Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Smooth Jazz Chart - Weekly Top 20 - February 27, 2012 #jazz


LW - TW - Artist - Album - (Label)
1 - 1 - Najee - "Smooth Side Of Soul - (Shanachie)
2 - 2 - Boney James - "Contact" - (Verve)
5 - 3 - Nick Colionne - "Feel The Heat" - (Trippin 'N' Rhythm)
3 - 4 - Michael Lington - "Pure" - (Trippin 'N' Rhythm)
4 - 5 - Acoustic Alchemy - "Roseland" - (Onside/Heads Up)
6 - 6 - Paul Taylor - "Prime Time" - (Peak)
8 - 7 - Paul Brown - "The Funky Joint" - (Woodward Ave.)
9 - 8 - Kim Waters - "This Heart Of Mine" - (Shanachie)
14 - 9 - Eric Marienthal - "It's Love" - (Peak/eOne)
13 - 10 - Richard Elliot - "In The Zone" - (Artistry/Mack Ave.)
15 - 11 - Chris Standring - "Electric Wonderland" - (Ultimate Vibe)
12 - 12 - Andy Snitzer - "Traveler" - (Native Language)
10- 13 - George Benson - "Guitar Man" - (Concord)
18 - 14 - Euge Groove - "S7ven Large" - (Shanachie)
7 - 15 - Jeff Lorber - "Galaxy" - (Heads Up)
17 - 16 - Rob Tardik - "Balance.Energy.Laughter.Love" - (Guitardik)
11 - 17 - Down To The Bone - "The Main Ingredients" - (Trippin 'N' Rhythm)
20 - 18 - Brian Hughes - "Fast Train To A Quiet Place" - (Sylvan House)
16 - 19 - Wayman Tisdale - "The Wayman Tisdale Story" - (Rendezvous Music)
19 - 20 - Chuck Loeb - "Plain 'n' Simple" - (Tweety)


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Sunday, February 26, 2012

Ken Navarro - "The Test Of Time" - Release on 3/20/12

Since 2008 and the release of ‘The Grace of Summer Light’ guitarist Ken Navarro has been exploring the possibilities created by combining his distinctly melodic music with sophisticated harmony, fresh rhythms and long form compositions. The 2010 project ‘Dreaming Of Trains’ found Navarro continuing this genre bending journey but now with ‘The Test Of Time’, which is due out on March 20, he is taking on a whole different challenge. Billed as “solo guitar like you never imaged it” this ten track collection of some of the most memorable songs ever written delivers melodies, bass lines, harmonies and percussion all played simultaneously on one single guitar, without a single overdub in sight. As a consequence ‘The Test Of Time’ serves not only as a sublime showcase for some truly memorable music but also as a glowing tribute to Navarro’s undisputed artistry.

Of course Navarro being Navarro, he is not content to limit his sections to those from the great popular song book and instead adds two bonus cuts which first takes him on a detour into the classics for Bach’s ‘BWV 998’ then allows him to close out the set with a dreamy version of ‘When You Wish Upon A Star’ from the 1940 Walt Disney adaption of Pinocchio.

However, the body of the album is all about the magical mystery tour that takes in Bob Dylan, Carlos Santana, Lennon & McCartney, Jimmy Webb and several other musical icons in between. Indeed one notable stopping off point is at the Police hit ‘Message In A Bottle’ which fits Navarro’s style of play to perfection. It is already being used at YouTube to provide the CD with some much deserved early publicity and in style sits in delightful contrast to a hugely contemplative take on John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’.

Later, Navarro’s careful handling of Webb’s seminal ‘Wichita Lineman’ bestows a lonesome quality that is perfect for the subject of the song and when he tips a hat to the legendary Bob Dylan he does so with not one but two tunes. In fact the medley he crafts from ‘Just Like A Woman’ and ‘Sad Eyed Lady of The Lowlands’ proves to be a tranquil highlight of the entire collection and when he pays a similar tribute to Lennon & McCartney, the combination of ‘Eight Days A Week’, ‘Ticket To Ride’ and ‘Day Tripper’ signposts as a nostalgic diversion that will live in the memory.

