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This Week at CaféJazz.ca

January 25, 2003
Edition #276 Loop Next

New Look Newsletter !
As if it wasn't obvious from a glance, there are quite a few new and exciting changes in this edition of our newsletter. I'm still in the process of developing this new format, so there may be a few bugs. Hopefully, it will all work the way it's supposed to !

Showcase CD
Drive - Russ Freeman
Freeman’s name is most often heard in association with the Rippingtons, one of the last decades’ most popular SJ ensembles. Long-time fans, however, will remember that before the Ripps were a band, Freeman emerged on the scene with Nocturnal Playground, his solo debut back in 1985. Upon the urging of numerous friends and fans, and following the success of his 1998 collaboration with Craig Chaquico, Freeman decided to once again step out and let his playing be the focal point of the music. The result of course is his latest release titled Drive. Make no mistake this is a guitar-oriented album that affords Freeman the opportunity to explore various styles of music as well as to demonstrate his playing on both acoustic and electric guitar. And a very nice cd it is as well, one that would fit perfectly into your SJ library.

Russ Freeman

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Fresh Trax: Part One
Reasons - Les Sabler
Montreal native Sabler graduated as a jazz major from Concordia University before relocating to Florida’s West Coast. In the 90s, he had a pair of fine releases that gained considerable airplay on SJ radio in the US. The last few years have seen Les devote much time and energy to touring and to working on his new album entitled "Bridge The Gap". On the project Sabler shares production duties with fellow Floridian, Allon Sams. Now if you listen to our show regularly, you know that Sams is one of our favourites here at CJ, so safe to say we are highly excited about the teaming of Sabler and Sams on this effort. The cd also features a remake of the Earth Wind and Fire classic, Reasons which was co-produced by Niteflyte’s Tony Campbell and it’s this track that we are featuring.

Les Sabler
Fireplace - George Scott:
Scott is an up and coming young guitarist out of Minneapolis. His latest cd is completely dedicated to SJ because to quote Scott, " In Minnesota you don’t get to hear it (smooth jazz) too much " so he decided to create his own cd with that style as the focal point of the music. The Power of 7 is the name of the release and from it we have what might well be described as a "cozy" track titled Fireplace.

George Scott

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Fresh Trax: Part Two
Wherever the Tide Takes Us - Billy Eric:
Eric is a Native New Yorker who studied Jazz at the highly acclaimed Berklee School of Music. A gifted composer, arranger, producer and multi-instrumentalist, Billy has shared the concert stage with some of today’s top SJ artists including David Sanborn, Lee Ritenour, and Special EFX. He has now released five albums of original material. Yes Indeed is his latest. It’s a double cd packed with Eric’s own unique and refreshing brand of contemporary jazz and from that effort, we'll hear a great tune titled Wherever the Tide Takes Us. This one features Billy on guitar and as well is highlighted by the great playing of Doug Oberhamer both on piano and flugelhorn.
Shadow Crossing - Curtis Macdonald
Macdonald has crafted a career as a composer, performer, and sound designer as he explores the relationship between music and technology. His music features a blend of modern electronica interwoven with acoustic piano. Shadow Crossing is his new one and from that project we have the title track.

My All-Star - Above the Clouds
In the annals of SJ it’s not at all uncommon for top studio and tour players to step out as solo artists. This is especially true of this California based outfit as each of the members has earned a highly impressive list of credits. Brighter Day is their sophomore release and from it My All-Star is the selection that we've chosen to debut their new cd on CJ.

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New Releases to watch for Artist Links added this week
    Coming in January
    • Walter Beasley
      Midnight Love: The Ultimate Collection
    • City Of Sound
      Beneath The Smooth Surface
    • Don Diego - Heaven
    • Chieli Minucci - Night Grooves
    In February:
    • Les Sabler - Bridge The Gap
    • Steve Cole - Steve Cole
    • Mindi Abair - It Just Happens That Way
    • Spyro Gyra - Original Cinema
    None this week

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Smooth Jazz in Canada, eh!
    Residents of the Ottawa-Hull region will soon be able to hear Smooth Jazz between the hours of 9:00 pm to midnight on the new CHLX-FM.

