Norah Jones - A Song With No Name
Norah Jones and Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy have collaborated on “A Song With No Name,” the third in a series of singles that Norah has released over recent months. It follows the organ-and-horn drenched soul song “It Was You,” featuring drummer Brian Blade, bassist Christopher Thomas, organist Pete Remm, trumpeter Dave Guy, and tenor saxophonist Leon Michels, and the riveting song “My Heart Is Full ,” a collaboration with Thomas Bartlett. Norah is currently performing a series of concerts in California and will make her debut at the Monterey Jazz Festival.
Nate White – Up Close
Discovered by the legendary Roy Ayers in the mid-70’s, bassist Nate White has been all about the funk, R&B and jazz for decades, bringing the deep bottom grooves as an opening act for everyone from Chuck Loeb, Jeff Lorber and Everette Harp to Euge Groove and the recent Dave Koz & Friends Summer Horns Tour. On UP CLOSE, the Cincinnati native plays and plucks his crazy-infectious, low toned melodies like a guitarist, weaving in and out of silky atmospheres, old school keys, spacey synth effects, and hypnotic funk and hip-hop percussion. Most of the tracks are grooving fun, but one is a thoughtful, socially conscious ballad inspired by the immigration issues currently dominating the news. ~ smoothjazz.com
Steve Flowers - Missing You
Chicago flutist, composer and music educator Steve Flowers may have titled his latest album Missing You in tribute to a departed friend, but this super soulful, dreamily melodic and rhythmically diverse collection is more about celebrating. Playing an array of flutes – including the piccolo, bass and G flute – the multi-talented artist, who has performed with everyone from Take 6 and Koko Taylor to Regina Belle and B.B. King, takes us on a whimsical yet wistful, emotionally compelling journey filled with pop, R&B, light funk, improvisational jazz and vibrant, spirited Latin pleasures. ~ smoothjazz.com