Essix's decision to live for music was influenced by a Weather
Report concert, which Eric attended in 1977. In 1988 he debuted
with his solo album First Impressions followed by
Second Thoughts (1991), Third Degree Burn (1993),
Eric Essix & Modern Man, LIVE!, Beautiful Music,
Guitar, Just Like You (1995), The Modern Man
Recordings (1993-1994), Small Talk (1998),
Southbound (2000), Blue (2002), Somewhere In
Alabama (2004), Abide With Me (2005),
Retrospective: Volume One (2006), Birmingham (2009),
My Gift To You (2010), Eric Essix (2012),
Evolution (2013), The Isley Sessions (2014),
Eric Essix’s Move > Trio (2015), This Train (2016).
His newest project, an anthology of songs from his
recordings over the past three decades has not left the
kickstarter level yet.
Instead Eric Essix is now promoting his
second album, which he recorded this year, More. The
album was written and arranged by Eric and produced by Kelvin
Wooten, who also has written and arranged It's About Time.
Eric performs on this album guitars, Kelvin keyboards, organ,
bass, sitar, and Glockenspiel. Further musicians are Marcus Finnie
(drums), James "PJ" Spraggins (drums, percussion), Sean Michael
Ray (bass), Kelley O'Neal (sax, flute), and Kaleah Wooten
The album starts with a piece that carries the
profane title Congestion. While this describes an
undesirable situation, the song itself gives no cause for
complaint, because everything is in flux. Funky, sexy, James
Brownish that are the attributes fitting to Wooten's It's
About Time. In addition Eric gives this tune some extra dose
of Rock. To the end the song slows down to a relaxed state of
Stylistically Eric Essix is very variable and
flexible. On More he tends to the acid jazz genre like
artists as Ronny Jordan. Jimmy Webb created Wichita Lineman
in 1968. Glenn Campbell made the song popular for the first time.
The original has a high emotional impact. However Eric's rendition
can really make your soul swing.
The Triumphant is
probably the closest you get to a live play. Although more than
seven minutes long, Essix' guitar keeps you spellbound, so you'll
be amazed at the ending. Mac shows some real deal flavor
on guitar and keys. Shake It Up delivers retro funk
with Kelley O'Neal on sax and Kelvin Wooten on organ.
And Justice for All seems to be intended as an appeal,
but the musical realization speaks more for a romanticizing
episode. A rare instrument can be heard, the sitar. Three
Speech celebrates the intimate togetherness between guitar,
bass and jazz drums.
The key elements on Eric Essix's album More are the
melodies. The focus is of course on the electric guitar but the
harmony of all instruments makes this album so remarkable.
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Artist: Eric Essix
Genre: Smooth Jazz
Label: Essential Records
1 Congestion 7:23
2 It's About Time 5:36
3 More 5:11
Wichita Lineman 6:08
5 The Triumphant 7:34
6 Mac 5:27
Shake It Up 5:43
8 And Justice for All 5:48
9 Three Speech