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I funked it up - Preston Smith
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"Fans of Herb Alpert and Rick Braun will dig veteran award winning Houston trumpeter Preston Smith whether he’s playing in his silky, sensual style or amping up to a wildly freewheeling percussive vibe. His new album ON THE SURFACE is a powerful, eclectic showcase for his melodic, lightly funky horn magic, loaded with guest appearances by top indie Smooth Jazz artists like Danny Kusz, Althea Rene, Frank McComb, and Phillip Doc Martin. ON THE SURFACE or beneath it, this album’s a blast!"

smoothjazz.com

"Trumpeter Preston Smith has long been a staple of the Houston music scene and, with his new single ‘Endless Melodies’, is the latest artist to be given a voice by the superb Skytown Records.
Featuring Darryl McCoy Jr. on guitar and Will Fortune on sax this uplifting slice of smooth jazz, which was written by Cory James, seems set to launch Smith onto the road to contemporary jazz stardom.
Great track."

- Denis Poole. Smooth Jazz News

"Sometimes you only need seconds to recognize that you listen to good music. Houston based trumpet player Preston Smith makes it easier for you. On The Surface (2017) has all ingredients making music to a fantastic experience.
With On The Surface Preston Smith is no longer under the radar of the smooth jazz community. His new album is a mesmerizing overture to a new era, the time of Preston Smith."
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First View - Hans- Bernd Hulsmann

“The First Time I Heard “Endless Memories”, I Thought “Wow, This Is A Smash!”. I Think That, With This Song, Preston Is Going To Win The Hearts Of Every Smooth Jazz Lover. He Is Certainly On The Way To Establishing Himself As A Rising Star Trumpeter And Artist On The Smooth Jazz Scene.”

Billboard Chart-Topping Jazz Artist & Multi Platinum Producer – U-Nam

'A polyrhythmic (almost 'wall of sound' impenetrable) experimental jazz invention, ‘I Funked It Up’ is assertive in countenance, lyrical in essence and thrilling to receive.'
-  2016 Best Jazz Song (October). The Akademia 

"A very pleasant surprise addition to my albums of 2015 list. Beneath the Surface is a smooth, funky, & soulful mix of new tracks, and some classic tunes given the special Preston Smith treatment! He's been away from recording for 13 years, but he's back with a BANG !"

-  Steve (Stevie) Smooth Jazzy Vibes Show. England

"one of the hottest releases of 2015"

- Lite Jazz Show. Macedonia

"Flawless Funk - Sultry Soul Mellow Moments - Cool Covers A listener favourite on SmoothGrooves.  A highly recommended album  Preston is one to watch !!"

-Richard Edwards SmoothGrooves Radio UK. United Kingdom

"The album is a flowing instrumental jazz and fusion tapestry showcasing music from different ears all played out to great effect."

-View from the West Coast music magazine. United Kingdom

"Beneath the surface is one of the most uplifting soulful funky new releases I've heard this year Preston Smith puts together a smooth energy grooves of neo-soul fusion and smooth jazz people make the world go round just brings me back to a real place in time Smooth music so checkout Preston Smith he's one of my November top 10 indie artists of the month at smooth jazz on the rocks radio."

-Michael Lyles (Smooth Jazz on the Rocks) Arizona, USA

"This is a great body of work, it is absolutely superb. The entire ‘CD’ was compiled with quality including “Trumpet Playing with a Touch of Musical Artistry”. The entire CD “Beneath The Surface” is ready for Smooth-Jazz Primetime Anytime."

-Charles DJ-Pop (Spreaker & Live365Radio) Florida, USA

The Jazz in M.E.E Magazine - issue 14 April 2016 - get a copy at http://thejazzinmee.com/store/