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The Carefree Drive (The 'RIDE' You Can't Live Without!) Sept 2019
September 06, 2019 09:52 AM PDT
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I've been feeling this uptempo kinda vibe lately. Maybe because the days of summer are counting down and I'm holding on to that sunshine. Midwest Ohio is certainly beautiful in the fall with all its combinations of red, orange and yellow foliage but I like feeling the summer breeze. I have to admit though that mornings are nice right now, the air is crisp and fresh, and the night aren't too bad either. Easy to fall asleep and wakes you right up in the morn. The seasons are cycling through and I have put together some pretty cool music to keep us company.

Carefree Drive (The 'Ride' You Can't Live Without!)
August 03, 2019 04:05 PM PDT
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First of all, let me say this ...Push Play and Turn Up The Volume!! Featuring music from Kim Scott, Euge Groove, Frank Sutton, Norman Brown, Joe McBride, Bobby Lyle, Nicholas Cole, Cindy Bradley, Alex Bugnon, Jeff Ryan, Thierry Condor, Will Donato, Mikael Manley, Steve Cole Al Gomez, Patti Austin, Nathan Mitchell, Stanley Clarke, Paul Hardcastle, Al Turner, Jazmin Ghent, Victor Haynes, Con Funk Shun, Blair Bryant and Terence Young

I've been spending more time than usual on the road, quite a bit of driving for business so I've really been immersed in the sound of music. Where I go, my sounds go. I think the isolation booth of a vehicle lets me focus on the sound quality and flow of the podcast and presents me with new ideas for upcoming shows. There's just something about the road that I feel connected to....always have.
It's not all business though. There's some pleasure in there as well. You better believe I've been doing my share of Carefree Drivin' too (Lisa does enjoy taking the helm as the musical chauffeur from time to time).

This show has a great feel to it...If you prefer a little more, high energy and feel good, the load this. You will get your fare share of it with an extended jazzy mix set to put the finishing touches on the show.


The Carefree Drive (The 'RIDE' You Can't Live Without!) feat. GRP
July 16, 2019 07:17 AM PDT
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GRP....if you don't know, you're about to find out. Dave Grusin and Larry Rosen came together to create a powerhouse, an unbelievable collection of super-talented jazz musicians back in the late 70's and early 80's. Ron Holloway, of Smooth Groove Radio...The Vibe, and I were chatting about music history like we always do and once we hit the GRP subject, we dwelled there for a while. That makes sense since their catalogue was so extensive, thus the inspiration for this show. Although this is a smidgeon of the catalog and represent only a handful of artists I think you'll like and probably remember the songs heard on this show. I didn't even get to Chick Corea, Al Jarreau and all the later additions to the label's lineup courtesy of Tommy Lipuma in the late 90's.

That's what I love about music so much. So much wealth in history, stored in my music vault.

Ya'll ready to ride?? Ok thennnn,let's GO!

The Carefree Drive (The 'RIDE You Can't Live Without!) July 2019
July 15, 2019 04:39 PM PDT
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I'm back with some more, this podcast on the heels of some 'me' time. Yep...summer brings on sunshine and vacation. Thankfully I had jus enough of both. I had a pretty nice getaway, hitting the road for about 5 hours or so. And you know I was listening to?? That's right...The Carefree Drives were loaded up back to back. Helped make that drive seem a lot shorter, smoother and enjoyable. I couldn't wait to get back home and produce another segment...so here it is.

Pop this one in the MP3 player when you get on one of those long drives. This mix comes in at around 2 hrs and 40 min. I'm definitely sure it'll enjoyably help get you to your destination. Let me know...

Featured on this extended podcast is music from Doc Flowers, Vincent Ingala, Pieces Of A Dream, The Sax Triplets, Larry White, Najee, Nelson Rangell, Chris Standring, Gerald Veasley, Jonathan Butler, Incognito, Althea Rene, Julian Vaughn, Art Porter, Lindsey Webster, Brian Taquin, Paul Taylor, Jeanette Harris, The Rippingtons, Chris Walker, R. L. Walker, Brian Clay, Charley Langer

The Carefree Drive (The 'RIDE' You Can't Live Without!)
June 24, 2019 06:06 PM PDT
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It has been quite rainy this season...most of the spring and now leading into summer, which is officially here. I'm not one who is influenced that greatly by strong winds, dark clouds, torrential downpour and flooding but Mother Nature has a way of getting attention. She definitely caught mine.

Not to be deterred, I turn to the tunes. There's all kinds of new stuff out there, some of which you'll hear on this show. Personally, I just try to make an interesting blend, like a 5 star chef. Cooked to perfection. Let me know if the meal was served 'just right'.

