Thursday, September 30, 2010

Eli Degibri - "Israeli Song" Anzic Records [Review] #jazz

Saxophonist Eli Degibri's name may be the least familiar one on the cover of Israeli Song. His quartet mates on this superb disc are of the highest level; it would be hard to find higher profile or finer accompanists. With that lineup--two legendary stars in drummer Al Foster and bassist Ron Carter--and, in pianist Brad Mehldau, a newer huge talent who keeps gathering momentum--it becomes a matter, for the leader, of holding his own. He does so with high energy, aplomb and originality, with both his playing and composing.

Degibri penned six of the eleven tunes in the set, but the quartet kicks off with Mehldau's “Unrequited,” offered originally on the pianist's Art of the Trio, Volume 3: Songs (Warner Brothers, 1998). Degibri, on soprano saxophone, gives the tune a yearning mood in front of Mehldau's adroit accompaniment and extraordinary solo, evolving from pensive sadness and peaking with anguish, before settling, perhaps, into wistful acceptance.

Full of smooth flowing jauntiness, Degibri's “Mr. R.C.” features the saxophonist on tenor. Another Degibri-penned gem, “Judy the Dog,” rushes full speed ahead, with the leader's tenor sending out flurries of notes in a well-told story, beginning with a smolder and gathering into high flames.

The saxophonist covers Dizzy Gillespie's classic “Bebop” in a duet with Foster. The pair seems to push each other into new territories--two eloquent musicians arguing a point, batting ideas and back and forth, and coming to a tentative agreement in the end.

“Manic Depressive,” written by Degibri and Barak Mori, wends its way through the bluesy wee hours, on a tune that sounds like something Ben Webster would have dug into--a delivery by the leader and his cohorts full of feeling and deep down soul.

Foster and Carter each contribute a tune to the set: the drummer's funky and upbeat “Look What You Do To Me,” and bassist's quirky and tight-grooved “Third Plane,” which gives the leader another chance to stretch out on tenor.

Degibri explores the ever-familiar “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” played straight in simple, beautiful glory, with just a hard-blowing tenor horn and Carter's big, solid bass lines. Degibri then wraps things up with the title tune, an inward piece featuring the leader's tenor and Meldau's lovely, near-classical piano explorations.

Degibri, with four previous CDs as a leader to his name, has crafted his breakout set with Israeli Song.

Reviewed By Dan McClenaghan -

Track Listing: Unrequited; Mr. R.C.; Judy the Dog; Jealous Eyes; Manic Depressive; Bebop; Liora; Look At What You Do To Me; Third Plane; Somewhere Over the Rainbow; Israeli Song.

Personnel: Eli Degibri: tenor and soprano saxophones; Brad Mehldau: piano; Ron Carter: bass; Al Foster: drums.

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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Upcoming New Jazz Releases - Tuesday, October 5, 2010 #jazz

Aarow Jazz Orchestra - Jj:Standard (Video Arts Japan/Zoom )
Andre Previn - Like Blue (Pickwick )
Andrews Sisters - Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen:Greatest Hits (Zyx )
Antonio Carlos Jobim - Stone Flower ( )
Astor Piazzolla - Ultimate (Phantom )
Atelier Bossa-Consci - In Autumn (Warner Japan/Zoom )
Bad Company - Burnin' Sky (Weasel Disc )
Bad Company - Desolation Angels (Weasel Disc )
Billie Holiday - Ultimate (Phantom )
Chet Baker (Trumpet / Com / Vocals - She Was Too Good To Me (Masterworks )
Chris Barber - Chris Barber Band Box (Pickwick )
Chris Higginbottom - One (Basho )
Christian Brewer - Brewer, Christian - Seesaw (Basho Records )
Christian Brewer - Seesaw (Basho Records )
Dave Holland - Hands (Decca )
David Abrgel - Reverse Universe (Phantom )
Dean Martin - All Of Me (Synergy Distribution )
Diana King - Untitled (Phantom )
Die Alsterspatzen - Warten Auf Den Weihnachtsmann (Phantom )
Dion Parson - Dion Parson And The 21ST Century Band (Dion Parson )
Dion Parson - Live At Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, Vol. 1 (Dion Parson )
Dion Parson & The 21ST Century Band - Parson,Dion & The 21ST Century Band Vol. 1-Live At Dizzy's Clubcoca-Cola (Dion Parson Records )
Dizzy Gillespie - Performance (Feat Charlie Parker) (Varese Sarabande )
Dizzy Gillespie - Performance (Var�se Sarabande (USA) )
Don Cornell - I'm Yours (United States of Distribution )
Dwayne Ford - Needless Freaking ( )
East New York Ensemble De Music - At The Helm (Folkways Records )
Ella Fitzgerald - Ultimate (Phantom )
Ephie Resnick - Resnick, Ephie - The Struggle (Basho Records )
Ephie Resnick - Struggle (Basho )
Ephie Resnick - New York Survivor (Basho )
Frank Harrison - Harrison, Frank - First Light (Basho Records )
Frank Harrison - First Light (Basho )
Fred Astaire - Let's Face The Music (United States of Distribution )
Freddie Hubbard - Red Clay (Phantom )
Geoff Eales - Synergy (Basho )
Glenn Miller - Ultimate (Phantom )
Han Bennink - Nerve Beats (Unheard Music Series/Atavistic )
Holy Mackerel - Holy Mackerel (Phantom )
Houston Person - Moment To Moment (Highnote )
Hubert Laws - Morning Star ( )
Jason Robinson - Two Faces Of Janus (Phantom )
John Legend - Wake Up! (& The Roots) (Phantom )
John Zorn - Ipsissimus (Tzadik )
Juewett Bostick - It's Not So Easy (Nutbutton )
Julian Arguelles - Arguelles, Julian - Partita (Basho Records )
Julian Arguelles - Partita (Basho )
Kathleen Willison - Close To You (Basho )
Kenny Burrell - God Bless The Child ( )
Kruse / Schaefer / Wollny - Em Live (Phantom )
Lanfranco Malaguti - Live (Splasc(H) )
Lee Konitz - So Many Stars (Philology )
Lew Soloff - Sketches Of Spain (Indies Japan/Zoom )
Liam Noble - In The Meantime (Basho )
Liam Noble - Noble, Liam - Romance Among TH (Basho Records )
Liam Noble - Romance Among The Fishes (Basho )
Lori Williams - Healing Within (Pacific Coast Jazz )
Louis Armstrong - Hello, Louis! The Hit Years (1963-1969) (Hip-o Select )
Luigi Tessarollo - Bemsha (Splasc(H) )
Manhattan Jazz Quint - Latino Bop (Indies Japan/Zoom )
Mark Lockheart - Lockheart, Mark - Moving Air (Basho Records )
Martin Speake - Secret (Basho )
Martin Speake - My Ideal (Basho )
Mary Stallings - Dream (Highnote )
Maurey Richards - Best Is Yet To Come (Indie Europe/Zoom )
Microscopic Septet - Friday The 13th: The Micros Play Monk (Phantom )
Miles Davis - Essential Miles Davis (Phantom )
Nikki Iles - Everything I Love (Basho )
Nina Simone - Nina Simone At Town Hall (As Is )
Nina Simone - Ultimate (Phantom )
Ramsey Lewis - Movie Album/Dancing In The Street (BGO - Beat Goes On )
Raul Malo - Sinners & Saints (Fantasy )
Ryota Komatsu - In Einer Kleinen Koditorei Tokyo Tan (Phantom )
Som - Free Jazz And North Indian Fusion (Random Chance )
Stan Sulzmann - Jigsaw (Basho )
Stanley Clarke - Modern Man/I Wanna Play For You (BGO - Beat Goes On )
Stanley Turrentine - Sugar (Pure Pleasure )
Stephane Grappelli - Performance (Feat Django Reinhardt) (Varese Sarabande )
Stephane Grappelli - Performance (Var�se Sarabande (USA) )
Three Sounds - Introducing The 3 Sounds (Analogue Prod. )
Tim Lapthorn - Natural Language (Basho )
Tim Lapthorn - Seventh Sense (Basho )
Tony Woods - Lowlands (Basho )
UoU - Home (Tippin' Records)
Vince Guaraldi - Charlie Brown Suite And Other Favorit (Sony Japan )
Youn Sun Nah - Same Girl (Phantom )

