Post pandemic world shutdown music fans have been looking for uplifting, vibrant and funky tunes. I know I have! Check out the latest release from saxophonist Candy Dulfer, with 14 originals working with famed producer/guitarist and Chic member Niles Rodgers on tracks ‘Jammin’ Tonight’ and ‘Convergency’. Both funkadelic high energy tunes that showcase her funky talents and what she learned hanging and touring with Prince.
Bassist, Marcus Miller, spotlights his skills on ‘The Walls’ - a smooth late night jam that makes you want to lower the lights and take it all in.
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Of the nearly one dozen original studio albums released by smooth jazz guitar guru Nils, no project likely possesses more personal meaning to him than his latest project. It was during 2021, as the pandemic raged on, that the German born artist was criss-crossing the Atlantic to his birthplace of Munich to care for his ailing parents. It was during that rough and challenging span that Cool Shades was born.
While work on the album proved to be a cathartic experience of personal emotion, Nils still infused his album with those flowing, funky and stylish grooves that fans have loved throughout his career, including yours truly.
Whether you've been an avid fan of his musical prowess since the What The Funk? era, or that of other masterpieces like Pacific Coast Highway, ...
Dave Koz & Friends Christmas Ballads (25th Anniversary Collection)
Can we start calling him Mr. Christmas yet? With the release of Christmas Ballads, I'm quite sure Dave Koz joins the ranks of Kenny G, Bing Crosby and Johnny Mathis as a curator of all things musically merry, and the holiday hits just keep on coming with this beautiful batch of heartwarming ballads. If Dave is Mr. Christmas, that must make David Benoit, Rick Braun and Peter White his special elves, because those three amigos light up this record like a fully-festooned holiday tree!
"The Christmas Waltz" sets the seasonal mood with all four lending luscious licks to this festive favourite. They then embrace "Away in a Manger/Silent...
Chris Standring - Silent Night
Being the host of the 'Night Show', I'm always on the lookout for evening related recordings, especially for the Christmas holidays. UK born/US resident guitarist, Chris Standring, has released a classic Christmas album with a focus on his vintage style of playing. With inspiration from George Benson and Wes Montgomery, Chris has developed that real 'cool groove sound' making his guitar playing so distinctive. That cool groove is showcased throughout the album, starting with the very first track, "Deck The Halls" with upright
Boney James - Detour
Not many things in life you can always count on, except of course the examples mentioned in perpetuity through much of the history of humankind, but sax veteran, Boney James, dropping another album ripe with sweet, soulful and sensual melodies is practically a given and a guarantee in this musical day and age.
The four time Grammy nominee follows up the massive commercial success of 2020's Solid with his latest...