The Jazz Room - Smooth Jazz
Jazz was originally no genre but a term defined by marketing
strategists to make a special instrumental radio format more
attractive. This strategy was so successful that the term soon became
a genre many musicians could identify themselves with. Nowadays one
finds Smooth Jazz artists worldwide. The impetus of this website is to
show them up. In Canada exists a strong Smooth Jazz community.
Websites like www.smoothjazzcanada.com
www.jazzlynx.net are spreading
The brothers Dave
and Mike Sereny have
established in 1996 the label Groove
United to support and promote Canada's premier artists. This label
isn't focused on Smooth Jazz but it's an important integral part of
their program. In October 2004 they launched the collection "Jazz
Room" a five-CD series (Latin Jazz, Classic Jazz, Vocal Jazz,
Jazz Sampler, Smooth Jazz). To get familiar with this collection we
start with the album "The Jazz Room - Smooth Jazz". It's a
great collection of smooth instrumental and vocal compositions
performed by new stars in Canada's jazz scene.
Dave Sereny 's St.
Tropez opens the ball. This song about the legendary
seaside-place in the south of France presents Dave's relaxing style of
guitar play. One can compare his music with Ronny Jordan's "After
8", Craig T. Cooper's
"Caught Up In A Moment" or Zachary Breaux's "Uptown
Groove". The song is taken from his album "Fly Away".
Michelle Brown's Springbird
In Flight is the title song of the same-named album, a
cultural collection of global rhythm and melodic sounds infused with
jazz elements. Global
rhythm means flamenco-styled handclapping, tablas percussion mixed
with drums. On top of this rhythm Michelle Brown's wonderful vocal
performance is accompanied by a furious sax.
The young singer
Michelle already has numerous accomplishments to her credit. She has
performed in the critically acclaimed musical, "Mama I Wanna
Sing" and has been spotlighted by the Temptations and George
Benson. She also participated in the 1997 Tel Aviv Jazz Festival, the
Juno Awards and the International Women's Festival in Bremen, Germany.
release "After Midnight" (1984) was a tremendous success of
this superstar. His song Wonderful
often copied and re-issued. Wade O.
Brown's interpretation presents his unique raw voice reminding at
Luther Vandross. R&B and soul fans should visit his website www.wadeobrown.com
and listen to his debut album "Fool In Love" (2002) also
known under the title "Complete".
The guitar driven Fly
Away from Dave
Sereny's album celebrates more of Dave's skills. The female background
singer is Delihla. She has an
own tune on this album. Well performed is the dialogue between bass
More typical for
Wade O. Brown's soul style is
My All Is You.
The instrumental arrangement is sophisticated and levels this piece
above the usual R&B soundscape.
The flavor of
cruising and Caribbean steel pans is captured in Caribbean
Delihla performs her luminous and melodic I
Love You. A
voice like a nightingale. Remarkable the excellent instrumentation.
is a further brilliant guitar tune from Dave Sereny's pen and string.
A taste of classic
jazz do you find on Suspended
brass, drums with cymbal work and some swinging scat are trademarks of
Eyes in her
jazzy way. There is a taste for more.
Anthony Williams's Grand
Slam is the
great steel pan final. Fans of steel pan music especially known by the
brothers Andy and Jeff Narell will love this jamming tune. The tune
was written and produced by Dave Sereny. Encore!
describe music. So check out this album at CDBaby and I am sure you