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).

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).

Byron Miller – Soldier Of The Groove

 

Bassist Byron Miller shares the fate of many sidemen who play with the superstars without the fame promotes their reputation significantly. He performed with George Duke, Roy Ayers Ubiquity, Santana, Herbie Hancock, Joe Sample and The Crusaders, Marvin Gaye, Whitney Houston, and Luther Vandross.

In 2015 he released Psycho Bass, the fourth of his solo career after Git Wit Me, Until (1997), and I’ll Come By (2003), with three of the last recorded performances of George Duke, Ndugu Chancler on drums, guitarist David T. Walker and percussionist Sheila E. Psycho Bass is Byron’s Funk name.

The Gift: Psychobass 2 (2018) is Byron’s follow up offering performances of Kirk Whalum, Paul Jackson, Jr., Walter Beasley, Gordon Campbell, Phil Davis, Munyungo Jackson and more. Three tracks with Ndugu Chancler on drums he just left off. “When he passed, I couldn’t hear anybody else playing on them…”

On Soldier Of The Groove Byron lets his bass speak with the language called Funk. Byron entitles it a roundly warmer, gentler contact to The Funk. Byron’s new single “Soldier Of The Groove” is the follow-up to the hit singles “Funky Boy” and “The B Spot”.

Listen to Soldier Of The Groove on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 6/4).

Alan and Lita – Step Up! Remix

“Alan and Lita are an extraordinary team whose experience with other artists affords them a unique musical perspective that I thoroughly enjoy.” -Najee

“They are both incredibly talented, and my musical mentors….” -Rachelle Ferrell

“Both Al and Lita are tremendous artists and deserve to be heard by the world many times over!” – Bob Baldwin

Their new single, “Step Up! Remix” is a fusion of Jazz, Soul, and Pop and right on time for summer fun!

“Step Up! Remix”
Produced and remixed by Bob Baldwin
Co-produced by Alan Blake

Listen to Step Up! Remix on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 6/4).

LaShawn D. Gary – Now Is The Time

Composer/Producer/Arranger/Pianist LaShawn D. Gary is a native of Detroit, Michigan. LaShawn received a Bachelor’s of Science Degree from Southern University in Instrumental Music Education, and a Master’s Degree in Music Education from the University of Louisville.

He has toured professionally as a pianist with guitarist Mark Whitfield and the late Alvin Batiste.  LaShawn’s work also includes Keith Washington, Sean Kingston (Orchestration), L. J. Reynolds of the Dramatics (String Arranger), Joss Stone (Copyist), Raphael Saadiq (Copyist), The Four Tops (Copyist/Arranger), and many more.

Gary’s new single “Now Is The Time” is taken from his CD Love, Peace & Praise.

Listen to Now Is The Time on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 6/4).

Madoca – Illusions of Love

MADOCA™ [pronounced “ma du ka”], is a world-class keyboardist and composer, Grammy voting member & publisher, ASCAP member, and national recording artist.  Her style is a fusion of contemporary/classic jazz, soul, funk, Latin and salsa — providing musical sustenance for your mind and soul.

Her latest release, Illusions of Love is produced by award-winning producer Bob Baldwin, and showcases the growth and maturity of this very talented Japanese/American International performer.

Madoca has performed tribute concerts for music legends Joe Sample, Herbie Hancock, and Ramsey Lewis.   She has also opened for or worked with Chris Botti, Rick Braun, Jonathan Butler, Richard Elliott, India Arie,  Eric Marienthal, and Pamela Williams, to name a few.

Listen to Illusions Of Love on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 6/4).

Patrick Lamb – Tailgate

Patrick Lamb is the saxophonist of the stars. He performs with Gino Vannelli, Bobby Caldwell, Esperanza Spalding, Jeff Lorber Fusion, Tommy Thayer, Diane Schuur, Bobby Kimball, Alice Cooper, and Smokey Robinson. However, his limited time still allows him to successfully pursue his solo career.

This we tie to his albums, as there are The Closer I Get (2000), Sunshine Alley (2002), With A Christmas Heart (2003), Soul Of A Free Man (2007), Don’t Get No Better (2007) as duo with Patsy Meyer, It’s All Right Now (2011), Pick Up The Pieces (2013), and this year Soul Ties.

Listening to the introducing track Tailgate, makes it immediately audible that Patrick approaches his themes with raw energy and an irrepressible presence. It’s the follow-up to the project’s first single, Homebrew.

