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2006 NOTES SHOWCASE ALBUM/FEATURE HIGHLIGHTS

December 24th
Edition # 428
A Café Jazz Christmas !
Our Fifth Annual Bacchanalia
We're celebrating the best in smooth seasonal music with A Café Jazz Christmas. It's our way of wishing you a all the best for a jazzy '007 !!
Featured Selections & Play List:
No Child Should ... - Hall and Oates
Do You Hear What I Hear? - Kenny G
My Christmas Song ... - M. Manchester
We Three Kings - Bryan Lubeck
Joy to the World - Walle Larsson
Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring - Terry Disley

December 17th
Edition # 427
Forgotten Melody
Wayne Jones

With due respect, the name Forgotten Melody may be misleading. This project provides a much-needed infusion of substance, style, and energy ...


Back Trax:

Colours - Jonathan Butler
Spellbound - Joe Sample
Carmen Cadillac - Skywalk
Midnight Cruise - Danny McCollim
Off the Cuff - Windows


December 10th
Edition # 426
So Many Ways
Oli Silk

Silk serves up a lush and simmering brew that is nothing less than quintessential smooth jazz while delivering one of the finer debuts for 2006 ...


Fresh Trax:

Ordinary People - Benson & Jarreau
It's The Way ... - Michael Manson
I Can't Help It - Dave Dunlop
Nothing's Meant To Last - Brookville
Wherever You Are - Daryl Stuermer


December 3rd
Edition # 425
Revolving Door
Joyce Cooling

Following the events of 9/11, Cooling vowed to create music that was meaningful and relevant. With this her latest and her sixth cd over all, the award winning guitarist ...


Back Trax:

Sampled Joe - Michael Paulo
On My Way - Ed Hamilton
City Lights - Dave Grusin
Stay With Me - Ray Garand
90° in the Shade - Heavyshift


November 26th
Edition # 424
Full Circle
David Benoit

Thruout his entire career, Benoit has kept his music relevant. Long one of the most influential players in the genre, this latest release announces his return to ...


Fresh Trax:

MiDoe - Perry Joslin
Cartagena - Incendio
Butterfly Legs - Boday
When Somebody Loves ... - Victor Fields
Metro - Steve Cole


November 19th
Edition # 423
Doc Powell (self-titled)
Doc Powell

It's taken another full ten years but Doc Powell is poised to celebrate what may be his best release ever, one that harkens back to some of the finest moments ...


Back Trax:

Taken Hearts - Peter Horvath
Always There - Avenue Blue f. Jeff Golub
Anything and Everything - Chieli Minucci
The Touch - George Duke
A Little Somethin' - Nelson Rangell


October 29nd
Edition # 422
Spice of Life
Vince Madison

Music lovers everywhere are discovering Denver, Colorado native Vince Madison, a compelling composer, a dynamic arranger, and a consummate musician !!


Fresh Trax:

Pensacolada - William Woods
Azure - Strunz & Farah
Forgotten Melody - Wayne Jones
More Love More Power - David Wells
Jazz Night Out - Gil Parris


October 22nd
Edition # 421
Samoa Soul
Patrick Yandall

The "axe man" from San Diego's name appeared on our own in house list of most played albums for the past two years and he's now poised to three-peat ...


Back Trax:

I Wish - Sam Cardon
Rina - Bobby Caldwell
Sunrise - Jay Beckenstein
Heart of the City - Frank Mills
One Wish - Steve Oliver


October 8th
Edition # 420
Metropolis
Alan Hewitt

Don't pass this one up!
Metropolis is not only one of the best smooth jazz releases for the year, it's one the finest to come along in several years !!


Fresh Trax:
True Love - Urban Jazz Coalition
The Total Experience - Boney James
Splashdown - Briza
The End of Summer - Jay Rowe
Motherland - Lee Ritenour


October 1st
Edition # 419
The QR
The 3rd Quarter

We launched this feature last year and now, as we round the final turn and head into the home stretch for 2006, we present this, our third installment for the year ...

