Category Archives: CD Reviews

Reviews of CDs that came across the SmoothViews desk that we think are worth a listen.

Chris Walker “We’re In This Love Together, Celebrating Al Jarreau”

OK.. I can see your eyes glaze over at the mention of a tribute album. More remakes of familiar songs to feed the boomer nostalgia market and a radio format…

Nelson Rangell – By Light

Just. Absolutely. Stunning. This album is like a restoration of every element that made contemporary/smooth jazz so exciting before adventurous spirit and emotional engagement were replaced with passive relaxation. The…

Embrace – Jeff Ryan

A long time ago I was music director at a radio staiton that had a Sunday morning jazz brunch show. This was the most musically exciting time for the emerging…

Cindy Bradley – Natural

Fresh, fun, and ultra contemporary. Those are the words that best describe Natural and those are the elements that pull every song on the album and the project itself far…

Dwight Sills – Short Stories

You know Dwight Sills. The name may not have hit you between the eyes the first time you saw it on our home page but when you think a lil’…

Fourplay – Silver

I have to start with the anthemic rock guitar shred. It’s Chuck Loeb on track seven and it’s a complete surprise showing up in the middle of a Fourplay album….

Dean Mongerio Inter/Change

Cutting to the chase – this is one of the most exciting new releases I have heard in the last 20 years. Fresh, different, boundary-busting, it delivers a high level…

Mindi Abair and The Boneshakers Live In Seattle

That’s the iconic Maxell ad that didn’t need words to show exactly how that perfect album can hit you. When was the last time you felt like that? Put an…

Lorraine Feather – Flirting With Disaster…

A Review In Two Chapters Listen to the album while you read this. You are going to love it and you can buy it without even having to get out of…

Lebron – New Era

Saxophonist Lebron Dennis (Lebron) has released his second offering on the Trippin N Rhythm label, and has a lot to show this time out. Surrounded by a host of great…