PHAZE II – Release Me

 

A native Washington, D.C. jazz ensemble, PHAZE II has a unique style that bridges the gap between traditional and contemporary jazz. Their sound is smooth and rhythmic, fused with eclectic blends of jazz. This six-piece ensemble has extensive backgrounds in music that produce a wonderful chemistry on and off stage.

Their new single “Release Me” features vocalist Karen Linette, taken from the group’s new CD No Cover Charge.

Listen to Release Me on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 6/4).

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Ralph Johnson – Co-Swagit (Everything’s Cool)

 

Ralph Johnson is an award winning American musician, best known as one of the original members, percussionists and vocalists for Earth, Wind & Fire. Ralph “Slick” Johnson is no stranger to the industry, as his resume reads of music royalty. Besides performing and recording with Earth, Wind and Fire, Ralph has produced and performed on several artists’ recordings such as Howard Hewitt, Jay- Z, Temptations, Johnny Adams, Blue Magic, Stanley Turrentine, and more

In his early career, Maurice and Verdine White attended one of Ralph’s performances and became very impressed by his talent. In late 1971, Ralph received a phone call from Michael Beale, Earth, Wind and Fire’s then guitar player. Ralph auditioned with Michael Beale and Verdine White at Michael’s house, soon landing him a spot in the legendary music group.

After forty years of performing and touring with Earth, Wind & Fire, Ralph can still be found center stage with his own brand of “slick” choreography and smooth vocal style artistry to support the group’s signature sound that their fans have grown to love for over the past forty years, and many more to come.

“Co-Swagit (Everything’s Cool)” is Ralph’s new solo single. It’s up, bright, and hot for summer.

Listen to Co-Swagit (Everything’s Cool) on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 6/4).

Althea Rene – Barbara Mae

 

Detroit, Michigan born flutist Althea Rene has never regretted having chosen music as her purpose in life. With Flute Talk in 2000, Chocolate Rush (2003), In The Moment (2006), No Restrictions (2008), In The Flow (2013), Live In Detroit (2015) and Unstoppable(2017) she can look back on a remarkable discography. Now her new album Flawsome (2019) delivers the next paving stone of her street to glory.

Althea explains the title Flawsome as something or someone that is extraordinary because of its imperfections. The album is elaborately designed. Demetrius Nabors, Chris “Big Dog” Davis, & Lew Laing are listed as responsible producers. In addition to Althea, who plays the flute as her favorite instrument, are named as musicians on selected tracks Demetrius Nabors (keyboards), Robert Skinner (bass), Gary Johnson, Andrew Freeman and Jas Miller (guitar), Nate Winn, Eric Valentine (drums), Chris “Big Dog” Davis, Lew Laing (drum programming, keyboard bass, keyboards, rhythm arrangements), Euge Groove, Jeanette Harris (sax), Andrew Dorsett (keyboard and programming) and Dwight Adams (trumpet).

I don’t know who is Barbara Mae. A living person or fictive. However Euge Groove and Althea offer a maximum of authenticity and emotionalism. Althea explains: Barbara Mae is her mother. This homage is her first single taken from the new album.

Listen to Barbara Mae on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 7/4)

Threestyle – Good News

Magdalena Chovancova (sax, flute, keyboards), and Robert Fertl (guitar, bass, drum programming) are the Munich based group Threestyle. The group already released Feel The Vibe (2012), Get It (2014), Road To Montery (2016) and Smooth Ride (2017) on the label Welovemusic Records.

Their new album is entitled Reasons 2 Love (2018).  Guest musicians on this project are James L. Manning, Bryant Siono, Sekou Bunch, Cecil Thomas (bass), Jeffrey Freeman, Lew Laing, Bill Meyers (keyboards), Christopher Troy (keyboards and vocals), Latonya Black, Tim Owens (vocals), Gabriela Chovancoa, Munyungo Jackson (percussion), Paul Brown (guitar), Michael Ripoll (bass, rhythm guitar), Frank Josephs, DeYou Dobsons (drums).

Good News is the new single from this album. Good News spreads faster. So does this fine tune.

Listen to Good News on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 6/4).

