Citrus Sun – Hard Boiled

 

Following their Smooth Jazz singles “Mais Uma Vez” and “Calling Mr Wolf”, Citrus Sun return with Hard Boiled, from their forthcoming album Expansions And Visions (DOME CD 348). More information about the upcoming album is to find here.

Featured are Dominic Glover on trumpet, Jim Mullen on guitar… and introducing 22-year-old Indonesian harmonica player Rega Dauna.

Listen to Hard Boiled on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 18/4).

Lars Taylor – Keep It Going

We are pleased to introduce Switzerland based guitarist Lars Taylor’s new single, “Keep It Going”.

“Keep It Going” is written by Lars Taylor (aka Lars Ruetschi), produced and mixed by veteran hit-maker Paul Brown at The Funky Joint.

Listen to Keep It Going on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 18/4).

Ralph Johnson – Smooth And You

Ralph Johnson is a musical wonder. In a remarkable career that has spanned over 50 years, Ralph has achieved unparalleled success as drummer, songwriter, vocalist, and principal member of the iconic group Earth, Wind & Fire. His dynamic stage presence has thrilled sold-out audiences around the world, and he’s inspired future generations of musicians and young people to follow their dreams and be a global citizen.

With Earth, Wind & Fire, Ralph’s artistry has been celebrated with seven Grammy Awards, including one for Lifetime Achievement, an induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a portrait in the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, and the prestigious Kennedy Center Honor, acknowledging his contributions to arts and culture.

House Studios and Ralph Johnson are proud supporters of Young Storytellers, the non-profit organization Ralph has partnered with. His new single is entitle Smooth And You.

Listen to Smooth And You on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 18/4).

Mariea Antoinette – Loving You

A native of San Diego, California, Ms. Antoinette‘s diverse repertoire consists of classical, smooth jazz, and R&B music. She has performed for The President and First Lady Of The United States, Barack and Michelle Obama and at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles with the Southeast Symphony Orchestra. Her solo performances have taken her across the US and abroad. Her new single “Loving You” is a tender, soulful tribute to Minnie Ripperton that we think your audience will thoroughly enjoy.

“Unless you heard yourself, you would never believe the strait-laced, classical harp could bend in any forward motion toward R&B Funk, much less possess even an ounce of sex appeal. Mariea Antoinette changes all of that. The San Diego urban-jazz harpist (yes, urban-jazz) utilizes all the pertinent styles at her disposal to loosen up her classical instrument, from street smart, EDM hip-hop, sexy, luscious R&B vocals. Mariea Antoinette is living proof that a visionary artist can bust out of traditional boxes on pure ability alone.”

– Carol Banks Weber, AXS

Listen to Loving You on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 17/4).

 

Nick Colionne – Let’s Get Serious

Chicago’s best dressed jazz guitarist Nick Colionne released his first albums It’s My Turn (1994), Arrival (1996) and The Seduction (1999) on the Lake Shore Jazz label, followed by Just Come On In (2003), Keepin’ It Cool (2006), and No Limits (2008). Feel The Heat (2011), Influences (2014) and The Journey (2016) are released on Trippin & Rhythm.  Now he returns on the same label with Finger Painting (2020).

His new single Let’s Get Serious is taken from this album scheduled for release March 23, 2020.

Listen to Let’s Get Serious on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 17/4).

Boney James – Solid

 

“A solid relationship is when someone has your back and will stand by your side no matter what,” explains Boney James about the title of his new CD. “Solid is a word that has a few meanings, but this one really resonated with me and became the theme of the record.”

Solid is the four-time GRAMMY nominated saxophonist’s seventeenth album as a leader and will be released by Concord Records, April 17, 2020. Solid follows up his smash 2017 release Honestly which became his eleventh #1 Billboard Contemporary Jazz Album.

Sometimes, inspiration is slow in coming, evasive and stubborn. Other times, if an artist is very fortunate, it simply flows, the music practically writing itself. That’s how Solid, the latest release from Boney James came to be. “This record really flowed at an unusually quick pace,” Boney says. “There was a lot of positive energy in making this music. Solid is a very upbeat record. As I was writing them, these songs put a smile on my face.”

All of Solid‘s eleven tracks were produced and written or co-written by James. Three songs-“Full Effect,” “Tonic” and the title track-were built from licks played at sound-check by touring guitarist Kendall Gilder on the road in support of Honestly. “I said, hey, what’s that riff you’re playing?” James recalls, “And Kendall said, ‘that’s just something I’m messing around with.’ I got my iPhone and recorded them, then took it home and wrote the songs!”

Four other songs were initiated by longtime James collaborator, acclaimed writer/producer Jairus ‘J-Mo’ Mozee (Anderson Paak, Nicki Minaj, Anthony Hamilton). One of those, “Be Here,” was ultimately transformed into Solid‘s Adult Urban single featuring special guest Kenny Lattimore, best known for his Top 10 R&B hit “For You.”

Says James, “We met at the Soul Train Awards twenty years ago and he said, ‘Some day we need to work together!’ As I was working on ‘Be Here’, I started to hear his voice in my head. I reached out to him and he wrote and recorded the lyrics. It’s such a romantic song and it really reinforced the theme of the record, strong and positive relationships.”
James crafted many of the song titles (“Fresh Air”, “On The Path”, “Tonic)” to play off this theme, “Similar to my last CD Honestly, this new music is a reaction to how stressful the world feels these days. Music is a respite, it’s always ‘solid’ and it never lets me down.”

