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Citrus Sun Returns »

Incognito founder Jean-Paul “Bluey” Maunick has joined forces with guitarist Jim Mullen to resurrect Citrus Sun. The new, mostly instrumental recording, People of Tomorrow, is available in the U.S. on March 17. Bluey elaborates on the light and breezy feel of People of Tomorrow: “In terms of sound it is also more sparse as it […]

Dianne Reeves – Beautiful Life »

Dianne Reeves returns to music stores today with her new recording, Beautiful Life. As she mentions in her YouTube introduction, “It’s been about, what, five years since I’ve been in the studio. In that five years, I’ve lived a lot of life.” She’s got some all-stars joining her: Robert Glasper, Gregory Porter, Richard Bona, Terri Lyne […]

New Projects from Marcus Miller »

Marcus Miller recently posted on Facebook what he’s been up to: Finishing Alex Han’s first album, started work on Al Jarreau’s tribute to George Duke last week, writing for David Sanborn and myself. Don’t know about you but that sounds like a whole lot of awesome to me!

David Sanborn – Isn’t She Lovely »

I remember David Sanborn dedicated each of his recordings to his son Jonathan Sanborn. Looks like Jonathan is a bassist and has given David a couple of granddaughters! Check out this intimate video of the Sanborn men playing “Isn’t She Lovely?” in David’s home studio.

The Wonder of Christmas by Scott Wilkie »

Scott Wilkie has a new holiday recording called The Wonder of Christmas. It’s solo acoustic piano renditions of all of your seasonal favorites. And by “all,” I mean all. With 17 covers of the classics, you’ll find several that you’ll have on your Christmas playlist. I remember being impressed by Scott’s first recording, Boundless, nearly […]

Salute to George Duke in Kansas City »

The annual Kansas City’s 18th & Vine Jazz and Blues Festival (formerly Rhythm & Ribs) has announced a Salute to George Duke theme for its October festival. George Duke was announced as the headliner for this year’s fest shortly before his death. Among those participating are Pieces of a Dream, Bobby Lyle and Maysa. Catch local […]

Bob James with Rob Swift Live »

I loved the Bob James/Rob Swift collaboration on “Street Smart” from Bob’s Morning, Noon & Night release. Didn’t know about this live version they did of “Nautilus.”

Top of the Chart – July 1988 »

Here were the top-selling contemporary jazz recordings in summer 1988, according to the July 8, 1988 issue of Billboard! George Howard – Reflections Bobby McFerrin – Simple Pleasures Basia – Time and Tide Rippingtons featuring Russ Freeman – Kilamanjaro David Benoit – Every Step of the Way Tim Heintz – Searching the Heart Chick Corea […]

NEXT Collective »

I love any modern jazz project that has the potential to reach new audiences. Cover Art, the new recording from the NEXT Collective has interpretations of songs by Drake, Bon Iver, Dido, Pearl Jam, Kanye West and more. The collective Features rising jazz stars: saxophonists Logan Richardson and Walter Smith III, guitarist Matthew Stevens, keyboardists […]

Ultimate Nu Jazz Sounds »

Sample the new compilation, Ultimate Nu Jazz Sounds (35 Essentials for Nu Jazz, Lounge, Chillout and Smooth Jazz Lovers), below. iPad and iPhone users can sample it at iTunes. What do you think? Amazon.com Widgets