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Boney James w/ Special Guest Johnny Britt
It’s been a full quarter-century since a young saxophonist and composer released his debut recording as a leader, Trust. Now with 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 more
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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.’
Official Boney James Website
Always looking forward and not content to rest on his previous achievements Johnny is broadening is artistry. Johnny’s first ever solo project 2010 was one of a kind … it was simply a grand piano, vocals. violin, cello and flugelhorn. A worship project called “There Is Nobody” which featured six vocal tracks and six instrumental tracks. After going back in the recording studio for six months Johnny’s new 2012 CD “Feels So Good” was birthed it offers a collection of 10 songs that were all written by Johnny and his song writing partner wife Arlene … with the exception of one songs. In 2016 Britt performed and produced a concept album “Marvin Meets Miles” imaged if Miles Davis performed with Marvin Gaye. This international critically acclaimed project was widely accepted worldwide. 2017 Britt released his first ever Christmas album “Christmas Is Here Tonight” which was written, produced and performed by Britt. His new release “So Hot” will be release October 24th. With the single “So Hot” debuting as amongst the most added on the Billboard Smooth Jazz Charts is now rising the charts rapidly. This is Britt’s first ever smooth jazz album which contains 8 instrumentals featuring Britt on trumpet and flugelhorn and 4 vocals which Britt is singing. Special quest on the “So Hot” album are Najee, Paul Brown and introducing Josh Britt.
Official Johnny Britt Website
Local Artist Showcase: Analog Jazz
Analog Jazz formed in 2008 as a collective and creative endeavor. Analog Jazz is a Contemporary Jazz band that features instrumental leads with some strategically placed vocal arrangements modestly tossed in. The musical influence of the group draws upon the early foundations of West Coast Jazz while simultaneously producing more modern arrangements. Any Jazz fan will appreciate Analog Jazz’s arrangements of covers from such noted artists as Horace Silver, Grover Washington Jr., Herbie Hancock, and David Sanborn. The band is not afraid to try anything and their repertoire shows it by effortlessly blending custom covers of Traditional Jazz, Contemporary Jazz, and even Top 40 in an undeniably smooth approach. But don’t let the smooth approach fool you, the band likes to get funky and then turn around and serve up a nice groove that dancers find hard to resist. An Analog Jazz performance is a professionally crafted expression of music appreciation that people really enjoy
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