Part one - Although I am primarily into Smooth Jazz, occasionally a jazz album comes out that I really like, that is close to our format, and that I can not resist playing. Such is the case for the songs that will put us on the air this week. On July 17th legendary Philadelphia tenor saxophonist and composer Jimmy Heath’s album Love Letter was released. Sadly this will be the final album of his 76 year luminous career as he passed away last January shortly after putting the finishing touches on his album. During his career he has played with John Coltrane, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Clifford Brown, and many other jazz greats.
With Heath presiding over a brilliant cast of colleagues and friends, most of this work was recorded in New York during the 48 hours preceding his 93rd birthday. Among artists contributing to this work are trumpeter and director or Jazz At The Lincoln Center Wynton Marsalis, vocalist Gregory Porter, and jazz singer Cecile McLoren Salvant. I strongly feel that songs from this album as well as the album Love Letter will be favorites to win Grammy awards this coming year. I have for you a double listen. First up will be the sax of Jimmy Heath and jazz singer Cecile McLoren Salvant with a ballad originally written by Billie Holiday titled Left Alone. Salvant is a previous winner of the Grammy for best Jazz Vocal Album in 2015, 2017, and 2018. I see a trend here. Salvant undoubtedly will win many more Grammys in her career, starting right here.
Following will be another wonderful piece of work from this album, the song La Mesha with The sax of Jimmy Heath accompanied by the trumpet of the director of jazz At The Lincoln Center, Wynton Marsalis. Marsalis is already a nine time Grammy award winner.
During the first segment. new releases from Paul Brown and Euge Groove will be played
Part two - Billboard top three songs in Smooth Jazz for this week played. We have a new number one this week.
Part three - new releases from this year continued - Chris Big Dog Davis, Wes Montgomery, Oli Silk, and Ken Navarro.
Part one - turn up the quiet time with five uninterrupted songs in a row.
Part two - favorite songs from the past years of Smooth Jazz.
Part three - classic among classics segment - George Benson and Joe Sample collaboration
Part four - great memories in music segment - Dionne Warwick-Alfie
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