DAVID GARFIELD – GO HOME
Keeping the spirit of old school R&B fresh and alive, David Garfield has a longstanding tradition of creating dynamic re-imaginings of classic songs. Following his Top 10 radio hit “Let’s Stay Together,” which featured Michael McDonald, the veteran keyboardist and arranger digs deep into the great Stevie Wonder’s songbook for “Go Home,” featuring the freewheeling saxophone of Kirk Whalum, Paul Jackson Jr. on Guitar and Garfield, who anchors the vibe on Fender Rhodes. This new project, two years in the making, includes “Go Home” as the first single release from this all-star expansive work that will feature numerous genre superstar collaborators: George Benson, Chuck Loeb, David Sanborn, Randy Brecker, Smokey Robinson, Oleta Adams, Ray Parker Jr., Phil Perry, Eric Marienthal, Marcus Miller, and Larry Coryell. Including a beautiful new cover of Adele’s “Chasing Pavements,” featuring Rick Braun and John Klemmer, and a lush orchestral rendition of Sting’s “Fragile” reprising Michael McDonald on vocals.
KATHY KOSKINS - UNREOVERED SOUL
Former first call session singer Kathy Kosins enters her third decade as a recording artist with Unrecovered Soul, a fascinating concept album driven by the sounds of the musical landscape of her hometown of Detroit in the late 60’s and early 70’s. Working with producer Kamau Kenyatta, who won a Grammy for his work with Gregory Porter, the sultry-voiced Kosins mines deep emotional territory as she shares rarely heard tunes by songwriting legends Curtis Mayfield, Gene McDaniels, Bill Withers, The Neville Brothers, Burt Bacharach and contemporary great Amos Lee. There are also three original songs that carry on the great R&B legacy of that time. The perfect balance of jazz and soul, from one of the most creative souls on the planet. Full album due out in early 2018. ~ smoothjazz.com
MICHAEL TOWNSEND - WARM FEELINGS
After years of being the opening act for R&B greats like Johnny Gill and The Manhattans, Memphis native and longtime Beale Street performer, Michael Townsend shares the full range of his smooth urban jazz and pop/soul blend and artistry on his sophomore album WARM FEELINGS. While the powerhouse saxophonist and vocalist generally keeps the flow sexy and romantic with silky originals and familiar covers, he also hits some inspired highs with some funky grooves. Turn up WARM FEELINGS, and heat up the vibe with this sophisticated collection! ~ smoothjazz.com