Most everyone is familiar with the haunting strains of Santana’s ‘Europa’ yet the way Navarro slows it down, speeds it up then turns it around adds a freshness that is inviting while his performance on Pat Metheny’s ‘Letter From Home’ is nothing short of spellbinding. The number comes from Metheny’s 1989 album of the same name and when Navarro again raids the archives he goes right back as 1966 for Brian Wilson’s ‘Caroline No’.

In terms of personal favorites, a dancing rendition of ‘Little Martha’ (which was made famous by the Allman Brothers) is right up there but sometimes a melody comes along that defies genres and in so doing enters the soundtrack of your life. For me one such tune is the Mancini – Mercer composition ‘The Days Of Wine And Roses’ and here Navarro’s thoughtful interpretation is tasteful in the extreme.

Although not due to hit the streets until March 20 ‘The Test Of Time’ is now available for purchase or download at www.kennavarro.com. It is without doubt one of the most interesting releases of the year so far and for serious music lovers everywhere.


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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Paul Brown to Release "The Funky Joint" on March 6th, 2012 #jazz

Paul Brown’s new album entitled “The Funky Joint,” is scheduled to be released on Woodward Avenue Records on March 6, 2012. Paul Brown also serves as producer on his new album, which includes appearances by Boney James, Euge Groove, Bob James, Jonathan Fritzen, and “The Producers” tour-mate, Darren Rahn. “This album allows Paul to unleash the foundation of his musical roots and just let it rip” says Mark Nordman, President and CEO of Woodward Avenue Records, “while at the same time being true to the sound that has earned him over 50 #1 Hits.”

Track Listing:
1. The Funky Joint (3:32)
2. As Clear As Day (featuring Boney James) (3:44)
3. Montreux (4:18)
4. Say It Like It Is (3:34)
5. Love Don't Come EZ (3:48)
6. Tuff Times (featuring Jonathan Fritzen) (3:57)
7. Backstage Pass (featuring Bob James) (3:26)
8. Ya Dig (featuring Darren Rahn) (4:36)
9. From The Ground Up (featuring Euge Groove) (4:44)

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Smooth Jazz Chart - Weekly Top 20 - February 20, 2012 #jazz


LW - TW - Artist - Album - (Label)
3 - 1 - Najee - "Smooth Side Of Soul - (Shanachie)
2 - 2 - Boney James - "Contact" - (Verve)
9 - 3 - Michael Lington - "Pure" - (Trippin 'N' Rhythm)
1 - 4 - Acoustic Alchemy - "Roseland" - (Onside/Heads Up)
5 - 5 - Nick Colionne - "Feel The Heat" - (Trippin 'N' Rhythm)
4 - 6 - Paul Taylor - "Prime Time" - (Peak)
14 - 7 - Jeff Lorber - "Galaxy" - (Heads Up)
25 - 8 - Paul Brown - "The Funky Joint" - (Woodward Ave.)
11 - 9 - Kim Waters - "This Heart Of Mine" - (Shanachie)
10- 10 - George Benson - "Guitar Man" - (Concord)
36 - 11 - Down To The Bone - "The Main Ingredients" - (Trippin 'N' Rhythm)
13 - 12 - Andy Snitzer - "Traveler" - (Native Language)
7 - 13 - Richard Elliot - "In The Zone" - (Artistry/Mack Ave.)
19 - 14 - Eric Marienthal - "It's Love" - (Peak/eOne)
22 - 15 - Chris Standring - "Electric Wonderland" - (Ultimate Vibe)
6 - 16 - Wayman Tisdale - "The Wayman Tisdale Story" - (Rendezvous Music)
18 - 17 - Rob Tardik - "Balance.Energy.Laughter.Love" - (Guitardik)
8 - 18 - Euge Groove - "S7ven Large" - (Shanachie)
12 - 19 - Chuck Loeb - "Plain 'n' Simple" - (Tweety)
20 - 20 - Brian Hughes - "Fast Train To A Quiet Place" - (Sylvan House)


