Smooth Groovers Show – Ep5-12

Welcome to Episode 5-12, i.e: Season 5 Episode 12 of the Smooth Groovers Review.

Hi & Welcome to Season 5 episode 12, released just over a week after the 2010 World Cup Soccer event opened in South Africa on Friday June 11th .  We hope you enjoy the opening snippet of Prof’s fav football song –  an older version of of this track was originally released in 1996 as the official anthem of the England football team for the Euro 96 Championships, held in England. NB There was also a 1998 version for the World cup. The music was written by Ian Broudie, with comedians David Baddiel and Frank Skinner providing the lyrics – it is very well known as ‘Football’s Coming Home’

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Paul Hardcastle from the new CD C notes for Haiti
The people at ESCRO Entertainment hope that music fans will be willing to donate – especially if they get something good in return. That is why the label has produced a compilation CD entitled: C Notes For Haiti. The album features jazz-infused R&B and contemporary jazz by some names known and respected by fans of the soul community. The list includes Kloud 9, Impromp2, Nick Colionne and Rick Braun.

Naturally 7 feat Michael Bublé
The origins of the group date back to New York City in 1999 when Roger Thomas started the group with his brother, Warren, and five other talented singers they had come to know over the years from singing around the city. Having been in and out of several traditional male groups over the years, Roger developed an affinity for a cappella sounds and a unique ability to create distinct harmony arrangements.  When invited to sing at a major acapella competition in New York, they won the competition, moved onto the nationals and took away two more wins. Riding the wave of this new found success and still unable to decide if Naturally 7 were going to be an a cappella group or a traditional band, Roger had a novel idea: they could be both.

Nick Colionne from the CD C notes for Haiti
From his web site Doc read: ‘As powerful a presence as he is on the airwaves, the real Colionne magic happens onstage, where his live performances truly defy categorization. One of most compelling head-liners in urban jazz, the supremely stylish performer (whose crisply tailored, colourful outfits have earned him raves as the “best dressed man in jazz” as well as a clothing endorsement from prestigious men’s clothier Stacy Adams) has kept up a breakneck schedule of over 100 live dates a year while whipping audiences into a frenzy with his bluesy jamming, heartfelt singing (his soulful take on “Rainy Night In Georgia” is a long time fan favorite), blazing jazz licks and—harkening back to the first professional gig he ever did at 15—even a hint of heavy metal’.

Shakira recently played at the opening ceremony for this year’s FIFA World Cup with her official anthem for the tournament in South Africa

Lou Rawls
One of the most stunning voices and an absolute pleasure to listen to, jazz, and blues singer, and Grammy award winner – Loul Rawls. On Wikipedia we read that “that Frank Sinatra once said – Rawls had “the classiest singing and silkiest chops in the singing game”. Rawls has released many albums from the 60s to the early 2000s. With multi-million sales world wide, he has also acted in films, television and his voice has appeared in many cartoons. Please do visit his website to read about his charity work, his biography and many other great achievements.

Aaron Neville and Kenny G from the Bodyguard Soundtrack

Lyle Mays
Next, an artist whose childhood interests included chess, mathematics, architecture  and music . Music, thankfully is what he has contributed to the world, as a member and composer. This track is from his 1988 album entitled, Sweet Dreams

Michael Franks from the 1990 album Blue Pacific
I read from Michael’s website: “Well, back to my studio and the last few compositions for the new record. I plan to start recording after the first of the year. We already have a few dates lined up for 2010, including a possible trip to Europe where I haven’t performed for a few years.”

There is no much detail on the web about this artist. NB There was a self titled album in 1991 and the featured cd single came out in 1992.

Al Di Meola

Brilliant, joyful and music for the heart and mind that is what Al Di Meola’s music can described as. This track appeared on the album Splendido Hotel released back in 1980, in the same year it was released as a 12″ single. Check him out on the web via Wikipedia or his website. This site includes a very well presented discography section and you’ll see that there’s plenty more of his great music to discover. Some of the gr8 names he has worked with include, Stanley Clarke,  Jan Hammer,  Jean-Luc Ponty,  John McLaughlin, Carlos Santana, Larry Coryell, Steve Gadd,- who played drums on Roller Jubilee, also Phil Collins, Steve Winwood,  Herbie Hancock,  Stevie Wonder,  Jimmy Page,  Frank Zappa and many more.

That’s it for another show.

For the love of the music.
Dr Groove and Professor Smooth

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