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Candy Dulfer Together Album Review

Candy Dulfer's album Together was released on April 14th.  If you have not heard the entire album, it will be worth your while to take the 67 minutes to experience the feeling. In short, this album is a masterclass on funk.  Dulfer shows precisely how an artist can take the style of the current musical landscape, and incorporate it with their signature sound.  Starting with her first album, Saxuality in 1990, Dulfer has always pushed the envelope, and this is evident as you listen ...

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 ...

Album Review Just Funkin’ Around By Pieces Of A Dream

Pieces Of A Dream is back with a new album.  They have always been a favorite of mine, since back in the old days.  Remember the track Fo-Fi-Fo?  That was in tribute to the famous Moses Malone prediction for the 1983 NBA playoffs.  The founding members, keyboardist James Lloyd and drummer Curtis Harmon actually were discovered by Grover Washington, Jr. almost forty years ago!  Being together in the music biz for that long is an accomplishment. I guess you can call their sound fusion, ...

James Day New Album Song, Soul & Spirit

James Day New Album Song, Soul & Spirit releases May 29th. Not since Quincy Jones' Back on the Block have we seen such a line up of soul and jazz all stars.  Every song a musical event. The first single Speak Love boasts R&B veterans Glenn Jones, Tony Terry & Tim Owens with jazz chart toppers U-Nam & Lin Rountree. Check out Speak Love below: Love is my Bible unites 3 of Chaka Khan's most beloved background singers.  Sandra St Victor,  Audrey Wheeler-Downing ...

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 ...

New Lyric Video For Love Is A Battlefield

Watch and listen to Grammy-nominayed Soul/Jazz Dive Maysa's  Riveting New Lyric Video For Love Is A Battlefield "The reason why I chose 'Love Is A Battlefield'  has a lot to do with the way  the world is today and all of the things we are going through as a people.   As humans, we are surrounded by people who are not choosing love first.  People are choosing money over love and compassion. To me,  'Love Is A Battlefield' is just that, a battle to allow love to  reign over ...

Cool Guitars Smooth Jazz EP

Back in the day when terrestrial radio still dominated the airwaves, several of the radio stations used to release music samplers to showcase specific artists.  In the San Francisco Bay Area, KKSF was the smooth jazz station, and they released quite a few of these samplers.  I really liked those because it gave you a chance to learn about some new artists. I have not seen those sampler CD's in years, but our friends over at Sky Town Promotions has released the Cool Guitars Smooth Jazz ...

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 ...

Maysa Love Is A Battlefield Album Release

Grammy-nominated vocalist Maysa has remained one of the most instantly identifiable voices in R&B and Jazz over the past 25 years by staying true to her musical vision. "I look for soul in a song," explains Maysa, who launched her musical career as a member of Stevie's Wonderlove and who has been a long-time vocalist with the explosive UK Jazz/Funk sensation Incognito. The Baltimore native adds, "I sing mostly positive, uplifting and loving music and lyrics. I am an artist who enjoys ...

Elan Trotman New Album Electro Sax

Plugged In: Saxophonist Elan Trotman adds EDM beats to his Caribbean-jazz fusion The “Electro Sax” album is released as the tropical “Island Gal’” prepares to charm radio. BOSTON (24 April 2017): Saxophonist Elan Trotman is unwavering in his committed to wave the flag high for Caribbean music, but after releasing six soul-jazz albums and more than ten chart-topping singles that made him a permanent fixture on radio playlists, the Barbados native is “shaking it up” by going ...

Top Jazz Tracks Week of April 30

Top Jazz Tracks Week of April 30 Brian Culbertson is once again at the top of the charts with Hey Girl.  No changes this week, as all of the tracks hold firm at their positions.

Top Jazz Tracks Week of April 23

Top Jazz Tracks Week of April 23 Brian Culbertson continues at the top of the charts with Hey Girl.  This is off the Funk! album.  Fun fact:  Brian has written and produced more than 28 number one smooth contemporary tracks.  Many hits throughout his career, and there's no end in sight. Lindsey Webster is back in the top ten with Where Do You Want To Go.  

