EUGE GROOVE - GOT 2 BE GROOVIN
Saxophonist Euge Groove is one of the bestselling Contemporary Jazz artists, scoring more than half a dozen #1 Smooth Jazz radio hits and selling over 250,000 albums. His last album, House of Groove, hit #1 on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Albums chart, continuing his hit driven chart reign. Got 2 Be Groovin delivers Euge Groove s trademark Funk/Jazz grooves on a wide ranging set including potential radio hits as well as featuring a couple of vocal tracks by American Idol finalist Elliot Yamin and Gospel singer Chanel Haynes of Trin I Tee 5:7. Euge Groove is a staple of Contemporary Jazz radio, scoring two more Top Ten Billboard Contemporary Jazz hits on his last album. Groovin Up Hip Street will be the first single to be worked to smooth Adult Contemporary radio.
Euge Groove has toured both nationally and internationally, often as part of high profile, multi artist packages such as Guitars & Saxes and also the prestigious all star Smooth Jazz cruises.
LENNY PICKETT WITH UMO JAZZ ORCHESTRA - THE PRESCRIPTION
Saxophonist Lenny Pickett's first album in decades, with the UMO Jazz Orchestra of Finland. After his breakthrough stint with Tower Of Power, he has been the sax soloist on Saturday Night Live. LP's is THE saxophone voice of our time. Pickett is a current member of the Saturday Night Live band and a long-time leader of the Tower of Power horn section. During the '70s, the Tower of Power was the dominant session horn group, cutting their own successful R&B/funk/pop records and backing a host of stars from Elton John to many soul and R&B acts. Pickett continued with the group until the mid-'80s, then made a solo release as a leader. He is a stirring, blues-laden player who functions best doing short, tart solos in the middle of R&B/blues/pop pieces, but not a jazz player in the conventional sense. ~ Ron Wynn
THE ALLYN ROBINSON PROJECT - DREAMS REALIZED, MY LIFE IN MUSIC
Drummer Allyn Robinson's latest record is a celebration of Allyn's rich musical history and a stirring tribute to Jaco Pastorius, Charles Brent and Wayne Cochran. With a burning 16-piece R&B big band, Allyn takes the listener on a musical journey across the threshold where jazz intersects with soul, funk and rhythm & blues. Allyn brought together some of New Orleans' finest musicians to record an incredible mix of original tunes by bassist and musical director Chuck Archard, as well as some exciting new arrangements of classics by Jaco, Willie Tee, The Gaturs, Dizzy Gillespie and Wayne Cochran and The C.C. Riders. From the opening track, "Amelia," a Jaco composition originally written and performed live with Allyn and the Cochran band in '73, to the Three Views of A Secret inspired, The Final View, this record is...A Dream Realized!