Neil Warden performed
over 25 years with the legendary Scottish Blues & Jazz singer Tam
White. Now he has released his first solo album with the group
name Blue Soul Groove. He is supported by the Scottish musicians John
Burgess (sax/flute), Ronnie Rae Jr. (keys), Bobby Heatlie Sr. and Ant
He calls George Benson, Nile Rodgers, Larry Carlton, The Average White
Band and The Crusaders to his idols. So we observe for the first
time a Scottish smooth jazz production.
Neil comments: “I decided to record the album following the success of
my Smooth Jazz and Cool Groove EP which was play listed on the now
sadly defunct New York City CD101 radio station in the states.’ The EP
sold over 5000 copies.’ But like so many musical projects I put it on
the back burner to focus on work with Tam White, Boz Burell (Bad
Company) and Borders singer songwriter Allie Fox.”
The album was recorded in Warden’s studio showcasing his excellent
skills in performing, recording and producing. By the way Neil has
written all songs with the exception of the cover version Put It
Where You Want it.
If I could Turn Back The Time, that is the
eternal desire of mankind. Neil Warden fulfills this wish in mellow
tones. John Burgess rejoices on flute
and Neil shares his feelings. On Zazou John shows more of his
mesmerizing enchantment on sax and flute followed by Neil's cool
The San Francisco Bay Area city Sausalito is one of
America's musical hot spots. Sausalito Funk is perfectly
capturing the spirit of this vivid place. Deep in the night one
can experience the magic moments sitting at the sea, watching the cold
gleaming shine of the moon. 3 Am is the music for this minutes
of a dream.
Out On The Groove keeps the contact to the
swinging time of London's Jazz FM, when such great musicians like
Chris Bangs, Acoustic Alchemy, Sugar&Silk, Paprika Soul, Shakatak,
Duncan Millar, The Jazzsteppers and many more set great impact on the
scene. With The Blue Glide Neil Warden displays the influence
of the Spanish school on his work.
Relax with the easy going Soul Town. Joe
Sample wrote the tune Put It Where You Want It for the album
1, the first album under the group name The Crusaders. A grooving
monument of jazz funk brilliantly refurbished in Warden's rendition.
Final tune on Warden's album is Baga River. A river near Goa,
India, with a beautiful view on the ocean. Looks like Warden was
impressed by this place full of touristic activities.
Blue Soul Groove's Turn Back The Time is
Neil Warden's impressing start into the smooth jazz genre. Highly
recommendable for all friends of this music.