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Ukraine based saxophonist Andrey Chmut has already introduced himself to the smooth jazz community with his debut album Smoothability (2018). Only two years later he presents the successor Soulmate (2020) on the same label Skytown Records. 

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Jean-Paul 'Bluey' Maunick's creative power is inexhaustible. Even though his main focus is the group Incognito, he still finds time for his side projects, which include Citrus Sun. Besides Bluey his group consists of keyboard player Matt Cooper, bassist Francis Hylton, guitarist Francisco Sales and drummer Francesco Mendolia. The group is completed with guitarist Jim Mullen, trumpet player Dominic Glover, the vocalists Noel McKoy, Valerie Etienne, Hazel Fernandes and Deborah Bond and finally harmonica player Rega Dauna.  

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Bassist Jimmy Haslip has released in his solo career only three albums. His debut album Arc came out in 1993. His sophomore album Red Heat was released in 2000 on Unitone Recordings followed by Nightfall in 2010 on VIE Records. The latter two albums are now newly released on Blue Canoe Recordings.  


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Chicago born R&B/jazz singer Tracey Eileen is since eleven years in the music business and developed from a local player to an internationally known soul/R&B artist. Starting with her debut album Love's Journey in 2012 she arrived to her second album Why Did I Say Yes (2018). Her third project is the EP It's Time, which appears delayed by the pandemic in June 12, 2020.

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For something a little different, give a listen to pianist Isamu McGregor’s Resonance (Ghost Note Records, 2017). The music moves from breathtaking to symphonic to placid to hard-charging.


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Morning Dance

That opening riff. Hear that, and you know what's coming.


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 If you have been a fan of British jazz-funk and soul music for more than twenty years, you’ll know Shakatak. And if you know Shakatak, you’ll know George Anderson – he’s been holding down the low end since the early 80’s.


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