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Posted by Terry Sweeney on 2014/07/28
They say behind every successful man is a woman. I won’t argue the theory and in fact will tend to agree. The exception to the rule is Robin Thicke. But it wasn’t always that way. Let’s hit the rewind button a year ago to Thicke’s 2013 VMA...

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Posted by Erin Clifford on 2014/07/15
A true testament to any artist's enduring career is that moment when years, if not decades, of passionate performances in the studio and in front of enthusiastically loving crowds culminates with the celebration of accomplishments known as a...

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Posted by Terry Sweeney on 2014/07/07
If you seen Michael Buble on tour this summer you've seen trumpeter and vocalist Jumaane Smith perform.  Known for his work with Stevie Wonder, Quincy Jones, Alicia Keys and Natalie Cole he first got exposure when the Seattle based Roosevelt High...

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Posted by Terry Sweeney on 2014/06/16
Women can't get enough of him. Guys secretly wish they were as cool as him. That essentially sums up the person that is one Harry Connick Jr. Singer, songwriter, pianist, actor, voice over artist, American Idol judge, and owner of three Grammys...

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Posted by Terry Sweeney on 2014/06/03
Sometimes I just do not want to hear a girl wail. I know there are lots of chick singers with huge, fat voices (and they're not afraid to use them!).  But sometimes if I'm just chilling in the evening, making dinner, sipping wine, I just don't...

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Posted by Terry Sweeney on 2014/05/20
The 2003 American Idol winner pours his heart and soul out on his Verve Record debut.  Following his recent divorce Ruben decided to work with producer and chairman of the label David Foster. Together they have created Ruben's most romantic album...

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Posted by Erin Clifford on 2014/05/06
Many may refer to Chris Standring as a highly recognizable and respected smooth jazz guitarist ripe with talent, not to mention his innovative production skills. While I couldn't agree more with those qualifications, I also think of him as a...

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Posted by Terry Sweeney on 2014/04/21
Remember the duo McMaster and James ("Thank You")?  Yep ... this is that very same McMaster, now exploring a solo career.  Lucky us, because what a tasty treat is "All Roads".  After writing with Rihanna, opening for Christina Aguliera and most...

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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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