Category Archives: CD Reviews

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

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…

John Dillard – Let’s Ride

There are so many times that we wonder why this guy doesn’t have a CD out to go with all of his great performances. We see them locally and wish…

Blake Aaron – Soul Stories

Let’s start out with the bottom line. I love this album. Guitarist Blake Aaron’s Soul Stories has already delivered three hit songs and every song on here has the same…

Red – Nelson Rangell

It’s like this. It took my breath away from the minute I hit play on track 1. This beautiful keyboard line that holds a promise that unfolds over 10 fabulous…

Brian Culbertson Live – 20th Anniversary Tour

Live has always been better from my point of view. No matter what the genre musicians stretch out more when they get on stage in front of a crowd. The…

Al Jarreau – My Old Friend – Celebrating George Duke

“There are times when you find a piece of music written by somebody else and you just get swept away by what they were saying in the song. Very often…

Style Meets Substance – Marcus Anderson

On Style Meets Substance Marcus Anderson has done something that few artists have managed to pull off. He has created an album that is fresh and thrilling without completely jumping…

Rick Braun – Can You Feel It

After taking a two album break from the music that has defined the sound of Rick Braun and put him at the top of the trumpet game for so long,…

Jackiem Joyner – Evolve

Saxophonist Jackiem Joyner recently released Evolve, his 5th CD. Joyner wrote and produced all 11 songs on his latest project. He calls this CD Evolve because it is a reflection…

Mindi Abair – Wild Heart

Somebody finally did it. In a world where musicians who have had a taste of airplay chart success seem to feel a gravitational pull toward the soundalike safety zone and…