Sweden! They have ABBA, Roxette and Jonathan Fritzén. Hailing from
Stockholm he started his solo career with the debut album
Birds (2008), followed by his sophomore album
Now it's time for the third punch, Diamonds (2010).
Like on his previous album Jonathan is joined by an
International mixture of American and Swedish artists: Laila Adéle
(vocals), Alex Al, Mel Brown and Erik Metall (bass), Koh (aka Mr.
Jessy J (sax), Sara Övinge (violin), Andreas Ekstedt
(percussion), Alex Crown (guitar). Jonathan Fritzén performs piano,
keyboards and programming.
The starting track Feelin' The Groove features
the lovely Laila
To give you a compass, Jonathan's music is comparable
with artists like Alex Bugnon, Nate Harasim or the early Rick Kelly
(Soul Ballet). His piano touch is of a graceful ease and elegance.
This Way, That Way brings a welcome-back with
upcoming smooth jazz star, producer and saxophonist Darren Rahn.
Darren appeared in the recent time with artists like Jay Soto, Anthony
James Baker, Nate Harasim, Tim Bowman, Michael Manson, dee Brown and a
Dance With Me is Jonathan's invitation to a
dreamy dance and swing. Do I recognize the bass of Sugar Hill's Gang
(Rapper's Delight)? Jonathan's approach is fresh and swinging.
We can describe
Fly Away with the sub-title, when two beauties
met. Awesome Jessy J adds her sweet sax to Fritzén haunting melody.
Both create an atmosphere of timeless magnificence. With Mel Brown
onboard Undercover picks up speed into the funky sea.
The slow-tempo You'll Be Mine presents a anew
the gorgeous vocals of
Adéle. On this love ballade Fritzén underlines his
piano mastery offering a complete scale of crafty tones. The genius
combination of Hip Hop rhythm with sizzling key strokes on
Stockholm Nights has its own attraction.
On his tour through Thailand Jonathan Fritzén
performed with Mr. Saxman Koh, who is very popular in Thailand and
further Asian countries like Japan. Koh has already five solo albums
to his credit. Vibrations is Jonathan's Thank You and a fine
song to become acquainted with this outstanding artist.
It's time to present you the excellent guitarist Alex
Crown. Superb sustain, tone and sound volume of both instruments
(piano and guitar) is the characteristic of Melting. Final tune
of this marvelous album is the title song Diamonds. Alex Al's
excellent bass lends this song a special dynamic. A must for all radio-djs
of the smooth jazz genre.
Jonathan Fritzén's album Diamonds absolutely justifies this
expression. With this level of talent you still can't help but
appreciate the greatness of the performing artists. Quite possibly
Fritzén's best to date.
Buy the album
Artist: Jonathan Fritzén
Genre: Smooth Jazz
Label: Nordic Light Records
01 Feelin' The Groove (Featuring Laila Adéle) [4:17]
02 This Way, That Way (Featuring Darren Rahn) [4:22]
03 Dance With Me [3:58]
04 Fly Away (Featuring Jessy J) [4:50]
05 Undercover [4:19]
06 You'll Be Mine (Featuring Laila Adéle) [4:51]
07 Stockholm Nights [4:36]
08 Vibrations (Featuring Koh Mr. Saxman) [4:25]
09 Melting (Featuring Alex Crown) [5:19]
10 Diamonds [3:57]