Smooth Jazz In The Mix 11 Midtempo Grooves July 8th, 2016 ‚§“ Las Vegas, NV ‚§“ Exotic DJ has just released the next installment of the Smooth Jazz mix series. ¬†Smooth Jazz In The Mix 11 Midtempo Grooves, rolls back the tempo just a bit to give you the perfect soundtrack as you cruise the bay. ¬†It makes no difference if it is the San Francisco Bay, the Tampa Bay Area, or even¬†Chesapeake Bay, be sure to bring this along to set the mood.
Smooth Jazz In The Mix 11 Midtempo Grooves starts off with Maximum Cool, by Steve Cole. ¬†It makes no difference whether Cole is playing solo, or as a member of the Sax Pack, you know the Sax will be¬†in full effect.
Jonathan Butler brings the first of four vocal tracks, with Feels So Good. ¬†This is off of the Jonathan Butler album, and he is ¬†definitely one of our favorites. ¬†That South African vibe is evident whenever he plays that guitar.
Mr. Groove, by Euge Groove is up next. ¬†His sound engineer should get some props here, as all of Mr. Groove's¬†recordings are second to none. ¬†If you have any of his albums, just listen to the clarity and richness of all of the instruments. ¬†This is a master class in music production.
The Stranger, the offering from Rick Braun and Richard Elliot, is a track that makes you feel as if you are in a movie scene. ¬†You can insert your type of scene now! ¬†It just works.
Sunrise Surprise is not jazz in the traditional sense, but it is in the style¬†that is¬†called Nu Jazz. ¬†It has the feeling of a Lounge in New York, Los Angeles, or Miami. ¬†Stefania Dipierro is the vocalist, and she brings the sensuality on the track. ¬†She has worked with Nicola Conte, one of the Acid Jazz heavyweights.
If you like funky guitar, then you have Chris Standring in your playlist. ¬†Soul Vibration is off of the Ten release, which is definitely one you should check out in its entirety.
The late George Howard is next up, with a remake of the Cherrelle smash, Everything I Miss At Home. ¬†Everything about this track is great. ¬†George has an unmistakable sound and he is definitely missed in the Smooth Jazz community.
Pieces Of A Dream is checking in next with the classic, What Can I Do, with vocals by Norwood Young. ¬†The song will do two things for you: ¬†Put a smile on your face, and it will make your head sway back and forth. ¬†If this track was released today, it would race to the top of the charts.
Nothing But The Radio On, is an old-school jam by Dave Koz. ¬†Vocals are provided by Joey Diggs. ¬†Talk about making your head sway back and forth‚§¦..There should have been more singles from this fine vocalist, but it never panned out.
Najee is up next with 2nd 2 None. ¬†This is off of the My Point Of View album. ¬†If you have never attended a Najee concert, it needs to be on your bucket list. ¬†You never know who will show up to join him on stage. ¬†He was in Las Vegas in the summer of 2016, and Al B. Sure sang a couple of songs.
One of the breakout acts of the year is 3rd Force, and coincidentally this track is called Breakout. ¬†They have released a total of seven albums, but Global Force is a powerhouse from start to finish.
We have a double play of sorts next: ¬†Eric Daruis is taking you All Around The World. ¬†This is a great song from the Retro Forward album. ¬†This transitions into 35th St. by Adam Hawley. ¬†Darius is featured on the track that was at the top of the Smooth Jazz Charts¬†for over a month.
The Jazz World reviewed Kim Waters latest offering, Rhythm and Romance. ¬†Bring It is the selection that fits perfectly with the vibe of the mix. ¬†Just a reminder, Waters is also a member of the Sax Pack.
Darren Rahn¬†closes out the mix with D-Luxe. ¬†This song has also hovered around the top of the charts for several weeks. ¬†Sonic Boom is an album that solidifies¬†Rahn's¬†place as one of the top Smooth Jazz artists of our era.