February 19, 2015 – Smooth Jazz In The Mix Volume 5 Radio Jazz FM is the latest release by Exotic DJ. In case you didn’t know, he is the originator of the beat mixed smooth jazz series. The fifth installment in the series kicks off with Bernie Williams–Yes the Bernie Williams who played with the New York Yankees! Who knew he was a double threat!? The album, “Moving Forward” has some nice Latin Grooves, so be sure to pick it up. We continue with some of the smooth Jazz All Stars, including guitarists Norman Brown, Jonathan Butler, George Benson, Peter White and Steve Oliver. Of course we have the horns represented by Euge Groove and Boney James.
There are a few older tracks in play here: Gerald Albright’s “This Is For The Lover In You” is a remake of the Shalamar classic, which happens to be one of the all time slow jams. Howard Hewett supplies the vocals. “Chant” by Fourplay is another classic. It is more of a traditional Jazz cut but with a funk edge. Dave Koz “You Make Me Smile” is a track that had to add to the mix as it is one of those tracks that really does make you smile. It is off of the “Lucky Man”album which also included “Faces of the Heart,” a track that all of the daytime drama (Soap Opera) fans will recognize it as the opening song for General Hospital.
Two newcomers to the mix include Maysa and Darren Rahn. Maysa’s smooth vocals may sound familiar if you are a fan of Incognito. “You definitely should check out some of her albums as you will not be disappointed. Darren Rahn’s album is a must have if you like Sax! His tracks have a funk base, and if you have a funky base you are great in my book,” said Exotic DJ when asked about some of the artists in this edition.