andy_snitzer_0001The hottest new song on the Smooth Jazz Now TOP 50 chart last week was Andy Snitzer’s ‘Candy’ entering at an impressive #5. The tune comes from, ‘The Rhythm,’ Snitzer’s 3rd Native Language album and his 8th overall. The label calls the single “sweet funk/pop” which it is indeed. “I just love this song,” says John Beaudin Program Director of Smooth Jazz Now. “Andy is one of my favorite sax player’s and also I really love his work with Paul Simon and the Rolling Stones,” adds Beaudin.

“Throughout my career, I’ve had the distinct privilege to make great music with wonderful people who happen to be among the most popular, talented musicians and artists in the world,” says Snitzer. “All of them have been influential in the evolution of my solo career, and it’s very gratifying to realize how much I have grown as a musician and artist over the past 20 years. I like my early solo recordings but they were mostly a relative hodgepodge combination of a lot of things; they didn’t necessarily articulate a distinct stylistic position. Eventually I figured out that making an album was not primarily about being a badass in ten different ways. It’s primarily about setting a compelling mood, taking an artistic position that your listener can sense and identify with. That’s what drove me to create Traveler, and I’m excited that The Rhythm is another step in that direction.” – by Beth Knudsen