Ahmed's Smooth Jazz Notes: October, 23, 2019

The Music from The Midnight Hour, LaToya London, Kim Scott, and Phaze II

October 23, 2019
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Related: Smooth Jazz After Dark with Ahmed Dents

Here we are, halfway through another workweek and here are some of my favorite tracks we are serving up in Smooth Jazz After Dark nightly.

Kim Scott's latest album, Free To Be is exceptional. So much so that it is up for Grammy consideration for Best Instrumental Jazz Album along with Emerge (feat. Jonathan Fritzen), the first single from the album for Best Improvised Solo. My favorite track from the release is Best Part, Kim's rendition of the Daniel Caesar and H.E.R. hit.

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Most Hip Hop aficionados know the names Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Adrian Young. The Hip Hop beatmakers and composers have formed The Midnight Hour. Their debut album by the same name is a soul/jazz/hip hop album which continues the conversations started by yesterday’s jazz and funk pioneers; those that created the bedrock of samples for hip hop producers in the 80s/90s. Take a listen to the first single released, Black Beacon.

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LaToya Renee London is an American R&B and soul singer and stage actress who was fourth-place finalist on the third season of American Idol. Her latest single is The Breeze feat. Najee that is definitely #SmoothJazzAfterDarkCertified !

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Up next is Phaze II. The band has been providing Smooth and Funky Jazz sounds on the local music scene in the Washington, DC area since 1997. Check out what the do with the Janet Jackson hit Funny How Time Flies!