After 3 consecutive Top 10 Billboard hits (including Billboard #1 and Smooth Jazz Network’s 2018 Song Of The Year “Corey’s Bop”), soulful flautist Ragan Whiteside returns with a brand new collection of funky Smooth Jazz with her upcoming fifth studio album, Five Up Top. We are excited to announce the release of the first single, “Jam It”.
Composed by Whiteside and Bob Baldwin, and produced by veteran producers Baldwin and Dennis Johnson, “Jam It” embodies the signature feel-good vibes and funky grooves that Ragan is known for.
Listen to Jam It on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 5/4).
Mark Allen Felton who honed his musical skills playing in clubs in the Los Angeles area while appearing in videos by Ed OG & the Bulldogs and Tony! Toni! Toné!. Felton produced his first solo CD On The Prowl in 1994 and went on to share the stage with many artists including: Al Jarreau, Oleta Adams, Patti Labelle, Chaka Khan, Kenny G., Kirk Whalum, Dave Koz, Billy Preston, Marcus Miller, Lalah Hathaway, Jeffrey Osbourne, and many others and has also toured with Ray Parker Jr. (Ghostbuster Fame -who sold over 25 million records) for five years.
Mark Allen Felton’s new CD Soul Real is a collection of diverse, funky, melodic, smooth songs which he affectionately calls “Hipstrumentals”. “I’ve been told, my music sounds like a very flavorful gumbo of sound!” Could It Be is taken from this album.
Listen to Could It Be on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 5/4).
Keyboardist Erik Hjelt‘s new single “Cherish” offers a fresh, jazzy interpretation of Kool & The Gang’s hit. It’s the first single from Erik’s new album, Divine Nature.
Artists joining Hjelt on the new single include Mel Brown on bass, Ricardo Silviera on guitar, and Will Kennedy on drums.
We think you and your listeners will dig it!
Listen to Cherish on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 5/4).
Along with our friends at Woodward Avenue Records, we are excited to announce the release of Jacqui Brown‘s new single, “Why Oh Why”!
Co-written by Jacqui Brown and her husband Paul Brown, “Why Oh Why” features Jacqui on lead vocals, and Paul on guitar and background vocals. We at Gorov Music are very impressed by their songwriting and musical performances.
“There are multiple reasons why I wrote the single, “Why Oh Why”. So many people are facing changes in the world such as it is and many of the women (and some men) I work with, have or are, facing such big challenges due to loss of partners, children, homes, and jobs, and many are having to go it alone. I think this song represents all their words and sentiments about how hard it is to face life as it presents itself to them,” said Brown.
“Working with my incredibly talented husband on this project is a blessing on so many levels. Our children are both grown so we have this new time to spend together. Creating music that touches people’s souls brings a whole new intimacy to our long life together. Am I a lucky girl? You bet I am!”
Listen to Why Oh Why on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 5/4).
Denmark born saxophonist Michael Lington is a constant deliverer to the smooth jazz scene. Starting with his self-titled album in 1997 he continued with Vivid (2002), Everything Must Change (2002), Stay With Me (2004), A Song For You (2006), Heat (2008), Pure (2012), Soul Appeal (2014), Second Nature (2016) and Silver Lining (2018).
Saxman Michael Lington’s new single “Silver Lining” is the title track from Michael’s album, Silver Lining. It’s the follow-up to Michael’s hit singles “City Life” and “Deja Vu”. Silver Lining is a metaphor for optimism and this positive radiation is the main motif of this theme.
written by Barry Eastmond and Michael Lington
Michael Lington – Alto sax
Paul Jackson Jr – Guitars
Barry Eastmond – Keyboards
Alex Al – Bass
Teddy Campbell – Drums
Lenny Castro – Percussion
Michael Stever – Trumpet
Listen to Silver Lining on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 4/4).
The buzz that from the get-go has surrounded “Future Love” from writer, producer and guitarist Emmanuel “U-Nam” Abiteboul shows no sign of abating. As well as becoming the #1 best selling jazz and smooth jazz album at Amazon US, in the top 20 of that same category at iTunes US, #13 on the smoothjazz.com top 50 major album charts and #20 on the Billboard Top 25 jazz albums chart, it has also reinforced U-Nam’s status as a perennial musical trendsetter.
Indeed, with nine top 30 Billboard hits already to his name U-Nam, propelled by the vibrant “Future Love”, is currently enjoying unbridled success. It is a collection with the magic ingredient of being radio ready throughout and this was perfectly demonstrated by Future Love’s zesty title cut that was the first single to hit the airwaves. Now, and perhaps reflecting his emergent standing as the heart beat of smooth jazz, he is doing it all again with the cleverly titled “Artbeat” that will be going for adds on May 27th, 2019.
A feel good tune of immense proportions (which includes Mattias Roos on Rhodes plus Dwayne “Smitty” Smith on bass, this ultra smooth soul jazz extravaganza has a delicious seventies style vibe that might well be described as U-Nam’s own “Breezin’” of 2019. It is a comparison that will not be lost of George Benson aficionados the world over and as smooth jazz fans everywhere prepare for another sizzling summer it is the sunshine filled “Artbeat” that will provide the musical backdrop.
Listen to Artbeat on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 4/4).
Every major artist has that one defining album or performance, but for ukulele master Jake Shimabukuro, his entire career has been filled with such magical achievements. Since he first came to the world’s attention with his deeply beautiful and original take on George Harrison’s “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” in a viral video that dominated YouTube in 2005, the Hawaiian-born Shimabukuro has virtually reinvented the four-string instrument, causing many to call him “the Jimi Hendrix of the ukulele.”
The Zombies’ “Time of the Season” was one Shimabukuro often heard in his house growing up, and on The Greatest Day he trips into nostalgia with an elegant rendition that features some of his smoothest, Wes Montgomery-like phrases.
Listen to Time of the Season on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 4/4).