Paolo Rustichelli – Hot

 

Italy was the second country to be ravaged by the novel coronavirus disrupting and threatening life, economics and the freedoms perhaps we took for granted. While encamped at his house near Rome on the coast close to the Tyrrhenian Sea that is part of the Mediterranean basin, forward-thinking multimedia jazz artist Paolo Rustichelli began contemplating life after quarantine while surrounded by ancient Etruscan temple ruins. His vision created the sensual aural and visual feast titled “Hot,” the new single and video impacting radio on May 4. He intends the project to serve as a charm to ward off COVID-19.

“‘Hot’ is a musical hymn implying the take back of our freedom from quarantine as we enter a summer of regeneration from our present burden with coronavirus. Reading between the lines in Europe and what happened in China, I composed a liberating song in March to celebrate regaining health and freedom from the threat and oppression caused by the virus. You can think of this song as a ‘spell’ or a charm to regain our health after a period of self-quarantine, thinking also that in ancient times, charms or spells were generally sung with the aid of musical instruments. ‘Hot’ is dedicated to a new summer of spiritual and physical regeneration,” said Rustichelli who composed, produced and performed the track using electronic plug-ins.

Listen to Hot on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 19/4).

Naomi Adriaansz – Soulstice

 

Popular Dutch jazz musician and saxophonist Naomi Adriaansz releases her new EP entitled ‘Soulstice’ on May 1st, 2020. The ‘Soulstice’ EP delivers five of her original compositions. These are intense, energizing, atmospheric, electronically-infused tracks with driving beats and soaring sax solos. Naomi collaborated with Dutch keyboardist and producer Frank Pels in creating her distinctive funky new sound. “The EP has been created from the soul with the aim of uplifting the human spirit”, says Naomi.

This EP is an expected follow-up to the first two singles that Naomi released last year. Especially with her first single release ‘Soul Smile’, she rapidly climbed the smooth jazz charts and reached #1 on several online Internet radio music streaming networks, around the world. From May 1st, 2020 the ‘Soulstice’ EP will be available on all online music platforms like AppleMusic,
Amazon, Spotify, Deezer etc. Naomi is looking forward to an exciting 2021 ahead, as well as the potential to tour internationally
and perform her spirited new sound live for audiences worldwide.

Listen to Soulstice on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 19/4).

 

Full Flava feat. Donna Odain – Make It Right

 

One of Dome Records’ most popular streaming tracks worldwide from the Full Flava catalogue is “Make It Right”, featuring the voice of Donna Odain. It has now been remixed by Bluey and Richard Bull, and this brand new, summery Incognito Remix is released on May 1, together with an equally fine Full Flava 2.0 Mix by the band’s producer Rob Derbyshire.

Co-written by Full Flava producer Rob Derbyshire and vocalist Donna Odain, the beautifully summery Incognito Remix is courtesy Bluey and his long-time collaborator Richard Bull. Donna’s delicious vocal is the highlight of this gently swaying, soulful cut, which is also stunningly remixed by Rob himself on the Full Flava 2.0 Mix. A perfect summer tune…

Listen to Make It Right on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 19/4).

DW3 – Let’s Have Fun Tonight

 

DW3’s new self-titled album on Woodward Avenue Records is so chock full of instant classics, it’s a challenge to find a single entry point that perfectly captures the old school funky, R&B, jazz and Latin fired energy stirred up by the party band turned studio masters Eric and Billy Mondragon and Damon Reel.

To help them flesh out their vision, the trio ensembles with a batch of SoCal’s top studio guns and brings the heavy hitting saxophones of Boney James, Richard Elliot and Eric Darius to the mix. Elliot helps get the album off to a slammin’ start, bringing his high-octane tenor fire (and some well-placed EWI generated vocals) to the loose, freewheeling funk opener whose title, “Let’s Have Fun Tonight,” sets the album’s overall intention.

While DW3 will surely always be playing the arrangements of crowd-pleasing pop and soul classics which made them a sensation among urban jazz fans, their new album lays a foundation for a band creatively transcending their past and embracing a future with no musical limits. Its inspiring to hear them integrate their classic vibe with fresh new sounds, contemporary melodies and songs that draw from all of their influences yet have their own distinctive flow.

Listen to Let’s Have Fun Tonight on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 19/4).

Willie Bradley – It’s On Now

Willie Bradley is a graduate of South Carolina State University, where he earned his BS Degree in Music Education and Performance. Over the course of his career he has become a go -to musician for many of Jazz and Soul music’s greats over the years. Willie’s stage presence includes performances with legends including Dizzy Gillespie, Clark Terry, Frank Foster, Max Roach, Betty Carter, Gerald Albright, Walter Beasley, Alex Bugnon, Ronnie Laws, Hiroshima and Marion Meadows.

Bold, yet simultaneously charming; edgy, yet at the same time beautiful; these seemingly opposing adjectives might well-describe the music of artist/trumpeter Willie Bradley, but also fittingly tell about the man! Willie Bradley’s music brings together many varied styles, and takes Smooth Jazz to a whole new level.

His new single “It’s On Now” is Willie’s strongest melody, and together with Ragan Whiteside’s contribution on flute a killer song.

Listen to It’s On Now on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 19/4).

Justin Young – Groove Magic

 

Justin Young sounds utterly natural when he plays, as if his extraordinary saxophone talent never needed formal training. But those mellifluous lines of soulful notes come through years of study, training and commitment to his love of music, as well as a constant desire to move forward.

“Groove Magic” is the first single/title track from Justin’s new album.

“Groove Magic”
ISRC Code: QMAAK2021059

“As a musician and songwriter, we try to make people feel good. Music has the power to heal. Its something we all need”

– Justin Young

Listen to Groove Magic on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 19/4).

