Jawanza Kobie feat. Nils - "Imagine That" - JKM

Jawanza Kobie brings his incredible composing skills to bear on an array of styles and flavors that showcase his knowledge, skills and his influences which include notable jazz greats from Oscar Peterson and Ramsey Lewis, to Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea, along with Rock and Motown legends. All of those influences and more worked their way into his mind and heart, and can be heard on Jawanza Kobie Jazz Composer. Jawanza writes not only straight-ahead Jazz, but also writes convincingly in so many subcategories of Jazz as well. This first single “Imagine That” featuring SJ mainstay, guitarist and hit-maker Nils reveals just how well he plays with others! The entire album shows that Jawanza Kobie can write for so many instruments and voices and do it brilliantly. He has always wanted to be known as a composer more than a performer, and this album allows exactly that. As always, Jawanza’s skills and talents give him to ability to express his heart and soul. He is an intelligent man, a kind man, and even if you don’t know him yet, you will after this album.

Michael Silverman/Eric Marienthal – “In These Times” – Autumn Hill

The most streamed pianist in the world teams up with multi-Grammy winning sax player to release the title track from their upcoming album, “In These Times.” In The Early Days of the Pandemic, Five Musicians Share their Talents from Five Separate Studios Across America. Like the rest of us, musicians had to be creative in their methods of self-expression during this unprecedented year. Long time collaborators Michael Silverman and Eric Marienthal have been composing and recording new music inspired by their hopes for a brighter future, when we can all get together, travel, and enjoy the things we may have all taken for granted. “In These Times” is the first single from this collaboration, and features several great musicians who have contributed from the safety of their home studios as well: keyboardist and producer James Lloyd (Pieces of a Dream), legendary bassist Jimmy Haslip (Yellowjackets, Jeff Lorber) and Michael’s brother, drummer Rob Silverman, who has become one of the most streamed percussionists in the world in his own right.

Reza Khan – “Waiting for the Sky” – Painted Music

Reza Khan’s latest album Imaginary Road is best described as globally conscious contemporary jazz – adventurous in its fusion of jazz and global rhythms, vibes and aesthetics, yet always includes bright, infectious melodies and intoxicating grooves that lift the spirit. With dynamic references to his cultural roots and fascinating ensemble action under his production guidance by some of the jazz world’s most notable musicians, Khan offers new hope in an ever changing world of music. Khan had been traveling to Spain frequently (pre-pandemic), and during his last trip he and his band performed at the Matisse Club, a place where jazz and salsa music mingle freely. Inspired by the energy of those gigs, the five-piece ensemble hit the studio one weekend to cut the seven scratch tracks that laid the foundation for what evolved into Imaginary Road. Personnel includes: Mark Egan, Dave Mann, Miles Gilderdale, Philippe Saisse, Sergio Pereira, Matt King, Maurizio Zottarelli, and Fernando Saci.

Merlon Devine - "Move" - Devine Music Group

Closing in on 20 years as a recording artist, saxophonist Merlon Devine delights on his latest upbeat, ultra-hipster single with a message we all need as we inch slowly towards a world post-pandemic: “Move.” The saxophonist invites us into the tight, infectious hook immediately, surrounding his punchy sax and horn textures and tight mid-tempo funk grooves with a swirl of atmosphere and cool old school sonic effects. That dynamic energy continues on the first verse, with Devine’s soulful sax playing sensually over an irresistible thumping beat. One of the most exciting aspects of the track is the unexpected moments along the sonic journey. Rather than simply go from verse straight back to the chorus, Devine creates suspenseful escalating horn lines and riffs playfully off those. Before getting back to the verse melody, he follows the second chorus with a bar of snazzy horn texturing with just the beat underneath before the expansive elements of the production kick in. Along the way, he continues to insert unexpected textured horn accents, which sometimes romp over underlying improvisations off the main sax melody.

Philip Patterson - "Monday" - Philosophy Music

For everyone who has ever had the “Monday Blues”, this song is the perfect remedy. It’s the new Sunday night/Monday morning anthem to get your mind right and your motivation on point. The beginning soft piano launches straight into an upbeat, body moving groove that just keeps getting better through every note. Listening to this song will have you believing nothing can get you down. Philip’s euphonious composition celebrates the complimentary sounds of piano and horns that give voice to a steady beat. The “Bah, bah dah…bah, bah dah” from the keys is catchy, and by the end it’s hard to resist vocalizing these notes out loud, as if you’re a part of the melodious ensemble. Fresh music is what we’ve been craving; a break of the mundane, and this song delivers right on time. With everything we’ve been through this past year, “Monday” just might become your favorite day of the week.

Isaac Edwards - "On The Town" - Next Paradigm

Newly signed member of Next Paradigm Records, Isaac Edwards, is bringing the heat with his new single “On The Town”. This uptempo dance hit features modern production with the flair of singable melodies, produced by Multi #1 hit making phenom/ bassist/ keyboardist Jacob Webb. Also joining in on flugelhorn is the ever so talented Randall Haywood! Edwards, a San Diego based saxophonist doesn’t just flourish solely in the music scene, but is also armed with a degree from Pepperdine University School of Law. Isaac litigates hundreds of cases during the day while performing in clubs all around southern California at night! Just recently, Isaac was featured on Rick Braun’s show “Rick’s Cafe Live”, a series that showcases the hottest musicians in contemporary Jazz! The combination of Isaac’s smooth/soulful tone and Jacob Webb’s unique dance/groovin’ production gives birth to another hit in contemporary jazz! “On The Town” is a MUST ADD to your Q1 collection of music.

Chris Walker - "Jarreau" - evosound (Evolution Music Group)

We’re In This Love Together – Celebrating Al Jarreau was originally a kickstarter campaign project created by Chris Walker, Jarrea­u’s protege and friend who spent twenty­ years traveling the globe with the jazz­ maestro. First released in 2019, it is now re-released by evosound. This musical tribute album, co-produced by Chris Walker & Larry Williams, features a stellar line-up of artists who came together to honor the seven-time Grammy winner from the jazz, R&B and gospel worlds; including Arturo Sandoval, Bob James, Dave Koz, David Foster, Gerald Albright, Kirk Whalum, Larry Williams, Marcus Miller, Nathan East, Regina Belle, Rick Braun, Will Downing and others. The project is performed with admirable attention to detail and respect for the wondrous vocal craft and musicianship of Al Jarreau from open to close.

Bobby Lyle - "Living In The Flow" - Independent

Legendary pianist/organist Bobby Lyle has returned to the music scene in serious smooth and contemporary mode with his compelling new single “Living in the Flow”. The tight rhythm section of Nate Phillips (bass), Jay Williams (drums), and Kerry Wilkens (guitar) provide the perfect radio friendly backdrop for Lyle’s signature piano melodies. This tune is only one of eleven tracks that comprise a complete album called “Ivory Flow” that is slated for a March release and was two years in the making.