BROTHER 2 BROTHER f. Carter Carter | Can I Take You There | Grandiora Records
AL DEGREGORIS | Time And A Half | A-Pex Recordings
PHILLIP DOC MARTIN | Pocket Love | Innervision Records
MYRON PHAUSTERCHYLD FOSTER | The Way I Hear It | PhausterChyld Music Productions
RAYMOND TOWLER | This Freedom | Raymond Towler
NORTH 2UNES WOODALL | Between The Lobes | 2unewaves Records
SELINA ALBRIGHT Conversations Golden Rays Music
Selina Albright has been a presence in the Smooth Jazz world for the past 20 years, collaborating with and appearing on many of her father's, multi-Grammy nominated saxophonist, Gerald Albright’s recordings - as well as performing with him and countless genre superstars. After hitting the UK soul charts and the iTunes “Top 100 Downloads” with previous tracks, Selina blossoms fully as a transcendently soulful, urban jazz/R&B singer-songwriter on her diverse and compelling full length debut CONVERSATIONS. With vocals whose dynamics range from hushed and intimate to heights of extraordinary emotional power, she inhabits tracks infused with clever lyrics, sensual atmospheres (reflective of her success in EDM), and fresh contemporary grooves. Selina’s debut is bound to start a lot of exciting CONVERSATIONS!
GEOFF ALPERT Open Your Heart Geoff Alpert Music
The trombone is usually considered the anchor of classic horn sections, however, in the funky hands of emerging recording artist Geoff Alpert, it becomes a melodic and sensual Smooth Jazz lead voice. Featuring re-imaginings of classics by The Jacksons and The Emotions, Alpert’s debut solo album OPEN YOUR HEART draws from his passions for jazz, pop, R&B, soul-jazz and Latin music, with touches of mysticism reflecting his mastery of Eastern martial arts disciplines. In addition to co-producer, renowned keyboardist, Gail Jhonson, Alpert ensembles with genre all-stars Darryl Williams, Adam Hawley, Greg Manning, Tony Moore, Michael Paulo and Althea Rene. OPEN YOUR HEART to a fresh new sound in contemporary jazz!
SYLVIA BENNETT For You Out of Sight Music
Sylvia Bennett continues her journey into smooth original music… her brand new album FOR YOU, delivers another successful set of contemporary, sensuous songs from the Grammy-nominated, Miami-based vocalist and songwriter. On the heals of IT’S ALL ABOUT LOVE, which climbed up to #24 in 2016 on SmoothJazz.com’s Top 50 Album Airplay Chart. The new release features the successful collaborative combo with Ms. Bennett’s longtime producer and writing partner, Hal S. Batt. The renowned Miami producer and After Hours studio owner has worked with some of the biggest names in Miami recording history including Ricky Martin, Julio Iglesias, Regina Belle and many more. Also, this go around, Sylvia invites Hungarian violinist and bandleader Peter Ferencz from the Smooth Jazz/Pop ensemble, Peet Project, on the track "Two Hearts One Soul." Modern love songs, jazzy chilled arrangements, heart string-tugging vocals and sophisticated musicianship… FOR YOU is for all of us!
Seventeen albums deep into one of Smooth Jazz’s most extraordinary careers, trumpet and flugelhorn great, composer and producer Rick Braun continues to explore and push his creative boundaries. His Shanachie Entertainment debut AROUND THE HORN covers a lot of fresh, exciting stylistic territory, with exotic vibes from Brazil, South Africa, and Portugal, in addition to soulful, sonically intricate re-imaginings of contemporary pop hits by Coldplay, Alicia Keys, Charlie Puth and Selena Gomez. Artfully connecting groove intensity and tender intimacy, Braun works his magic with an array of incredible guest artists, including Peter White, fellow trumpeter Till Bronner, singer John Stoddart and new labelmate, vocalist and songwriter Lindsey Webster. The well- traveled Braun takes us all AROUND THE HORN for one of this year’s most enticing musical adventures!
BROTHER 2 BROTHER f. Carter Carter Can I Take You There Grandiora Records
Move over, Philly! Siblings Winston and Charles (Chaz) Carter – collectively known as BROTHER 2 BROTHER featuring Carter Carter - are declaring their hometown of Pittsburgh the official city of Brotherly Jazz. The electric guitar and drummer duo backs their boldness with a list of prime opening gigs (Cameo, Bobby Brown, Angela Bofill, Parliament Funkadelic) and a tight, melodic, in the pocket debut CAN I TAKE YOU THERE. Helmed by producer Chuck Cymone – who has done projects with Chris Standring, Eric Darius, Peter White, Gerald Albright and Richard Elliot – the song set spotlights the Carter’s prowess on their respective instruments and creates an inviting, sonically expansive world full of sultry contemporary jazz and R&B. When BROTHER 2 BROTHER asks, CAN I TAKE YOU THERE, you’re gonna say yes!
