February 17, 2015 – Exotic DJ has done it again!! The new release, Smooth Jazz In The Mix Volume 4 Funky SmoothJazz, is the next installment of the Smooth Jazz series! It is definitely the funkiest of the mix series. “This volume is Sax heavy…..I did not plan it that way, but if you like your horn players, this is the one for you,” Exotic said in a recent interview. “Like all of my creations, it starts off a little downtempo, then speeds up as we progress.”
We have two tracks from Candy Dulfer, one of the best sax players out there. “I liked the intro to CD 101.9, and I thought it would be perfect to lead off this mix. The Radio DJ introduction gives it a unique feel.” Jeff Kashiwa makes his first appearance in the mix. He actually appears twice, with the other as a part of the ensemble The Sax Pack. Richard Elliot, Boney James and Mindi Abair also have offerings in this issue. We just refer to these artists as the Smooth Jazz All Stars, as we can always pick a track from any one of them, and we know it will fit!
We also have a remix of “Havana” from perhaps the most well known horn player in history, the incomprable Kenny G. We still have some piano with Brian Culbertson, and guitar with the master George Benson, Peter White and Jonathan Butler.
“A while back I picked up a compilation CD called Jazz Lounge 2. The album features some latin grooves, as well as some classic jazz tracks by artists such as Mocean Worker and De-Phazz. There is also an acid jazz vibe, and it reminds me of lounging in a small, smokey jazz club, just taking in the whole scene. This is where I heard the Barrio Jazz Gang for the first time. They are considered Nu Jazz, but this track really fits within the framework of this mix, as it concludes with an uptempo club vibe. Hot Jacket is the type of track that can be play in any type of lounge.”