The seventh album, 'Dancin' Shoes', by American saxophonist & flautist Paula Atherton contains 11 tracks from the smooth & contemporary jazz genres. To achieve this, she called on producers such as Greg Manning, Adam Hawley, Jacob Webb, Curtis Harmon, and Lou Gimenez. And no fewer than 4 impressive Top 10 hits await.

The opener 'Baila' is a nice Latin up-tempo number, on which Paula plays the flute, and which immediately makes you want to dance. On 'Inside Out & Backwards' it is all funk, on which Paula's sax comes next to a guitar solo by Lou Gimenez.

'Keep it Comin'' (one of the proposed singles) shows swinging smooth jazz, followed by the soulful ballad, 'Give Me A Reason', which Paula sang herself. The title track (a second single) swings like crazy again, with a cheerful smooth jazz beat. You should definitely dance to this!

This is followed by the relaxed 'Soul Picnic' and the next smooth jazz single 'Ready or not'. Curtis Mayfield's 'Move On Up' is the only cover here, which Paula also sang. And that sounds quite nice! On 'Time Out' we go in a funky direction again, after which 'Don't Look Back' is actually more contemporary jazz. Closing track and fourth single 'Open Road' floats on an infectious groove, which invites you to cruising.

This is really a very nice album, one that shows Paul's musical talent in various facets. I invite you to listen to this. And Paula proves that smooth jazz is not dead yet!




Inside Out & Backwards

Keep it Cominí

Give Me a Reason

Danciní Shoes

Soul Picnic

Ready or not

Move On Up

Time Out

Donít Look Back

Open Road

Paula Atherton