On LET IT GO, Norman Brown’s first solo album in five years, one of Smooth Jazz’s core superstar guitarists has a spiritual mission in mind. The driving forces behind the exhilarating journey are the principles of Maat, the ancient Egyptian concept of truth, balance, order, harmony, morality and justice. His personal truth and blueprint for self-realization and actualization is an incendiary mix of freewheeling funk jams (with sparks of Latin jazz and blues) and uplifting ballads. Adding enlightenment are BWB bandmates Rick Braun and Kirk Whalum, Marion Meadows, Chante Moore, Sounds of Blackness, TrayCar and S.O.U.L (Sisters of Unbreakable Love), a trio of his three multi-talented vocalist daughters. Even as Brown’s latest magical mix is spiritually designed to help you LET IT GO, you’ll be clinging to its inspirational power for a long time.
After cutting his musical teeth with numerous pop stars in his native Singapore and scoring appearances at top Asian and other international festivals, saxophonist Daniel Chia is bringing his inviting, easy grooving blend of cool jazz, R&B and retro soul to the U.S. for the first time on his star-studded U.S. debut, IN THE MOMENT. With double Grammy winning producer and guitarist Paul Brown at the helm and guest appearances by Brown, Darren Rahn and singer Melina, Chia’s playful funk, passion and panache make for an exuberant urban jazz ride, in a similar vibe as Boney James – complete with California-centric song titles! Since arriving Stateside, he’s performed with both Peter White and Grammy nominated vocal group DW3. Audiences are quickly discovering that there’s no better way to live IN THE MOMENT!
MITCHELL COLEMAN, JR. Perception Soul Revelations Records
Continuing to draw buoyant and grooving inspiration and innovation from his heroes Stanley Clarke and Marcus Miller, emerging bassist/composer Mitchell Coleman, Jr. throws down another explosive, multi-faceted round of feel good, jazz-funk fusion on PERCEPTION, the follow-up to his debut, chart-active, SOUL SEARCHING. Among the most exciting aspects of Coleman’s artistry is his adventure and unpredictability. He’s raucously thick and thumping on the uptempo jams, suave and in the pocket, soulful on the ballads, and throws into the mix colorful atmospheric, world beat exotica that explore realms beyond the cool confines of Smooth Jazz. Another highlight is a lush remake of The Crusaders’ “Street Life,” which puts Dionyza Sutton (High School Musical, Cheetah Girls) in the seductive Randy Crawford role. Your PERCEPTION is on the money – this album’s a “Funkatized” joyride!
JAN DALEY The Way Of A Woman Log Records
A deeply versatile force of musical nature, veteran recording artist, touring performer and actress Jan Daley laid the foundation for her new full length album THE WAY OF A WOMAN with her acclaimed EP WHEN SUNNY GETS BLUE. It’s testament to her powerful skills as a songwriter that her six originals on the album – a mix of fun, swinging jazz and classy, contemporary, pop jazz ballads – fit in perfectly alongside the five Great American Songbook standards that also appeared on the previous EP. Legendary Motown producer and songwriter Michael B. Sutton guides Daley’s exquisite and adventurous path into moments of hushed intimacy and spirited soulfulness. THE WAY OF A WOMAN is a musical path that’s a joy to follow!
It’s a combination of raw talent, focus, commitment, and joy that makes this musician exquisite. All eyes are on bassist/composer Nathan East as he revels in the success of his sophomore album, REVERENCE, on Yamaha Entertainment Group. The audio tapestry of this collection is artful, articulate and inspired. The Fourplay founding member, began his solo recording career after four decades of musical mastery and collaboration with some of the finest on the planet. The list is too amazing to not highlight, including Michael Jackson, Barbra Streisand, Eric Clapton (whom East is touring with this year), Phil Collins, George Harrison, Stevie Wonder... well you get the picture! From the out of the box, chart-topping first single, the joyous, contemporary jazz joint, “Lifecycle,” to his monstrous cover of Earth, Wind & Fire’s “Serpentine Fire,” featuring, wait for it, actual members of E,W&F, Philip Bailey, Verdine White and Ralph Johnson, only Nathan has this much love in the bank to make this kind of magic happen! Track by track, REVERENCE will lead you to a sweeter place, one soulful, funky, jazzy tune at a time!
One of the most versatile musicians in Texas, Al Gomez started out as a trombone player with local Tejano bands before evolving into a first call guitarist, playing and sharing the stage with everyone from Selena, Aaron Neville and Willie Nelson to Carlos Santana and Buddy Guy. After funkin’ up the Smooth Jazz world a bit with his critically-acclaimed 2014 debut CASA GROOVE, the electric guitarist brings his rich, infectious sound to his cool follow-up EP CATCHIN’ A VIBE. The set is full of edgy licks, vibey grooves, irresistible melodies and moments to dance and later romance. In addition to its awesome originals, Gomez includes dynamic re-imaginings of classics by Dr. John, Luther Vandross and George Duke. Don't delay, catch this vibe today!
