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Supercharged: Down to the Bone

Read "Down to the Bone" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Contemporary jazz doesn't come much better than the seventh release from this UK-based ensemble led by founder and producer Stuart Wade, who plays no instruments but is very instrumental in Supercharged's bright, crisp contemporary sound.

As drummer Adam Riley, alternating bassists Richard Sadler and Julian Crampton, and guitarist Tony Remy man the rhythm section, ...

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Down to the Bone: Supercharged

Read "Supercharged" reviewed by Jeff Winbush

The premise of Supercharged, the seventh album by Down to the Bone, is a simple one. It only asks the listener one question: “Do you wanna get down?

For those that answer with an affirmative “Good God, yes" this is your reward.

This is bobbing your head, wiggle your butt in your seat ...

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Steve Cole: True

Read "True" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Let's face it, the music genre(s) known as “Smooth Jazz or “Adult Contemporary Jazz or “Nu-Jazz (if, in fact, they are different genres) demonstrate little critical appeal among those who consider themselves “serious jazz enthusiasts. Elevator Music, Muzak, Weather Channel Music, whatever, Smooth Jazz gets precious little respect...as well it deserves. As a branch of jazz, ...

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Joyce Cooling: Revolving Door

Read "Revolving Door" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Gibson Guitars' 1999 Jazz Guitarist of the Year, Joyce Cooling, paints a bright and colorful picture on Revolving Door with loving strokes. You might be surprised to learn that this is her portrait of an often dark subject. Says Cooling, “'Revolving Door' is a metaphor for a situation we humans often find ourselves in where there ...

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Nick Colionne: Keepin' It Cool

Read "Keepin' It Cool" reviewed by Jeff Winbush

Nick Colionne sounds like a lot of guys. You'll hear a bit of George Benson here and a snatch of Wes Montgomery there, Jonathan Butler or Earl Klugh somewhere else. But that doesn't mean Colionne isn't original. It's just obvious that his style of playing has been influenced by other guitar greats.

Colionne has been ...

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Tessa Souter: Listen Love

Read "Listen Love" reviewed by Donald Elfman

How nice to hear a sophisticated singer who so completely respects the melody, the lyrics, and the moment. Tessa Souter contributes much to the evolution of the songs she chooses to perform--she finds ways through phrase, paraphrase, and instrumental accompaniment to add rich new color. Like Norma Winstone--whose lyrics for Jimmy Rowles' “The Peacocks she uses ...

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Jason Miles: Miles to Miles: In the Spirit of Miles Davis

Read "Miles to Miles: In the Spirit of Miles Davis" reviewed by Woodrow Wilkins

Mention Miles Davis and ears are sure to perk up--especially if you're talking about honoring the trumpet legend. And if you've got a good supporting cast, you can score--big time. That's what keyboardist/arranger/synthesizer programmer/producer Jason Miles has done with Miles to Miles: In the Spirit of Miles Davis.

With such all-stars as Gerald Albright, ...

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Jason Miles: Miles to Miles: In the Spirit of Miles Davis

Read "Miles to Miles: In the Spirit of Miles Davis" reviewed by John Kelman

Jason Miles has a wealth of experience and expertise in an area that is often under-appreciated. Synthesizer programming may not seem as significant as the folks who play the instrument, but the truth is that the wealth of programmed sounds for a recording can ultimately determine how contemporary-sounding and, equally importantly, how timeless it will become. ...

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Gabriela Anders: Last Tango in Rio

Read "Last Tango in Rio" reviewed by Woodrow Wilkins

Brazil and Argentina are rivals in soccer and basketball. And the people speak different languages: Portuguese and Spanish. However, there's one remarkable young singer who defies cross-border feuds. Gabriela Anders was born in Argentina, has embraced the music of Brazil and resides in the United States. Her multi-nationalism is reflected in her music. This is brought ...

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Gabriela Anders: Last Tango In Rio

Read "Last Tango In Rio" reviewed by Jim Santella

Hip and light, Last Tango in Rio features Gabriela Anders' whispered vocals in a swinging, contemporary affair. She multi-tracks her vocal selections to achieve a plurality in the spotlight, as her ensemble provides smooth sounds that recall the shoreline of her native Argentina.

Drifting smooth jazz and oceanfront scenes go together like cookies and ...