Art Sherrod Jr. is influenced by David Sanborn, Kirk Whalum,
Gerald Albright, Kim Waters and other professional sax men
of the smooth jazz genre. This includes admiration for their
virtuosic art and their spiritual behavior.
His debut project All 4 Love was released in 2005.
After signing to Pacific Coast Jazz followed his
second project Seasons in 2009. With
Intervention (2016) he released after two smooth jazz
albums his first Gospel project. Back 2 Business
(2017) is his fourth release and a return to the smooth jazz
Art is joined by a crew of top professional musicians such
as Chris "Big Dog" Davis (keyboards, programming), Rohn
Lawrence, Robert "WaWa" LeGrand (guitars), Asa Livingston
and Corey Baker (bass), Salena Dunbar Gibbs, Anthony Buffy
Burnett, Dawn Tallman, Lamone Andrews, Tiffany Tzelle
With a producer like
Chris "Big Dog" Davis, one of the
busiest in smooth jazz, one plays it safe in that
way. Art keeps it all from going up in smoke with
Tighten Up. Top Down loves it smooth with the
soprano sax as chosen lead instrument.
Jesus is Love is a song by Lionel Richie
(Commodores) from the album Heroes (1980). Art
emphasizes the Gospel character of the song with organ and a
wonderful choir. This Place Hotel (aka Heartbreak Hotel)
by Michael Jackson was in 1980 a huge hit of the Jackson 5.
Art gives the composition new life in an innovative powerful
Side Step integrates melody and atmosphere with a
hip hop beat pushing the sound into new territory. So in
Love is a song by American R&B/soul singer Jill Scott,
taken from her fourth studio album The Light of the Sun
(2011). The song features Anthony Hamilton in a fascinating
duet. On his rendition Art finds the intense lyrical sweet
spot and creates the corresponding harmonic presentation.
Change the Key has that certain something, that
makes this composition so radio-like. Chris "Big Dog" Davis
creates a wavy keyboard rhythm with a rich finesse building
the hypnotic frame for Art's melodic exploration. I Like
It, a 1982 Motown song by American family band DeBarge
has the necessary patina to be selected by Art as next
cover. A piece that you hear with your hips and feel with
The song Wishing on a Star was written by Billie
Rae Calvin and was first released by Rose Royce in 1977. The
potential of the song is so immense, that stars like Beyonce,
Jay Z or Randy Crawford have created their own visions. Art
is welcoming everyone along for his personal journey. The
Atmosphere follows the mellifluous intention shining
through the title.
Back 2 Business is Art Sherrod's
creative apex of his stellar career with a well-balanced mixture of
old and new combined with an eclectic variation in presentation,
leaving you fully satisfied.