d.Mills – Street

Artist / producer / songwriter d.Mills is noted for his outstanding jazz / R &B compositions. A talented musician, songwriter, recording engineer and artist, Mills plays guitar, piano and bass. At the age of fifteen he traveled the U.S. playing guitar for the Legendary gospel singer Shirley Caesar. An outstanding professional, Mills has a God given gift for composing catchy melodies.

His new single Street from his album Next Step is now on our turntable.

Listen to Street on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 12/4).

Andre Cavor – Stay With Me Tonight

“Stay With Me Tonight” is the debut single from Andre Cavor‘s new album, Reinvention. It’s the follow up release to his highly successful 2017 album, Road Trip. When you listen to “Stay With Me Tonight,” you will get a sexy, Spanish, sensual R & B vibe that will stimulate your emotions. Cavor has recorded a soulful saxophone rendition of Jeffrey Osborne’s huge 1983 classic R & B and pop hit.

Listen to Stay With Me Tonight on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 12/4).

Brian Culbertson’s 20th Album

The “XX” Album

First of all, I can’t believe I’m in the middle of producing my 20th album as a solo artist – the list of all 20 are below in case you want a refresher 🙂

So for this seminal recording (releasing on April 10th, 2020), I’ve decided to mix up the styles and sounds from my entire catalog and meld it into one album that represents who I am as an artist. That’s right, there’s gonna be lots of Smooth & Funky Instrumentals, but also some R&B, Pop, Gospel, Slow Jams, and of course, straight-up Funk!

All 12 songs are written and the recording starts on November 11th. Here are some guests and studio musicians that are going to record on this album.

Guests & Musicians on “XX”:

Avery*Sunshine – featured vocals & songwriting
Bootsy Collins – featured vocals & space bass
Noel Gourdin – featured vocals & songwriting
Nicholas Cole – songwriting/keyboards/programming
DW3 – vocals & songwriting
Chance Howard – vocals/keyboards/songwriting
Rodney Jones Jr. – songwriting/bass/guitar/keys
Micaela Haley – vocals
Patches Stewart – featured muted trumpet
Marcus Anderson – alto & tenor sax
Michael Stever – trumpet & horn arrangements
Marqueal Jordan – tenor & bari sax
Alex Al – bass
Paul Jackson, Jr. – guitar
Ray Parker Jr. – guitar
Isaiah Sharkey – guitar
Gerey Johnson – guitar
Khari Parker – drums
Lenny Castro – percussion
and more…

This is huge list of musicians, but with this large of a production, I need everyone!

Support Brian Culbertson on Indiegogo.

Will Sumner – The Girl

Born in Los Angeles, attending college for music in Boston and then spending his young adult life in Minnesota, Will Sumner played the clubs and led jazz bands for decades as he worked toward composing his first masterpiece, Tropic Zone released internationally to critical acclaim in 1980. Working alongside Prince, Yanni, The Peterson Family and many others on the Minneapolis music scene at the time, he started to receive industry recognition for his lush, heartfelt themes played over hot Latin rhythms, beautiful slow grooves and, of course, funky, driving electric riffs over amazing and complex modulations.

Eventually a move with his young family back to Southern California brought with it the opportunity to dive into film scores, trailers and commercial work, but his heart soon brought him back to his first love, jazz guitar.

From his album Ride The Wave we present the single The Girl.

Listen to The Girl on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 12/4).

Freddie Fox – Top It Off

Smooth Jazz guitarist Freddie Fox will be releasing his new album titled Limitless in November. Limitless will be Freddie’s third album release in over a long and successful career. A graduate of Berklee College Of Music, Freddie has toured with many top acts including Walter Beasley, Jennifer Holliday, Eric Benet, Atlantic Starr, Rose Royce, Sheila E., Evelyn Champagne King and numerous others.

Freddie’s guitar has never sounded stronger and more soulful than on the project’s first single “Top It Off,” a rhythmic, melodic, groove based track.

Listen to Top It Off on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 12/4).

Walter Beasley – Here (Aqui)

We are excited to announce the release of Walter Beasley’s new single, “Here (Aqui)”!  It’s the follow up to Beasley’s #1 single, “It’s Alright”.

“During the recording of this album my father was very ill and I lost my Mother to cancer.  One day while getting ready to visit them, I decided no matter what to accept responsibility for every day I was given.  I remember saying to myself, ‘you are responsible for what you do right here, right now’.

I picked up the saxophone and wrote this song” – Walter Beasley

Listen to Here (Aqui) on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 11/4).

GTF – Autumn Rain

Ten years after their debut Smooth Jazz album Always… made a strong international impact – earning airplay throughout the U.S., Norway, the UK, Japan, Poland and South America – GTF makes a highly anticipated return with Cross Paths – an eclectic jazz, pop and R&B infused collection of powerhouse instrumentals, soulful vocals, infectious originals and lush re-imaginings of classics by George Duke and Nat “King” Cole.”

The title Cross Paths is a reflection of a group whose core dynamic is driven by the intersection and intuitive chemistry of musical talents from Northern and Southern California and beyond. The five piece band is led by its namesakes, San Francisco based married couple George and Tracy Franklin. George is a vocalist and multi-instrumentalist who plays bass, keyboards and guitar; songwriter and associate producer Tracy also contributes backing vocals.

Taken from this album is the new single Autumn Rain.

Listen to Autumn Rain on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 11/4).