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The Smooth Jazz Alley – Let’s Ride

The Smooth Jazz Alley is a San Francisco Bay Area based band founded by keyboardist Marco Montoya and guitarist Stan Evans. Their debut album was Been A Long Time Comin’ (2016). Stan left the band in 2017 and was replaced by drummer Kevin Lewis in 2018. The new duo released the single Let’s Ride, which is also the title of the second album, now on sale in 2020.

The following musicians are performing in addition to the duo: Joel del Rosario (guitar), KennyKen Franklin (bass), Matt Godina (guitar, keyboards, programming), Chieli Minucci (guitar), Andy Snitzer (sax), Roberto Vally (bass), Stanley Evans (guitar), Kenji Matsui (guitar wah), Tony Peebles (sax), Mona Attia (vocals), Lebron Dennis (sax), Eric Marienthal (sax), Carlyle Barriteau (guitar), Greg Vail (sax), and Tony Guerrero (trumpet).

The album starts with EBF featuring guitarist Joel del Rosario. Especially the Salsa piano solo lets you rock through the roof. On the titled song the band is joined by guitarist and producer Matt Godina, a well-polished artist who perfectly fits in the group.

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The Smooth Jazz Alley – Let’s Ride

The new album is almost here!! It took a little longer than expected but it is coming along far beyond what we could have imagined! We are in the final stages of tracking before it goes to mixing and mastering. The album will feature some big named artists in Smooth Jazz and of course Stan will be featured on a few tracks. Stan has also decided to stay on board as a writer for The Smooth Jazz Alley & will continue doing his part in the magic behind the scenes in the studio.

Additionally, we are excited to have drummer Kevin Lewis on board as executive producer who has played a vital role in assisting with producing tips behind the scenes, so we are really excited with everything that has transpired this year. Thank you to all of our fans who continue to support us by listening to our music and also to the radio stations that are continuing to play our songs. As always, keep checking back for updates!

The album will be soon available on

John Dillard – Let’s Ride

Hailing from Rochester, NY bassist John Dillard counts to his influences famous names such as Jaco Pastorius, Marcus Miller or Nathan East. He currently performs with Stephanie Mills, LeJuene Thompson, Brian Simpson, Matt Marshak, Jeff Kashiwa, The Sax Pack, Nick Colionne, and Four80East. Now he starts his own career with the debut album Let’s Ride

While John plays on his album bass and keys, he is supported by Quantavius Dillard and Richard Jenkins (drums), Lovell Bradford and Oli Silk (Rhodes), Lin Rountree (trumpet), Buff Dillard (trombone), Joe Lindsay, Reggie Graves, Matt Marshak and Marc Antoine (guitars), Marcus Anderson (sax, EWI), Gabriel Bello (synth), Ard Sherrod Jr. (sax), Paul Whitley (keys and organ), Chad Lawson (keys) on selected tracks.

Mix deep funk with with spoken words of Quentin Tailey and heavy slides on bass and you get Funk This – The Intro. A glooming business card with what could be. Playing funk is probably the most fun thing to do with a bass guitar. This wisdom heeded John and presents the funky Let’s Ride.

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John Dillard – Let’s Ride

Let's RideJohn Dillard embarks upon his journey, setting his pace on his first album as a solo artist, Let’s Ride. Many may recognize his appearance on countless stages around the country, holding down the bottom on bass with artists such as Brian Simpson, Stephanie Mills, and Matt Marshak. Let’s Ride is a project of passion, long suffering, and perseverance. John has been preparing for this his whole life unbeknown to him. All the songs were written and produced by John Dillard for J’MarDi Productions.

Let’s Ride opens with a horn-packed intro, featuring Lin Rountree on trumpet and Buff Dillard on trombone. Blending with the up-tempo groove is spoken word by Quentin Talley–setting the tone for what listeners can expect from John’s debut album and followed by the title track “Let’s Ride.” Its smooth, funk-groovy feeling will have you relaxed or wanting to ride with the top down with the wind lowing through your hair. Marcus Anderson adds his signature saxophone sound, and the background vocals by Mario Brown provide the finishing touch. “Gotta Make This Right,” laced with sax sounds by Art Sherrod. The first single, “Cruise Control,” featuring Marcus Anderson, is a funky bass groove accented with just a sprinkle of saxophone. The combination of the two perfectly demonstrates the musical chemistry they share.

The sexy, sensual “26 East” showcases Dillard’s playing skills. Joining him on guitar are Marc Antoine and Reggie Graves. Their pairing in melodic sync with John results in sultriness. Chad Lawson unleashes his piano chops and leads the mellow groove “I Need You” in conversation with John. “Window Seat” is grooviness that will have you snapping your fingers and dancing around the room or in your car and features Gabriel Bello on sax. The slow, electric, infectious, mood-altering aura of “Turbulent” has a vibe that will transport listeners into another state of mind. Lovell Bradford is featured on the Fender Rhodes and Matt Marshak on the guitar, who John also happens to accompany often on his shows. John really allows his playing skills to shine on the last song, “Forward.” He’s in unison with Oli Silk on keys and adds the perfect final touch to John’s much anticipated album.

Other artists contributing to Let’s Ride include guitarist Joe Lindsay, drummers Richard Jenkins, Calvin Napper and Quantavius Dillard. Keyboardist Paul Whitley makes an appearance on a couple tracks as well. Listen to this album at CDBaby.