Brian Soergel

Brian’s Contributions

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10/31/11    Albums

Fast Train to a Quiet Place
Brian Hughes

It’s been eight years since Brian Hughes entered a recording studio to document his own music. He’s been busy, recording and touring with fellow Canadian Loreena McKennitt, and they’ve made some beautiful sounds together. His return, though, is welcome news...

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10/30/11    Albums

The Main Ingredients
Down To The Bone

The main ingredients for the U.K. collective Down to the Bone should be clear after eight CDs: long jams, horns o’ plenty, a few soulful vocals and plenty of groove. Once again, it’s non-musician Stuart Wade—he hums songs into a tape recorder or something...

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10/09/11    Albums

A Foreign Affair
Spyro Gyra

Spyro Gyra is a quintessential American jazz band that often gets lumped into the pop-jazz category thanks to two monster radio hits from more than 30 years ago: “Shaker Song” and “Morning Dance.” But while those songs helped band members buy houses and...

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10/08/11    Albums

Hardcastle 6
Paul Hardcastle

The U.K. synth wizard can’t seem to let go of his two biggest hits, “19” and “Rainforest.” He leads with “Rainforest/What’s Going On,” featuring a sample from “19,” then includes the great Marvin Gaye’s vocals with the “Rainforest” groove. Hardcastle dips...

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10/07/11    Albums

Plain 'n' Simple
Chuck Loeb

Veteran contemporary jazz guitarist Chuck Loeb hinted at what was in his head with 2009’s Between 2 Worlds , a swinging project that built on his frequent straight-ahead gigs in New York, and with his fusion band Metro. Plain ‘n’ Simple is a trio project...

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09/25/11    Albums

The Crossing
Eumir Deodato

As most baby-boomer jazz fans will recall, Brazilian pianist, producer and arranger Eumir Deodato, billed by only his surname, created quite a stir in the early 1970s when his LPs Prelude and Deodato 2 helped define the sultry, sharp vibe of CTI Records...

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08/28/11    Albums

Traveler
Andy Snitzer

Music icon Paul Simon’s new CD has been well received, and audiences on his summer tour are no doubt digging it. But they also may be thinking, “Hey, that sax player’s pretty good. Where can I buy his latest CD?” The answer is everywhere, as Andy Snitzer’s...

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07/12/11    Albums

An Evening With Dave Grusin
Dave Grusin

Veteran composer and pianist Dave Grusin has won 10 Grammys, but he’s also that rare musician who’s earned an Academy Award— a statue for his score to 1988’s Robert Redford-directed The Milagro Beanfield War . An 11-minute medley from that movie is featured...

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06/09/11    Albums

Contact
Boney James

Saxophonist Boney James returns with his first CD of all-new music since 2006’s Shine . James has always leaned toward the R&B side of instrumental music, and he’s cleverly expanded his base by inviting new and seasoned vocalists to his projects. Contact...

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May 2011    Albums

Plays the Sounds of Philadelphia: A Tribute to Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff
Larry Carlton

Seasoned guitar master Larry Carlton gets to pick his own music now that he’s free from Fourplay and on his own record label. Since he began going it alone, he’s reinterpreted some of his best songs and created duo projects with Robben Ford and Tak Matsumoto—the...

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May 2011    Albums

The Road
Keiko Matsui

Keiko Matsui is a master on the piano or the keytar, and she’s demonstrated her technical skills both on record and onstage—especially during her remarkable four-hand piano gigs with Bob James. But throughout her distinguished career, Matsui hasn’t been...

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March 2011    Albums

Moonlight
Steve Cole

And now for something completely different but not at all unexpected. Windy City saxophonist Steve Cole, who released his debut CD in 1998, has been a steady force on the smooth-jazz charts and touring scene for more than a decade. He’s also a member of...

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March 2011    Albums

Cote D’Azur
The Rippingtons featuring Russ Freeman

The Rippingtons’ Russ Freeman has always led a peripatetic existence, growing up in Nashville and living in L.A., Colorado and Florida, among other locales. His wanderlust is reflected in much of his group’s music ( Life in the Tropics, Morocco , etc...

March 2011    Albums

Platinum
John JR Robinson

His bio proclaims him the most-recorded drummer in history. He’s performed on tons of songs from top artists: Michael Jackson, Eric Clapton, Lionel Richie, Madonna. He’s John JR Robinson, and if you aren’t familiar with his name, you ain’t the only one...

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December 2010    Albums

Urban Ukulele
Michael Powers

Michael Powers is a well-known contemporary jazz artist in the Pacific Northwest, where he frequently performs at festivals and clubs. But Powers, who has recorded more than 10 CDs of jazz and blues music on his guitar, has a new instrument: the ukulele...

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October 2010    Albums

South Beach
Brian Simpson

Keyboardist and Dave Koz bandleader Brian Simpson is simply at the top of his game. Combine the best and brightest from Joe Sample, David Benoit, Gregg Karukas and Bobby Lyle and you get Simpson: sterling acoustic piano instrumentals, a leader in bright...

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About Brian Soergel

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Soergel, who relaxes by playing his Seagull guitar and Kala Brand ukulele, began writing about contemporary jazz in the late ’80s. Formerly an entertainment editor and writer for several daily newspapers, he now focuses on smooth-jazz full-time from his Pacific Northwest office for the Smooth Jazz Network. Soergel also authors the Currents column for JT.