Astrud Gilberto - Girl from Ipanema (Synergy)
Duke Jordan - Flight To Jordan (EMI )
Grant Green - Grantstand (Blue Note)
Jaco Pastorius - Jaco Pastorius (Sony)
Jimmy Smith - Midnight Special (Blue Note Records (USA) )
John Coltrane - Traneing In (Prestige / New Jazz)
Miles Davis - Milestones (Not Now)

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Monday, September 27, 2010

Smooth Jazz Chart - Weekly Top 20 - September 27, 2010 #jazz

LW - TW - Artist - Album - (Label)
3 - 1 - Jazzmasters - "Jazzmasters 6" - (Trippin 'n Rhythm)
4 - 2 - Steve Oliver - "Global Kiss" - (SOM)
1 - 3 - Norman Brown - "Send My Love" (Peak/Concord)
2 - 4 - Mindi Abair - "In Hi-Fi Stereo" - (Heads Up)
5 - 5 - Brian Simpson - "South Beach" - "Shanachie"
8 - 6 - Jackiem Joyner - "Jackiem Joyner" - (Artistry/Mack Ave)
6 - 7 - Kenny G - "Heart & Soul" - (Concord)
7 - 8 - Tim Bowman - "The Tim Bowman Collection" - (Trippin "N" Rhythm)
10 - 9 - Brian Culbertson - "XII" - (GRP/Verve)
9 - 10 - Jeff Lorber Fusion - "Now Is The Time" - (Heads Up)
11 - 11 - Euge Groove - "Sunday Morning" - (Shanachie)
13 - 12 - Eric Darius - "On A Mission" (Shanachie)
12 - 13 - Jonathan Butler - "So Strong" - (Rendezvous/Mack Avenue")
19 - 14 - Bob Baldwin - "Never Can Say Goodbye" - (Trippin 'N' Rhythm)
16 - 15 - Gerald Albright - "Pushing The Envelope" (Heads Up)
14 - 16 - Brian Bromberg - "It Is What It Is" - (Artistry/Mack Avenue)
27 - 17 - Tom Grant - "Delicioso" - (Nu-Wrinkle)
15 - 18 - Lee Ritenour - "6 String Theory" - (Condord)
20 - 19 - Chris Standring - "Blue Bolero" - (Ultimate Vibe)
17 - 20 - George Benson - "Songs and Stories" (Concord)

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Saturday, September 25, 2010

Spanish Harlem Orchestra "Viva la Tradición" Release On Concord Picante 9/28/10 #jazz

Concord Picante is proud to announce the release of Viva la Tradicón, the newest album from the Grammy winning 13-piece collective Spanish Harlem Orchestra. The 12-track collection marks the orchestra’s debut album for Concord Picante and overall fourth outing. Viva la Tradicón takes up where its three predecessors left off – stirring the pot of mid-20th century influences and keeping the salsa simmering for current and future generations.

Now in its tenth year, the Spanish Harlem Orchestra is one of the most formidable and authentic Latin jazz combos of today. Yet for all of its appeal with contemporary audiences, the group’s success is actually rooted in the past. A lively and energetic affair, Viva la Tradición draws on inspiration from the music’s history and enduring traditions. The collection is comprised largely of original compositions and arrangements of classic salsa tunes by bandleader/founder Oscar Hernandez. Hernández is one of the most respected musicians in Latin & Latin Jazz music.His track record & discography are extensive. On the new CD he enlists the support of veteran composer and arranger Gil Lopez on three of Lopez’s compositions (“Son De Corazon,” “Nuestra Cancion,” and “Regala De Dios).

Front to back, Viva la Tradición is very much a nod to the countless artists – well known and obscure – who helped usher salsa music into the cultural mainstream several decades ago. “Preserving that legacy and introducing it to new audiences in a new century,” says Hernandez, “is more important than being the musical flavor of the month.”