Boney James’ personal relationship with music has never been anything but solid. Picking up the sax at age 10 in his native New Rochelle, New York, “I immediately loved it, and it pretty quickly became my favorite thing to do.” By the time he entered his teens, James was gigging with bands, and he turned pro at 19. He apprenticed as a sideman for artists like Morris Day, The Isley Brothers, Teena Marie and many others, touring and doing sessions for seven years before cutting his first solo album in 1992. The independently released Trust led immediately to a major label deal and a string of increasingly successful recordings and nonstop touring.

Now a four-time GRAMMY nominee with four RIAA Gold records and career sales topping three million units, James continues to defy musical genres; A two time NAACP Award nominee, a Soul Train Award winner and named one of the Top 3 Billboard Contemporary Jazz Artists of the Decade. James, who lives in Los Angeles with his wife of 34 years Director/Actress Lily Mariye, says he’s looking forward to heading out on the road and seeing how the Solid material evolves from night to night. “I love playing live, maybe more than I ever did. A lot of guys get tired of the traveling but it’s still a joy for me every time I go out there and play.”

It’s still a joy to his multitude of fans too. “I try to ‘be there’ for the people who are interested in my music,” says James, “to be Solid in that relationship and to not let anybody down. I often get great compliments from the people that come to my shows, that I ‘never disappoint’ them, and that’s very gratifying to me. That’s what I was trying to express with this title, that sense of character… to stand for something principled.

Listen to Solid on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 17/4).

Chase Huna – Dance

 

Chase Huna is an up and coming saxophonist who blends contemporary jazz and pop into his style of playing. Chase has enjoyed playing alongside some of the greatest names in Contemporary Jazz including Rick Braun, Richard Elliot, Peter White, Eric Darius, Greg Manning, Steve Oliver Jeff Kashiwa and so many others.

Now 20 years old, Chase has just released his brand new album Life Of The Party and is looking to further his career as a live performer and songwriter.

“Dance,” is the first single from Life Of The Party. It’s upbeat, bright, hot and makes you want to groove and maybe even “Dance!”

Listen to Dance on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 17/4).

Jarez – 24 Hours

Jarez’s rise from the studio to the stage has been a remarkable journey of talent, timing and authentic showmanship. Originally trained as a jazz artist, Jarez understood the necessity for extending his musical outreach to younger audiences, which led to a unique business and musical partnership with hip hop guru Coolio. While managing Coolio, Jarez simultaneously recorded and played his saxophone live around the world with Coolio.

Combining his ear for jazz with upscale interpretations of hip hop, Jarez’s music became a prescription for bringing youth back to instrumental music and a solo career sprang forth. In addition to his musical career, Jarez used his knowledge to serve as a spokesperson for Environmental Justice and Climate Change’s EJCC campaign, which facilitates Historically Black Colleges and Universities HBCU in educational initiatives regarding global warming.

“24 Hours” is the first single from Jarez’s new album, J Funk City. It features Julian Vaughn on bass and it is hot. Enjoy!

Listen to 24 Hours on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 17/4).

Rick Habana – Smooth It Out

 

We are excited to announce the release of multi-instrumentalist, writer/producer Rick Habana‘s “Smooth It Out” – the lead single from Rick Habana’s forthcoming project The Collective – featuring legendary smooth jazz guitarist producer, Paul Brown.

Rick Habana is a talented Producer, Songwriter, Engineer and Composer with a passion for blending music genres together to create his original sound. In Los Angeles, were he was born and raised, he succeeded in creating his really unique sound that has landed him numerous music placements with many of the top television stations not just in the USA, but around the world.

Rick has also started breaking new barriers on a project called The Collective where he works on mostly live music with international musicians and singers from all over the world. The Collective project consists of LIVE Drums, Sax, Trumpets, Trombone, Guitars, Bass, Piano and vocalists. Connecting with musicians based in Finland, Italy, Netherlands, London, Canada, Venezuela, South Africa, Spain and Sweden to create this project has been a dream come true for Rick.

Listen to Smooth It Out on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 17/4).

The Braxton Brothers – You Care About Me

 

There is a reason why the bass and saxophone melodies Nelson and Wayne Braxton aka The Braxton Brothers write are so lyrical. They compose by writing lyrics first, a unique twist for an R&B-jazz instrumental twosome. The Braxton Brothers hitch their rich, indelible harmonies to funky R&B grooves, dynamic pop-rock rhythms, sensually soulful urban beats and breezy reggae vibes. Nelson, a longtime touring member of Michael Bolton’s band, flexes his dexterous multi-instrumental prowess on “Higher” via bass (rhythm and lead), keyboards, percussion, drum programming, electric and acoustic guitar. Wayne, who has a history of working with Sheila E., handles saxophones, drum programming and background vocals.

“Yes, it is a different way of writing for instrumentalists, but for us, first and foremost, we never want to be background music. The purpose of our music is bigger. We feel that we have a higher responsibility. New music and new melodies move through us, giving people a reason to feel joy, have a good time, free them from stress, anxiety and problems; and show the listener love,” said Nelson Braxton, who worked on the album during his global travels. Focused on their penchant for crafting irresistible melodies, The Braxton Brothers’ message is a higher love.

Listen to You Care About Me on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 17/4).

Under The Lake – Your Horizon Too

Keyboard player Jayson Tipp founded Under The Lake nearly 30 years ago. Over the past three decades Under The Lake has garnered many notable accomplishments across their first 4 releases.  The band’s credits include live performances with a “who’s who” list of jazz artists such as Joe Sample, Billy Cobham, Keiko Matsui, Stanley Jordan, and others.

Under The Lake’s new album Your Horizon Too is scheduled for release in spring 2020. The new album contains a collection of 10 original tunes along with covers of The Stylistics’ People Make The World Go Round and Steely Dan’s Josie. All 12 tracks feature Patrick Yandall on guitar and Quintin Gerard on saxes and flutes.

Listen to Your Horizon Too on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 16/4).