CHASE HUNA On The Chase SOM Entertainment, LLC
With the explosive emergence of Chase Huna in 2017, the future of Smooth Jazz has never sounded brighter. Still in his teens, the ultra-melodic, R&B driven saxophonist caught the ear of critically acclaimed guitarist, songwriter, producer, engineer and vocalist Steve Oliver, who took Huna under his wing and helmed his dynamic debut ON THE CHASE. The two co-wrote all ten originals, whose vibes range from in your face funk to road trippin’ pop and dreamy sensuality. Oliver’s colorful instrumental and vocal imprints lay a lush foundation for Huna to explore a playful range of soul-stirring emotions. Your new year will get off to a high flying start when you launch ON THE CHASE!
REZA KHAN Wind Dance Painted Media
The inspiration behind Bangladesh Born and Raised, NYC based, world-fusion guitarist and composer, Reza Khan’s 4th solo album release, WIND DANCE, came in an instance, upon a breeze and swirled meaning through movement into the recording artist’s mind. "This is a story of a Twilight Dream," Reza recalls, which sparked a song title on the new album, he continues, “it happened in a breath of an instance or in a whole life, I don’t know.” This engaging collection is magical and mystical in a way that only Reza can harness through composition and playing. The guests on the project are as special as the music itself, including performances from Andy Snitzer, Philippe Saisse, Nelson Rangell, Mark Egan, Miles Gilderdale, and Marc Antoine. WIND DANCE will move your mind and body through a journey of sweet reflection and musical expression, prepare to be blown away!
A renowned artist, producer, songwriter, vocal coach, session musician and performer, the multi-talented Jaee Logan brings a lifetime of musical joy to his emergence as a Smooth Jazz artist. In addition to selling over 30 million records worldwide, he has worked with everyone from Sheila E, Pebbles and Club Nouveau to Rosie Gaines, Digital Underground and Bobby Brown. The project's first single, "Morning," features special album guest, legendary Earth, Wind & Fire founder, Verdine White. While the album's 2nd tune, the title track, works its way up the Charts, the full debut lands, delivering a sound filled with jazz, funk and love with a sweet, soulful keyboard vibe of the 70's promising to enchant music fans around the world.
After nearly a three decade layoff, the resurrection of the Jeff Lorber Fusion concept in 2010 gave the legendary composer, producer and keyboardist free reign to more aggressively explore and improvise on all the styles that have defined his expansive career. The Fusion’s newest member, saxman Andy Snitzer, takes Lorber and the group’s longtime bassist to new sonically eclectic, rhythmically dynamic heights on their Shanachie Records debut PROTOTYPE. Grooving with longtime drummer Gary Novak and special guests Chuck Loeb, Paul Jackson, Jr. and Nathan East, the trio fashions an inspired whirlwind of jazz, soul, funk, pop and gospel – with a bit of bebop, a shuffle and a waltz-like jam stirred in for good measure. This new collection is a powerful PROTOTYPE for the group’s future vibes!
One of Contemporary Urban and Smooth Jazz’s premier vocal giants over the past 25 years, Phil Perry was once called the "Pavarotti of Jazz" by Down Beat magazine... he truly inhabits this lofty praise with each album and performance. His 12th recording, BREATHLESS, keeps his always endearing and heartfelt blend of mid-tempo pop/jazz magic and soaring, sensual balladry flowing on a set that finds him becoming not only the genre’s premier storyteller, but the story itself. Thematically, he tackles all the ups, downs, triumphs, tribulations of romantic relationships – and the enduring power of love itself - via a slate of originals and spot-on covers of classics by The 5th Dimension, Stevie Wonder and Lee Ritenour. Perry’s latest will truly leave you BREATHLESS!
The title is intriguing in these current times, while it does elude to a sense of urgency, award-winning, world beat guitarist/composer Lawson Rollins’ focus on 3 MINUTES TO MIDNIGHT is really on the exhilaration of the speed of sound as well as the mystical power of the number 3. This clean, stripped-down recording features twelve multicultural compositions all in the 3-minute range, and exploding with Lawson’s famed finger style guitar playing, a radical departure for the Billboard chart-topping artist known for elaborately-constructed tracks that are at least twice as long. Produced with multi-platinum producer Dominic Camardella utilizing Grammy-winning violinist Charlie Bisharat, bassist Randy Tico and drummer/percussionist Dave Bryant joined Rollins and Camardella who is featured on keys. 3 MINUTES TO MIDNIGHT is dazzling, pertinent and explosive… get it now, time is of the essence!