1. La Salsa Dura 5:56
2. Mi Herencia Latina 5:31
3. Son De Corazon 6:27
4. Como Baila Mi Mulata 5:41
5. Si Me Quieres Te Quiero 5:22
6. Baila Latino 5:41
7. La Fiesta Empezo 5:04
8. Nuestra Cancion 5:22
9. Linda 4:47
10. Regalo De Dios 5:28
11. Rumba Urbana 6:35
12. El Negro Tiene Tumbao 6:24

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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Upcoming New Jazz Releases - Tuesday, September 28, 2010 #jazz

Art Farmer - Modern Art (Disconforme )
Art Pepper - Return Of Pepper (EMI Japan/Zoom )
Art Pepper - Art Of Pepper (EMI Japan/Zoom )
Avishai Cohen - Introducing Triveni (Anzic )
Avril Lavigne - Essential Mixes (Sony UK )
Benny Goodman - In Hi Fi (EMI Japan/Zoom )
Benny Goodman - Story (EMI Japan/Zoom )
Best Of Big Band Sound - Best Of Big Band Sound ( )
Big Band Music Of The War Years - Big Band Music Of The War Years ( )
Bill Evans - Ivory Hunters (EMI Japan/Zoom )
Bill Evans - Undercurrent (EMI Japan/Zoom )
Bill Perkins - Tow As One (Amj Jap/Zoom )
Blundetto - Bad Bad Things (Heavenly Sweetness )
Bob Degen - Remembering Jake (Indie Europe/Zoom )
Bobo Moreno - 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover (Stunt/Stateside )
Buddy Rich - Big Swing Face (EMI Japan/Zoom )
Bunky Green / Rudresh Mahanthappa - Apex ( )
Cannonball Adderley - Cannonball's Bossa Nova (Pid )
Cannonball Adderley - Mercy Maercy Mercy (EMI Japan/Zoom )
Caro Emerald - Deleted Scenes From The Cutting Room Floor (Phantom )
Caro Emerald - Deleted Scenes From The Cutting Room (Phantom )
Cecil Taylor - Jazz Advance (Fresh Sounds Spain )
Charles Mingus - Mingus Three (EMI Japan/Zoom )
Charlie Green - Friend Like You (Omagatoki Japan/Zoom )
Charlie Parker - Story On Dial Vol 1 (EMI Japan/Zoom )
Charlie Parker - Story On Dial Vol 2 (EMI Japan/Zoom )
Chet Baker - Sings And Plays (EMI Japan/Zoom )
Chet Baker (Trumpet / Com / Vocals - Chet Baker Sings It Could Happen To You (Fantasy )
Chick Corea - Now He Sings Now He Sobs (EMI Japan/Zoom )
Chris Connor - At Village Gate (EMI Japan/Zoom )
Cindy Blackman - Another Lifetime (Four Quarters Entertainment )
Clare Fischer - So Danco Samba (EMI Japan/Zoom )
Claude Williamson - Memory Of West Coast (Amj Jap/Zoom )
Clifford Brown - Jazz Immortal (EMI Japan/Zoom )
Count Basie - Basie (EMI Japan/Zoom )
Danielle Freeman - Dorian (Ganache Productions)
Dave Brubeck - Original Album Classics ( )
Dave Grusin - Evening With (Universal Japan/Zoom )
Davis & The Cronners - Jazz Duets (Phantom )
Debi Nova - Luna Nueva (Universal Japan/Zoom )
Donald Byrd - Byrd Blows On Beacon Hill (EMI Japan/Zoom )
Duke Ellington - Money Jungle (EMI Japan/Zoom )
Eli Degibri - Israeli Song (Anzic )
Enrico Pieranunzi - Live At Birdland (Cam Jazz Records/Ada )
Floored By Four - Floored By Four (Chimera Music/Carrot Top )
George Colligan - Isolation (Steeplechase/Stateside )
Gerry Mulligan - Quartet (Universal )
Gerry Woo - Latin Percussion With Soul ( )
Green / Rudresh Mahanthappa - Apex (PI )
Gregory Tardy - Strongest Love (Steeplechase/Stateside )
Gurus - Offpiste (Stunt/Stateside )
Hank Jones - Talented Touch (EMI Japan/Zoom )
Hank Jones - Porgy And Bess (EMI Japan/Zoom )
Heiner Stadler - Retrospection (Labor )
Herbie Hancock - Complete Columbia Collection (Phantom )
Hugh O'Conner - For The First Time (Phantom )
Hugh O'Connor - For The First Time (True North )
Human Element - Tba (King Japan/Zoom )
Jacques Loussier - Jacques Loussier Plays JS Bach (Zyx )
Jane Monheit - I'll Be Around (Universal Japan/Zoom )
Jason Palmer - Nothing To Hide ( )
Jazz Crusaders - Freedom Sound (EMI Japan/Zoom )
Jazz Crusaders - Uh Huh (EMI Japan/Zoom )
Jesper Thilo - On Clarinet (Stunt/Stateside )
Jesse Harris - Cosmo (Tzadik )
Jesse Harris (Guitar / Songwrite - Cosmo (Tzadik )
Jimmy Rowles - Rare But Well Done (EMI Japan/Zoom )
Joe Pass - For Django (EMI Japan/Zoom )
Joe Pass - Stones Jazz (EMI Japan/Zoom )
John Carter - Mosaic Select: John Carter And Bobby Bradford (Mosaic Select )
John Coltrane - Coltrane Time (EMI Japan/Zoom )
John Helliwell - Creme Anglaise (United States Of Distribution LTD.)
John Legend - Wake Up (Sony Japan )
John Lewis - Grand Encounter:2 Degrees East 3 Degr (EMI Japan/Zoom )
June Christy - Something Cool (EMI Japan/Zoom )
June Christy - June's Got Rhythm (EMI Japan/Zoom )
Junior Mance - World Of Junior Mance (King Japan/Zoom )
Laura Toxvaerd - Do Drugs (Ilk/Stateside )
Laurindo Almeida - Viva Bossa Nova (EMI Japan/Zoom )
Lizz Wright - Untitled (Phantom )
Lizz Wright - Fellowship (Verve Forecast )
Lucky Peterson - You Can Always Turn Around (Dreyfus )
Marc Ribot - Silent Movies ( )
Mike Westbrook - Fine 'N' Yellow (Voiceprint )
Mikkel Band Nordso - Blue Lotus (Stunt/Stateside )
Milton Nascimento - Clube Da Esquina ( )
Nikki Yanofsky - Nikki-For Another Day Deluxe Editiion (Phantom )
Nikki Yanofsky - For Another Day (Universal Distribution )
Omar Klein - Rockets On The Balcony (Tzadik )
Omer Klein - Rockets On The Balcony (Tzadik )
Oregon - In Stride (Cam Jazz Records/Ada )
Paquito D'Rivera - Tango Jazz:Live At Jazz At Lincoln Ce (Sunny Side )
Paquito D'Rivera - Tango Jazz: Live At Jazz At Lincoln Center (Sunny Side )
Pasborg's Odessa 5 - X Tra Large (Stunt/Stateside )
Paul Brown - Love You Found Me (Shanachie )
Pierre Dorge & Njo - Presents (Steeplechase/Stateside )
Povl Dissing - That Lucky Old Sun (Sundance )
Ranjit Barot - Tba (King Japan/Zoom )
Rich Perry - At The Kitano 3 (Steeplechase/Stateside )
Rolf Ericson - My Foolish Heart (Amj Jap/Zoom )
Rudresh Mahanthappa - Apex (PI Recordings )
Samuel Blais - New Angle (Phantom )
Snarky Puppy - Tell Your Friends (Rope-A-Dope -Red- )
Sonny Criss - Go Man (EMI Japan/Zoom )
Sonny Rollins - Jazz Colossus:80th Anniversary Best (Universal Japan/Zoom )
Sonny Rollins - Jazz Colossus-80th Anniversary Best (Phantom )
Sonny Rollins - Complete In Japan (JVC )
Sonny Rollins - Jazz Colossus: 80th Anniversary Best (Universal Distribution )
Sonny Stitt - Plays Arrangements From The Pen Of Qu (EMI Japan/Zoom )
Steve Gadd - Mikarimba (Video Arts Japan/Zoom )
Sue Raney - Songs For A Raney Day (EMI Japan/Zoom )
Sun Ra - Paris Tapes (Traffic Entertainment Group )
Thad Jones - Live At Village Vanguard (EMI Japan/Zoom )
Thad Jones - Central Park North (EMI Japan/Zoom )
Tony Grey - Unknown Angels (ObliqSound )
Vic Juris - Omega Is The Alpha (Steeplechase/Stateside )
Vince Guaraldi - Cast Your Fate To The Wind: Jazz Impressions Of Black Orpheus (Fantasy )
Warne Marsh - Ballade For You (Amj Jap/Zoom )
Woima Collective - Tezeta (Traffic Entertainment Group )
Wouter Hamel - Nobody's Tune (Phantom Sound & Vision )
Xiomara Laugart - La Voz (Chesky Records/Ra )
Yoshiko Kishino - Portrait 2-The Premium Best (Phantom )
Yoshiko Kishino - Portrait 2: The Premium Best (Universal Distribution )
Yves Leveille - Choregraphie (Phantom )

