Shanachie, 2016, CD
Jazz Ruler Type: R&B+Jazz
O’s Notes: Smooth sax jazz has become a steady mainstream “can’t lose” in summer festivals, jazz cruise excursions and larger venue jazz concerts around the world. It’s the easy-access and mild head-bobbing groove along with wailing, passionate solos that makes this a winner with a large audience. Steven Eugene Grove, (sax) aka Euge Groove, is the composer and among the many musicians capitalizing on this genre. He enlists the support of a solid cast that includes percussionist Lenny Castro, Chuck Loeb (g), Peter White (g), Paul Jackson, Jr. (G) and Oleta Adams (vocals). There are many upbeat ballads and a soulful vocal featuring Oleta Adams.