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Posted by Terry Sweeney on 2014/04/10
The number 10 has long been associated with perfection, peak performance, the ultimate ranking, and being second to none.  That in mind, I don't think there's any coincidence that the latest album from soul jazz/R’n’B songstress Maya just happens...

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Posted by Terry Sweeney on 2014/03/24
What a trip it's been for bassist Nathan East.  After years of performing alongside Eric Clapton, part of smooth jazz's supergroup Fourplay and being called upon for studio work by Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston and Phil Collins he's finally...

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Posted by Terry Sweeney on 2014/03/17
Just when you're thinking Oh great ... another tribute CD ... here comes Jason Miles, Global Noize and Sly Reimagined.  Yes, we're talking about the music of Sly and the Family Stone.  But no, we are not talking about a simple re-hash.  We are...

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Posted by Terry Sweeney on 2014/03/03
The true sign of any talented musician is the niche and sound he or she carves for themselves throughout their career. Every great performer has their identifiable trademark sound, and in the case of sax performers, names like Koz, Sanborn, Euge...

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Posted by Terry Sweeney on 2014/02/11
Last spring Jay Beckenstein and the members of Spyro Gyra decided to do a project like they have never done before in their nearly 40 year history.   Improvise with each other over three days and while doing that, write and record an entire new...

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Posted by Terry Sweeney on 2014/01/28
Inarguably most of life's pleasures simply come out of nowhere. Like when you put on your spring jacket after a cold winter and unexpectedly find a twenty dollar bill in the inside pocket. Or reuniting with an old friend you haven't seen in years...

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Posted by Terry Sweeney on 2014/01/27
Back in 2009, Time Magazine named John Legend one of the 100 most influential people in the world.  Back then music producer and guru Quincy Jones noted “We've seen only the tip of the iceberg. For what he has already achieved in his career, it...

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Posted by Terry Sweeney on 2014/01/07
It's been over 20 years since Michigan raised guitarist Patrick Yandall graced us with his debut.  'Soul Grind' is his 15th album featuring some big guitar influences on this 14 song release.  Leading off with the single 'My Lady', the guitarist,...

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Posted by Terry Sweeney on 2013/12/09
I'm certain you can agree that there is one drawback when it comes to Christmas music. No, it's not the sleigh bells stirred into the instrumentation like cinnamon into eggnog, nor is the many (some would say endless) interpretations of classic...

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Posted by Erin Clifford on 2013/12/02
Johnny Reid - A Christmas Gift To You   What a delightful surprise this record is - truly a breath of crisp, cool, classic Christmas air.  I must admit, I was expecting something more along the lines of Rod Stewart's 2012 offering - bluesy,...

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Posted by Terry Sweeney on 2013/11/11
If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Don't try to re-invent the wheel. I'm not certain if renowned smooth jazz saxophonist Kim Waters subscribes to one or both these time enduring mantras, but listening to his latest album, I'm sure they at least...

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Posted by Terry Sweeney on 2013/11/04
Italy has inspired many artists with it's amazing scenery, people and food!  Italian musician Andrea Razzauti combines it all in his music and art.  When he's not making incredible sounds on his guitar he's also a painter of beautiful imagery. ...

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Posted by Terry Sweeney on 2013/10/21
The sound of contemporary smooth jazz has historically been defined by several key instruments. Whether it's the sweet sax melodies, stylish guitar chords, rhythmic bass lines and percussion, keyboard/piano wizardry, raging horn sections and...

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Posted by Terry Sweeney on 2013/10/08
I do a lot of driving.  Often for two or three hours at a time.  This for me is the best time to listen to music.  Uninterrupted, no distractions, usually loud.  And this is how I first experienced Amy Sky's Alive & Awake.  I emphasize the word...

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Posted by Terry Sweeney on 2013/09/23
Youthful, inspiring and homegrown. That seems like a very solid introduction to one of the newest talents to emerge in a big way on the Southern Ontario musical landscape, Aynsley Saxe. Her story unfolded this past Spring at her widely attended...

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Posted by Terry Sweeney on 2013/09/16
Back with Motown Records singer, songwriter, guitarist India.Arie has graced us again with her remarkable voice and talent.  It's the voice that hooks you, the melodies and rhythm.  Just Do You opens after the :35 intro with it's catchy beat.  So...

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Posted by Terry Sweeney on 2013/09/04
Truth be told, I am not a big dance/disco fan.  Electronica - even R&B infused electronica - is just not my thing.  That said, this enchanting Gypsy-girl called Delilah just might change my mind.  Born in Budapest, Hungary, Delilah inherited her...

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Posted by Terry Sweeney on 2013/08/26
When I had the extreme pleasure of hosting guitar guru Rob Tardik's highly electrifying CD release party in Mississauga this summer, I assured the crowd that if his new project was a baseball starting lineup card, it would compare to that of the...

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Posted by Terry Sweeney on 2013/08/12
 Who would of thought? Four extremely talented saxophonists honouring the songs of their youth?  Supertar Dave Koz has hooked up with Gerald Albright, Mindi Abair and Richard Elliot and producer Paul Brown for the album Summer Horns.  The...

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Posted by Terry Sweeney on 2013/08/06
I remember meeting Chieli on a smooth jazz cruise years ago. He was quite honestly the sweetest, shyest, most adorable man.  No ego, no pretense - just a beguiling smile and a definite way with an axe.  Now here he is with "Genesis", his latest...

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