Najee – Center Of The Heart

What makes a musician to a legend? Is it fame or notoriety? Legends are musicians who have set new standards in their genre, who have significantly influenced their musical style and in particular other musicians. If these standards are applied, Najee can rightly be called a legend.

Center Of The Heart (2019) is Najee’s sign of continuous creativity and productivity after fifteen studio albums, two live albums and three compilations. Najee performs on his new album flute, soprano, alto and tenor sax. He works with Grecco Buratto, Ken Turner, Kenny Lattimore (vocals), Demonte Posey (keyboards, strings, bass synth, drums), Rohan Reid (bass and acoustic guitar), Darren Rahn (sax and Rhodes, programming, synth and bass), Allen Hinds, Darrell Crooks (guitars), Mell Brown, Alex Al (bass), Tarell Martin, Eric Valentine (drums), Greg Manning (keyboards, programming, synth bass), Anthony Saunders (background vocals), Superb and Harmoni Clawson (spoken words), Rod Bonner (Vocoder, keyboards, key bass, drum programming), Blair Bryant (bass, drums, bass synth), and Donald Hayes (horn arrangement).

The album opens with the vibrant Bella Vista featuring Najee on flute. Brazilian-born Grecco Buratto’s lively singing creates a Latin ambiance. Najee is an admirer of Darren Rahn’s treatment of the saxophone. He had already worked with him on the albums The Smooth Side Of Soul and Mind Over MatterFace To Face offers a new opportunity for collaboration. While Darren plays the saxes and some additional instruments, Najee shines on flute sharing the melody in equal parts with plenty of room for own presentation.

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