Art Pepper - Modern Art (Virgin)
Best Of Big Bands - Best Of Big Bands (Pid)
Bill Evans - Waltz For Debby (JDC Records )
Bud Powell - Bud Powell (Virgin)
Chet Baker - Sings (Virgin)
Jim Hall - Jazz Guitar (Virgin)
John Coltrane - Traneing In (Prestige / New Jazz)
Miles Davis - Birth of the Cool (Virgin)
Miles Davis - Dig (Universal Japan )
Sarah Vaughan - After Hours (Verve)
Wes Montgomery - Boss Guitar (Universal Japan )

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Jane Monheit "Home" In Stores Now #jazz

"Home," Jane Monheit's eagerly anticipated new CD, was released by Emarcy/Universal Records on September 21st, 2010. An ode to the golden age of the jazz standard - the genre which Jane identifies with most - "Home" celebrates the treasured tracks of songwriters and lyricists past and present whom Monheit greatly admires including Rodgers and Hart and Schwartz & Dietz. A sumptuously sung passionate song cycle of 12 tunes self-produced by the modern-day jazz diva, "Home" is Monheit's tenth CD and will be accompanied by a world tour beginning in the Fall. Accompanying Monheit on "Home" are long-time Monheit band-members Michael Kanan (piano), Neal Miner on bass and Rick Montalbano on drums, who were joined on the CD by guest artists John Pizzarelli (vocals and guitar), Peter Eldridge (vocals), Frank Vignola (guitar), Joe Magnarelli (trumpet and flugelhorn), Mark O'Connor (violin) and Larry Goldings (piano).

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Monday, September 20, 2010

Smooth Jazz Chart - Weekly Top 20 - September 20, 2010

LW - TW - Artist - Album - (Label)
1 - 1 - Norman Brown - "Send My Love" (Peak/Concord)
3 - 2 - Mindi Abair - "In Hi-Fi Stereo" - (Heads Up)
4 - 3 - Jazzmasters - "Jazzmasters 6" - (Trippin 'n Rhythm)
2 - 4 - Steve Oliver - "Global Kiss" - (SOM)
9 - 5 - Brian Simpson - "South Beach" - "Shanachie"
6 - 6 - Kenny G - "Heart & Soul" - (Concord)
5 - 7 - Tim Bowman - "The Tim Bowman Collection" - (Trippin "N" Rhythm)
8 - 8 - Jackiem Joyner - "Jackiem Joyner" - (Artistry/Mack Ave)
10 - 9 - Jeff Lorber Fusion - "Now Is The Time" - (Heads Up)
7 - 10 - Brian Culbertson - "XII" - (GRP/Verve)
13 - 11 - Euge Groove - "Sunday Morning" - (Shanachie)
11 - 12 - Jonathan Butler - "So Strong" - (Rendezvous/Mack Avenue")
14 - 13 - Eric Darius - "On A Mission" (Shanachie)
15 - 14 - Brian Bromberg - "It Is What It Is" - (Artistry/Mack Avenue)
32 - 15 - Lee Ritenour - "6 String Theory" - (Condord)
16 - 16 - Gerald Albright - "Pushing The Envelope" (Heads Up)
21 - 17 - George Benson - "Songs and Stories" (Concord)
17 - 18 - David Benoit - "Earthglow" - (Heads Up)
12 - 19 - Bob Baldwin - "Never Can Say Goodbye" - (Trippin 'N' Rhythm)
19 - 20 - Chris Standring - "Blue Bolero" - (Ultimate Vibe)

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Thursday, September 16, 2010