Featured Selections:
Boys' Night Out - Chris Korblein
Ivan - Westbound
It's Too Late - Michael Lington
Saxy - Vince Madison
Lift Me Up - Torcuato Mariano
Another Place & Time - Doc Powell


September 24th
Edition # 418
HeadBoppin
Shilts

In addition to our custom of featuring a trio of tasty selections, we're incorporating a few excerpts from an interview when we caught up with Shilts back in 2002 ...


Back Trax:
Feels So Right - Evan Marks
San Marino - Natural High
Forest Child - John Klemmer
Smile (And Touch ...) - David Priest
Nite Spice - Ronny Jordan


September 17th
Edition # 417
Cool To The Touch
Greg Adams

This latest chapter in his career, is likely the most exciting yet as, overall, Cool To The Touch represents Adams' finest project to date!!


Fresh Trax:
Blessed And On Top - Johnny Menzano
Bingo Jingo - The Rippingtons
Mildred's Attraction - Joyce Cooling
Dinner 4 2 - Everett B. Walters
Whatcha See Is What ... - Will Donato


September 10th
Edition # 416
Dressed to Chill
Marion Meadows

Since the early '90s, saxman Marion Meadows has been the epitome of cool. From his sound & style to his image, every facet of his persona oozes sophistication ...


Back Trax:
Blue Beach - David Sanborn
Royal Function - Bona Fide
Rainbow - Espirito
Quiet Time - Tony Darren
Saxafaction - Bryan Savage


September 3rd
Edition # 415
Sounds of Summer
Our Second Annual Review

We're checking selections by The Jazzmasters, Fourplay, Patrick Yandall and Lisa Hilton; also included are favourites from Oli Silk, Marion Meadows ...

Featured Selections:
Samoa Soul - Patrick Yandall
Mornin' Noon & Night - Boca
Village Strut - Larry Antonino
Free as the Wind - The Jazzmasters
Kind of In Love - Lisa Hilton
My Love's ... - Fourplay ft. M. McDonald


August 27th
Edition # 414
Ultrablue (self-titled release)
Ultrablue

On the album, Smatla has taken the band to an entirely new level !! Soul, R&B, jazz, and chill are fused skillfully to create a unique and sophisticated blend...


Fresh Trax:
Simple Life - David Boswell
Felix the Cat - Greg Adams
Stay Around - Ray Garand
Mondorama - Paolo Rustichelli
Joyride - Alan Hewitt


July 2nd
Edition # 413
Smooth Jazz in Canada Eh!
A Special Presentation

We first tried this a few years ago, liked what we heard and so each time we've come back with a bigger & better version, this one promises to be the best yet ...

Featured Selections:
For You - Brian Hughes
Maui Rain - Gabriel
El Baile Del Sol - Amarosa
Desire - Paul Lamoureux
Martini Lounge - Gordon Sheard
Mr. Guaraldi - Clayton/Scott Group


June 25th
Edition # 412
The Quarterly Review
The Second 90 Days

On this edition, our second Quarterly Review for 2006, we present some of the finest tracks it's been our pleasure to unearth over the past 90 days ...

Featured Selections:
Beat Street - David Benoit
Just As You Are - Everette Harp
Hands On - Bobby Lyle
Bright Spot - Jack Prybylski
Spring Lake - David Stellmach
Street Talk - Dan Siegel


June 18th
Edition # 411
Elixir
Pamela Williams

Subtle, sensual, & sophisticated, this latest album rather convincingly confirms a long-held belief. Say what you will, above all else Ms Williams is indeed the first lady of sax...


Fresh Trax:
Look What's Happened - Shilts
House Call - Nestor Torres
What Does It Take - Peter White
Easy Does It - Oli Silk
In The Grove - Gumbi Ortiz


June 11th
Edition # 410
Pillow Talk
Pieces of a Dream

...


Back Trax:
Preview of ... - Paul Jackson Jr.
Sham Time - Ronnie Laws
Cruzin' South - Chuck Loeb
Riviera - Philippe Saisse
Lake Shore Drive - Art Porter


June 4th
Edition # 409
Groovosphere
Matt Marshak

Although Matt Marshak may not yet be a household name, he should be. Marshak is an exciting young artist determined to bring contemporary jazz to a new generation ...


