SYLVER LOGAN SHARP – THE GROOVEMENT
An extraordinarily soulful and expressive vocalist best known as the voice of Chic for her 20 years of touring and recording with Nile Rodgers’ funk/disco band, Sylver Logan Sharp brings a deep musical history and a supremely eclectic vibe to her contemporary jazz debut The Groovement. Recorded live in Stockholm, the collection features a playful mix of dance/funk, dreamy R&B, rock, pop and jazz. While her emotional original ballads and edgy pop tunes are compelling, listeners will also discover fresh depth in the lyrics and melodies of a generous handful of classic hits that Sharp magnificently re-imagines, such as her first Smooth Jazz single, Christopher Cross' "Sailing." When she’s not singing, Sharp designs her own line of custom jewelry called Sylverwear, which has many celebrity clients. Likewise, The Groovement is loaded with musical jewels every listener will be dazzled by. ~smoothjazz.com
ERIC ROBERSON - WIND
Eric Roberson's one of the few people who can make us fall in love again with his music from the very first note of a record – as he does here on the opening track, which is an incredibly soulful ode to the greatness of Clarie Huxtable! The set only gets better as it moves on – and once again proves that Roberson's one of the hippest, most positive artists around – the kind of contemporary soul singer that owes nothing to the past – and makes us maybe even more glad that we've grown up in his generation, than the era or Stax or Motown! If you've wondered where all the greatness in soul music has gone, you only need to lend an ear to this wonderful set – as Eric will win you over with his great vocals, sharp songwriting, and beautifully understated sound. The album features guest work from Kaidi Tatham, James Poyser, Will Downing, and Marcus Roberts – on titles that include "Claire", "Love Her", "Sky As Green", "If Only", "God In You", "Lyrics Of Pleasure", and "Heart Said". ~ Dusty Groove
VAN MORRISON – ROLL WITH THE PUNCHES
Roll With The Punches – Van Morrison’s 37th studio album - sees him simultaneously hand-picking a selection of rhythm and blues classics (by the likes of Bo Diddley, Mose Allison, Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Lightnin’ Hopkins among others) and recording a set of new self-written songs. It’s an album that features raw, intimate interpretations of some of the cornerstones of rock’n’roll alongside five new numbers by one of our most consistently brilliant recording artists. Roll With The Punches was produced by Van Morrison and recorded with an incredible team of studio collaborators including Chris Farlowe, Georgie Fame, Jeff Beck, Paul Jones and Jason Rebello.