Dee Lucas · On The Verge

Saxophonist Dee Lucas has released a brand new single titled "On The Verge’". In this offering, the soprano saxman delivers both a catchy and infectious hook combined with a story-telling melody spreading inspiration and optimism as the overall message. 

"On The Verge" is a ANOTHER smooth but energetic song from Dee’s 10th solo album No Boundaries which is destined to be a favorite among Smooth Jazz listeners. 

"On The Verge"
Dee Lucas - Soprano Saxophone
Melvin Baldwin - Drums
Bob Baldwin - All other instruments

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Herb Alpert · Slow Down

"Slow Down" is the latest single from Herb Alpert's new album, Wish Upon A Star. The track was written and produced by Herb and his longtime collaborator, fellow Smooth Jazz artist and keyboardist Jeff Lorber. The upbeat, funky groove is grounded in Lorber's syncopated comping while Herb's trumpet melodies soar high above. Lorber interjects with soulful interludes on both organ and piano. The sound is filled out with Mitchell Long's skillful guitar and Gary Novak's locked-in drums. 

Wish Upon A Star is the 88-year-old Alpert's 49th studio album and includes covers of iconic tunes like Jerry Reed's "East Bound And Down", Elvis Presley's "(Marie's The Name) His Latest Flame", The Beatles' "And I Love Her", and Cat Stevens' "Father And Son". 

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Jeff Lorber Fusion · The Drop

“I think it’s easy to write music but it’s hard to write great music,” confesses trailblazing and Grammy-winning keyboardist, composer and producer, Jeff Lorber. “I am always looking for inspiration, and it doesn’t take much for me to drop whatever I’m doing to chase an idea for a new song if I hear something that inspires me.” A consummate musician, Lorber’s passion, technical wizardry, forward-thinking and earnest approach, and sheer musicianship, have inspired legions of musicians for over five decades. A groundbreaking Fender Rhodes pioneer along with Herbie Hancock, Joe Sample and Bob James, Jeff Lorber is also one of the most in-demand producers in Contemporary Jazz. September 22, 2023, Lorber will release his latest inspired work on Shanachie Entertainment, The Drop, an album of originals which unites him with an all-star cast including bassist and longtime Jeff Lorber Fusion members bassist Jimmy Haslip and drummer Gary Novak, guitarists Paul Jackson, Jr. (also a member of Jazz Funk Soul with Lorber and Everette Harp), Snarky Puppy’s Marc Lettieri, bassist Cornelius Mims, drummer Gary Novak and saxophonist David Mann, among others. Lorber’s goal for his anticipated recording was simple. “I focus on making music that’s fun, exciting and fresh that I enjoy, and that I hope other people will feel uplifted and energized by when they listen to it,” shares Lorber, who is a big fan of audible and kindle books, with a keen interest in science fiction and detective books.

Willie Bradley · Ride The Vibes ft. Ragan Whiteside

Willie Bradley is a native of Orangeburg, SC and a graduate of South Carolina State University, Orangeburg, SC where he earned his BS Degree in Music Education and Performance. Over the course of his career, he has become a go –to musician for many of soul music’s greats over the years. His music reach spans worldwide and can be heard on Smooth Jazz Radio Stations to include Sirius XM, Music Choice, Pandora, Spotify, and iHeart Radio.

In 2014, Willie released his debut Contemporary Jazz CD “Another Day & Time” produced and co-written by keyboardist/Recording Artist Nicholas Cole.

On his sophomore CD project (2018) “Going With The Flow”, Willie showed the music world that he was not just going with the “average” flow of things. Together with multi-award-winning producer Preston Glass, (Kenny G., George Benson, Earth Wind & Fire and many more) they brought together a fantastic group of songs as well as a cast of stellar musicians. This musical adventure was merely an appetizer of sweet things to come.

Rainforest Band · Smooth Sexy

Rainforest Band is a contemporary jazz ensemble hailing from the San Francisco Bay Area. The group features Saxophonist Dave Ellis, Bassist Tony Saunders, Guitarists Vernon “Ice” Black and Lorn Leber, Keyboardist Sylvester Burks and Drummer “Big Thomas” McCree.

Each member has individually recorded and performed with some of the biggest names in music including Stevie Wonder, Mariah Carey, Herbie Hancock, Whitney Houston, Eric Clapton and Aretha Franklin. The members have known each other and have collaborated on various projects for over 25 years.