Ahmed's Smooth Jazz Notes: November 10, 2019

New Albums From Najee, Kirk Whalum, Incognito, and Peter White

November 10, 2019

We are just a couple of weeks away from Thanksgiving and the new music just keeps flowing into the winter of 2019. We are watching new albums being dropped from Smooth Jazz veterans Najee, Kirk Whalum, Incognito, and Peter White. You can hear these artists nightly in Smooth Jazz After Dark.



Album: Center Of The Heart

Release: November 15, 2019

Fifteen studio albums, two live albums, and three compilations later,  Multi-Platinum & Grammy Nominated saxophonist and flautist, Najee returns with a new album called Center Of The Heart. Najee's 18th Studio Album features spectacular artists such as Darren Rahn, Kenny Lattimore, and more! You can read Najee's thoughts on the album here and take a listen to the first single Face To Face below!



Kirk Whalum

Album: Humanite

Release: October 11, 2019

Kirk Whalum is back with a beautiful  album that has a world feel. Featuring Japanese jazz pianist Keiko Matsui, the young bass phenomenon Barry Likumahuwa, gifted singer/songwriter Grace Sahertian and global pop star Indonesian singer/actor Afgansyah Reza, known to many as Afgan, vocalist/guitarist Zahara, one of South Africa’s biggest stars, Kasiva Mutwa of Nairobi, and the veteran UK jazz vocalist Liane Carroll. Along with the album comes a documentary entitled Humanité, The Beloved Community available on December 3rd. This album is a musical treat! Read more about Humanite here and listen to Korogocho ft. Marcus Miller and Barry Likumahuwa!



Album: Tomorrow's New Dream

Release: November 8, 2019

Celebrating its 40th Anniversary, Incognito, led by frontman/guitarist/producer Bluey Maunick is back with a new album called Tomorrow's New Dream. This is melodic and vocal-heavy album features a wide variety of R&B singers – from familiar artists Joy Rose, Maysa, Phil Perry and Take 6 to a multitude of up and comers as well as newer discoveries, including Mario Biondi, Cherry V, Roberta Gentile, and Vanessa Haynes. Listen to the latest single, The Weather Report ft. Take 6.



Peter White


Release: November 8, 2019

To be honest, I don't have much information on this album besides the fact that STARLUX is an actual Taiwanese airline launching in January of 2020. This leads me to believe it is a promotional album in conjunction with the launch. It matters none. This is classic Peter White and the soothing sounds of his guitar. Maybe he drops some info on the latest episode of Driving With Dave. Have a listen to the first single Flying High.