“Tailgate”
written by Patrick Lamb and Jeff Lorber
Mixed by Darren Rahn

Patrick Lamb – Saxophone
Alex Al – Bass
Lil John Roberts – Drums
Tony Maiden – Guitar
Jeff Lorber – Rhodes

It’s a HOT track for the Summer!

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

Jazmin Ghent – Amends

Jazmin Ghent is among the hottest up & coming national Smooth Jazz recording artists today. From her new album The Story Of Jaz comes the saxtress’ new single, “Amends”.

Written by Jazmin Ghent and legendary keyboardist Jeff Lorber, and recorded by Euge Groove in the ‘Groove House’, “Amends” features her rich and soulful tone. “Amends” truly depicts the essence of Smooth Jazz. The subtle flow of this composition takes the listener on a magical musical carpet ride. Whether driving, jamming or early morning rising, this is the jam you never want to end!

Listen to Amends on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 5/4).

Mark Harris II – Goin’ Up

Keyboardist Mark Harris II started his musical career with the debut EP Imagine in 2015. Now he returns with his sophomore project Interstellar (2018). A powerful blend of Fusion, Jazz, and Funk elements to paint a futuristic view from one of contemporary jazz’s new up and coming artist.

St. Louis-based keyboardist Mark Harris II new single “Goin’ Up” is taken from his new CD, Interstellar. It’s Mark’s hip, modern viewpoint on Contemporary Jazz in the new era. “Goin’ Up” is penned by Harris, who also performs keyboards and bass on the new single.

Listen to Goin’ Up on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 5/4).

Greg Adams and East Bay Soul – Sweet Soul Christmas CD

We are raising funds to record a collection of classic Christmas songs in our style – a blend of Funk, Jazz, R&B and Soul

As East Bay Soul we are celebrating our 10th Anniversary this year! We have been performing our Sweet Soul Christmas show here in CA over the last 10 years. The shows are very popular!

We are planning to go into the studio in October to have the recording done and to share our Sweet Soul Christmas with friends, family and fans just in time for the holidays. We just need some help to get the project completed.

Visiting this page you might already know about my music career.

Click on this link to learn more http://gregadamsmusic.com/bio/

Read and hear all about East Bay Soul: http://eastbaysoul.com

Song List To Include

WINTER WONDERLAND
THIS CHRISTMAS
THE CHRISTMAS SONG
WHAT ARE YOU DOING NEW YEAR EVE?
SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TOWN
RUDOLPH THE RED NOSE REINDEER
CHRISTMAS TIME
SILVER BELLS

Support Greg Adams and East Bay Soul here.

Johnny Britt – Hot Fun In The Summer

Johnny Britt’s new single “Hot Fun In The Summer” is released in perfect coordination for the hot Summer months! It’s a killer new version of Sly & The Family Stone’s classic, and features Najee on saxophone. Hot Fun In the Summer has that special inimitable atmosphere you perhaps knows by songs like Roy Ayers’ Everybody Loves The Sunshine.

“Hot Fun In The Summer”
Johnny Britt – vocals
Najee – saxophone
Nils – guitar
Marcus Williams – drums
Sean Lawson – percussion

Britt will be performing at Art Good’s legendary Catalina Island Jazz Trax Festival in October.

Listen to Hot Fun In The Summer on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 19/3).

Patrick Bradley – Newport Coast

Keyboardist Patrick Bradley‘s new single “Newport Coast” is the follow-up to hit singles “Dear Friend”, “Tailwind”, and “Intangible”, all taken from Bradley’s Intangible CD. While Pacific Coast riding is an often used picture in smooth jazz, Newport Coast conjures an edgier alternative. Andrew Carney on trumpet leaves a deep footprint.

“Newport Coast” (3:23)
Produced by Jeff Lorber
Written and arranged by Patrick Bradley and Jeff Lorber
ISRC code US-ZXY-17-02172

Listen to Newport Coast on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 5/4).

David Garfield – One Like You

The new single from David Garfield‘s Jammin Outside The Box CD follows several Smooth Jazz hits such as ” Go Home” and ” Jamming”, which charted the Billboard Top 10. Garfield teams up with iconic songwriter Smokey Robinson to write this new original song and brought in long-time collaborators Michael McDonald and David Sanborn to round out this all-star offering. ” One Like You” is a romantic R&B, yet smooth groove leaning to the old-school vibe, definitely a song to be listened to on a candlelit Friday night in loving company.

“One Like You” spotlights the classic vocal stylings of Smokey Robinson doing what he’ s so well recognized for, and complimented by the rich and familiar vocal textures of Michael McDonald. Garfield, who leads the band on keyboards and Fender Rhodes, also produced and arranged the track.

Listen to One Like You on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 5/4).

