are only a few saxophonists, who really spread magic.
Najee is one of them. A legend for a whole generation,
but still a vital artist in the music industry,
especially in smooth jazz!
The Morning After (A Musical Love Journey) is
his second album for Shanachie Entertainment and was
released in October, 2013. With the starting
Rendezvous Najee immediately creates an atmosphere
of familiar elegance, which makes the song so easily
acceptable and catchy. The song is supported by
musicians such as Demonte Posey (keyboards), Bill Sharpe
(bass), Ray Fuller (guitar) and Daniel Powell (drums).
The album also focuses on songs about charming places in
the world. San Tropez, the sophisticated city
on the French Rivera, exerts a special attraction to
Najee. Najee processes his impression with strong jazz
Another aspect, which can be found again on Najee's
albums, is the interpersonal relationship. In The
Mood To Take It Slow is featuring singer Meli'sa
Morgan. Although she hasn't released any new album in
recent time, she is still on the vocal top.
Paseo Nuevo is a nice shopping place in Santa
Barbara. The special feature of this piece is Najee's
artful combination of two melodies for the song.
Champs Élysées is the name of the magnificent
Boulevard in the French capital Paris. This song has two
parts, the first one slightly eccentric, the second in
the style of Prince's group The Time. The song
Mafalala is named in honor of the township in
Maputo, Mozambique and the courageous and strong people
who live there. Najee dares to take a permissive style
of jazz here.
Trip To The Moon entertains with an elegant
performance of smooth jazz. Appealing for most of the
audience. I especially love Brian Bromberg's silky
accompany on fretless bass. On The Morning
After Najee shares a bluesy attitude with us.
Shinjuku is part of the Japanese city Tokyo. It's
Najee's tribute to the late George Duke, with whom Najee
shared many Asian tour experiences. A funky
excursion on the flute.
The final piece W 72 and Broadway presents
Najee's straight ahead jazz side in conjunction with
Brian Bromberg on upright bass. Nick Smith excels with a
dynamic solo on piano compelling with Bromberg. The
longest tune with over 8 minutes, somehow a
justification for jazz friends to buy Najee's album.
The Morning After: A Musical Love Journey
differs from the glossy polished smooth jazz albums of
other contemporaries. That makes this album unique and
keeps it in memory.
Buy the album in all stores
Title: The Morning After
Genre: General Jazz
Label: Shanachie Entertainment
01 Anticipation [0:23]
02 Rendezvous [5:03]
03 San Tropez [5:22]
04 In The Mood To Take It Slow [4:54]
05 Paseo Nuevo [5:43]
06 Champs Élysées [6:46]
07 Mafalala [4:23]
08 Trip To The Moon [5:15]
09 The Morning After [5:39]
10 Shinjuku [3:22]
11 W 72 and Broadway [8:06]
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My Point Of View
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