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May 3rd, 2009
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... in the spotlight is Joe Ercole - we've cued a trio of great tracks from the cd Exposed and have those as part of the showcase feature. Hour two brings the Back Trax segment with many a favourite from back in the day - included on this edition are the late Zachary Breaux and some vintage Sergio Mendes & Brazil '66 - also appearing Double Play and El Chicano, while we continue boldly going where no radio program has gone before with The Allman Brothers Band and a classic track from the year 1970. Later in the hour, there's Paul Brown teaming with Marc Antoine as well as Cecil Ramirez, Wayman Tisdale and Paula Atherton; while featured thru-out are 3rd Force, Dave Koz, Tom Grant, Norman Brown, Special EFX, Boney James, and Brian Tarquin! Meanwhile we have something new from Nils helping us pop the cork for Café Jazz, your champagne of smooth jazz listening!
In This Issue:

Exposed - Joe Ercole

Mr. White (4 Peter) - Double Play
Para Ti - El Chicano
I Told You - Zachary Breaux
Scarborough Fair - Sergio Mendes
In Memory of ... - Allman Brothers

SPINLIST: Spinlist

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Showcase CD
Exposed - Joe Ercole:

Upon starting piano at the age of nine, it was clear that Joe Ercole was no ordinary talent. He studied at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore on a scholarship and then went on to gain distinction as a summa cum laude graduate from Berklee in Boston. Ercole spent some time writing scores for film, TV, and radio while additionally gaining recognition for his original compositions that were used in national ad campaigns. After recording a pair of projects, which included a techno effort and his smooth jazz debut, Ercole went on to gain some measure of fame as a founding member of the hip & funky band known as Bona Fide, voted best new smooth jazz group at the 2001 Oasis Award! More recently, Ercole has immersed himself in the music of the Middle East for the past several years, and now he's fused many contrasting elements into his latest 'oeuvre' that's likely to toss the contemporary scene onto its head!

Joe Ercole - Exposed
Ercole entitled this artistic 'mélange' Exposed! With themes ranging from refined, cinematic, and smooth to techno, Arabic, and full out funk-fests, the now Atlanta-based keyboardist takes us to many a faraway place. Exhibiting musicianship & playing of the highest calibre thruout, the project is packed with standout selections from the somewhat Bona Fide reminiscent thumping beat of the organ-ic Master Suite to Ercole exploring the softer side of his multi-faceted style with the tranquil lullaby of Mc Bear and the gentle caress of Greatest Love!
Joe Ercole
Photo of Joe Ercole from album sleeve.
It's therefore now a treat and genuine pleasure to ease Ercole and Exposed into the sheen of the showcase spotlight - in keeping with which we've included a few personal favourites, beginning with the almost title track in the Arabian-house-enhanced tune called Exposure. The piece Oasis is a rather obvious choice for 'smooth-play' consideration not only for its melodious content but also for its allusive name. Featuring a tasty bit of guitar by Will Williams, this one gets the flow going at the top of hour #2! The free for all festivities of a fun tune called Babaloop close the show but, additionally there's the trance-inducing chants of Hypnotize that we've included in the AH portion of the show as an added bonus. Running a gamut of tempos and textures from delicate to insistent, on this most recent release, Joe Ercole is indeed 'Exposed' as the diverse and major jazz-talent that he is!

CD: Exposed (2009)
Label: Joe Ercole Music

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Back Trax: Part One
Double Play - Think Twice
Mr. White (4 Peter) - Double Play:
Double Play was the guitar and sax pairing of Stephen Doctor and Larry Filippone. With influences ranging from saxmen Richard Elliot and Tom Scott to guitarists such as Earl Klugh and Larry Carlton, the Houston based duo recorded a single release back in the days of the old called Think Twice. From that effort, we've selected a tune called Mr. White and subtitled 4 Peter - I think you'll know whom it's dedicated to!

CD: Think Twice (2000)
Label: Doc Records
El Chicano - Painting The Moment
Para Ti - El Chicano:
One of the finest groups to emerge out of the East LA area, El Chicano originally formed as the VIPs in the late 60s, and then renamed themselves to coincide with the Mexican-American cultural awakening. Their success with their initial release led to extensive touring and a series of projects, which featured a mix of Latin Jazz with rock, soul, and salsa. Although there were many changes in personnel, they continued to record, primarily in the 70s, before re-emerging in the late 90s. Painting the Moment, was their first collection of new material in well over a decade and from that effort we have a sparkling gem of a track called Para Ti!

CD: Painting The Moment (1998)
Label: Thump Records

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Back Trax: Part Two
Zachary Breaux - Uptown Groove
I Told You - Zachary Breaux:
Hailing from Port Arthur Texas, Zachary Breaux was influenced by George Benson & Wes Montgomery and following a move to New York, he spent 6 years playing in the band of vibist Roy Ayers. Afterwards, he kept busy as a sideman and backed the likes of Stanley Turrentine and Donald Byrd while he also recorded a handful of solo projects. The '97 Uptown Groove release proved his most successful but sadly, it also turned out to be his last. While vacationing in Miami Beach early in 1998, the guitarist spotted an elderly swimmer caught in a riptide. A few years earlier Breaux had rescued a drowning man while on tour in Italy but on this occasion tragically he perished. He was 36. From that final effort, we're playing the track I Told You with Hubert Laws guesting!

