Smooth Jazz album Review Futuresoul
Futuresoul, the new release by Boney James, is an example of why the genre “smooth jazz,” and websites for smooth jazz enthusiasts even exist. When I think of smooth jazz as a whole, I see the music as a soundtrack for your life. It could be playing in the background for just about anything, be it driving in your car, having dinner, relaxing with a glass of wine, a gathering of friends, even cleaning your house. The tempo of the music would vary, based on the activity, but the essence of the groove remains constant, meaning the groove will fit right into the pocket and enhance your experiences.
What I enjoy about Boney James and his music is the fact that he knows where he fits in smooth jazz and he continues to up the ante within his craft. With each release, James takes his style and builds on it, so as you listen to his older work, you can hear that progression. If you have been fortunate enough to attend one of his live shows, you already know what I am talking about.
It is not just smooth jazz, it is soul music at it’s finest. You can take any of his tracks and add vocals to create an entirely different sound. You cannot say that about many smooth jazz artists out there. With this release, James features Stokley, the incredible singer from the band Mint Condition to give us “Either Way,” a track that could be a staple on R&B radio. Stokley is a favorite of many smooth jazz artists, as he lends his vocals on many smooth jazz tracks. This is a great track to expose individuals who are not into jazz, as it has a strong R&B feel.
The first single, “Drumline,” has that classic Boney James horn style, that breathy, scat-like arrangement. Along with that funky baseline, and of course those college band drumline riffs, make it the perfect song to kick off the album.
Being a DJ, I pick up on certain aspects of different songs, and I must say James keeps his grooves downtempo, making it easy for Exotic DJ to drop these in the word famous Smooth Jazz Mixes. I am certain that a track or two will appear in the Smooth Jazz Mix Series.
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