Curated playlists are ever so trendy, it’s a chance for those of us who have access to share the music you may not have time in your busy life to keep up with or find. So here is one that is all new music. Scroll down for notes on each song. Radio usually plays the safest, most conservative track on the album. Good songs but there’s more to our genre than that, and these musicians shine when they color outside the lines. The goal is obvious. Listen to the songs, click on the albums, listen to them then make them your own. Buy them. There is not a single album represented here that isn’t full of strong songs. Support the the people who created the music. The first step is discovery, then sharing and owning, and sharing some more. You will need a Spotify account.
Damien Escobar – “Get Up And Dance” This energized track from breakthrough jazz/soul Violinist Escobar is the first single from his highly anticipated album “Boundless, ” His first album of self produced material. Primarily known for high intensity live performances but more mellow studio work it looks like this album will bring the heat.
Rick Braun – “So Strong” Braun’s new release Around The Horn shows him moving toward a more adventurous path and the opening track has a hot Brazilian groove to it.
Nathan East – “Shadow” feat Chick Corea East’s Reverence album covers a lot of territory – from smooth to soul to fusion and of course he executes it all to perfection. This track features Chick Corea.
Steve Watson – “Playtime” A collaboration with Chuck Loeb. When he is not recording and performing live this guitarist is a music educator based in his hometown, Greenville S.C.
Gerald Albright – “Taking Control” What can you say? He’s the master of Soul Jazz (and he can kill it straightahead too.) The title track from his first independent release has him absolutely Taking Control.
Adam Hawley – “East Lake” He may not be a household name yet but you have seen him set the stage on fire alongside everyone from Euge Groove, Dave Koz, Gerald Albright Sheila E to The Backstreet Boys and Jennifer Lopez. This album features some hot guests – Albright, Culbertson, Lington, Darius, and Groove. It’s uptempo smooth and I want to hear him record some solos like the ones he plays here.
Oli Silk “Take Me Away” – The UK Keyboardist knocks it out again with a breezy midtempo groove featuring Peter White (on guitar of course)
Cindy Bradley “Category A” – Her new album, Natural, drops on 3/31. Until then there is this collaboration with guitarist Chris Standring that is already climbing the charts.
Phil Denny “Valere” – From his Upswing album. Influenced by some of the best but not imitative, this is a solid sax album with some hot guest stars.
Kirk Fischer “Friends” – By day he is an Associate Professor of Accounting. In his other life he is a solid musician who has delivered a left field surprise with a little help from Greg Adams and East Bay Soul. To keep that kind of company you’ve gotta be solid. The title track from a consistently strong and diverse collection.
Chase Huna “Pure” Not even out of his teens Huna has shared the stage with some of the best. This track is from his stunning debut. When your producer/co-writer is Steve Oliver how could you miss!
Brian Simpson “Starbound” Going off the beaten path with dreamy electro-chill overtones
Jazz Funk Soul “Timmendorfer By The Sea” – Staying in the same mood but adding some horns here’s a song you can immerse yourself inside. Chuck Loeb, Jeff Lorber, and Everette Harp. How could it miss!..
JT Project featuring SOAR “Good Ol’ Jim” – An NYC based musical collective fronted by keyboardist Jacob webb and sax man Todd Schefflin come off a series of indie releases with their debut for Trippin’n’Rhythm label. Energized, melodic with a slight taste of smooth. The whole album is a fun listen and SOAR has their own project on the way..
Justin Klunk “Midnight” – And we get the most rockin sax this side of Mindi Abair from Klunk, who is currently touring with indie band Saint Motel. Love the anthemic power and guitar solo here. And BTW if you like horn driven rock with 80s “new wave” flair check out Saint Motel.