Paolo Rustichelli – Hot

 

Italy was the second country to be ravaged by the novel coronavirus disrupting and threatening life, economics and the freedoms perhaps we took for granted. While encamped at his house near Rome on the coast close to the Tyrrhenian Sea that is part of the Mediterranean basin, forward-thinking multimedia jazz artist Paolo Rustichelli began contemplating life after quarantine while surrounded by ancient Etruscan temple ruins. His vision created the sensual aural and visual feast titled “Hot,” the new single and video impacting radio on May 4. He intends the project to serve as a charm to ward off COVID-19.

“‘Hot’ is a musical hymn implying the take back of our freedom from quarantine as we enter a summer of regeneration from our present burden with coronavirus. Reading between the lines in Europe and what happened in China, I composed a liberating song in March to celebrate regaining health and freedom from the threat and oppression caused by the virus. You can think of this song as a ‘spell’ or a charm to regain our health after a period of self-quarantine, thinking also that in ancient times, charms or spells were generally sung with the aid of musical instruments. ‘Hot’ is dedicated to a new summer of spiritual and physical regeneration,” said Rustichelli who composed, produced and performed the track using electronic plug-ins.

Accompanying the single is a steamy video directed by Rustichelli featuring two bikini-clad dancers dancing sensuously on cliffside bluffs and against fluorescent lime green skies and magenta sands. Waves gently wash over and purify the women and beach symbolizing humanity and the planet. The clip can be viewed at https://bit.ly/2Xzenkf. Rustichelli elaborates on the striking visuals and symbolism.

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Dee Lucas – Tried and True

 

We are excited to announce the release of Atlanta saxman Dee Lucas new single, “Tried And True”! It’s the first single from his upcoming new album, Now Is The Time.

“Tried And True” features David P. Stevens on guitar, who also produced and co-wrote the song along with Lucas.

“Tried And True” (3:42)
Written by Orlando (Dee) Lucas and David P. Stevens
Produced by David P. Stevens
Released on ODL Music

Listen to Tried and True on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 18/4).

Philippe Saisse – Eva Kant Dance

Entering a new decade of infectiously grooving, supercharged melodic funk and a fresh freewheeling sense of musical and personal optimism, Philippe Saisse finds the perfect way to celebrate ten years since his last solo album, At World’s Edge, received a Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary Jazz Album. Hot off his incredible run of Billboard hits with tunes from The Philippe Saisse Trio’s 2017 collection On The Level!, the multi-talented keyboardist composer amps up for his new single “Eva Kant Dance.”

Marking a triumphant return to solo artistry after years of success (in the century’s first two decades!) with his longtime trio, the track is a playfully thumping, NYC influenced old school meets hipster R&B/hip-hop driven jam so spirited and upbeat that, he says, “Every time I listen, I catch myself dancing to it – and I don’t dance!” It is the first of a handful of singles he will release in the coming months, with a possible full-length album down the road.

After years of recording mainly on acoustic piano, he brings to “Eva Kant Dance” his full arsenal of keyboard sounds, including synth bass, vibraphone, Fender Rhodes, Vocoder, and Clavinet. It is mixed by the legendary Goh Hotoda, who has brought his Midas touch to recordings by Chaka Khan, Duran Duran, Janet Jackson, Madonna and Prince, among countless others. In line with Saisse’s passion for choosing song titles based on hip but obscure cultural and literary references, “Eva Kant Dance” makes reference to a 60’s Italian comics character, a master of all disguises who was the sidekick of criminal mastermind Diabolik – also the name of the comic book series and 1968 cult film Danger Diabolik.

The vibe of “Eva Kant Dance” may remind fans of Rick Braun’s recent Billboard charting smash “Crossroads,” which Saisse co-wrote and co-produced. “It freaks me out in a good way that I wrote such a happy, danceable tune,” he says. “I usually write more tormented, minor key songs, but lately, as testament to the happier life I lead these days, I am starting to write more uplifting songs.”

Jonathan Widran (March 2020)

Listen to Eva Kant Dance on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 18/4).

The Allen Carman Project – Rosario

 

 

Coming off the resounding success of their debut album Carmanology, The Allen Carman Project is back in the studio writing and recording their follow up album. The first single from the new album, “ROSARIO”, is going for adds April 6, 2020. During the writing and recording of the new single, the group members started discussing the Latin feel of the new tune and that it had a “Gato” feel. Of course, they were talking about the incomparable Gato Barbieri who some say is the father of smooth jazz. Keyboardist Philippe Saisse produced Gato’s 1997 album, Que Pasa.

Gumbi Ortiz, percussionist and producer of The Allen Carman Project, also played in Gato’s band on several worldwide tours and became one of Gato’s close friends. Based on the close connections the members of The Allen Carman Project had with Gato, they decided to honor his memory and title their new single “Rosario” after the town in Argentina where Gato was born and raised.

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

David Garfield – Sweetness

 

On his new single “Sweetness”, keyboardist David Garfield teamed up with one of his favorite saxophonists and long-time friend, Gerald Albright to perform this new original song, which also includes performances by favorites such as Rick Braun and Paul Jackson Jr. “Ready” Freddie Washington (“Forget-Me-Nots”, “Men In Black”), David Williams (Michael Jackson) and Lenny Castro (Toto) round out this all-star offering. “Sweetness” is a fresh, smooth urban groove, yet sassy and funky. This track features Garfield’s dynamic acoustic piano playing which soars over the solid and steady rhythm section with Castro’s syncopated percussion driving the band.

“Sweetness” has a groove that energizes the listener and even makes them want to get up and move! Garfield, who leads the band on piano and keyboards, also produced and arranged the new single.

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