October 4th saw the release of the latest album Winter Stories from superstar keyboardist, composer, arranger, and trombonist Brian Culbertson. Years ago he found immediate success with his debut album recorded in his apartment shared with three college buddies. Fresh off a big hit with his last album Colors Of Love, a very romantic album released on Valentine”s Day in February 2018, this new album promises to be a big success as well. Our first listen is his song Sitting By The Fire. it immediately brought images and feelings to me of that wonderful experience.
David Benoit and Friends was released in August. Benoit is of course an icon with extensive work that includes the Peanuts television and movie specials, a musical career of 43 years, and his many credits include being considered one of the founders of smooth jazz. This week’s selection is Sly Fox. This is his friend keyboardist and fellow superstar Jeff Lorber’s super funky creation with Benoit on the Hammond along with some groovy brass.
Another August album release Crossroads is from trumpeter Rick Braun. Co Written by Chris Big Dog Davis and accompanied by David Dyson on the bass and Eric Valentine on the drums, the song to be played is Brazz Street.
Another fantastic new release is from San Francisco guitarist Joyce Cooling. After huge success and an almost cult following, after the release of her debut album Playing It Cool and her radio single South Of Market, Cooling released several more successful albums. Then she inexplicably stopped releasing new music. Her new album Living Out Loud released on September 13th is her first release in ten years. i will be playing the title track to Living Out Loud.
As always in the middle of the first hour I will play the Billboard top three songs in smooth jazz.
The second hour is devoted to smooth jazz classics.
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