Hailing from Kansas City bass player Julian Vaughn has reached
after The Purpose Project (2010), Breakthrough (2012), Limitless (2015)
and Bona Fide (2017) with Supreme (2019) number
5 of his solo projects. Not just a handful but a 5 stars career.
Julian Vaughn plays on the new album bass. He is supported
on selected tracks by Darren Rahn, Elan Trotman, Marcus Anderson,
Donald Hayes (sax), Adam Hawley, Mike Hart, Andrew Freeman
(guitar), Mel Brown (bass), Jeremy Nixon, Jeremy Thomas, Greg
Manning, Lew Laing (keyboards), Nicholas Cole, Oli Silk (piano)
and Anthony Saunders (vocals).
With Flash Back Friday as opening track Julian continues
the glorious times of the 80's music. The bass in the lead sharing
the melody with Darren Rahn on sax is a good way to get to the hit
parade. The title Black Dynamite spontaneously reminds me
of the original film Shaft with the film music by Isaac
Hayes. Is it a coincidence that the saxophonist's name is Donald
Sunset Station is featuring guitarist Adam Hawley who
adds his own accents to Julian Vaughn's bass carried melody.
On Notice cohabits the melody with equilibrium and cohesion.
Donald Hayes' sax performance is a profound enrichment for
Julian's streaming bass tones.
Ya Dig is inhaling the rhythm with punctual dynamic. The
combination of producer Lew Laing and pianist Nicholas Cole
secures the base for intoxicating music. Like Elan Trotman, Julian
Vaughn is also infected by the Caribbean rhythm on Afro
Calypso. Barbados native Elan Trotman is also the featured
artists on Afternoon Delight.
The jazz broom driven rhythm indicates the romantic approach to
the melodic theme, which saxophone and bass share harmoniously on
Finally. Strut features pianist Oli Silk who can
only briefly flash his great talent in a much too short solo.
Come Here invites the listener to a sonic festival with warm
harmonies by saxophonist Marcus Anderson and keyboardist Jeremy
Nixon always Julian's bass in the lead.
The final Ready Or Not is the only cover of this album.
Composed by Babyface and L.A. Reid it was the first hit of the
group After 7 in 1989 on their same named album. Singer Anthony
Saunders who has an impressive voice, is limited to the main
refrain, while the actual theme is executed by Marcus Anderson on
saxophone and Julian Vaughn on bass, giving the song a
predominantly instrumental character.
The aptly titled album Supreme by Julian Vaughn has all
the essential attributes a smooth jazz aficionado especially a
lover of the bass awaits.
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Artist: Julian Vaughn
Genre: Smooth Jazz
Label: Trippin' N Rhythm
1 Flash Back Friday (feat. Darren Rahn) 5:02
2 Black Dynamite
3 Sunset Station (feat. Adam Hawley) 4:20
4 On Notice
(feat. Donald Hayes) 4:24
5 Ya Dig (feat. Nicholas Cole) 4:57
6 Afro Calypso 4:10
7 Afternoon Delight (feat. Elan Trotman)
8 Finally 5:00
9 Strut (feat. Oli Silk) 4:04
Come Here 4:14
11 Ready or Not 4:52