Fresh Trax:
City Lights - Nelson Rangell
Feeling Good - Steve Oliver
Time to Suttledown - Jeffery B. Suttles
You With Me - Adrian Conington
Just My Style - Marion Meadows


May 28th
Edition # 408
Hip Space
Main Gazane

In the jazz parlance, Main Gazane means main man or main thing and that's most likely why Mark Minchello and Bob Magnuson chose the name for their band ...

Back Trax:
Blue Night - Blue Knights
Free As The Wind - The Crusaders
The Velvet Touch - Jeff Golub
Coastal Route - Beatifik
Brazilia - Wayman Tisdale

May 21st
Edition # 407
Soul Dances
Gene Cannon

This is a sax lover's cd filled with catchy melodies and heart-felt playing. More importantly, it's a music lover's album with plenty of style and substance ...


Fresh Trax:
Cruzin' - Wilton Felder
Summerfunk - Matt Marshak
Shiver - Ultrablue
Holding Back The Years - Simply Red
Rejuvination - Pamela Williams


May 14th
Edition # 406
Funky Fiesta
Michael O'Neill

Michael O'Neill brings a lifetime of experience to the table in creating the blend of flavours presented on Funky Fiesta. O'Neill's first ever tour was with ...


Back Trax:
Easter Island - Russ Freeman
Stone Groove - David Mann
Forever Jung - Fogelberg & Weisberg
Magnolia Nights - Bill King
Blue Sky Day - Light of the World


May 7th
Edition # 405
Just Getting Started
Eric Darius

Although it's already release #3, the title Just Getting Started couldn't be more appropriate for Eric Darius' latest album. Over the past couple of years ...


Fresh Trax:
Morning Flower - The Jazzy Devils
Embers - José Valentino
Footsteps - Steve Briody
My Columbus Day - Anna Wilson
House Arrest - Pieces of a Dream


April 23rd
Edition # 404
Keepin' It Cool
Nick Colionne

Nick Colionne is a Chicago native who grew up surrounded by jazz. He began guitar at age nine under the tutelage of his stepfather but by fifteen, he was already ...


Back Trax:
This Masquerade - George Benson
Eleuthera - Max Groove
Night Walk - Rick Braun
Tell Me All Your Secrets - Warren Hill
Urban Island - Daryl Stuermer


April 16th
Edition # 403
MBand
Vince Mai

Vince Mai has been serving up his unique blend of smooth, Latin, and jazz on Canada's West Coast for several years and has developed into a dynamic ...

Fresh Trax:
I Can't Help Myself - Chris Standring
When You're Ready - Ron Boustead
Lovin' Life - Gene Cannon
Sunrise - Larry Carlton
Fairway - Gene Dunlap

April 9th
Edition # 402
All In A Day's Work
Bob Baldwin

Bob Baldwin was destined to become a musician. His father, Robert Sr. was an accomplished pianist and bassist. Bob Jr. fondly recalls attending ...


Back Trax:
Villa Anita - Tommy Emmanuel
Mister Marvin - Candy Dulfer
Burma Road - Greg Adams
Easy Life - Adrian Conington
Jokers Wild - Paul Hardcastle


April 2nd
Edition # 401
The Quarterly Review
The Best of 2006... so far

Admittedly, we go beyond ordinary radio. But why rehash all the stuff that's already been so thoroughly hashed ...
Featured Selections:
Ready For Love - Demo Cates
Cuatros - North Woodall
Mediterraneo - Willie and Lobo
Runaway - Bradley Leighton
Something I Heard - Jon Fessenden
Baby It's Alright - Incognito

March 26th
Edition # 400
Very Best of Café Jazz
Celebrating 400 Programs !!

A little fanfare please !!
We're celebrating 400 programs with a special edition with a small sampling of
our absolute best !!!
Featured Selections & Play List:
Here We Go - Brian Hughes
Sweet Charity in Adoration - China Crisis
When I Think Of You - Everette Harp
Fooled Before - Walter Duda
Rosa Cafe - Wayne Henderson
Drowning In Your Eyes - Ephraim Lewis

March 19th
Edition # 399
In The Moment
Althea René

In the Moment is now the third chapter in the recording career of Althea René, a Detroit native and a master of improvisation on her chosen instrument ...
Fresh Trax:
Choose Me - Bob James
Dansa - Dan Carlin
Dinner At Nine - Danny Weis
H Gang - Donald Fagen
It Won't Last Forever - Main Gazane

March 12th
Edition # 398
Wrapped In A Dream
Spyro Gyra

It's now been 30 years since Spyro Gyra first delivered their innovative blend of jazz fusion, pop, and R&B. Founded & fronted by Jay Beckenstein the band has ...

