Mattias Roos Movin’ Up Album Review
Swedish keyboardist Mattias Roos is set to release his full-length album, Movin' Up on June 12. This is a ten track effort under the Skytown Records label. Roos takes care of the writing, arranging and production for the album. Special guests include Elan Trotman and U-Nam.
Mattias Roos Movin' Up Album Review
The set opens with the title track, and Movin' Up features the one of today's top jazz guitarists, U-Nam. This is a great track to open the album. It is an uptempo song, and ...
Duffmusiq Debut Album Soulleash Review
We love to let you about some new soul/jazz music, especially the type of sounds that we think you would enjoy. Soulleash by Duffmusiq, is an album that brings all of the important elements together. They include R&B, Jazz, Funk, and live musicianship. Duffmusiq is an award-winning multi-instrumentalist who is the director of the project. The recording is done ensemble style, with more than twenty musicians that lend their talents to the project.
Soulleash features eleven ...
Pieces Of A Dream New Album Just Funkin’ Around
The story of Pieces Of A Dream is a tale of destiny and brotherhood. Picture three starry-eyed fanatical teen musicians who manage to get discovered by Mister Magic (Grover Washington, Jr.), become teen sensations and go on to join the pantheon of musical wonders from the "City Of Brotherly Love" that includes Gamble and Huff, Patti Labelle, McCoy Tyner, and The Roots.
Dubbed "the Steely Dan of Smooth Jazz" by Allaboutjazz.com and heralded by the legendary Count Basie as "a tough act to ...
Moonchild New Album Voyager
Moonchild will release their new album, Voyager, on May 26th. This will be the third album release from the trio. Be Free was released in 2012, and Please Rewind came out in 2015. The Los Angeles based band has been gaining in popularity over the past two years.
I originally came across Moonchild while I was conducting research for the Summer Spirit Festival. I ended up listening to All The Joy, and I immediately wanted to hear more. You know, it is funny. If you are learning ...
New Album From Jackiem Joyner Main Street Beat Due June 30
SHERMAN OAKS (8 May 2017): Delivering on his promise to “Evolve,” the title of Jackiem Joyner’s last soul-jazz album, the saxophonist became a father since his 2014 release, an elation-inducing experience that informs the music he wrote and produced for his new Artistry Music set, “Main Street Beat,” due June 30. The first single from the funky, dance inspiring, Motown-influenced session that will be shipped to radio this month is the exultant “Trinity,” named for Joyner’s first ...
Jeff Lorber Fusion Prototype Review
Jeff Lorber Fusion is back with another high-energy funk album. When I say high-energy, I mean this album could actually replace your morning coffee! The main players are back: Lorber, Jimmy Haslip, Gary Novak, and joining the fray on this project is veteran Andy Snitzer. They provide a nice, ten-track effort that will be a staple in your daily playlist.
What would a jazz album be without the guest appearances? Nathan East, Chuck Loeb, Larry Koonse, Paul Jackson Jr., and Dave Mann ...
Jeff Lorber Fusion New Album Prototype
Multi-Grammy Nominated Visionary Jeff Lorber
Journeys On A Thrilling Musical Excursion
with PROTOTYPE (March, 24, 2017)
Featuring Jeff Lorber Fusion and Special Guests Nathan East,
Chuck Loeb, Larry Koonse, Paul Jackson, Jr., and Dave Mann Among Others
Trailblazing pianist, composer, producer and bandleader Jeff Lorber is a consummate artist who continues to push himself to new plateaus. A groundbreaking Fender Rhodes pioneer along with the likes of Herbie Hancock, Joe ...
Mitchell Coleman Jr. Album Release
The Jazz-Funk Fusion artist is out with some new music that will certainly make you move.
Fans of slammin’ yet radio-ready, Jazz-Funk Fusion, will rejoice upon the discovery of bassist/composer Mitchell Coleman Jr.! Coleman, a disciple of the Stanley Clarke, Larry Graham, Louis Johnson and Marcus Miller schools of The Throwdown, is still in awe of the success of the 2015 release of his debut CD, Soul Searching. Soul Searching is described as a musical journey of self-exploration – which ...
