable why Carlos Santana, Miles Davis and many other Superstars and music icons revere and love Paolo Rustichelli’s music. Immerse yourself in “Euro Nights,” an elegant, sophisticated, starry, colorful Mediterranean experience! Included in the long awaited, forthcoming album SOUL ITALIANO!
With a stage name like “Sax O’Groove,” multiple horn master Andreas Büchel sets our expectations high, then transcends anything we could have imagined, infusing TOGETHER with his emotional and powerfully explosive, jazz and pop straight from his unpredictable musical heart and mind. He’s a true sax powerhouse, but he’s not making his magic alone! Aside from introducing us to his wild musical musings, Sax O’Groove vibes with some of our favorite artists, including Rick Braun on the soaring, retro soul-jazz tune “Love You More," Darren Rahn, with the sly and soulful “Keep It Smooth," Brian Culbertson blasting into the horn-drenched Jazz/Funk fusion of “Jungle Groove," along with Michael Lington, NILS, Shilts, Marqueal Jordan and others. Sax O’Groove has sax appeal!
SHASHATY Brighter Day A.H.I. Records
Inspired by years of on-stage experience with the brightest of stars including Carlos Santana, The Mavericks, Kirk Whalum and Dave Koz. ShaShaty’s own 5-piece band opened for legends the likes of The Bee Gees, Peter Cetera, Gloria Estefan and George Benson! ShaShaty explodes on to the scene with this exciting, fresh sound that is truly original! His A.H.I. Records debut, BRIGHTER DAY is a soul-drenched, smash hit with high energy, sweet and pure saxophone performances with soaring melodies and genre-blending curves. The first single, “Dream Ride” is like a top-down, moonlit drive, while “Let’s Go!” and the title track are upbeat, mood enhancer’s with cool vocal accents and “Late On 91” will soulfully set your spirit free! It’s clear to see why ShaShaty has so many fans around the world… and tons more on the way!
JOEY SOMMERVILLE Overnight Sensation Jayvox, Inc.
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! The sultry, new single, "Desire" features the aforementioned Mr. Klugh on guitar and ready for radio! Music fans of all persuasions will enjoy discovering Joey Sommerville’s OVERNIGHT SENSATION… it’s loaded with class, elegance and good times!
STEPHANIE SPRUILL It's a Jazz Day Spruill House Music Production
This multi-faceted force of vocal nature brings to her first true JAZZ album an extensive history as a session and touring vocalist and stellar reputation as a vocal and artist development coach and author of “17 Points To Longevity in Show Business.” Like her expansive career, Spruill engages many different influences – including R&B, CONTEMPORARY URBAN JAZZ, TRAD JAZZ and BRAZILIAN – to create a musical journey that allows her to tap into her full vocal range. Her splendid mix of originals and classics includes a sassy, brass-infused “Fever,” an intimate “Round Midnight” and the moody, poetic title track, featuring Brenda Russell and Patrice Rushen, which cleverly weaves decades of jazz legends into a celebration of the art form. When you’ve got “A Metheny morning and a Whalum afternoon…Tea with Thelonious and a Yellowjacket Moon,” you know IT’S A JAZZ DAY!
Listen up, Luther fans! Ten years after the legendary singer’s passing, his legacy and style is in great hands with Washington, DC vocalist Marc Staggers, whose silky-smooth voice bears an uncanny resemblance. Fully embracing the similarities, Staggers’ third album DREAM CATCHER features a lush cover of the classic “So Amazing.” It’s testament to the singer’s artistic vision, and the great songwriting and arranging skills of his brother Reginald, that the best songs are the originals. These include the funked up, breakup fueled new single “Bring Me Back,” the seductive liquid soul/funk of “Come on Baby” and confident and sultry, “I Wanna Spend My Life With You.” You’ll want to spend some romantic nights with this DREAM CATCHER!
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.
