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Boney James – Solid

Boney James is called a superstar. After George Benson gave us the night and Fourplay touched the sky, a rare term for a smooth jazz instrumentalist. In 2017 Boney James released his 16th album entitled Honestly. Now he returns with his new album Solid (2020).

A solid relationship is when someone has your back and will stand by your side no matter what,” explains Boney James about the title of his new CD. Solid is the four-time GRAMMY nominated, multi-platinum selling saxophonist’s seventeenth album as a leader.  With eleven original songs and featuring R&B star Kenny Lattimore on the single “Be Here”, the record is an uplifting collection. Says James, “This new music is a reaction to how stressful the world feels these days. Music is a respite, it’s always ‘solid’ and it never lets me down.

James, who lives in Los Angeles with his wife of 34 years Director/Actress Lily Mariye, says he’s looking forward to heading out on the road and seeing how the Solid material evolves from night to night. “I love playing live, maybe more than I ever did. A lot of guys get tired of the traveling but it’s still a joy for me every time I go out there and play.”

Solid, the upcoming release from four-time GRAMMY nominated saxophonist Boney James will now be available on Concord Records on June 12, 2020 due to the “shelter at home” initiatives that have taken place in the last few weeks. In addition, all of Boney’s upcoming April and May tour dates have been rescheduled with the new dates being posted to his website weekly.

You can pre-order his new album here.

Boney James – Honestly

Boney James is called a superstar. After George Benson gave us the night and Fourplay touched the sky, a rare term for a smooth jazz instrumentalist. On September 1, 2017, Boney James will release his 16th album entitled Honestly.

The title describes Boney’s approach to music: “The word ‘honestly’ really reflects how I aspire to live my life and create my music”. For Boney stands the captivating and entertaining effect of his music in the center of his consideration.

Boney performs all of the tenor and soprano saxophone parts on Honestly and contributes keyboards and drum programming to several of the tracks. According to the press information vocalists Avery*Sunshine (on the title track) and Eric Roberson (on If I Can’t Hold You) are exclusively mentioned on his new album.

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Boney James – Honestly

It’s been a full quarter-century since a young saxophonist and composer released his debut recording as a leader, Trust. Now, on September 1, 2017, Boney James will release his 16th album, this one titled Honestly. If you sense a direct line between those titles, you’ve already come a long way toward understanding what motivates the four-time GRAMMY nominee and multi-platinum-selling musician.

“I’m fighting the good fight to be my own artist and not be pigeonholed,” says the genre-blurring James. “With a record’s title I always try to find something that will communicate the feeling I get when I listen to it. The feeling I get with this music is a sense of sincerity and intimacy. The word ‘honestly’ really reflects how I aspire to live my life and create my music. One of the great things about music is how powerful it is. It can totally transport people. These are interesting times we are living in and the one thing I can do with the skills that I have is to make music that evokes a feeling and takes people somewhere… to do what I can to try and make the world a more pleasant place.”

Honestly follows futuresoul, James’ 2015 release which spent eleven weeks at #1 on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Chart. The New York Times raved, “Boney James performs with panache…His arc as a soloist is emotional…he can paint a scene.” Honestly, says James, is quite different sounding than the previous record. “It’s more exposed,” he says of the 10-track collection. “Some of the arrangements are not as dense. A number of the songs have a more buoyant, cheerful, happy quality to them.” James produced the record and co-wrote all but one track, his interpretation of the Johnny Mercer-Hoagy Carmichael classic ‘Skylark.’ Continue reading

Boney James – Futuresoul

Four-time GRAMMY nominee and multi-platinum selling Boney James is a true smooth jazz superstar. His 15th CD, futuresoul contains 10 original songs produced and written or co-written by James and is one of the rare chart-topper on Billboard holding the #1 for more than 10 weeks.

The list of participating artists is huge. Among them are famous names such as bassists Alex Al and Dwayne “Smitty” Smith, percussionist Lenny Castro, drummer Vinnie Colaiuta, keyboardist Phil Davis, pianist Gerald McCauley, and many more.

To keep the interest of the audience awake, it is crucial for a musician to constantly reinvent himself. Boney James has internalized this wisdom. On Drumline he combines shuffle beat, with a strong bass line in support of his saxophone presentation.

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Boney James – Futuresoul


Four-time GRAMMY nominee and multi-platinum selling sax-man Boney James continues his artistic evolution with the dynamic futuresoul. Fusing his love for vintage soul music with his mastery of modern production, Boney has created another genre-bending work following on the heels of his 2014 GRAMMY-nominated album The Beat.

“The forms I’m working with are rooted in my early influences,” says James, dropping names like King Curtis, the Stylistics and Earth, Wind & Fire. “But recently I’ve been listening to contemporary artists like Tinashé, Sam Smith and Ellie Goulding, and I’m inspired by the sound of their recordings. The production is so cool and evocative. As I started the new record, I was in my backyard studio messing around with this “gearhead” stuff I’ve collected. Ideas started flowing and it sounded like modern soul music to me. I thought to myself, ‘What is this?’… And then it hit me: ‘futuresoul.’”

His 15th CD, futuresoul contains 10 original songs produced and written or co-written by James. Released by Concord Records May 4, 2015, futuresoul features vocalist and Mint Condition frontman Stokley on “Either Way,” a collaboration enabled by Twitter. Says James, “Like my recent duet with Raheem DeVaughn, I was able to meet Stokley on Twitter and send him the music for this track. He wrote the brilliant lyric and sent me a finished vocal all via email!” Continue reading

Various Artists – Smooth Jazz Hits: #1 Chart-Toppers

SJHThis collection features 12 of the hottest, recent Smooth Jazz hits, straight from the tops of the Smooth AC and Smooth Jazz charts. Featuring tracks by Mindi Abair, George Benson, Boney James, Kenny G, and Dave Koz, among other stars of the genre, Smooth Jazz Hits: #1 Chart-Toppers features original hit songs, plus grooving covers of favorites such as the Beatles’ ‘Got to Get You Into My Life,’ Michael Jackson’s ‘Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground),’ and Ne-Yo’s ‘Champagne Life.’ This collection delivers a soulful, classy, and fun way to get the party started!

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Boney James – The Beat

Smooth jazz. Soprano saxophone. Cover of pop or R&B ballad. Generally, that’s a recipe for blandness – a sound that’s trite.

However, make an arrangement that doesn’t merely turn a vocal into an instrumental and put some competent musicians behind it, and you can get something that sounds really nice.

So it is when Boney James brings in Vinnie Colaiuta on drums, Lenny Castro on percussion and Brandon Coleman on keyboards – the combination for his cover of Stevie Wonder’s “Don’t You Worry ’Bout a Thing.” It’s a charming opening to The Beat (Concord Music Group, 2013).

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