Spontaneous Groovin’ Combustion – Kickin’ It

 

 

Years after finding early success playing rock in NYC and country in Nashville, saxophonist/flutist and composer Warren Keller is sparking new fires in Smooth Jazz with his tight, funky old schoolin’ ensemble Spontaneous Groovin’ Combustion. The explosive debut single “Kickin’ It” is feisty, high octane fun, loaded with jangling guitars, retro keyboards and dynamic horn arrangements centered around Keller’s funky sax melody. The band is currently working on their debut EP with special guests Jeff Lorber, Dwight Sills and Frank Richardson III.

Listen to Kickin’ It on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 6/4).

Gregory Goodloe – Stylin’

R&B-jazz guitarist Gregory Goodloe is typically lowkey and chill, but he was especially humbled when he received the call that his single, “Stylin’,” went No. 1 on the Billboard singles chart. The song, written and produced by hitmaker Darren Rahn and showcasing Goodloe’s electric jazz guitar bravura, serves as the title track to the guitarist’s upcoming album, due this fall.

Goodloe’s sound straddles jazz straight-ahead and contemporary, jacked with a swig of hip hop swagger. Packaged with Rahn’s glossy pop sensibilities and a soul-powered R&B groove laid down by an agile rhythm section – bassist Mel Brown, drummer Tarrell Martin and wah guitarist Allen Hinds – the winning combo sent “Stylin’” to the top of the Billboard chart, Goodloe’s first. It also topped the Mediabase and Smooth Jazz Top 20 charts.

“In today’s modern world and culture, I wanted to bridge the gap between the standard jazz flow of Wes Montgomery, the smooth flow of George Benson and the hip hop culture of Jay-Z. ‘Stylin’’ is a means of expression in today’s music and culture,” said Goodloe. “Going number one is a dream come true, an unexpected blessing of God’s grace and very encouraging.”

Goodloe is working with Rahn to finish the album. “I nicknamed Darren ‘Dr. D’ because when he and I go into the lab (studio), it’s total chemistry between us.”

While Goodloe plans to ride the hot “Stylin’” single well into the peak of summer, he’s got something planned to cool things down before the album drops. He wrote “Cool Like That” with soul-jazz icon Bob Baldwin, which will be the next single.

“‘Cool Like That’ captures the true essence of soul-jazz in a cool, laidback style,” said Goodloe, who gigs a couple times a month in the Denver area, his hometown.

As an accompanist, Goodloe has flanked an interesting mix of R&B, jazz and gospel greats spanning R&B crooner Howard Hewett, soul balladeers Surface, R&B heartthrob Tank and original Earth, Wind & Fire keyboardist Larry Dunn; smooth/contemporary jazz luminaries Dave Koz, Brian Culbertson, Norman Brown and Ben Tankard; and non-secular giants Shirley Caesar, John P. Key, The Rance Allen Group and Angela Spivey. He’s also served as music director for soul-jazz chanteuse Aysha.

A self-taught musician and a US Army veteran, Goodloe wrote, produced and played all the instruments except for a couple of keyboard parts on a 2010 demo collection titled “It’s All Good” in order to introduce himself as a solo artist. He didn’t pursue airplay until 2016 with the Rahn penned and produced single, “All The Way,” which earned most added status on the Billboard chart. Goodloe and Rahn reteamed the following year for another radio single, “Get’n It,” which featured the same musicians who play on “Stylin’.” Along with earning most added honors, the cut rose to No. 5 on the Billboard New & Active chart. Both singles appear on Goodloe’s “Get’n It” album (2017). For additional information, please visit http://gregorygoodloe.com.

Source: Great Scott Productions

The JT Project – Some Of That

 

Following the success of their #1 Billboard single “Backyard Brew”, The JT Project returns with their new single “Some Of That” featuring guitarist Nick Colionne. This foot-tapping, head-bopping new single showcases The JT Project’s ability to craft incredibly powerful melodies with taste and refinement.

Colionne’s guitar slots in beautifully on this song, riding the groove hard. The JT Project created this song specifically with Nick in mind, and it shows. We hope you enjoy this new single and stay tuned for the upcoming album, celebrating The JT Project’s 10 Year Anniversary.

Listen to Some Of That on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 6/4).