Norman Brown Let It Go Album Review

I just want to go back to the year 1994 for a minute.  My musical tastes had broadened, and I was looking for different sounds and styles to quench my musical thirst.  There were two artists in particular that did this for me.  One, was the Brand New Heavies.  They had a UK Funk thing going on, and I had to grab everything that they did up to that point. The other was Norman Brown.  I heard his version of That's The Way Love Goes on the radio, and I just loved the flow of the song. ...

Top Jazz Tracks Week of March 26

Top Jazz Tracks Week of March 26 Morning Call is still at the top of the Smooth Jazz chart this week.  We also have some great new music making its way into the top ten.  Rick Braun's remake of the hit We Don't Talk Anymore, Brian Culbertson's Hey Girl, Gerald Albright's Boom Boom, and Don't Say A Word by Walter Beasley are featured this week.  

Daniel Chia Album In The Moment

I have said on many occasions that, in some ways, today's Smooth Jazz can really be classified as the new R&B.   Many of the instrumental artists today blur those lines, and when all of the elements converge; Great songs, talented musicians, and a superior studio recording, you have an album that will resonate with the listener. In The Moment is the debut album by Saxophonist Daniel Chia, and he is a part of the new generation of Smooth Jazz artists.  If this initial offering is any ...

Top Jazz Tracks Week of March 12

Top Jazz Tracks Week of March 12 Nick Colionne continues at number one this week.  Morning Call is the second number one off of The Journey.  Cindy Bradley is back with Category A.  This track features Chris Standring.  Walter Beasley is also back in the top 10 with his new track, Don't Say A Word.    

Kirk Whalum #Lovecovers Pre Order

We have a release date for Kirk Whalum's new album, #Lovecovers.  On April 11th you will be able to pick up the latest release from one of the premier Smooth Jazz artists.  He has some great tracks, and some even greater artists playing on the album. You can preorder the album today, and when you do preorder, you will be able to download two tracks: Love On Top What Is This Kirk Whalum #Lovecovers Pre Order Here is the iTunes link Here is the Amazon link In the meantime, ...

Geoff Alpert New Album Open Your Heart

Trombonist Geoff Alpert has loved music all his life, studying the craft, learning several brass/valve instruments, playing in bands and composing songs. Inspired by the likes of jazz legend J.J. Johnson, rock band Chicago’s James Pankow, and fusion greats such as Wayne Henderson and Raul de Souza, Geoff studied music as a major at San Diego State University while supplementing his income gigging near and far. Yet he walked away from music for 30 years in the early `80s to be an ideal ...

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 ...

Rick Braun Album Review Around The Horn

Known for his impeccable chops, melodic wizardry and keen compositional prowess, trumpeter, composer and producer Rick Braun has been thrilling audiences for decades. Having clenched over 20 #1 Smooth Jazz hits, Braun has collaborated with the best in contemporary jazz including Kirk Whalum, Norman Brown, Peter White, Dave Koz, Boney James and Brian Culbertson, to name a few. The highly versatile musician has also made a mark collaborating with pop stars like Rod Stewart, Tom Petty, Sade, REO ...

Top Jazz Tracks Week of February 26

Top Jazz Tracks Week of February 26 Do I Do continues at the top of the Smooth Jazz charts for the fourth consecutive week.  This is of of the album Groovin'. Kayla Waters debuts in the top 10 this week with I Am.  Doc Powell is also back this week with So Cool.  

Rick Braun 1st Single from Around The Horn

Trumpet Maestro Rick Braun Invites You To Take a Trip Around The Horn  & A Journey Into His Diverse Influences New CD Features Special Guests Peter White, Till Brönner, Lindsey Webster & John Stoddart & Draws Inspiration from Unexpected Sources including Africa, Brazil, Alicia Keyes, Coldplay, Charlie Puth & Selena Gomez "This album is a bit different for me in that it reflects some of what is going on in  R&B and pop music now. I really tried to ...

Latest R&B News and Smooth Jazz Update February 5

Latest R&B News and Smooth Jazz Update February 5

Top Jazz Tracks Week of February 5

Top Jazz Tracks Week of February 5 Do I Do, the remake of the Stevie Wonder classic takes over the top spot this week.  This is off of the Groovin' release.  Groovin' is an album of classics re-imagined by Mr. White.  This is the third album of classic songs that he has released, and his fifteenth album overall. Nick Colionne is back in the top 10 with the funky track, Morning Call.