The son of legendary keyboardist/composer Merl Saunders, Tony Saunders was taught piano by Herbie Hancock and for his tenth birthday received an electric organ from Sly Stone. But the magic started happening once he shifted to bass, and the two time Emmy Award winner’s s third album UPTOWN JAZZ on San Francisco Records is a full-blown celebration of the multiple ways he grooves. Joyfully eclectic throughout, he launched the album with the brassy, ultra-funky title track single that featured Gabriel Mark Hasselbach and Tower of Power’s Mic Gillete on horns and Paul Hardcastle, Jr. on sax. Saunders’ bass also bubbles beneath the emotional sax passion of Gerald Albright and later engages on an improvisation rich jazz-fusion journey also featuring saxophonists Tom Politzer (Tower Of Power) and Rock Hendricks and vocalist Sakai (Train)! UPTOWN JAZZ gonna give it to ya!
Concurrent with his success as a solo Smooth Jazz artist, keyboardist/composer Brian Simpson has been a true music MVP, serving as Dave Koz’s musical director for two decades and working with legends the likes of George Duke and Stanley Clarke to Larry Carlton, Billy Cobham and Gerald Albright. His effortless way with lively, infectious melodies, jazzy ivory improvisations, super-vibey atmospheres and nonstop seductive grooves, hits another sweet spot on PERSUASION, his 7th album as a leader. While his lush piano stays front and center, Simpson surrounds himself with format super stars Boney James and Peter White. You won’t need to be persuaded to listen to PERSUASION over and over!
WILL SUMNER Endless Sumner willsumner.com
Will Sumner may have been born in Minnesota, but the highly versatile San Diego based guitarist, composer and multi-instrumentalist’ several decade recording career – starting with his 1980 classic surf jazz album TROPIC ZONE - is all about lighthearted, feel good, easy grooving summer vibes. His latest collection ENDLESS SUMNER, whose title is a colorful reference to a classic Beach Boys album, is endlessly smooth, melodic and fresh. The tracks are driven by Sumner’s electric and acoustic virtuosity, enhanced in all the perfect spots by lead sax and horns. Continuing the eclectic flow of earlier releases, the album mixes heartfelt urban rhythms, funk and Latin grooves and breezy tropical atmospheres. If you can’t wait for summer to begin (or end), put ENDLESS SUMNER in a continuous loop!
THE ALLEN CARMAN PROJECT The Allen Carman Project The Allen Carman Project
Infused with a high energy, super-melodic tight funk vibe perfectly captured in the title of its first single “Groove Salad,” THE ALLEN CARMAN PROJECT – both the group and the album - marks bassist Allen Carman’s highly anticipated official return to music after several decades away. He began his earlier career sharing the stage with everyone from Vince Gill and Bobby Caldwell to Joe Lala (Stephen Stills, Bee Gees) and Chris Pinnick (Chicago), so it’s no surprise that he’s once again surrounded by musical greats. The Allan Carman Project’s fresh rhythms and delicious jams feature keyboardist Phillipe Saisse, percussionist Gumbi Ortiz, saxman Andy Snitzer and drummer Luis Alicea. THE ALLEN CARMAN PROJECT is an exciting way to energize the New Year!
Celebrating an extraordinary 27-year personal and musical friendship, URBAN SOUL is the compelling first album under the name Urbanity by renowned Australian musicians, guitarist Albare and keyboardist Phil Turcio. Packed with dreamy, sensual melodies, lush atmospheres, easy funk, and touches of traditional jazz improvisation, the collection showcases innate instincts and gorgeous grooves that can only happen when two musical titans share this kind of history. Reuniting after many years, the duo paved the way for Urbanity when Turcio joined Albare’s band International Travel Diary, which toured the world from 2012 to 2014; Turcio later played on two Albare solo recordings. Smooth Jazz fans across the globe are sure to be seduced by the jazzy vibes of URBAN SOUL!
STEVE WATSON Playtime WatsonWood
Guitarist/composer Steve Watson has enjoyed many musical lives, from touring overseas with the Miami Concert Jazz Band to becoming a first call Hollywood session player and most recently, impacting students in various educational roles in his adopted hometown of Greenville, SC. His career as a solo artist continues with the release his dynamic new album PLAYTIME, which kicks off 2017 with a brand new, radio-friendly single, "Pear Bear," written in celebration of his beautiful granddaughter, Perrin. The album features special guests and production by jazz fusion icons Chuck Loeb, Jeff Lorber, Jimmy Haslip and Gary Novak. Watson offers a mix of brassy, high energy jams and mid-tempo light funk delights, balanced in the middle with a graceful, reflective ballad. When Watson picks up his formidable axe, it’s always PLAYTIME!
