MOTOWN MOE Tropic of Groove Windee Records
True to his clever artist name, charting producer/keyboardist/mixer and mastering engineer Motown Moe (Kevin Dingle) hails from Detroit. In addition to eight solo projects, he’s worked with artists from all over the world, including fellow Michigan Smooth Jazz performer Nate Harasim. Moe’s latest album TROPIC OF COOL is a sexy, keyboard driven collection of enticing, mood setting, Chill-Jazz grooves, hypnotic melodies and sensuous atmospheres. The first single, “Beach Breeze,” will introduce new fans to the Motown Moe vibe, as the title track leads to more horn-infused, synth mastery on the mystical “Tropic of Groove,” while he adds a little acoustic guitar and sax on “Light of Life.” TROPIC OF GROOVE brings the heat with a beat!
PEET PROJECT Love Beagle Beat Records
When they say, “All you need is LOVE,” I’m certain the reference is in regards to the 4th independent album release from one of our favorite musical discoveries, Hungary’s Peet Project. While still in their 20’s, the ensemble features highly skilled, artfully creative musicians, who consistently push the Contemporary Jazz movement forward! At the helm of this multi-media, high-energy mix of Jazz, Funk & Pop is the uber talented, Péter Ferencz (Peet), who leads the band with great command and presence providing soulful violin and textured vocals. Voted ‘Debut Artist of the Year’ at the prestigious 2013 Catalina Jazz Trax Festival, Peet Project is sure to add to the awards list quickly with LOVE, as it’s garnering upward movement on radio airplay charts and quickly securing the boys line-up listings on jazz happenings in Europe and the States. From the recording’s current single, the catchy, “Jazz & Wine,” to the hit, “Night Is Falling,” to my favorite track, the pop-infused, “Feel Alive,” LOVE is all you need… at least for now!
JIM SAMUEL NOW Independent
Composer/pianist Jim Samuel Productions offers a compelling variety of textures and tempos on his latest release, NOW, featuring a stellar collection of originals, augmented by two sterling covers… namely the iconic “Mr. Magic,” featuring Gerald Albright Music’s brilliant sax work, and the Norah Jones hit, “Don’t Know Why.” Of the originals, I’m particularly drawn to the lovely “Serena,” featuring talented Smooth Jazz guitarist RobTardik, and the bittersweet “Now That You’re Gone,” featuring trumpet/flugelhorn master Tony Neenan. Also the driving, cool radio hit, "Off The Tracks" with Gerald Albright burning the sax, and "Binney Street" adding the fresh element of dance-electronica, while the title track continues to impart joy n' jazz with escalating piano and pulsating rhythms. NOW just might be Mr. Samuel’s best release yet!
WALDINO Let It Flow WaldinoMusic.com
The wonderment of Waldino continues with his most connected and creative album to date, LET IT FLOW! Sexy vibes, alluring lyrics and swirling electro grooves surround the title track, which comes in two flavors here, one with vocals and the other as a radio-friendly, jazzy re-mix! The musical craftsman has outdone himself on this exciting new project with 17 original tracks… Waldino has forged together an eclectic yet cleverly cohesive mix of sweet, Chill Jazz as heard on the single, “Let It Flow,” Electro Fusion, and “It’s A Beautiful Day,” plus Electro Dance which is pumpin’ on “Let’s Go” and “Hot Stuff,” Groove Funk as featured on “I Got The Groove, and “e-Motion,” as well as a splash of roadhouse blues on tunes “Chillin’ In The Ethereal Plane,” and “Funk Love Magic.” LET IT FLOW is in reference to going with the flow in life, in love and of course in laughter, “Trying hard to let loose all the things that bother us then we go out and let it go, then we go out and let it flow…” Amen.