Welcome to the latest Episode of the Smooth Groovers Review.
Season 4, episode 12, hence: SG4-12.
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In the fresh batch
James Colah and Rachael Bell with Say it Back!
(Track listing approved by Artist)
James started playing piano at the age of 4 and has years of experience making music in bands, working with other artists and on projects in Television and Video. Enjoy this excellent recipe of smoothness with a nice soul full vibe.
Lionel Richie Feat. Akon Another great track from Lionel’s latest hit CD entitled, Just Go
You will be interested to know that Lionel’s self-titled debut was back in 1982. The ’82 album hit #3 on the music charts and sold over 4 million copies. His 1983 follow up album, Can’t Slow Down, sold over twice as many copies and won two Grammy Awards including Album Of The Year, propelling him into the first rank of international superstars. The album spawned the #1 hit “All Night Long”, a Caribbean-flavored dance number that was promoted by a colorful music video produced by former Monkee, Michael Nesmith. As a singer, songwriter, record producer Lionel has sold more than 100 million records
This week’s Soul Sensation Segment features:
Smokey is noted for being one of the primary figures associated with Motown Records, second only to the company’s founder, Berry Gordy. Robinson’s countless hits, and consistent contributions to the Motown label earned him the title of the ‘King of Motown’. As both a member of Motown group The Miracles and a solo artist, Smokey Robinson recorded thirty-seven Top 40 hits for Motown between 1960 and 1987, and also served as the company’s vice president from 1961 to 1988.
The Real Thing
This British soul group had lots of hits in the seventies. Based in Liverpool, in North West of England they are still touring today – when we last checked at: www.theofficialrealthing.com,
We’ve heard some disappointing news via emails from Candid JazzBlast, reporting that KKSF FM radio, the Bay areas Smooth Jazz station changed formats. In addition, 2 weeks earlier Dayton Ohio’s Smooth Jazz station, 106.5 smooth jazz flipped to country music!? Apparently, ‘The decision to change formats was based on the minimal appeal the station had reaching a large number of listeners and consumers. Also, they report that for the first time in 37 years there will be no major summer jazz festivals in New York.
You can find out more about the services of Candid Jazzblast (Promoting Jazz Worldwide) from: http://candidjazzandconversationsjazzbuzz.synthasite.com/ and
Back to the Fusion we all love…!
In the Bring it Back segment we have:
DAVE KOZ – from the CD Saxophonic
Dave graduated from UCLA with a degree in mass communications in 1986, and only weeks after his graduation, decided to make a go of becoming a professional musician. Within weeks of that decision, he was recruited as a member of Bobby Caldwell’s tour. For the rest of the 1980s, Koz served as a session musician in several bands, toured with artists such as Jeff Lorber & Richard Marx, and with Tom Scott as bandleader.
Starting out initially as a Basket ball player in the NBA, Wayman also won a gold medal as a member of the 1984 U.S. Olympic basketball team. His best season was in 1989–90 with the Kings, when he averaged 22.3 points and 7.5 rebounds a game. Tisdale and Mitch “The Rock” Richmond combined to form one of the most dynamic duos in the NBA.
In terms of his music career, her launched his music career with Power Forward in 1995 on the Motown Label. Primarily a bass player, he recorded eight albums, with the 2001 release Face to Face climbing to No. 1 on Billboard’s contemporary jazz chart. In 2002, he was awarded the Legacy Tribute Award by the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame. In an ESPN Internet chat, he described his musical influences included funk bands of the 1970s.
His most recent release, Rebound, was written and released after he had been diagnosed with cancer.
In August 2008, Tisdale had part of his right leg amputated because of the bone cancer. On his web site, Wayman said removing a portion of the leg would be the best way to ensure that the cancer would not return.
Unfortunately, we learned that on the morning of May 15, 2009 at St. John Medical Center in Tulsa Wayman was lost to the world. Wayman’s agent described his death as a ‘great shock’ and noted that Tisdale had been planning to go into the recording studio the following week for a project with jazz guitarist Norman Brown. We wish his family sincere sympathy.
We feature an amazing tune from a band formed in 1974 and named after the Japanese city, Hiroshima. This track is from their first album entitled Hiroshima.
Paul Jackson from the CD Still Small Voice
From his website we read…Though Paul never got to meet or work with Wes Montgomery, one of his chief guitar influences, he has forged professional relationships with all the others who touched his formative years, including Earl Klugh, George Benson, Ray Parker Jr., Al McKay and Lee Ritenour. Since breaking into the Los Angeles studio scene at age sixteen, he has contributed his multi-faceted guitarisma to the biggest artists of pop,R&B, jazz and rock music:
Check them out at: www.myspace.com/stoneincofficial and www.myspace.com/stefanoghittoni
The track first appeared in 2003 as a single and was later available from a compilation CD called Inner Resort X-Rated Jazz.
Thanks for joining us again for another SG show.
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Spreading the Jazz, Funk and Soul.
Dr Groove and Professor Smooth