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Posted by Kat Cullen on 2019/04/22
When you have a repertoire that includes 22 releases to your musical credit, you’ve earned a spot in the elite class of smooth jazz performers. The longevity of guitarist Patrick Yandall can be contributed to a number of factors, namely his...

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Posted by Kat Cullen on 2019/04/08
 The one thing I know for a fact about Marc Jordan is that when he takes on a song - any song - he makes it his own. ALL his own. Never losing sight of its birthright and always with respect for the integrity of the original, Marc's...

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Posted by Riley Welch on 2019/03/27
It will be two years ago this July that we lost iconic guitarist, Chuck Loeb. He was the true essence of bands like Fourplay and Steps Ahead with Randy Brecker.  He played with Stan Getz.  Along with keyboardist, Jeff Lorber, and...

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Posted by Riley Welch on 2019/03/11
Normally when an artist of any medium draws from such personal downturns in life to express their inner feelings within their work, the result can be one of profound morosity and depression.  But then again, there’s never been anything ‘normal’...

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Posted by Riley Welch on 2019/02/25
One of the highlights of my 2018 smooth groove life was meeting Patrick Lamb at Flato Markham Theatre, where he positively lit up the stage (and backstage too!) with Gino Vannelli!  Just an absolute ball of energy and charm, Patrick now brings...

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Posted by Kat Cullen on 2019/02/19
Keiko Matsui - Echo With Keiko’s 28th recording being released February 22, the soft spoken Japanese pianist said of her newest project, Echo….“I would like my music to be a conduit for peace, kindness, love and light. My recording Echo is my...

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Posted by Riley Welch on 2019/01/28
You could be forgiven if you ever concluded that Toronto guitarist and producer Dave Sereny had simply thrown in the towel on the music industry and pursued another, if not unrelated, career path. Afterall it had been 11 years since Sereny’s Take...

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Posted by Riley Welch on 2019/01/14
love love love.   What a beautiful return to music for the incomparable Michael Bublé. This new collection called love (yes, all lower case) ends a two year sabbatical from creating music, during which time Michel tended to his young son who...

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Posted by April Galenzoski on 2018/12/31
England’s first foray into the world of smooth jazz in the late 80’s was spearheaded by  none other than Acoustic Alchemy.  First formed by the late Nick Webb, Simon James along with guitarist Greg Carmichael in 1987, together the group...

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Posted by Kat Cullen on 2018/12/17
The album artwork itself should be a good indication of what John Legend has wrapped up this Holiday season with his first ever Christmas album.  In a Rockwellian style imagery and a near imitation of Bing Crosby’s White Christmas cover, Legend...

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Posted by Kat Cullen on 2018/12/03
I always get excited about new Christmas music and new Christmas talent and Lisa Donahey provides both this festive season with her new offering "Christmas In Our Soul".  First off, she sounds like a Disney princess, possibly because she has...

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Posted by April Galenzoski on 2018/11/19
If I were a German born guitarist who later immigrated to California, I would want to celebrate Christmas every day, too! Imagine yearning for home and its holiday traditions while wondering if you have to slap on sunscreen for the day! In the...

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Posted by April Galenzoski on 2018/11/05
If there is a certain notoriety about Paul Harcastle’s vast collection of solo work, or that of his side project, Jazzmasters, it’s that each superb offering over the decades contains simplistic, numerical, and chronological titles, as witnessed...

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Posted by April Galenzoski on 2018/10/22
As a child of the 70s, there is nothing I love more than a great old Burt Bacharach song. One of the first singles I ever bought was Herb Alpert's "This Guy's In Love With You", closely followed by Dionne Warwick's "What The World Needs Now" and...

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Posted by April Galenzoski on 2018/10/09
When you grow up in a musical family consisting of a Jamaican mother who sings and plays piano and a Haitian father who plays bass, not only do you inherit talent, but you inherit good looks! Saxophonist Eric Darius is the whole package. His...

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Posted by April Galenzoski on 2018/09/24
Two years ago, Paul Brown’s newest release was symbolically titled One Way Back, marking the return to the blues roots of the Grammy winning producer, guitarist and vocalist. Flip ahead to 2018, and it appears those blues roots are planted as...

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Posted by April Galenzoski on 2018/09/12
During my eighteen years in the world of contemporary jazz, I can quite honestly say I have never met a performer more endearing than Steve Oliver. It's not just about his incredible guitar chops, his fine vocal talent of his off-the-chart...

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Posted by Kat Cullen on 2018/08/27
I don’t know what it is about keyboardist Brian Simpson’s simple but complex melodies on this new release.  There’s just something about his smooth layering of keys with guitar and bass courtesy of Alex Al and Andre Berry on this eighth solo...

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Posted by April Galenzoski on 2018/08/13
The Oakland Bay area has been synonymous with a variety of things in the course of its existence. Shark infested waters certainly come to mind, as do seismic waves which have on many occasions caused ground shaking activity on different ends of a...

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Posted by April Galenzoski on 2018/07/31
When it comes to African Americans who start singing in church there is an incredible amount of spirit in their vocals. It’s something ingrained at a young age. Belief, love, struggle, hope. With singer Freddie Jackson’s first album in eight...

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