The Smooth Jazz Ride

Paula Atherton – Ear Candy

Feb. 6, 2015

Here she is once again dancing the funk right off everyone’s dancing shoes: saxtress Paula Atherton. The lady has a new label (Maurice White’s Kalimba Music), Paula Athertonsome slammin’ contributions from one of the coolest guitarist around, Nick Colionne, lovely trumpeter Cindy Bradley, and the wonderfully talented, equally lovely keyboardist Gail Jhonson. Couple that with that same seductive, crystal clear vocal style that has brought her this far and an album of all new, all original material – Ear Candy — and I think we can look for a chart topper here.

Kicking it off with the funky “Pocket Full of Funk,” this party wastes no time getting into full swing. Others follow like “Bee to A Flower” (truly one to get those feet excited and certainly one of my faves) and “Breakdown.” Of course, this wouldn’t be a Paula Atherton CD without some of that saucy, seductive, R&Bish slow jam groove found here on tracks like “Without You” and “Someone’s Gonna Break My Heart” (the latter has a little pop flavor to it, as well). She also tosses in a little touch of Brazil and some great flute work on the rhythmic, up-tempo “Carnivale.”

This release marks her fourth, and each just seems to take the listener a little bit farther into the fascinating sound-rich world of this now so well-defined saxtress. That her fortunes are blossoming so well (new label, notable luminaries signing on to contribute) only further proves her to be more than ready to share the upper rungs of that wonderful C-jazz ladder. It is also evident that her style and material are irresistibly charming. Ear Candy …mmm, mmm good. –Ronald Jackson

Smooth Jazz Therapy
When in 2009 I reviewed ‘Groove With Me’ from New York based singer, songwriter and woodwind player Paula Atherton I commented that this sensational collection had made her a major player on the contemporary jazz scene.  It followed her 2004 debut recording ‘Let Me Inside Your Love’ that made its mark on the national smooth jazz charts and provided the cut ‘I Long For Your Love’ for the compilation CD ‘Ladies of Jazz’ which also featured Natalie Cole, Candy Dulfer and Eliane Elias.  Now, after way too long, she is back with the delicious ‘Enjoy The Ride’. [full review]

The Smooth Jazz Ride
Since becoming familiar with this marvelously talented saxophonist/flautist/vocalist a few years ago, I have become completely enamored of her stylish, sleek, and energetic talents…[full review]

Epinions Review by mike.holmes
I had never heard of or listened to Paula Atherton before I picked up “Groove With Me” recently.  The young lady, who has the looks of a movie star, is multi-talented:  on this CD alone, she plays the flute, the alto and soprano saxes, sings and composes almost every song….[full review]

Apple iTunes Review by Jonathan Widran
In the late 2000s and early 2010s, Mindi Abair, Candy Dulfer, and Jessy J were the funky, sensuous female sax players getting all the A-list gigs and radio and retail attention…[full review]

The Smooth Jazz Ride
Sashaying forward with all of the sexiness and melodic charm of one who’s been on theClick to buy or listen national scene for decades…[full review]

Cafe Jazz Radio
With guest appearances from the likes of Greg Adams and Chieli Minucci among others, Ms Atherton is understandably excited about her new album and that’s an enthusiasm that we readily share…[full review]

Urban Music Scene
“Groove With Me” features a diverse collection of musical talents including, Chieli Minucci (Special EFX), Greg Adams (Tower of Power), Onaje Allan Gumbs, and Bill Heller (Rippingtons) among others. This is not your typical smooth jazz collection; it is spiced with plenty of funk, classic R&B, and Latin flavors…[full review]

Smooth Jazz Therapy
As if from nowhere, and courtesy of her brand new project ‘Groove With Me’, singer, songwriter and woodwind player Paula Atherton has dramatically emerged as a major player on the contemporary jazz scene…[full review]

Smooth Jazz Vibes
This sensational collection features eleven of Atherton’s original compositions plus one well chosen cover and, with the perfect blend of instrumental and vocal cuts, oozes quality throughout…[full review]

Jazz Monthly Interview with Joe Caroselli
We here at are truly honored to be chatting with a multi – talented lady who is taking time out of her very busy schedule to spend some time with us today…[full review]