Upcoming New Jazz Releases - Tuesday, September 21, 2010 #jazz

Alex De Grassi - Now & Then-Folksongs For The 21ST Century (Tropo )
Alison Ruble - Ashland (Origin )
Andy Farber - This Could Be The Start Of Something Big (BLACK WARRIOR )
Andy Williams - National Guard Shows (Sounds Of Yesteryear )
Angelo Quar Debarre - Impromptu (Indie Europe/Zoom )
Archie Quarte Shepp - French Ballads (Venus Jap/Zoom )
Art Bears - Hopes & Fears (Rer )
Banda Kora - Cascades ( )
Beginners Guide To New Orleans - Beginners Guide To New Orleans (Nascente/Box )
Best Of Bossa Lounge - Best Of Bossa Lounge Vol. 2-Best Of Bossa Lounge (Phantom )
Bobby Bradford / John Carter - Mosaic Select: John Carter & Bobby Bradford ( )
Brad Goode - Tight Like This (Delmark )
Cali - Menteur/Lamour Parfait (Pid )
Carl Fontana - Fifties (Uptown Jazz (Upt) )
Cedar Walton (Trio) - Midnight Walz (Venus )
Charlie Parker - Groovin High 1940-1945 Vol 1 (Indie Europe/Zoom )
Chet Baker (Trumpet / Com / Vocals - Chet Baker & Crew (Jazz Plaza Music )
Claude Williamson - South Of Border (Venus )
Clay Jenkins - 4 (Jazz Compass (Jco) )
Clementine - Bossa Du Anime ( )
Coleman Hawkins - Today And Now (Analogue Productions )
Dan Nimmer Trio - Kelly Blue (Pid )
Danilo At Schloss Elmau Rea - Tribute To F.De Andre: Piano Worksx (Phantom )
Dave Brubeck - Jazz At Oberlin ( )
Dave Brubeck Quartet - Jazz At Oberlin (Original Jazz Classics )
David Liebman - David Liebman Plays With Coltrane & Shorter Play-A (Jamey Aebersold )
David Liebman - David Liebman Plays With Thevol. 81 Play-A-Long (Jamey Aebersold )
David Tri Hazeltine - Alfie (Venus Jap/Zoom )
Dennis Springer - On The Path (Lucky Records (Jazz) )
Dmitry Baevsky - Down With It (Sharp Nine )
Doug 9 Beavers - Two Shades Of Nude (Origin )
Doug Beavers - Two Shades Of Nude (Origin )
E. J. Antonio - Rituals in the marrow: Recipe for a jam session (BlueZygo Records)
Eddie Higgins - Smoke Gets In Your Eyes (Pid )
Eddie Higgins - My Funny Valentine (Pid )
Eddie Higgins Trio - Secret Love (Venus )
Eddie Higgins Trio - You Are Too Beauitiful (Venus )
Eddie Higgins Trio - Again (Venus )
Eddie Higgins Trio - Bewitched (Venus )
Eddie Higgins Trio - Dear Old Stockholm (Venus )
Ella Fitzgerald - Sings Rodgers & Hart Songbook 1 ( )
Ella Fitzgerald - Newport Jazz Festival Live At Carnegie Hall ( )
Ella Fitzgerald - Best Of BBC Vaults ( )
Ella Fitzgerald - Newport Jazz Festival: Live At Carnegie Hall (Pure Pleasure )
Embryo - Embryo's Rache (Materiali Sonori )
Eric Quar Alexander - Gentle Ballads 2 (Venus Jap/Zoom )
Eric Quar Alexander - My Favorite Things (Venus Jap/Zoom )
Etta Fitzgerald - Newport Jazz Festival Live At Carnegie Hall (Pure Pleasure )
Exploding Star Orchestra - Stars Have Shapes (Delmark )
Flora Purim - Stories To Tell (BGP (Beat Goes Public) )
Gabor Szabo - In Budapest Live (1974) (Moiras )
Garrison Fewell - Sound Particle 47 (Creative Nation Music/City Hal )
Gene Ammons - Bad! Bossa Nova (Original Jazz Classics )
Geof Bradfield - African Flowers (Origin )
Grant Stewart - Around The Corner (Sharp Nine )
Harold Mabern (Trio) - Somewhere Over Rainbow (Venus )
Henry Cow - Leg End (Rer )
Henry Grimes - Spirits Aloft (Porter )
Henry Grimes & Rashied Ali - Spirits Aloft (PORTER )
Herb Alpert - Essential Herb Alpert ( )
Herbie Hancock - Maiden Voyage (Blue Note Records )
His Orchestra / Stan Kenton - Live At Humboldt State College In Arcata 1959 ( )
Horace Parlan - Movin & Groovin (Indies Japan/Zoom )
Horace Silver - Blowin The Blues Away ( )
Jane Monheit - Home ( )
Jason Adasiewicz - Sunrooms (Delmark )
Jim Keltner - Sheffield Lab Drum & Track (Limb Music )
Joe Beck (Trio) - Girl Talk (Venus Jap/Zoom )
Joe Gilman - Americanvas (Capri )
John Coltrane - Standard Coltrane (Prestige Records/Concord Jazz )
John Coltrane - Coltrane Jazz (Phantom )
John Coltrane - Complete 1962 Copenhagen Concert ( )
John Coltrane - Kenny Burrell & John Coltrane (Original Jazz Classics )
John Dankworth - Windmill Tilter (The Story Of Don Quixote) (Beat Goes On )
John Gilmore - Blowing In From Chicago (Analogue Productions )
John Gilmore / John Jenkins - Blowing In From Chicago ( )
John McNeil - Chill Morn He Climb Jenny (Sunny Side )
John With The Red Garland Coltrane Trio - Traneing In (Analogue Prod. )
Joyce Breach - Odds And Ends (Audiophile )
Junko Onishi - Baroque ( )
Kay Starr - All Time Greatest Performances (Featu (Varese Sarabande )
Kay Starr - All Time Greatest Performances (Fuel 2000 )
Ken Quart Peplowski - When You Wish Upon A Star (Venus Jap/Zoom )
Kenny Burrell & John Coltrane - Kenny Burrel/John Coltrane (Original Jazz Classics )
Kenny Wheeler - Windmill Tilter: Story Of Don Quixote (Beat Goes On )
Kora Band - Cascades (Oa2 )
Lennie Niehaus - Lennie Niehaus Plays The Blues-Companion CD Only (Jamey Aebersold )
Lynn Baker - Azure Intention (OA2 )
Lynn Baker Quartet - Azure Intention (Oa2 )
Marc Antoine - Classical Way ( )
Marc Antoine - My Classical Way ( )
Marilyn Scott - Every Time We Say Goodbye (Pid )
Marnix Busstra / Mike Mainieri - Trinary Motion / Live In Europe ( )
Marnix Busstra Quartet - Trinary Motion/Live In Europe (Nyc Ltd. )
Marnix Busstra Quartet - Liveineuropetrinarymotion (Buzz Music )
Marty Paich - Rock-Jazz Incident (Tartare )
Mccoy Tyner - Inception (Universal Japan/Zoom )
Mike Mainieri & Marnix Busstra Quartet - Trinary Motion/Live In Europe (NYC )
Miles Davis - Cookin With The Quintet (Prestige )
Miles Davis - Greatest Ballads ( )
Miles Davis - Miles Davis & Milt Jackson Quintet ( )
Miles Davis / Milt Jackson - Miles Davis & Milt Jackson Quintet ( )
Miles Davis / Modern Jazz Giants - Complete Historic All Star Reconding Dec 24 1954 ( )
Modern Jazz Giants - Complete Historic All Star Reconding: Dec 24, 1954 ( )
New York Trio - Always (Tokuma Japan Comm. )
New York Trio - Things We Did Last Summer (Pid )
New York Trio - Begin The Beguine (Venus Jap/Zoom )
New York Trio - Blues In The Night (Venus )
Nina Simone - I Put A Spell On You-Pastel Blues (Phantom )
Ntu - Singerella:Ghetto Fairytale (P-Vine Japan/Zoom )
NuBlu Orchestra - Live At Jazz Festival Saalfelden (Nublu )
Nublu Orchestra Conducted By Butch Morris - Live At Jazz Festival Saalfeld (Nublu )
One For All - What's Going On (Pony Canyon Japan )
One For All - End Of Love Affair (Venus )
Paolo Fresu Quintet - Songlines/Night & Blue (Phantom )
Pee Wee Russell - New Groove (Pure Pleasure )
Perry Como - At The Supper Club (Sounds Of Yesteryear )
Peter Beets - Chopin Meets The Blues (Criss Cross (Hol) )
Peter Beets Quartet - Chopin Meets The Blues (Criss Cross Imports )
Platinum Fine Jazz Ladies - Platinum Fine Jazz Ladies (EMI Import )
Ramsey Lewis - Movie Album/Dancing In The Street (BGO - Beat Goes On )
Randy Halberstadt - Flash Point (Origin )
Rashied Ali / Henry Grimes - Spirits Aloft ( )
Rez Abbasi - Natural Selection (Sunny Side )
Rez Abbasi Acoustic Quartet - Natural Selection (Sunny Side )
Richard Cole - Inner Mission (Origin )
Richie Beirach (Trio) - Manhattan Reverie (Venus Jap/Zoom )
Richie Beirach (Trio) - Summer Night (Venus )
Rob Mazurek - Stars Have Shapes (Delmark )
Robert Mazurek's Exploding Star - Stars Have Shapes (Delmark )
Romantic Jazz Trio - Jazz Mozart (Pid )
Romantic Jazz Trio - Magical Mystery (Pid )
Romantic Jazz Trio - So In Love (Venus )
Roy Hargrove - Valses + Romantique (Phantom )
Shelly Manne - 2-3-4 (Analogue Productions )
Simone - Taking A Chance On Love (Pid )
Stan Getz - Getz Au Go Go (Universal Japan/Zoom )
Stan Getz - Getz Au Go Go (180 Gram Vinyl) (ORIGINAL RECORDINGS )
Stan Kenton - Live At Humboldt State College In Arcata, California 1959 (Sounds of Yester Year )
Stan Kenton And His Orchestra - Live At Humboldt State College In Arcata Californi (Sounds Of Yesteryear )
Steve Kuhn Trio - Love Walked In (Venus )
Super Trio - Super Standard (Venus )
Taylor Eigsti - Daylight At Midnight (Concord )
Ted Rosenthal Trio - My Funny Valentine (Venus Jap/Zoom )
Three Sounds - Introducing The 3 Sounds (Analogue Prod. )
Tony Williams - Joy Of Flying (Reel Music/City Hall Records )
Walter Smith III - III (Criss Cross Imports )
Will Sumner - Tracks ( )
Will Vinson - Stockholm Syndrome (Criss Cross Imports )
WINTERPLAY - Songs Of Colored Love ( )

