Erik Hjelt – Cherish

Keyboardist Erik Hjelt‘s new single “Cherish” offers a fresh, jazzy interpretation of Kool & The Gang’s hit. It’s the first single from Erik’s new album, Divine Nature.

Artists joining Hjelt on the new single include Mel Brown on bass, Ricardo Silviera on guitar, and Will Kennedy on drums.

We think you and your listeners will dig it!

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

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Jacqui Brown – Why Oh Why

Along with our friends at Woodward Avenue Records, we are excited to announce the release of Jacqui Brown‘s new single, “Why Oh Why”!

Co-written by Jacqui Brown and her husband Paul Brown, “Why Oh Why” features Jacqui on lead vocals, and Paul on guitar and background vocals. We at Gorov Music are very impressed by their songwriting and musical performances.

“There are multiple reasons why I wrote the single, “Why Oh Why”. So many people are facing changes in the world such as it is and many of the women (and some men) I work with, have or are, facing such big challenges due to loss of partners, children, homes, and jobs, and many are having to go it alone. I think this song represents all their words and sentiments about how hard it is to face life as it presents itself to them,” said Brown.

“Working with my incredibly talented husband on this project is a blessing on so many levels. Our children are both grown so we have this new time to spend together. Creating music that touches people’s souls brings a whole new intimacy to our long life together. Am I a lucky girl? You bet I am!”

Listen to Why Oh Why on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 5/4).

Michael Lington – Silver Lining

Denmark born saxophonist Michael Lington is a constant deliverer to the smooth jazz scene. Starting with his self-titled album in 1997 he continued with Vivid (2002), Everything Must Change (2002), Stay With Me (2004), A Song For You (2006), Heat (2008), Pure (2012), Soul Appeal (2014), Second Nature (2016) and Silver Lining (2018).

Saxman Michael Lington’s new single “Silver Lining” is the title track from Michael’s album, Silver Lining. It’s the follow-up to Michael’s hit singles “City Life” and “Deja Vu”. Silver Lining is a metaphor for optimism and this positive radiation is the main motif of this theme.

“Silver Lining”
written by Barry Eastmond and Michael Lington

Michael Lington – Alto sax
Paul Jackson Jr – Guitars
Barry Eastmond – Keyboards
Alex Al – Bass
Teddy Campbell – Drums
Lenny Castro – Percussion
Michael Stever – Trumpet

Listen to Silver Lining on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 4/4).

U-Nam – Artbeat

 

The buzz that from the get-go has surrounded “Future Love” from writer, producer and guitarist Emmanuel “U-Nam” Abiteboul shows no sign of abating. As well as becoming the #1 best selling jazz and smooth jazz album at Amazon US, in the top 20 of that same category at iTunes US, #13 on the smoothjazz.com top 50 major album charts and #20 on the Billboard Top 25 jazz albums chart, it has also reinforced U-Nam’s status as a perennial musical trendsetter.

Indeed, with nine top 30 Billboard hits already to his name U-Nam, propelled by the vibrant “Future Love”, is currently enjoying unbridled success. It is a collection with the magic ingredient of being radio ready throughout and this was perfectly demonstrated by Future Love’s zesty title cut that was the first single to hit the airwaves. Now, and perhaps reflecting his emergent standing as the heart beat of smooth jazz, he is doing it all again with the cleverly titled “Artbeat” that will be going for adds on May 27th, 2019.

A feel good tune of immense proportions (which includes Mattias Roos on Rhodes plus Dwayne “Smitty” Smith on bass, this ultra smooth soul jazz extravaganza has a delicious seventies style vibe that might well be described as U-Nam’s own “Breezin’” of 2019. It is a comparison that will not be lost of George Benson aficionados the world over and as smooth jazz fans everywhere prepare for another sizzling summer it is the sunshine filled “Artbeat” that will provide the musical backdrop.

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

Jake Shimabukuro – Time of the Season

Every major artist has that one defining album or performance, but for ukulele master Jake Shimabukuro, his entire career has been filled with such magical achievements. Since he first came to the world’s attention with his deeply beautiful and original take on George Harrison’s “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” in a viral video that dominated YouTube in 2005, the Hawaiian-born Shimabukuro has virtually reinvented the four-string instrument, causing many to call him “the Jimi Hendrix of the ukulele.”

The Zombies’ “Time of the Season” was one Shimabukuro often heard in his house growing up, and on The Greatest Day he trips into nostalgia with an elegant rendition that features some of his smoothest, Wes Montgomery-like phrases.

Listen to Time of the Season on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 4/4).

Lisa Addeo – Never Enough

 

Lisa Addeo plays jazzy piano and sings delivering soulful vocals with a sultry swoon.

Lisa broke attendance records as a young adult playing piano alongside the legend Liberace as his protege at Radio City Music Hall. Fans describe her as a ‘world-class musician’ and say her music is ‘tenderly intimate, exquisitely arranged masterpieces, a joy to listen to.’ One fan wrote, “Prepare to fall in love with Lisa’s music. It will take you to a place you’ll want to stay.”

Lisa’s new single “Never Enough” is filled with improvisation, melody, subtle hooks and terrific musicianship.

Listen to Never Enough on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 4/4).

The Philippe Saisse Trio – Constant Rain

The Philippe Saisse Trio’s hit-filled The Body and Soul Sessions gets remastered by Grammy winner Colin Leonard for release on June 21

An acoustic jazz trio and a multiple Grammy-winning mastering engineer who has plied his deft touch to records by Alessia Cara, Jay-Z, Justin Bieber, Khalid and others totaling over 100 million in album sales may seem like strange bedfellows at first. But keyboardist Philippe Saisse has a history with Colin Leonard dating back a few years and now calls upon him to master all his recording projects. Leonard had been itching to get into a vinyl release after having recently acquired a lathe cutting machine that presses vinyl albums thus Saisse’s idea to revisit his trio’s 2006 release, “The Body and Soul Sessions,” instantly intrigued Leonard. The remastered album drops June 21 for the first time on vinyl and will also be available as a CD and in digital form on the Bandar Log Music label.

An eclectic collection of a dozen pop, R&B and jazz covers, “The Body and Soul Sessions” spawned four singles, including No. 1 hits “Do It Again” and “September.” With Saisse’s spirited and nimble piano, Fender Rhodes and keyboards, David Finck’s bouncy and probing acoustic bass, and Scooter Warner’s crackling drum and percussion rhythms, Saisse describes the swinging, buoyant Goh Hotoda-produced set as “a fun, party record that was a really successful album.”

Listen to Constant Rain on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 4/4).