Archive for February 8th, 2012

Najee – The Smooth Side Of Soul

Master of tenderness, saxophonist Najee is one of the most famous musicians in the smooth jazz genre. Since his debut album Najees Theme (1986) he constantly released his music. Day By Day (1988), Tokyo Blue (1990), Just An Illusion (1992), Share My World (1994), Najee Plays Songs from the Key of Life: A Tribute to Stevie Wonder (1995). Morning Tenderness (1998), Embrace (2003), My Point Of View (2005), Rising Sun (2007), Mind Over Matter (2009) and now The Smooth Side Of Soul (2012) are his further milestones.

The album offers ten tracks, produced by Chris “Big Dog” Davis, Jeff Lorber and Darren Rahn, who are working wonders in this business. Further musicians are singers Will Downing and Phil Perry, Mel Brown and Seth Lee (bass), Mike Warren, John Roberts and Bobby Colomby (drums), James Lloyd (piano), Keith Robinson, Frank Selman and Michael Thompson (guitar). All best known cats in the scene.

Chris “Big Dog” Davis already teamed up with Najee on his previous albums My Point Of View and Rising Sun. He delivers funky bass, urban beat and the complete sound environment for Najee’s sax wizardry on Dis N’ Dat.

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