South African singer-songwriter-guitarist Jonathan Butler is tending to his herb garden at his suburban Los Angeles valley home. Growing tomatoes, bell peppers, rosemary, sage and thyme, his new pastime that he says gives him a new sense of heaven is part of a mindset hes cultivated that hes dubbed the season of me. The musical counterpart to this harvest season in the two-time Grammy nominees life is Living My Dream, a bountiful feast of organically-nurtured contemporary jazz instrumentals and soul-mined R&B vocal cuts all original songs that he produced and tracked live in the House of Blues studio in Los Angeles.
Gerald Albright has a generous invitation for fans of his hit 2014 album: If you thought that mix of deep funk and simmering sensuality was a Slam Dunk, waitll you get a load of G. Its that albums high octane sequel, which draws even deeper connections to that in-your-face horn-section-magic, of classic bands like Earth, Wind & Fire and Tower of Power. Early in his career, the versatile saxophonist was often told by his labels to be funky, but not too funky but after 30 years at the top of his game as one of contemporary urban jazzs core artists and sonic innovators, the eight-time Grammy nominee is letting loose like never before.
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