Rob Zinn – All In

Committed to continue the momentum created by last year’s “Walk The Walk” album in pursuit of his goal of becoming a contemporary jazz headliner, trumpeter Rob Zinn will drop a new single, “All In,” that goes for playlist adds on June 17. The track that bridges the gap leading to his third studio album is produced by two-time Grammy winner Paul Brown.

Zinn wrote “All In” with Brown and Lew Laing Jr., who crafted the rhythmic urban groove and smooth harmonies that illumine the big city backdrop for the hornman’s cool jazz declarations. Tapping into his diversity as a musician and composer, to Zinn, the cut that sounds like a nocturnal drive on the coast on a summer eve makes a statement – professionally and personally.

“I am 100% committed, ‘all in’ this journey of becoming an international trumpet player and composer and will remove any obstacle standing in the way of achieving my goals. The song also speaks to the relationship that I am in, in that I am ‘all in’ with her as my love, soulmate and life partner. Sharing this journey with her is a beautiful thing. ‘All In’ is a statement, if you will, about the commitments that I’ve made to my music, my artistry and my relationship – not necessarily in that order,” said Zinn, who plays Tin Pan in Richmond, Virginia this Saturday (June 8) with saxophonist Tony Exum Jr.

“Walk The Walk” showcases Zinn’s versatility, incorporating funk, Latin, R&B, rock, pop and urban jazz. With Brown in the producer’s chair and on guitar, the set features trumpet and sax collaborations between Zinn with Andrew Neu and Michael Paulo. Singles issued from the collection garnered global airplay and earned most added status on the Billboard chart. The record built on Zinn’s 2016 solo debut, “Yesterday Again.”

Born in Maryland and raised in nearby Delaware, Zinn has played trumpet and flugelhorn in a wide array of settings – from swing and jazz big band to blues, dance and tribute bands. A top-drawer sideman, Zinn has performed with a luminous list of soul-jazz hitmakers, including Brown, Rick Braun, Richard Elliot, Adam Hawley, Jazmin Ghent, Nick Colionne, Eric Marienthal, Kim Waters, Brian Bromberg, Jackiem Joyner, Marion Meadows, Chieli Minucci and Ragan Whiteside. Fronting his own band, Zinn opened for Grammy winners Norman Brown and Jeff Lorber Fusion as well as Pieces of a Dream. This year, Zinn performed at several prominent jazz festivals such as Berks Jazz Festival, Mallorca Jazz Festival and Sandy Shore’s Jazz Weekender. Zinn also played 2019 gigs in popular jazz clubs such as Philadelphia’s South paired with Neu and Spaghettini near Los Angeles where he accompanied Brown.

While work has only just begun on his next album, Zinn is eager to share “All In,” which reveals growth and maturity.

“My latest single embraces a fresh, groove centric, new type of song from me. Everything comes from my heart. Most of my song titles have deep meaning to me and are personal reflections about my life. Naming a song is important. It has to mean something. I am ‘All In’ my musical journey and my commitment to my love.”

For more information, please visit http://robzinn.com.

Source: Great Scott Productions

Michael J Thomas – I’ll Never Love Again

While everyone’s been going (literally) Gaga over “Shallow,” the #1 hit single from the Oscar nominated film A Star is Born, powerhouse indie saxophonist Michael J Thomas — keeping the momentum of his hit album Driven (which garnered the #1 Billboard hit Baby Coffee) going — finds a deeper, more profound connection to the film’s heartbreaking closing band “I’ll Never Love Again.” Using his lyrical, richly soulful soprano to convey Lady Gaga’s array of emotions without words, Thomas explores the subtle nuances and gripping intensity of the song’s gorgeous melody. He eases effortlessly from a state of gentle elegiac grace towards a crescendo that bursts with the musical equivalent of sorrowful tears and a celebration of a grand life that was.

Thomas says, “My music biz mentor, Carl Griffin, called me with excitement about a week before I went to the Grammy’s this year and said he just watched the new A Star Is Born movie. The last song of the movie, “I’ll Never Love Again, performed by Lady Gaga caught his ear and he said he could hear my soprano sax as the lead melody. He sent me a You-Tube link to listen and I instantly connected with it. I could hear the ideas of what he was hearing. It’s a beautifully written song by a great team of songwriters including Lady Gaga and Natalie Hemby, and when I watched the movie it really put the entire meaning in perspective. Although the movie is a remake in its third version, the story-line stands true today. Many creative people struggle with mental illness and turn to substance abuse as a coping mechanism.”

Listen to I’ll Never Love Again on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 5/4).