Blake Aaron – Dreamland

Deep into dark nights and freezing temperatures what a joy it is to take a look back to what was possibly the most sunshine filled track of 2022. Topping five charts simultaneously  ‘Dreamland’ by guitarist Blake Aaron was everything that smooth jazz should be.  Aaron’s outrageously dexterous playing gelled to perfection with co-writer Adam Hawley


Carlos Jimenez – Wood

Born in Yonkers, New York and raised in Villaba, Puerto Rico, jazz flautist Carlos Jimenez has released nine solo albums to date with the latest being ‘Wood’. Classically trained and with a vibe that sits very much on the straight head side of the jazz spectrum. Carlos had an aptitude for percussion from an early age


Leo P – Comin’ Up Aces

A one time New York subway artist whose music made him a YouTube sensation, Leo Pellegrino (aka Leo P) has just released his debut album ‘Comin’ Up Aces’ on the Shanachie Entertainment label. This big ballsy and brass infused extravaganza has its touch-points in funk, blues, salsa and so much more while Leo’s playing on


Steve Oliver – Sojourn

When first engaging with ‘Sojourn’, the latest album from the multi talented Steve Oliver, chances are you will hear orchestras, piano, sitar, and various electronic elements. Yet each song is played completely live with only one guitar.  No other instruments are used.  Every one of the twelve tracks was recorded live in Steve’s studio with


Lindsey Webster – I’m OK

Replete with cool collaborations with some of the biggest names in contemporary jazz ‘Reasons’ by vocalist Lindsey Webster is one of the standout albums of 2022.  Out now on the Shanachie Entertainment label it has already garnered considerable airplay with tracks such as the smoky streetwise ‘Stay With Me’ featuring legendary trumpeter Randy Brecker, the