Paolo Rustichelli – Hypnofunk

 

Born in Rome, Paolo Rustichelli is an Italian composer, piano & keyboard virtuoso, singer and producer who composes and performs his music completely by himself. He amazes audiences with his eclectic styles that make him unique and recognizable . His peculiar sound cluster has become emulated by artists worldwide. Among his album projects, Paolo recorded, performed and produced for rock-jazz superstars Carlos Santana and Miles Davis.

Paolo’s new single “Hypnofunk” features his virtuous performance on piano.

“I like Paolo’s ability to mix classical and jazz elements together, in a simple and innovative way, it’s really refreshing!…”

– Miles Davis

Listen to Hypnofunk on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 7/4).

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James “PJ” Spraggins – Bounce Back

On the heals of his third album release “Time to Heal” (2015), Birmingham, Alabama – based drummer/producer James “PJ” Spraggins has been hard at work providing the backbeat for many artists from jazz guitarist Eric Essix to most recently chart-topping jazz flutist Kim Scott. Currently, PJ is working on his next project which will feature this brand new single, “Bounce Back.” The upbeat inspirational vibe of “Bounce Back” is sure to be music to the ears of jazz lovers the world over.

“Bounce Back” features Donald Hayes on Sax, Sean Michael Ray on bass as well as Theo Gkoutsidis on the guitar with Spraggins providing the drums, keys, vocals along with mixing, writing and producing the track.

Listen to Bounce Back on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 7/4).

Nicholas Cole – Soulmate

Keyboardist Nicholas Cole has surprised the smooth jazz community with his solo albums A Journey of One (2010) and Endless Possibilities (2012). His fame is likely to rise by his album Night Sessions (2015).

Meanwhile this wunderkind can be found on albums of well-known musicians such as Brian Simpson (Just What You Need), Steve Cole (Pulse), Julian Vaughn (Breakthrough, Limitless), Lebron (Shades),  Elisabeth Mis (Breakaway), Lin Rountree (Serendipitous, Soulfunky), Jeff Kashiwa (Let It Ride) or Marcus Anderson Style Meets Substance).

From the forthcoming album The Weekend we now present the single Soulmate featuring Chieli Minucci on acoustic guitar going for adds July 22, 2019.

Listen to Soulmate on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 7/4).

The Allen Carman Project – Carisma

Thanks to the clever title of the debut album by rapidly-burgeoning urban-contemporary jazz supergroup The Allen Carman Project, we now have a phrase that perfectly captures a unique and inspiring phenomenon. “Carmanology” is what happens when a lifelong musician – in this case, bassist Allen Carman – hooks up with masters of his chosen genre, rekindles his long set-aside dreams and creates an extraordinary recording chock-full of innovative sounds, infectious melodies, explosive grooves and irresistible radio hits.

More than the realization of the vision of a single artist, The Allen Carman Project is a fresh collective featuring a host of contemporary jazz greats, each contributing a distinct musical perspective. With a rhythmic and melodic foundation laid by Carman, Grammy-nominated keyboardist Philippe Saisse, percussionist Gumbi Ortiz and drummer Luis Alicea (all celebrated veterans of fusion legend Al Di Meola’s band), “Carmanology” fast becomes an expansive playground for fun, freewheeling creative contributions by saxophonist Andy Snitzer, violinist Evan Garr (also from the Di Meola fold), guitarist Marc Antoine, trumpeter Rick Braun and Grammy-winning guitar legend Nile Rodgers.

The band’s diversified positioning is confirmed by the samba piece Carisma, which recalls the good times of the composer Antônio Carlos Brasileiro de Almeida Jobim. Marc Antoine masters this genre with sovereignty on his acoustic nylon guitar.

Listen to Carisma on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 7/4)

Kenney Polson – Innocence

 

Based in the Pacific Northwest, Smooth Jazz saxman Kenney Polson has performed around the globe. His approach to music focuses on strong, memorable melody, appealing groove, and rich chord structure. Reviewing the album Paradise, Volume I jazz critic Scott Yanow writes, “Polson’s tones on his instruments are beautiful and he loves to caress the melodies, putting a lot of thoughtful emotion into the themes.”

His high-charting 2019 album For Lovers Only,  blends smooth jazz with rhythm and blues and includes leading players such as guitarist Bruce Conte and keyboardist Roger Smith (Tower of Power), trumpeter Larry Gittens (Kool & The Gang), guitarist Phil Upchurch (Donny Hathaway and George Benson), and smooth jazz pioneer – pianist Tom Grant. Trombonist Fred Wesley (Parliament Funkadelic) and bassist/vocalist Michael Henderson (Miles Davis, Stevie Wonder) are also featured.

Listen to Innocence on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 7/4)

Carol Albert – Sun’s Out

 

Summer’s here and the Sun’s Out!

Fast emerging pianist/composer Carol Albert follows her two consecutive top 5 billboard hits with this vibrant Latin-spiced summer track. The first of Albert’s songs to be produced by hit-maker Paul Brown, it features Brown himself on guitar, Roberto Vally on bass, Gordon Campbell on drums along with Albert playing all keyboards while providing her trademark wordless vocal textures.

Listen to Sun’s Out on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 7/4)

PHAZE II – Release Me

 

A native Washington, D.C. jazz ensemble, PHAZE II has a unique style that bridges the gap between traditional and contemporary jazz. Their sound is smooth and rhythmic, fused with eclectic blends of jazz. This six-piece ensemble has extensive backgrounds in music that produce a wonderful chemistry on and off stage.

Their new single “Release Me” features vocalist Karen Linette, taken from the group’s new CD No Cover Charge.

Listen to Release Me on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 6/4).