SoulTracks found the perfect way to describe Lindsey Webster’s artful dual talents as a vocalist and songwriter: “If Carole King and Sade had a kid, she would be Lindsey Webster.” The Sade comparison is particularly apropos. The rising soul/jazz star has perhaps Smooth Jazz’s most sensually inviting voice since the Nigerian born singer first charmed us. Webster is also the first vocalist since Sade to hit #1 on the contemporary jazz charts (“Fool Me Once”). On her lush, beautifully intimate and easy flowing Shanachie Records debut BACK TO THE HEART, she delivers smokey, honey toned vocals on a batch of soulful originals, including one inspired by and featuring Kirk Whalum. Open up and let Lindsey Webster take you BACK TO YOUR HEART!
Fans hoping 2017 brings a new sound to Smooth Jazz will be excited about Brandon Willis’ perfectly titled new single “Impact.” Fresh and vibrant and primed to put the multi-talented 25-year-old saxophonist on the map, the track dynamically mixes danceable funky beats with his rich emotional urgency for an unforgettable ride. After scoring a Billboard chart hit from his debut album, he sought out a producer/songwriter who had the goods to make him stand out from the crowd – and found Grammy nominated artist and sonic innovator Nate Harasim, co-owner of M1 Records, which is now Willis’ label home. Together, the two take an old school, boots on the ground approach to music, performance and artistry that will no doubt make a huge “IMPACT” in the genre.
AMSTERDAM CONNECTION Isn't She Lovely Harmony Music
Combining the sensual funky passion of tenor and alto saxophonist Naomi “Smile” Adriaansz and the lively piano and lush jazz harmonica of Tim “Harmony” Welvaars, the Netherlands based duo, Amsterdam Connection, releases ISN’T SHE LOVELY, a unique, eclectic tribute to the legendary musical icon, Stevie Wonder. Produced by double Grammy winning producer, Smooth Jazz guitarist Paul Brown. The album is a spirited fusion of laid back cool and feisty grooves... Stevie himself calls Tim a “genius on the harmonica.” You’ll agree when you hear ISN’T SHE LOVELY!
Award-winning independent recording artist, Kelly Andrew, has just released his fifth album of original music. This multi-talented composer, producer and artist’s album, RENDEZVOUS – co-produced by Grammy winner and Windham Hill Records founder Will Ackerman – is warm, romantic and hypnotic, yet lives up to its adventurous title with rhythmic variations and soaring sonic surprises. Andrew creates the perfect balance between New Age ambience, modern rhythms and compelling, piano, guitar and sax driven Smooth Jazz. RENDEZVOUS with the beautiful vibrations of this musical Rembrandt for an exciting and memorable encounter.
KAYTE BURGESS For The Love Kayte Burgess
One of the key lines in Toronto bred, Atlanta based neo-soul/jazz artist Kayte Burgess’ hypnotically sensual, playfully grooving new single “No Looking Back” is her declaration that she’s “ready to take flight. . .and it only gets better.” That’s an inspiring view of her future, which includes the release this June of FOR THE LOVE, an album that’s all at once organic, uplifting and contemplative in nature. The collection is the culmination of a fascinating career that includes opening for Erykah Badu and Jill Scott and singing background for Al Green and Lionel Richie. It’s full steam ahead with “No Looking Back”!
ERICH CAWALLA 222 South Boom! Camp Records
While continuing to perform with his versatile Pennsylvania jazz/pop ensemble, The Uptown Band, featured at hundreds of shows throughout the Northeast since 2005, band leader/saxophonist Erich Cawalla is branching out as a dynamic and charismatic solo artist. His debut single “222 South” is a soulfully melodic, in the pocket easy-grooving gem featuring Pieces of a Dream drummer Curtis Harmon and bassist Bennie Sims. “222 South” is an inspiring destination – and an exciting launch to Cawalla’s solo career!
AL DEGREGORIS Time And A Half A-Pex Recordings
If his last album – and first teaming with the emphatic one-two production punch of Nils and Jeff Lorber – ALL IN GOOD TIME, was Al DeGregoris’ emergence into the big leagues of contemporary urban jazz, TIME AND A HALF finds the keyboardist on his way to becoming the genre’s Babe Ruth. Continuing the playful metaphor of the album’s title, he works double and triple time with his collaborators on every last detail to ensure a multi- faceted sonic experience from start to finish. There’s lushness, sensual flow, easy grooves, rambunctious piano melodies, fiery horns and exciting contributions from guest saxmen Steve Cole, Eric Marienthal and Andy Snitzer. While working with Nils cements DeGregoris’ ability to rework classics into fresh, contemporary concepts and will ensure several return visits to the radio charts, it’s his more adventurous journeys with Lorber that really demonstrate his ability to go beyond the usual parameters of urban jazz and make memorable statements hinting at a vibrant future for the genre.
