Eric Valentine – Tis So Sweet (for Wayman)

Stepping out from behind his drum kit, Valentine thrives playing his skills as a songwriter and multi-instrumentalist on Velvet Groove, playing keyboards, synths, bass, vocals, percussion and drums on the disc comprised of ten full songs – nine of which he penned or co-penned – along with three reprises. The star power illuminating the high-level session of deft rhythms and grooves include Grammy winner Kirk Whalum, multiple Grammy nominee Gerald Albright and chart-toppers Richard Elliot, Rick Braun, Adam Hawley, Elan Trotman, Brian Simpson and Greg Manning are among those who texturize the lush tracks.

An artist who had a significant impact on Valentine was late bassist Wayman Tisdale for whom Valentine wrote “‘Tis So Sweet” for Velvet Groove.

“The sounds and grooves on Wayman’s early recordings made me study and practice to his music, not knowing that I would go on to perform shows on a couple of tours with him. His melodies are always sing-able and his grooves are strong. He’s definitely still one of my musical influences.”

– Eric Valentine

Listen to Tis So Sweet on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 19/3).

Peabo Bryson – Looking For Sade

Looking For Sade

Peabo Bryson has established a career as one of the premier male vocalists in contemporary music of the last quarter century. Possessing a beautifully rich, almost operatic voice, this two-time Grammy Award-winner has survived and prospered despite the passage of time and changes in popular musical trends.

With twenty albums to his credit, Peabo Bryson has enjoyed an unprecedented, across-the-board level of international success, Bryson has the distinction of being the first artist in music history to have separate records topping four different charts.

His new single Looking For Sade is featuring famous saxophonist Boney James.

Listen to Looking For Sade on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 19/3).

Greg Adams and East Bay Soul – Possibilities

Trumpet legend Greg Adams was the bedrock of the formation Tower of Powers. As a founding member of the group he has recorded fourteen albums and composed many of their hits. Nowadays his focus is on the band East Bay Soul.

The band currently consists of Greg Adams (trumpet, flugelhorn, and background vocals), Darryl Walker (lead vocals, tenor sax), Lee Thornburg (trumpet, fugelhorn, and background vocals), Johnnie Bamont (alto, tenor and baritone saxes, flute, and background vocals), Greg Vail (alto, tenor sax, flute and background vocals), Nick Milo (keys and background vocals), Kay-Ta Matsuno (guitar), Dwayne “Smitty” Smith (bass), Herman Matthews (drums, and background vocals), and Johnny Sandoval (Latin percussion and background vocals).

The formation started in 2009 with the same named debut album. Soon followed East Bay Soul 2.0 (2012), That’s Life (2015) and this year Conversation. We are excited to announce the release of legendary trumpeter and founding father of Tower Of Power, Greg Adams’ (with his current supergroup, East Bay Soul) new single, Possibilities! Possibilities leans on a funky Shuffle beat with pro-active trumpet horns in the style of Herb Alpert.

Listen to Possibilities on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 10/3)

Michael Lington – Deja Vu

Growing up in Copenhagen, Michael Lington remembers the precise moment he decided he needed to move to America if he was going to seriously pursue a career in music. He was still a budding musician at the time, who loved several different genres: jazz, pop, R&B and more-as a young boy he’d even met the American swing legend Benny Goodman. But it wasn’t until he was on the verge of turning 20 that Lington-now recognized as one of the most creative and successful contemporary soul and jazz saxophonists in the world-made his fateful decision.

Immersing himself in his favorite music-David Sanborn, Michael Brecker, King Curtis, Hank Crawford, Cannonball Adderley and Grover Washington-Michael started out on clarinet but soon found his true calling, the saxophone. Already established in his homeland, he made the move to the U.S. and began to grab a foothold in the music industry there. Eventually, after much hard work, his place within the American and international music scene came to him naturally:

“I loved that contemporary sax was so versatile in all styles of music: funk, jazz, R&B, pop,” Lington says, but soul music hit him most directly. “It’s hard to describe why something in particular is meaningful to a person, but soul music spoke to me very early on in my life-it’s just a feeling and reaction I had when I would hear it.” – Michael Lington

Listen to Deja Vu on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 19/3).