Bill Evans - Moonbeams (Universal)
Bob Mintzer - Source (Explore Records)
Harold Mabern - Misty (Pid )
Horace Parlan - Movin' & Groovin' (Classic Records )
Horace Silver - Blowin' The Blues Away (Classic Records )
John Coltrane - Lush Life (Fantasy)
John Coltrane - Black Pearls (Victor)
John Coltrane - Blue Train (Phantom Sound & Vision )
John Coltrane - Coltrane (Verve (USA) )
Miles Davis - Musings Of Miles (Universal Japan )

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Ray Charles "Rare Genius: The Undiscovered Masters" Concord Oct 26 #jazz [video]

Concord Records is celebrating the 80th birthday of the legendary Ray Charles with a special gift for his legions of fans: Rare Genius: The Undiscovered Masters. This treasure trove of newly discovered recordings, highlighted by a duet with fellow icon Johnny Cash, will become available on October 26th, 2010.

Culled from four decades worth of demos and other previously unreleased material, Rare Genius showcases the remarkable artistic vision, stylistic range and emotionally rich vocals that crafted Charles enduring legacy. Listening to the ten gems from the '70s, '80s and '90s that comprise this CD, fans will have no trouble envisioning the late singer rocking back and forth at the piano as he effortlessly segues between R&B/soul, pop, country and gospel. "Ray would always get inside the meaning of a lyric and make the listener believe every word," says Concord Music Group Chief Creative Officer, John Burk. "His vocals carried incredible emotion and intensity, even on demo tapes. What we have here with Rare Genius is on par with some of his greatest works."

And that's crystal clear right from the album's sparkling opener, "Love's Gonna Bite You Back." The March 1980 session track features an upbeat horn arrangement behind what Rare Genius liner notes author Bill Dahl calls "a Charles vocal that's a signature mixture of sandpaper grit and heavenly goodness." Up next is the stunning ballad "It Hurts to Be in Love," which underscores the album's main thematic focus and one of Charles' favorite subjects: the ups and down of romance. Another compelling standout is the gospel-stirred Charles and Cash duet on Kris Kristofferson's "Why Me, Lord?" Discovered in the Sony vaults, the song was produced by Billy Sherrill in Nashville and recorded in 1981 for an anticipated release on a CBS album. For unknown reasons, that didn't come to pass. What's more important, however, is the emotional charge you get listening to these two powerful voices come together in this spirited and inspired pairing. Except for "Lord," the nine other Rare Genius tracks including the soul-drenched "I Don't Want No One But You," a blues-infused cover of songwriter Hank Cochran's country classic "A Little Bitty Tear" and the joyous "I'm Gonna Keep on Singin'" were found in the vault at Charles' R.P.M. International Studios in Los Angeles. Adding a little sweetening to some of the sparse, stripped-down tracks was a team of top-notch musicians and artists: guitarists Keb' Mo' and George Doering, organist Bobby Sparks, trumpeter Gray Grant, trombonist Alan Kaplan, bassists Trey Henry and Chuck Berghofer, drummers Gregg Field and Ray Brinker and background vocalist Eric Benet.

