Smooth Groovers Podcast – Season 2 – Episode 18

Welcome to another exciting episode of the licensed Smooth Groovers Review.

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On with the show:

This week in our newies we feature:

Lee Ritenour – also the talents of a new discovery, Zamajobea. The ace guitarist discovered the singer Zamajobea during a recent South African trip. Zamajobea is New Artist of the Year winner who had just released her hit debut album. While watching TV in Capetown, he saw several of her videos on South Africa’s version of MTV and loved her voice, especially the difference when she sang English to when she performed in her native African language. Back in L.A., Rit contacted her label Sony BMG and soon was talking via email and phone to her guitar player and producer Eric Pilani. Through the magic of high speed Internet and back and forth MP3 files, Rit was able to get her sensuous vocals on an Africanized version of Bill Withers Lovely Day.  Smoke N Mirrors, the new CD also features Zamajobea’s original song Memeza, a shorter version of which appeared on her own album.

Simon Webbe – a great new single from the CD Grace. With lovely harmonies that create a really nice atmosphere, also yielding an emotion that says we need to appreciate the world.

Chieli Minucci & Special EFX from their latest CD Sweet Surrender. The track features:

Chieli Minucci -guitars, keyboards, vocals, programming
Jerry Brooks – bass
Lionel Cordew – drums
Jay Rowe – acoustic grand piano, keyboards
Philip Hamilton – percussion, vocals
David Mann – saxophones, flute

We are grateful to all our MySpace artists for their permission to feature them in the Featured MySpace section/segment:

This week:

Rocco Ventrella – On The Night visit:  and Described on his MySpace page as an international instrumentalist, specialising in Saxophones, performing worldwide and regularly promoting his brand of Nu-Jazz and R&B music. His style of music is known as Smooth Jazz with a heavy influence of Soul & Blues. Apart from playing his own originals during live performances. Rocco’s repertoire also includes songs from Grover Washington, Dave Sanborn, Everette Harp, Marvin Gaye, Bill Withers, Stevie Wonder, and Chuck Loeb.

Mano Reza – MANO Getting Started remix – visit: The Acid Jazz Project is a ManoReza Music presentation – A conceptual jazz album featuring funky, esoteric instrumentals with recurring themes in multiple styles. This project is currently in production and the complete album will be available soon. The lead single is available now! Try

The Geoff Lapp Trio’ – Yo Bro – visit:  and
Described as a cornerstone of the Montreal jazz scene since 1999. Extended gigs at many of the town’s premiere night spots have established the group as a hot draw for aficionados in search of that heady space where soulful and cerebral fuse. Drawing upon a wide palette of jazz moods, ‘The Geoff Lapp Trio’ delivers a sound that is tasteful, innovative, and infectiously swinging.

Featured Artist – Bob James – Some of our favourites are featured from:

Bob James 3 – released originally in 1976, the track featured has become a fixture in Bob’s live shows . This earned him his second Grammy nomination for the arrangement. The Album also included, ‘Woman Of Ireland’

Grand Piano Canyon – released in 1990. This also appears on the double compilation CD ‘Restoration, The best of Bob James released in 2001.

Bob James One released in 1974 and Grammy nominated for the arrangement of the track ‘Night On A Bald Mountain’.- The track featured continues today to be one of the most requested songs at Bob’s concerts. The first Bob James record the Professor ever purchased was ‘Touchdown’ from 1978, one of Bob’s most successful albums that included the classic TV tune ‘Angela’ , aka Theme from Taxi, the long running TV series.

Our Thanks to Ewan Norrie for his Desert Island Groove – and the excellent choice of Curtis Mayfield.

This weeks Oldies include:

Jose Feliciano – Affirmation – Jose Feliciano has been acclaimed throughout the world as ‘The greatest living guitarist’. Guitar Player Magazine awarded him “Best Pop Guitarist,” placing him in their ‘Gallery of the Greats’. He’s been awarded over forty-five Gold and Platinum records, has won sixteen Grammy nominations, earning him six Grammy Awards and is in receipt of countless prestigious awards the world over.

Chic – A great instrumental from a band otherwise known for their popular disco records of the late 70s and Early 80s. The band that was formed in 1976 by guitarist Nile Rodgers and bassist Bernard Edwards. This track is from their first album ‘Chic’ released in 1977.

Tyrone Davis – The title Track of the 1979 album ‘In The Mood’. Tyrone was sadly lost to us 2005. Check out the brief write up on  where you can see a list of a huge number of albums this prolific artist gave us.

We close the show with a very danceable track from Paulinho Da Costa – visit: The track is available on an a CD called Happy People released in Dec 1999 and originally on plastic in 1979 – and yes, the Doctor has that original!

Until next time… Thanks for all your support and Keep in Touch.

Doctor, Professor and Master


2 thoughts on “Smooth Groovers Podcast – Season 2 – Episode 18

  1. Hello Dr. Groove,

    thanks so much for advised me about this review. I really appreciated your precious support.

    A very nice presentation you made here! Congratulations for your web site and for all that you doing.

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