Jack Magnet – Hook, Line, Sinker

Jack Magnet’s instantly hummable, crazy-catchy new track “Hook, Line & Sinker” is being released initially as a solo single – and follow-up to his 2016 debut single “Still Boppin’ Along,” which reached #16 on the Billboard jazz charts. Yet it’s truly a collaborative jam involving a total of four genre greats – Magnet on acoustic piano, featured guest Jeff Ryan on tenor sax, producer Paul Brown on guitar and Chris Standring, who co-wrote the sure-fire hit tune with Brown and Magnet (real name Jakob Magnusson). It tickles the ears from the get go, with a subtle intro featuring quick bursts of piano, guitar and sax, before exploding spontaneously into a festive romp driven by the dynamic dual melodic magic of Magnet and Ryan – underscored by Brown’s simmering guitar lines (and occasional crisp licks) and the skin-tight grooving of rhythm section Johann Asmundsson on bass, Standring on drums and synth and Lenny Castro on percussion.

As the track continues, Ryan bursts out with impactful solo runs, answered eloquently by Magnet’s playful, jazzy ivory fluttering. Then the solo spotlight turns briefly to the pianist, who plays a few rambunctious riffs as an inviting bridge back to the sax/piano duality which is the emotional thrust of the tune. Magnet is back at it, soloing artfully and madly during most of the last minute of the tune, reminding us of whose name comes first on the single and about his remarkable talent as a true jazz performer. The title is not coincidental. It’s truly got more hooks than a busy fisherman’s tackle box! Look for “Hook, Line & Sinker” to surpass even Magnet’s promising debut performance on the charts with “Still Boppin’ Along.” – Jonathan Widran

Listen to Hook, Line, Sinker on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 19/3)

Lori Williams – Hold On

American vocalist Lori Williams has a strong connection to jazz. Her website is indicating that jazz is her profession and passion. However, limiting her vocal abilities to one genre would not do justice to her distinctive personality.

Lori Williams made her vocal solo debut with the self produced album Healing Within (2010), with which she received considerable merits as a jazz singer. This impression was intensified with her second album Eclipse Of The Soul (2012). She does not leave this musical homeland with her third album Behind The Smiles (2016), which, like its predecessors, was released on the Pacific Coast Jazz label. Nevertheless, in some songs she enjoys to seamlessly lend R&B colors to her voice across genres.

Her new album Out Of The Box (2018) appears like a reorientation of the established jazz singer. “When you reach the milestone of 50, many things begin to cross your mind,” Lori declares. “Out of the Box is a deliberate breakaway from me being stereotyped as ‘Lori only does this’ – this being straight ahead jazz. For me to be recognized and respected within that music has been quite an accomplishment but there is more to me. Out of the Box is a Neo-Soul Jazz project”.

Hot off the presses from Bob Baldwin’s production studio, we are excited to announce the release of Lori Williams new ‘Global Chill’ mix of her silky-smooth radio single, Hold On! Hold On was written by Bob Baldwin and Lauren Highsmith, Lori’s daughter. The song has a dynamic turn and Tom Browne delivers the twist on trumpet.

Listen to Hold On on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 17/3)

Terence Young – My Jewel

Terence Young has earned the reputation as one of the most talented and electrifying lead guitarists in the world. He has released 10 CDs to date, ranging from Smooth Jazz/R&B, to gospel, Christmas, and his original guitar compositions.

Terence has shared the stage with countless renowned recording artists, including, The Temptations, Frankie Beverly and Maze, Patti Labelle, Gladys Knight, BabyFace, Charlie Wilson, Envogue, Morris Day and the Time, Al Jarreau, Roberta Flack, George Duke, Rachelle Ferrell, Gerald Albright, Clarence Carter and Joe Sample. In addition to performing with these top talents, Terence has also performed with and was Music Director for the Legendary Ashford and Simpson, Lenny Williams, Aaron Hall and Angie Stone, to name a few. Terence’s talent can be heard on the Earth, Wind & Fire Tribute CD with R&B Queen, Angie Stone.

Terence Young’s new single, “My Jewel,” is melodic, hooky, soulful, and most of all, enjoyable music!

Listen to My Jewel on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 19/3)