Archive for June 21st, 2022

Najee – Savoir Faire

SavoirFaireI have been following the Afro-American saxophonist Najee for many years. After all, he has belonged to the top of smooth jazz for about 4 decades.

On his latest album, he explores different musical genres, saying: “I gave up worrying about disputes between genres a long time ago. Duke Ellington said there are only two kinds of music: good music and bad music. So based on that I don’t worry. People seem to forget that in the early days of jazz, the music was designed to make people dance. All of your experiences live inside you and they come out in your music. I just want to make good music and make it accessible for people to enjoy.”

Najee could count on several well-known colleagues for this project, such as pianist Frank Wilkens on the soulful opener ‘Dr. Dolittle’, followed by ‘Luna’ on which pianist & keyboard player Mark Harris II is a guest, and Najee cheerfully chooses the flute himself. ‘Valentine Love’ is a vocal slow jam, a cover of the Norman Connors song, sung by Alyson Williams with Chris “Big Dog” Davis on keyboards.

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