Special shout to Mikael Manley, legendary Commodores guitarist and one heckuva sound man, for all those loooooooong chats and for being that brother from another mother .


Her Name Is (Su Nombre Es).....
May 18, 2019 06:55 PM PDT
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Beauty in the dark.....it piques the curiousity, the need to know.

There's much to say about the silhouette of a woman, the shadows of mystery. Lurking in the dark, she's poised somewhere between the shadows and the light. For some it's a mystique that's attractive and sexy, For others, possibly even dangerous. Perhaps there's some magical magnetism that, one way or another, draws us closer.

Her name is....whatever she wants it to be.

The Carefree Drive (The 'RIDE' You Can't Live Without!)
May 03, 2019 04:07 PM PDT
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I'm LISTENING! Stop hitting that 'WE WANT MORE' button (although honestly speaking, I LOVE the attention).

Here it is....listen and enjoy and feel free to share/repost.
I'm not including the playlist this time, I found out someone has not been doing their due diligence and has been duplicating my flow. There's truth in the saying that "Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery". But then again, imitation doesn't necessarily mean duplication, does it?

Anyway, hit me up, let me know what you think about the mix. Some of the finest in smooth jazz assembled here at the hands of yours truly, The Musical Chauffeur.

Funnin'.....Old School Still Nu
August 16, 2018 06:01 PM PDT
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Always putting my jazzy twist on things....and of course, 'IN THE MIX', Funnin' is a one of the 30 minute jazz mixes I put together for a short stint on a radio network several years back.
It was challenging and exciting to do something different and spice up the show at that time. It was my 30 minutes to show off my skills. The shows producer loved the mixes and kept me on. Unfortunately that whole thing came to an abrupt end. It ended up being a stepping stone for bigger and better things. No regrets...its all about the music

Phyllis Hyman, Angel Flying Free
July 07, 2018 05:11 AM PDT
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It's easy for me to admit I fell in love with this woman at some point a long time ago.

Like so many others, I still have much love for her even now.

Phyllis captured me with that beautiful voice and captivating beauty.
My "Sophisticated Lady". The One who has the amazing ability to make me remember, recall, reminisce, reflect and forget, leaving behind those sad days and difficult times. Rather instead I found solace in and coolin' with Phyllis and those collabs with Pharoah Monk, McCoy Tyner, Norman Connors and Michael Henderson.

This tribute recalls the amazing class and beauty of Phyllis Hyman, a star whose light faded too early and tragically. Depression and cocaine were her demons and her suicide left us devastated, asking, ourselves How and Why?

This mix takes me back to the eve of our meeting at the legendary Blue Note in NYC. I sat at her feet next to the stage and gazed up at this statuesque beauty, even taller with her signature headpiece. Post performance I was blessed to present her with a dozen roses. Definitely one of my life's most memorable moments. Many years later I can feel that night and recall my nervous sweaty palms. I smiling because she left me with something....a few special precious moments in time.

My preference here is to play her ballads, some of which may be more unfamiliar and obscure so for some you may be hearing new grooves. That's alright. Believe me, it's all good!

So here it is...hoping to see you again angel. Maybe we can Meet On The Moon.

If you loved her like I did, drop a comment or two below.

Here's That Rainy Day
But I Love You
Falling Star
The Answer Is You
No One Can Love You More
Hold Me
Somewhere In My Lifetime
Be One
You And I
I'm Truly Yours
Give A Little More
Groove With You
Betcha By Golly Wow
Can't We Fall In Love Again
When I Give My Love This Time
Hurry Up This Way Again
Old Friend
I Refuse to Be Lonely
Meet Me On The Moon

The Carefree Drive, The Ride You Can't Live Without (
April 29, 2018 02:02 AM PDT
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In spite of the fact that I practically lost my voice due to a battle with a cold, and physically was a little drained, this is where the rubber meets the road. Time to put in some work, after all, mentally I was feeling pretty good. Good enough to take a Carefree Drive.

If you happen to be a little under the weather, maybe the change of seasons got ahold of ya, then this show is for you. Get your Kleenex, sit down, get comfy and hang with TheJazzman for a while. Guaranteed to soothe, it's music for medicinal purpose with some of the best in Smooth Jazz (it works....you'll see!)

Will Downing, Copacetic, Urban Jazz Coalition, JWB, Doc Powell, Nick Colionne, Jay Soto, BWB, Kay-Ta, Euge Groove, Vandell Andrew, Najee, Brian Simpson, Blair Bryant, Althea Rene, Maria Jacobs, Phillippe Saisse and much more!


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