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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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Posted by April Galenzoski on 2018/07/16
First off, Nick Colionne "just being me" is all any music lover could ask for because just being himself is about as unique as you can get in the world is smooth groove. Uncle Nick is a master at fusing jazz, funk and soul into his own groovy...

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Posted by April Galenzoski on 2018/07/09
It wasn’t that many years ago, or to be more specific,  albums ago, when saxophonist Vincent Ingala emerged as a teenage newcomer on the smooth jazz scene with 2010’s North End Soul. Handpicked by Dave Koz to be an opening act, fans and media...

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Posted by Kat Cullen on 2018/06/18
As soon as I pressed play to start saxophonist Michael Lington’s new album ‘Silver Lining’ it felt like I was transported back in time.  It reminded me of the old way of recording by artists like Al Green and Tower Of Power with an "off the...

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Posted by April Galenzoski on 2018/06/04
Who is David Bray? For many of us in the world of smooth groove, the name may not immediately register. Until you look at the who's who of WHO he has worked and is working with - Daniel Lanois, John Capek,  Garth Hudson of the Band, Motown’s...

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Posted by April Galenzoski on 2018/05/22
If I could pick a surprise breakthrough album less than halfway through this year, without question that esteemed designation would be afforded to Canadian icon Molly Johnson. In one fell swoop, the Juno award winning vocalist has traded her...

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Posted by Kat Cullen on 2018/05/07
When I think Chief of Police I think of Marge Gunderson in the movie Fargo portrayed by Oscar winner Frances McDormand and not a smooth soul saxophonist from South Florida!  Former police officer Gary Palmer decided to retire from the force and...

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Posted by April Galenzoski on 2018/04/23
I'm always intrigued when a new singer/songwriter enters the smooth groove scene. Who is she? Where did she come from? Who are her influences? What does she look like (yes, I am that shallow)?  These are all the questions I asked when I first...

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Posted by April Galenzoski on 2018/04/09
It is in the rarest of occurrences that an artist will afford you a special preview of their upcoming work, well before the first single is released, and long before the CD is factory pressed and issued to media and fans. But that was a special...

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Posted by April Galenzoski on 2018/03/27
Sophisticated soul. That's the best way to describe guitarist/producer/songwriter Nils' sound. It's been 13 years since Nils first came on to the scene with his hit, 'Pacific Coast Highway', a breezy cool cut that transported  us to the famous...

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Posted by April Galenzoski on 2018/03/12
You never know how anyone gets their start, do you? I love finding out and Marion Meadows' story is a good one. Picture this: he was standing in Grand Central Station (New York) and while waiting for a train, decided to pull out his horn and play...

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