DELLATORRE So What! iM reto della torre
Swiss-born guitarist, Reto Dellatorre, playfully titled his second album SO WHAT! as an ironic statement about the infinite importance of unimportance. Yet the searing, fiery ballads and barn burning jams he creates with veteran Blues guitarist Josh Smith, R&B vocalist Nio Rene and some of L.A.’s top studio musicians (recorded at Robbie Krieger’s Horse Latitudes studio) have a free spirited, West Coast vibe you’ll care deeply about. Dellatorre's SO WHAT! is so right!
Many dentist's play Smooth Jazz in their offices to calm their patients' nerves... but there's only one dentist that actually plays Smooth Jazz the way world-class saxophonist, Dr. Phillip Martin plays, that is super soulful and totally in the pocket! In fact, Phillip "Doc" Martin's latest album, POCKET LOVE, is loaded with charting hip, infectious singles, a mix of dreamy coolness and funk and seductive grooves. The Grover Washington, Jr. cover, "Just The Two Of Us," includes the spirited guitar licks of two time Grammy-winner, Paul Brown. Time for a check-up, make an appointment today and feel the POCKET LOVE!
KIRK FISCHER Friends Fischful Thinking Music
Even as he’s jamming on the keys with his Austin, Texas area dance band Touch of Class, Dr. Kirk Fischer enjoys sending out a “nerd alert” about his “day job” as Associate Professor of Accounting at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. On his instantly joyous, soaring and infectious debut album FRIENDS, he offers a master class in dreamy balladry and horn-drenched keyboard funk in collaboration with Greg Adams’ East Bay Soul Band, featuring the relentless, brassy energy of Adams, Lee Thornburg and Greg Vail. You’ll want to make fast FRIENDS with this one of a kind emerging talent!
After 20 years of plucking his bass and heightening the grooves as a sideman for a variety of artists, multi-talented musician, producer and Christian preacher, Myron “Phausterchyld” Foster, steps out in a blaze of funky spiritual glory to share his own music with the world on THE WAY I HEAR IT. A lively, high-energy performer, Foster’s background in Smooth and Gospel jazz reaches fruition on a set that mixes in your face grooves and sensual subtleties behind his instantly infectious melodies. You're gonna love it the way he hears it!
SKII HARVEY Standing For A Fall Vie Publications
With edgy, Tina Turner-like vocals that work brilliantly on bluesy barnburners as well as more intimate (but no less palpable) ballads, award-winning veteran, Australian vocalist Skii Harvey fashions a powerful one woman protest on her latest album STANDING FOR A FALL. Returning to the musical frontline with thoughtful, provocative songs of conviction, determination and strength. The album is Skii’s latest milestone in a career that’s earned her attention from Sting, the Billboard Music Awards, the UK Songwriting Awards and the Australian Songwriter’s Association. STANDING FOR A FALL will inspire you to rise up!
LOWELL HOPPER Playing It Cool Get Jazzed Records
With a smooth vibe driven by soulful guitar, hauntingly infectious melodies and deeply funky beats, Lowell Hopper has performed and recorded with jazz artists everywhere from Germany to the Panama Canal during his 20 year stint in the U.S. Air Force. While continuing to develop intimacy with his audiences around the world, the Panama City, Florida musician and composer is PLAYING IT COOL on his latest album full of thoughtful, candlelit ballads and buoyant, compelling up-tempo, urban jazz delights. PLAYING IT COOL some of the time, but more often than not, Hopper’s bringing major heat to the genre!
HORN & HOLLAND Steps Of A Good Man Horn Records Inc
On a creative roll since meeting at a National Day of Prayer Gathering in their adopted hometown of Lansing, MI, keyboardist/producer Darren Horn and saxophonist Dr. Sean Holland create a fresh new sound and vision for contemporary urban jazz. Their debut album STEPS OF A GOOD MAN, blends jazz with R&B and gospel into a joyful, grooving and uplifting bundle powered by Holland’s vocal like alto melodies. One listen will have you falling in line behind the STEPS OF A GOOD MAN!
Over the past 15 years, this six piece powerhouse band has created the finest in Swiss Fusion and Smooth Jazz with dynamic grooves, sparkling melodies and exotic textures. Journeys have brought this exciting mix of contemporary jazz, fusion, funk and Latin elements to audiences across Europe and North America. On their perfectly titled third album TRANSIT, the guitar, sax and piano driven ensemble adds cool and soulful lounge elements to their refreshing mix. TRANSIT is a multi-faceted trip you’ll want to add to your listening itinerary!