    Radio-Nord and CanWest Global are in competition for a smooth jazz licence in the Montreal area. More info about CanWest's application is available at: Canada.com

    Speaking of CanWest, their new Winnipeg Smooth Jazz station, Cool FM, is a little over a month away from it's launch date. Station manager Del Sexsmith recently announced the appointment of George Raymond as PD and Walle Larsson as MD.


    Attention Artists! If you have a show or performance coming up, we would be more than happy to spread the word!

    For those of you who may be out and about , Bob James and his Trio will be enjoying a week long stint at the Blue Note in New York City. Dates are February 4th - 9th. You can check BobJames.com/tour or the NY Blue Note website at Bluenote.net for more details.

Cool Stuff on the Net

    Check out Cjazz at: C-Jazz/news. Among other things, there is a terrific interview with George Duke. It runs for about 17 minutes or so and if you are George Duke fan or just a fan of contemporary music, this one is worth you while.

    A recent addition to the redesigned Four80East site is the Coffee Lounge. All in all, this is a very hot site with loads of info, downloads and many other neat features. If you haven't done so already, check it out at: Four80East.com.

    Ray Garand has launched his new web site. You can check it out at: Ray Garand.

    As part of his "artist to artist series" of interviews, Jamie Bonk has just posted his most recent conversation with vocalist/keyboardist/composer/producer/actor Darlene Koldenhoven. The main site is: JamieBonk.com.

Other Stuff

    Native Language Music is proud to announce it has signed an exclusive recording agreement with keyboard legend Dan Siegel; one of our favourites here at Café Jazz. The album will be produced by Brian Bromberg and should be available in Summer 2003. Dan is no stranger to Smooth Jazz, since he practically invented the format in the late 1800s. (Just kidding, Dan...) We'll keep you posted ! (I stole most of this from the Native Language news letter, but I'm certain that they would not object. More news available at Native Language: NativeLanguage.com or at Dan Siegel's site: DanSiegelMusic.com.)

    Another of our favourites, Chris Standring has completed his new album and it should be out around April 1st and on a new label. ChrisStandring.com.

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More About Your Smooth Jazz Connection
Where to Hear the Show
Cafe Jazz is heard in Toronto on it's originating station, 88.5 Saturday midnight until 2 am Sunday morning . It's available on Rogers cable on the following frequencies:
    Newmarket: 107.5
    Orillia, Barrie & Pinkerton: 101.9
    Scarborough, Pickering, Markham, Richmond Hill and Bolton: 106.1

As well we are on Cogeco Cable in:
    Peterborough: 94.1
    Huntsville: 102.5

And don't forget that after you enjoy the show on the air, you can savour the flavour of Café Jazz again anytime you want, from wherever you want and as often as you want, on our web site! Please note, we try to upload the new program by Saturday, the date that the show airs. So you can hear nine hours of exceptional music, available on demand in the Cafe Jazz Archives: CafeJazzRadio.  

Available in the Archives
January 4: We featured The Cafe Jazz Best of 2002 (Part 1)
January 11: Part 2 of our review of the best in '02.
January 18: We presented the 3rd and final part of the best smooth jazz from 2002.

Café Jazz After Hours
This is segment is exclusive to our site. You might want to check this out as it's almost entirely music. For the first three shows in January, we featured more great songs from last year as we continued to explore the music of 2002. With this edition we re-introduce our "Then & Now" feature with music from Boney James.

Upcoming Show
Feb.1 - We'll be showcasing Hardcastle III and also feature our usual five pack of fabulous Fresh Trax; recent releases which have not previously aired on the show.

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Thanks for your interest and fabulous support, it is very much appreciated, and be sure to spread the word about Jazz Lynx & Café Jazz, Canada's Smooth Jazz Connection.

All for now,


P.S. Now Heard Everywhere (on the world wide web) & Read On Four Continents! Although this newsletter goes out primarily to readers in Canada, it is now also read in the U.S. as well as in South America, Australia, and Europe.

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