Back Trax:
Mandalay Sunset - Louie Shelton
Bandit - Dave Valentin
Cruisin' - Stanley Clarke
Paisa - Paolo
Double Talk - The Fantasy Band


March 5th
Edition # 397
Sunset
Camiel

Although he's a new name in North American, Camiel is an accomplished artist and performer. He began studying classical guitar at the age of 10. Soon after ...
Fresh Trax:
Mr. McKay - Skip Prokop's Valecrest
Steppin' Up - Eric Darius
In The Moment - Althea René
Midnight Thunder - Spyro Gyra
Stand Back - Paul Thomas Yoder

February 26th
Edition # 396
Now Can U Feel Me
TFOXX
"TFOXX" Thompson has played professionally for 29 years, and he has four previous cds to his credit. Nevertheless, "T" has just launched a brand new phase ...
Back Trax:
One One 4 - Count Basic
Deep is the Midnight ... - David Blamires
Something You Said - David Benoit
Sooner Or Later - The Roberts Bros.
Bar Ingles - Marcos Valle

Febraury 19th
Edition # 395
Every Part Of Me
William Woods

This project satisfies some of Woods' own needs as a musician; consequently, it showcases some of Woods' most compelling work to date ...
Fresh Trax:
Always Thinking Of You - Nick Colionne
MHouse - Vince Mai
Your Love - Jeff Magnus
Habla Serio - Tom Schuman
Yeah That's It - Michael O'Neill

January 29th
Edition # 394
Best of '05
The Final Chapter

In last few weeks, we've devoted a pair of shows to the musical highlights of '05. We're continuing with the third and final part in our series of specials. This edition may well be the best of the bunch ...
Featured Selections & Play List:
The City - Paul Brown
Take That - Gabriel
Here With You - Brian Simpson
You Got It - 3rd Force
The Juice - Chieli Minucci
Big Slick - Joe McBride

January 22nd
Edition # 393
110° and Rising
Kevin Toney

Critics generally agree, Kevin Toney rightly belongs among the elite in the smooth jazz genre. Described by Jonathan Widran as "the master of elegant funk"...
Back Trax:
Just My Imagination - George Jinda
Certainty of Purpose - Greg Vail
Temptation - Steve Barakatt
Never Too Late - Michael O'Neill
Weavin' - Noel Elmowy

January 15th
Edition # 392
More of The Best of '05
Part 2

After a short break, we're picking up where we left off. This edition includes tracks from some of the big names, although not always the one that you might expect to hear ...
Featured Selections & Play List:
Serene - Paul Hardcastle
The Crossing - Acoustic Alchemy
You Are Everything - Ken Navarro
Into You - The Rippingtons
Saturday Love - Patrick Yandall
Camden Town - Marc Antoine

January 8th
Edition # 391
It's On Tonight
Brian Culbertson

Brian's adventures in music began at the age of 8 when he took up piano. Thanks to his dad, an award-winning high school jazz band director, Brian was exposed to a variety of ...

Fresh Trax:
Vinoy Park - TFOXX
The Hustle - Snake Davis
Shadows - RC & the Groovediggers
Good Morning Heartache - Chris Botti
Masarap - Wavelength

January 1st
Edition # 390
The Best of '05
Part 1

What a year!! Over the course of 46 programs and well over 130 hours of music, we've featured 1128 carefully selected tracks performed by 466 artists. With that in mind we embark on our most ambitious series of specials yet ...
Featured Selections & Play List:
Zanzibar - Daryl Stuermer
Coastline - Richard Elliot
Sweet Saxations - Pamela Williams
Pacific Coast Highway - Nils
Deep Into You - Gregg Karukas
Have You Heard ? - Jeff Golub

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