As with its Concord predecessor, 2004's Grammy-winning Album of the Year Genius Loves Company, Rare Genius: The Undiscovered Masters is another fitting tribute to Charles, who would have turned 80 on September 23, 2010. It's a fresh, vibrant reaffirmation of the music icon's unparalleled artistry and legacy.

1. Love's Gonna Bite You Back 3:54
2. It Hurts to Be In Love 4:53
3. Wheel of Fortune 4:00
4. I'm Gonna Keep On Singin' 5:30
5. There'll Be Some Changes Made 4:04
6. Isn't It Wonderful 4:13
7. I Don't Want No One But You 4:20
8. A Little Bitty Tear 3:35
9. She's Gone 3:11
10. Why Me Lord? 3:57

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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Jazz Vocalist Rob Keiter Releases Classic Love Songs On "The Glory Of Love"

As Rob Keiter stood at the microphone to record his vocals for “This Nearly Was Mine,” the opening track of his The Glory of Love album, a torrential flood of tears burst forth unexpectedly. Although he could not contain his raw emotions while singing the heartfelt words about love lost, he sang anyway. What was captured on the recording was something special and it established the tone for the entire collection of classic love songs in jazz settings, which will be released by Sketchin Records on October 26th.

“When I finished singing, I went into the control room to try to explain what happened. Everyone was silent. They felt it. The song (“This Nearly Was Mine”) was recorded in one take. We agreed not to record it again, that what we got was genuine and could not be duplicated,” revealed Keiter.

When Keiter began the recording sessions with producers Amber and Rob Whitlock for The Glory of Love, he was in the midst of a dark period following the breakup of a twenty-three year marriage. Singing the songs that comprise the collection enabled him to grieve as well as to find new hope. “Even though I had lost love, I wanted to sing love songs because I still believe in love. Having sung my entire life, I would say that I truly found my voice as a result of that experience (in the studio),” he explained.

Keiter’s voice is suave, sophisticated, and silky smooth yet rich with feeling and warmth. Although The Glory of Love is distinctly jazz – contemporary, swing and straight-ahead – Keiter and The Whitlock’s culled material with jazz, pop, R&B and even theatrical roots. He recorded jazzy versions of eleven songs written by the likes of Rodgers & Hammerstein, Neil Sedaka, John Lennon & Paul McCartney, and a pair of songs each by Hal David & Burt Bacharach and Stevie Wonder. The Whitlock’s penned an original song, “Grateful For A Pleasant Trip,” specifically for Keiter. Backing the crooner in the studio was a fine cast of musicians including Grammy winner Randy Brecker (trumpet), Rob Whitlock (piano), Pat Kelley (guitar), Trey Henry (bass), Cliff Almond (drums), Amber Whitlock (vocals) and a horn section consisting of Wayne Bergeron (trumpet and flugelhorn), Andy Martin (trombone) and John Rekevics (saxes and flutes). Radio stations will have a difficult time choosing between a handful of emphasis tracks such as “Laughter in the Rain,” “What The World Needs Now,” “Looking For Another Pure Love,” “For No One” and “What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life.”

After he started singing at age six in the church choir, Keiter later picked up the trombone and keyboard. He learned the art of improvisation while studying the trombone. As a teenager in Fort Lauderdale, he played in a band with Rob Whitlock, for whose musical talents he had great admiration. Keiter earned a degree in music performance at the University of Texas. During this time, he developed his skills as a scat singer, which he incorporates into his recordings to this day. The spiritually inspired man went on to get a master’s degree in theology and a doctorate in ministry. He continued to explore his passion for music by serving as the music director of a large church in Charleston, South Carolina while teaching voice and music theory. After twenty-five years, Keiter reconnected with Rob Whitlock at a funeral for one of the members of their teenage band. The reunion of friends led to the creation of The Glory of Love, Keiter’s first serious jazz release, which appears on The Whitlock’s San Diego-based Sketchin Records label. Keiter is proud that his daughter, Rachel, a student at Berklee College of Music, contributed background vocals to the project. And yes, in the end, the guy gets the girl. Keiter recently relocated to Oklahoma City to be with his new found love.

Keiter’s The Glory of Love contains the following songs:

“This Nearly Was Mine” “What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life”
“Looking For Another Pure Love” “Get Happy”
“Laughter in the Rain” “Our Loving Eyes”
“The Glory of Love” “Grateful For A Pleasant Trip”
“Alfie” “What The World Needs Now”
“For No One” “You Are My Heaven”
Source: Great Scott Productions

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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Take 6 - "The Most Wonderful Time of the Year" Heads Up Release October 5, 2010

It might be the parties. Or maybe it’s the roasting of chestnuts. Or the caroling out in the snow. Whatever the reason, most people consider the holiday season to be the most wonderful time of the year. That’s certainly the case among the members of Take 6, the a cappella group that has been mixing elements of jazz, gospel, R&B and vintage doo-wop for nearly 25 years. Winners of 10 GRAMMY® Awards, 10 Dove Awards, one Soul Train Award and two NAACP Image Awards, the group has made an indelible musical and cultural mark in the past quarter century – whatever the season.

Every member of this brilliant vocal team – Claude McKnight III, Mark Kibble, Joel Kibble, David Thomas, Dr. Cedric Dent and Alvin Chea – has held onto fond childhood memories of the holidays and made them a part of their adult lives. The timeless magic is very much a part of the their new holiday CD, The Most Wonderful Time of the Year, a collection of seasonal favorites that are as heartwarming as a crackling fire and a festooned evergreen.

The primary objective in the making of the album was to create a sense of familiarity, says McKnight, who founded Take 6 in the ‘80s with some classmates from Oakwood College in Huntsville, Alabama. “We wanted all the songs on this album to be the kind that people would hear and say, ‘Oh, yeah, I sing that at Christmas time,’” he says. “We each picked songs that we sing with our families every year at the holidays… We just wanted to make a record that would, for most people, just put out a really cool, all-around Christmas vibe.”

