Ah, summertime and the listening is easy. With these 2014 summer releases, it’s easy to kick back with a fruity drink, watch the sun set, and cool down. The artists come from all over, Florida, Europe, the Bay Area, Michigan and Chicago. They range in age, experience, and style — one’s even a practicing psychiatrist, no lie! — but they all have a laser-like focus on the kind of jazz they enjoy playing.
None of them, save for one master harmonica player, is really famous. But they should be, displaying a mastery of the technical and art forms required to hold down the jazz foundation while weaving their own pleasant, signature styles.
You’ll hear Miami smooth jazz (Lindsey Blair Quartet, with Gloria Estefan’s Grammy-winning producer/keyboardist), truncated Beatles and bebop (Hendrik Meurkens and Misha Tsiganov), outrageously foamy piano (Denny Zeitlin, Laura Dubin), and even a special Miles Davis redo in Sketches Of Spain (Orbert Davis).