Archive for March 16th, 2019

Gary Dean Smith – Awakening

Malibu Films and MF Recordz present Awakening the new 5 song EP from Gary Dean Smith as front man of XPANSION OF A SUM.  Awakening was produced by legendary bassist and founding member of The Yellowjackets, Jimmy Haslip. Along with Smith, the players in this aptly named ensemble are keyboardist Donald Young, bassist Spencer Pyne, vocalist Mer Sal, multi-instrumentalist Phil Reyes and drummer Steve Fitzgerald.

Also appearing on the record is heavyweight fusion pianist Jeff Lorber, who collaborated with Smith and Mer Sal on a new tune entitled Lucky, written expressly for this project. Mer Sal’s dynamic vocals fit well with Smith’s guitar playing and the rest of the guest players on the track who, along with Lorber, include Haslip and drummer Gary Novak. This is a very positive, upbeat album with masterful performances from start to finish.

Awakening is on sale at CDBaby.