Mark Kibble, who arranged six of the album’s ten tracks, focused on keeping things simple, yet incorporating some of the harmonic spin that has become the Take 6 trademark. “The basic idea was to just let the Christmas melody ring through, and present it in a way that’s interesting but still familiar,” he says. “You shouldn’t have to bend your ear too hard to enjoy a Christmas song. It should take you right back to those early Christmases when you were a child.”

In the end, says Kibble, accessibility was the overriding objective in crafting these holiday tracks. “We wanted to record songs that were simple enough so that anybody listening could follow the melodies and sing along,” he says, “and yet still be ourselves and give a little bit of the harmonic backdrop that Take 6 is known for.”

This holiday season, when there’s much mistloeing and hearts are glowing when loved ones are near, sit back with Take 6 and enjoy The Most Wonderful Time of the Year.

1. It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year 3:04
2. White Christmas 3:20
3. Grinch Introduction/ The Grinch/ “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” 4:15
4. Sleigh Ride 3:20
5. I'll Be Home for Christmas 3:40
6. It Came Upon a Midnight Clear 2:37
7. The Sugarplum Dance (Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy) 3:56
8. I Saw Three Ships 3:18
9. Jingle Bells 3:29
10. Christmas Time Is Here 2:50

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Monday, September 13, 2010

Smooth Jazz Chart - Weekly Top 20 - September 13, 2010

LW - TW - Artist - Album - (Label)
3 - 1 - Norman Brown - "Send My Love" (Peak/Concord)
1 - 2 - Steve Oliver - "Global Kiss" - (SOM)
2 - 3 - Mindi Abair - "In Hi-Fi Stereo" - (Heads Up)
6 - 4 - Jazzmasters - "Jazzmasters 6" - (Trippin 'n Rhythm)
4 - 5 - Tim Bowman - "The Tim Bowman Collection" - (Trippin "N" Rhythm)
7 - 6 - Kenny G - "Heart & Soul" - (Concord)
8 - 7 - Brian Culbertson - "XII" - (GRP/Verve)
9 - 8 - Jackiem Joyner - "Jackiem Joyner" - (Artistry/Mack Ave)
5 - 9 - Brian Simpson - "South Beach" - "Shanachie"
10 - 10 - Jeff Lorber Fusion - "Now Is The Time" - (Heads Up)
11 - 11 - Jonathan Butler - "So Strong" - (Rendezvous/Mack Avenue")
21 - 12 - Bob Baldwin - "Never Can Say Goodbye" - (Trippin 'N' Rhythm)
12 - 13 - Euge Groove - "Sunday Morning" - (Shanachie)
15 - 14 - Eric Darius - "On A Mission" (Shanachie)
14 - 15 - Brian Bromberg - "It Is What It Is" - (Artistry/Mack Avenue)
13 - 16 - Gerald Albright - "Pushing The Envelope" (Heads Up)
16 - 17 - David Benoit - "Earthglow" - (Heads Up)
18 - 18 - Sade - "Soldier Of Love" - (Epic)
28 - 19 - Chris Standring - "Blue Bolero" - (Ultimate Vibe)
17 - 20 - Rick Braun - "All It Takes" - (Artistry)

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Sunday, September 12, 2010

Paul Brown - "Love You Found Me" Shanachie Release On 9/28/10

Tagged by critics as Babyface of smooth jazz, producer Paul Brown made superstars out of saxmen Boney James and Richard Elliot and gave guitarist Peter White a simmering irresistible groove. He performed with Al Jarreau, Boney James, Jeffery Osborne, Kirk Whalum, Larry Carlton, George Benson, Patti Austin, Marc Antoine and many more.

Paul's solo projects are Up Front (2004), followed by The City (2005) and White Sand (2007). He also did a fantastic collaboration with Marc Antoine on the album ForeignXchange (2009). Marc commented: “We put our hearts and souls into the music and feel very strongly that our fans are going to be as excited about these songs as we are.”

Paul's newest album is entitled Love You Found Me and is scheduled for release September 28th on Shanachie Entertainment. Paul invited a lot of great musicians to his new project like Jeff Carruthers, Dax Reynosa, Boney James, DeYon Dobson, Michael Ripoll and more. For further details about the musicians scroll down to the really big list.

The album starts with the bluesy Sugarfish. A relaxed finger snapping melody with a hooking aura Paul has co-written with Jeff Carruthers. Jeff already worked with Paul on his albums Up Front and White Sand.

Toast And Jam features famous sax player Jessy J and Dax Reynosa in a clapping club style. Paul Brown already recorded with Dax on Euge Groove's album Sunday Morning. Paul paints the melody in mellow accurate chords on guitar.

On Strollin' Paul takes a night walk on the George Benson avenue accompanied by companion Richard Elliot on sax. Euge Groove, who co-wrote this tune with Paul, plays keys, drums and bass. A remarkable detail.

The title song Love You Found Me showcases Paul in a spectacular role as singer. He did a great job on this ballade. Often stands the instrumental part of an album In The Shadows. Not on Paul's new album. He displays the hooking melody with steady tones.

It was really easy for Paul Brown to wrote Let Me Love You. He is married with the wonderful beauty Jacqui Brown, who was responsible for the vocal production on Love You Found Me and The One You Lean On. The last-named song shows Paul in a earthy and bluesy attitude. Peter White once commented: "When Paul and I work together, we resist the temptation to be too clever; we try to make music that moves you in your gut." This is exactly Paul's motif on this album.

On Right Back At Ya Paul seamlessly performs his electric guitar with Marc Antoine's acoustic guitar, which gives this song a special attraction, we already loved on ForeignXchange. Honestly, Paul is a real charmer and when he performs Midnight Kiss, women will melt.

Is Paul Brown the next Bob Dylan? On End Of The Day he strongly performs in that style. The final tune Shine Shoes features singer genius Al Jarreau. He hopes to start recording later this year and release by the summer of 2011. According to Billboard Al will use this song for his new album.

Love You Found Me uncovers a new facet of great guitarist and singer Paul Brown. His music is not political, social or philosophical, but he is an extraordinary composer. With that talent he shows a new entertaining direction, smooth jazz can go today's.

Originally posted by Smooth Jazz Daily

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