Stephanie Lottermoser – Hamburg

61Bf9HOaDOL._SL1200_The saxophonist and singer Stephanie Lottermoser, who comes from Munich and now lives in Hamburg, moves stylistically between jazz, soul, funk and pop. In the combination of playing the saxophone and singing, she has found her very own musical language. In 2013 Stephanie Lottermoser received a Bavarian Art Prize in the form of a scholarship for a six-month stay at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, where she wrote the music for her third album, Paris Songbook.

She completed her studies at the HMTM Munich, she was also a long member of the Bavarian State Youth Jazz Orchestra under the direction of Harald Rüschenbaum and is now herself a lecturer for the Ljjb in the Jazz Juniors course, which takes place four times a year in changing music academies in Bavaria. She has released five solo albums to date – Second Glance (2009), Good Soul (2013), Paris Songbook (2015/Downhill Records), This Time (2018/Motor Music) and this year Hamburg (Leopard Records/2021).

This album is available on Amazon.

Ricky Peterson And The Peterson Brothers – Under The Radar

4049774770791The Peterson Brothers – keyboardist Ricky Peterson, bassist Billy Peterson, drummer / guitarist Paul Peterson and their nephew, saxophonist Jason Peterson DeLaire – are musical high-profile institutions in Minneapolis, members and survivors of the musical revolution that brought the city of Minneapolis in the late 1970s and 80s learned. The brothers shaped and still shape the urban sound in the heart of Minnesota – and we all know that musical heartbeat. This is music that everyone can relate to, because it is characterized by a strong groove. Add to this the natural talent of these musicians and years of playing with the best of the best – from Prince to Bonnie Raitt, from Eddie Harris to Mose Allison, from Dave Sanborn to Boz Scaggs, from Fleetwood Mac to Bob Dylan, to name but a few .

On Under The Radar, the Peterson Brothers present new pieces based on the soul jazz of the 60s and 70s. It’s about groove! The fact that it took a couple of decades to get these world travelers together in the same room for a few days to record Under The Radar was worth it. On Under The Radar the Peterson Brothers present, for the first time together, new pieces based on the soul jazz of the 60s and 70s. A real groove highlight!

Buy the album on Amazon.

Sebastien Zunino – Ultimate Backing Track Collection SZBT

a2261548924_16Sebastien Zunino is a French guitarist who lives in Valencia, Spain. He works foremost as teacher for upcoming guitarists. Ultimate Backing Track Collection SZBT is a collection of wonderful tracks to inspire you and carry you away through an adventure in improvising.

Every track has a length of more than ten minutes and has a mesmerizing groove. We found this jewel at bandcamp.

Various Artists – NuLeaf

a3902712984_16As the rift between academic jazz, new age, and pop narrowed in the 1980s, DI.Y. practitioners of metronome driven riffs found new growth in a burgeoning managerial middle class, a commercial audience held captive in dentist offices and waiting rooms across America. Session players took to midi-banks stocked with every instrument imaginable and delivered on a road rage-induced demand to stay cool, relaxed, and focused all at once. The extra-wide cuts packaged here will be mint for years to come. Go ahead, break the seal on a fresh pack of Nuleafs. There’s only one sensation this smooth.

This is a smooth jazz collection by various artists like Michael Hayes, Larry Bright, George Shaw, Plunky, Calvin Keys, Frank Potenza, Tony Palkovic and James Dallas.

Available in vinyl and as digital copies at bandcamp.

Lynn Cannon – Let’s Go

176244148_3706284119470608_8410334547960874176_nLynn Cannon was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1958, and has been playing the Piano since age 12. Lynn’s musical roots come from Gospel, which is where he was first introduced to both acoustic Piano and Hammond B-3 organ. Lynn’s Mother has always been a major musical influence through her involvement with Gospel music and Church Choirs.

Following College, Lynn joined an R&B/Pop music band in the early 1980s, which served as his first exposure live performing. Following years of playing shows in local clubs and special events, Lynn started recording original contemporary Jazz music during the fall of 1998, which has evolved into his debut CD, Smooth Sailing, followed by Walk In The Park in ‘2001.

Lynn’s musical style has been influenced by such jazz musical greats like Jeff Lorber, Fattburger, and Greg Karukas. His three jazz releases cover a spectrum of different grooves and moods for a variety of Jazz listeners, whether on a long relaxing drive, enjoying a picnic in a park, or just special occasions with friends or your special someone.

