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Nu-Jive Perspective

Saxophonist-composer Troy Roberts’ Nu-Jive band is a quintet that includes Tim Jago on guitar, Silvano Monasterios on keys, Eric England on bass and Dave Chiverton on drums. Together, they have been playing for years a unique type of music that they describe as “an eclectic, yet head-bopping concoction of soul, funk, R&B and gospel music, all musically glued together with jazz etiquette.” Released via Inner Circle Music, their new LP, Nu-Jive Perspective is Roberts’ overall eighth album as leader and his third with this specific line-up.


Thicker Than Water

Brian Bromberg, one of today’s most respected jazz bassists, has been recording and performing for decades works falling under the smooth jazz category, straight-ahead jazz, rock-oriented jazz fusion and more. His latest project, Thicker Than Water, comprises thirteen tracks and sees him utilize eleven different basses to create an orchestra of unique tones and rapid-fire runs. Joining him on this album are such notable musicians as trumpeter Randy Brecker, saxophonists Marion Meadows, Najee, Everette Harp, Brandon Fields and Gary Meek, and the late keyboard master George Duke, among others.


Elegant Gypsy & More

Guitar virtuoso Al Di Meola released his influential and highly successful second LP, Elegant Gypsy, back in 1977. Elegant Gypsy & More is his new live album that sees him revisit some of the tracks from that historic album as well as other earlier works. The track-list includes “Race with Devil on Spanish Highway,” “Flight Over Rio,” and “Midnight Tango,” among others. Elegant Gypsy & More, which perfectly captures Di Meola’s passion and characteristic blend of world music, rock and jazz, was recorded last year during his acclaimed U.S. concert tour of the same name.


Bugge Wesseltoft and Prins Thomas

This is the first collaborative full-length album by Norwegian musicians Prins Thomas and Bugge Wesseltoft, who have been central figures and innovators of the Nordic jazz scene for nearly three decades. Here, the two musicians improvise some jazz tunes in the style and spirit of their favorite ECM Records moments, like the fresh open sounds of Codona, Egberto Gismonti, Oregon and Kenny Wheeler. The self-titled album, which also features Norwegian drummer Jon Christensen, was recorded at Rainbow Studio in Oslo, Norway, where many of ECM’s classic 1970s jazz albums were recorded.


Smooth Jazz saxophonist Jazmin Ghent boarded the Smooth Jazz Cruise in 2014 as a paying customer and left as a star in the making. By winning the star search ‘Opening Act’ she not only came to the attention of some of the biggest names in the genre but also demonstrated a talent that is agile enough to connect with a whole range of jazz styles from smooth all the way to ‘straight ahead’.

Yet this virtuosity didn’t happen by accident. Raised in a home where the likes of Kirk Whalum, Bob James and Gerald Albright were constants on the sound system, practice and commitment led to two scholarships and a master’s degree in music. Still only in her mid-twenties she is gearing up to release her third album of contemporary jazz, The Story of Jaz, from which the single “Heat” is taken.

Featuring Phillippe Saisse and Kim Scott, this easy grooving number benefits from an attractive Latin lilt and should do well.