THE B. CHRISTOPHER BAND High Tide Independent
Exceptional, electric guitarist B. Christopher’s renowned as a top television composer, with some 7,000 song placements and counting! His work has made it possible for him to vibe with superstar rhythm cats, bassist Nathan East and drummers Anton Fig and Kenny Aronoff on his highly anticipated debut recording HIGH TIDE. You’ll find a showcase of artful fusing between melody, dynamic technique and skilled improvisations on the dreamy, seductive and atmospheric opener “Best Laid Plans,” the uplifting, easy funk-rock influenced “Islamorada” and the hypnotic blues-rocker “Flashback.” Fans of Carlton, Nils and Nick Colionne will also dig Christopher’s crafty high-toned licks on “Eights” and the bubbling energy of “Fifth at Six.” Contemporary jazz guitar reaches a new HIGH TIDE with the welcome addition of B. Christopher!
ROCCO VENTRELLA Another Time Delilah Records
Known for fast cars, beautiful people, sexy food and extraordinary fashion, Italy is also home to world-class, contemporary jazz recording artists, including one of our favorite saxophonists, Rocco Ventrella! No stranger to Smooth Jazz, he’s performed all over the world, over 200 shows in 30 countries in front of hundreds of thousands of music fans! With prior genre successes, including 2005’s TRIBUTE TO GROVER WASHINGTON, JR with the hit cover of “Winelight, Ventrella has steadily been gaining ground as a true musical force. His passionate playing, as well as clever and catchy compositions, make his exciting new album, ANOTHER TIME, his best work to date, featuring special guest vocalists Ilaria de Robertis and Kenya Hathaway. Stocked with thrilling originals (plus an evocative cover of Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me”), Rocco’s collection of sax-steeped funk and smooth gems, rocks our jazz world!
WALDINO Let It Flow WaldinoMusic.com
The wonderment of Waldino continues with his most connected and creative album to date, LET IT FLOW! Sexy vibes, alluring lyrics and swirling electro grooves surround the title track, which comes in two flavors here, one with vocals and the other as a radio-friendly, jazzy re-mix! The musical craftsman has outdone himself on this exciting new project with 17 original tracks… Waldino has forged together an eclectic yet cleverly cohesive mix of sweet, Chill Jazz as heard on the single, “Let It Flow,” Electro Fusion, and “It’s A Beautiful Day,” plus Electro Dance which is pumpin’ on “Let’s Go” and “Hot Stuff,” Groove Funk as featured on “I Got The Groove, and “e-Motion,” as well as a splash of roadhouse blues on tunes “Chillin’ In The Ethereal Plane,” and “Funk Love Magic.” LET IT FLOW is in reference to going with the flow in life, in love and of course in laughter, “Trying hard to let loose all the things that bother us then we go out and let it go, then we go out and let it flow…” Amen.
PAUL WHITLEY Come Groove With Me Pablo Productions
A veteran gospel and contemporary jazz performer, pianist and multi-instrumentalist Paul Whitley believes “Music and rhythm is a gift from God…It’s a message that carries a sound.” That explains the truly divine inspiration behind this alternately supercharged and sultry set of GOSPEL, JAZZ and R&B originals. They spotlight Whitley’s artistry as a keyboardist and composer while shining spotlights on emerging genre talents Jonathan Fritzen, Elan Trotman and Marcus Anderson. With blazing George Duke-like fusion flavors, Whitley invites us to “Come Groove With Me,” but he’ll also get you in a romantic, even spiritual mood with the slow simmering ballad “Tranquility” and the elegant, exotic atmospheres of “Take Me Away.” Accept Whitley’s invitation to COME GROOVE WITH ME now!
Fast rising award-winning Hungarian saxophonist Zolbert launched his career in 2009, when he put together a Grover Washington, Jr. Tribute band to commemorate ten years since the legend’s passing. The incredible success of this group throughout Budapest and then Switzerland led to this Tom-Tom Records debut ONE, a slamming, infectious set of in-the-pocket urban jazz tunes produced by Péter Ferencz from the popular, Hungarian Smooth Jazz band, Peet Project. The title of the first single “Smile” captures the track’s mix of robust energy and playful charm, while “Frappe” adds mystical atmosphere to its propulsive melody and grooves. Inspiring, youthful new music coming from Central Europe these days and as the name of another energetic album track, reminds us, Zolbert’s debut is ONE we can enjoy “Everyday”!