Byron Miller – The B Spot

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…”

Byron’s new single The B Spot is sensuous, soulful, and makes you feel good all over. The melody and groove won’t quit. Walter Beasley is featured on Sax. Enjoy!

Listen to The B Spot on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 20/3).

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Bob Baldwin – Imagine (Living As One)

Keyboardist/producer extraordinaire Bob Baldwin’s 25th CD release is a funky overview of the legends of Pop: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Harrison…The Beatles!

The first single Imagine is a poignant and timely reminder of the original message sent by Lennon several years back, and features saxman Euge Groove. The album also features performances by Cece Peniston and Lori Williams.

Listen to Imagine on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 20/3).

Marcia Miget – Cruzin

San Francisco flautist/saxtress Marcia Miget‘s new instrumental single “Cruzin” is penned by Chris ‘Big Dog’ Davis, who also produced, mixed and engineered the track, and is featured on keyboards as well. “Cruzin” is the follow-up to Miget’s debut 2018 single “Dock Of The Bay”, also produced by Davis.

“Marcia’s music reflects a strong, deep and honest commitment to life” – Carlos Santana

Listen to Cruizin on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 19/3).

Dave Bradshaw – Forever Grey

The story behind Dave Bradshaw’s development as a contemporary urban jazz artist after years as a renowned, very versatile sideman in Southern California is as poignant as “Jumpstep” is uplifting. For 13 years, he was a member of the Al Williams Jazz Society, a popular, multi-faceted ensemble led by the popular jazz drummer and jazz promoter, known for their regular gigs at Spaghettini in Seal Beach and rousing annual performances at the Long Beach Jazz Festival. The keyboardist had the pleasure of opening for genre greats like Kenny G and Brian Culbertson; he was often inspired by their success and felt like he had the potential to become an artist and performer in his own right. But at some point, while continuing at the top of his game technically, he started feeling like he was losing his passion for music.

The passing of Bradshaw’s father in 2010 changed everything, making him realize like never before that time was quickly passing by and if he wanted to pursue deeper dreams, this was the time. Composing became a necessary catharsis, and he began putting all of his intense emotions over his dad’s loss into music. Excited by what he was writing, he invested in DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) software and started making his own beats and tracks. He was encouraged by many of his musical cohorts to do a recording. He started off very DIY, printing his own CDs with graphics he created himself.

His first album was Set Me Free (2016), now followed by Flipside (2018). We are excited to announce the release of keyboardist Dave Bradshaw Jr’s new single, “Forever Grey” featuring Earth, Wind & Fire Horns! “Forever Grey” is written and produced by Bradshaw, and mixed by Darren Rahn. This new single is taken from the new album Flipside. We think the melody is outstanding!

Listen to Forever Grey on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 19/3).

Eric Valentine – Tis So Sweet (for Wayman)

Stepping out from behind his drum kit, Valentine thrives playing his skills as a songwriter and multi-instrumentalist on Velvet Groove, playing keyboards, synths, bass, vocals, percussion and drums on the disc comprised of ten full songs – nine of which he penned or co-penned – along with three reprises. The star power illuminating the high-level session of deft rhythms and grooves include Grammy winner Kirk Whalum, multiple Grammy nominee Gerald Albright and chart-toppers Richard Elliot, Rick Braun, Adam Hawley, Elan Trotman, Brian Simpson and Greg Manning are among those who texturize the lush tracks.

An artist who had a significant impact on Valentine was late bassist Wayman Tisdale for whom Valentine wrote “‘Tis So Sweet” for Velvet Groove.

“The sounds and grooves on Wayman’s early recordings made me study and practice to his music, not knowing that I would go on to perform shows on a couple of tours with him. His melodies are always sing-able and his grooves are strong. He’s definitely still one of my musical influences.”

– Eric Valentine

Listen to Tis So Sweet on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 19/3).

Peabo Bryson – Looking For Sade

Looking For Sade

Peabo Bryson has established a career as one of the premier male vocalists in contemporary music of the last quarter century. Possessing a beautifully rich, almost operatic voice, this two-time Grammy Award-winner has survived and prospered despite the passage of time and changes in popular musical trends.

With twenty albums to his credit, Peabo Bryson has enjoyed an unprecedented, across-the-board level of international success, Bryson has the distinction of being the first artist in music history to have separate records topping four different charts.

His new single Looking For Sade is featuring famous saxophonist Boney James.

Listen to Looking For Sade on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 19/3).

Greg Adams and East Bay Soul – Possibilities

Trumpet legend Greg Adams was the bedrock of the formation Tower of Powers. As a founding member of the group he has recorded fourteen albums and composed many of their hits. Nowadays his focus is on the band East Bay Soul.

The band currently consists of Greg Adams (trumpet, flugelhorn, and background vocals), Darryl Walker (lead vocals, tenor sax), Lee Thornburg (trumpet, fugelhorn, and background vocals), Johnnie Bamont (alto, tenor and baritone saxes, flute, and background vocals), Greg Vail (alto, tenor sax, flute and background vocals), Nick Milo (keys and background vocals), Kay-Ta Matsuno (guitar), Dwayne “Smitty” Smith (bass), Herman Matthews (drums, and background vocals), and Johnny Sandoval (Latin percussion and background vocals).

The formation started in 2009 with the same named debut album. Soon followed East Bay Soul 2.0 (2012), That’s Life (2015) and this year Conversation. We are excited to announce the release of legendary trumpeter and founding father of Tower Of Power, Greg Adams’ (with his current supergroup, East Bay Soul) new single, Possibilities! Possibilities leans on a funky Shuffle beat with pro-active trumpet horns in the style of Herb Alpert.

Listen to Possibilities on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 10/3)