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Monday, February 13, 2012

Smooth Jazz Chart - Weekly Top 20 - February 13, 2012 #jazz


LW - TW - Artist - Album - (Label)
2 - 1 - Acoustic Alchemy - "Roseland" - (Onside/Heads Up)
1 - 2 - Boney James - "Contact" - (Verve)
5 - 3 - Najee - "Smooth Side Of Soul - (Shanachie)
3 - 4 - Paul Taylor - "Prime Time" - (Peak)
15 - 5 - Nick Colionne - "Feel The Heat" - (Trippin 'N' Rhythm)
4 - 6 - Wayman Tisdale - "The Wayman Tisdale Story" - (Rendezvous Music)
6 - 7 - Richard Elliot - "In The Zone" - (Artistry/Mack Ave.)
8 - 8 - Euge Groove - "S7ven Large" - (Shanachie)
16 - 9 - Michael Lington - "Pure" - (Trippin 'N' Rhythm)
7 - 10 - George Benson - "Guitar Man" - (Concord)
17 - 11 - Kim Waters - "This Heart Of Mine" - (Shanachie)
10 - 12 - Chuck Loeb - "Plain 'n' Simple" - (Tweety)
11 - 13 - Andy Snitzer - "Traveler" - (Native Language)
13 - 14 - Jeff Lorber - "Galaxy" - (Heads Up)
12 - 15 - Tim Bowman - "The Tim Bowman Collection" - (Trippin 'N' Rhythm)
14 - 16 - Terry Wollman - "Buddha's Ear" - (Mango Eater)
9 - 17 - Paul Hardcastle - "Hardcastle VI" - (Trippin 'N' Rhythm)
18 - 18 - Rob Tardik - "Balance.Energy.Laughter.Love" - (Guitardik)
35 - 19 - Eric Marienthal - "It's Love" - (Peak/eOne)
19 - 20 - Brian Hughes - "Fast Train To A Quiet Place" - (Sylvan House)


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Monday, February 06, 2012

Smooth Jazz Chart - Weekly Top 20 - February 6, 2012 #jazz


LW - TW - Artist - Album - (Label)
1 - 1 - Boney James - "Contact" - (Verve)
2 - 2 - Acoustic Alchemy - "Roseland" - (Onside/Heads Up)
3 - 3 - Paul Taylor - "Prime Time" - (Peak)
5 - 4 - Wayman Tisdale - "The Wayman Tisdale Story" - (Rendezvous Music)
16 - 5 - Najee - "Smooth Side Of Soul - (Shanachie)
4 - 6 - Richard Elliot - "In The Zone" - (Artistry/Mack Ave.)
7 - 7 - George Benson - "Guitar Man" - (Concord)
8 - 8 - Euge Groove - "S7ven Large" - (Shanachie)
11 - 9 - Paul Hardcastle - "Hardcastle VI" - (Trippin 'N' Rhythm)
12 - 10 - Chuck Loeb - "Plain 'n' Simple" - (Tweety)
9 - 11 - Andy Snitzer - "Traveler" - (Native Language)
6 - 12 - Tim Bowman - "The Tim Bowman Collection" - (Trippin 'N' Rhythm)
17 - 13 - Jeff Lorber - "Galaxy" - (Heads Up)
18 - 14 - Terry Wollman - "Buddha's Ear" - (Mango Eater)
13 - 15 - Nick Colionne - "Feel The Heat" - (Trippin 'N' Rhythm)
15 - 16 - Michael Lington - "Pure" - (Trippin 'N' Rhythm)
10 - 17 - Kim Waters - "This Heart Of Mine" - (Shanachie)
14 - 18 - Rob Tardik - "Balance.Energy.Laughter.Love" - (Guitardik)
21 - 19 - Brian Hughes - "Fast Train To A Quiet Place" - (Sylvan House)
20 - 20 - Maysa - "Motions Of Love" - (Shanachie)


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