CD: Uptown Groove (1997)
Label: Zebra Records
Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 - Fool On The Hill
Scarborough Fair - Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66:
Hailing from the city of Niterói in the state of Rio de Janeiro, Sergio Mendes was just starting professionally when the sound of the bossa nova began to break. Embracing the hybrid form of jazz and Latin music, he appeared at Rio clubs alongside the likes of Jobim and Gilberto before touring Europe in 1963. Soon after landing in New York the following year, Mendes formed the first of his famed combos in Brasil '65, with whom he recorded but attracted little attention. Arriving at Herb Alpert's A&M records label with an entirely revamped line-up, Mendes & Brasil '66 were with enthusiastic support. Mendes provided the leadership as pianist, arranger, producer, and musical director, while Chicago-bred vocalist Lani Hall (who later married Alpert) gave the group the finesse that would ensure their success. With a blend of bossa nova rhythms, some lite jazz, and American pop influences, their self-titled debut LP rose to number six.

Album #3 in Look Around yielded a smash cover of The Look of Love while The Fool on the Hill released in 1968 produced chartbusting singles with their take on the Beatles tune as well as vintage Brasil '66 on Simon & Garfunkel's Scarborough Fair! Understandably, the tune was included on their Greatest Hits released a few years later!

CD: Fool On The Hill (1968)
Label: A&M Records
Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 - Greatest Hits
Greatest Hits
A&M / 1972
The Allman Brothers - Idlewild South
In Memory of Elizabeth Reed - The Allman Brothers Band:
Brothers Duane and Gregg Allman played in bands around Daytona Beach, Florida, as far back as 1961. One of their first bands was called the Escorts, who later became the Allman Joys and then the Hour Glass. The Hour Glass recorded a pair of albums but split up feeling the label had failed to capture their sound. Duane began working as a session guitarist at Fame Studios appearing on records by Wilson Pickett, Aretha Franklin, and others, when he was convinced by ex-Otis Redding manager Phil Walden, to put together a new band. With Dickey Betts on guitar; Berry Oakley on bass; and Butch Trucks and Jai Johanny Johanson on drums, the gathering became complete as The Allman Brothers Band when brother Greg joined on vocals and organ in 1969. They played Florida and Georgia heavily before issuing their debut on Walden's fledgling Capricorn label and although sales were modest in a time with stiff competition in the likes Cream, Blind Faith, Zeppelin and others, all who listened were impressed!
Recorded in 1970, their second release, Idlewild South, was produced by Tom Dowd, who had previously worked with Cream. Dowd was completely in tune with the group's sound, with the result being one of the finest albums of the era. Although primarily based in rock and blues, the album included the Dickey Betts composition In Memory of Elizabeth Reed. There are several stories relating to the title - how Betts used the name from a tombstone, as he didn't want to reveal whom the song was really about. An extended instrumental with many jazz elements, the tune would become a show highlight for the next 30 years often stretching to a remarkable 30 minutes or more. Sadly, Idlewild South proved the final full studio project for the original Allman Brothers configuration. Within the time frame of just over a couple of years both Duane Allman and Berry Oakley were tragically killed in separate motorcycle crashes in Macon Georgia within blocks of one another ... and as reported (but unsubstantiated) at Songfacts, both are buried in the same cemetery as Elizabeth Reed Napier, for whom the selection was named.

Closing Note: The Allman Brothers Band were inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995.

CD: Idlewild South (1970)
Label: Polydor

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Special Mention!
Brian Tarquin - Brian Tarquin Collection Collection - Brian Tarquin:
After a trio of great releases on the Instinct label and several more tracks on various compilations, Brian Tarquin seemingly disappeared from the smooth scene early in the new millennium. In actuality, he was probably busier than ever - as a TV composer, as owner of Jungle Room Studios, and as the mastermind behind the many projects emanating from Bohemian Productions, a label focusing on guitar instrumentals. Additionally, Tarquin gained recognition as a two-time Emmy Award winner, in 2003 and again in 2005, for Outstanding Achievement in Music Direction and Composition for a Drama Series. Now in the midst of this activity we have the Brian Tarquin Collection. A project, which carefully mines the fullness of Tarquin's abundant catalogue, this album is a bonanza of great listening and comes as one of the most pleasant surprises to this point in '09!

CD: Brian Tarquin Collection (2009)
Label: nuGroove Records

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After Hours ~ Exclusive to our Site and Select Affiliates :
New Music ... coming to you direct from Studio B it's Café Jazz After Hours … it's a new music session with 14 never before been played tracks. Our line-up includes the band Shakatak, and saxman Marion Meadows, as well as Brian O'Neal and the latest from Down To The Bone. Kicking off set #2 is Torcuato Mariano while also appearing are Philippe Saisse and Jack Prybylski - there's music as well by a new name to our show in Brian Kelly. Then in our final set, we're spinning Gregg Karukas, Hart Ramsey, Joyce Cooling, and Paul Hardcastle - while in the end it's one more selection yet still from our showcase artist Joe Ercole and that'll be the closing piece. But to begin, we have something brand new from Jay Soto!

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