Turning a onetime clever album title into the name of his high energy ensemble, Dr. Dave & The Housecall Band® work major musical healing miracles on their latest album Midnight Daydream. With a sizzling swirl of pop, R&B, traditional and contemporary jazz, topped off with tasty touches of Latin, blues and swing, Dr. Dave embraces the freedom to improvise more than ever before and tackle jazz classics and a popular TV theme in addition to a slate of ultra-infectious originals.
Two new singles out this year from Dr. Dave’s coolest collection yet, on the heels of his chart-topping “Sexy Cindy,” (named for Cindy Sanchez Medina, Miss Santander, Colombia 2018), expect the tropical jazz of “Cabo Time” and the sensual title track “Midnight Daydream” to saunter up the Smooth Jazz charts as well.
Listen to Midnight Daydream on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 8/4).
Rainforest Band is a collaboration between guitarist Vernon ‘Ice’ Black, bassist Tony Saunders and keyboardist Sylvester Burks. The inspiration for the group came from the original Rainforest Band formed by Merl Saunders (Tony’s dad), featuring Jerry Garcia. The 1990 project Blues From the Rainforest – a Musical Suite was created out of Merl and Jerry’s need to spread the word about the beauty of the rainforest, as well as the message of preservation. With influences of world music, new age and traditional blues, Saunders and company crafted tunes that took the listener on a spiritual and musical journey that was close to their hearts.
On Peace to the Planet, Black, Saunders and Burks have created 12 original compositions in the Smooth Jazz genre that evoke a relaxed, romantic and funky vibe. Included are Caribbean Sunset which transports you to the beach, and SIZ with its Crusaders/New Orleans feel featuring Billboard #1 charting artist Jeff Ryan on saxophone. Other special guests include Gail Jhonson from The Norman Brown Band on keyboards and percussionist Marquinho Brazil.
Today, in the spirit of what Merl and Jerry created, Rainforest Band’s Peace to the Planet takes the mission to a new level through Contemporary Jazz. With the same goal of spreading the message of preservation for one of the world’s most delicate and endangered regions, Rainforest Band is back with a new sound for a new generation.
The time is now, but the message is the same – we all need to do our part to save the planet.
Listen to Peace to the Planet on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 7/4).
U-Nam is celebrating the release of a very special Japanese edition of his Billboard Top 25 Best Seller Jazz Album “Future Love”, which includes an unreleased song that didn’t end up on the album, he has decided to share it with you! So you guys can listen to it anytime.
The song is called “Soul Walkin’” and the great news is that the song will be included in a deluxe (worldwide) edition album of “Future Love” for the Holidays which will includes as well new songs.
Listen to Soul Walkin’ on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 7/4).
Born in Rome, Paolo Rustichelli is an Italian composer, piano & keyboard virtuoso, singer and producer who composes and performs his music completely by himself. He amazes audiences with his eclectic styles that make him unique and recognizable . His peculiar sound cluster has become emulated by artists worldwide. Among his album projects, Paolo recorded, performed and produced for rock-jazz superstars Carlos Santana and Miles Davis.
Paolo’s new single “Hypnofunk” features his virtuous performance on piano.
“I like Paolo’s ability to mix classical and jazz elements together, in a simple and innovative way, it’s really refreshing!…”
– Miles Davis
Listen to Hypnofunk on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 7/4).
On the heals of his third album release “Time to Heal” (2015), Birmingham, Alabama – based drummer/producer James “PJ” Spraggins has been hard at work providing the backbeat for many artists from jazz guitarist Eric Essix to most recently chart-topping jazz flutist Kim Scott. Currently, PJ is working on his next project which will feature this brand new single, “Bounce Back.” The upbeat inspirational vibe of “Bounce Back” is sure to be music to the ears of jazz lovers the world over.
“Bounce Back” features Donald Hayes on Sax, Sean Michael Ray on bass as well as Theo Gkoutsidis on the guitar with Spraggins providing the drums, keys, vocals along with mixing, writing and producing the track.
Listen to Bounce Back on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 7/4).
Keyboardist Nicholas Cole has surprised the smooth jazz community with his solo albums A Journey of One (2010) and Endless Possibilities (2012). His fame is likely to rise by his album Night Sessions (2015).
Meanwhile this wunderkind can be found on albums of well-known musicians such as Brian Simpson (Just What You Need), Steve Cole (Pulse), Julian Vaughn (Breakthrough, Limitless), Lebron (Shades), Elisabeth Mis (Breakaway), Lin Rountree (Serendipitous, Soulfunky), Jeff Kashiwa (Let It Ride) or Marcus Anderson Style Meets Substance).
From the forthcoming album The Weekend we now present the single Soulmate featuring Chieli Minucci on acoustic guitar going for adds July 22, 2019.
Listen to Soulmate on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 7/4).
Thanks to the clever title of the debut album by rapidly-burgeoning urban-contemporary jazz supergroup The Allen Carman Project, we now have a phrase that perfectly captures a unique and inspiring phenomenon. “Carmanology” is what happens when a lifelong musician – in this case, bassist Allen Carman – hooks up with masters of his chosen genre, rekindles his long set-aside dreams and creates an extraordinary recording chock-full of innovative sounds, infectious melodies, explosive grooves and irresistible radio hits.
More than the realization of the vision of a single artist, The Allen Carman Project is a fresh collective featuring a host of contemporary jazz greats, each contributing a distinct musical perspective. With a rhythmic and melodic foundation laid by Carman, Grammy-nominated keyboardist Philippe Saisse, percussionist Gumbi Ortiz and drummer Luis Alicea (all celebrated veterans of fusion legend Al Di Meola’s band), “Carmanology” fast becomes an expansive playground for fun, freewheeling creative contributions by saxophonist Andy Snitzer, violinist Evan Garr (also from the Di Meola fold), guitarist Marc Antoine, trumpeter Rick Braun and Grammy-winning guitar legend Nile Rodgers.
The band’s diversified positioning is confirmed by the samba piece Carisma, which recalls the good times of the composer Antônio Carlos Brasileiro de Almeida Jobim. Marc Antoine masters this genre with sovereignty on his acoustic nylon guitar.
Listen to Carisma on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 7/4)
Based in the Pacific Northwest, Smooth Jazz saxman Kenney Polson has performed around the globe. His approach to music focuses on strong, memorable melody, appealing groove, and rich chord structure. Reviewing the album Paradise, Volume I jazz critic Scott Yanow writes, “Polson’s tones on his instruments are beautiful and he loves to caress the melodies, putting a lot of thoughtful emotion into the themes.”
His high-charting 2019 album For Lovers Only, blends smooth jazz with rhythm and blues and includes leading players such as guitarist Bruce Conte and keyboardist Roger Smith (Tower of Power), trumpeter Larry Gittens (Kool & The Gang), guitarist Phil Upchurch (Donny Hathaway and George Benson), and smooth jazz pioneer – pianist Tom Grant. Trombonist Fred Wesley (Parliament Funkadelic) and bassist/vocalist Michael Henderson (Miles Davis, Stevie Wonder) are also featured.
Listen to Innocence on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 7/4)
Summer’s here and the Sun’s Out!
Fast emerging pianist/composer Carol Albert follows her two consecutive top 5 billboard hits with this vibrant Latin-spiced summer track. The first of Albert’s songs to be produced by hit-maker Paul Brown, it features Brown himself on guitar, Roberto Vally on bass, Gordon Campbell on drums along with Albert playing all keyboards while providing her trademark wordless vocal textures.
Listen to Sun’s Out on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 7/4)