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ShaShaty – Brighter Day

Just appeared on my radar screen is saxophonist ShaShaty. He started his solo career with his self-titled debut album in 1993, followed by Voices In My Head, From Me to You (2008), Come Together (2011), and It’s My Pleasure (2013). His 6th album Brighter Day will be released on March 3, 2015.

The album was produced by Steve Oliver, who also plays guitar on all tracks and composed several of the songs. Guest musicians on selected tracks are Will Donato (sax), Bonny B (drums), Gary Stanionis (percussion), and Usay Kawlu (vocals). ShaShaty shows his skills on tenor, alto and soprano sax, piano and synth programming.

Dream Ride is the positive overture of the album. Will Donato supports ShaShaty’s lead sax with a sophisticated horn arrangement. Let’s Go! takes off with a jazzy groove that is heated vigorously by Bonny B on drums. Song of Hope features the lovely Taiwanese vocalist Usay Kawlu. A remarkable airy voice.

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ShaShaty – Brighter Day

BrighterDayIt’s a new dawn for veteran contemporary jazz saxophonist ShaShaty, who will release his sixth album entitled Brighter Day, on March 3 on the newly formed A.H.I. Records. His first collection comprised entirely of original songs in more than a decade, the set showcases the artist who had a hand in writing seven of the disc’s eleven songs that were produced by guitarist-vocalist Steve Oliver, writer or co-writer of ten songs for the record. The energizing excursion “Dream Ride” bodes to illuminate radio playlists ahead of the album’s street date when the single is serviced to stations for airplay early next month. The video for the single will premiere at Universal CityWalk in Universal City, California where ShaShaty has been a featured performer over the past decade.

Instead of limiting himself to a singular sax voice, ShaShaty’s dynamic multihued approach places him front and center on the melody-rich jazz, pop and R&B outing playing tenor, alto and soprano sax. Fellow sax player Will Donato bolsters the horn section parts on “Dream Ride” and Spyro Gyra drummer Bonny B dispenses deft beats on four cuts. Taiwanese vocalist Usay Chu makes her U.S. recording debut by gracing a pair of tunes – “Song Of Hope” and “A Million Miles” – with her ethereal wordless vocalizations. Making “Brighter Day” a standout session is the chemistry between ShaShaty and Oliver. The hornman’s impassioned and emotive play flourishes in the company of the guitarist who has a masterful command of buoyant harmony.

Tracks have a robustly full sound from which potent hooks connect and enveloping melodies leave a lasting impression. The power-packed pop gems that comprise “Brighter Day” also have depth and provide a varied listening experience that audaciously ventures into funky trip hop territory (“Let’s Go!”), explores an off-kilter staccato rhythm (“Late On 91”), mines an Indian motif (“Mumbai”), serves a sublime sax and guitar call-and-response chorus (“August”), romances on amorous overtures (“My Heart Yours” and “I’m Always Near”), takes off on a whimsical flight of fancy (“Brighter Days”) and closes with a blissful meditation (“Float Away”).

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