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).

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).

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).