AZIZA MILLER This Journey Of Love Aziza Miller
In the years since she was Natalie Cole’s musical director, composer, singer and pianist Aziza Miller has performed to standing room only crowds at NYC’s most prestigious clubs. Her latest recording, THIS JOURNEY OF LOVE, showcases her passions for soulful, urban jazz vocals with lively jazz melodies and improvisations on a set that includes both vocal tunes (including a tribute to Cole) and a spirited piano driven tribute to Horace Silver. THIS JOURNEY OF LOVE is one you’ll enjoy taking!
d. MILLS Mission Complete d. M. Records
A onetime bassist playing behind gospel legend Shirley Caesar and an NYC detective, multi-instrumentalist d.Mills brings a fascinating background to his career as a Smooth Jazz composer. While his melodic focus is his lively acoustic piano, the tunes on MISSION COMPLETE offer a mix of smooth grooves, R&B and jazz with touches of rock guitar, sexy vocals, exotic percussion, sensual atmospheres and funky horns. MISSION COMPLETE has the complete package with several, charting radio hits for fans with eclectic tastes in jazz.
Exhilarating and fun... that's why "Rosy Cheeks" will leave you feeling frivolous and carefree! The Peet Project's energetic and contemporary new, hit single features Grammy-nominated, platinum-selling saxman Dave Koz who is as much of a fan of the Hungarian jazz pop soul band as we are! Mixed by the guru of musical goodness, double Grammy winner, producer Paul Brown! Turn it up and dance, don't be surprised if your face is flushed from what is truly one of the most fun tunes the Project has spun out of their creative corner!
TYLER REESE Reminiscence REMU Records
Having studied with Pat Metheny and played with everyone from Prince to Ernie Isley, guitar virtuoso and contemporary instrumental music innovator, Tyler Reese brings an incredibly diverse background to his Fusion (jazz, rock, funk) driven new album REMINISCENCE. Just as he’s seducing us with his graceful acoustic sound, he amps up the emotional intensity with high-powered, electric strength, edgy jazz fusion and even some rhythmically dynamic Django Reinhardt flavored vibes. Soaked with inspiring diversity and off the charts playing, REMINISCENCE is a guitar lover’s dream date.
REMOTEJAZZ Reign Of Peace Key Music Productions, LLC
Under the hip moniker of Remotejazz, Maryland-based composer and producer Robert L. Bryant creates a transcendent, ethereal mix of chill, Smooth Jazz, ambient sounds, electronic harmonies and light funk on his mystical minded, socially conscious album REIGN OF PEACE. Sonically designed as a response to the chaos of the modern world, the collection features two compelling collaborations with jazz saxophonist Dave Jarvis. REIGN OF PEACE is both jazzy and relaxing!
BRENDAN ROTHWELL Time On My Hands Brendan Rothwell
Canadian composer, bassist and producer Brendan Rothwell cites Marcus Miller’s work on Miles Davis’ classic recording TUTU as the reason he chose his lead instrument. His debut album TIME ON MY HANDS is a showcase for the bass’ ability to stir melodic excitement while creating deep, hypnotic rhythms. While his soulful, funky fluidity often brings to mind the coolness of the late Wayman Tisdale, there’s also an atmospheric, trippy and mystical exploratory vibe influenced by Miller’s slow simmering fusion style. You’ll enjoy keeping time with TIME ON MY HANDS!
DELI ROWE Smile Again Liberated Soul Music Group, LLC
An outspoken advocate for self-empowerment, Richmond, VA singer/songwriter Deli Rowe’s contemporary R&B infused indie soul sound has earned her airplay throughout the U.S., the UK and Australia. Her latest EP SMILE AGAIN offers hopeful personal, yet universal messages about letting the past go and embracing the joy and happiness of what’s to come. This is what happiness sounds like!
JIM SAMUEL When I Look At You Smooth Dance Records
Taking a heartfelt detour from the infectious, eminently grooving vibe of his 2014 debut album NOW, keyboardist/producer Jim Samuel wrote his new single, “When I Look At You,” as a wedding gift for his son Jamie. With rich, emotional vocals by East Bay Soul lead singer Darryl Fitzgerald Walker and a soaring flugelhorn performance from Tony Neenan, it’s a timeless and hypnotic old school, R&B love song for the ages that will have you falling in love!
THE SMOOTH JAZZ ALLEY Been a Long Time Comin' The Smooth Jazz Alley
Forming their powerhouse guitar and keyboard duo, The Smooth Jazz Alley in the wake of the breakup of their Bay Area Latin fusion band Grupo Caribe, Stan Evans and Marco Montoya’s debut BEEN A LONG TIME COMIN’ features a dynamic mix of tasty, in the pocket, Smooth Jazz grooves with lead melodies powered by Evans' fluid electric guitar and Montoya’s playful piano and keys. With nods to the exotic music of their past, this album’s BEEN A LONG TIME COMIN’, but entirely worth the wait!