He is a father of three, and has a wonderful wife. He is an aspiring musician, and plans to release more music projects in the near future, as well as seek out prime opportunities to perform live at music venues catering to jazz music fans.

His newest album is simply entitled Let’s Go (2021). The album can be streamed on all major platforms.

Be’Ne Music – Midnight Masala

81kgM-vazhL._SS500_Washington D.C native Benny Kyler developed his love of music back in elementary school. His passion for music has allowed him to explore many instruments however, he settled on woodwinds and Bass Guitar. Although music was his passion, it was placed on hold as he spent time in the military as an Army Medic and Practical Nurse. As he served his country, he never lost his love for music and was producing with his home studio while living in the Barracks.

Fast forward, as life and career has a tendency to redirect your musical path, Benny has found his way back to his first love; writing and producing Music. His time in the military and healthcare has exposed him to people and cultures from across the globe and shaped his taste in music, thus starting Be’Ne music. Be’Ne Music is a unique blend of musical genres which was the influence of his debut album entitled “ Midnight Masala.”

The album features talented collaboratives form across the country and across the globe. It is available at Amazon.com.

Shakatak – Live In Lockdown

178011807_10161154682159012_5002368578132032228_nOn Sept 20th 2020 the band Shakatak performed a virtual gig from the Hideaway in Streatham. A venue they’ve played many times with so many good memories. It was the first time they have seen each other for 6 months so that alone was great but it was such a treat to be able to play together again albeit with no audience which was a strange vibe.

As it turned out the house engineer Cliff Scott recorded the show and was kind enough to send to Bill Sharpe the audio files and from that they have created a live album from that night. The CD is called “Live in Lockdown” and accompanying this recording are 8 reworked versions of Shakatak songs that Jill and Bill have done over the last year and featured on Facebook.

It will be released on Secret Records June 25th as a CD and also on all digital platforms.

Steve Cole – Smoke And Mirrors

12_8On ‘Smoke and Mirrors‘, American smooth jazz saxophonist Steve Cole offers up an intimately personal reflection of his own true self, free of trickery or sleight of hand. Created entirely in pandemic-necessitated isolation, it brings together an all-star band with Cole’s longtime producer, co-writer and multi-instrumentalist David Mann.

The far-flung ensemble includes guitarist Bernd Schoenhart (Cher, Marc Anthony); trumpet and flugelhorn player Trevor Neumann (The Eagles, Jeff Lorber); organist Ricky Peterson (David Sanborn, Prince); bassists Mel Brown (Stevie Wonder, The Temptations) and Mark Egan (Pat Metheny Group, Sting); drummers Brian Dunne (Hall and Oates, Ariana Grande) and Todd Sucherman (Styx, Brian Wilson).

While there were certainly challenges to corralling this stellar roster of musicians remotely from home recordings or socially distanced studio settings, quarantine did prove an equaliser in another sense. “Everybody’s stuck at home,” Cole points out with a laugh. “There are a lot of musicians that I would love to work with, but it’s impossible because they’re always on the road. So there was a little silver lining in the fact that I could call old friends like Todd Sucherman and Brian Dunne, or amazing artists like Mark Egan, and they’re actually available.”

The new album Smoke & Mirrors will be available on June 18th, 2021 on all platforms.

Various Artists – Trippin ‘n Rhythm Smooth Jazz 2021

174427446_10159249674281163_4772494960189149185_nTrippin ‘n Rhythm Smooth Jazz 2021 is the new compilation which is now available on all major digital platforms for streaming and download. The album presents tunes of artists like Roberto Restuccia, Kayla Waters, Lin Rountree, Nick Colionne, Oli Silk, LeBron, Special EFX, Skinny Hightower, Julian Vaughn, Cindy Bradley, Nicholas Cole and Catie Waters.

Twelve titles and 50 minutes runtime for your pleasure.

Adel Jouini – Chasing the light

ChasingTheLightAdel Jouini was born in Tunisia in 1963 as son of the legendary singer-composer-lute player Hédi Jouini Adel. He is also a guitarist, singer, songwriter, composer, who has been brought up on a various genres, rhythm & blues, pop, soul, jazz, funk era of the 70’s. Later incorporating elements of Jazz and Latin music in his style.

Chasing the light is his smooth jazz album, which is available on Amazon.com.