To begin the music I have some early released singles from a couple of soon to be released albums. Let’s start with superstar saxophonist Boney James. With now fifteen number ones, his new album almost certainly will extend his string of hits. His album will be released April 17th and is titled Solid. The early release played on this show will be the title track.
May 29th saxophonist Marcus Anderson will release the album Hero. From South Carolina he worked as a musician with several artists. A video caught the eye of the singer Prince who promptly hired him as a full time touring saxophonist. He was with Prince for several years. He has also been releasing solo work since 2005. An early release from Hero is titled Just A Taste and features the guitar of Tim Bowman.
We will have a look at the two latest smooth jazz album releases on March 27th. In addition to the same release date for their albums, there are other similarities. Both artists are young new stars that have become highly successful the past few years. Both released early singles from their albums that I have already played on earlier shows. These singles are already charting on Billboard.
A multi-instrumentalist primarily known as a pianist, Skinny Hightower began releasing albums in 2016. His previous three albums have charted four top ten hits. His latest release, his fourth album, Blue Moon had that early release Bittersweet already reach Billboard’s number six this week. This album has more songs, 24, than any recent album I can remember. From Blue Moon my selection this week is the keys of Skinny Hightower playing Spanish Harlem.
New York's Lindsey Webster is a gifted vocalist and songwriter with a soft soulful sound. She began releasing albums in 2013 but did not hit it big until her 2016 release Back To Your Heart. Since then she has charted two Billboard number ones, six top five, and 7 top ten hits. An early release Feels Like Forever from her fifth album is already on the charts at 24th. From her brand new album A Woman Like Me, I will play the title track.
Smooth Jazz guitarist Chris Standring was born in England and trained at the London College Of Music. He moved to Los Angeles and became a top session player. His solo debut was in 1999 and he has been releasing great music since then. An early release from his new album Real Life Is There A Doctor In The House already reached Billboard’s number one song for two weeks. Now the whole album is out. From Real Life i will play Shake You Up.
Stay tuned to the last part of the program for our classic among classics segment. Our Smooth Jazz classic returns to the beginning years of this format with acoustic guitarist Earl Klugh and our non Smooth Jazz classic will feature Celine Dion and the Bee Gees.
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