THASAINT Touch Style Setters Entertainment
A fresh mix of compelling funk grooves, dreamy soundscapes, retro sounds and bright keyboard melodies define Thasaint’s new album TOUCH, and while it fits perfectly into the Smooth Jazz realm, the veteran award-winning musician, composer and producer cares less about labels and more about making people feel. Covering a wide range of emotions, the album finds him back in tune musically after many personal losses, including the passing of some of his greatest musical influences. Every song on this incredible set will TOUCH you deeply.
RAYMOND TOWLER This Freedom Raymond Towler
After spending more than 28 years in prison for a crime he was later exonerated from, guitarist/composer Raymond Towler wasted no time getting back to his musical passions. The sparkling first result of this re-dedication is, appropriately enough, the full length album THIS FREEDOM. Drawing on his ample skills on both the acoustic and electric, he celebrates his new life with perfectly honed melodies in stylistic settings ranging from straight ahead to Smooth Jazz, gospel and raucous blues. Fowler’s unique way of telling his story through music makes THIS FREEDOM an engaging listen and true spiritual triumph!
Four decades after making his initial musical foray performing and recording with seminal soul-jazz organist Charles Earland, Pittsburgh-based electric guitarist Jack Turner launches a fresh new movement in contemporary jazz guitar with his crackling, playfully grooving debut, I GOT NEXT. Embracing the freewheeling next chapter in his career, the versatile composer/musician – who pays direct homage here to Wes Montgomery - creates a powerful fusion of soul, acid, funk, hip hop, ambient music and exotic Latin and Brazilian music – all rooted in jazz. I GOT NEXT should be the very next album you check out!
SEAN U Electrify Sean Uliasz
Drawing brilliantly on the influences of Jeff Lorber, David Benoit and Brian Culbertson, Western Massachusetts based keyboardist, arranger, composer and producer Sean U creates a spirited, in the pocket mix of infectious light funk grooves and sparkling piano-driven melodies on his perfectly titled debut ELECTRIFY. The versatile artist, who has performed throughout the Northeast (including at Carnegie Hall), brings his lively, lighthearted tunes to life with some of New England’s top musicians. The 25-year-old Sean U will ELECTRIFY U in many ways!
WALDINO Pulse Of The People WaldinoMusic.com
Freedom has always been at the PULSE OF THE PEOPLE… this downtempo triumph from composer/creator Waldino, has the song craftsman at the center of his most connected place yet. The collection offers a palpable audio experience with jazz grooves, electro moods and soulful, sensual vocalizing. This hybrid musical concoction blends all of the finest ingredients in contemporary music and offers the listener a chilled environment while jazzing up the vibe with accents of upright bass, saxophone and sophisticated rhythms and beats. A rich, color-drenched musical soundtrack for our modern times… PULSE OF THE PEOPLE truly has infused today’s sound, serving it up with freeness and fluidity through each and every song.
NORTH 2UNES WOODALL Between The Lobes 2unewaves Records
As we lucky Smooth Jazz listeners ponder the clever coolness of North Woodall’s fascinating nickname “2unes,” we can enjoy immersing in the Mississippi born, Ohio raised and Atlanta based musician’s fanciful and funky electric guitar magic on his latest album BETWEEN THE LOBES. 2unes fires up for a slick array of grooving horn drenched originals and covers that showcases his trademark gumbo of jazz, R&B and hip-hop – including a laid back reflection on Michael Jackson (“Listening to MJ”) and a dynamic romp through Pharrell’s “Happy.” 2unes vibe will bring you sweetness BETWEEN THE LOBES!
ROB ZINN Yesterday Again Rob Zinn
Influenced by greats like Rick Braun, Freddie Hubbard and Chet Baker, Delaware based trumpeter and flugelhornist Rob Zinn infuses his debut album YESTERDAY AGAIN with a genre-transcendent blend of pop, R&B, funk, Latin, blues, jazz/rock fusion, hip-hop, straight ahead jazz and even EDM. Zinn and his band included renowned musicians Andrew Neu (sax), Gerald Veasley (bass) and Rafael Padilla (percussion) to join them on their horn-centered journey... Make sure you discover YESTERDAY AGAIN today!
The release of multi-talented, award winning Hungarian saxophonist Zolbert’s latest hard grooving, intensely expressive album INSIDE OUT is the culmination of a career roll he’s been on since putting together a tribute band to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the passing of his musical hero Grover Washington, Jr. in 2009. Balancing in your face funk with sultry, easy flowing romance, his colorful vibe draws on the silkiness of Grover, the deep urban cool of Gerald Albright and Everette Harp and the infectious pop of Dave Koz. Zolbert’s turning smooth jazz INSIDE OUT!