Eddie Palmieri New Album
EDDIE PALMIERI ANNOUNCES FIRST NEW ALBUM SINCE 2006
*GRAMMY-WINNING MUSIC ICON CELEBRATES 80TH BIRTHDAY WITH RELEASE OF ‘SABIDURIA’ FEATURING DONALD HARRISON JR, MARCUS MILLER, ALFREDO DE LA FE, JOE LOCKE, JOHNNY RIVERO, RONNIE CUBER AND MORE*
Two Thousand Sixteen - A challenging year on planet Earth. We’ve honored many of our musical heroes, and reconsidered the value of music in our lives. The battles for justice and peace that have dominated the last 50 years have ...
Phil Perry & Rick Braun New Albums February 24th
Cannot wait for these! We will give you a review and more details as they are available.
Phil Perry - Breathless
Al Jarreau declares "Phil Perry is the real thing." Perry's rich velvety tenor, unrivaled falsetto and smooth, soulful and compelling voice, have set him in a class by himself. His ability to convey the deepest meaning with a simple turn of a phrase, whisper or inflection in just the right place, has long made him the go-to-man for music insiders. Phil Perry's vocal ...
Lindsey Webster Back To Your Heart
Lindsey Webster Back To Your Heart will release on November 4th. The single of the same name is steadily climbing up the Smooth Jazz charts. This week it is at number 5.
Take a listen to the live version of the track:
We have been digging her vibe for quite some time now. I have a feeling this new album will resonate with the lovers of vocal jazz.
Growing up in an artist community, the daughter of loving hippie parents, in Woodstock NY, the allure of music was never far from ...
Anna Danes Find Your Wings
“Wings” of courage: Jazz singer Anna Danes meets her first National Breast Cancer Awareness Month as a survivor
Her second album, “Find Your Wings,” arrives this weekend.
National Breast Cancer Awareness Month has an entirely new meaning this year for jazz singer Anna Danes. Her life turned in an instant three months ago when she was diagnosed with the disease. When the positive-mind chanteuse steps onto the Jazz on Cedros stage Friday night in Solana Beach, ...
Paul Brown One Way Back
Of course you know Paul Brown as the smooth jazz instrumentalist that has released some great albums. These would include Up Front, The City, The Funky Joint, and others.
Brown has also been an in-demand producer, crafting sounds for Richard Elliot, Jessy J, Al Jarreau, Norman Brown and Eric Darius. Heck, he also engineered songs for Luther Vandross, and the So Intense album by Lisa Fischer. How Can I Ease the Pain is one of my favorite slow jams.
Paul is back with another ...
Marc Antoine Laguna Beach
Marc Antoine is back with a new release in four years. It is called Laguna Beach, and coincidentally Marc has moved to the Golden State from their longtime home in Spain.
His thirteenth album, Antoine produced “Laguna Beach,” wrote eight of the nine songs and called upon some of his accomplished friends to collaborate with him, something he couldn’t do easily when he lived abroad for twelve years.
“When you live near LA, you can call anyone to come and work with you. Once I ...
Jessy J California Christmas
Jessy J California Christmas
Jessy J is getting us in the Christmas spirit with her special Christmas album. California Christmas will be released on October 28, but we were fortunate enough to get a sneak peek.
The album is full of classics, but we especially like Feliz Navidad/Home for The Holidays, an uptempo song that will surely warm you up on those cold winter nights.
Silent Night has a little pep in its step with a blues feel. I thought is was a straight instrumental track, ...
Mike Murray Album Summer
Mike Murray New Album Summer
Skillful song craftsman Mike Murray is an independent keyboardist, composer and producer from Montclair, New Jersey who artfully bridges the gap between urban Smooth Jazz and Chill-Out genres. Fans of Bob James/Fourplay, Paul Hardcastle, Alex Bugnon and Hiroshima will feel right at home with Mike's expanding repertoire and unique musical "style."
Mike's influences include George Duke, Stanley Clarke, The Rippingtons, Mandrill, Earth Wind & Fire, Santana, ...
Kim Waters Rhythm and Romance Review
Kim Waters Rhythm and Romance Review
What were you doing in 1989? Kim Waters was busy releasing Sweet & Saxy, and this was the first time we learned of this talented saxophone player. Since then he has released 34 albums, including three with The Sax Pack. Kim has proved his staying power, and it looks like this will continue with no end in sight!
Waters' latest offering, Rhythm & Romance, was released in June of 2016. Overall it is full of mid-tempo grooves that ...