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Jonathan Fritzen – Fritzenized

With an apparent target audience of pop-oriented fans, Swedish-American keyboardist Jonathan Fritzen releases Fritzenized (Nordic Night Records, 2015).

Fritzen adopted part of the smooth jazz radio formula. The selections are catchy and, with little exception, fit neatly into the approximate four-minute window intended for radio singles. Still, it’s a nice selection. Fritzen is accompanied by a variable lineup of guest musicians and vocalists.

“Fingers on Fire” is a happy-go-lucky groove. With Randy Jacobs on guitars, Alex Al on bass, Andreas Ekstedt on percussion and Fredo Osterlund on drums, Fritzen handles piano, keys and synth programming. One programming effect is of a violin that complements the piano during a phrase in the chorus. Jacobs throws in a little wah-wah effect here and there. No one element stands out. Instead, the joy of this song is the attitude projected by the musicians, as if they’re saying, “Let’s just have some fun.”

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Jonathan Fritzén – Fritzenized

The level of awareness of pianist and keyboard player Jonathan Fritzén has increased rapidly in recent years. This is not only caused by his numerous spectacular performances but also by his albums Love Birds (2008), VIP (2009), Diamonds (2010) and Magical (2012).

With his new album Fritzenized (2015) Jonathan continues to his earlier successes. In addition to guest stars like Gerald Albright and Paul Taylor (sax), Nils Landgren (trombone) and singer Laila Adele, international top musicians participate in the recording such as Alex Al and Mel Brown (bass), Randy Jacobs (guitar), and others.

On the trace after the popular song Jonathan can cook it with Fingers on Fire. When the song picks up speed, he falls into staccato. It gets interesting. Euphoria is an excited state of joy, a good feeling, a state of intense happiness. The aptly title for this joyful melody featuring Paul Taylor on sax.

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Jonathan Fritzén – Fritzenized

FritzenizedTake one of the hottest composers and keyboard players in contemporary jazz, add in featured performances from the likes of Gerald Albright, Paul Taylor and Nils Landgren, hook them up with ten wonderful new tunes and what do you have? The answer is Fritzenized, the latest album from the incredible Jonathan Fritzén.

It is Fritzén’s fifth solo CD and follows the critically acclaimed ‘Magical’ from which the title cut blasted a path to #1 on every smooth jazz airplay chart on the planet.

Now, ahead of the February 2015 release of ‘Fritzenized’, comes the highly anticipated first single, ‘A New Beginning’. This masterpiece of rhythm and melody finds Fritzén at his excellent best and seems all set to accelerate his already meteoric assent to the very top of the smooth jazz tree.

Fritzenized is now on sale at CDBaby.

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